09/25/15 1:00pm

World Maker Faire 2015 at New York Hall of Science

Forget about Frankenstein. Robot Resurrection is a 30-foot-tall, human-operated, articulating automaton whose composition is 95 percent recycled airplane parts. The brainchild of Shane Evans, this android is heading to Queens and bringing plenty of colleagues, such as Mechanical Horse, a stainless steel contraption with more than 100 bearings, laser-cut sprockets, 30 feet of chain, and 23 articulating joints, and Life Size Mousetrap, a 16-piece, 50,000-pound interactive kinetic sculpture.

World Maker Faire 2015 takes place at the New York Hall of Science on Saturday and Sunday. Part geek fest, part DIY rage, part new product showcase, this sixth annual extravaganza celebrates cleverness, craftsmanship, creativity, and countless contraptions. More than 500 makers are expected to display their latest projects to more than 50,000 enthusiasts. More information, a list of some expected favorites, and another photo are on the jump page.


Jackson Heights Coop for Sale -- 35-48 80th Street

Today’s co-op is in a nearly 100-year-old building in the Jackson Heights Historic District. This building at 35-48 80th Street is one of 14 along 80th Street known as the Greystones, built in 1917-18 by George H. Well.

Unit 22, a large corner apartment, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it looks like it’s been very well kept. (more…)

09/24/15 1:00pm


Mazarte Dance Company is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes indigenous Mexican culture, especially dance and art, in New York City.

The Bangladesh Institute of Performing Arts is a nonprofit socio-cultural organization that promotes Bengali cultural, especially dance and language, in New York City.

On September 26, Mazarte and BIPA will headline Oye Corona!, a monthly, outdoor celebration organized by Queens Museum which features live music, crafts, workouts, and even storytelling.

To take place in Corona Plaza from 1 pm to about 6 pm, this month’s fun will feature a mobile library that provides books and games to youngsters, a screenprinting workshop, and a dance-based fitness class called “bailoterapia.”

Mazarte will perform at 3:30 pm, while BIPA will begin its one-hour show at 4:30 pm. More information and a photo of BIPA in action are on the jump page.


09/24/15 12:15pm


Sponsored By TD Bank.

TD Forests: Rooted In NYC is a program spotlighting New Yorkers committed to improving their urban environment and their communities.

Nearly 14 percent of New York City is covered in green spaces, and many of the city’s most verdant spots are right here in Queens.

You may spend a lot of time in the borough’s public parks, especially during the summer, but do you know who’s responsible for creating and maintaining them? According to a recent study from TD Bank, you might not.

The environmentally conscious bank recently released findings from its first “Rooted In NYC” survey, which revealed that 95 percent of Queens residents believe that natural areas are important to the health of their community. However, 62 percent don’t know who to thank for keeping our green spaces beautiful and accessible.


09/23/15 3:00pm

It's in Queens

The Maker Faire began in the San Francisco area in 2006 and quickly spread to various cities. This week, the biggest and best one takes places in — where else? — Queens. This international event is the flagship for a jam-packed week that includes a Jim Henson celebration, a restaurant crawl, a dance festival, a Broadway show tune extravaganza, opera, and poetry. Here’s the rundown.

September 24, Jamaica Restaurant Crawl, 5 pm to 8 pm. Participants include Dominican and Central American eateries. $20. Tickets and more information at 516.502.5936.

September 24, NED Talks, 7 pm. Bicycle world traveler Joe Cruz shares his tips for successful adventures. Cyclists can present Cruz with tough questions. Free. Nomad Cycle, 51-02 21st Street, Long Island City.

September 25, In My Father’s House, 7 pm. Set on Chicago’s south side, this documentary chronicles the year-long journey of Grammy-winning rapper Che “Rhymefest” Smith, from homelessness and alcoholism to self-discovery and redemption. He reunites with his homeless father in a quest to reclaim his neighborhood and discover his true self. Plus, post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and co-producer Jameka Autry. Museum of the Museum Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26-27, World Maker Faire 2015, 10 am to 6 pm. This is an all-ages gathering of tech enthusiasts, crafters, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, science clubs, authors, artists, students, and commercial exhibitors. They unite to show what they have made and to share what they have learned. Prices vary. New York Hall of Science, 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

September 26, Fall Family Day: Jim Henson Celebration, 11:30 am to 4 pm. An afternoon of fun and educational puppet activities and live events in honor of Henson, the inventor of the Muppets would have turned 79 on September 24. Free admission for children 12 and under. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Kaufman Arts District.

September 26, TreesCount! 2015, 9 am to noon. This is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. To date, only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The data collected will further the Parks Department’s understanding, and ability to care for the city’s urban forest. Meet at PS 20, 142-30 Barclay Avenue, Flushing. More information: Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com.

September 26, Making Moves Dance Festival, 2 pm (free outdoor) and 7 pm (main stage). A performance by emerging NYC dance companies and choreographers in a two-part showcase of original works. $15/$12 for seniors and students. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 26, Oye Corona!, 3 pm. This monthly celebration features dance from Mexico and Bangladesh as well as live music, workout time, art-making workshops, dance performances, and stories. Free. 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue, Corona.

September 26, Harvest Moon Drumming, 7 pm. Begin with workshops led by Haitian master drummer, Öneza Lafontant, on the Rada and Petwo drums, then jam with the entire group. All are welcome from beginner to professional. $20. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

September 26, Inside the Vatican, 1 pm. A documentary on the secret archives and private chapels of the Vatican during the time of Pope John Paul II. Free. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.

September 26, Touch a Truck & Fall Family Festival, 11 am to 4 pm. A festival to give youngsters the opportunity to climb on, touch, and explore trucks and vehicles. Cross Island YMCA, 238-10 Hillside Avenue, Bellerose.

September 26, Smithsonian Museum Day Live, 2:30 pm to 4:30 pm. Hosted by Smithsonian Magazine, there is free admission for anybody who presents a Museum Day Live ticket. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beach Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.

September 26, Community Volunteer Day, 10 am to 1 pm. Staffers, individuals, and group volunteers participate in a variety of garden activities. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing.

September 27, Vox A Cappella, 4 pm. A cappella group VOX won the Austrian Gold Award for Music in 2009. The singers are on a world tour right now. $25. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

September 27, Stephen Schwartz and Friends, 3 pm. Grammy and Oscar winner Schwartz joins Debbie Gravitte, Scout Coulter, and Kelli Rabke to perform songs from his greatest hits, such as Wicked, Godspell, and Pocahontas. $39-$45. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside.

September 27, The Moment: Indigenous Voices From the East Coast of Taiwan, 2 pm. An improvisational indigenous Taiwanese contemporary performance and video. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

September 27, Third Annual Sunday Stroll, noon to 5 pm. Live music and performances, free games and rides, giveaways from local businesses. Bell Boulevard between 39th and 41st avenues, Bayside.

September 27, Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, 11 am to 5 pm. The entire neighborhood is an art experience, featuring demos, sidewalk chalk artworks, a music show, an art exhibit and giveaways. Free. Vicinity of Austin Street and Lefferts Boulevard, Kew Gardens.

September 27, Pay-What-You-Can Self Defense Class, 7 pm. Open to anybody 16 or older, this class covers five aspects of self defense: thinking, using the voice, physical self defense, escape, and after care. Free or pay what you can with a $20 suggested donation. M’Kekado School of Karate, 72-26 Roosevelt Avenue, Jackson Heights or elenaselfdefense@yahoo.com.

September 27, Long Island City Tour, 2:30 pm. This three-hour, small-group walking tour goes through Long Island City’s thriving arts and culinary scene. Meet interesting local artists, makers, and entrepreneurs, and enjoy additional stops for light bites and local microbrews with a grand finale at a rooftop lounge with incredible cityscape views and a glass of prosecco. $65, advance booking required.

September 28, Song From The Uproar, 4:30 pm. Beth Morrison Projects holds rehearsal of this opera as the troupe gets ready for performances at the Los Angeles Music Center. A panel discussion with the creators, director, and stars afterward. Free. Jamaica Performing Arts Center, 161-04 Jamaica Avenue.

September 28, Five Continents, One Borough: Art Treasures from the Homelands of Queens,through January 12, 2016. The Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College displays 33 works from its collection that represent five of the homelands of Queens residents. It includes works ranging from pre-Colombian textiles to contemporary Chinese painting to Christian and Buddhist objects, as well as works by Rembrandt and the poet Rumi. Free. On view Monday to Friday, 9 am to 5 pm at the Citi DeFord Gallery, Lobby of One Court Square, Long Island City, (718) 997-4747 or gtmuseum@qc.cuny.edu.

September 30, Words With Wings, 7:30 pm to 11:30 pm. An all-poetry show with live art, mini open mic, fireworks. The Grind, 11-27 44th Road, Long Island City.

It's In Queens

Photos by Andrew Kelly

09/23/15 1:00pm

TreesCount! 2015 in Flushing

All hail trees! They provide habitat and food for birds, insects, and other living creatures. Plus, they absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen. Finally, they add value to a home, provide shade on a sunny day, and block wind.

All help trees! The NYC Parks Department is in the process of counting and mapping street trees throughout the city. The data collected will further the agency’s understanding of — and ability to care for — the city’s urban forest. The Parks Department estimates that only 25 percent of Flushing’s street trees have been mapped. The neighborhood was a nursery in the 19th century, but currently the area is losing its canopy due to increasing development and population.

All hands on deck for trees! Trees Count! 2015 is a volunteer-powered campaign to map, count, and care for all of NYC’s street trees. Organizers are currently recruiting do-gooders to canvass Flushing on September 26 from 9 am to noon. Volunteers will be trained on how to identify and assess street trees, using simple site surveying tools and software to map them block by block. For more information, contact Jennifer Sun at jennifer9280@gmail.com and go to the jump page.


09/23/15 12:00pm

Rockaway Beach Condo for Sale -- 91-16 Shorefront Parkway

Chilly weather might be looming over New York, but it’s never too soon to start dreaming of another three months of sun — especially if you’ve got this beachfront condo ready to go for next summer.

Listed for $325,000, this condo at 91-16 Shorefront Parkway is steps from the Rockaway Beach boardwalk. It has one bedroom, one bathroom and a large private terrace; the brand-new kitchen, open to the living/dining room, is sleek with stainless steel appliances, caesarstone countertops and Poggenpohl cabinets. (more…)

09/22/15 1:00pm

Museum of the Moving Image Screen Documentary on Rhymefest

Cheland Smith has had a tremendous decade in the hip hop business. Under the stage name “Rhymefest,” he co-wrote Kanye West’s song “Jesus Walks,” which won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Song in 2005. He also co-wrote “Glory” for the movie Selma‘s soundtrack, winning the 2015 Golden Globe Award for Best Original Song.

At the same time, his father was slipping deeper and deeper into homelessness and alcoholism in a rough-and-tumble neighborhood on Chicago’s South Side. Rhymefest actually lost contact with his dad and presumed he was dead.

The new documentary In My Father’s House chronicles a year in Rhymefest’s life as he buys his father’s childhood home, learns that he is alive, and tracks him down. It’s a story of self-discovery and redemption, but the son quickly realizes that his father is not ready to take on the responsibilities of dealing with his issues.

On September 25, the Museum of the Moving Image will screen In My Father’s House and present a post-screening discussion with Martha Diaz of the Hip-Hop Education Center and the documentary’s co-producer Jameka Autry. More information and another image are on the jump page.



View of Citifield from the Passerelle Boardwalk over Corona Yard

With the recent completion of the United States Open tennis tournament at Arthur Ashe Stadium and the now-expected ascension of the New York Mets into the National League baseball playoffs for the first time since 2006, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park finds itself at the center of New York City’s professional sports life as summer 2015 draws to a close. Let’s take a look at some of these venues as well as the park itself.

09/21/15 1:00pm

Jamaica Performing Arts Center

Figaro! Figaro! Free, so go!

On September 28 and October 1, Beth Morrison Projects, a nonprofit that produces and presents contemporary music, will offer two free rehearsals of the opera Song From The Uproar at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. (The troupe is practicing for an upcoming run at the Los Angeles Music Center.)

After the September 28 event, Heidi Waleson, The Wall Street Journal’s opera critic, will moderate a panel discussion with Abigail Fisher, a mezzo-soprano who stars in the production; Gia Forakis, the director; Missy Mazzoli, who wrote the opera; the company’s leader Beth Morrison; and Royce Varek, who wrote the corresponding libretto.

After the October 1 rehearsal, the artists will remain on stage for a Q&A session. More information and another image are on the jump page.