Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria
Friday, February 15, to Sunday, February 17
10am – 6pm | $80 for full festival pass
Thirsty Koala = yum
Over the weekend, we joined up with some of our favorite bloggers and participated in a tasting of some of the menu items from The Thirsty Koala, a new Australian-inspired restaurant opening up on Ditmars in Astoria. The meal did not disappoint. From lamb lollies, to kakadu crostis (kakadu is an Australian plum), to Tim Tam Tiramisu, the food was a delight. Vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and even gluten-free folks will find something to eat here. They hope to open by end of week, so keep an eye out!
We love this poster from the Queens Tech Meetup
This is a very cool design for the poster announcing the next Queens Tech Meetup, which is happening this Wednesday, December 19 at 6:30pm in LIC.
Image source: Queens Tech
Spacewar! Video games at MOMI
This weekend the Museum of the Moving Image opened their exhibit, Spacewar! This year is the 50th anniversary of the first video game (if you can believe it!), so they have put together a number of games – handheld, arcade, and platform – that can be considered the spawn of Spacewar!. It’s upstairs on the third floor. Get your fill of games like Defender, Space Invaders, and Portal, as well as the original Spacewar! With admission to the Museum you get four tokens to be used with the arcade games. Have fun and enjoy the rush of nostalgia.
The issues of “incentives” for prospective buyers of real estate in NYC
Our friend Eric Benaim of Modern Spaces was interviewed as part of this NY Times article about incentives as part of the sale of property in NYC. He says, “they can get buyers across the finish line.” He is using incentives to complete sales at both L-Haus – buyers receive a credit equal to 6 percent of the unit’s cost - and Murano – buyers receive a 5 percent check from the development team. Though during the strong sales months of September and October, they suspend these incentive programs. It’s interesting stuff, with a sort of “behind-the-scenes” look at selling real estate in our local market.
We put together some “best of Queens” in response to USA Today’s “bests” of the borough
We took a look at the handy guide to the “Best of Queens” that was put together by USA Today, and we found ourselves wanting more selections that reflected the borough as a whole. So we put our own list together. From Danny Brown in Forest Hills, to Bowne Park in Flushing, to SITE in Astoria, we hope you are inspired to discover and/or explore Queens as a result!
The scene as you ascend the stairs and enter the exhibit
Today is the first day of the new exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image called Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off. We had a chance to check out the exhibit – and play a bunch of the video games – and thought it was all pretty dang cool. Here’s what it’s all about:
Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off looks at the first 50 years of video games through the lens of Spacewar!, the first digital video game, its development, and the culture from which it sprang. In addition to a model of the original PDP-1 (Programmed Data Processor-1) computer running a playable simulation of Spacewar!, the exhibition presents 20 playable video games ranging in platform (arcade, console, handheld, PC), genre (shooters, platformers, action, arcade) and developer (commercial, independent, experimental). From Missile Command to Halo 4, and from Star Fox to Portal, the exhibition draws connections and contrasts between these games and Spacewar!, signaling the latter’s central place in the development of video games as a cultural form.