Brunch has grown from being a meal for the rich and famous to a more accessible and creative way to enjoy the sweetness of breakfast and the savoriness of lunch.
While it has become popular with young adults, particularly in Brooklyn, Queens has become home to a significant number of eateries that specialize in the weekend afternoon meal.
During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.
Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.
With the grandiose Unisphere and the hulking New York State Pavilion remaining as testaments to the fair, it’s hard not to imagine what it looked like when the area was covered with 150 pavilions, swarming with millions of visitors.
Robert Moses, president and creator of the fair, said that the Unisphere would remind future generations that “a pageant of surpassing interest and significance” once took place there. He was right, and to honor the memory of that massive undertaking, the city and other institutions are holding special events through October [when the fair closed for the season].
Fresh green vegetables and colorful fruits, a variety of spices and homemade goods — those are some of the best parts of a farmers market. The benefits for the body and community are pretty plentiful, too.
Spring will eventually bud and when it does will come a number of barrels and baskets with seasonal treats. Not only do the products from farmers markets taste better, but they’re locally grown and healthier, promoters say.
Litter and trash in South and Southeast Queens has been compared to the weather — many complain but nobody does anything about it.
But government and civic officials are calling a program introduced on Monday a way to manage the problem on a borough-wide basis rather that just as an issue in isolated, individual neighborhoods.
There are over two million stories in Queens. Everyone who lives or works here, or is just passing through, has a story to tell.
And Briarwood resident Amy Wu wants to share as many as she can via “QNSMADE” — one human at a time.
Darius Fletcher, Jada Monique Butts, Crystal Gravely, Andrew Gramm and Jaleel Furtado were on their way home after celebrating Gravely’s birthday.
Gramm was driving them along 19th Avenue, traveling west, when he hit the curb, careened through a 3-foot-high chain-link fence and rolled over into Luyster Creek, also known as Steinway Creek in Astoria. The car began filling with water and the 20-year-old driver broke out of the vehicle as his friends struggled.
In a 12-hour period on April 3, state senators introduced a bill to change oversight of the Queens Library system; Borough President Melinda Katz reiterated her call for library CEO Tom Galante to be placed on temporary leave; the Library Board of Trustees issued a list of changes it intends to vote on to improve oversight; a board measure to place Galante on paid leave was defeated when the vote ended in a 9-9 tie; and the board reissued the list of changes intended to improve oversight.
In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.
“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”
The Center for the Women of New York will hold its annual luncheon on April 26 at noon at Douglaston Manor, 63-20 Commonwealth Blvd.
Queens Borough President Melinda Katz and Cheryl Wills, anchor at NY1, will receive Women of Distinction awards.
Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) is living up to his promise to clean the streets of Astoria.
On April 4, Constantinides announced $40,000 of his discretionary funds have been allocated to The Doe Fund and that cleaners have begun working along 30th Avenue, Broadway and 31st Street in Astoria — three of the most congested corridors for both drivers and pedestrians in the neighborhood — on April 1.
Pete Booke and James Nolan of Astoria keep some good company outside the stadium.
Cousins Lou and Art DePinto of Astoria and Sunnyside arrive on the 7 Train.
Joe Perez of Astoria waits Monday morning to meet former co-workers by the apple.
Tony Soprano, played by the lat James Gandolfini, with his family in the famous "Diner Scene' in the series finale of "The Sopranos."
David Chase, left, directs James Gandolfini as Tony Soprano, right, and Tony Sirico as Paulie Gaultieri, center, in “The Sopranos.”
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer shows a ringmaster jacket from the Theater Development Fund’s costume collection.
Now through May 18, Queens residents will be able to pick up free trees as part of the city’s MillionTreesNYC program to plant 1 million over a 10-year period.
Former Mayor Bloomberg started the initiative in 2007 to help provide cleaner air, cooler temperatures and to offset climate change. New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group, is the leading private partner with the city for the program.
David Chase created one of the 21st century’s most influential shows and now will discuss his creative process with the public during a special event at the Museum of the Moving Image.
“The Sopranos” is credited as the greatest and most groundbreaking television series of all time by many critics. It received two Peabody Awards, 21 Emmy Awards and five Golden Globes.
From very early on, it was clear that the residents and business owners of Hunters Point would not be satisfied until the MTA gave in to all of their demands.
The No. 7 train, the main vein that passes through Manhattan all the way into Flushing, will be closed for a handful of weekends throughout the spring and summer.
Queens County is growing, and the population of the borough is nearing an all-time high of 2.3 million, Census figures estimated last week.
Nearly halfway through the decade, the U.S. Census Bureau estimated the borough’s population as 2,296,175, an increase of 2.9 percent from 2010, or about 65,000 people. That makes the borough larger than every city in the country except New York, Los Angeles and Chicago and more populous than 15 states.
There’s a new district in town.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.