05/29/15 1:00pm


There will be emotion in the air on June 6, when American Pharoah vies for the highly coveted Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes. As part of the fun related to this 147th annual horse race, Flushing Town Hall will exhibit Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack, which includes 25 images and objects from Belmont Park, which straddles the Queens-Nassau county line, and upstate’s Saratoga Springs.

The backstretch is a spot within a racetrack that’s usually out of sight from the public viewing and betting areas. It can include stables, barns, and temporary housing for trainers. However, “backstretch” can also refer to the community of workers — assistant trainers, exercise riders, horse owners, jockeys, trainers, etc. — who come together to make a racetrack function. (more…)

05/28/15 1:00pm


There are many dress codes for this event. On Saturday, the Celebrate Astoria International Cultural Fest will fill Astoria Park with colorful costumes, beautiful music, and dazzling dances. The five-hour happening will perfectly demonstrate that Queens is a kaleidoscope, with performers from 11 different countries.

Scheduled entertainers — almost all of whom are local — include American Bolero Company, Ayazamana Ecuadorian Dance (above), Banatal Romanian Folklore, Bangladeshi Institute for Performing ArtsCalpulli Mexican Dance Company, Dahdoo Music of North Africa/Middle East, Filippo and the Songs of Italy, Issa Cabrera and her Brazilian folklore, Minbuza Japanese Folk Dance (below), Niall O’Leary School of Irish Dance, and Pontion Society Komninoi Dancers.


05/28/15 12:00pm


This two-bedroom stock co-op is in a two-story building built in 1950. The apartment is on a quiet, tree-lined street in Whitestone. The kitchen is narrow but has lots of counter space, and the living room and bedrooms are spacious. There is a washer and dryer in the apartment, 24-hour security, and a parking garage is available (subject to waiting list). The ask is $250,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $969.30. All utilities are included in maintenance.

The QM16 and Q20 buses are on the same street, and the Q76 is a quick walk away. There are playgrounds, public schools, and dining options in the area. The Whitestone Expressway, Cross Island Parkway, and Clearview Expressway are all within a five minute drive. Click through for more photos.

163-57 Willets Point Boulevard U [Keller Williams Realty Landmark] GMAP (more…)

05/27/15 1:00pm


It’s a great place to talk shop. On Saturday, the 30th NYC Musical Saw Festival will take place in Astoria. Founded by local resident Natalia “Saw Lady” Paruz (above) in 2003, this periodic extravaganza brings together several dozen enthusiasts from all over the world — Germany, India, Japan, South Africa, etc — to promote, discuss, enjoy, and shape the future of a roughly 300-year-old art form: making music with a carpenter’s handsaw. (more…)


This three-bedroom rental in College Point is part of a two-story home built in 1979. The apartment is has a huge kitchen and two full baths. The living room is spacious too, and there is a separate room for dining. There are hard wood floors in the bedrooms and living room, and there are tiles in the kitchen and baths. Monthly rent is $2,000, and the apartment is available for June 1.

The Q25 bus is a short walk away, and the Q20B is about a five minute walk. Powell’s Clove Park and Hermon A. Macneil Park are both in the area. Small shops and dining options are also a five minute walk away. Click through for more photos.

124-10 9th Avenue, #2 [Century 21 Weber & Rose] GMAP (more…)

05/27/15 10:00am


The Who will rock to town as a highlight of an incredibly musical week that includes a symphony, an international event, Ed Sheeran, jazz, and even a festival for people who play the saw. There are also opportunities to enjoy Latin dance, European films, walking tours, and fly fishing. Here’s the rundown. (more…)

05/26/15 1:00pm


There’s nothing like Paris in the summer. Actually, Madrid, Vienna, Prague, and Athens are nice, too. But what’s really exceptional is enjoying these cultures and vistas while staying in Western Queens.

Panorama Europe 2015 opens on May 29 and runs until June 14. This seventh annual festival will screen 16 new films — from Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Slovenia, and Spain — at the Museum of the Moving Image in the Kaufman Arts District and the Bohemian Beer Hall in Manhattan, with a special closing ceremony featuring live music by the Flemish band St. Grandson in the museum’s courtyard. Here’s the schedule. (more…)

05/26/15 9:45am


The Shops at Atlas Park

Glendale is a well-kept small town in western Queens filled with local restaurants and dining options as well as one of New York City’s largest malls (constructed atop a former industrial park) and the vast Forest Park.

Glendale was formerly one of New York City’s most populous German-American bastions, and home to a number of restaurants specializing in German cuisine, such as Gebhardt’s, Durow’s and Von Westernhagen’s. Zum Stammtisch is the lone survivor, although it was the new kid on the block when it was founded in 1972 by Bavarian immigrant John Lehner at 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, just west of Cooper Avenue.

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05/22/15 1:00pm


It’s one of those plays that makes audience members want to jump out of their seats and enter the scene to yell at the actors. Abuse (or La Visita in Spanish) presents conversations between Padre Lucio, the director of a Catholic college, and Esther, an insurance agent. Based on a true story from a Dutch archdiocese, the drama, written by Madrid-based Antonio Muñoz de Mesa, begins with a discussion about changing an insurance policy to cover sexual abuse of children as a workplace accident. A debate ensues, during which the priest shows apathy to abuse victims and the agent flits between her economic needs and her moral code.

Tonight, Thalia Spanish Theatre launches the United States bilingual premiere of Abuse, starring Soledad Lopez and Francisco Fuertes. The play will run in English on Fridays and Saturday afternoons and in Spanish on Saturday nights and Sunday, until June 28. (more…)