06/24/15 1:00pm


Live music is everywhere in Queens this week, and most of it is outdoors. Ditto for movies, and again most are outdoors. There are also surf competitions, festivals, and an International Mud Day celebration. Here’s the rundown.

June 25, Astoria Park Festival, through June 28. This annual summer favorite is jam-packed with rides, games, food, and entertainment. Free. Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, Astoria.

June 25, King Kong, 8:45 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic film. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, Long Island City.

June 25, Interfaith Ramadan Dinner, 7 pm. The Turkish Cultural Center and Central Queens Y present this second annual meal with light kosher and halal cuisine, Turkish music, a call to prayer, and a short discussion on religion. $10. CQY, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills. (more…)

06/19/15 1:00pm


Flushing is hot, and it shows no signs of cooling down. People from all over the world want to visit the neighborhood, stay in its hotels, eat in its restaurants, shop in its stores, and enjoy art in its cultural venues.

Make Music New York is hot, too. Now in its ninth year, this live musical event celebrating the first day of summer will feature 1,000 free performances throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The biggest concert, Music Beyond Borders, will take place in Flushing’s Queens Crossing shopping center on June 21. Various singers, musicians, and dancers will bring their talents from such cities as Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. (An Astoria rocker, a few Flushing dancers, and a rapper from Brooklyn will also participate.) (more…)

06/18/15 12:00pm


This one-bedroom co-op in Flushing is part of Linden Towers, a seven-story building built in 1960. The apartment was recently renovated with stainless steel appliances and a new bathroom. The kitchen has a good amount of counter space, the living room and bedrooms are fairly large, and it looks like there’s some extra space for a small office between the living room and kitchen.

The unit is approximately 850-square-feet. The ask is $169,900 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $668.64. The maintenance fees are $746.69 plus $35/month for A/C. There is also outdoor parking for an additional $25 per month, available dependent on a waiting list.

The Main Street 7 train (and the plethora of buses in that area) is just less than a 20-minute walk away. By the building, you’ve got the QM20, Q25, Q34, and Q50 buses. There’s tons of shopping and dining options in the area, and there are playgrounds and parks by the building too. And if you like bowling, White Stone Lanes is across the street. Click through for more photos.

29-30 137 Street, #4 [Century 21 Weber & Rose] GMAP (more…)

06/17/15 11:00am

BFL Derby

Van Morrison, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Met Opera stars, and the Muppets are the world famous celebrities providing entertainment and enrichment in the borough this week. Other possibilities are a LEGO fest, comedy, seniors singing Broadway, a Summer Solstice event, and an International Yoga Day gala. Here’s the rundown.

June 18, Music Under the 7 Train, 6:30 pm. The Street Beat Brass Band presents a multicultural program of brass-based and street-based music from various parts of the world. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the 7 train station, Sunnyside.

June 18, Big Band Music, 6:30 pm. New York City Swing plays big band favorites by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Free. Queens Library’s Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156th Avenue, Howard Beach. (more…)

06/12/15 12:00pm


This two-bedroom rental in Flushing is part of a newer building built in 2005. The apartment looks recently renovated. The kitchen is small, but there is a peninsula for more counter space, and the living room can fit an eating nook. One of the bedrooms looks smaller than the other, but the size is still manageable. Two big pluses: there is a washer and dryer in the unit, and there is a balcony off the living room. The rent comes in at an even $2,000 per month.

The Main Street 7 train and Q13, Q16, Q17, Q28, Q48, Q65 buses are all less than a ten-minute walk from the building. There are tons of shops, dining options, and parks within walking distance. The Queens Historical Society is down the street too. Click through for more photos.

142-25 37th Avenue [Re/Max Universal Real Estate] GMAP (more…)

06/11/15 1:00pm


On Monday, we posted about the Historic Jackson Heights Weekend, which features two days of walking tours around the neighborhood. This was accurate as far as it goes, but it deserves an amplification, as there are guided treks all around the borough this weekend.

On Saturday, official Queens historian Jack Eichenbaum gives his signature expedition, The World of the 7 Train. It’s actually a series of six walks along with subway rides. He discusses the history and impact of the 7 line, while stopping in Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Corona, and Flushing, where the event ends with lunch, probably at a Chinese restaurant. (more…)

06/10/15 11:00am


The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.

June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC. (more…)

06/04/15 12:00pm


This three-bedroom 2.5 bath rental in Flushing is part of a two-story Colonial home built in 1925. The beautiful kitchen has tons of counter space and cabinets. There’s a nice peninsula eat-in area and stainless steel appliances. There’s a fireplace in the home, an outdoor barbecue fire pit, a finished basement, a private driveway, and a balcony. The monthly rent is $3,500.

The Q12, Q13, Q76, and QM3 buses are all within walking distance, and the Auburndale LIRR stop is nearby. The n20, n21, and n20L buses are also down the block. There are grills, lounges, and shops very close by, and there are small playgrounds in the area. Click through for more photos.

42-16 195th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP (more…)

06/03/15 9:45am


A global family reunion will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday — and everybody on the planet is invited. In the same place on the following day, a huge World’s Fair anniversary celebration will offer everything from classic cars to live music. Other activities include experimental dance, foreign films, a bike parade, racetrack art, tree-counting, and even scissor crafts. Here’s the rundown.

June 5, Global Mashup: Haiti Meets China, 8 pm. The Agoci band from Haiti serves up Kompa music, while FJ Music Fusion plays traditional Chinese music. Each group performs a set, and then both groups do an impromptu jam together. Dance lesson at 7 pm. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard.

June 5, The Way Out, 7 pm. Screened as part of the Panorama Europe 2015 film festival,Way Out follows a Romany woman who perseveres in the face of anti-gypsy racism to find steady employment. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District. (more…)

05/27/15 10:00am


The Who will rock to town as a highlight of an incredibly musical week that includes a symphony, an international event, Ed Sheeran, jazz, and even a festival for people who play the saw. There are also opportunities to enjoy Latin dance, European films, walking tours, and fly fishing. Here’s the rundown. (more…)