Now a days, gyms are usually filled with various machines, almost too many for people to choose from. Yet, what if there is an even better way of exercising without using any machines at all?
Ari Harris, the owner and founder of Pharaohs Army Fitness Club, believes that Kettle Bells are the new revolution to a better way of losing weight and staying in shape. “My facility, will have no machines,” Harris said. “My tag line is, ‘we don’t use machines; we build machines.’”
Located on 116-16 Queens Blvd. (GMAP), a busy neighborhood between Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, Harris will be opening an army styled fitness club, where the main focus and equipment will be kettle bells and Total Body Exercise (TRX) suspension.
The awards is public and you can submit your own nominees. There are six categories – Green Businesses (sustainability), Tech Sector, Community Involvement, Minority-Owned, Women-Owned, General Innovation – and you can submit nominees for all six! Nominations must be received by April 8, 2013 and winners will be announced at the breakfast.
A little while back we wrote about the moving of Triumph of Civic Virtue from Kew Gardens to Brooklyn – this is a controversial statue on many levels, and recently some neighbors, like Kew Gardens resident Jon Torodash, believe that it was wrongly taken (decisions made in secret) away from Queens. And then there are some that find the statue offensive and misogynistic (it’s perceived as a dude crushing two female mythical creatures under his foot). We were by Borough Hall the other day, and must admit that it looks like something is missing. But what do you think – should it have stayed in Queens? Does it even matter? Let us know your thoughts on this – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.
The NY Daily News reports that there are a number of Queens residents perturbed that the Triumph of Civic Virtue statue was moved from its long time home near Borough Hall in Kew Gardens to the Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn. They want to know how and why it was moved, and in December they filed a Freedom of Information Law request with the city for the deets. (more…)
We’re curious – in part because QNYC’s Editor has been called – if you have served jury duty – and if so, where? Did you sit on a Grand Jury or a Trial Jury? What was your experience there (without revealing anything of a sensitive nature)? And if you haven’t served yet, do you wish to? We’d love to know more. Leave a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.
Forest Hills, and the communities immediately surrounding the neighborhood, have always been home to a solid selection of classic Italian restaurants where generations of Queensians have dined on osso bucco and fried clams, antipasto and cheesecake. Not surprisingly, when chefs have looked for strategic locations to place new Italian restaurants, they have wisely chosen Forest Hills, where a seasoned audience for that cuisine exists.
Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills has been an especially significant thoroughfare for Italian venues, home to places like Villa Isabella (which used to be Sarabella, if anyone remembers back that far – GMAP), Picola Italia (GMAP), and Alberto (GMAP). These establishments focus on sound, recognizable menus, affordable wine ($7 Chianti), valet parking, prix fixe specials on selected nights, live music on weekends, and on welcoming big parties, even on holidays. If you’re not a long-timer, your experience at any of these spots may or may not be stellar.
Queens Theatre puts its money where its marriage is. Premiering tonight, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up! is a hilarious-yet-moving drama written by and starring a real-life couple. Annabelle Gurwitch (Dinner and a Movie, Fired!) and Jeff Kahn (The Ben Stiller Show, Forty Year Old Virgin), who got hitched 17 years ago, take the audience on a 75-minute tour-de-force. After trials and tribulations enhanced by opposing personalities, the spouses learn to navigate their conflicts by embracing each other’s differences, taking on parenting as a competitive sport and dropping out of couple’s therapy. The show will run through Dec. 9 as follows: Fri., 7:30pm; Sat., 8pm; matinees Wed. and Sat., 2pm; and Sun., 3pm.
There are two scenarios for a home-hosted Thanksgiving. In the first, you’re having people over and preparing the meal. In the second, you’re going to someone else’s place, simply bringing something along. In this second scenario, you can tote along a nice bottle of Côtes du Rhône or a sliceable baguette or a fresh pumpkin pie – and all that is lovely and satisfying – but we live in Queens, and we have some interesting and unexpected options to round out a beautiful gathering of family and friends.
Take for example Homestead Gourmet Shop, located in the main shopping district of Kew Gardens at 81-45 Lefferts Boulevard, at the corner of Cuthbert Road, (GMAP). (more…)