There’s a Broadway in every borough. The most famous runs the length of Manhattan and continues into the Bronx and Yonkers beyond that; another forms the border of Bedford Stuyvesant and Bushwick in Brooklyn; another serves as a spine of West New Brighton in Staten Island and runs past the Staten Island Zoo; and then in Queens, whose Broadway runs from Ravenswood to Elmhurst and serves as one of Long Island City’s key shopping arteries, joining Steinway Street and 30th Avenue.
Queens’ Broadway, which attained its present length only in the early 20th century, is an amalgam of a number of roads: Broadway in Ravenswood ran southeast to the now-demapped Ridge Road near Newtown Road; and the eastern part between Woodside Avenue and Queens Boulevard is the easternmost section of the colonial-era Hellgate Ferry Road, which connected Elmhurst and the East River; twisting Woodside Avenue follows most of its route today. The routes were joined in the years before the new IND subway was routed along a lengthy section from Steinway Street to Queens Boulevard in the 1930s.
The Queens International Night Market opened with a bang – not to mention Chinese barbecued squid, Argentine grilled steak, and Japanese octopus balls — last April. Based lightly on outdoor markets that are popular throughout Asia, more than 20 food tents set up shop in the New York Hall of Science’s 100,000-square-foot parking lot and thousands of hungry and curious people attended.
The food and fun continued and even grew on the following Saturday nights with hand-pulled noodles, shaved ice, and live entertainment. But on August 15, the bazaar had to close down due to logistical, calendar issues.
Now the magic is back, but not in the same location.
On September 5, the Queens International Night Market will re-open in the vicinity of 168th Street and 90th Avenue, about one block from the bus terminal in Jamaica. More than 100 independent vendors are expected to join the spectacle, which will run from 6 pm to midnight. John Wang, the organizer, plans to run the market through October 31. More details and another mouth-watering photo are on the jump page.
In 1957, a group known as The Chesters formed in New York City. They had a distinct, soulful doo wop sound with harmonies, and the lead singer, Jerome Anthony Gourdine, liked to sing in a high-pitched falsetto voice. A year later, they changed their name to Little Anthony & the Imperials and released their first hit, “Tears on My Pillow.” Then came “Shimmy, Shimmy Ko Ko Bop,” and “Goin’ Out of My Head.” Members came and left, and the group broke up and reunited a few times, but their songs were always popular and they always attracted large audiences.
Now, after almost 60 years in the music business, a 2009 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and a completed farewell tour, Little Anthony & the Imperials are still going strong. On Sunday, August 30, they will perform at Resorts World Casino New York City in Jamaica. More details and another photo are on the jump page.
This attractive one-bedroom co-op on 79th Street in Jackson Heights has a separate living and dining room, a modern kitchen and plenty of sunlight. It’s a spacious 825 square feet.
The galley kitchen looks newly renovated with quality appliances (and a washer and dryer); it’s quite small, though there is ample cabinet space and the dining room could provide extra space for kitchenwares. (more…)
The home of the Metropolitan Opera and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra is organizing a huge event in Queens…but it won’t make any sound.
Lincoln Center Local will host the second annual Silent Disco party at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City on September 3. With a 1980s theme, the fun will start around 6 pm with a massive dance lesson on the Hustle, salsa, and other smooth moves from the era. Then, attendees will don wireless headphones and listen to music by DJs Eric Silvey, Rimarkable, and Bill Coleman while shaking their groove things under the stars. (Individuals will be able turn up — or turn down — the volume as to their preferences.)
More information and another photo are on the jump page.
This 1,200-square-foot two-bedroom coop at 34-39 82nd Street in Jackson Heights features high ceilings, separate living and dining rooms and outdoor space.
The kitchen looks modern and has ample counter and cabinet space; it’s not an eat-in, but it’s adjacent to a sizable dining room currently also being used as a second living room. The living and dining rooms are separated by appealing French doors. (more…)
Children don’t usually enjoy anything that includes the words “back to school.” However, Jamaica hosts a back-to-school fashion show this week with young models and performers that people of all ages will love. Music is a big draw this week with African beats, the blues, choral auditions, doo wop, a drum circle, and jazz. Bike lessons and Jews in Iran are also part of the mix. The details and another photo are on the jump page.
The country and the religion are extremely intertwined. Biblical books such as Isaiah, Nehemiah and Ezra contain references to Jews in Persia (modern day Iran), and the Middle Eastern state is home to prominent religious shrines like the tombs of Esther and Daniel. With roots dating back to the sixth century BCE, the tight-knit Iranian Jewish community has retained its ethnic, linguistic, and cultural identity, while gathering fame for making gold jewelry and dealing antiques, carpets, and textiles.
On August 30, Bayside’s Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center will unveil an exhibition on Jewish lives in Persia/Iran. Curated and researched by Rabbi Isidoro Aizenberg, who will talk at 1 pm on opening day, the show contains more than 40 historic, archival, and modern day images. The focus is on World War II, the period under the last Shah, the Islamic revolution, and recent struggles with anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial. (Iran’s Jewish population is the second largest in the Middle East, after Israel, but it has dropped from an estimated 100,000 in 1948 to around 9,000 today.)
This exhibition will be on display until December 14, and the Kupferberg Center will offer other enrichment programs on Iranian Jews this fall. More information and a photo are on the jump page.
This detached, single-family home at 69-07 Alderton Street in Rego Park has a sun porch, eat-in kitchen and a bright dining room. In addition to its three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, there’s an attic, large finished basement and plenty of closets.
Other pluses are the private driveway and garage, as well as the location. The house is a short walk from Trader Joe’s, banks and pharmacies, two movie theaters and shopping. There are several bus stops within a couple blocks and it’s a 20-minute walk to the E, M and R trains at 67th Avenue. (more…)
Percussion has the largest musical family. Instruments can be hit, scraped or shaken to create different pitches, notes, and sounds. Plus, they add rhythm and spice to everything from classical music to hip hop to jazz.
Two special upcoming Queens events are based on percussion. The first one is a harvest moon celebration at Flushing Town Hall on August 29. Grammy nominee Juan Gutiérrez, who directs the group Los Pleneros de la 21, will lead a workshop for all-comers followed by a group drumming circle. This San Juan native received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.
The other event involves African cadences. Details and a photo are on the jump page.