09/12/14 1:00pm

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There will be something sweet for foodies, green-living experts, nature lovers, youngsters, and even surfer dudes. Tomorrow, the fourth annual NYC Honey Fest will bring everything from monofloral honey to honey-infused desserts to beeswax-based cosmetics to the Rockaways. The daylong festival will include a bee-themed parade, a savory contest organized by the American Honey Tasting Society (submit form here), live music, film, a variety of food options, and children-friendly activities, such as hive-making and face-painting. More information and photos after the jump.

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05/13/14 1:00pm

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The food is great, and the portions are large. The suds are local, and DJ Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records keeps the music exciting. In other words, the 2014 Butcher Paper Dinner Series is served. On one Sunday a month from May through October, celebrated local chefs, such as Jimmy Tu of Bunker in Ridgewood, present feasts on the Long Island City-based Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop farm. Borough breweries provide beer with wine from New York-based vineyards. (Queens can’t make it all!) Here’s the schedule.

  • Crawfish boil (Sunday, May 25) with chef Mike Ciardi of Union Market. Big Alice Brewery samples Salt & Pepper Saison Farmhouse Ale, and Finger Lakes-based Heron Hill Winery uncorks Dry Riesling 2012 and a Pinot Blanc Reserve 2012.
  • Fried chicken (Sunday, June 8) by chefs Erika Geldzahler, Sarah Buck and Carolyn Bane Ross-Leutwyler of Pies ‘n’ Thighs, followed by (what else?) their delicious pies. Queens Brewery taps Queens Lager.
  • Vietnamese street food (Sunday, July 20) with Bunker’s Jimmy Tu. Queens Brewery again offers Queens Lager.
  • Massive crab boil with oysters (Sunday, August 17), thanks to chef Will Horowitz of Ducks Eatery. Yet another borough brewery, Finback, provides the suds, and Sawmill Creek Vineyards from the Finger Lakes pours a Riesling and a Sauvingon Blanc.
  • A table-length sandwich, piled with delicious meats and veggie chips from Brooklyn Grange, (Sunday, September 28) with chefs Hugue Dufour and Sarah Obraitis of M. Wells. Rockaway Brewing Company serves beer and North Shore vineyard Bedell Cellars selects the wines.
  • Rib-a-thon (Sunday, October 5) with chef Dan Delaney of Delaney Barbeque and BrisketTown. Queens Brewery brings back the Queens Lager with wine from Fox Run Vineyards in the Finger Lakes.

Details: All dinners are from 3 pm to 6:30 pm on the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, which is located on Northern Boulevard in the vicinity of 38th Street in Long Island City. Spots are limited to 65 people, tickets priced at $80Edible Queens, the borough’s premier food magazine, is the other sponsor.

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Photos: Edible Queens

10/01/13 1:00pm

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A good meal starts on the farm. And in this case, it ends there too. On October 6th, Edible Queens and Brooklyn Grange — a rooftop urban farm in Long Island City — will launch Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series, which will happen sporadically during the warm weather months. For the first supper, Will Horowitz, chef of Ducks Eatery in Manhattan’s East Village, will sling fresh oysters, followed by a crab boil. The seafood will be enhanced by wine from Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island, suds from Queens Brewery and music by celebrated DJ and saxophonist Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records. Dinner will be served on a massive, reclaimed white oak communal table, covered by butcher paper. For future meals, other accomplished chefs will prepare dishes using victuals from Brooklyn Grange, which grows more than 40,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce every year, most of which ends up in local restaurants.

Details: Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series (sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate), Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, LIC, $80, October 6th, 3 pm, limit of 65 people. Click here for tickets.

Editor’s Note: None are scheduled now, but future Butcher Paper Dinners will be listed on the Brooklyn Grange website. (more…)

08/30/13 12:00pm

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Foodies, nature lovers and beach bums are abuzz about the Third Annual NYC Honey Fest on September 7th. To be held on Rockaway Beach’s 86th Street Boardwalk, which was recently rebuilt after Hurricane Sandy, vendors of all stripes will sample and sell everything from local, monofloral honey to honey-infused desserts to beeswax-based candles and cosmetics to bee-inspired, silkscreen t-shirts. Children-friendly activities (face-painting, costume-making, puppetry), a movie screening on the beach, observational hives, live performances and introductory beekeeping classes will round out the event, which is sponsored by Brooklyn Grange (located in Long Island City) and Rippers. There will also be an avant-garde, beachside, honey‐based Rosh Hashanah ritual.

Details: NYC Honey Fest, 86th Street Boardwalk, Rockaway Beach, September 7th, 10 am – sunset, free.

Photo by NYC Honey Fest/FB

07/22/13 11:00am

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The 1919 factory building found at 37-18 Northern Boulevard, the Standard Motor Products Building, has long outlived its built purpose. Currently owned and operated by Acumen Capital Partners LLC, the gargantuan industrial building (301,000 Total SF in six stories) offers stoutly engineered and capacious floor space. Modern anchor tenants include the company which once owned the structure — Standard Motor Products -- as well as the Franklin Mint, the Jim Henson Company and Broadview Networks.

It’s an iconic structure, well known to those who use both the automotive path of Northern Boulevard or the locomotive path of the Long Island Railroad to commute to and from Manhattan. It’s a point of transition in the neighborhoods as well, the exit from Astoria and entrance to Sunnyside, where the designation of Steinway Street gives way to 39th Street.

The SMP building is across the street from the Hook and Ladder 66 building discussed in a Brownstoner Queens posting Long Island City’s Hook and Ladder 66 back in June, and looms over Northern Boulevard’s “Carridor” (a term which will be explored in the near future). In the shot below, after the jump, you are looking eastward, with Woodside and Jackson Heights on the horizon. The southern extant of Astoria is to the left and the triangular orange structure just off center is the end of Steinway Street at Northern Boulevard.

So, now you know where you are, but what you can’t see from the street is one of Queen’s hidden treasures, up on the roof. (more…)

08/08/12 11:30am

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When Brooklyn Grange first opened in Long Island City (food.curated. produced a great video of the farm in its early days), there was understandable confusion going on with the name (no, they weren’t “settling” for Queens, it was a legal issue). They went on to grow a lot of produce, host fancy tasting events, start an urban farmstand in their building, and connect with local restaurants and caterers – including Vesta, Pachanga Patterson, LIC Market, and Astoria Park Catering in Queens – which fill happy bellies throughout western Queens. (more…)