Image source: Times Ledger – Michael Capo of Capo Auction

The Times Ledger recently wrote about Capo Auction, a second-market auction house that opened about two years ago, located in Long Island City near Sunnyside (36-01 Queens Blvd – GMAP). They “run monthly sales of fine antiques, furniture, paintings, silver and other collectibles” – the most recent one was just this past weekend.

They are about the only business of its kind in Queens these days – apparently many of the 20-something second-market auction houses that were found throughout the city have shut down, “disappeared.”


This week we checked out the opening reception of Carried Away, an art exhibit at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City (GMAP). On view are several colorful works that resemble Buddha heads and headless ancient Greek sculptures. The modern, down-to-earth twist is that they’re all made of plastic bags and other found and recycled materials such as bottles, spools of thread, and PVC pipes.


On Sunday, the Queens Museum of Art hosted an open house fundraiser event for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, an organization they chose because, not only has RWA contributed to urgent relief and recovery efforts since Sandy, but “they are smart, committed, and on the Rockaway Peninsula for the long haul.” The theme of the event – “Revive, Renew, Rebuild” – was carried out in creative ways by a collection of artists, businesses, museum professionals, and other community members.


Image source: dakine kane on Flickr

Hurricane Sandy continues to make news, and the images we keep seeing from the Rockaways and other places wrecked by the hurricane are heartbreaking. Have you helped out with any hurricane relief? Volunteered? Donated clothing/goods/food? Helped out a neighbor? We’d love to hear your experiences. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.


Image source: Wikimedia Commons – Eisenhower signing of HR7786, June 1, 1954, this ceremony changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. Usually there is a Queens Veterans Day parade held in Middle Village Queens around this time of year, but because of Hurricane Sandy and the repercussions from the storm’s wrath, this year the parade has been cancelled. Instead, they will be holding a relief collection for the victims of Hurricane Sandy – “water, canned food, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, extension cords, medical supplies, blankets, towels, toys, baby bottles, formula, and diapers” are all welcome by Monday, November 12 at 75-16 Metropolitan Ave (GMAP).


We’ve partnered with the Queens Economic Development Corporation!

We just had to tell you the good news – the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) is partnering with BlankSlate (the folks behind QueensNYC)! From the press release:

(Long Island City, N.Y.) – The Queens Economic Development Corporation and BlankSlate — a partially Long Island City-based company that helps web publishers thrive, including BrownstonerBrokelynDumboNYCBushwick Daily and Prince of Petworth — have formed a partnership on, a daily site about the happenings in New York City’s biggest and most diverse borough.

Hurricane Sandy videos

We put together a collection of videos of Hurricane Sandy before, during, and after it hit. It’s interesting to look back in time, and heartbreaking to see the destruction afterwards. We wonder if this might have been the most recorded hurricane in history, thanks to the explosion of social media and smartphone use lately.

A personal account of Sandy’s devastation by a Broad Channel resident

Christina Sullivan has written about her experience with Hurricane Sandy as a Broad Channel resident. No doubt, there are many of these stories, but take a look at hers, published by the Quinnipiac Chronicle. Particularly poignant is this:

My grandmother’s two-story bungalow stood 30 feet out on Jamaica Bay and was destroyed. The home was 100 years old and has been in my family for nearly 40 years. Her home, and my favorite place in the world, collapsed on itself and floated away.

On the other hand, there’s some good news coming out of Broad Channel – lights and donations

We were happy to learn about some pretty amazing donations coming to the community of Broad Channel. Ambulances and a fire truck have been donated by local groups in Glendale and out in Sag Harbor (Long Island), as well as all the way from Minnesota! The traffic light near the bridge is also back on. Progress.

The Today Show discovers 5 Pointz in LIC

Sara Haines, of the Today Show’s Sara in the City series, took a visit to LIC to check out 5 Pointz. We think it blew her mind. She certainly looked like she was having fun.


Image source: WNYC

As we approach close to two weeks post-Hurricane Sandy, it’s is heartening to hear good news coming from the Rockaways area of Queens. CBS New York reports that there are “signs of life” in Broad Channel – the traffic light near the bridge is operational, and some stores have their lights on. The Rock N Roll Bagels is one of those and hopes to open soon.

In other good news, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps donated an ambulance to help the Broad Channel community get up and running.


Donating and volunteering in a post-Sandy world

We’ve put together a list of volunteer opportunities and donation centers in Queens. Lots of people are stepping up and there are plenty of opportunities to get involved. It warms our hearts. We hope you can find something to help out with, and thank you for your assistance to our fellow New Yorkers during this challenging time.

Ah, this weekend’s NYC Marathon – keep it on schedule, yea or nay? Our readers overwhelmingly say…

NO. We asked, and here are some comments from twitter.

Broad Channel also suffered damage during Hurricane Sandy

Broad Channel, a small community smack dab in the middle of Jamaica Bay, also suffered a lot of damage during Hurricane Sandy, mostly in the form of flooding. See what happened through photos and accounts during and after the storm. Our best wishes are with the folks there cleaning up from all that water. Be sure to check out the surreal sight of a boat in the middle of the Cross Bay Parkway.

More images from the Rockaways, some looking post-apocalyptic

Curbed sent talented photographer Nathan Kensinger down to the Rockaways after the storm and he took a series of photos. Definitely worth checking out.

There’s been talk of erecting a sea wall to combat storm surge

Slate has a article that discusses ways for NYC to avoid storm surge during the next big hurricane (we hope there won’t be a next time). Comparisons are made to the Netherlands, who oversee a special relationship between the land and sea. Here’s their solution to the threat of hard core flooding:

The Dutch have responded to this problem with an impressively elegant solution: Make the coast shorter. In the wake of a 1916 flood, they erected the Zuiderzee Works to turn a former inlet of the North Sea into a nice tame lake. Today, the Afsluitdijk—a causeway 32 kilometers long, 90 meters wide, and 7.25 meters high—separates the North Sea from two freshwater lakes known as the IJsselmeer and the Markermeer, in the process protecting a huge swath of Holland, including Amsterdam itself, from storm surges.

An even more relevant precedent is the massive Delta Works series of dams and flood control devices in the southwestern Netherlands. These works protect, among other things, the enormous port of Rotterdam, meaning that they can’t completely sever the mainland from the sea the way Afsluitdijk did.

The article goes on to say that implementing systems like this is expensive (not a surprise) and it still wouldn’t protect areas like the Rockaways, who were some of the hardest hit communities in the metro area. Still, it’s an interesting thing to think of and perhaps one day a less expensive, more effective derivative will be developed. Here’s to progress.