09/16/15 1:00pm


Katurian is a fiction writer with a vivid imagination. His short stories often describe violent acts against youngsters based on his memories of his brother, Michal, being abused by their parents before he killed them.

After a string of real-life child murders resemble scenes from his books, Katurian is arrested. Mentally challenged Michal confesses to the crimes and implicates his brother, meaning that Katurian will probably be executed in this unnamed country governed by a totalitarian regime. Then two detectives interrogate Katurian, while narrations and re-enactments of his stories explain how he developed his disturbed imagination.

The Pillowman is a 2003 play by Martin McDonagh which won the 2004 Olivier Award for Best New Play and the 2004-2005 New York Drama Critics’ Circle Award for Best New Foreign Play.

On September 18, a chilling-but-at-times-hilarious version of this work kicks off a 15-performance run at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. More information on the jump page.


09/16/15 12:00pm

Astoria apartment for rent -- 30-89 48th Street

This three-bedroom, one-and-a-half-bathroom rental won’t win any design awards — the kitchen cabinets need updating, there’s a pink bathroom and the floors are a little loud, to say the least. But the size, location and price of $2,900 per month make up for it.

Located at 30-89 48th Street, the top-floor unit has a large eat-in kitchen and formal dining room, large living room, and supposedly has two balconies, though only one is pictured. As mentioned, the half-bathroom is filled with pink tiles, but the full bath is perfectly normal looking. (more…)

09/15/15 1:00pm

Poseidon Parade Hits Rockaway

Yet more proof that evolution began in the sea.

For the past two years, the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade has won the Best Motorized Float award at the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island. Now this venerable group is organizing the first-ever Poseidon’s Parade closer to home — from Beach 106th Street to Beach 95th Street on the newly built boardwalk in Rockaway Beach — on Saturday, September 19.

Set to start at 11 am, this inaugural, family-friendly march will not feature any of the flamboyant costumes that often fill Brooklyn’s Surf Avenue during the Mermaid Parade. The focus will be on artistic expression with judges giving out prizes based on creativity and craftsmanship.

More information and another image are on the jump page.


09/15/15 9:30am

Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood, Queens

Ridgewood Theatre, 55-27 Myrtle Avenue between St. Nicholas and Putnam avenues

Myrtle Avenue, one of the lengthiest streets in both Brooklyn and Queens, runs for nearly 15 miles from Jay Street MetroTech complex in the heart of downtown Brooklyn, east to Jamaica Avenue at the former Triangle Hofbrau.

It was first laid out in 1835 from Fulton Street to as far as Cripplebush Road, an ancient Kings County track now largely replaced by Bedford Avenue. It was extended in 1839 to Brooklyn’s Broadway, and again in 1854 as the tolled Jamaica Plank Road out to Jamaica. (Most of NYC’s toll roads of this type were made “free” around 1890-1900.) (more…)

09/14/15 1:00pm


New York Fashion Week ends on September 17…and then the real styles hit the city.

On September 18, Mango, a international clothing company based in Barcelona, will host the F/W Runway Show at its Queens Crossing branch in Flushing. With the theme “70’s Revival,” the fun will feature various models showcasing a collection which is inspired by music icons from the 1970s. Leather coats, bell-bottom trousers, drainpipe trousers, and flowing blouses are a few of the garments on tap, while the designs glorify glam with low necklines and shiny details, imitating rockers such as Janis Joplin, Grace Slick, Patti Smith, and Blondie.

After the runway show, there will be a complimentary open bar. More details, the chance to register for free, and another photo are on the jump page.


09/11/15 1:00pm

The Real Helen Keller at Queens Historical Society

Helen Keller (1880-1968) is best known for her triumphs over adversity. The “miracle worker” was the first deafblind person to graduate from Radcliffe College, and despite her lack of communication skills, she wrote 12 books and founded a large nonprofit to help people with disabilities.

But Keller actually battled her popular image. She was a proud activist and suffragette who was once under FBI surveillance due to her Marxist political views. She regularly contributed columns to the Socialist Party press and gave lectures on Communism across the United States.

She also lived in Forest Hills from 1917 to 1936.

On Sunday, the Queens Historical Society will screen The Real Helen Keller, a documentary that examines the flesh-and-blood woman behind the myth. The film is produced in spoken English and British Sign Language. Another photo of Keller and more information on the event are on the jump page.


College Point House for Sale: 14-43 138th Street

Today’s listing is a two-family home on the border of College Point and Whitestone. The upstairs unit has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, while the lower apartment has one bedroom and one bathroom.

Located at 14-43 138th Street, the house boasts a fully solar powered heating and electrical system. It’s a fantastic location, walking distance from Target, BJ’s Wholesale and other shopping, and Spa Castle, and a few blocks from Powell’s Cove Park and GU Harvey Playground. There are buses accessible from 14th and 20th avenues. (more…)

09/09/15 6:31pm


In operation since 1697, the Queens County Farm Museum has planting fields, livestock, heavy machinery, and an apple orchard. This Sunday, the 47-acre green space will also feature Harley Davidsons, Hendersons, and Minervas.

Various vintage and classic choppers will fill the Floral Park homestead for the 35th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show, including makes and models that have been out of production for decades and/or were manufactured 100 years ago. More information and a photo of currently blooming flowers at Queens Farm are on the jump page.


09/09/15 3:00pm

It's In Queens

In one way or another, Ella Fitzgerald, Helen Keller, the signers of the Constitution, Shakespeare, and El Gran Combo are heading to Queens this week. They will enjoy a honey festival, a motorcycle show, a drag queen extravaganza, a few flea markets, Chinese hip hop, and German jazz. Here’s the rundown.

September 11, El Gran Combo de Puerto Rico, 8 pm. The well known Puerto Rican Salsa orchestra performs live for a night of nonstop fun. $35/$75 VIP. Resorts World Casino New York City, 110-00 Rockaway Boulevard, Jamaica.

September 11, A Tribute to Ella Fitzgerald, 2 pm. The Healing Arts Initiative presents singer/actress Tina Fabrique, who starred in ELLA. She’s sing Ella’s songs. Free. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-20 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard, Jamaica, www.hainyc.org.

September 12, NYC Honey Fest 2015, 11 am to sunset. Returning for a fifth year, this festival features a honey-tasting contest, demos, food, music, kiddie activities, and a bee-product marketplace. Free. 97th Street and Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach.

September 12-13, Bushwig, 2 pm to 10 pm. This fourth annual festival features 150 drag queens with different styles and costumes and 20 live musical performances. $40. Onderdonk House, 1820 Flushing Avenue, Ridgewood.

September 12, Queen of Astoria Basketball Tournament, 2 pm. Five-on-five, co-ed, full court, post-tournament party. Astoria Park, contact Ashley Dean at queen@queenofastoria.com.

September 12, Remember Me Run, 2 pm. Friendly two-mile race to support the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund and Community Mayors, nonprofits that support special needs children and provide scholarships to children of the fallen and ill first responders of 9/11. Memorial service follows. $25. St. Michaels, 72-02 Astoria Boulevard, East Elmhurst.

September 12, Kew Gardens Flea Market, 9 am to 5 pm. All vendor fees benefit Jamaica Hospital Medical Center’s pediatric department. Rain date: September 19. LIRR North Lot, 82-60 Austin Street, Kew Gardens.

September 12, Astoria Flea & Food Night Market, 6 pm to 11 pm. A great market returns. Kaufman Astoria Studios Lot, 36th Street and 35th Avenue, Astoria.

September 12, Hands-On History: Founding Fathers, noon to 3 pm. Have you ever wondered why the men who wrote the Constitution had the same hair style? Celebrate the 228th anniversary of the signing of the Constitution by making wigs so you can look like a Founding Father and listen to stories about the writing of the Constitution. Free. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica.

September 12, 13, 19 & 20, Shakespeare in the Garden: A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 5 pm. Alex Schirling presents Shakespeare’s fantastical comedy. Free with admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.

September 13, 35th Annual Antique Motorcycle Show, 11 am to 4 pm. This show includes various makes and models of motorcycles that have been out of production for at least 10 years. Music, farmhouse tours, hayrides, and food. $5. Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park.

September 13, Brother Blood, 7 pm. Hip hop and Chinese pop take center stage when Brother Blood (Chengyu Chang), MC Hotdog, and Urchin MJ116 play a “Fancy Maker’s” concert. $68-$248 VIP. Colden Auditorium at Kupferberg Center for the Arts, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing.

September 13, Film Screening: The Real Helen Keller, 2:30 pm. More than 40 years after her death, Keller is still known as the little deaf-blind girl who triumphed over adversity. Hidden from the public gaze was the real Keller, a writer, radical activist, suffragette, and socialist. $8. Queens Historical Society, Weeping Beech Park, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing.

September 13, Forgotten NY Tour: Bayside, noon. Visit this suburban neighborhood that is home to waterside parks and ponds and interesting architecture, including the home of one of the greatest prizefighters ever. $20. Meet at Bayside LIRR Station.

September 13, Moon in the Mirror, 3 pm. Join the Queens Council on the Arts for the world premiere of the monodrama opera Moon in the Mirror. Free with $5 suggested donation. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

September 13, Bang on a Can, 3 pm. The final concert in this summer’s series features all star cellist Ashley Bathgate playing the heartfelt, hypnotic, hour-long work Stories for Ocean Shells by Australian composer Kate Moore. Free. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City.

September 13, Myrtle Avenue Fall Street Festival, noon to 6 pm. More than 200 merchants, antique and custom cars, international food, and entertainment. Free. Myrtle Avenue, Fresh Pond Road to Wyckoff Avenue, Ridgewood.

September 14, Exhibit: Astoria in the 1980s, 7 pm. So much has happened in Astoria over the past 30 years. See it, hear about it, and talk about it. $5. Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Long Island City.

September 14, Oratorio Society of Queens Rehearsal, 7 pm. Reservations are required. If you pass the audition, you go directly into rehearsals. Temple Beth Sholom, 172nd Street and Northern Boulevard, Flushing.

September 16, Kicks & Sticks: Hessen State Youth Jazz Orchestra, 7 pm. Conducted by Wolfgang Diefenbach, this group plays in the traditional big band instrumentation with a brass section consisting of five trumpets, four trombones and five saxophones as well as a rhythm group. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.

Photo by NYC Honey Fest