12/24/12 12:00pm


Image source: _Fidelio_ on Flickr – the amazing Christmas light display 

The Huffington Post shared a video by MyBlockNYC of the amazing display of Christmas lights and cheer at the house on 166th Street between 23rd and 24th Avenues in Bayside Whitestone (GMAP). It’s an incredible scene and has become a holiday standard in the neighborhood. Displayed are classic figures of Santa and snowmen, music, moving model trains, and lights, lights, lights!

Here is the scene from last December:

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/33889288]


12/24/12 10:00am


Today is Christmas Eve Day, with Christmas tomorrow. If you celebrate, how are you marking these couple of days? Are you taking the day off to relax? Preparing a big meal for friends or family? Going to church and/or waiting up with your kids for as long as their eyes stay open? Going to see a movie tomorrow? Hanging with loved ones? Let us know what you’re up to! Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity. And Merry Christmas!

12/07/12 3:00pm


The New York Times City Room blogged about the Louis Armstrong House and how much Louis Armstrong loved Christmas. During part of his childhood, he spent time at a New Orleans orphanage and never had a Christmas tree of his own. He told this to his wife, and she was “adamant about decorating the house for the holidays.”


12/07/12 11:00am

Whether your endgoal is providing gifts for nieces and nephews at Hanukkah (which starts the night of Dec. 8!), co-workers for Christmas, or dear friends for Kwanzaa, we’ve all got serious shopping to do. You may not be aware of the wealth of independently owned shops around Queens where you can find something unique and interesting while at the same time supporting your neighbors, so we’ve rounded a few up.

In Boutiques and Specialty Shops


SITE, located at 35-11 34th Avenue (GMAP), brings together the energy of Astoria with good taste in design. It’s a hub of the locally made and the otherwise carefully sourced and an all-around great spot for gifts sure to delight recipients and brighten rooms. Right now the store’s collection of holiday ornaments is inspired – colorful seated Buddhas, glittery clip-on mushrooms and running dinosaurs – but the shop carries a full array of items for the home, kitchen tools, exotic aromatic lotions, device cases, decorative prints, tasty goodies and fun wearables.


11/30/12 12:00pm


Image source: Yelp

The Queens Chronicle published a heartening piece about the Tuscany Deli, located in Lindenwood, which is just north of Howard Beach, who has been very generous to Hurricane Sandy survivors in Howard Beach and Broad Channel, aka their neighbors. During the Thanksgiving holiday, they catered 86 free meals, gave away 100 turkeys to hurricane survivors, and raised $2,000 to feed people whose homes were damaged in the storm. (more…)

11/30/12 10:00am


The weekend is just about here, and we bet some of you will be out shopping for Christmas/Hanukkah/Kwanzaa/Solstice gifts. Where do you like to buy gifts locally?  Is there a shop you wish everyone knew about? Are you going shopping at a holiday market this weekend? We’d love to know – leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

BTW, here are a couple of resources for your shopping this weekend, in case you’re stuck or need some inspiration:

How to be the coolest aunt or uncle: Hip kids’ gift and toy stores in Astoria, Corona, and Elmhurst [QNYC]
Queens Holiday Markets 2012 [QNYC]

11/26/12 9:00am

Image Source: Ohman School of Ballet

Forget the egg nog and fruit cake, Tchaikovsky’s ballet The Nutcracker is one of the most popular Christmas traditions. The Queens Flushing Library will provide the space in its lower level aditorium, and the Ohman School of Ballet will provide the talent and costumes while also performing such dances as “Marzipan,” “The Sugarplum Fairy,” “Waltz of the Flowers” and “Mechanical Soldier.” Come early and be prepared to feel inspired.

The Nutcracker
Queens Flushing Library, 41-17 Main St.
7pm – 8pm | FREE

11/19/12 9:00am

Holiday Season Kickoff with Snowflake Lighting – Enjoy face painting and balloon twisting and do not forget to stop by the holiday arts and crafts station. Don’t forget to bring a camera and get a photo with Santa at Macy’s (GMAP).

Also, watch as the sky turns into a kaleidoscope of beauty, lighting the Macy’s Snowflake and marking the official start of the holiday season!

Holiday Season Kickoff
Macy’s Flushing, 136-50 Roosevelt Avenue
Monday, November 19  |   FREE