06/19/15 1:00pm

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Flushing is hot, and it shows no signs of cooling down. People from all over the world want to visit the neighborhood, stay in its hotels, eat in its restaurants, shop in its stores, and enjoy art in its cultural venues.

Make Music New York is hot, too. Now in its ninth year, this live musical event celebrating the first day of summer will feature 1,000 free performances throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The biggest concert, Music Beyond Borders, will take place in Flushing’s Queens Crossing shopping center on June 21. Various singers, musicians, and dancers will bring their talents from such cities as Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. (An Astoria rocker, a few Flushing dancers, and a rapper from Brooklyn will also participate.) (more…)

06/18/15 12:00pm

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This one-bedroom co-op in Flushing is part of Linden Towers, a seven-story building built in 1960. The apartment was recently renovated with stainless steel appliances and a new bathroom. The kitchen has a good amount of counter space, the living room and bedrooms are fairly large, and it looks like there’s some extra space for a small office between the living room and kitchen.

The unit is approximately 850-square-feet. The ask is $169,900 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $668.64. The maintenance fees are $746.69 plus $35/month for A/C. There is also outdoor parking for an additional $25 per month, available dependent on a waiting list.

The Main Street 7 train (and the plethora of buses in that area) is just less than a 20-minute walk away. By the building, you’ve got the QM20, Q25, Q34, and Q50 buses. There’s tons of shopping and dining options in the area, and there are playgrounds and parks by the building too. And if you like bowling, White Stone Lanes is across the street. Click through for more photos.

29-30 137 Street, #4 [Century 21 Weber & Rose] GMAP (more…)

06/12/15 12:00pm

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This two-bedroom rental in Flushing is part of a newer building built in 2005. The apartment looks recently renovated. The kitchen is small, but there is a peninsula for more counter space, and the living room can fit an eating nook. One of the bedrooms looks smaller than the other, but the size is still manageable. Two big pluses: there is a washer and dryer in the unit, and there is a balcony off the living room. The rent comes in at an even $2,000 per month.

The Main Street 7 train and Q13, Q16, Q17, Q28, Q48, Q65 buses are all less than a ten-minute walk from the building. There are tons of shops, dining options, and parks within walking distance. The Queens Historical Society is down the street too. Click through for more photos.

142-25 37th Avenue [Re/Max Universal Real Estate] GMAP (more…)

06/11/15 1:00pm

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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…)

06/09/15 9:45am

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Tucked close to Flushing’s bustling downtown and along fast and furious, pedal-to-the-metal Main Street is Queens’ own official Botanical Garden at 43-50 Main Street at Elder Avenue. It may be smaller than the New York Botanical Garden in the Bronx or Brooklyn’s Botanic Gardens at Prospect Park (Brooklyn, just to be different, loses the -al) but it is no less beautiful.

QBG evolved from the “Gardens of Paradise” exhibit at the 1939-1940 World’s Fair, continued after World War II as the Queens Botanical Garden Society. It opened in its current location in 1961.

Among the original plantings from the 1939 site are two blue atlas cedars framing a tree gate sculpture at the park’s entrance. Today the park is a 39-acre oasis in one of New York City’s busiest neighborhoods. (more…)

06/04/15 12:00pm

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This three-bedroom 2.5 bath rental in Flushing is part of a two-story Colonial home built in 1925. The beautiful kitchen has tons of counter space and cabinets. There’s a nice peninsula eat-in area and stainless steel appliances. There’s a fireplace in the home, an outdoor barbecue fire pit, a finished basement, a private driveway, and a balcony. The monthly rent is $3,500.

The Q12, Q13, Q76, and QM3 buses are all within walking distance, and the Auburndale LIRR stop is nearby. The n20, n21, and n20L buses are also down the block. There are grills, lounges, and shops very close by, and there are small playgrounds in the area. Click through for more photos.

42-16 195th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)

05/29/15 1:00pm

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There will be emotion in the air on June 6, when American Pharoah vies for the highly coveted Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes. As part of the fun related to this 147th annual horse race, Flushing Town Hall will exhibit Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack, which includes 25 images and objects from Belmont Park, which straddles the Queens-Nassau county line, and upstate’s Saratoga Springs.

The backstretch is a spot within a racetrack that’s usually out of sight from the public viewing and betting areas. It can include stables, barns, and temporary housing for trainers. However, “backstretch” can also refer to the community of workers — assistant trainers, exercise riders, horse owners, jockeys, trainers, etc. — who come together to make a racetrack function. (more…)

05/20/15 1:00pm

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Contestants will not be able to set personal records, but they might have the time of their lives. On Saturday, Citi Field hosts The Color Run, a five-kilometer race during which thousands of participants get doused with different dyes at each kilometer.

The runners are not timed, and there is only one real rule: wear white at the starting line. (more…)

05/20/15 12:00pm

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This three-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story home in Flushing. The bedrooms and living room are spacious, and there are two full bathrooms. The open kitchen is set up nicely with lots of counter space, and there is a balcony terrace off the living room. The monthly rent is $2,350.

Kissena Corridor Park and Soccer Field are two blocks away, there are grocery stores and dining options nearby, and the Queens Botanical Garden is a ten-minute walk away. The Q20A, Q20B, Q44, and Q88 are all within walking distance, and the 7 train is about a 20-minute walk (or 10-minute drive) away. Click through for more photos.

141-11 58th Avenue [Re/Max Universal Real Estate] GMAP (more…)

05/19/15 1:00pm

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All aboard! A G-scale model train system will pull into Flushing on Friday and spend the entire Memorial Day Weekend in the Queens Botanical Garden. Organized by the Long Island Garden Railway Society, this annual event will feature a fleet of miniature locomotives, snaking around tracks in a large, adorned lot. And for those who prefer taking a more active role in the fun, a midsize motorized train will offer rides through selected parts of the green space. (more…)