If you can deal with school tours running through your 29 room mansion, being the caretaker of an historic house sounds pretty sweet. You live rent free, and did we mention, it’s 29 rooms? The NYT features a story on historic homes in our borough (and beyond) and their inhabitants. It’s like an exposé on how the other (really lucky) half lives. Who are we kidding, there are only 19 of these people in our entire city.

Image Source: Wikipedia- Vander Ende Onderdonk House in Ridgewood



Sunday is the new Friday night in Queens, with so much interesting stuff to do that it’s unfair. The Noguchi is offering free admission to mark the closing of its exhibition about Long Island City. You can follow that with a picnic in Socrates Sculpture Park across the street, where admission is always free.

P.S. 1 has its Sunday Sessions, celebrating their Kraftwerk exhibit with a DJ and lectures and a ton of other stuff.

And the Museum of the Moving Image is having a screening featuring “episodic snippets of life on the urban margins feature, among other figures, a junkie hustler, a dye sifter, and a nightclub stripper.” Sounds good.


If you didn’t manage to pick up your copies of this week’s papers at Associated, we’re here for you, and we can save you the trouble of recycling.

This week in Queens, Rebecca Henley of TimesLedger fame lets us know that

about three-fourths of Elmhurst straphangers were interested in the neighborhood having its own station on the Long Island Rail Road, although just as many had not heard of the proposal….

It seems a new station is still in its pipe dream phase, but with Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) on the case, it could eventually become a reality.

In Corona, you all heard about the little girl who was forgotten on the school bus.

Police told the TimesLedger that [bus driver Sandra] Garcia missed the girl while checking the bus, locked up and went home. Officers called to the scene broke a bus window to get to the child, who they believe was left in the bus for about 15 minutes.

An Astoria restaurant was jacked [TimesLedger]

And Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) continues his crusade against blight in his district, targeting massage parlors in Dutch Kills including Smile Dawa.

The voice mailbox for Smile Dawa was full when TimesLedger Newspapers called. The manager for Asian Body Work was not available for comment.

The Queens Ledger reports on a little boy in Woodside who is allergic to everything.

KeVaughn “K.E.” Plunkett, now in fourth grade at P.S. 229, suffers from a rare medical condition called eosinophilic gastrointestinal disorder, in which his white blood cells attack food as if it is a parasite.

K.E. lives through a feeding tube in his stomach, and currently has only five safe foods – potatoes, rice, apples, corn and some pork. He survives mostly on a formula called Elecare.

However, he will soon try his first hamburger, said his mother Colleen Plunkett


Apparently there is an entire group in New York City devoted to celebrating the 19th Century.

This weekend, the 19th Century Society is taking over the Greater Astoria Historical Society to revel in past pastimes and Victorian ladies’ undergarments. Yes, fashion historian Christine Scott will be on hand to demonstrate how to properly lace a corset and when to wear a hoop.

If anyone wants to head over to Brooklyn, there will be a workshop on Sunday where you can learn the Victorian martial art of Baritsu. The Times Ledger has an interesting article about the upcoming events, some of which will take place at the Greater Astoria Historical Society, at 35-20 Broadway, on the fourth floor at various times on Saturday.


Houses in Queens are not selling as fast as they once were, according to Prudential Douglas Elliman via Curbed. The site reports both a decline in price and inventory in the borough. In Northwest Queens, where many new developments are located, the median sale price fell 15.8 percent from last quarter—but the number of sales stayed steady, at 194 units.

The Queens Courier also reports that southeast Queens remains the epicenter of citywide foreclosures.

According to a spokesperson from Property Shark, the 82 newly-scheduled foreclosure auctions in Queens account for 39 percent of New York City’s total foreclosure activity.

Still, the paper says that foreclosures in the city are down 18 percent as a whole when compared with this same period last year.

Image Source: Wikipedia


This apartment, by the looks of it, seems like a  good value and definitely sunny. In Manhattan, rentals like this aren’t often up for grabs, especially not in quiet and convenient neighborhoods like Woodside. The apartment is on the top floor of a building with an elevator. One bedroom, one bathroom, and near the 7 train at 46th Street. The unit has hardwood floors and small pets are allowed. It’s listed by Bond New York.


Yes, it’s getting warmer. Yes, a bowl of hot Vietnamese soup is still nice.

We paid a visit to Pho Bang at 8290 Broadway in Elmhurst. We got the number 22, which is sliced rare beef round in a broth with rice noodles, bean sprouts, basil and lemon on the side. Of course, what makes this recipe sing is the scallions, onions and cilantro. The combination of hot soup and fresh vegetables is a uniquely Vietnamese magic. $5.75 gets you an enormous bowl.

The beef comes out raw. You sink it into the hot broth and it cooks right in the bowl. Since broth is always boiling at Pho Bang, table service is pretty fast, especially if you gain status as a regular. Adding Sriracha  gives it that extra special spicy kick, but if you aren’t one for nose blowing at the table, you might want to just leave it out. If you go alone, no worries, you will be dining next to others (who will be generally blowing their noses too) — a very intimate experience.

If you go with friends, try adding a small order of cha gio to the mix. The $4.50 fried spring rolls come with a dipping sauce and lettuce to wrap them in. The beef salad is worth a go, as is the lemongrass chicken and the summer rolls. Still, this place is called Pho Bang for a reason — hint, it’s the pho.

As if there needed to be another reason to try this place, it has a parking lot.

If you want something sweet after, head over to Quickly at 8306 Broadway and get an iced taro or milk tea with black tapioca pearls.

Pho-to Source: Wikipedia