08/12/15 2:00pm


A concert by Carlos Santana (above, right) is the week’s highlight, but Yo-Yo Ma and even the Beatles make appearances. These events are joined by countless outdoor activities, such as movies, music, water fun, 19th century crafts and a honey festival. The rundown is on the jump page.


08/12/15 1:40pm


It began with “Twist and Shout,” hit a crescendo with “Ticket to Ride,” and ended with “I’m Down.” It was the best attended concert of its kind at the time (55,600 fans) and five years after the fact, John Lennon described it as the highlight of his career, saying: “I saw the top of the mountain.”

On August 15, 1965, The Beatles performed at Shea Stadium as part of the Fab Four’s 1965 tour of the United States. Beforehand, John, Paul, George, and Ringo landed in Flushing Meadows Corona Park via helicopter from Manhattan. They then got prepared in the visiting baseball team’s locker, and took the stage to an adoring crowd at a time when screaming was becoming the norm at live shows.

On August 19, 2015, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will celebrate the concert’s 50th anniversary with a special, interactive lecture at QED Astoria. GAHS Vice President Richard Melnick, who co-wrote the book “Images of America: The East River,” and friends will wax nostalgically about the memorable night with personal testimonies, concert footage, and a special guest speaker who is currently unidentified. The event will include a Q&A session.

Details: Beatles at Shea, QEDC Astoria, 27-16 23rd Avenue, Astoria, August 19, 7 pm, $10, reserve a spot by emailing QEDAstoria@gmail.com.

Photo by QED Astoria

08/11/15 1:00pm


Walking westbound on Jamaica Avenue from 160th Street, pedestrians see a major transit hub, various fast food joints, commercial buildings, and other pedestrians with handheld devices and the ultimate in fashion and technology. But once they reach 153rd Street, they can take a right and trade the bustling modern city for an 18th century farm that now functions as a museum. King Manor takes its name from one-time owner Rufus King, a framer and signer of the Constitution, one of the first senators from New York State, the ambassador to Great Britain under four presidents, and an outspoken opponent of slavery.

Pedestrians who head to King Manor on August 14 or August 15 will meet artisans dressed in traditional garb and they’ll watch free demonstrations of crafts that were popular in the 1800s. They will also be able to enjoy traditional music on a hammered dulcimer and fiddle by the Triple-A String Band and tour the restored house to see rarely displayed objects from the collection.

One more photo, details on King Manor, and the schedule for Friday and Saturday’s program are on the jump page.



In a borough largely ignored by NYC’s Landmarks Preservation Commission, the magnificent garden apartments of Jackson Heights are a happy exception. Today’s Jackson Heights is a neighborhood of handsome six-story co-operative apartments, most of which surround a central garden.

They appeared — seemingly out of nowhere — beginning in 1914 when the entire area was not much more than a swampy meadow. The Queensboro Corporation and developer Edward MacDougall built now-landmarked housing along today’s 82nd Street; the area became known as Jackson Heights honoring John C. Jackson, who laid Jackson Avenue, now Northern Boulevard, out across the meadow beginning in 1859.

The boundaries of Jackson Heights proper are fairly well-defined, from the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway on the west to about 90th Street on the east, and from Roosevelt Avenue on the south to the Grand Central Parkway (and LaGuardia Airport) on the north.


08/10/15 1:00pm

Born to former slaves in 1848, the self-educated Lewis H. Latimer was one of the 10 most prolific African-American inventors in United States history. His patents include a toilet system for railroad cars and a method for producing carbon filaments for light bulbs. He also drafted the patent drawings for Alexander Graham Bell’s telephone.

This National Inventors Hall of Fame inductee lived much his adult life in a wood frame, two-story house with Queen Anne architecture in Flushing. After his death in 1928, his descendants lived in this dwelling until 1963. Then under threat of demolition in 1988, it was moved to 34-41 137th Street, converted into a museum, and granted city landmark status.

Info on an upcoming event at the Latimer House and a photo of the namesake are on the jump page.


08/07/15 1:00pm


She is single-handedly re-popularizing the four-string banjo in jazz and breaking all stereotypes about banjo players at the same type.

Cynthia Sayer is an award-winning instrumentalist, vocalist and bandleader who rose to prominence as a founding member of Woody Allen’s New Orleans Jazz Band. Known for eclectic, swing-based shows, her career includes performances in Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center and appearing with The New York Philharmonic.

On August 15, Sayer brings her Sparks Fly Quartet to the Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona. The group’s classic jazz core pays tribute to Satchmo, while its eclectic repertoire embraces musical influences of the 1920s and 1930s.

Details: Cynthia Sayer & Her Sparks Fly Quartet, Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th Street, Corona, August 15, 2 pm, $18 (advance tickets include red beans & rice and sweet tea plus a free historic house tour pass).

Photo: Cynthia Sayer

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This one-bedroom rental in Woodside comes with two full baths and a private terrace. The whole apartment is very nice and newly finished. The kitchen has stainless steel appliances (including a dishwasher), lots of cabinets, and a good amount of counter space. The living room is big enough for a separate dining area, and the bedroom easily fits a queen-sized bed with extra space remaining.

The building is pet-friendly and has a laundry room, a common area for hosting gatherings, and a parking garage. The monthly net effective rent, based on a 12-month lease, is $2,613—actual rent is $2,850.

The E, F/M, R, and 7 trains and Q32, Q33, Q47, Q49, and Q70 buses are all within walking distance. There are grocery stores, small shops, and lots of dining options on the other side of Roosevelt Avenue. Click through for more photos.

40-07 73rd Street, #PH-A [Citi Habitats] GMAP (more…)

08/06/15 1:00pm


They called him “Bix,” and his fans call themselves “Bixophiles.” He had a terrible addiction to alcohol and died at age 28, but still managed to play cornet with some of the greatest jazz legends of all time, such as Corona resident Louis Armstrong. In fact, many music lovers consider him to be the best cornetist of all time, partly because he invented a style that created a sound described a “bullets hitting a fan.” Finally, Bix Beiderbecke was born in Davenport, Iowa, where an annual jazz festival honors his legacy, but he died while living in an apartment at 43-30 46th Street in Sunnyside, Queens.

On Saturday, August 8, his adopted hometown will celebrate his life with another yearly festival: The Bix Beiderbecke Sunnyside Memorial Jazz Concert in the vicinity of the Sunnyside Arch from 2 pm to 7 pm. The theme is the Roaring Twenties, the honoree’s best decade. (He died in 1931.) Local groups such as the Street Beat Brass Band, Sunnyside Drum Corps, the Sunnyside Social Club, and the Sunnyside Wolverines, a pickup band that unites for this occasion every year, will perform either under a large tent or on a makeshift dance floor.

Check out more details and a photo from last year’s Lindy Hop performance on the jump page.


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This one-bedroom co-op in Sunnyside is on the second floor and has views from all sides of the apartment. The kitchen has lots of counter and cabinet space and a dishwasher. The living room is spacious, and there is a separate area for dining plus a nice foyer when you first walk in. The bedroom seems like a good size and is painted a very light green color.

There is laundry and a gym in the building. There is also indoor parking and storage available. The ask is $275,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $1,066.23 plus $545 in fees.

There are plenty of parks in the area, and there are grocery stores, dining options, and small shops down the street. The 7 train is a five-minute walk away, and the Q32 and Q104 buses are also within walking distance. Click through for more photos.

39-25 51st Street, #1F [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)

08/05/15 1:00pm


Put it this way: More than 200,000 participants and more than 500 vendors can’t be wrong.

It’s time for the 19th annual Jamaica Arts & Music Summer (JAMS) Festival. On Friday, a mega concert will take place in Rufus King Park from 5 pm to 10 pm. Toni Ann Semple, a Queens native who blends African and Native American rhythms into R&B and other genres, will headline the show. Ditto for Guyanese Christian singer Dallas Forte and DJ Jordan Knoxx, a locally bred “mixologist.”

On the following day, August 8, the Jamaica Avenue strip from 170th Street to Parsons Boulevard will be converted into a pedestrian-only zone. One section will host a classic car show, while another will offer a safe play area for children. More musicians will perform in another segment, and other areas will focus on food, health, and senior issues. More information and another photo are on the jump page.