10/09/14 4:00pm

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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

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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…)

08/27/14 8:30am

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Queens Tourism Council Promotes Local Sights to US Open Spectators [NY1]
Changes Coming to Four Queens Bus Routes [Queens Courier]
Residents and Business Owners Lock Horns over Ozone Park Plaza [Queens Courier]
Stalled Austin Street Construction Site Becomes Graffiti-Covered Eyesore [DNAinfo]
Greek Restaurant Crave Temporarily Closed by the Health Dept. [Astoria Post]
Late Summer Scene: Working up a Play in Socrates Park [NY City Lens]

08/12/14 12:30pm

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The Spot: Bunker, 46-63 Metropolitan Avenue, Ridgewood.

The Deal: Sometimes, as they say, the best-laid plans just go awry. The original plan for the rather industrial location on Metropolitan was for a fish distribution company called Fish & Ship. Then Hurricane Sandy flooded the space. Then a business partner, and the fish connection, had to back out. So what to do with this address that TK Adam refers to as “the curse and the blessing”?

Fortunately Jimmy Tu, the executive chef, and Jacky Tu, the sous chef, had been sitting on an idea: “Quality Vietnamese food,” says Adam. “The exotic yet accessible flavors of Vietnam, the street food that they loved, but elevated with quality ingredients. Bunker was born out of belief and out of survival instinct.”

But where new ideas and delicious food goes, attention soon follows. Bunker first drew the attention of locals, and then the food blogs and then The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, The Food Network and others.

“Through hard work, perseverance, sacrifice, and just plain luck, Bunker has been a destination spot for the better part of a year now,” Adam says. “We have a loyal, ever-expanding customer base willing to trek from all over to a middle-of-nowhere restaurant with nothing to entertain them within miles as they tough out torturous wait times. And for that, we are so grateful and so thankful.”

Read about the Signature Dish after the jump… (more…)

08/11/14 1:00pm

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This Friday, Hong Kong’s prolific movie director Patrick Lung Kong will receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from another Asian director, Tsui Hark, at the Museum of the Moving Image. A true pioneer of Cantonese cinema, Kong wrote 14 films that he directed between 1966 and 1979 and starred in 60 films between 1958 and 2002. The museum will then screen The Story of a Discharged Prisoner (below), followed by a conversation with Kong and Hark, a native of Vietnam who remade this film. The event will kick off Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow: The Cinema of Patrick Lung Konga nine-film series featuring rare titles imported from Hong Kong from August 15th through August 24th.

For more information, go to the jump page.

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08/08/14 8:30am

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Astoria Cove Developer Donates Above ‘Pay to Play’ Limits [Commercial Observer]
Project to Protect Breezy Point From Another Storm Underway, But Not Without Controversy [NY1]
Residents Nervous about Glendale Homeless Shelter Impact on Schools [Queens Courier]
Goldfeder Asks Port Authority to Fund Rockaway Ferry [Queens Chronicle]
Vision Zero Work Gets Under Way on Broadway [Times Ledger]
Doe Fund Expands Astoria Street Cleaning to Include Steinway Street [DNAinfo]
Old-School Pizzeria L’inizio Opens on Vernon Blvd [LIC Post]

08/07/14 3:00pm

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Food Cellar announced it was opening its second LIC location on Crescent Street last summer. Since then, not a whole lot has happened. The Court Square Blog just posted a photo of the progress to be found at 43-10 Crescent Street, the ground floor of Rockrose’s Linc LIC development. Here’s what CSB has to say: “While we’ve seen construction crews start up work again recently after a long hiatus, it appears from this photo that the earliest it will deliver will be winter of this year. A source with knowledge of the situation told TCSB that a more realistic delivery date will be 1Q 2015.”

Once open, this outpost will be massive: 14,000 square feet, to be exact. It will include a food bar as well as outdoor seating.

Construction Starts Again Inside the Food Cellar [Court Square Blog]
Food Cellar to Open Second Location in Linc LIC [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo via Court Square Blog

07/09/14 8:30am

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Universal Pre-K at Woodhaven and Ravenswood Library Branches [NY Daily News]
July Fourth Weekend Shines Down on Beach Concessions in Rockaway [NY Daily News]
Burgers and Beer at LIC Landing by Coffeed [WSJ]
Annual Tour de Queens Draws More Than 1,200 Riders [Queens Courier]
MTA asks Congress if it Will Intervene in an LIRR Strike [Times Ledger]
Railroad Underpass Transformed Into Outdoor Photo Gallery [DNAinfo]
Jamaica High School’s Highs and Lows Over the Past Century [DNAinfo]
5 Reasons to Add Queens to your NYC Travel Plans [KSL]