2014 brought plenty of shutdowns for the 7 train, and apparently the MTA isn’t wasting any time as we head into the new year. They released the schedule for the first five months of 2015 and, as LIC Post first reported, “The No. 7 train will be out of service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza for nine weekends.” Three other weekends will bring service cuts between Willets Point and Flushing-Main Street. The MTA — who scheduled the shutdowns to install a new signal system, replace elevated tracks and reconstruct the Steinway Tubes between Queens and Manhattan — will replace subway service with shuttles and the East River Ferry.
Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer isn’t happy about the announcement, saying that the closures are frustrating considering the poor, delayed 7 train service over the past few months. “The MTA still isn’t engaging the community or responding to the community in a meaningful way… I am very disappointed,” he stated.
See the full schedule of closures, which span from January 2nd to May 25th, after the jump. (more…)
The legend lives on, but it won’t be pigeonholed. Trumpeter Theo Croker is both a bold newcomer on the jazz-soul scene and the grandson of arch-traditionalist trumpet legend Doc Cheatham, whose seven-decade, award-filled career ended on his death in 1997. Still in his twenties, Croker is deeply immersed in jazz , but he also writes and produces R&B, hip-hop, rap, and film scores, along with contemporary classical music. In addition to his grandfather, this 2006 Presser Music Foundation Award recipient lists Louis Armstrong, Stevie Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Outkast among his influences. On Friday, Croker and his DVRK Funk outfit take their act to Flushing Town Hall. Expect some swinging jazz with trumpet, saxophone, drums, bass, piano…and general impunity. More details on jump page.(more…)
This freestanding Tudor at 45-16 194th Street in Flushing is charming from the outside but a little underwhelming inside. The interior looks well kept and fairly standard, with some details like ceiling beams in the living room. There are five total bedrooms (we wouldn’t have guessed this house could fit that many!) as well as a finished basement, paved backyard and garage. It’s located on a beautiful and leafy block, with many other similar Tudor homes, but isn’t all that close to any public transportation. The asking price? $938,000.
New York Times restaurant critic Pete Wells wrote an excellent guide for Korean food in Queens, which can be found beyond the last stop on the 7 train “in Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside and beyond, serving famous Korean dishes and obscure ones.” Here’s a taste of what’s there: “Beef barbecue and blood sausage; wheat noodles in deep steaming bowls and arrowroot noodles in broth chilled with ice crystals; tofu casseroles and live octopus; Korean-Chinese restaurants and Korean-French bakeries; beery pubs and studious espresso bars; chicken fried in a shattering crust of rice flour and chicken boiled whole with ginseng.” Wells believes that the so-called “Queens kimchi belt” is one of the least explored and celebrated ethnic food districts in the city.
He lists 12 of his favorite spots, many of which are located in Murray Hill and Auburndale. And he offers some dining tips, as well: “I followed the lead of the locals. Rather than taking the full measure of a menu, as a restaurant critic normally would, I zeroed in on one or two specialties. I compared them with other competing versions nearby. I would taste all the claimants on the same day when I could, although I had to break my fried-chicken safari into two trips.”
The Senate just passed a bill for the National Park Service to study the John Bowne House and Old Quaker Meeting House in Flushing for possible incorporation as National Park Service sites. Representative Grace Meng introduced the bill earlier this year and it has made steady progress — Queens Courier reports that it will now be sent to President Obama for his signature. If the bill does pass, the National Park Service will examine if the sites can be incorporated as a National Historic Park or a National Historic Site. If incorporated, the John Bowne House and Old Quaker Meeting House will receive federal upkeep.
The John Bowne House dates back to 1661 and played an important role in establishing religious freedom in America. (Read more about its history here.) As Representative Meng told the Courier, “It’s time for more people across the country to know about the Flushing Remonstrance, and putting these sites on a national stage is a sure way to accomplish that.”
The next chance to root for the Mets is during spring training in Florida. But the next chance to have a blast at Citi Field is this Saturday at the inaugural Winter Fest. Family-friendly fun is the focus with the mandatory meet-and-greet with Santa, as well as arts & crafts provided by Oriental Trading, appearances by Mr. and Mrs. Met, cookie decorating, winter-themed games, holiday décor, caroling, and specialty eggnog. There’s also a charitable aspect to the festivities, as the hosts, Metropolitan Hospitality, will raise funds for Toys for Tots, a nonprofit that collects new, unwrapped presents to distribute as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children. An array of New York legends put their creative imprint on official Major League baseballs. These decorated and autographed balls will be auctioned off, with proceeds going to Toys for Tots.
Details: Winter Fest, Citi Field, 123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Corona/Flushing, December 13th, 1 pm to 5 pm, $10/$7 for children, free parking in Lot G for ticket-holders (enter at Hodges VIP Entrance).
Bonus detail: Attendees are encouraged to bring new, unwrapped donations to Toys for Tots.
Go ahead, deck the halls. But for real holiday inspiration, head over to any one of four fantastic concerts scheduled for this upcoming, jam-packed weekend. The fun begins on Friday with a special show at Queens Museum featuring the Corona Youth Orchestra, the Corona Children’s Orchestra, and the No Frontiers Children’s Orchestra playing Beethoven and other classics. There’s a double dose on Saturday, as the Forest Hills Choirperforms a collection of choral pieces, such as “Magnificat” and “O Magnum Mysterium,” which honor the Virgin Mary. At night, the Queens College Choral Society, whose membership includes high school students and adults who have been with the group for more than 40 years, does Handel’s Messiah and other favorites with a full orchestra. Finish the fix — and get another dose of Handel’s Messiah – on Sunday when Our Lady of Martyrs Church’s Sacred Music Societyjoins forces with the Oratorio Society of Queens to offer an annual concert that always involves tremendous audience participation.
This one really does keep on giving. Street artist Leon Reid IV‘s installation The Gift (above and below) is a geometric play on the traditional gift box. With its varying perspectives, it encourages viewers to think about the act of giving this holiday season. The piece will be illuminated in Flushing next Wednesday during a special ceremony featuring performances by Miss New York Teen and Miss Chinese Cosmos. Organized by the Queens Crossing shopping center and the Crossing Art gallery, the event kicks off the season in Flushing, while the outdoor, public-art project will remain through December 30th, encouraging the gifts of time, compassion, and love.
Details: All Wrapped Up: Holiday Delights, Queens Crossing Outdoor Plaza, vicinity of 136-17 39th Avenue, Flushing, lighting ceremony on December 10th at 5:30 pm.
The Flushing-based developers Christopher and George Xu filed permits to build a 14-story development at 134-03 35th Avenue — what New York YIMBY characterizes as an “aggressively mixed-use tower.” It’ll include 134 apartment units, a 210-room hotel, six retail spaces, a hotel restaurant and bar and community space. The whole shebang will come in at 350,000 square feet, with 207,000 square feet of building and a large, bi-level underground parking garage on top of that.
The developers, who have built in Flushing, Jamaica and LIC, asked for a zoning change to build this way back in 2003. The zoning was approved in 2010, now it’s finally becoming a reality.
If you’re in the market for a Tudor estate, look no further than this property at 144-24 33rd Avenue in Flushing. The home — which is even fenced in — holds five bedrooms and three-and-a-half baths, a balcony and what looks like a beautiful yard. There aren’t many interior photos but from what we can see the inside looks lovely. I’d be nice to get a look at the kitchen or bathrooms though. For all this? You won’t pay more than a million, the ask comes in at $929,000.