05/15/15 12:00pm


This one-bedroom rental is a spacious duplex styled apartment in Kew Gardens. There’s an outdoor patio and terrace, renovated kitchen and bathroom, and it looks like the apartment gets a lot of light. The monthly rent is $1,550.

The Q54 bus is across the street, the LIRR is down the street, and the E and F trains are about a 15-minute walk away. There are grocery stores and dining options nearby, and the Key Gardens Cinemas is down the street. Click through for more photos.

84-62 Austin Street, #C [Keller Williams Rlty Landmark] GMAP (more…)

05/14/15 1:00pm


The “Mass for Troubled Times” or “Lord Nelson Mass” was composed by Franz Joseph Haydn over a six-week period in 1798. The symphonic work’s unusual orchestration – strings, trumpets, timpani and organ (no woodwinds or low brass) — creates a stark sound, capturing the fear and turmoil of the time in Europe as Napoleon Bonaparte had just won four major battles and the French military chief was threatening to conquer the world. (more…)

05/14/15 12:00pm


This gut-renovated, one-bedroom townhouse in Ridgewood makes great use of its available space. The kitchen has lots of cabinets and counter space, and it gets good lighting thanks to the open wall between it and the living room area. The bathroom is a bit small but well-designed, with funky glass cubes lining the shower. The monthly rent comes in at $1,600.

The Q39, Q58, Q55, B20, B13, and B38 buses are all within walking distance, and the M train is four blocks away. There are grocery stores and restaurants nearby, and the Ridgewood Public Library and Rosemary’s Playground are two blocks away. Click through for more photos.

60-55 Woodbine Street [Town Residential, LLC] GMAP  (more…)

05/14/15 9:45am


On Tuesday, I was invited to bring the camera to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, as the Queens Economic Development Corporation held the 13th annual Queens Taste, an expo showcasing the borough’s amazing restaurants.

The first Queens Taste, I’m told, had just twelve tables and was held in a tiny space at JFK airport. This one needed an entire floor of the Hall of Science, and even that was barely big enough. (more…)

05/13/15 1:00pm


Although not as well-known as Oktoberfest, Maifest is one of Germany’s oldest traditions. The annual celebration of spring began as a 10th-century pagan ritual during which villagers would erect a maipole (or maypole in English) in a local square and decorate it with cakes, ribbons and sausages. It was believed that dancing around the adorned maipole would bring good luck. (more…)

05/13/15 12:00pm


This rental in Elmhurst is a very spacious three-bedroom, part of a two-story house built in 1930. The apartment looks newly renovated with wood floors in the bedrooms and living room and tile in the kitchen and bathroom. The monthly rent is $2,100 and heat and hot water are included.

The Q29 and Q58 are on the same block, and the 7 train is about a 15 minute walk away. There are grocery stores, restaurants, and small shops in the area. Click through for more photos.

48-11 92nd Street, #2 [Keller Williams Landmark] GMAP (more…)

05/13/15 9:00am


The Queens New Music Festival headlines a jam-packed week of entertainment in Queens. Choose between comedy, lectures, Japanese films, performance art, book-making, outdoor art and free trees. Here’s the rundown.

May 14, John Luther Adams: The Immeasurable Space of Tones, 8 pm. The Lost Dog New Music Ensemble presents works by the 2014 Pulitzer-prize winning composer John Luther Adams. $25/$20 for students and seniors with a $5 discount if purchased online in advance. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City. (more…)

05/12/15 1:00pm


Golda Meir was elected prime minister of Israel in 1969 after stints as the country’s Labor Minister and Foreign Minister. Strong-willed and straight-talking, she was the fourth female in history to lead a country and she presided over an extremely tumultuous time that included the Yom Kippur War.

But Meir’s life before getting into politics was just as inspiring. Born in Kiev in modern-day Ukraine, she fled anti-Semitic violence and ended up in Milwaukee, where she went to high school and teachers college before moving to a kibbutz in Palestine in the 1920s. She then held various political and civic positions before, during, and after the creation of Israel in 1948. (more…)

05/12/15 9:45am


Dutch Kills Green

Williamsburgers and Greenpointers curious about the vast territory above Newtown Creek need do no more than take the B62 bus to the end of the line — or walk or bike across the Pulaski Bridge and take Jackson Avenue to Queens Plaza — to take a look at one of Queens’ most interesting revivals in recent times.

Until a couple of years ago the east end of Queens Plaza, where Northern Boulevard begins a nearly 90-mile run (as Route 25A) to the end of Long Island, was home to a run of the mill parking lot called the John F. Kennedy Commuter Plaza. Its southern end, running along the elevated Queensboro Plaza station, was home to fast food restaurants and strip joints.

But a recent multimillion dollar, five-year restoration has  converted the once moribund spot into a green oasis replete with separated bike and pedestrian paths. (more…)

05/11/15 1:00pm


When people describe Queens as “diverse,” they usually cite the residents and restaurants. But the borough has varied music as well, as it is a veritable treasure trove of composers, ensembles, and singers.

You can enjoy everything from classical to cutting edge during the fourth annual Queens New Music Festival this week. (more…)