The Forest Hills Times reminds us that the West Side Tennis Club turns 100 this year, and changes are coming. The actual club itself was established in 1892 on West Side of Manhattan. In 1913, the club bought land in Forest Hills, which is still its home. For it, they paid a $2,000 down payment and a $75,000 mortgage. (more…)
Today is 9/11, which can be a pretty challenging day for many. We watched the reading of the names this morning, and it was very moving. We hope you have been able to take time during this day for whatever your needs are in remembering this day eleven years ago. Please feel free to share your thoughts with us, too.
We also came across this 1978 photo of the towers from an LIC perspective. Thanks to Dennis Ponsot for uploading to Facebook.
Astoria has the best public high school in all of NYC
Congratulations to the Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Astoria! It was rated the top NYC public high school in US News & World Report’s rankings this year. The Daily News describes the program:
With an authorization from the International Baccalaureate Organization to offer its Diploma Program, BSGE is among the best of the best. All prospective students must register for the school website’s admissions test, and each year less than 10% of the applicant pool is accepted. Every member of its ethnically and economically diverse body of students is expected upon completion to be a candidate for an International Baccalaureate Diploma. This rigor translates to staggering college matriculation results, as approximately one quarter of each graduating class attends an Ivy League college. The school also fosters a creative environment in which a broad range of electives and extracurricular activities is made available, from robotics to early morning fitness.
Where to drink beer outdoors in Queens
Serious Drinks has a nice piece on where to drink beer outdoor in Queens. The list looks at Astoria and LIC, where there are quite a few places to enjoy a cold brew in the open air, including the amazing Bohemian Beer Garden in Astoria, as well as newcomer Alewife. Here’s hoping people come forth with their faves further east in the borough.
The Oracle Club could be your new artsy home away from home
The Oracle Club, a salon/club in LIC, is a great resource for creative folks living in Western Queens. It is “a place where like-minded creative people could interact, commune, and be mutually stimulated and encouraged… a club with a social salon, extensive library, and studio and work spaces for visual artists and writers.”
There is a membership fee for this space. Artists can join for $175/month, which gives them access to shared studio space and a private locker; writers can join for $125/month, which gives them access the library. For $50/month there’s a social package, which provides access to the salon and library as a meeting place for friends and colleagues over coffee. They can access the Club from 8am to 11pm. The Oracle Club also produces events, like concerts and lectures.
Congratulations, Andy Murray
History was made last night in Flushing, when Andy Murray, the Scottish player who recently won the Men’s Singles gold medal at the London Olympics, beat Novak Djokovic three sets to two. A man from the UK hasn’t won this tournament since 1936, AND this was Murray’s first Grand Slam win so this is a Big Deal in the world of tennis. It was nice to see how gracious Djokovic was, too.
A little bit of Kansas found its way to Queens this weekend
So how did this weekend’s storm affect you? We are hopeful that you were able to stay safe and that none of your property was damaged. Probably the most bizarre thing to happen during the storm was the tornado that touched down in Breezy Point, out on the Rockaway Peninsula. The tornado was about 50 feet across and stayed on land for about 600 feet; winds were 70 mph, making it a “weak” tornado. We bet the Breezy Point Surf Club felt differently, as they sustained the most damage from the twister. If haven’t caught the video yet, here it is:
The last bits of the US Open
Starting at 4pm on Monday, September 10, the Men’s Singles finals are being played between Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray. This major match was supposed to happen on Sunday evening (the Women’s Singles were pushed a day to that slot instead – congrats, Serena), but the Saturday storms contributed to the delay. And even though the Open ends after the men play, and won’t be back for another year, you can savor the fact that one of the permiere worldwide sporting events happens right here in Queens. So proud.
It’s true, Thom Yorke was here in Queens, spinning and dancing his heart out, entertaining the Warm Up masses
The internet was all excited about the fact that Thom Yorke was spinning some of the tunes heard during the final MOMA PS1 Warm Up of the year. It was an excellent time and all about fun, fun, fun.
Parkour in Queens, including a movie
Have you heard of parkour? It’s the art of moving and overcoming obstacles, physically, and has origins in France. It’s a controversial sport and its participants are passionate about it (cats are natural parkour practitioners, though they probably don’t know it or really care). Word on the street is that one of the best places to practice parkour in NYC is at Queens College because of all its varied obstacles and types of surfaces, but Rockaway Boardwalk and Roosevelt Island are also popular parkour haunts.
Queens resident Kevin Horan of Rockaway Beach is such a parkour virtuoso that he was asked to be in an independent short film called “Atlas.” The film’s director, Nadia Lesy of Ridgewood, said the film depicts Greek mythology through parkour movements. Horan plays Zeus. The film is slated to be released in January 2013.
Looking for papalo?
This fresh herb, papalo, is often used in place of cilantro (it might be an option for your cilantro haters – yes, that soapy taste you detect has to do with genetics) in Mexican and other Latin American food, and can be found pretty easily in Queens – check the Mi Tierra market (which has a fantastic produce section) on Roosevelt near 85th Street (GMAP) and also at the Socrates Sculpture Park greenmarket in LIC (GMAP).
Besides world-class tennis and a world-class venue, one highlight of the US Open this year has been the signature cocktail. Sweetly named the Grey Goose Honey Deuce, it’s a mixture of lemonade, vodka, and black raspberry liqueur – garnished with three adorable honeydew melon balls to get you into the tennis spirit.
The drink, which is sold at the concession stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium and at Grey Goose Bar in the outdoor plaza, comes in a US Open 2012 tumbler that you can keep. The collectible cup lists all of the champions, men and women, from 1968 to 2011.
If you didn’t get tickets to the Open this year, try making your own Honey Deuce at home while you watch the finals on TV. This video from the Wall Street Journal reveals the recipe.
The US Open has been the biggest sports event going on lately – Queens is the proud home to this major Grand Slam tennis tournament. It’s really a thrill to be there during the US Open, too. Have you caught any of it, either on TV or in person (and if you were there at the Tennis Center did you check out either of the new fancy bars that opened this year)? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!
As we mentioned just a little while ago, the US Open Qualifying Tournament – which is FREE, we might add – is happening today through Friday. Are you going? If so, what are you looking forward to the most?
Although the city had at first banned them during the US Open, soccer teams can once again play in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. After a Daily News inquiry, the Parks Department will allow the teams – mostly from immigrant communities – to play during the US Open on days that the Mets aren’t playing.