06/29/15 1:00pm

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A young Bob Dylan, an aging Argentine socialite, a 1950s French pop icon, and exploited Bangladeshi workers are coming to Long Island City this summer.

On July 1, Socrates Sculpture Park will roll the tape for Outdoor Cinema 2015. To be celebrated on consecutive Wednesday nights, this 17th-annual festival features international films on a 40-foot-wide screen right after lovely sunsets. Plus, the origin of each movie sets the tone for the accompanying music, dance, and food. (For example, on a night that a Czech movie is showing, there will be Czech music, dance, and food.)

Here is the schedule.

  • July 1, Dont Look Back, England. This documentary depicts a 1965 tour through the United Kingdom by a 23-year-old Bob Dylan.
  • July 8, Live-in Maid, Argentina. This comedy tells the story of an aging divorcée in Buenos Aires whose wealth is gone and whose beauty is fading..
  • July 15, Gainsbourg: A Heroic Life, France. Though not a documentary, this movie is a biography of 1950s French pop star Serge Gainsbourg, a heartthrob who bedded Brigitte Bardot and other glamorous.
  • July 22, Iron Crows, Bangladesh. This painful documentary informs on workers who make $2 a day ripping apart out-of-operation ships in horrible conditions.
  • July 29, Kings of the Wind & Electric QueensIndia. This documentary revolves around a Hindu festival held along the Ganges River on a full moon day.
  • August 5, Cold Conflicts, Sweden. This collection of short films delves into intense relationships.
  • August 12, Wadjda, Saudi Arabia. This is the first film ever directed by a Saudi woman. It’s about a 10-year-old girl who challenges a man-dominant world by trying to get a bicycle so she can race a local boy.
  • August 19, AliceCzech Republic. This an off-the-wall version of Alice in Wonderland with animated animals and objects.

Details: Outdoor Cinema 2015, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, July 1 through August 19 on Wednesdays at dusk, free.

Photo by Socrates Sculpture Center

06/26/15 1:00pm

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Over a five-decade career, Michael Bolton has sold more than 50 million records and won various American Music and Grammy awards. On Sunday, the pop rock balladeer takes his act to South Jamaica to headline Goovin’ in the Park.

Since its launch in 2001, this annual, all-day, outdoor concert has become a magnet for diverse talent with such past performers as Gladys Knight, Boyz 11 Men, Jimmy Cliff, and Patti LaBelle.

The tradition continues this year with Bolton joining R&B sensation Billy Ocean, whose hits include “Caribbean Queen” and “Loverboy,” and Judy Mowatt, a former background singer to Bob Marley who is currently enjoying a solo career. The Jamaican music acts Morgan Heritage, Cocoa Tea, Stitiche, and Capleton will perform, too.

Details: Groovin’ in the Park, Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica, June 28, noon until nightfall, $59.95-$149.99.

Photo by Groovin in the Park

06/26/15 12:00pm

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This rental is part of Crescent Club, a modern luxury building in Long Island City. The building offers different sized apartments, but this listing’s floor plan shows a studio. The apartment is very spacious and has floor-to-ceiling windows. The kitchen has new appliances with a nice peninsula for extra counter space. There is also a private balcony.

The building itself has tons of amenities including a fitness center, storage, onsite parking, backyard and roof access, and other outdoor play areas. The listing doesn’t say anything about laundry though. The monthly rent is $3,350.

Crescent Club is a short walk away from the 7 and N/Q trains, and there are many bus options nearby too. Queensbridge Park and the East River are a 15-minute walk away, and there is shopping and dining options all around the building. Click through for more photos.

41-17 Crescent Street, PH3E [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)

06/26/15 8:49am

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The city targeted Hunters Point in southwest Queens  (as well as Williamsburg) for neighborhood “renewal” several years ago, which entailed changing the zoning to make glassy, high-rise apartment buildings facing the water possible. The decision has had benefits, as Gantry State Park, named for the large lifts that once transported goods from barges into railcars here, has become a jewel.

Some say, though, that the influx of towers has overly taxed the sewer system and that there’s still no real grocery shopping to be had on Vernon Boulevard. It’s like a big city has been plunked down in a place where there’s nothing to support it.

So, while previous trips to Hunters Point have found me down by the water, this time I got off the No. 7 train at the Vernon-Jackson station and  stayed inland along Vernon Boulevard to take a look at the quickly developing area. (more…)

06/25/15 1:00pm

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Bring your own popcorn. Actually, bring your own folding chairs, blankets, and beverages. The Queens World Film Festival and Jackson Heights Green Alliance will take care of the entertainment, while the city will provide the curb. On Saturday, this summer’s two FLIC NIC series, which show indie movies under the stars at two Jackson Heights venues, kicks off. They run until August 27.

The theme for FLIC NIC at Travers Park (aka 78th Street Plaza) on July 27 will be animation. Then only documentaries will show on July 25, while the August 8 event will screen the best works from the 2015 Queens World Film Festival.

FLIC NIC in Diversity Plaza is set for July 2, July 30, August 13, and August 27. Done in partnership with SUKHI NY and Friends of Diversity Plaza, these screenings will feature foreign cinema, including everything from Bengalase animation to Spanish love stories to Asian documentaries.

Details: FLIC NIC at Travers Park, 78th Street and 34th Avenue, Jackson Heights, June 27, July 25 and August 8, dusk, free.

Bonus details: FLIC NIC in Diversity Plaza, 74th Street and Roosevelt Avenue, July 2, July 30, August 13 and August 27, dusk, free.

Photo by Queens World Film Festival

06/25/15 12:00pm

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Here’s a very nice three-bedroom, three-bath house in Astoria. The first floor is a duplex apartment with a basement. The basement has one of the bedrooms, the laundry room, a storage room, and a small bathroom. Both the first floor and the second floor have a bedroom, kitchen, and full bathroom. There is also access to a backyard and garage. The entire house looks recently renovated with new appliances, floors, and cabinets. Everything is very spacious as well.

The Q19 and Q69 are within walking distance, and the nearest trains (N,Q) are about a 20 minute walk. There is shopping and food options in the area and even more by the nearest trains. The ask is $1,075,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $4,044.04. There is an open house on Sunday, June 28. Click through for more photos.

21-29 71st Street [Keller Williams NYC] GMAP (more…)

06/24/15 1:00pm

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Live music is everywhere in Queens this week, and most of it is outdoors. Ditto for movies, and again most are outdoors. There are also surf competitions, festivals, and an International Mud Day celebration. Here’s the rundown.

June 25, Astoria Park Festival, through June 28. This annual summer favorite is jam-packed with rides, games, food, and entertainment. Free. Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, Astoria.

June 25, King Kong, 8:45 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic film. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, Long Island City.

June 25, Interfaith Ramadan Dinner, 7 pm. The Turkish Cultural Center and Central Queens Y present this second annual meal with light kosher and halal cuisine, Turkish music, a call to prayer, and a short discussion on religion. $10. CQY, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills. (more…)

06/24/15 1:00pm

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King Kong first visited New York City in 1933, when he climbed the Empire State Building in a love-induced rage. On June 25, a good 82 years later, this oversize, gorilla-like animal will cross the East River and spend a few hours in Long Island City.

It’s not just a clear sign that Queens is eclipsing Manhattan as a tourism Mecca — it’s also the start of an outdoor movie series, CinemaLIC, that will run until September 19. Organized by NestSeekers International, Hunters Point Park Conservancy, and LIC Landing, this second annual series will give attendees that opportunity to enjoy classic and independent movies on the Western Queens waterfront with the Midtown Manhattan skyline as a backdrop. (more…)

06/24/15 12:00pm

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This two-bedroom apartment in Rego Park is part of a six-story building built in 1955. The living room is very spacious, and the master bedroom fits a king-sized mattress. The pictures on the listing indicate the second bedroom is a child’s, but it still looks like a good size.

The kitchen, as it’s set up now, is eat-in, but there is enough room in the living room area for a dining table and chairs if needed. There is a dishwasher in the kitchen, laundry and storage in the building, and a private gated backyard. The monthly rent is $2,250.

The M and R trains are one block away, and the Forest Hills LIRR station is two stops away from there. The Q38, Q59, Q60, and Q72 buses are all within walking distance. There are lots of shopping and dining options in the area, and there is an elementary school across the street. Click through for more photos.

63-84 Saunders Street, #1B [Exit Links Realty] GMAP (more…)

06/23/15 1:00pm

Astoria

Get ready for four days of deep-fried Oreos.

The Astoria Park Festival 2015 will begin on Thursday and run through Sunday. Just like in past years, this family-friendly event will bring to the neighborhood an estimated 20 rides and live entertainment, not to mention some of the city’s most spectacular sunsets.

Attendees should expect the Dream Catcher, which spins around riders and moves them from left to right; Orient Express, a small roller coaster; a Ferris Wheel; and a fun house. (more…)