On the second Tuesday of every month, The Creek and The Cave hosts Justin Peele’s “Party & Bull***t,” a free stand-up show featuring live music, stellar DJs and an after-party. It feels like a hangout, if you hang with polished, professional comedians while munching and sipping with friends and neighbors.
“Everybody’s a comedy fan, everyone likes to laugh at a person saying something cool and funny. And everybody likes music … there’s always a melding of comedy, music and art,” Peele said.
Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Kirk Gostkowski, left, Sarah Bierstock, Nick Fondulis and Mark A. Keeton in “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play” at the Chain Theatre.
“No man is a failure if he has friends,” is one of the more poignant lines from Frank Capra’s Christmas classic “It’s a Wonderful Life,” and no play is a failure when it perfectly captures the essence of the original with a twist that even fans who watch the movie annually on Christmas Eve can enjoy.
Directed by Greg Cicchino, the managing director of the Variations Theatre Group, the play is set at WVTG Playhouse, a fictitious 1940s radio studio broadcasting the play.
Temporary Christmas postal assistants work on the deck and load trucks at the Postal Concentration Center at 43rd Street and Northern Boulevard in Long Island City, Dec. 7, 1947.
It is now well known history that Long Island City has lost a lot of its old manufacturing industries. Another big labor-intensive jobs facility that was lost was the Postal Concentration Center on Northern Boulevard and 43rd Street. It was also called the Long Island Terminal by the Post Office.
Before the days of FedEx, the Postal Service was choked every Christmas season with parcels. They would reach to the ceiling on the platform at the PCC. They were collected by trucks and taken to ships or the airport for final dispatch. It says on the back of this photo that the workers handled 100,000 parcels a day. All the work was done by hand. Today, foreign packages no longer travel by ship or surface transport and must go by air to arrive on time.
Kevin Lynch of Whitestone has set up his award-winning display of Christmas lights once again this year.
Visitors have come from as far away as Japan and Australia in the past to marvel at the display, which has been featured on HGTV and other TV networks.
Louis Armstrong’s house in Corona has been decked out in celebration for Christmas and rare audio clips of the musician reading and singing holiday classics.
The Louis Armstrong House Museum offers tours year-round, but in December the house is transformed into a “Winter Wonderland.”
The lifestyles of the rich and famous can often feel entirely unrelatable to the average working person. The glamour and grandness of multi-million dollar mansions, private drivers and huge walk-in closets are out of reach for most people, and yet tucked in a row of middle-class Corona homes on 107th Street sits the haven of one of the most famous jazz musicians of all time.
Louis Armstrong’s house is almost impossible to pick out if you’ve never seen it before. Aside from the weathered plaque and visitor’s welcome center — constructed within the musician’s old garage — the house looks like any other on the block during this time of year: A wreath with a red bow hangs on the wooden front door, a Christmas tree glows gently from the living room window and outside, an evergreen is wrapped in twinkling clear lights.
During the holiday season, youngsters at St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside get inundated with new toys from individuals and groups, but this year they have decided to give back.
Patients are singing Christmas carols, which are being videotaped to be viewed by prekindergarten classes on Long Island.
Santa Claus came to town.
The Howard Beach Kiwanis Club on Sunday hosted a free photo session with jolly old St. Nick at Almonte’s Key Food Supermarket, located at 163-30 Cross Bay Blvd.
Clients and staff at Lifespire, a nonprofit based in Jamaica that provides services for the developmentally disabled, last week transformed their floor in a Jamaica office building into a Manhattan holiday showcase.
At top, Lifespire staff member Nadira Cumberbatch, left, leads singers in Christmas carols and selections for Hanukkah.
NY Rehab: Queens Physical Therapy Rehabilitation on 31st Street in Astoria partnered with the Chronicle for our 20th annual Toy Drive by donating a generous amount of gifts to be handed out to area shelters over the holidays.
The hard work of Mahezabin Shaikh, rear left, Rena Shemberg, rear right, Melvin Ricks, left, Fabiola Caicedo, Eugene Vasilesu, Nidhi Mahajan, Dr. Olga Gazonas, Betpsy Segovia, Dr. Nelson Castro and Jessica Campovere will help homeless children at five shelters in Queens have a great Christmas and Happy New Year.
In what has become a popular annual tradition, more than 200 people gathered last Saturday at the Make a Difference Christmas gala to celebrate the holidays and step up for children in need.
The event is held every year on the first Saturday in December at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston. Attendees bring toys that will be given to underprivileged children at Christmas.
The Hamilton Beach Civic Association held its third annual Christmas tree lighting and holiday party on Saturday.
The tree lighting was held at the Hamilton Beach Volunteer Fire Department and included a visit from jolly old St. Nick and Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, second from right, next to New Hamilton Beach Civic Association President Roger and Holly Gendron.
Councilman Donovan Richards presided last Saturday over the annual tree lighting in Brookville Park. The evening’s fare included live music and entertainment, holiday-themed activities and giveaways.
The tree at the center of the festivities was donated by Richards last year.
Central Veterinary Associates has released several tips to keep your pets safe this holiday season. The veterinary practice, with offices in Bayside, Forest Hills and Far Rockaway, stresses the unintended hazards seemingly harmless decorations may pose for pets. Among the tips are these:
•Make sure that your Christmas tree is properly secured in its stand so it won’t fall on a pet and beware that the water in the stand may contain bacteria harmful to them.
Students at St. Stanislaus Kostka School at 61-17 Grand Ave. in Maspeth received an early Christmas present last Friday, as a classical quartet from the Aaron Copeland School of Music at Queens College performed for the students.
Citi Field was the location last Saturday for gingerbread, dancing elves and Santa Claus at the Winter Fest.
Mr. and Mrs. Met greeted visitors to Citi Field, where youngsters could meet Santa, make gingerbread crafts and eat holiday treats.