11/19/15 1:00pm

Holiday Historic House Tour

Now we know why Santa Claus is coming to town!

On Sunday, December 6, seven Queens landmarks will open their doors to the public during the 28th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour. Sponsored by the Queens Historical Society, merry participants will be able to walk at their own pace to the different venues and take a dedicated shuttle from Flushing to Corona from 12:30 pm to 5 pm.

The participating sites Bowne House; Flushing Town Hall; Friends Quaker Meeting; Kingsland Homestead; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Louis Armstrong House Museum; and Voelker Orth Museum Bird Sanctuary & Victorian Garden will be decorated as they were during Christmas celebrations of yore to present a glimpse into their pasts. They will also offer special, time-honored activities, craft fairs, and refreshments.

More images and descriptions of the venues and their tour plans are on the jump page.


09/25/15 1:00pm

World Maker Faire 2015 at New York Hall of Science

Forget about Frankenstein. Robot Resurrection is a 30-foot-tall, human-operated, articulating automaton whose composition is 95 percent recycled airplane parts. The brainchild of Shane Evans, this android is heading to Queens and bringing plenty of colleagues, such as Mechanical Horse, a stainless steel contraption with more than 100 bearings, laser-cut sprockets, 30 feet of chain, and 23 articulating joints, and Life Size Mousetrap, a 16-piece, 50,000-pound interactive kinetic sculpture.

World Maker Faire 2015 takes place at the New York Hall of Science on Saturday and Sunday. Part geek fest, part DIY rage, part new product showcase, this sixth annual extravaganza celebrates cleverness, craftsmanship, creativity, and countless contraptions. More than 500 makers are expected to display their latest projects to more than 50,000 enthusiasts. More information, a list of some expected favorites, and another photo are on the jump page.


09/24/15 1:00pm


Mazarte Dance Company is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes indigenous Mexican culture, especially dance and art, in New York City.

The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes Bengali cultural, especially dance and language, in New York City.

On September 26, Mazarte and BIPA will headline Oye Corona!, a monthly, outdoor celebration organized by Queens Museum which features live music, crafts, workouts, and even storytelling.

To take place in Corona Plaza from 1 pm to about 6 pm, this month’s fun will feature a mobile library that provides books and games to youngsters, a screenprinting workshop, and a dance-based fitness class called “bailoterapia.”

Mazarte will perform at 3:30 pm, while BIPA will begin its one-hour show at 4:30 pm. More information and a photo of BIPA in action are on the jump page.


08/19/15 1:00pm

Jazzmobile Block Party

He’s a one-stop shop for Jazz and Latin music. Bobby Sanabria, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is probably best known for his drumming and percussion, but he’s also an activist, arranger, composer, conductor, educator, ensemble leader, filmmaker, producer, and recording artist. Over a five-decade career, this South Bronx native with Puerto Rican roots has played with such diverse stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria.

On Thursday, August 20, Sanabria and his quartet will headline the festivities at the annual Jazzmobile Block Party in front of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. Information on the other planned activities and another photo are on the jump page.


08/07/15 1:00pm


She is single-handedly re-popularizing the four-string banjo in jazz and breaking all stereotypes about banjo players at the same type.

Cynthia Sayer is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader who rose to prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Known for eclectic, swing-based shows, her career includes performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and appearing with The New York Philharmonic.

On August 15, Sayer brings her Sparks Fly Quartet to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. The group’s classic jazz core pays tribute to Satchmo, while its eclectic repertoire embraces musical influences of the 1920s and 1930s.

Details: Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, August 15, 2 pm, $18 (advance tickets include red beans & rice and sweet tea plus a free historic house tour pass).

Photo: Cynthia Sayer

07/03/15 1:00pm


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.

Photo by Tour de Queens

07/02/15 1:00pm


It’s been an Independence Day tradition for many years.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum kicks off its ninth-annual, three-gig Hot Jazz/Cool Garden series on July 4 with sizzling live music, red beans and rice (Satchmo’s favorite), and sweet tea. The Ladybugs (above), a traditional jazz vocal group known for intricate harmonies, lead the way. With a repertoire that favors music from the 1920s-1940s, all band members sing while each one plays ukulele, guitar, trombone, bass or drums.

Jon-Erik Kellso & Friends will take to the outdoor stage in the museum’s garden on July 18. A trumpeter who started playing in a big band at age 11, Kellso has jammed all over the world with such greats as Wynton Marsalis and The EarRegulars. On Monday and Tuesday nights, he shares the stage with Vince Giordano’s Nighthawks at Iguana on West 54th Street in Manhattan.

The final concert stars Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet on August 15. Led by acclaimed banjoist/vocalist Sayer, this classic jazz core pays tribute to Louis Armstrong with an eclectic repertoire that also embraces other musical influences of the 1920s and 1930s.

Plus, the exhibit Red Beans & Ricely Yours: Louis Armstrong & Food will be on display at the house during these shows.

Details: Hot Jazz/Cool Garden 2015, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, July 4, July 18 and August 15, 2 pm, $18/$45 for series subscription.

Photo by The Ladybugs

06/11/15 1:00pm


On Monday, we posted about the Historic Jackson Heights Weekend, which features two days of walking tours around the neighborhood. This was accurate as far as it goes, but it deserves an amplification, as there are guided treks all around the borough this weekend.

On Saturday, official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum gives his signature expedition, The World of the 7 Train. It’s actually a series of six walks along with subway rides. He discusses the history and impact of the 7 line, while stopping in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the event ends with lunch, probably at a Chinese restaurant. (more…)

04/09/15 9:30am


Just in time for the warm weather, LeFrak City managers, local elected officials, and campus residents participated in a joyous ribbon-cutting ceremony on Wednesday to announce a complete revamp of a recreation area.

Located partially over an underground parking garage in Corona, the West Courtyard now features a 39,200-square-foot space with two courts that can host a wide range of sports, especially basketball and tennis. The facility, which is connected to a new campus-wide security system, also contains paved walkways, benches, picnic tables, and newly planted trees and shrubs.



04/02/15 1:00pm


The ongoing battle over which borough has the best restaurants will have a friendly skirmish during Queens Taste 2015 in Corona on May 12. More than 50 restaurants, dessert makers, and beverage providers are getting ready to provide samples of their products to an expected 800 attendees at this annual celebration, which will take place at the New York Hall of Science this year. More information and more foodie photos are on the jump page.