03/05/13 9:00am

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Image Source: Queens World Film Festival

Come see movies from around the world and around the corner…with buffs from around the world and around the corner. Tonight, the Queens World Film Festival kicks off at Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image with shorts from Italy, Belgium, Australia, Croatia, Brooklyn and Queens. In total, the six-day extravaganza will exhibit 104 flicks, including ones by 19 locals, along with industry panels, special screening events and popular youth-oriented educational initiatives. Awards will be presented to narratives, documentaries, animation and LGBT films, and the winners will play again at encore screenings on March 10 at LIC’s Secret Theatre. The organizers, spouses Don and Katha Cato, have informed that they chose challenging films that aren’t easily available to moviegoers for this third annual festival.

Tuesday, March 5, to Sunday, March March 10
Schedule | Prices vary, some shows are sold out already

Jackson Heights Cinema
40-31 82nd Street, Jackson Heights

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, LIC

The Renaissance Charter School
35-59 81st Street, Jackson Heights

Armondo’s Restaurant
74-27 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights

P.S. 69
77-02 37th Avenue, Jackson Heights

03/02/13 2:00pm

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DNAinfo reports that a group of local neighbors have formed the Friends of the Steinway Mansion, who plan to work together to find a buyer for the landmarked house (18-33 41st St – GMAP), with hopes that it will become a museum or a cultural center. The 27-room Italianate style house was the home of the Steinway family back in the 19th century until about 1925, and it was declared a New York City landmark in 1967. It’s been for sale for years, priced at dropped to $2.995 million last year. As we can personally attest, too, it’s amazing inside and out.

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02/25/13 2:00pm

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Image source: Azugaldia via Wikimedia Commons

Google Glass has made quite a splash on the scene in the past week. It’s basically a device that resembles eyeglasses, that sits on your head – like eyeglasses – and allows you to use the technology hands-free and interact with it using natural language voice commands (“OK Glass, take a picture!” And the photo is taken).

Time Out New York has taken it upon itself to come up with some additional elements that would really appeal to New Yorkers, and it’s pretty funny stuff. (more…)

02/11/13 3:00pm

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Image source: NASA via Wired – Nemo was a scary looking mofo from outer space

During this past blizzard, we got to thinking about past big snowstorms (honestly, we did not get as huge a dump as we could have). A friend reminded us of this wonderful video filmed during the December 2010 “snowpocalypse” and we wanted to share it with you. It’s as delightful now as it was then.

[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_kD_M50-V6s]

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02/01/13 3:00pm

This moving, yet contemplative video was taken on Friday, January 18 (two weeks ago, which  makes that date actually two and a half months after Sandy, not three), and features some of the places and properties that are still wrecked by Hurricane Sandy. It’s still going to take time and work to get these peninsula communities back up and running. And it’s helpful to some to be reminded of this.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/57739759]

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01/27/13 2:00pm

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Image source: First Nature 

On Friday we asked the question, “What music are you listening to these days?” One of the responses we got was from Paula of the Glorified Tomato blog (which is one of our top food blogs in Queens) in the comments:

First Nature Band! This video was recorded Live at St. Rose of Lima Church, Rockaway Beach. 2 members are from Breezy Point, one From Rockaway Beach.

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01/02/13 11:00am

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Image source: SideBAR

We recently watched this video about the efforts by Michael Sinensky to help victims of Hurricane Sandy. He is a young entrepreneur (he boasts of the “candy and school supplies rings” he led in his youth) and Rockaway native who is the owner of a number of very successful watering holes around the city, including Manhattan’s Village Pourhouse (voted Best Beer Bar in NYC by TONY), Vintage Irving, Hudson Terrace (voted best rooftop bar in NYC by New York Mag), and SideBAR, among others. And it’s what he’s doing at SideBAR that has brought him some recent attention – he’s offering lucrative Friday night shifts to displaced Rockaway bartenders put out of work by Hurricane Sandy.

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12/31/12 3:00pm

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We stumbled across this film footage taken during the 1964-65 NY World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. The kids, Danny and Bobby, are adorable, and make an appearance throughout the film, waving at the camera or petting what looks like a big hairy bison. Their grandfather, Gus Martens, was behind the 8mm camera for the daytime shots, and spliced in the night footage at the end from a souvenir newsreel.

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12/24/12 3:00pm

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Yep, that’s 25 years ago

We thought we’d leave you today with this classic by Queens rappers Run-DMCChristmas in Hollis.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OR07r0ZMFb8]

For those of you that want the lyrics, they can be found here.

“And that’s what Christmas is all about
The time is now, the place is here
And the whole wide world is filled with cheer.”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, friends!