10/23/15 1:00pm

Ambassador Dennis Ross

Over the past three decades, nobody has worked harder to bring peace to the Middle East than Ambassador Dennis Ross. His career began with a position in the Pentagon during President Jimmy Carter’s administration. He then served as director of policy planning at the State Department for the first President George Bush, followed by a stint under President Bill Clinton, when he helped negotiate the 2000 Camp David talks, and a post as a special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton during President Barack Obama’s first term.

On Sunday at 3 pm, Ambassador Ross will discuss his new book, Doomed to Succeed: The U.S./Israel Relationship from Truman to Obama, at the Forest Hills Jewish Center. As the subtitle suggests, this book is not about the more frequently covered diplomacy efforts between Arabs and Israelis, but rather a history of Israel’s relationship with the United States. (President Harry S. Truman recognized Israel 11 minutes after the country declared statehood in 1948.)

More information on the event and a photo of Ambassador Ross are on the jump page.


10/22/15 9:30am


The name Ditmars, or Ditmas, appears more than once in the NYC street directory. The Bronx has a Ditmars Street in City Island, while Brooklyn has a Ditmas Avenue through Kensington and namesake Ditmas Park, which turns into Avenue D and then continues as Ditmas through East Flatbush and Brownsville. (more…)

10/13/15 1:00pm

NYC Cupcake Run in Astoria Park

It’s time to put your best foot forward for a great cause and great dessert.

This Saturday (October 17), the third annual NYC Cupcake Run will take place in Astoria Park. The rules are rather simple. Participants will follow a five-kilometer (3.1-mile) course featuring three checkpoints, where they will do some carb-loading with treats from the local Sweets First Bakeshoppe & Cafe.

The harrier who finishes first will be crowned “NYC Cupcake Run Champion,” but the event is mostly non-competitive. Plus, a portion of the $50 registration fee will go to New York Cares, a nonprofit that matches volunteers with altruistic programs. Another photo, more details, and registration information are on the jump page.


10/09/15 1:00pm

MoMA PS1 in Long Island City

The best things in life are free…and this is about to include MoMa PS1.

Starting this Sunday (October 11), the Long Island City contemporary art center, an affiliate of the Museum of Modern Art in Manhattan, will waive admission fees for New York City residents for about a year, thanks to a grant from the Anna-Maria & Stephen Kellen Foundation. In order to qualify, visitors will have to present proof of residency, such as a driver’s license or a current utility bill.

The promotion is timed to coincide with the unveiling of a new exhibition, Greater New York, which will showcase work by 157 emerging artists living and working in the New York metropolitan area. The offer will sunset on October 15, 2016, when MoMa PS1 will be celebrating its 40th anniversary. (More information and another image are on the jump page.)


10/08/15 1:00pm

Queensboro Dance Festival in Long Island City

It’s no secret that Queens is the most diverse county on the entire planet with an estimated 120 languages spoken within its borders. This diversity extends to the universal language of dance, as the borough is home to troupes that perform everything from Ecuadorian Montubio to Indian Kathak to Korean Sogo Chum.

On Monday (October 12), the Queensboro Dance Festival kicks off at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. Produced by The Physical Plant, this seven-day extravaganza features 23 choreographers from Astoria, Elmhurst, Howard Beach, Jackson Heights, Long Island City, Saint Albans, Sunnyside, and Woodside. Many of the works will be borough premieres, ranging from bellydance to tap, modern to flamenco. Another image and more festival details, including a list of participants, are on the jump page.


10/07/15 3:00pm

It's In Queens

Brian Wilson created a distinctly California sound during his decades with the Beach Boys. But he’ll have fun, fun, fun in Queens on Friday, when he launches his fall tour. Wilson headlines a busy week in the borough with some extraordinarily talented musicians who can croon and perform Doo Wop, Jazz, Latin Fusion, Pop from the 1800s, and Tango. Other great options are dance, documentaries, harvesting, and Turkish cooking. (Another image and at least 20 events are on the jump page.)


10/07/15 1:00pm

Museum of Stone at Noguchi

Nature makes rocks; humans make stones.

The Japanese-American sculptor Isamu Noguchi — who also dabbled in architecture, ceramics, furniture, garden design and lighting — was extremely interested rocks and stones. He even believed that they have lifecycles which they experience in a full cycle.

Today (October 7), the Noguchi Museum explores this fascination by opening the first exhibition in its history that mixes the work of contemporary artists with original Noguchi installations. Dubbed “Museum of Stones,” the show includes about 50 rock-based pieces by roughly 30 artists, including MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Janine Antoni, and 15 Chinese rock-related objects on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Another image and more information on the Long Island City-based show are on the jump page.


10/06/15 1:00pm

Queens Restaurant Week 2015

Five borough eateries — Jamaica’s Vintage Curry, Astoria’s Christos Steak House, Maspeth’s Connolly’s Corner, and the local Shiro of Japan and Chili’s — provided free samples of their cuisines, while Ridgewood’s Queens Brewery poured suds to roughly 300 passers-by during the festive Queens Restaurant Week 2015 kick off ceremony at The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale on October 5.

More than 150 restaurants from more than 30 neighborhoods will participate in this year’s promotion, which features three-course, prix fixe dinners for $28 and lunches for $14. Another photo of the kick off and more information on Queens Restaurant Week 2015 are on the jump page.