If you’ve never been to the Broadway-Flushing section of Queens, it’s worth a visit — it’s home to some of Queens’ finest architecture, having been part of the Rickert-Finley real estate development around the turn of the 20th century featuring large plots, wide lawns, and beautiful, eclectic buildings. I’ve been familiar with the neighborhood since 1993 when I moved to the area from Bay Ridge to be closer to a job. Broadway, which runs from Northern Boulevard/Crocheron Avenue north to 29th Avenue between 158th Street and Utopia Parkway, is named for a former name of Northern Boulevard (the local LIRR station never dropped the name).
Though Broadway-Flushing was designated a Historic District by the United States Department of the Interior and was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on May 12, 2006, the Landmarks Preservation Commission has decided against making the neighborhood a historic district. Because of that, developers eyeing the area’s large plots are likely making plans to demolish many of the homes and fill the lawns with concrete.
Today, though, my attentionis restricted to a small triangle formed by Northern Boulevard, 162nd Street and Crocheron Avenue, for many years consisting of just concrete, but now gussied up with bushes and trees, and a sign reading “Studley Triangle.”
The triangle honors the formidably named upstate New Yorker Elmer Ebenezer Studley (1869-1942), a lieutenant in the Spanish-American War, attorney, and Congressman from 1933-1935. He was a Flushing resident in his later years and is buried in Flushing Cemetery.
Her music reflects the country’s history. She mixes Appalachian folk, Piedmont blues, soul, R&B, and traditional Native American rhythms. It also reflects her Cherokee, Choctaw, African and European DNA. Her 2012 multifaceted work, The Garden of Love, fuses William Blake’s 18th century poetry to music that draws from rural influences of Appalachia. But Martha Redbone is also known for her support of causes reflecting her heritage. She annually holds a traditional music workshop within the United Houma Nation’s Cultural Enrichment Summer Camp program, and regularly gives talks on subjects ranging from indigenous rights to the role of arts in politics. This weekend, Redbone will offer a concert on Friday and then lead a workshop the next day at Flushing Town Hall. Her husband Aaron Whitby will join her on stage, playing keys and melodica, while Alan Burroughs will handle the guitar and vocals, Fred Cash will play bass, and Tony Mason will rock the drums. On Saturday, the interactive, family-friendly music workshop will introduce participants to Native American rhythms and sounds.
Concert details: Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, November 21st, 7:30 pm, $15/$10 for students. This event has a special “tweetseat” offer. People who are active on social media can attend for free if they tweet at least five times before, during and after the concert.
Man, Flushing’s go-to shopping mall, The Shops at SkyView Center, is really on a roll. Nordstrom Rack opened there in September. That was followed by five new tenants, including Justice & Brothers (a clothing chain for tweens) and GNC. Now, add two more major retailers to the list: Forever 21 and the Nike Factory Store.
According to a press release, Forever 21 — a popular clothing and accessories chain — inked a deal for 10,093 square feet on Level D of the shopping center. The store plans to open in the spring of 2015.
And the Nike Factory Store signed a lease to take over a ton of space, 15,000 square feet, on Level B. The store will be the first of its kind in New York City, selling discounted shoes, clothing and gear. It’s also slated to open in the spring of next year.
Remember: Whatever happens under the mistletoe, stays under the mistletoe. As part of the 27th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour, seven local landmarks will offer seasonal refreshments, organize time-honored activities, and provide glimpses of Christmas celebrations from as far back as the 17th century on Sunday, December 7th. Visitors will be able to check out any (or all) of the venues — Kingsland Homestead; Voelker Orth Museum; Lewis H. Latimer House Museum; Friends Meeting House; Flushing Town Hall; Bowne House; and Louis Armstrong House Museum — and a van will continuously run between sites from 1 pm to 5 pm.
After the jump, more information on each participating venue and its tour plans… (more…)
The Department of City Planning is launching a study to explore the potential of upzoning in Western Flushing. The area in question is the mostly industrial land surrounding the Flushing River (pictured) — according to Crain’s, the location “has long been eyed by planners, including a group of them who received a $1.5 million grant several years ago to study development opportunities there.” The group, Flushing Willets Point Corona Local Development Corp., presented a potential plan for a 60-acre swath that includes development, a waterfront park and as much as 1,600 apartment units.
If the city does decide to upzone the area to accommodate denser development, it’ll take around two to three years for planning, approvals and then implementation.
More than 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture are coming to Queens College. The exhibit, Highlights of The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, will be on view at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum from November 19th, 2014, through January 17th, 2015. Selected from a larger donation by William Daghlian, a former adjunct professor at Queens College’s Aaron Copland School of Music, the show will feature 60 items, including ceramics, jade, pottery, and wood objects dating from the Stone Age (ca. 6,000–2,500 BCE) to the Ming Dynasty (ca. 1,368–1,644 AD). More details and photos are on the jump page.
The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.
New York Times restaurant review critic Pete Wells spotlighted Dumpling Galaxy this week, awarding it one star. The Flushing eatery is the work of Helen You, who ran the cozy Tianjin Dumpling House for the past eight years. At Dumpling Galaxy, she offers 100 varieties of dumplings, ranging from cilantro with minced lamb, shrimp, scallops and crab meat to pumpkin and black sesame (for dessert). Wells praises many — but not all — of the dumpling varieties, as well as the Northern China, Hunan and Fujian entrees. Here’s a great quote from the review:
I’ve eaten entire meals that delivered less flavor than a single one of Ms. You’s dumplings stuffed with terrific little meatballs of duck and shiitakes. And if those hadn’t cheered me up, the fried dumplings would. Ms. You pours watery cornstarch into the pan, which bubbles and browns into a shatteringly thin, dumpling-studded pancake. Cracking that crust, I felt like the happiest guy in the galaxy.
This weekend, a culture lover could trek to Korea, then Cuba, then China or simply hang out at Flushing Town Hall and experience the greatness of all these countries. On Friday, the Northern Boulevard landmark will host Juris Kuns (bottom), a group that mixes the time-honored and cutting edge with an acoustic guitar, bass guitar, percussion and janggu, a Korean drum with an hourglass-shaped body and two heads that produce different pitches and timbres, representing the harmony of man and woman when played together.
On Saturday night, two-time Grammy nominee Dafnis Prieto (middle), who won a MacArthur Foundation “genius grant” in 2011, will honor his African-Cuban heritage with congas, timbales and the layered rhythms of rhumba and son. Then on Sunday afternoon, beautiful music and motion mix in CrossCurrent, when Luxembourg International Composition prize-winner Huang Ruo and the New Asia Chamber Music Society share the stage with members of the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company (above).