05/11/15 9:45am

Here’s my short list of three destinations in Queens worth visiting even if you live outside the borough. They all offer some great outdoor scenery, whether in the form of street art, architecture or beautiful green space. Two are parks.

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Welling Court Mural Project

Missing 5Pointz in Long Island City? That renowned graffiti spot may be no more, but you can get your fill of grassroots urban art at Welling Court, where the Ad Hoc Art Group has been curating public street art since 2010. There’s some fantastic stuff here, and it’s all free to enjoy. (more…)

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Many Indians consider 1947 to be the separation year. It’s when the largely Hindu southeast Asian country gained independence from England and when Muslims began to move northwest and east to build nations in what is now Pakistan and Bangladesh.

That year also marked the emergence of Indian modern art, led by the Bombay Progressive Artists’ Group and its contemporaries who made requisite visits to Europe and experimented with such genres as post-Impressionism, Cubism and Expressionism. (more…)

05/08/15 12:00pm

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This one-bedroom condominium in Forest Hills is part of The Windsor, built in 2005. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances and a granite countertop peninsula. The unit includes its own washer and dryer. Building amenities include a 24-hour doorman, fitness center, and roof terrace. The monthly rent comes in at $2,600.

Willow Lake is three blocks away, and Forest Hills Stadium is two blocks away. There are plenty of shops, bars, and dining options nearby. The E, F/M, and R trains; Q60, QM18, Q23, and Q64 buses; and the Forest Hills LIRR station are all within walking distance. Click through for more photos.

107-24 71st Road, #4 [Madeleine Realty of Queens LTD] GMAP (more…)

05/08/15 9:45am

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12th Street near 27th Avenue, Astoria Village

Queens has been a county since 1683. Just as the USA originally had 13 states, the state of New York has 12 original counties: Albany, Cornwall, Dukes, Dutchess, Kings, New York (Manhattan), Orange, Queens, Richmond, Suffolk, Ulster and Westchester.

Nassau County, you say? It’s a Johnny come lately. In 1898, when four counties voted to become part of New York City, becoming Greater New York, half the county of Queens — the eastern towns of North Hempstead, Hempstead and Oyster Bay — chose to become independent, and in 1899 they created a county of their own, Nassau.

Had these towns not separated from Queens, our present task — examining the origins of the names of the borough’s neighborhoods — would call for entries on Lynbrook, Long Beach, Port Washington, Oyster Bay, Massapequa… and I’d be writing till Christmas. As is, Queens is large enough. (more…)

05/07/15 1:00pm

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‘Tis the season to enjoy the great outdoors, and Long Island City is the place to do it this Saturday. Many cross sections of the Western Queens community will come together to celebrate the second annual LIC Springs! 

There will be live music, dance, and theater. There will be fitness classes, sports contests, and pop-up activities.

There will be sculpture- and wood-making, a site-specific art gallery, and printmaking. There will be children’s activities, such as a scavenger hunt and glitter tattoos.

And finally, there will be freshly shucked oysters, BBQ, and a gelato-eating contest. (more…)

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This two-bedroom in College Point has a spacious living room area and a cute kitchen. Both bedrooms have lots of closet space, and there are dark wood floors throughout. There’s a new laundry facility in the building, and onsite parking is available for a fee. The monthly rent is $1,750.

The Q25 and Q20B buses are both within walking distance. Frank Golden Park is a few blocks away, and there are lots of small shops and restaurants nearby too. The water is a 20-minute walk away.

13-26 128th Street, #2 [Pacific Realty Associates] GMAP

05/07/15 9:45am

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Carol Burnett comes to Queens this weekend. Lucky her! She’ll find great opera, Cameroonian music, Brazilian film, Indian modernist art, Mexican dance, Canadian puppetry, a brand new musical, and even kite-flying. Here’s the rundown.

May 7, Operatic Classics, 7 pm. The Queens Symphony Orchestra presents classic selections with Metropolitan Opera tenor Chad Shelton and baritone David Adam Moore. Free. Electrical Industry Center Auditorium, 158-11 Harry Van Arsdale Jr. Avenue, Fresh Meadows.

May 8, Laughter and Reflection with Carol Burnett, 8 pm. This 90-minute interactive experience’s format harkens back to the openings of The Carol Burnett Show, when her studio audience had an unfiltered opportunity to engage the comedian with questions and receive spontaneous answers. $39-$85. Colden Auditorium, Queens College, 65-23 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing. (more…)

05/06/15 1:00pm

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Brazil is very popular these days. The South American country hosted the World Cup last summer, and it’s preparing to host the Olympics next year. This Friday, the Museum of the Moving Image catches this wave with O Brazil: Contemporary Brazilian Cinema, a series that will screen three contemporary films made in a country where the movie scene is booming.

The thread that runs between these movies is music, as they all feature tremendous soundtracks as well as Portuguese dialogue with English subtitles. Here’s a short description. (more…)