Not everyone has a venue. LaGuardia Performing Arts Center is providing space grants to local music, dance and theater acts. LIC.

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Earlier this week we took a look at Flushing tudor’s. Today it is Bayside’s turn.

39-29 217th St, Bayside
6 bedrooms, 5 bathrooms

Gorgeous House – Great Location! Palatial Tudor, Totally Renovated, With Beautiful Architectural Details And Wood Floors Throughout. Cac, Large Backyard, And A Multipurpose 4-Room Suite With Separate Entrance.
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79-24 208th St, Bayside
3 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Beautifully Renovated Charming Tudor In Great Location, Great Open Layout W/ Hardwood Floors Thruout & Possibilites Of Extension. Plumbing And Electric Replaced Few Years Ago And Refinieshed Stucco Recently. Seperate Heating And Cooling System For Each Floor. Zoned For Best School Ps.188. Near Express Bus To City And Park.
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From a MOMI press release:

Sumner M. Redstone, a film and media industry pioneer and Executive Chairman of Viacom Inc. and CBS Corporation, has made a $3 million gift to the Museum of the Moving Image, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary.  In recognition of the gift from the Sumner M. Redstone Charitable Foundation, the Museum’s state-of-the-art main theater will be named the Sumner M. Redstone Theater beginning in May 2013. The announcement was made today by Museum of the Moving Image Board Chairman Herbert S. Schlosser and Executive Director Carl Goodman.

Mr. Schlosser said, “The naming of the Sumner M. Redstone Theater will forge a permanent bond between a visionary entertainment industry leader, whose contributions to the advancement of film and media are unrivaled, and the Museum, which is the nation’s only cultural institution devoted to educating the general public, including 50,000 middle and high school students per year, about the art, history, and technology of film and digital media. Mr. Redstone’s gift will allow the Museum to advance and expand its important mission as we enter our 25th year. We cannot thank him enough for this transformative gift.”

Mr. Redstone said, “I am proud to support the work of this iconic cultural center which so skillfully melds my two lifelong loves—of entertainment and learning. The moving image in all its forms has a deep connection for me, from my lifelong love of film and television; to my family’s theatrical exhibition business, National Amusements; to my role as Chair of two of the top global media entertainment companies, CBS and Viacom, whose Paramount Pictures is Hollywood’s oldest motion picture studio.  It is a great honor for me to add my name to all the distinguished patrons of the Museum as it continues to spread the art of film and media.”


When we first started QueensNYC we had the tagline “Queens in Context”. We dropped it shortly after launch as we felt that it was too, um, intellectual.. but the concept behind the tagline remained and we explore it day in and day out: we don’t just write about what’s happening in Queens, we write about what’s happening in and around Queens..  and around could mean most anywhere. So, when we read this post yesterday on LICtalk we knew we had found someone who got us. And that always feels good, right?

From LICtalk:

Queens, the next Prague, Paris in the 20′s, Phuket, or Phnom Penh.  Well maybe that’s a bit much, as we don’t quite have the architecture of the first two, or a concentrated, bustling nightlife, nor any signs of a counterculture.  But what we do have is an unparalleled diversity, genuineness, and lack of pretension.  Those qualities are extremely hard to find in a no-stone-unturned 21st century planet.

So if I’ve enticed you enough to leave the confines of an increasingly gentrified Long Island City, then let me also pass on what I think is the best guidebook to all the aforementioned qualities, as it encompasses them itself: QueensNYC.com I love reading all its posts, as I know the sights and sounds are all reachable and attainable. Unlike say, reading an article in the New York Times Travel section about taking a 41-mile hike in remote Piaui, or one on a debaucherous, over-the-top bachelor party weekend in Tallinn.  In addition to introducing you to all these great, new, frequently undiscovered places in Queens, they have terrific photographs.  In fact some of them are so enticing, the only advice I can give you is to not read it before mealtime.

So am I jealous of all the wonderful stories QueensNYC puts out?  Sometimes, but I like to think my musings and utterances stand up on their own.  I mean didn’t Hemingway read Steinbeck?

Thanks LICtalk for your post — and thanks also for not comparing Queens to Brooklyn!

About LICtalk:

All the news, events, rumors, and issues in Long Island City, Queens, NY.  Twice weekly postings, usually on Monday/Tuesday and Thursday/Friday, plus occasional updates and special articles. You can be kept up to date on these posts via email or twitter: @lictalk

Pssst.. and thanks also to the Queens Ledger for playing with us!


Image source: Flickr user wonggawei
2009 New York City Marathon Men’s Lead Group motoring thru LIC

We love the marathon. We think it is one of the greatest, purest sporting events that there is. One of our team members was one of the 27k people who ran yesterday in Boston. He finished in 2:56, a personal record. Before all hell broke loose.

From Wikipedia:

The marathon is a long-distance running event with an official distance of 42.195 kilometres (26 miles and 385 yards) that is usually run as a road race. The event was instituted in commemoration of the fabled run of the Greek soldier Pheidippides, a messenger from the Battle of Marathon to Athens.

The marathon was one of the original modern Olympic events in 1896, though the distance did not become standardized until 1921. More than 500 marathons are held throughout the world each year, with the vast majority of competitors being recreational athletes.

To give you an idea of how popular running is there will be three marathons next weekend with a combined 62k runners — and we’re looking forward to all runners (that don’t run out of gas..) safely completing them: Salt Lake City Marathon (10k runners) on Saturday, London Marathon (37k runners) on Sunday and Hamburg Marathon (15k runners) also on Sunday.

Salt Lake City Marathon set to proceed Saturday [The Salt Lake Tribune]
London Marathon will go ahead as planned, sports minister says [The Guardian]
Officials Urge Tight Security for London Marathon After Boston Bombs [NY Times]


The Philly Post ran an interview today with Jonathan Butller, the founder of the Brooklyn Flea, which will be launching a market in Philly in June. From the The Philly Post:

How long has the Brooklyn Flea Philly been in the works?
Only a few months, actually. We only went down and looked at the site in March, and we’ve been talking about it since the beginning of the year. The general idea of doing a flea in Philadelphia has been around for quite some time though.

Did someone come to you with the Piazza location?
Yes. Jared Kushner [husband of Ivanka Trump and owner of the New York Observer newspaper] bought the Piazza, and he has a lot of exciting ideas. All the great stuff that Bart [Blatstein] has already done, he’s going to run the ball even further than Bart has. Jared sees the Piazza as a center of cultural energy. It’s the perfect place for us to try our first geographic expansion.

Meanwhile, the news that a market to be named “LIC Flea & Food” is scheduled to be launched this June  in LIC has made its way around town over the last few days. Backed by the Queens Courier and to be hosted in a large lot owned by Plaxall, the LIC Flea joins the Queens County Market, which is a pop-up market,  as Queens-based entrants to the burgeoning food scene.

Queens County Market coverage [QNYC]
Disclosure: BlankSlate, which owns QueensNYC, manages the Brooklyn Flea website.




From a Press release from NYS Senator Joseph P. Addabbo, Jr.:

To help bring Earth Day a little closer to home for his constituents, Addabbo and Assemblyman Mike Miller will be holding another Recycling Day from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 28, to help local residents dispose of unwanted recyclable household items. The event will be held at the George Seuffert, Sr. Bandshell Parking Lot in Forest Park on Forest Park Drive, one block west of Woodhaven Boulevard in Woodhaven.

“This will be our eighth recycling event,” said Addabbo, “and the last one held resulted in the recycling of roughly 20 tons of unwanted household items. That was a record for us, and it’s one we’re hoping to break on April 28th!”

Items that may be recycled at the event include clothing and textiles, electronics (including televisions, computers and air conditioners), paper (which may be shredded at the event for safety), carpeting, eyeglasses, and a variety of household goods. Additionally, old, tattered American flags will be collected at the event. Interested residents should call the Senator’s office at 1-718-738-1111 for more detailed information.


35-33 171st St, Flushing
5 bedrooms, 3 bathrooms

Classic English Tudor With Old World Charm In North Flushing. Grand Entry Hallway With French Doors & Marble Flooring. Large Living Rm With Fireplace. Formal Dining Rm. Eat-In-Kitchen. Sunroom & 1/2Bath On First Floor. Second Floor: Master Suite With Full Bath & Separate Shower. 3 Large Family Bedrooms & Full Bath. Fin Attic With Bedroom. Updated Heating & Cac.60X100
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Note: This post has been updated from the original guide published on June 27, 2012. 

One of the things Queens is known for is food. This is a roundup of blogs covering the Queens food scene.


Chopsticks and Marrow

Joe DiStefano writes about everything food trucks and underground dives to fine-dining and trendy hotspots. His obsession with ethnic food comes from his childhood trips to Chinatown and his rich Italian-American heritage. Joe is an intrepid walker, unafraid to explore new territory and chat with cooks and eaters alike. His candid posts delve into the vibrant flavors, meals, cuisines, and cultures that make Queens one of the most unique food spots on the globe. Read more about Joe on Twitter and Facebook.