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The Queens Historical Society is jazzing up its 26th annual holiday historic house tour on Sunday, Dec. 8 with six buildings in Flushing and the addition of the Louis Armstrong Museum in Corona.
The open houses will run from 1 to 5 p.m., with each facility offering activities, refreshments and a little history thrown in. Participants will be able to access a free trolley that will take visitors to all the sites.
(BPT) - Many people are already familiar with the benefits of soft water for their skin and hair and how it significantly reduces energy consumption and increases the life of heaters, appliances and home plumbing. But what most people are totally unaware of is the ability for soft water to prevent microbial contamination in plumbing, thus minimizing the consumer’s exposure to pathogenic bacteria such as Legionella, which can cause Legionnaire’s disease. This research was discovered by the School of Sustainable Engineering at Arizona State University.
For one day, children from all over the city got to be little Picassos, Monets and Freida Kahlose as part of the Learning through an Expanded Arts Program’s 12th Annual Student Art Exhibition on Nov. 20.
Student artists from PS 307 and PS 19 in Corona and PS 21 in Flushing as well as five other schools from the other boroughs gathered in the Citigroup Building Atrium in Long Island City and were presented with an honorary certificate and a milk-and-cookies reception.
(BPT) - While vinyl siding has historically been the most-used siding material in the U.S., its continuing advancements are allowing even more choice when it comes to two critical qualities desired by homeowners: outstanding curb appeal and low maintenance.
(Family Features) - Are you shivering and bundling up inside your house? If your thermostat is set at the desired temperature, your furnace runs continuously, your utility bills are ridiculously high, but you are still cold, it is probably because energy is escaping your house.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
(BPT) - While homeowners generally spend more time entertaining guests indoors, the exterior of your home makes the first impression. When it is time for home improvements, the exterior of the home may be forgotten or ignored. Painting, updating furniture and replacing flooring inside are all important, but the exterior of your house deserves some tender love and care as well.
McDonald’s golden arches, Target’s bull’s eye and Starbucks' mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer’s experience.
(BPT) - The holiday season is a time for celebrating with loved ones, but family and friends aren’t always nearby. Although you may not be able to spend the holidays together in-person, there are still plenty of ways to show out-of-town loved ones you care. With a thoughtful approach, you can find easy ways to spread some holiday cheer, whether your nearest and dearest live across the street, across the country or even across the globe.
The city Department of Education recently announced it will seek to relocate Richmond Hill High School freshmen from an annex building several blocks from the school back into the main building.
Currently, some of the freshmen are served in the former St. Benedict Joseph Labre Catholic School at 94-25 117 St. If the move is approved — it’s scheduled to come to a vote later this month — the ninth-graders will be moved back to the Richmond Hill High School building at 89-30 114 St. next September. Some of the new freshman classes will be held in trailers in the schoolyard.
(BPT) - With the average American household spending more than $1,000 on heating and cooling expenses each year, more homeowners are seeking smarter, green options to reduce the strain on their wallets. Incentives through the U.S. government’s Energy Star program and other state and federal programs have made it easier for homeowners to create an energy efficient and greener home.
(BPT) - The perfect man cave is different for everyone, but no matter how you define your ideal space, you’re always looking for ideas on how to upgrade and make a space uniquely yours.
(BPT) - With the onset of cooler weather, now is the ideal time for homeowners to consider the efficiency of their heating systems. Drafts, gaps and poor insulation throughout the building envelope can significantly contribute to the efficiency of a home’s heating system, the comfort of occupants and the household budget.
(Family Features) The cooler temperatures of fall may be on their way, but cooler weather also brings an increase in home fires. According to the National Fire Protection Association, more than half (54 percent) of home structure fire deaths occur in the cooler months of November through March.
“The Wiz,” “Hair” and “Orange is the New Black” have one thing in common: they were all filmed at a studio in Astoria.
As part of its newest exhibition, the Museum of the Moving Image is paying tribute to the legacy of filmmaking at the nearby studio, known today as Kaufman Astoria Studios.
When the weather is cold, few experiences warm your soul – or your home – as effectively as sitting in front of a crackling fire. But if you’ve ever avoided building an evening fire in your wood-burning fireplace because you didn’t want to wait up for the embers to go out, you might appreciate Scott Harrison’s ingenuity.
(Family Features) A German Shepherd named Kilo was shot multiple times during a gun battle in Florida between police and a man suspected of shooting at officers earlier in the night. Fortunately for Kilo, he was wearing a protective vest, which saved his life. Unfortunately, thousands of other K-9s officers across the country perform their duties without proper protective wear, putting them in harm's way.
(BPT) - Remember the scene in Home Alone where the family is rushing through the crowded airport? Or images of teeming crowds in a shopping mall, every arm holding countless packages? Well ... it’s that time of year again!
For the first time ever, MoMA PS1 has dedicated the entire building to a comprehensive retrospective of a single artist’s work, and for Mike Kelley to be that artist could not be more appropriate.
Kelley, who killed himself by asphyxiation last year, had what some would call a sick sense of humor, and many of his pieces — usually those involving video — poke fun of and analyze the education system, making the halls of the old school an almost perfect venue.
The efforts to get the Maspeth Firehouse designated as a landmark now have even more community support.
On Sept. 11, 2001, 19 first responders from the home of FDNY’s Squad 288 and Hazardous Materials Company 1, perished at the World Trade Center, more than any other firehouse in the city. Steve Fisher of Middle Village and his sister Maxine Fisher wish to memorialize both the firehouse’s place in the city’s history and the building’s centennial next year, but were recently turned down by the Landmarks Preservation Commission because of a legal benchmark.
Sunnyside Gardens residents came out in full force to urge the Landmarks Preservation Commission to vote against a proposal to place a historic aluminum house in their neighborhood and build eight residential units on the remaining space. The hearing was held on the ninth floor of the Manhattan Municipal Building at 1 Centre Street, near City Hall.
The all-brick community of Sunnyside Gardens received landmark designation in 2007, which means that homeowners cannot change the facades of their homes, build fences, or compromise the continuity of the existing architecture.
(BPT) - It’s now easier than ever for homeowners to transform their homes into models of green living thanks to the growing availability of affordable, energy-smart building products and materials. From replacing incandescent light bulbs to reviewing the energy rating on new appliances, more homeowners are making informed decisions on how to cut energy consumption and boost efficiency.
(NAPSI)—Your home is probably the biggest monetary investment you’ll ever make, so it’s a good idea to carefully discuss your house’s siding choices with your home builder or remodeler.
(NAPSI)—Removing party politics from education policy and providing young people with the training needed to succeed in a modern economy...these are but two of the issues addressed by King Mohammed VI in a recent speech in Morocco. The speech touched on a range of issues related to education and social advancement.
(NewsUSA) - People throughout the U.S. have set their sights on becoming more environmentally friendly -- especially when it comes to their homes.