Filmmaker Amy Nicholson chronicles the struggle to preserve Coney Island’s carnival roots in the face of redevelopment in a documentary on one of its last old-school rides, the Zipper. “Zipper: Coney Island’s Last Wild Ride,” which debuts on television tonight on PBS after a theatrical run last year, focuses on the ride’s operator, Eddie Miranda, and how the city’s redevelopment plan affects his livelihood.

In interviews with developers, city officials and local activists, Nicholson wonders whether the new mayor will uphold the Bloomberg administration’s promise to build affordable housing in Coney. The film airs at 10 pm tonight on WNET 13.

Image via Zipper


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Tumblr’s Storyboard published an article on the film, Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, a “story of a 13-year-old autistic boy played by Jesus Sanchez who gets lost on the subway for 10 days.” It’s based on a true story that was published in the NY Times in 2009. That experience took place in Bensonhurst, Brooklyn, whereas the film takes place in the Rockaways.


A little while back, we compiled a long list of books that take place in Queens. And even though Manhattan gets most of the glory for its impressive amounts of on-screen time, there are plenty of movies and TV series that are set in Queens, too. Here’s our guide to the best films and TV shows that weren’t just shot in our borough, but actually give Queens a significant part in the story.


Chop Shop (2007)
This indie film made the rounds in the Cannes Film Festival, Toronto Film Festival, and other prominent international film events. The director, Ramin Bahrani – who was also behind Man Push Cart, the 2005 film about a struggling street vendor from Brooklyn – won a “Someone to Watch” Independent Spirit Award in 2007. The film centers around the story of 12-year-old Alejandro, an orphan living in the Willets Points section of Corona, where he works at an auto body repair shop, sells candy on the subway, and dreams up other schemes to get by. The movie is full of scenes depicting Flushing Meadows Park, the auto body shops of Willets Point, and the 7 train.


Get your Nepali food on in Jackson Heights and Woodside

Bon Appetit Magazine published “a list of ten less-explored cuisines and some recommended places to check them out.” We were quite pleased to see that they chose Queens – Jackson Heights and Woodside specifically – as home to great Nepali food – and Tibetan, Himalayan, and Bhutanese, which often go hand in hand with Nepali food. It’s a wonderful food culture and we are fortunate to be able to eat so much of it here.

Specifically, we recommend Himalayan Yak (GMAP); Mustang Thakali Kitchen (GMAP), Woodside Cafe (GMAP), and  Lali Guras (GMAP) for great Nepali food.

Teen Internship at The Noguchi

Queens Mamas tipped us off on a teen internship program at The Noguchi Museum. More details:

The Noguchi Museum’s Teen Advisory Board, the museum’s internship program, has extended its application deadline to October 9th. If your teen is interested in interning, this is the program to check out.

Fifteen teens will have the opportunity to earn either community service or internship credit in this program where they create a project aimed at promoting the museum to a teen audience. They also get to recommend various events to museum staff that will be interesting to a teen audience, while learning the intricacies of art administration.

The application is here (warning: pdf).

New homes and a waterfront park are coming to Whitestone

A huge piece of land on the Whitestone waterfront was finally purchased and development plans are in the works. Ideally, they’d like to start construction next year on the 12.8 acre site, where they will build single-family homes and a waterfront park.

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children in Bayside gets additional digs

St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, a facility in Bayside that treats children from around the NYC metro area who are dealing with the toughest of situations – such as burn victims and premature babies – is going to open a new addition to the hospital tomorrow. They will get to work in and enjoy a 90,000-square-feet, 97 bed new patient pavilion. It’s been a challenge with their current space, so this is a huge relief to the workers and kids they treat.

Dosa Hunt (the movie) is coming

And you better believe they spent time in Queens (our favorite dosas are in Flushing). More later – here’s the trailer.



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Jamaica Bay is a 39-square-mile area in Queens that’s home to one of the most significant bird sanctuaries in the Northeast (the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge), but most New Yorkers have barely heard of it, let alone been there (besides flying into JFK Airport or passing by on the way to Rockaway Beach). Dan Hendrick wants to change that with his film Jamaica Bay Lives, which will detail the rich history of the bay, the current issues surrounding it, and the potential it holds.