Here’s a roundup of our top posts in September:
Whether you’re looking for your dream home or just want to go on a scenic stroll, here is our guide to what we think are the five most beautiful streets in the entire borough. They have five different looks and vibes, but all feature lush greenery, appealing architecture, and historic charm – and most of them have been granted landmark status, so they’re bound to stay pretty for decades to come. (more…)
It’s Columbus Day today
Columbus Day is more than just a federal holiday to some, it’s a celebration of Italian-American heritage and culture to many in NYC. Over the years, Queens (and all over NYC, really) has been home to a substantial Italian immigrant population, so the holiday gets a lot of attention in certain parts of the borough (Astoria had a parade this past Saturday). As for how the holiday got started, here’s a little insight into its history:
The celebration of Columbus Day was an idea put forth by the Knights of Columbus, a religious fraternal organization founded in 1882 by Father Michael J. McGivney to support recently arrived working immigrants of Italian descent.The Knights provided access to insurance, granted financial assistance to widows with families, gave academic scholarships and strove to advance the citizen status of the Italian immigrant in American society. After all, it was an Italian who discovered the Americas, and it was for that reason that they made the proud connection to the explorer, naming their fraternity after him in an effort to show the broader American public the patriotic and community-based values of the Italian people.
New cocktails at Diwine in Astoria
Fooditka wrote about three new cocktails at Diwine, a wine bar in Astoria. They are the bourbon-based Rhubarb Redford, with citrus elements; the vodka-based Southern Pumpkin, that sounds like boozy pumpkin pie in liquid form; and the mezcal-based Escobar, with ginger-lemongrass flavors. During Diwine’s happy hour (Monday-Thursday from 5-8pm) they cost $6.
You can change the name of that subway sign when you pry it from my cold, dead fingers (or for the right price)
New Yorkers are passionate about the way their subway stations are called, and are resistant to proposed changes, even if it makes it more technically accurate. The station on the M/R line that sits at the corner of Grand Ave and Queens Blvd is still called “Grand Ave-Newtown” even though the “Newtown” is no longer truly applicable to that part of Queens, not to mention when you cross Queens Blvd, Grand Ave turns into Broadway. According to MTA spokesman Charles Seaton, “Anytime we have tried to change the name, community residents have objected. Keeping the original name of a station maintains a historic link that is important to a lot of folks.”
A documentary is being made about LIC’s history and evolution
The Long Island City community Facebook page announced that they are working with local folks to make a documentary film about LIC a reality:
Currently working with a local company called Ragnarok NYC. We are creating a documentary on the history and evolution of Long Island City. Our goal is to release it early next and hopefully most of you come to the screening of it!!
We look forward to seeing it when it is finished!
Burger love from Sunnyside/Woodside
This morning we asked in our Question of the Day, “where do you find a great burger?” We had some responses – people are loving the burger action in Sunnyside/Woodside!
Here at QueensNYC, we do enjoy a good burger now and then. We’re always on the lookout for new burger resources, too. So tell us – where do you find a great burger? And we’ve gotta ask – do you get fries with that? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queesnycity.
We like big burgers and we cannot lie.
Burgers are all the rage in Queens – they are popping up everywhere throughout the borough. Out in Ridgewood, there’s “one burger to rule them all” at least in the diameter-enhanced department. That would be the pljeskavica (say it with us - PLYESS-kah-vee-tsah). It gets all griddled up, slapped on lepinja (bread) and topped with ajvar (red pepper spread), kamjak (a kind of thick, clotted cream) and some onions (get tomato and lettuce, too, if you want). Nom.
Where to run your woof-woof in Queens.
If you’re looking for a dog run in Queens, look no further than our article, The dog park scene in your Queens neighborhood. Anne Shisler-Hughes has put together a terrific rundown of dog-friendly spaces in the borough.
Tacos, sopes, tamales, and more tacos.
Over on We Heart Astoria there is an epic post about unsung tacos in Astoria. It is full of Mexican food goodness (we should know, as our editor accompanied the writers on some of the exploratory taco adventures – La Cabana queso taco all the way).
Come to Queens for the best street food, no lie. And the Vendys realize it.
The Vendy Awards are coming on September 15, and there are two carts from Queens – Tortas Nezas and Hamza and Madina Halal Foods – and one owner from Queens – Uncle Gussy’s – in the pool of finalists. Tortas Nezas is out on 111th Street near Roosevelt Ave in Corona; his tortas are legendary, and each one of them is named after a different Mexican football team. Hamza and Madina Halal is at 254-05 Hillside Ave – right on the border between Queens and Nassau – and is behind some seriously kickass white sauce. Queens represents! Good luck Tortas Nezas and Hamza and Madina Halal Foods!
Corona Plaza is cool and the community loves it.
In case you missed it last week – Streetfilms made their way over to the new Corona Plaza to see how the community felt about it and is using it. Verdict: LOVE! Check out the video to see for yourself.
Few foods are more American than burgers, shakes, and fries; in the last few years, burger joints have popped up all over Western Queens, to the delight of meat lovers in Astoria and LIC. However, those who eat strictly halal have missed out, since the meat at the local burger joints does not meet halal standards. Well, now Muslims can fully partake in the local burger craze at the new halal restaurant, Famous Hamburger in Astoria. (more…)
The countdown for Labor Day is on and we’ve got three weeks to wear white pants and flip flops and cut out of the office early on Friday afternoons. While New Yorkers everywhere mourn the disappearance of Water Taxi Beach at Hunter’s Point, we’ve still got the Rockaways for sand and surf. Anywhere around the borough you happen to be, you can find plenty of casual summer fare, perfect for hot days and nights, to keep that feeling of summer going right up to the end.
Image source: karlnorling on Flickr
There’s been a lot of happy buzz about Motorboat & the Big Banana, located at the Rockaway Beach Club at the Boardwalk. A venture of Brooklyn’s Vinegar Hill House’s Jean Adamson and Lindsay Robinson, who came from Diner (also in Brooklyn), it’s a low-brow fry shack that serves up very high quality grub (and check out this video of their food). (more…)