04/20/15 1:00pm

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Cha, cha, cha. Cha, cha, cha. Ah, flamenco! The music. The dancing. The hand clapping, finger snapping, and guitar jamming. There’s a reason why this Spanish/Gyspy art form has become popular all over the world: It’s awesome.

In fact, it’s so awesome that UNESCO declared it to be a Masterpiece of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity in 2010. And it’s so popular that there are now more flamenco academies in Japan than Spain.

From this Friday through May 10, Thalia Spanish Theatre will present an exciting show of traditional and contemporary flamenco that celebrates the various cultures that the genre brings together. (more…)

04/20/15 9:45am

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After the long cold winter so recently ended, there’s been a number of things which I’ve been making it a point to check up on, one of these is the focus of today’s post – the Kosciuszko Bridge project. The Kosciuszko Bridge spans my beloved Newtown Creek, carrying the Brooklyn Queens Expressway.

With its approach ramps, the 1939 era bridge is 2.1 miles long and considered one of the most dangerous structures in NYS. Governor Cuomo added the truss bridge to the “Fast Track” program and ordered the NYS DOT to replace it. Construction is well underway at this point, not that you’d really notice it from the roadway.

You need to visit DUKBO, Down Under the Kosciuszko Bridge Onramp, to see what’s going on.

More after the jump. (more…)

04/17/15 2:00pm

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The New York Landmarks Conservancy has bestowed one of its highest honors to a Queens arts gallery. On April 30, the SculptureCenter will receive the Lucy G. Moses Preservation Award, which recognizes individuals or groups that have made extraordinary contributions to preserving buildings in New York City. (more…)

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He’s back and he’s still wacky! Almost exactly a year ago, Steve Solomon performed his signature comedy show, My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m in Therapy, at Queens Theatre. A native of Brooklyn’s Sheepshead Bay, this former physics teacher cranked out the voices and accents of about 30 hilarious characters in different, distinctly outer-borough situations. Well, this Saturday, the jokester returns to the Flushing Meadows Corona Park venue with three performances of something a little different: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy. Again, Solomon takes the audience back to his wacky childhood, but then he brings them through his mixed marriages, ex-wives, strange pets, and endless dieting. (Editor’s Note: Solomon has another show entitled My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m Home for the Holidays.)

Details: My Mother’s Italian, My Father’s Jewish, and I’m STILL in Therapy!, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 18th, 2 pm and 8 pm, April 19th at 3 pm, $25-$35.

Photo: Steve Solomon Comedy

04/17/15 12:00pm

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This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story building and has a third room that could be used as an office study or a smaller third bedroom. The apartment has lots of windows, and the kitchen is set up nicely. Monthly rent comes in at $1,999.

The apartment is near the border of Brooklyn and Queens in Woodhaven, one block away from the J/Z trains. The Forest Park Dog Run and Forest Park Golf Course are both a ten-minute walk away. Woodhaven Library, food, and shopping are also very close by.

77-09 86th Avenue, #2-FLR [Citi Habitats] GMAP

04/17/15 9:45am

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Mount Zion, a Jewish cemetery, occupies about 80 acres in Maspeth near New Calvary Cemetery and the BQE. It was opened in the early 1890s under the auspices of Chevra Bani Sholom and later by the Elmwier Cemetery Association (Elmwier Avenue is a former name of 54th Avenue).

A walk in Mount Zion will produce a surprising and poignant reminder of burial practices long forgotten… the faces of the dead are preserved on some of the tombstones.

In a process known as “enameling,” photographs of the deceased are burned into porcelain (in a process described in detail in John Yang’s book, “Mount Zion: Sepulchral Photographs.”) This was a custom brought to the U.S. by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. (more…)

04/16/15 1:00pm
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Merrily We Roll Along begins at the end…and ends at the beginning. The Stephen Sondheim musical, based on a 1934 play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart, tells the story of a once-great Broadway composer who gives up his career and friends to try his hand as a Hollywood producer. 
Both the play and the musical were notable for telling a story in reverse, with the musical version opening in Los Angeles in 1976 and steadily moving backwards to the songwriter’s humble beginnings in 1950s New York. Merrily We Roll Along has a theme close to Sondheim’s heart, how a passion for creating art can be corrupted in the pursuit of success.
The Astoria Performing Arts Center is presenting a 20-show run of Merrily We Roll Along, directed by APAC artistic director Dev Bondarin, from April 30 until May 23. Click through for more information.

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This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a prewar multi-family building in College Point. The apartment is gut-renovated with wood floors throughout and has new cabinets in the kitchen. The apartment looks like it gets a lot of light.

There are a handful of small shops in the area, and restaurants are about a ten-minute walk away. The apartment is close to parks, playgrounds, and the water. The Q65 and Q25 are the closest public transportation options, but parking is available for an extra monthly cost. The rent is $1,400 per month.

12-24 116th Street, #2R [Charles Rutenberg, LLC] GMAP