Despite the hurricane and its aftermath, it was still Halloween on October 31. Did you partake in any Halloween fun? Did you party? Go trick-or-treating? Or were you still dealing with the horror that was Hurricane Sandy. Let us know – leave a comment here or on twitter via @queensnycity!
The big news is Hurricane Sandy and the damage she (or is it he? Sandy Koufax and all) caused in the 5 boroughs. Particularly heartbreaking is what happened in Breezy Point – they got lashed by wind, rain, and fire. Over 100 homes burned to the ground. New Jersey also was hit extremely hard. How did you fare? Drop us a line, tweet us or add a Facebook post/comment.
In other news, there’s chocolate. Aigner’s has been making chocolates in Forest Hills for decades and has developed quite the following. They also have a collection of cool chocolate making equipment. Visit them on Metropolitan Ave and have some coffee while you’re there – the serve Brooklyn Roasting Company coffee these days.
Hey, it’s still Halloween today!
Looking for something to do tonight? Party, trick-or-treating, or going out? We have a few events you might enjoy, plus great neighborhoods in which to trick-or-treat and places to get super noms for your party. Mmm…
Jackson Heights and Sunnyside are great places to live
AmNY talked to some real estate professionals and the named Jackson Heights and Sunnyside as great places for your search for new digs. We think they are pretty sweet neighborhoods, too. Jackson Heights in particular seemed spared by the hurricane for the most part. Sunnyside did sustain some damage (thanks to QNYC fan Heather Laurel for sharing the photos). Still, most of NYC got hit in one way or another. It still doesn’t take away from the fact that these two neighborhoods are pretty terrific places to live.
Astoria CSA loses its home
The Astoria CSA, due to a bureaucratic SNAFU, is losing its home at ARROW. They are devastated but are hopeful to find a new home. They’ll be holding distribution outside the field house but are looking for a new home – their organization serves, in the end, close to 400 people in the community. We wish them luck in finding a new space. If you can help them out, by all means contact them, too.
This Transit Tracker from WNYC is awesome
Use this transit tracker to see what transit is up and running, post-Sandy. This is a very helpful web-based utility.
This shot of the Broad Channel A train tracks is insane
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All those fake hurricane photos
There sure were a lot of fake photos of the hurricane yesterday! A couple even used images from The Day After Tomorrow. Mashable has a collection if them, so check them out.
Good news from the Noguchi Museum
As you may know, the Noguchi in LIC has an outdoor sculpture garden that could have been severely affected by Hurricane Sandy. This image from the museum brought a smile to our faces – they sustained almost no damage to the art.
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.
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.
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!
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…)
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…)
We caught wind of this glass tower that’s supposedly coming to Queens Plaza South in LIC. That means perhaps along the elevated line, but we’ll see. It’s planned to be a 15 story, 415,400 square feet mixed use development. Very little info is available, but we will pass on what we learn as we get it. The building is pretty cool looking and would add a little different geometry to the area. We can’t wait to learn more!
Haiku sign in LIC – we like them
We’ve spotted these haikus in various parts of the city, and liked this one that Body & Soul Restorations posted a photo of. Too bad it’s a little grimy, but hey, that’s city living. Looks like this one is on Jackson Avenue.
Image source: Body & Soul Restorations
Halloween events galore!
We’ve got a great list of events for Halloween this year – since the holiday itself is on a Wednesday night, most of the partying is happening this weekend. And the partying will take many forms – pumpkin chucking to costume contests, movies to fun runs, and beyond. Check it out!
Elizabeth Crowley watches out for Middle Village and Glendale
Nice to see this City Councilwoman working hard for her neighborhood. With the impending hurricane storm Sandy (which could pound the area, but we’re not exactly sure just yet), flooding could be a real problem. Here’s her gumption filled FB statement and her constituents love it.
Hurricane Sandy is predicted to hit New York City early next week. Today I called on the DEP and OEM to thoroughly inspect catch basins and sewer lines throughout Queens to help mitigate flooding. And I will continue pushing DEP to inspect the infrastructure in Middle Village and Glendale and make the necessary improvements to prevent future flooding.
Pachanga Patterson’s got a new Fall menu, full of noms
The new menu at Mexican restaurant Pachanga Patterson in Astoria looks fab. Here are some of the new things on the menu:
Salsas – tomato and pumpkin seed; chipotle and delicata squash
Small plates – Chihuahua fondu; eggdrop soup with meatball, ancho chilie, and quail egg; steamed mussels with saffron sauce and chips
Tacos – beef tongue taco; vegan lentil cake taco with peanut sauce, balsamic vinegar, and pickled onions
Entrees – pork chop with white cheese grits and pork jus; braised goat with garlic rice and gremolata
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.
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!
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…)
So, Halloween is approximately two weeks from today. Have you figured out your costume for the day and/or evening? And if so, would you be willing to tell us what you’re going to be? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!