This three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom rental won’t win any design awards — the kitchen cabinets need updating, there’s a pink bathroom and the floors are a little loud, to say the least. But the size, location and price of $2,900 per month make up for it.
Located at 30-89 48th Street, the top-floor unit has a large eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, large living room, and supposedly has two balconies, though only one is pictured. As mentioned, the half-bathroom is filled with pink tiles, but the full bath is perfectly normal looking. (more…)
This cozy one-bedroom Astoria rental is pretty no-frills, but it’s in nice shape at a reasonable $1,950 per month.
The new-looking kitchen has ample counter and cabinet space, thanks to a bi-level countertop that faces out into the living area. There’s not enough room for a full dining set, but there’s space for stools at the counter or maybe a small table along the side of the living room. (more…)
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.
It began with “Twist and Shout,” hit a crescendo with “Ticket to Ride,” and ended with “I’m Down.” It was the best attended concert of its kind at the time (55,600 fans) and five years after the fact, John Lennon described it as the highlight of his career, saying: “I saw the top of the mountain.”
On August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium as part of the Fab Four’s 1965 tour of the United States. Beforehand, John, Paul, George, and Ringo landed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park via helicopter from Manhattan. They then got prepared in the visiting baseball team’s locker, and took the stage to an adoring crowd at a time when screaming was becoming the norm at live shows.
On August 19, 2015, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will celebrate the concert’s 50th anniversary with a special, interactive lecture at QED Astoria. GAHS Vice President Richard Melnick, who co-wrote the book “Images of America: The East River,” and friends will wax nostalgically about the memorable night with personal testimonies, concert footage, and a special guest speaker who is currently unidentified. The event will include a Q&A session.
Details: Beatles at Shea, QEDC Astoria, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, August 19, 7 pm, $10, reserve a spot by emailing QEDAstoria@gmail.com.
This studio rental is part of Santorini, a six-story apartment building right on the border of Astoria and LIC. The kitchen has dark wood cabinets below and clean white cabinets above the counters which is an interesting contrast to the light wood floors. The appliances are stainless steel, and there is a dishwasher and built-in microwave.
The studio covers 460 square feet. The building has a common roof deck and courtyard, a children’s playroom, a fitness center, and an outdoor play area. There is laundry on each floor, and the building offers indoor on-site parking. The monthly rent is $1,950.
The N and Q trains and the Q66 and Q102 buses are around the corner, and the M and R trains are about a ten-minute walk away. There are multiple grocery stores and many restaurants to choose from in the area, and there are schools and playgrounds nearby too. Click through for more photos.
If you can’t beat them, make your own show. After a second-place finish on a Jeopardy! episode, Noah Tarnow created The Big Quiz Thing, a team-based, multi-generational trivia contest in 2002. With questions about geography, history, pop culture, science, and sports, teams (sometimes families) compete against each other — with audience participation at times — in such categories as the Lightning Round and the Text Message Challenge. There are “Smart-Ass Points” for entertaining-but-incorrect answers.
On August 4, Quiz Thing will begin a residency at Q.E.D., an eclectic cafe/working space/hang out spot in Astoria. During the kick-off, Tarnow will divide the audience into groups that will compete using an interactive app/website with tablets and smartphones. Shows will continue on the first Tuesday of each month (September 1, October 6, etc.) with no confirmed end date.
Details: The Big Quiz Thing, Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, August 4, 7:30 pm, $8 in advance/$10 at the door.
Astoria. Ditmars Boulevard. The subway signs on the R train advertised these outlandish, far-off locales as I boarded it in Bay Ridge, back when I lived there for the better part of three decades. But I never really thought to trouble this northwest section of Queens until I actually moved to the borough a couple of decades ago. (more…)
You won’t believe your ears or your pocketbooks. Queens is about to experience a streak of fantastic, free, outdoor concerts over the next five days. Listeners will be able to bring their folding chairs, blankets, and dancing shoes to Flushing, Long Island City, Queensbridge, and Sunnyside and enjoy everything from hip hop to polka to R&B. George Clinton, Parliament Funkadelic, and the Chi-Lites are the biggest acts, but some performers, such as minimalist musician Florent Ghys (above), are masters of lesser-known genres.
Here is the schedule:
The Glukh Polka Band plays polkas, waltzes, and polonaises at Flushing Town Hall on July 12 at 2 pm.
The moon just might hit your eye like a big pizza pie, and that just might be “amore.” Tonight, theFederation of Italian American Organizations of Queens will continue Italian Nights 2015, a series of live music and dancing at Astoria’s Athens Square Park that will take place every Wednesday night through August 26.
With a 7:30 pm starting time, attendees can expect everything from romantic crooning to lively dance music to jazz. The schedule follows.
Tony Pasquariello performs for those who love to dance and sing along to Neapolitan music tonight.
Tino croons Italian favorites from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s on July 15.
Andrea & Friends do Italian pop songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s on July 22.
Bruno Macari sings Italian classics while playing the keyboard on July 29.
International tenor Roberto Di Roma does old-time favorites from Central Italy with Mario Dispenza on mandolin and Joe Spadaro on guitar on August 5.
Filippo & Friends entertain will a diverse array of ditties on August 12.
On your mark. Get set. Go…but not too fast. On July 12, the eighth annual Tour de Queens will take participants on a roughly 20-mile loop that starts and ends in Astoria Park. Basically a rolling parade, the tour rides en masse at a family-friendly pace –about 10 mph — with NYPD escorts, volunteer safety marshals, and occasional stops at intersections to gather riders. This year’s route goes through Long Island City, Sunnyside, Rego Park, Forest Hills, and Corona with an optional rest stop with light snacks and water at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village.
Proceeds go to Transportation Alternatives, a nonprofit that promotes bicycling, walking, and the use of public transit in New York City.
Details: Tour de Queens, meet in the Astoria Park parking lot off 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue North, Astoria, July 12, 8 am check in, $22.50.