08/26/15 12:00pm

69-07 Alderton Street, Rego Park

This detached, single-family home at 69-07 Alderton Street in Rego Park has a sun porch, eat-in kitchen and a bright dining room. In addition to its three bedrooms and two full bathrooms, there’s an attic, large finished basement and plenty of closets.

Other pluses are the private driveway and garage, as well as the location. The house is a short walk from Trader Joe’s, banks and pharmacies, two movie theaters and shopping. There are several bus stops within a couple blocks and it’s a 20-minute walk to the E, M and R trains at 67th Avenue. (more…)

08/25/15 1:00pm

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Percussion has the largest musical family. Instruments can be hit, scraped or shaken to create different pitches, notes, and sounds. Plus, they add rhythm and spice to everything from classical music to hip hop to jazz.

Two special upcoming Queens events are based on percussion. The first one is a harvest moon celebration at Flushing Town Hall on August 29. Grammy nominee Juan Gutiérrez, who directs the group Los Pleneros de la 21, will lead a workshop for all-comers followed by a group drumming circle. This San Juan native received the National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship in 1996.

The other event involves African cadences. Details and a photo are on the jump page.

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08/25/15 9:45am

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Nestled in the heart of Middle Village, Juniper Valley Park — which sits between Juniper Boulevards North and South, Lutheran Avenue and 71st Street on the west and Dry Harbor Road on the east — is almost intentionally situated far from the crowds and noise that the subway bring. It’s one of the youngest of Queens’ larger parks, having been created in the 1930s.

Middle Village lies between Maspeth and Forest Hills and was named in the 1830s after its position along Metropolitan Avenue, which was laid out as a toll road between Williamsburg and Jamaica in the 1810s. A roadhouse as well as several small dwellings and farms arrived in the area, which had come to be considered midway between Williamsburg and Jamaica, hence its name. Large cemeteries such as Lutheran/All-Faiths, Mt. Olivet and St. John’s arrived after 1850 or so, and attracted Sunday visitors; restaurants and saloons sprung up in the area to serve the crowds. In time, more streets were laid out and were lined by dwellings.

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08/24/15 1:00pm

Jamaica Back to School Festival

Notebooks? Check. Pencils! Check. Really fun event that helps ease the dread of the upcoming academic year? Check.

On Saturday, August 29, the 165th Street Mall will turn into a budding fashionista’s dream space with young models (ages 5 to 13) exhibiting the season’s new threads on a red carpet. Entitled “The JCKidz Back-to-School Fashion Show: Kidz w/Style and Confidence,” this power-packed event will showcase clothes by young designers Tyyann of Pinky Sez and Savanna of Savanna Banana, along with featured styles from children’s stores on Jamaica Avenue.

More information and another photo are on the jump page.

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08/21/15 1:00pm

Alex Ross Perry Retrospective

Alex Ross Perry defines the word “provocative.” The filmmaker’s work features dark humor and tremendous, emotionally transgressive acting. He can simultaneously invoke knee-jerk emotion and deep thought. From August 22-25, the Museum of the Moving Image will present four disparate feature films by Perry, including a special preview of his latest, Queen of Earth, with Perry and star actress Elisabeth Roth in attendance. The schedule is as follows: Impolex at 4:30 p.m. on August 22, The Color Wheel at 3 p.m. on August 23, Listen Up Philip at 5:30 p.m. on August 23, and Queens of Earth at 7:30 p.m. on August 25. Details on the movies and another photo are on the jump page.
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08/21/15 12:00pm

852 Cypress Avenue Ridgewood Queens

This newly renovated one-bedroom Ridgewood loft comes with two bathrooms and a 377-square-foot private deck. The kitchen is equipped with new-looking Whirlpool appliances — including a dishwasher — and plentiful cabinet and counter space.

The rental’s bedroom, which appears to be accessed via a small winding staircase, is bright, opening out to the terrace. Other amenities include A/C, an in-unit washer and dryer, and access to a shared rooftop garden. It’s also pet friendly on a case-by-case basis. Heat and hot water are included in the $3,000/month rent.

The building at 852 Cypress Avenue, with busy patterns and two staircases in the lobby, is the former home to the Ridgewood Times newspaper; it was then a school before being turned into condos in 2009. It’s a short walk from the L and M trains at Myrtle-Wyckoff, making it easily accessible to Williamsburg, Bushwick and Manhattan.

What you see may not be what you get: the listing notes that the unit is under construction and some of the photos are from a different unit, but doesn’t specify which. The apartment is available for rent October 1 and there’s an open house from 2-3:30 p.m. on August 22.

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35-49-76-Street-jackson-heights-queens-coop-building

This three-bedroom, two-bath co-op in the Jackson Heights Historic District is located in Hawthorne Court, a 1922 five-story building with a garden. There is a woodburning fireplace in the very spacious living room, and there is extra room to fit a dining area.

The kitchen is a good size but doesn’t have that much counter space. It looks like they added two cabinet desks for extra space which could be redesigned. Both of the bathrooms are full bath.

The ask is $840,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $3,256.85. There is an elevator in the building, laundry and storage in the basement, and a park-like garden between the buildings.

This area has a lot of great food, and this building is a quick walk away from all of it. There are multiple grocery stores, cafes, and shops to choose from too. The 7, E, F/M, and R trains and Q32, Q33, Q47, Q49, and Q70 buses are all less than a ten-minute walk away. Click through for more photos.

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Gilbert Gottfried at Queens Theatre

“The Comedian’s Comedian” is coming to Queens. A stand-up performer since age 15, Gilbert Gottfried hit the big time in 1980, when he became a cast member on Saturday Night Live. Known for his lack of political correctness and inability to obey boundaries, Gottfried also did a series of improvised promos for MTV, appeared regularly on Late Night with David Letterman, and had parts in Beverly Hills Cop II, Problem Child, and even as a parrot in the Disney animated film Aladdin.

On Saturday, August 22, Gottfried will perform at Queens Theatre as part of a fund-raiser for the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which serves Forest Hills and Rego Park with two New York State-certified ambulances and a first responder truck.

Gottfried is the main star, but there will be various opening acts by quality comedians and some other activities. More information and another photo are on the jump page.

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08/19/15 2:00pm

It's In Queens

Inspiring, blooming Taiwanese orchids are a main draw this week. Ditto for the LIC Block Party and Flushing Night Out, which will feature a little bit of everything (food, music, art, spontaneous creativity). Other options are concerts, comedy, films, puppets, and walking tours. Another photo and all the information are on the jump page.

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08/19/15 1:00pm

Jazzmobile Block Party

He’s a one-stop shop for Jazz and Latin music. Bobby Sanabria, a seven-time Grammy nominee, is probably best known for his drumming and percussion, but he’s also an activist, arranger, composer, conductor, educator, ensemble leader, filmmaker, producer, and recording artist. Over a five-decade career, this South Bronx native with Puerto Rican roots has played with such diverse stars as Dizzy Gillespie, Tito Puente, and Mongo Santamaria.

On Thursday, August 20, Sanabria and his quartet will headline the festivities at the annual Jazzmobile Block Party in front of the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. Information on the other planned activities and another photo are on the jump page.

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