10/06/15 9:30am

Talmadge Estate, Bayside, Queens

Brownstoner recently took a look at historical and culinary highlights centered on or near Bell Boulevard, the “main street” of Bayside, Queens. But the neighborhood is large and goes far beyond that stretch, with a deep history in film, theater and sports, as well as eclectic architecture.

Here are some of Bayside’s historical and architectural highlights. (more…)

10/05/15 1:00pm

Brian Wilson performs at the Kupferberg Center

His full name is Brian Douglas Wilson, and he’s a living legend. As a founding member of the Beach Boys, he has written (or co-written) more than 25 Top 40 hits, such as “Surfer Girl,” “I Get Around,” “Help Me Rhonda,” and “California Girls.” He’s also enjoyed a multi-faceted, six-decade career as an actor, band leader, musician, producer, singer, and voice-over actor.

This Friday, Wilson will launch his 2015 Fall Tour in Queens with his new band, which includes Al Jardine, another Beach Boys founder. More information and another photo of are on the jump page.


10/01/15 1:00pm

The Yves Léveillé Quartet at Flushing Town Hall

Modern day patrons of Flushing Town Hall are used to hearing great live jazz. They are also used to hearing many different accents, especially coming from natives of China, Korea, India, and Latin America. Well, this weekend will be a bit different. The jazz will still be great, but the accents will be French Canadian.

On Friday, the Alain Bédard Auguste Quintet will perform modern jazz, original compositions, and “catalytic improvisations” or jam sessions which are the brainchild Bédard, a pianist who founded the label Effendi Records.

Then on Saturday, the Yves Léveillé Quartet will play tunes inspired by jazz as well as classical and world music. A composer and pianist, Léveillé (above) is known for refined, melodious harmonies. He recently won the 2015 Opus award for best jazz concert in Quebec. A discount offer, more information, and a photo of Bédard are on the jump page.


09/30/15 3:00pm

It's In Queens

Red-tailed hawks, peregrine falcons, and bald eagles will be in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this weekend for a Raptor Fest. Should they fly around, they will be able to enjoy opera, a trunk show, Irish music, professional wrestling, Spanish theater, and an Oktoberfest with German and Korean takes on pickled cabbage. Another photo and the entire rundown are on the jump page.


09/30/15 1:00pm

Queens College Exhibit at DeFord Gallery

The Flushing-based Godwin-Ternbach Museum, a part of Queens College, is collaborating with Citi in Long Island City, and the results are inspiring.

Pre-Columbian textiles, contemporary Chinese painting, and objets d’art inspired by Christian, Muslim, and Buddhist teachings are on view at the Citi DeFord Gallery in the lobby of One Court Square. The collection contains 33 pieces, including works by Rembrandt (above) and the Persian poet Rumi.

The opening reception will take place on October 1 at 5:30 pm, and the exhibition will run until January 12, 2016.

Under the tutelage of their art professor, James M. Saslow, Queens College students did the research, writing, and designing of the exhibition, which is organized into five sections that correspond historically to immigration from the borough’s collective origins. More details and another image from the collection are on the jump page.



09/29/15 9:30am

Bell Boulevard -- Architectural and Culinary Mecca

Bayside, in northeast Queens, was first settled by the British around Alley Creek, the East River inlet now leading to Alley Pond Park, in the early 1700s. It was first named Bay Side in 1798 and by the time the one-word spelling appeared in the 1850s, it was a small but potent community, giving rise to governmental leaders and statesmen.

The neighborhood has always retained a small-town atmosphere centered around Bell Boulevard. The street is named for Abraham Bell, an Irish Quaker who was a partner in a shipping firm and owned a vast farm in the area, and has nothing at all to do with Alexander Graham Bell, the inventor who obtained the first patent for the telephone. The city, however, has added to the confusion by naming P.S. 205, as well as its playground at 75th Avenue and 217th Street (a couple of blocks from the boulevard), Bell Park and later, Telephone Park, in honor of the inventor. (more…)

09/28/15 1:00pm

Tier 1 Wrestling comes to Richmond Hill

Sicilian Psychopath, Fresh Prince of Shaolin, and Southern Stomper are coming to Queens — and they plan to fight with all their might.

Tier 1 Wrestling will host the Rumble in the Concrete Jungle on October 2 at RS Studio in Richmond Hill. Competitions will include an intergender tag team match, a six-way elimination fray, and a battle of the beasts.

Established by die hard pro wrestling fans, the Ridgewood-based Tier 1 launched last July 10 with the mission to develop and promote up-and-coming wrestlers of both genders. More information and another photo of a Tier 1 match are on the jump page.


09/25/15 1:00pm

World Maker Faire 2015 at New York Hall of Science

Forget about Frankenstein. Robot Resurrection is a 30-foot-tall, human-operated, articulating automaton whose composition is 95 percent recycled airplane parts. The brainchild of Shane Evans, this android is heading to Queens and bringing plenty of colleagues, such as Mechanical Horse, a stainless steel contraption with more than 100 bearings, laser-cut sprockets, 30 feet of chain, and 23 articulating joints, and Life Size Mousetrap, a 16-piece, 50,000-pound interactive kinetic sculpture.

World Maker Faire 2015 takes place at the New York Hall of Science on Saturday and Sunday. Part geek fest, part DIY rage, part new product showcase, this sixth annual extravaganza celebrates cleverness, craftsmanship, creativity, and countless contraptions. More than 500 makers are expected to display their latest projects to more than 50,000 enthusiasts. More information, a list of some expected favorites, and another photo are on the jump page.


Jackson Heights Coop for Sale -- 35-48 80th Street

Today’s co-op is in a nearly 100-year-old building in the Jackson Heights Historic District. This building at 35-48 80th Street is one of 14 along 80th Street known as the Greystones, built in 1917-18 by George H. Well.

Unit 22, a large corner apartment, has three bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it looks like it’s been very well kept. (more…)