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The subway reaches 179th St.

On March 14, 1925, the City of New York began construction on the Eighth Avenue Subway line. Upon its completion it was to be leased to private operators.In Queens County, the end of the Eighth Avenue line was to be 169th Street in Jamaica. It took until 1931 for the work to finally reach that last stop. A transit worker can be seen in this photograph directing traffic to keep anyone from going into the deep shaft in the center of the road.

Arts Listings
Posted: October 23, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.

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Haunted houses and spooky walks in Queens this Halloween
Posted: October 23, 2014

It’s the time of year when the undead are said to walk among the living, the chill you feel on the back of your neck may not be your imagination and the creaks and groans may not be your old house settling down.

Halloween allows us to experience one of the of most instinctual feelings: fear. The strange thing is, while our progenitors used fear as a survival tactic, we seek out the sensation through haunted houses and spooky walks.

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Queens restaurants celebrate Cider Week NYC
Posted: October 23, 2014

Back when they were founding the country, the likes of Benjamin Franklin, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams raised and downed many tankards of cider, the historic beverage that fueled the colonies and nation for 200-plus years.

But gradually, cider lost its zing and was replaced by beer, as waves of German immigrants brought their taste for it to America in the late 19th century.

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Remix your Halloween at Flushing Town Hall
Posted: October 23, 2014

The changing of leaves and cold breeze in the air can only mean the return of one of American’s favorite fall holidays — Halloween. The 31st is approaching fast, and for kids, a night of trick-or-treating and goodies awaits.

But if you are looking for something a little different, Flushing Town Hall is hosting its annual Family Festival: Halloween Remixed on All Hallow’s Eve, marking five years since its commencement.

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Thursday 10/16/2014
A beautiful mistake takes root in Flushing
Updated: October 23, 2014 - 12:11 pm

On the third floor of a commercial building in Flushing sits an artistic oasis waiting to be discovered.

The newly opened Hwang Gallery has the sleek look of a seasoned art space, but offers an opportunity few galleries in the area have been able to — provide a place for Asian and Asian-influenced artists to share their work.

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Charles Kuegerl Bakery opens in 1912
Posted: October 16, 2014

Seaman Karl Kugerl of Austria docked in New York Harbor in 1905. It was love at first sight. He applied for citizenship and was granted naturalization in 1912. Anxious to be a full American, he changed his name to Charles Kuegerl in the hope to assimilate better. At this time he opened a bakery at 834 Fresh Pond Road. His knowledge of the trade came from his work at his parents’ bakery and guesthouse back in Austria. It was so successful he opened more bakeries going east to Jamaica and Floral Park.

By the end of the 1920s his first bakery had been renumbered 67-06 and was sold to 26-year-old August Leupold, who also lived in Ridgewood. The corner bakery thrived with the help of Leupold’s wife, Josephine, and their three children. By the late 1950s it had been sold again and became The Crown Donut Shop. A short distance from the train station, it was the perfect stop for those on their way to or from work.

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Arts Listing
Posted: October 16, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

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Crime, war, song and dance in Queens theater
Posted: October 16, 2014

An unusually varied fall and winter community theater season is about to get under way on stages across the borough.

The schedule kicks off on Oct. 18 with Theatre Time Productions’ “Night Watch,” a suspense thriller by Lucille Fletcher. The play, under the direction of Kevin Vincent, enticingly suggests that “a murder has just been witnessed ... or has it???”

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All fun and games at the SculptureCenter
Posted: October 16, 2014

Along with the recent expansion and renovation of the SculptureCenter, curators Ruba Katrib and Camille Henrot have brought the wacky, weird and silly to the building with the new exhibit “Puddle, Pothole, Porthole.”

While the SculptureCenter only increased in exhibition space by 700 square feet, the expansion is a welcomed one and adds a sense of openness that the older facility didn’t quite have.

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Michael Keaton’s ‘Birdman’ is a flight worth taking
Updated: October 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is an actor who is facing a dilemma that frequently befell anyone who played a superhero in either film or television. The ability to find new work after you’ve completed your run seems to be inversely proportional to the popularity of the role that made you rich.

Rather than accept a life of appearing at one entertainment convention (such as the recent New York Comic Con) after another and making easy money by appearing on panels and autographing glossies, Riggan wants to be relevant and not remembered merely for playing a popular cinematic comic book hero, Birdman. To accomplish that end, he helps finance a Broadway show in which he’ll star, based on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”

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Thursday 10/09/2014
The origins of Howard Beach
Posted: October 09, 2014

This area of land had once been called Brooklyn and now it is officially Howard Beach.

The area was always marshy meadowlands loaded with mosquitoes. It was also the site of the Old Mill Yacht club, which can be seen to the far right of the photo.

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Arts Listing
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 4:55 pm

Exhibits

“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.

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On The Brink
Updated: October 16, 2014 - 12:16 pm

To be on the brink of something is often an unwelcome sensation, and yet, it can also result in people accomplishing the unthinkable and overcoming obstacles they may not have otherwise thought possible.

The Conception Gallery, which recently settled in the renowned Falchi Building in Long Island City, has effectively taken the sensation of being on the edge and translated it into a series of pieces through its new exhibition, “BRINK.”

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Alicia Silverstone, embarrassment and Spam
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 5:01 pm

“Embarrassment is proof of pain,” Sam Haft says.

It’s also the manna of funny, flawlessly demonstrated in the preceding hours of an organic, magnetic comedy show.

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Welcome to the world of Xavier Le Roy
Posted: October 09, 2014

At the Museum of Modern Art PS1 in Long Island City, in a white box of a room, three performers move silently. The “routines,” each different, resemble a variety of things, from a flow of yoga poses to street performance art and yet they are all tied to one man — Xavier Le Roy.

“Hi, my name is Andrew and that was my retrospective of a 1994 Xavier Le Roy piece,” a young man wearing loose-fitting clothes murmured in my ear.

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The verdict is in, 'The Judge' is worth seeing
Updated: October 13, 2014 - 11:43 am

It’s easy to see why Robert Downey Jr. was drawn to “The Judge” as both an actor and as a businessman. This is the first film emanating from his production company, Team Downey, that is run by him and his wife, Susan. It’s easy for the audience to care about the many characters in the film and the writing is first-rate even though you feel that you’ve seen a lot of what’s on the screen many times before. It’s also a chance for Downey to be the lead in the kind of role that is tailor-made for him; namely the lone wolf who marches to his own beat and gets to snap off one-liners and settle scores in the process.

Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a shark-like Chicago defense attorney who charges top dollar fees but can back it up as he is generally able to get his rogue’s gallery of clients “not guilty” verdicts because of his cross-examination abilities and his oratory skills in a courtroom. In the memorable opening scene shot at Chicago’s Cook County Court House, prosecutor Mike Kattan (versatile actor and Forest Hills native David Krumholtz) asks him how it feels to help the guilty get off scot-free. “The innocent can’t afford me!” he says in a matter-of-fact tone standing in front of a urinal.

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Thursday 10/02/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: October 02, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.

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On the slope at Union and the Blvd.
Posted: October 02, 2014

In 1930 the city was marking the parcels to be taken for the construction of a new highway called the Grand Central Parkway and the IND subway in Kew Gardens.

On the northern corner of Queens Boulevard and Union Turnpike was the Burrows and Archers Turnpike Garage. It was at the time the oldest gas station in Forest Hills and a neighborhood institution since 1911. Its owner was Lemuel Burrows, who lived at 50 Greenway South in Forest Hills Gardens. At the right in the photo is the rear of the garage as seen from Union Turnpike.

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Astoria uncovered in animated video piece
Updated: October 09, 2014 - 10:36 am

Ezra Wube’s video installation “A Memory of Astoria” is only minutes long and yet took months to finish.

The Brooklyn resident, originally from Ethiopia, spent time walking the streets of Astoria to explore the community that surrounds the Museum of the Moving Image.

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Professional companies to go all out this fall
Posted: October 02, 2014

From an evening with Johnny Mathis and a taste of Gilbert and Sullivan to the astounding athleticism of Momix and a new adaptation of a Dickens classic, there’s something in store for everyone as the fall season gets under way at the borough’s top professional performance venues.

Queens Theatre’s dance series kicks off with three performances by Momix on Oct. 11 and 12, employing little more than light, shadow, props and the human body to create a multimedia experience.

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Visit locations from your favorite TV shows
Posted: October 02, 2014

It’s no secret that New York City is a popular area to film in. From television shows to feature films, using the city as a backdrop is attractive to many directors and producers, and Queens has become a hotbed for production.

With Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and many other independent studios around the borough, the most diverse area in New York has been featured in some of the most popular shows and movies in recent years.

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Thursday 09/25/2014
Forest Hills Gardens property always high
Posted: September 25, 2014

In 1909, when the private community of Forest Hills Gardens was being completed and opened to the public, the surrounding areas immediately became valuable as well.

Early Forest Hills sales and rental brochures always stated that tenants and buyers shall be carefully selected.

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Arts Listings
Posted: September 25, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, opening on Tue., Sept. 30, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.

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