10/31/13 11:00am

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When the Mrs. and I first moved to Astoria, we found ourselves at the border. Not far from Woodside and across Northern Boulevard from Sunnyside, the section was once known as “The German Settlement” during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Specifically we found ourselves living in one of the four unit row houses found on 44th street nearby 34th Avenue. Anxious to meet the new neighbors, we set about talking to literally every stranger we could.

One of my little ice breakers is the usually innocuous question, “Have you ever seen a ghost?”.

More than one of the new neighbors answered in the affirmative, and they then told me about an apparition that they called “the White Lady.” (more…)

10/28/13 11:00am

What’s the best Halloween display you’ve seen in Queens? In what neighborhood? Let us know in the comments, Queensicans. Show us pictures, as Halloween will soon be upon us!

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I wander around with a camera in hand, shooting everything that doesn’t shoot back. For the last couple of weeks, a point has been made to record the scene as Queens gets dressed up for the forthcoming Halloween holiday.

So far, the 2013 Pumpkin Prize goes to this arrangement which I spotted on Broadway, across the street from Long Island City High School… (more…)

10/24/13 11:00am

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It’s the “most wonderful time of the year” for people like me – who are aficionados of the macabre, bizarre, and mildly malefic. Halloween season makes me desirous of tales involving the supernatural, and as with all other aspects of life (and death), Western Queens does not disappoint.

Today’s tale plays out around the area of colonial Newtown and Maspeth’s border, which hosts Calvary Cemetery in our jaded modern time, and predated the Salem Witch Panic by a couple of decades. A farmer named Ralph Hall, and his wife Mary, were accused of the malicious and felonious usage of witchcraft and sorcery and of causing the death of their neighbor – one George Wood – by eldritch means.

From Wikipedia:

The witch trials in the early modern period were a period of witch hunts between the 15th and 18th centuries, when across early modern Europe and to some extent in the European colonies in North America, there was a widespread hysteria that malevolent Satanic witches were operating as an organized threat to Christendom. Those accused of witchcraft were portrayed as being worshippers of the Devil, who engaged in such acts as malevolent sorcery at meetings known as Witches’ Sabbaths. Many people were subsequently accused of being witches, and were put on trial for the crime, with varying punishments being applicable in different regions and at different times.

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10/31/12 1:41pm

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We know that today many are digging out, the subways aren’t working, and events and things to do are not top of mind. Still, parents (now on the third day of no school), Queens culture fans, and intrepid tourists might find this list useful. We will begin posting event highlights again on Nov 1.

Cancelled:

Jackson Heights Children’s Parade (October 31).

Rescheduled:

Flushing Town Hall has moved its Halloween - Remixed party to Nov. 1, 4-7 pm UPDATE: They are holding the party at 4pm today!

Closed:

NY Hall of Science - closed on October 31

Noguchi Museum - closed until November 7

Queens Museum of Art – closed on October 31

Queens Public Libraries – closed October 31

 

10/31/12 9:30am

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Image source: riptheskull on Flickr

You might be wondering if the events in our Halloween roundup are still happening. Well, most of those we mentioned for tonight are still on, save for the Jackson Heights children’s parade. As a reminder, here are events that are still on tonight:

Ghouls Night Out - Halloween drink specials and awards for best costume at Applebee’s around NYC.

Applebees, Everywhere, Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 7:00pm – Thu 7:15pm | FREE!

DST3K Halloween Pre-Party!- Devil Science Theater 3000 is an interactive event where the audience plays drinking games and makes fun of terrible movies while being egged on by professional comedians in the crowd!

Laughing Devil, Comedy Club, LIC, Wednesday, October 31st, 2012, 8:00pm – 11:00pm | No Costume: $10, In Costume: $5, Dressed as a Zombie: FREE!

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10/26/12 3:00pm

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Nothing is more fun than a good costume party and Halloween is the perfect occasion to get creative and let your hair down, blowing off work-related stress and enjoying the good spooky spirit of others. If you want to host a get-together and you’re not exactly a food stylist – you just want great, filling finger food, there are excellent resources right here in Queens to make your party a culinary hit. Queens is like no other borough with its unparalleled global marketplace – you can give your guests hearty, Fall fare that is somewhat unexpected but unquestionably delicious. (more…)

10/26/12 2:00pm

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In many parts of NYC, children forgo trick-or-treating altogether or only visit stores, restaurants, and other businesses for candy handouts, because their residential areas just aren’t conducive to knocking on doors, and no one knows which doors are OK to knock on anyway. The more famous Halloween shenanigans in the city are for basically for adults.

But Queens is home to several safe, family-friendly neighborhoods where the tradition of going house to house is thriving. Here’s our guide to the best hoods for trick-or-treating in the borough. (more…)

10/25/12 3:00pm

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Image source: hanna_horwarth on Flickr

Halloween is almost upon us! And since it falls mid-week (Wednesday, srsly?), most of the partying will be happening this weekend. There’s plenty to do here in Queens – parties, costume competitions, dog parades, walking tours, scary movies, zombies, and more. Here is our list of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Halloween. Click through each event for more information. 

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26

Dead or Alive: Halloween at NYSCI – Pumpkin Chucking - Watch as pumpkins are thrown hundreds of feet in the air by our 19-foot-tall catapult.

New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 3:30pm – 5:00pm | FREE!

Halloween Spirits Tasting  - Indulge your inner mad scientist/ mixologist and come by to kick off your Halloween weekend with some of our coolest new artisinal spirits at a free spirits tasting.

Astoria Park Wine & Spirits, Astoria, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:30pm | FREE!

Haunted Lantern Tours - Every Halloween, a haunted shipwreck brings ghosts and ghouls to the historic Battery. The Urban Park Rangers will be leading the way through this fright fest. Bring your flashlight, but leave your fear at home.

Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm | FREE!

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10/25/12 9:00am

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Image source: Diego Salazar Gallery

Opening Reception fo Arthur Hammer: People, Places, Things – The late Arthur Hammer (1932-2012) was a painter who began creating art in the early 1960s, having fallen in love with the modernist paintings of Marsden Hartley, Albert P. Ryder, as well as those of the German expressionists. His work was shown in a variety of galleries, including the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and the Art-O-Mat in LIC. This exhibit is being curated by Elinore Schnurr. Thursday night is the opening reception from 5-8pm at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery, most recently the location of a group art exhibit by Latin American artists. (more…)