Update on the Hunters Point CSA
The organizers of the Hunters Point CSA sent out an update and it’s full of good news. They believe they have found a farmer – Golden Earthworm Farm, which is awesome. They’ll also be holding distribution out of Alewife, which is also very cool. BIG!Compost will also take care of their compost needs; they are working with a bunch of other CSAs in the area, too. So look for share sign up in late March! Very exciting.
Coconut Tapioca Pudding at Bún-Ker – yes, please
Serious Eats took a trip out to Ridgewood to Bún-Ker (AKA Bunker), and tried the coconut tapioca pudding there, which just from the name sounds tasty (if you like coconut and tapicoa, of course). Here’s their description:
The tapioca pearls are sized on the order of Israeli couscous. They’re cooked with care, just tender enough to drink up the lightly sweetened coconut broth. Dig deeper with your spoon to find curls of green coconut, juicy jackfruit, and chewy palm seeds—an ingredient common in Southeast Asian desserts but rarely found stateside.
And only three bucks! Sign us up.
The QueensWay really could become a reality – RFPs issued by TPL for feasibility study
The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is ready to find a company to do a feasibility study on the elevated QueensWay park, and has issued an RFP (request for proposals) to do just that. They’ve got $467K to spend on the study, thanks to Governor Cuomo. The feasibility study would focus on analysis of engineering and environmental components. The study will also figure out a design that will incorporate various ideas and concepts. Not everyone in the borough agrees that this elevated park is a good idea, but it will be interesting to see what the feasibility study results are.
The historic Lewis Latimer House in Flushing
Queens is full of historic homes, including the Lewis Latimer House in Flushing. Lewis’s parents, George and Rebecca, escaped slavery in 1842 and ended up in Massachusetts – abolitionists supported George and raised money to pay for his freedom. Lewis enlisted in the Civil War and served in the Navy, where he taught himself technical drawing. After that he worked for patent attorneys Crosby Halstead & Gould. He also handles the complicated illustrations for Alexander Graham Bell’s patent – the telephone. He worked for Thomas Edison, too.
In 1903, Lewis and his wife Mary moved into a house in a primarily white neighborhood in Flushing. He lived there until his death in 1928. Definitely check out the rest of his life’s story – it’s fascinating!
Currency Kites in LIC
We first saw these Currency Kites by artist Erika Harrsch at the No Longer Empty: How Much Do I Owe You? exhibit in LIC. Little did we know that one can actually fly these kites! Check out this short video, taken at Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC.