More mature audiences are invited to watch the 2012 film ‘Argo‘, winner of three Academy Awards and directed by Ben Affleck. This historical drama thriller is based on true events and revolves around the fear and anticipation of the 1979 Iran hostage crisis.
Middle Village Queens Library, 7231 Metropolitan Ave., Middle Village (GMAP).
The good folks at Patch reported on an upcoming outreach program by US Representative Grace Meng (D-Flushing) called “Congress on Your Corner,” it will be a chance for neighbors to voice their concerns, discuss community issues on their mind, or just stop by and meet Representative Meng.
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…)
Wine lovers looking for a glass of bold bordeaux, crisp champagne, or powerhouse pino to help unwind after a long week don’t have to leave the borough to find amazing deals on tasty varietals. We sussed out four fantastic places in Eastern Queens to get wined and dined in fabulous style.
Image source: Danny Brown Wine Bar
Danny Brown is the borough’s only Michelin Star-rated restaurant, which means that in addition to excellent food by chef/proprietor Danny Brown, this Forest Hills gem also boasts a stunning selection of wines from across the globe including Germany, Portugal, New Zealand, Austria, Argentina, Australia and even South Africa. French, California and Spanish varieties dominate the expansive menu, which features options available by the bottle and the glass ($8-$10).
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).
Recently, this pretty article from USA Today (.pdf) on The Best of Queens was published, listing some of the best in Queens. While we agree with a number of the choices, we have some differences of opinion. So, we thought we’d put together our own list. There are five categories – restaurants, attractions, shopping, nightlife, and hidden gems – with three items per category. Here we go!
Image source: Danny Brown Wine Bar
Danny Brown Kitchen & Wine Bar. At this writing, Danny Brown is the only restaurant in Queens to have a Michelin star, which is a big deal. They really do deserve it – everything we’ve tasted there has been excellent. They have dishes that stay on the menu over time (a burger, chicken under a brick), but they do a lot of seasonal cooking, too. Their cheese and charcuterie plates are really good, too. Their wine selection is fabulous, too. So grab a table or sit at the bar – it’s a great experience no matter what. 104-02 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, NY 11375 (GMAP)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons - Eisenhower signing of HR7786, June 1, 1954, this ceremony changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day
Today is Veterans Day. Usually there is a Queens Veterans Day parade held in Middle Village Queens around this time of year, but because of Hurricane Sandy and the repercussions from the storm’s wrath, this year the parade has been cancelled. Instead, they will be holding a relief collection for the victims of Hurricane Sandy – “water, canned food, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, extension cords, medical supplies, blankets, towels, toys, baby bottles, formula, and diapers” are all welcome by Monday, November 12 at 75-16 Metropolitan Ave (GMAP). (more…)
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It was almost instantaneous – our friends and neighbors around New York City identified the needs of those hit hardest by the surges of Sandy and swung into action.
Want to help, too? The following resources are designed to connect your resources – good stuffs, man-power, funds, blood, and clothes – to those in need in the Tri-State region and in Queens.
American Red Cross The Red Cross is uniquely qualified to handle the most serious issues affecting victims of Sandy. You can donate money, skills, and importantly, blood, for which they are specifically asking. They’re also at work in the Caribbean, Sandy’s first stop in her path of destruction.
You might be wondering if the events in our Halloween roundup are still happening. Well, most of those we mentioned for tonight are still on, save for the Jackson Heights children’s parade. As a reminder, here are events that are still on tonight:
Ghouls Night Out- Halloween drink specials and awards for best costume at Applebee’s around NYC.
DST3K Halloween Pre-Party!- Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd!
Laughing Devil, Comedy Club, LIC, Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 8:00pm – 11:00pm | No Costume: $10, In Costume: $5, Dressed as a Zombie: FREE!
If you live anywhere in New York City, at some point you’re going to need a car service. It’s certainly true for Queens. Taking parents to the airport, going with a group to the theater, entertaining a client – these are all occasions for some reliable ground transportation assistance.
There are an overwhelming number of car services around the great big borough of Queens. This is tricky – it’s difficult to make a sound choice if you can’t find a helpful Yelp review. However, this abundance of Queens-based car services is also advantageous because it’s possible to find one in your neighborhood that you can get to know, and they you. (more…)