The Orange Hut at Broadway and 54th Street still carries the outlines and contours of its former life as a White Tower hamburger chain restaurant. The last White Tower closed in Toledo, Ohio, in June 2008; the chain originated in 1926. There were about 230 White Towers at the chain’s height in the 1950s.
The restaurants have operated in at least 14 states, including New York, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.
The interior of the Orange Hut still contains some hints of its origins, such as swivel stools adjoining a counter. Here it is in its original incarnation, below. Pretty spiffy looking.
Mount Zion, a Jewish cemetery, occupies about 80 acres in Maspeth near New Calvary Cemetery and the BQE. It was opened in the early 1890s under the auspices of Chevra Bani Sholom and later by the Elmwier Cemetery Association (Elmwier Avenue is a former name of 54th Avenue).
A walk in Mount Zion will produce a surprising and poignant reminder of burial practices long forgotten… the faces of the dead are preserved on some of the tombstones.
In a process known as “enameling,” photographs of the deceased are burned into porcelain (in a process described in detail in John Yang’s book, “Mount Zion: Sepulchral Photographs.”) This was a custom brought to the U.S. by Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. (more…)
This sunny one bedroom rental in Woodside is in a well-maintained, six-story building. The kitchen has wood cabinets, nice counter space, a dishwasher, and there are wood floors throughout. There’s an elevator in the building. The monthly rent is $1,595.
Down the street there’s a park, playground, and grocery store, and the area has more than its share of restaurants. The 7 train is right across the street. (A possible noise issue? Anyone here familiar with the area?)
It started on Northern Boulevard, at its intersection with Broadway and 54th Street nearby the R/M stop, and continued all the way to Elmhurst.
Dr. Eichenbaum was gracious enough to invite me, and you Q’Stoners, along for the walk so I made sure I and the camera were there early. After introductions, the group walked west along Northern Boulevard to Woodside Avenue, and away we went.
Some enrichment options head outdoors with such events as a carnival, a gardening extravaganza, and a guided walk. But with “April Showers” in mind, the borough also hosts indoor fun, such as comedy, live music, film, theater, photography, and some 3-D magic. Here’s the rundown. (more…)
Check out this very cute one-bedroom rental at 47-37 45th Street, in Woodside. It’s in an older brick apartment building but everything in the apartment got a nice upgrade. We love the wood floors, and all the light from the windows. The monthly rent comes in at $2,500 a month. Thoughts? You can see more photos of the pad after the jump.
Today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer released the participatory budget ballot for District 26, which covers Woodside, Sunnyside, Long Island City, Dutch Kills, Astoria, Queensbridge, Ravenswood and the Woodside Houses. The ballot includes 27 different projects decided on by the community. After the vote, $1 million will be allocated to the most popular projects. Project proposals include technology upgrades at local schools, playground updates, an LIC bikeway, library improvements and street safety measures. Check out the full ballot here [PDF].
Council Member Van Bramer is hosting a Project Expo on Monday, April 6th from 7 to 9 pm at the Sunnyside Community Services (43-31 39th Street) so residents can speak with project delegates, see project presentations and learn more about the proposals. Voting will take place from April 11th to the 19th at a variety of locations throughout the district. Check out the locations here [PDF].
A monthly Indonesian food market — known as the City Blessing Church Indonesian Food Bazaar — has kicked off in Woodside. Chopsticks + Marrow attended the first event, which took place on a Saturday last month. Many of the vendors previously participated in an outdoor bazaar held at Astoria’s Masjid Al-Hikmah, but the mosque was not able to hold the event regularly last summer. According to C+M, “The organizer, Fefe Anggono, owned and managed a restaurant in Long Island for seven years and started this event as a way to not only bring attention to the church and its rental space, but also to provide a consistent outlet for vendors left out in the cold by the mosque’s inconsistent event-holding policies.” There were 10 vendors serving at the inaugural event, and the organizer hopes to bring in more.
C+M offers great reviews of the many dishes available. Pictured above, nasi pecel empal, a Javanese rice dish with steamed vegetables and spicy peanut sauce. The next market will be held at the church on Saturday, March 28th from 12 pm to 5 pm. To keep up with upcoming markets, follow the Facebook page.
There was a time when some Irish people thought that New York City streets were paved with gold. Well, on Sunday, a Sunnyside/Woodside thoroughfare will be filled with innumerable Emerald Isle natives and many other marchers during the St. Pat’s For All Parade. This 15th annual event was founded in response to the never-ending conflict over openly gay participation in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan. Thus, organizers of the Queens march emphasize the diversity of the Big Apple’s Irish and Irish American residents, especially the LGBT community. Beyond the ethnic groups, expect such entities as the Sunnyside United Dog Society, the Ethical Humanist Society of Queens, and veterans agencies.
Details: St. Pat’s For All Parade, Skillman Avenue from 43rd Street in Sunnyside to 56th Street in Woodside, March 1st, 1 pm (assembly and remarks), 2 pm (step off), free.
Bonus details: Lunar New Year, Queens Center Food Court, 90-15 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst, February 28th, noon to 6 pm, free. Events include a martial arts demonstration with Kung Fu Master Long Fei Yang, Korean and Japanese drummers, tea tastings, and the Dragon Dance. The first 200 people who bring an event social media post (like this one) will receive a red envelope with a prize.
Tomorrow night, Forgotten New York author and Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh is hosting a tour inside of Neir’s Tavern, one of the oldest bars in Queens. (It opened back in 1829.) Kevin will also discuss his book, Forgotton Queens, which will be available for sale.
It’s all happening tomorrow from 7 to 9 pm at the bar, 87-48 78th Street in Woodhaven. Here’s the Facebook event.