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Housing on Broadway

Astoria, up in the northwest corner of Queens, was named after entrepreneur John Jacob Astor — though it is said he never actually lived in the area or even visited it.Lumber yards sprang up along the East River shore and homes were built in the late 18th century. As late as the 1930s families still lived in houses on busy Broadway, one of the main arteries in the community.

PS1 offers a healthy rooftop option
Posted: August 14, 2014

Past the stone walls of the Museum of Modern Art at PS1 and up the gated stairs is a hidden gem.

The museum’s rooftop garden has been revitalized with a new salad garden featuring heirloom vegetables and unusual herbs, including salad burnet, savory, saltwort and epazote.

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Arts Listings
Updated: August 19, 2014 - 10:35 am

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Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.

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Drumming workshop a hit at Flushing Town Hall
Posted: August 14, 2014

The sun set on a beautiful Sunday evening, transitioning from dusk to nighttime as an August supermoon rose, in a celestial occurrence that happens when the moon is closest to the Earth.

Below Luna’s pale gaze, at Flushing Town Hall, a gathering of approximately 20 people willing to expand their cultural knowledge came together to experience an Indian folk music drumming workshop led by master percussionist Babloe Shankar and his students, along with master dancer Abha Roy.

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A modern take on the classic show ‘Godspell’
Posted: August 14, 2014

The energetic version of “Godspell” being offered by St. Gregory’s Theatre Group is so of the moment, it’s hard to believe the show was written nearly 50 years ago.

Anyone who saw the original off-Broadway production would be hard-pressed to recognize it in its current rendering, which finds members of the cast tweeting and taking selfies on their cell phones and features references to Facebook, Donald Trump, Justin Bieber’s near deportation and Pop Tarts.

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Thursday 08/14/2014
Don’t give up your hard-earned money for ‘The Giver’
Posted: August 14, 2014

Since it was published in 1992, Lisa Lowry’s sci-fi novel about a post-apocalyptic society, “The Giver,” has sold over 10 million copies and has become a staple on required reading lists for junior high school English classes.

With that kind of commercial success in the literary world, it’s surprising that film studios did not jump sooner to have Lowry’s book hit the big screen.

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Thursday 08/07/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: August 07, 2014

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Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.

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It was a drugstore for generations
Posted: August 07, 2014

A brick building was built in 1920 at 29-02 30 Ave. in Astoria. Its first tenant was Academy Chemist Pharmacy, which was a compound pharmacy where they mixed the prescriptions custom-made for individual needs. By the 1950s it was no longer making its own mixtures and a new owner renamed it the DeRose Pharmacy. The business ran strong into the end of the 20th century. Unfortunately, it could not compete with the big chain pharmacies, however, and closed its doors in the 21st century.

The relatively small lot was vacant and ready for a change. It was converted into an eatery. It was on the market for one day and sold on July 1, 2014 for $2,800,000. The store is in a C1-3/R-6-A zone.

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Despite mistakes, The Lot LIC series has what it needs to be great
Updated: August 14, 2014 - 12:14 pm

The Lot LIC, a privately owned open space, is hosting a poolside music and film series ... sort of.

Beside the venue’s outdoor festivities is a new art installation called “Backyard Pool” by Tamara Johnson.

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Chain film fest offers an array of great movies
Posted: August 07, 2014

A young man and woman who put their virginity up for auction, a group of friends who reconnect on New Year’s Eve, a college grad with a secret preparing for his dream job interview and a pair of New York City patrolmen whose actions could have been ripped from today’s headlines — they’re among the fictional and fact-based characters whose stories will be told on-screen during the second annual Chain NYC Film Festival, running at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City.

According to festival director Kirk Gostkowski, more than 100 films —some full-length, some running just three minutes — will be featured during the two-week festival, selected from many submissions.

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Get your passport stamped by the Queens Museum
Posted: August 07, 2014

Traveling around the world can be fun, but it’s a hassle.

Booking flights, finding a hotel and making an itinerary can be costly and time consuming.

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Thursday 07/31/2014
Corona area was a race track
Posted: July 31, 2014

Corona, east of Jackson Heights along Roosevelt Avenue, is bounded by the Grand Central Parkway and Junction Boulevard. It was once known as West Flushing and was the home of the National Race Course from 1854 to 1856, when it was renamed Fashion Race Course, after a champion horse. The race track closed in 1866.

Corona got its name in 1870, when a developer began building homes on the old race track property. By the turn of the century, it had a moderate Jewish population mixed with Italian immigrant laborers. After World War I, when much of Queens was still farmland, Corona had its own newspaper, six public schools, two parochial schools and a “colored” congregational church.

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Arts Listings
Posted: July 31, 2014

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“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.

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LIC food tour is deliciously informative
Updated: August 07, 2014 - 11:53 am

Food tours are a difficult thing to pull off. For starters there’s the task of distinguishing a single tour from the dozens going on each weekend, but that is a struggle any starting business experiences.

The unique problem food tours face is balance. A certain amount of walking matched with just enough history and the right kind of food makes for a great food tour.

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A artist displays her hope for humanity
Updated: August 05, 2014 - 11:22 am

Bangladeshi artist Nasima Khanam Queenie has a vision for the future of humanity.

She wishes for us to progress forward into a life resembling our ancient, mystical past in the Garden of Eden; a peaceful, loving, machine-free state of being.

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Hip to Hip brings Shakespeare to the masses
Posted: July 31, 2014

Shakespeare in the park is not a new concept, but for a long time, it was not accessible to people who didn’t have time to stand in line on a Saturday morning.

Hip to Hip, a nonprofit theater company based in Queens, has taken the Bard’s stories to communities otherwise overlooked by Shakespeare troupes.

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Tuesday 07/29/2014
‘Get On Up,’ the James Brown story
Updated: July 29, 2014 - 2:07 pm

Johnny Carson once remarked that he was great in front of 10 million people but not so good in front of just 10. The same can be said for the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, based on what we see in the new biopic, “Get On Up.” Throughout the film we see Brown (Chadwick Boseman) disrespecting the women in his life, his loyal band and his longtime best friend, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), yet he is a tour de force when he gets on stage as large audiences go into a frenzy when he breaks into his “hardest working man in show business” persona as he sings, knocks the microphone stand back and forth, and dances in such a way that it looks as if he is defying gravity. The fact that he is lip syncing Brown’s vocals doesn’t detract.

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Thursday 07/24/2014
Snapshots of the Kew Forest area
Posted: July 24, 2014

Before the construction of the Interborough Parkway in 1933 one wasn’t quite sure where Kew Gardens left off and Forest Hills began. Even the name of the section of Forest Hills right up against Kew Gardens had a transitional flavor to it: Kew Forest.

On the north side of Queens Boulevard at the corner of 78th Avenue was the Kew Gardens Theater. The Pickman Building stands on the site today.

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Arts Listings
Posted: July 24, 2014

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“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.

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MoMI honors the man behind Bugs and Daffy
Updated: July 31, 2014 - 11:26 am

Chuck Jones wasn’t the only person to draw and direct cartoons with Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Wile E. Coyote.

But he and the characters went on to become legends together, and through Jan. 19, the Museum of the Moving Image will host an exhibition of Jones’ works, original rough sketches and thoughts on animation and the creative process.

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Calligraphy brings medieval Japanese tales to life
Posted: July 24, 2014

This past Friday, Japanese calligraphy artist Shoko Kazama made her New York debut at Resobox, a simple yet elegant art gallery dedicated to the promotion of Japanese culture. Nestled in the heart of Long Island City amidst tall, new condominiums and the hustle and bustle of trains and traffic, the gallery brings a taste of Japan to the Big Apple.

And with her exhibition, “Bokusai,” Kazama brings to Queens a bit of medieval Japan in particular. The exhibit aims to tell the tales known as Otogizoshi — stories passed down verbally from the Muromachi era, 1392 through 1573 — and bring awareness of both the well-known Japanese tales and the art of calligraphy to New Yorkers.

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A diverse twist on a Broadway classic
Posted: July 24, 2014

Few musicals have had the universal appeal and undiminished popularity of “Fiddler on the Roof,” based on stories written by famed Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem.

And this summer, it is being given a full-voiced and deeply affecting rendition at the Theater at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.

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Thursday 07/17/2014
Warm up to music festival season in Queens
Updated: July 17, 2014 - 4:22 pm

Summer is not only a season for going to the beach, slurping down popsicles and getting a righteous tan, it’s also the season for music festivals.

There are big events, including the Governor’s Ball and Warped Tour, but Queens will also host several music festivals of its own.

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The World’s Fairs take center stage, at their home
Posted: July 17, 2014

In this year of celebrations marking the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs, Queens Theatre is adding to the mix with “The World’s Fair Play Festival,” a presentation of a dozen five- to 10-minute performances from acclaimed national, international and local playwrights, running through July 27.

The venue is most appropriate — the theater is housed in the former Theaterama, one of only a handful of buildings constructed for the 1964 World’s Fair that is still standing.

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