On your marks… Get set… Eat! The tenth annual Queens Restaurant Week 2013 will run from September 30th to October 3rd and October 7th to October 10th with more than 60 eateries participating. A three-course, prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14 are the general parameters for the promotion, although some establishments will also offer wine or some other items, and many restaurants will continue their specials beyond October 10th. As to be expected in the world’s most diverse county, the cuisine options are boundless. Participating restaurants include Ben’s Best (Kosher, Rego Park), Christos (Astoria, steakhouse with Greek influence), Dazies (Sunnyside, Italian), Haveli (Forest Hills, Indian), Roka (Richmond Hill, Turkish), Tequila Sunrise (Bayside, Mexican) and Uncle Peter’s (Jackson Heights, pan-European).
Details: Queens Restaurant Week 2013, September 30th to October 3rd and October 7th to October 10th. Click here for a participant list.
We’re super excited for the new brewery coming to 78-01 77th Avenue in Glendale, so we decided to stop in and check out the progress. Finback Brewery owners and avid home brewers Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford spent 18 months searching for a brewery space in Brooklyn and Long Island City. Nearly at the point of giving up, the pair stumbled upon this massive warehouse in Glendale. At 13,000 square feet, it’s actually more room than they need at the moment, but they’re excited to eventually expand and grow into the space. The brewery will feature a large tasting room, a bar, a backyard, and possibly an event space. Finback will produce a range of beer styles, including an IPA, a stout, and a smoked session. They’ve also launched a Kickstarter campaign to help fund wooden barrels and additional equipment for making sour beers. They’ve been working on the space, which was totally raw when they moved in, since the summer, with an eye to opening in November. After the jump, more details and photos of what what the brewery presently looks like…
A reader alerted us to Finback Brewery, now under construction at 78-01 77th Avenue in Glendale. The owners are avid home brewers who are now working to open a 20-barrel brewery in an old warehouse space. The photo above, from Facebook, shows the construction progress over the summer. Once finished with construction, the brewery will have a tasting room, events room and back yard. Here’s an example of the types of ales that will be on tap. Earlier this month Finback launched a Kickstarter to raise $28,000 for a giant wooden barrel to make sour beers, aging barrels, extra hoses, equipment and ingredients. So far they’ve raised almost $10,000; the funding period lasts through October 10th. GMAP
The Department of Education has proposed to rezone District 24, which serves Glendale, Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Maspeth, Middle Village and Corona, to address problems of school overcrowding. But some parents worry that the rezoning will force many students into a dangerous commute. According to the Queens Courier, “Based on the plans, students would have to cross Queens Boulevard, the so-called “Boulevard of Death,” to get to P.S. 229 from the newly expanded northern area. Also, some children that formerly would be zoned for P.S. 229 will be instead moved to P.S. 153, which may force them to cross the Long Island Expressway via Maurice Avenue.” Parents are particularly cautious after a recent incident in which an SUV jumped the curb on Grand Avenue and injured five students. The DOE staffers plan to reconfigure the proposal and meet with parents again on September 24th. The zoning change, which will adjust school zones based on neighborhood populations, affects the kindergarten class of the 2014-2015 school year — current students won’t have to change schools.
Clothing shops Forever 21 and Charlotte Ruise are coming to the Shops at Atlas Park at 8000 Cooper Avenue in Glendale, the Observer reported. The new stores will open in the summer, part of a new leasing program by the public real estate investment trust Macerich, which acquired the troubled mall in a foreclosure sale for $54 million in 2011. Other tenants slated to open at the 25-acre mall include T.J. Maxx, Modell’s and Sephora. The landlord also plans to add 10,000 square feet of outdoor space, which will host concerts and other events.
Queens natives have given a lot to the military over the years. For example, Woodside’s zip code — 11377 — was home to more soldiers who died in the Vietnam War than any other zip code in the U.S. This weekend, the borough will honor its war heroes with countless Memorial Day parades, including biggest one in the country (Little Neck/Douglaston, pictured above). Here are the details: May 26 (Sunday), Forest Hills Memorial Day Parade, noon, Metropolitan and Ascan avenues; Maspeth Memorial Day Parade, 1 p.m., Grand Avenue and 72nd Street; and May 27 (Monday), Laurelton Memorial Day Parade, 9 a.m., Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards; Howard Beach Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., Coleman Square; Glendale-Ridgewood Veterans Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., Glendale Memorial Triangle, located at Myrtle Avenue and 70th Street; Woodside Memorial Day Parade, 11 a.m., 58th Street and Woodside Avenue; Whitestone Memorial Day Parade, noon, 149th Street and 15th Road; Little Neck-Douglaston Memorial Day Parade, 2 p.m., Northern Boulevard and Jayson Avenue.
Image Source: Commons Wikimedia/Little Neck-Douglaston
We’ve found another map we like, this one from the NYC EDC on coffee and tea in NYC (click to enlarge).
Image source: NYC EDC
As you can see, in Queens, the dark patches are in Ridgewood, Glendale, and JFK (there are plenty of spots to get coffee at the airport). Frankly, the Glendale part threw us a bit, since we don’t think of Glendale as having one of “the highest density of cafés per ZIP code.” That said, it shares a zip with Ridgewood, which has a more pronounced cafe culture (here are some of the cafes in Ridgewood/Glendale)
Image source: Trulia via Atlantic Cities
Over on Atlantic Cities, they are running an article called The Neighborhoods With the Most Single Ladies (and Men), focusing on the straight singles/dating scene in various urban areas around the country. To get to their conclusions Trulia looked at the ratio of men living alone to women living alone; gays and lesbians were taken out of the equation; and those over 65 were, too (apparently “ differences in life expectancy skew the gender ratio in the later years”). Data was culled from the 2010 decennial Census; additional details on methodology is at the bottom of the Atlantic Cities article.
In the “big three power centers of the Northeast: Washington, D.C., Boston, and New York” women outnumber men. (more…)
Image source: sakraft1 on Flickr – Mt. Zion Cemetery in Maspeth
Narratively, publisher of fascinating stories, has for us the story of demographer Moses Gates and his adventures visiting all 2,167 census tracts in NYC. A census tract is “a geographic creation of the United States Census Bureau, designed to break the country up into bite-sized chunks of about 4,000 people each.” Demographers love them because it’s an small enough area to analyze effectively (compared to zip codes, which can contain a huge number of people).