Live music is everywhere in Queens this week, and most of it is outdoors. Ditto for movies, and again most are outdoors. There are also surf competitions, festivals, and an International Mud Day celebration. Here’s the rundown.

June 25, Astoria Park Festival, through June 28. This annual summer favorite is jam-packed with rides, games, food, and entertainment. Free. Astoria Park Parking Lot, 19th Street and Hoyt Avenue, Astoria.

June 25, King Kong, 8:45 pm. Outdoor screening of a classic film. Free. Gantry Plaza State Park, Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue, Long Island City.

June 25, Interfaith Ramadan Dinner, 7 pm. The Turkish Cultural Center and Central Queens Y present this second annual meal with light kosher and halal cuisine, Turkish music, a call to prayer, and a short discussion on religion. $10. CQY, 67-09 108th Street, Forest Hills.


This three-bedroom rental in College Point is in a two-story home built in 2007. There are two full baths and two balconies. All three bedrooms and the living room are very spacious. The kitchen is very nice with lots of counter space, a peninsula, a dishwasher, and a built-in microwave. The monthly rent is $2,300.

The Q20A, Q20B, and Q65 buses are all a quick walk away from the building, and the Q25 is seven blocks away. There are parks and playgrounds, shopping, and many dining options in the area. Flushing Bay and the East River are nearby too. Click through for more photos.

15-22 120 Street, #2 [Toula Polios Realty Group LLC] GMAP


The Rocky Horror Picture Show is celebrating its 40th anniversary in Queens — where else? — this week. Other fun activities include a strawberry festival, a hot dog-eating contest, a theater festival, a mama’s expo, and plenty of live outdoor music. Here’s the rundown.

June 12, The Rocky Horror Picture Show Experience, 7:30 pm. This is a screening and live reenactment by the New York City Shadow Cast of the 1970s cult movie, which is now celebrating its 40th anniversary. Attendees are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite character. $15. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Kaufman Arts District.

June 12, Unchained Theatre Festival, until June 28. This third annual extravaganza features 16 pieces, ranging from 10-minute shorts to full-length plays, performed three times in the course of three weeks. Voting by audiences and judges determines the top pieces, which receive an additional performance during the finale on June 28. $15/$18 for final round/closing ceremony. The Chain Theatre, 21-28 45th Rd., LIC.


This three-bedroom rental in College Point is part of a two-story home built in 1979. The apartment is has a huge kitchen and two full baths. The living room is spacious too, and there is a separate room for dining. There are hard wood floors in the bedrooms and living room, and there are tiles in the kitchen and baths. Monthly rent is $2,000, and the apartment is available for June 1.

The Q25 bus is a short walk away, and the Q20B is about a five minute walk. Powell’s Clove Park and Hermon A. Macneil Park are both in the area. Small shops and dining options are also a five minute walk away. Click through for more photos.

124-10 9th Avenue, #2 [Century 21 Weber & Rose] GMAP


The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend.


This two-bedroom in College Point has a spacious living room area and a cute kitchen. Both bedrooms have lots of closet space, and there are dark wood floors throughout. There’s a new laundry facility in the building, and onsite parking is available for a fee. The monthly rent is $1,750.

The Q25 and Q20B buses are both within walking distance. Frank Golden Park is a few blocks away, and there are lots of small shops and restaurants nearby too. The water is a 20-minute walk away.

13-26 128th Street, #2 [Pacific Realty Associates] GMAP


This two-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a prewar multi-family building in College Point. The apartment is gut-renovated with wood floors throughout and has new cabinets in the kitchen. The apartment looks like it gets a lot of light.

There are a handful of small shops in the area, and restaurants are about a ten-minute walk away. The apartment is close to parks, playgrounds, and the water. The Q65 and Q25 are the closest public transportation options, but parking is available for an extra monthly cost. The rent is $1,400 per month.

12-24 116th Street, #2R [Charles Rutenberg, LLC] GMAP


One of the borough’s most historic houses has announced plans for a revamp. The Poppenhusen Institute will undergo an elevator installation in early 2015, according to Executive Director Susan Brustmann, and its façade will be restored the following spring or summer, depending on city funding. The elevator will make the College Point venue, which was built in 1868, more accessible to the general public and will facilitate events, such as weddings and film shoots, in the grand auditorium. The exterior work will restore windows, while saving as much of the original wood and glass as possible, and cover the brownstone with a protective sealant. Brustmann informed that the ability to hold events is imperative to the institute’s survival as it lost state funding a few years ago, while the façade work is necessary because the structure is constantly being smacked by salty winds, due to its location on a peninsula between Flushing Bay and the East River.

More information and more photos are on the jump page.


It’s time to modernize a Queens spot where youngsters play a sport whose history dates back to before the 14th century. The Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association’s home field, Frank Golden Park in College Point, recently received $580,000 in public funds for an upgrade. The money — an $80,000 allocation from City Council Member Paul Vallone and a $500,000 allocation from Borough President Melinda Katz — will go to resurfacing the playing and scrimmage fields as well as installing an eight-foot fence around the park and a 30-foot retractable fence behind each goal post. With several hundred members who trace their heritage to all 32 counties on the Emerald Isle, the Shannon Gaels fields boys, girls and co-ed teams in various age groups that compete throughout the world. The association, which also organizes competitions involving other Irish sports such as hurling, was founded in 2002 with no home. Members practiced on sections of Forest, Juniper Valley, and Sunnyside Gardens parks until 2009, when they signed a 15-year lease with the NYC Parks Department for rights to seven acres of Golden Park, just south of 14th Avenue.

Information on the sport and more photos on jump page.