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Fords beat Buicks in Flushing

In 1928 Erik S. Dahlgard arrived here from Copenhagen, Denmark. A tough man in a new world, he made a good living as the manager of a credit and collection agency during the Depression. In 1953 he opened up the Dahlgard Buick Automobile dealership at 141-50 Northern Blvd. and a used car lot at 150-01 Northern, complete with a service department on Prince Street.In 1955, as president of the Flushing Lions Club, Dahlgard was an outspoken opponent of the proposed Clearview Expressway. He argued that World War II vets whose homes were slated for destruction to make way for it would not be approved for new loans, as the GI Bill had expired.

Brace yourself: Wintercon is coming to Queens
Posted: November 26, 2014

Frank Patz loves attending comic and science fiction conventions, but has always had to travel outside of Queens to attend them.

“I’ve always wanted to do something like this in Queens,” the Jackson Heights resident said. “Queens has always needed its own comic-con.”

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Arts Listings
Posted: November 26, 2014

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The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.

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An unrecognized film genius honored in Astoria
Posted: November 26, 2014

When considering French cinema, almost guaranteed is discussion of French New Wave, but the presence of Jean-Luc Godard, his gun and his girl is so large that a shadow is cast over prior filmmakers and films.

Lost in this fold is Jean GrÈmillon and his collection of subtle-yet-enthralling tales that rock back and forth in a cinematic current film historians dub “poetic realism.”

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Colombian culture done right at Thalia Theatre
Posted: November 26, 2014

Colombian culture is hard to pin down. With each region — Andes, plains, Pacific or Atlantic coast — comes a different flavor.

“Colombia Musical Review” attempts to take the audience on a dance tour of each region and, in turn, the culture it brings to the table.

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Thursday 11/20/2014
In Forest Hills, a lot of Chevys
Posted: November 20, 2014

The 1955 Chevrolet was one of the most successful cars in history. General Motors produced over 1,776,000 of them. The car had a snappy small block V-8 engine and a host of power and luxury options. Chevrolet was no longer thought of as an old man’s car and was raised to a new level by young buyers.

Luby Chevrolet, located at 105-02 Queens Blvd. in Forest Hills, was one of the largest Chevy dealerships in Queens. However, they ended up with hundreds of unsold ’55 models that September, just a few days before the ’56 cars were to be introduced. They were parked on a huge parcel of land that for many years was owned by Cord Meyer and then by The Luby Realty Co. and the Judley Garage Co.

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Arts Listings
Posted: November 20, 2014

EXHIBITS

The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.

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Martha Redbone’s musical aura is complex and diverse
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:16 am

The meeting of cultures can result in a beautiful collaboration or a messy hodgepodge of noise. But for Martha Redbone, the mix of cultures that influence her music is an entire entity unto itself.

Her sound is not composed of pieces pasted together as an experiment, instead is like a metamorphic rock that has been compressed and formed into an unique object.

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You need a strong constitution for ‘Death Comedy Jam’
Posted: November 20, 2014

Is there anything better than watching stand-up as you sip free Tecate beer? “Death Comedy Jam” performers and audience members answer with a resounding no.

Hosted by competent, charitable comics Justin Williams and Akash Bhasin, the monthly stand-up show manages to embrace much of the wonderful world of hack comedy in just a few hours.

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Plays are ripe for harvesting at Chain Theatre
Posted: November 20, 2014

“Do you always talk when you’re on guard?” the dueling instructor asks. “Inigo Montoya does it,” the student replies in “Renaissance Dueling Club,” the first play performed at the Chain Theatre’s Harvest Festival, which opened on Thursday Nov. 6. The play parodies stories of epic duels fought for amusingly absurd reasons and often with surprising outcomes.

It’s just one of the five very different full-length and one-act plays featured in the festival.

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“Horrible Bosses 2"
Updated: November 21, 2014 - 2:32 pm

The 2011 comedy “Horrible Bosses” was not a great film by any stretch of the imagination, but it found an audience because of a simple, yet rather underutilized, storyline: namely that a lot of workers have bosses who are either unappreciative or are bullies. The only film that I can recall where that was a central theme was the 1980 Dolly Parton vehicle, “9 To 5.”

Whereas “9 To 5" was a smart comedy, “Horrible Bosses” was pure slapstick, as three buddies who are being humiliated at work plot to kill their respective bosses. It was more “Three Stooges” than “The Sopranos.”

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Authentic Greek cuisine in Howard Beach
Updated: November 26, 2014 - 11:16 am

When one thinks about food options in Howard Beach, Greek cuisine is typically not on the top of that list.

But residents of the neighborhood have been flocking to Greek Grill at 156-40 Cross Bay Blvd. for about two years now.

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Thursday 11/13/2014
Arts Listings
Posted: November 13, 2014

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“Ukiyo-e Heroes,” gamers and art lovers unite as modern icons meet an ancient art form, RESOBOX, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City, Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 4. Free. RSVP to reception: info@resobox.com; info: resobox.com/ukiyoe-heroes.

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A burger joint called White Tower
Posted: November 13, 2014

White Tower Hamburgers was founded in 1926 in Milwaukee. Its white fortress structure is considered an imitator of White Castle. The chain was so successful it expanded to 10 major cities. During the Great Depression it was selling hamburgers for 5 cents.

In 1929 White Castle sued White Tower in Minnesota for unfair competition. White Tower countersued in Michigan, as it had arrived there first. White Castle won the Minnesota case in 1930 and also won the Michigan case in 1934.

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Radiator Gallery explores the dance between humans and nature in new exhibit
Updated: November 20, 2014 - 12:14 pm

Cake frosting, chewing gum, wood and a photograph: these seemingly unrelated objects stir up a different thought, memory and association for everyone.

But when the familiar is taken and distorted, reshaped or turned on its head, does a person perceive it any differently?

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Take a look in a book at the Queens Museum
Posted: November 13, 2014

Curious Queens residents who can’t decide between participating in an art event at the Queens Museum or checking books out of the Queens Library will soon be able to do both in one place.

The Queens Museum is moving forward with plans to install a 5,500-square-foot circulating branch of the Queens Library system on the ground floor.

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‘CrossCurrent’: Where calligraphy meets graffiti
Posted: November 13, 2014

Outside of Flushing Town Hall, guests awaited the performance of “CrossCurrent.”

Inside were dozens of Asian-American families, friends and communities uniting for an emerging collaboration of classical music and modern dance with inspiration largely drawn from their culture.

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Thursday 11/06/2014
A mysterious beauty on the water
Posted: November 06, 2014

One of the most striking homes in Douglas Manor is surrounded in mystery about its original owners.

In 1920 famous local architect Aubrey Grantham designed an outstanding home overlooking Little Neck Bay. It was such an architectural achievement it was in the prestigious Architectural Record magazine.

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Arts Listings
Posted: November 06, 2014

EXHIBITS

“Ukiyo-e Heroes,” gamers and art lovers unite as modern icons meet an ancient art form, RESOBOX, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City, Opening reception, Fri., Nov. 14, 7-9 p.m. Exhibit runs thru Dec. 4. Free. RSVP to reception: info@resobox.com; info: resobox.com/ukiyoe-heroes.

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Comfort women exhibit is gut-wrenchingly beautiful
Updated: November 13, 2014 - 12:26 pm

On the paper are stone faces of women who were forced into prostitution.

They stare blankly ahead, their faces battered and tired, as if they’ve grown so accustomed to being objectified, they’ve become numb.

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A thoroughly entertaining night of song and dance
Posted: November 06, 2014

The story of Millie Dillmount, a small-town girl from Kansas who makes her way to New York City, first garnered widespread attention in 1967 in a motion picture musical called “Thoroughly Modern Millie.” Some 35 years later, it resurfaced as a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical of the same name, which featured a similar plotline but an almost completely new score.

Now, the show has made its way to the Queens community theater stage — its first time in the borough — courtesy of the F.S.F. Community Theatre Group.

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A pack of weirdos on controversial topics
Posted: November 06, 2014

In the basement of The Creek and the Cave in Long Island City is a podcast that keeps it really real. “Legion of Skanks,” featuring stand-up comics Big Jay Oakerson, Dave Smith and Luis J. Gomez, is a weekly audio show recorded live in front of an audience at the comedy club.

“Legion of Skanks” is nominally a comedy podcast, and it can provoke convulsive, sobbing laughter. It also dabbles in social commentary, not always successfully.

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A unique taste of Europe and soul in Rosedale
Posted: November 06, 2014

Deep in Rosedale, among the chain fast-food restaurants and corner bodegas, sits Pa-Nash, a restaurant that takes Manhattan chic, European culinary technique, Morrocan style and soul food familiarity, and bundles it into a pleasantly unusual experience.

Opened by Annette and Noel Runcie, Pa-Nash takes the phonetic spelling of the French word “panache,” meaning style and class.

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Thursday 10/30/2014
Linden Hills: high-class apt. living
Posted: October 30, 2014

After World War II the scramble for a house or apartment was on. The demand for land was so high, and property became so expensive, that for many the most cost-effective way to buy property and build on it and still turn a profit was an apartment house.

Flushing had always been known for its beautiful private homes but those days were over. In 1953 the age of apartment house projects began with a project called “Linden Hills.” This huge complex of buildings was built on land owned by a company called The Old Country Club Land Company.

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