08/17/15 1:00pm


The festival is back by popular demand. The talent is popular and in demand.

Awkwafina is half-Chinese, half-Korean, and 100 percent hip hop. The Forest Hills native, who utilizes satire and screwball antics while busting her rhymes, is leading the charge in the up-and-coming Asian-American rap scene, which includes artists Dumbfoundead and Rekstizzy. Her first solo album, Yellow Ranger, contains tracks such as “Mayor Bloomberg (Giant Margarita)” and the title track, “Yellow Ranger.”

Awkwafina headlines the music portion of the summer’s second Flushing Night Out on August 21. (The first one took place on July 16.) Organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce at Flushing Town Hall, this social event will feature local entrepreneurs offering delicious food, unique fashion, and amazing crafts in addition to the rapping.

More info, a photo from the July 16 Flushing Night Out, and a modified vendor list are on the jump page.


07/29/15 12:00pm


This three-bedroom, two-bath apartment is in an attractive brick building in Bayside, with a front terrace and lots of outdoor space. The living room is spacious with floor-to-ceiling windows that let a lot of light in, and there are two separate nooks for dining. There is a private entrance and private garage. The building also offers additional storage at no extra charge. The monthly rent is $2,500.

The building is across from Fort Totten Park and Lake. The area is mostly residential but there are small shops and dining options down Bell Boulevard, a ten-minute walk or five-minute bus ride away. The Q13, Q16, and QM2 are all within walking distance, and the Bayside LIRR station is a ten-minute drive away. Click through for more photos.

214-05 Waters Edge Drive, #2 [Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc] GMAP (more…)

01/28/15 2:00pm


The upscale French-Canadian restaurant inside of MoMA PS1, M. Wells Dinette, may be going casual. The food blog Eater heard a rumor that the menu, which now includes items like tartare, bone marrow, escargot and foie gras, will be redesigned to focus on sandwiches and other affordable bites. Eater thinks this makes a lot of sense, given that Dinette is only open Thursdays through Monday from noon to 6 pm, but they haven’t got confirmation from the M. Wells folks yet. Meanwhile, there’s always the M. Wells Steakhouse to gorge on an elaborate meal by the popular chef Hugue Dufour.

Is M. Wells Dinette Abandoning Haute Quebecoise Food for Sandwiches? [Eater]

Photo via M. Well’s Facebook

10/09/14 4:00pm


The popular Queens County Market has scheduled its next pop-up event in Jackson Heights for Sunday, October 19th. The QCM is holding a Fall Festival at the Jackson Heights Greenmarket on 34th Avenue and 78th Street from 10 am to 3 pm. The current market vendors will be joined by samplings of prepared foods, live music, a pumpkin patch, Diwali Celebration photo booth and lots of kids activities. For all the details, just go here.

10/08/14 3:00pm


46-09 11th Street, a six-story luxury rental in LIC with 59 units, is 100 percent spoken for. The development, located between 46th Road and 46th Avenue, launched leasing this May, it hit the 50 percent mark one month later. Queens Courier writes that prices started at $1,823 a month for a studio, $2,515 for a one bedroom and $3,646 for a two bedroom. The developers also allocated 20 percent of the units as affordable. Building amenities include a courtyard, roof terrace, fitness center, private parking and bike storage.

Another Luxury Long Island City Building 100 percent Leased [Queens Courier]
All 46-09 11th Street coverage [Q’Stoner]

09/23/14 12:30pm

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The Spot: Brick Café, 30-95 33rd Street, Astoria.

The Deal: Brick Café, serving fresh Italian and Mediterranean cuisine, has been a mainstay of the Astoria community for 15 years but joined the Hells Kitchen Hospitality Group in July.

Despite the change in ownership, most of what has made this restaurant so enduring will stay the same. The staff, many of whom have been with the restaurant for at least five years, will still treat customers like family, and Chef Willie is still running the kitchen.

“We treat each other like family,” says Zoran, manager. “We know their names and families. People celebrate their special days here.”

Changes — such as a daily brunch and Wine Wednesday ($5 a glass and $25 bottles on select wines) — are designed to complement and not compete with the restaurant’s ethos.

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Read about Brick Cafe’s Signature Dish after the jump… (more…)