This is truly an out-of-this-world experience. On Sunday, the Queens Museum will facilitate Solar System Walk, Vol. 2, a guided, 1.5-hour, family-friendly stroll through Chris Burden’s Scale Model of the Solar System, which is located in the museum and throughout the surrounding area.

Some explanation. Burden has created a scale model in size and distance of the solar system. The sun is represented by a sphere 13 inches in diameter and 40 inches in circumference that shines above the Panorama of the City of New York (above photo). The other planets are placed at the correct relative distances from the sun.

The tour — led by PJ Gubatina Policarpio, a curator and museum educator who is interested in the intersection of art, history, creativity, and identity — will start at the sun and end at pluto, which is at Leo’s Latticini, the famous Italian food store at 46-02 104th Street in Corona. (Forget about whether Pluto was downgraded as a planet or not.)

Details: Solar System Walk, Queens Museum, New York City Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, September 21st, 3:30 pm to 5 pm, free, but spots are limited. For more information and to RSVP, send an email to

Photo: Chris Burden

10/14/12 2:00pm


Image source: Discover Queens – (from left) Queens Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Jack Friedman, Commissioner Kenneth Adams, Assemblywoman Margaret Markey, Queens Economic Development Corporation Executive Director Seth Bornstein, Queens Chamber President Carol Conslato and Irene and Marie DeBenedittis from Mama’s.

Our friends over at Discover Queens sent this great photo our way of the ladies of Leo’s Latticini (AKA Mama’s). As you know from yesterday, Mama’s has the second best sandwich in the Zagat list of the eight best sandwiches in NYC.

This shot was taken at the end of the day of a tour around Queens last Tuesday (10/9), taken by Kenneth Adams, commissioner of the NYS Department of Economic Development and the president/CEO of the Empire State Development Corporation. (more…)

10/13/12 2:00pm

il bambino Astoria Queens tomato mozzarella pesto panini

This week, Zagat Buzz on Business Insider published their list of the top eight sandwiches in NYC, with Il Bambino in Astoria leading the way with the top sandwich. Leo’s Latticini (AKA Mama’s) in Corona was number two. They beat out heavy hitters like Bouchon Bakery and Porchetta in Manhattan. (more…)

08/08/12 3:33pm

Serious Eats today published a great article entitled “Lidia Bastianich’s Shopping Guide to Italian Ingredients in Queens” as part of their Neighborhood Guides series. Lidia is, of course, a driving force behind some of NYC’s best Italian restaurants (Felidia, Esca, for instance), part of the group that brought Eataly to Manhattan (a food lovers paradise, no lie), a cookbook author, and television cooking show star (who doesn’t love watching Lidia on PBS?). In the article she highlights an excellent array of Italian food shops located both in the eastern and western sides of the borough, where one can purchase cheese, bread, cured and fresh meats, pasta, produce and pastries.

Image: Sorisso soppressata

Her choices are truly excellent, and many of them are quite beloved among Queens residents. (more…)