Greg Cerar’s lifelong dream will come true this Saturday. The Woodhaven native will take the stage at the Forest Park Bandshell with his alternative rock band The Boom Section (above). In fact, Cerar, whose childhood home is about two blocks from the iconic outdoor venue, is so excited that he’s organizing and promoting the four-hour extravaganza. But he certainly won’t be the only performer, as Still the Vizitors, a bluesy rock band, Heavy Metal lovers System in Chaos and guitar player Daniel “Sensitive Guy” Tighe will also participate. There’s a picnic and BBQ area within earshot of the facility, and Cerar is hoping attendees make food, settle in and let the music take over…he’s also hoping for a gorgeous summer day. Details: Forest Park Rock Fest, Forest Park Bandshell (below), Woodhaven, June 15, 1 pm to 5 pm, free.
Perhaps you remember The Mad Stuntman and his “I Like To Move It” hit. Or maybe you have fond memories of La Bouche and their techno-pop sensation “Be My Lover.” Then again, you might identify more with Amber’s “This Is Your Night.” Well, all three 1990s sensations will perform on April 13 at the I Love the 90′s Dance Concert at Resorts World Casino New York City. Jana, Veronica, Janice Robinson of Livin Joy, Dj Nicky G, Lucas Prata and Glendale’s greatest, Peter Gozzi, will also be on hand to get the crowd moving.
“What’s a-matter with you?” Robert De Niro asks a money-flashing wiseguy in the famous Goodfellas scene shot at Neir’s Tavern in Woodhaven. “Are you stupid or what?”
Cadwallader R. Coldon certainly wasn’t.
He is the improbably named, politically connected racetrack manager who founded Neir’s Tavern in 1829. Neir’s has been in business almost without interruption ever since, making it arguably the oldest bar in Queens and one of the oldest in all of New York.
Photo Courtesy of Queens Ledger
De Niro’s character Jimmy Conway didn’t want fancy visitors, and neither do Neir’s regulars. The narrow, low-ceilinged bar is a no-frills trip down memory lane. It has cheap drinks ($3 Budweiser; $4 Jameson’s) and live music from local acts a few nights per week. Well-worn armchairs make do for décor; a 2009 renovation restored the original mahogany bar and some fixtures.
We do understand that making the decision of which way to go will be rough. People have different visions of what the future of the area should look like and what interests should be served. Also, on a more here and now level, some of the rail line passes through commercial areas, some through Forest Park, while a majority passes by private backyards, e.g. privacy advocates and public access advocates have at it! (more…)
We loved this photowalk that the folks from Project Woodhaven put together – so many great shots! Work is being done at the Forest Park Bandshell and environs, so PW got curious and took a stroll through the park last weekend. We enjoyed their previous photowalk last January after it snowed, too. Check it out.
Anyone who has been reading QueensNYC with even half an eye has surely noticed how much expansion and renovation has been going on with the Queens Library. Scheduled for the coming year alone, new projects include the 18,000 square foot location in Glen Oaks, replacing a two-story brick building from the 1950s; much-needed renovation of the Woodhaven branch; and the addition of a new location that will serve the growing residential areas of Long Island City, the avant garde library for Hunter’s Point.
Plenty of New Yorkers have made it big in Hollywood over the years. But which movie stars are from Queens? Since we’re in “awards season” between the Golden Globes and the Oscars, we thought it was a good time to pay homage to all the big-time filmmakers and actors who come from our fair borough.
The 1970s was a turbulent decade in the U.S., marked by the Vietnam War, the Iranian Revolution, Watergate and the Oil Crisis. But it was also the Golden Age of Disco, a phenomenon that affected music tastes, fashion trends and, of course, hairstyles. (For better or worse.) The Trammps, a soul group from Philadelphia, epitomized the era with its 1976 smash hit “Disco Inferno,” featuring the chorus “Burn, Bay, Burn.” On January 18, Resorts World Casino NYC will boogie down memory lane with a live performance by The Trammps, who will be joined by France Joli, who is best known for “Come to Me,” Carol Douglas of “Midnight Love Affair” fame and the inimitable Disco Unlimited.
Caribbean East Indians trace their heritage to the Southeast Asian Subcontinent, which includes India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. Their forefathers — mostly Hindus, Muslims and Christians — started arriving in the Caribbean and South America in the mid-1840s, often as indentured laborers. Currently, Caribbean East Indians are major ethnic groups in Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana and Suriname. In recent generations, some have settled in New York City, especially the Richmond Hill area. Until March 13, the Rajkumari Cultural Center will host a photo exhibit depicting the arts, culture, history, scholarship, commerce, politics and nation building of the this community.