09/16/13 1:00pm


Jeff Orlick isn’t living his dream, he’s eating it… and he wants to share. This Friday, the Jackson Heights-based culinary tour guide and the 82nd Street Partnership will host the outdoor food extravaganza Viva la Comida! A celebration of the borough’s culinary diversity, restaurants, bakeries and mobile vendors — including Tortas Neza (Mexican), Arepa Lady (Colombian), Chimi Express (inventors of the Dominican pizzatón), Morocho (Peruvian) and the debuting Tibetan momo truck Amdo — will sell their products along 82nd Street. However, food is only part of the fun. Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros and other local bands will perform with a break at 8 pm for an open dance competition with prizes. Plus, Hibridos Collective will organize an interactive art fair, and Design For You will host a pop-up market featuring treats from such local favorites as Bittersweet NYC and Tropisec.

Details: Viva la Comida! by the 82nd Street Partnership, 82nd Street between Roosevelt and Baxter avenues, Jackson Heights, September 20th, 4 pm to 10 pm, free to attend. (more…)

10/09/12 3:00pm

Here’s a roundup of our top posts in September:

5. The prettiest blocks in Queens: historic streets in Forest Hills, LIC, Sunnyside, St. Albans and Jackson Heights


Whether you’re looking for your dream home or just want to go on a scenic stroll, here is our guide to what we think are the five most beautiful streets in the entire borough. They have five different looks and vibes, but all feature lush greenery, appealing architecture, and historic charm – and most of them have been granted landmark status, so they’re bound to stay pretty for decades to come. (more…)


As we have been telling you for the past couple of weeks, Viva La Comida was last night. It was a celebration of amazing food, beautiful culture, and Jackson Heights, a wonderful, vibrant community in Queens. In the words of the organizers,

“The 82nd Street Partnership is shining a spotlight on the area surrounding Dunningham Triangle on 82nd Street in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights, Queens. Some of the many amazing things about the area, from the artists, to the history, to the food, are being harnessed to create one awesome night of fun, food, and entertainment.”


09/20/12 9:00am

The weekend comes with plenty of dancing and music all over Queens. Head on over for a lunchtime dance party in Long Island City, a huge block party in Elmhurst, a dance festival in Jamaica, and a classical orchestra in Forest Hills.

Image source: Lunch Beat LIC

Lunch Beat at Secret Theatre – At noon, head down to LIC’s Secret Theatre for this lunchtime dance party. For $12, you can get your choice of any two tacos or sliders from Mike-n-Willie’s gourmet truck parked right outside, and then head inside to rock out to the inspired and energetic jams of DJ Joro Boro. (more…)


Image source: Bridge and Tunnel Club

On Friday, September 21, the inaugural Viva La Comida! Festival will be here! It is organized by the 82nd Street Partnership, a nonprofit neighborhood development company that helps promote the local business improvement district (BID) in Jackson Heights. Local food expert Jeff Orlick has also helped out the food side of things, and has put together a fantastic group of food vendors. (more…)