“Saving Place: 50 Years of New York City Landmarks” just opened at the Museum of the City of New York. We talked with curator Donald Albrecht about the exhibition, a celebration of the 1965 Landmarks Preservation Law and its impact on the city.

“New York has always been a city of great change,” says Albrecht, “and part of our architectural legacy has been figuring out how to manage that perpetual change.”


Carnegie Hall, 1895 | Byron Company Collection

“Everyone thinks it started with the destruction of Penn Station in the 60s and then the law was passed,” Albrecht says, “but it actually goes back to the 19th century. 1965 is when city government got involved, but there’s civic groups, individuals, historians, photographers, the press… all involved in different ways, and we wanted to show how the different forces come together.”


The Museum of the City of New York wants your Sandy photos

The Museum of the City of New York has issued a call for submissions from both amateur and professional photographers for their photos of before, during and after Superstorm Sandy: “…the Museum of the City of New York seeks contemporary photographs of the areas and people affected by the storm – photographs that portray the region before the storm, during the dramatic hours of the storm’s landfall, the immediate aftermath, and the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of individuals, organizations, and government agencies – for consideration for inclusion in an exhibition at the Museum to open in April.” Entry deadline is 12pm March 3, 2013. Photographers, we know you are out there! It’s free to enter, too.

Putting together the Unisphere

We’ve shared this on Facebook and loved it on Pinterest, but we just can’t get enough of this seriously cool image from the time they were putting the Unisphere together – it’s very Erector Set here.

Image source: Queens County Market Facebook page

The Waterfront Crab House in LIC is now open, first time since Sandy

DNAinfo reports that LIC’s Waterfront Crab House is now open! They had their soft opening on Tuesday. It really took a hit during Hurricane Sandy, with several feet of water inundating the historic eatery, causing a shut down of the place and seirous repair work to take place (“new floors, walls and a brand new bar”). Some of their antiques and other collectibles that hung on the walls were totally damaged and had to be thrown out, but some things managed to survive. So, if you were missing the Crab House, it’s time to go back!

If you want excellent beer, come to Queens

The borough has been know for a long time, actually as a place for great beer and a place to drink it – the Bohemian Beer Garden comes immediately to mind (it is one of the best known food/drink spots in Queens, along with Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights, Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, and Flushing’s Chinatown). But these days, beer has been “kicked up a notch” in Queens and fantastic craft/micro/nano brewed beer is coming out of the borough, especially in western Queens. There’s everything from Astoria’s own SingleCut Beersmiths to the somewhat mysterious Bridge and Tunnel nano-brewery. Then there are places to drink beer, like The Strand, Astoria Bier and Cheese, as well as the beloved Queens Kickshaw. So yeah, we’re not joking when we say there’s a beautiful beer scene in Queens.

Yoga is all the rage, but you probably knew that

Yoga is a really big deal all around Queens. There are different kinds (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, just to name a few) taught, sometimes a yoga class/session has more of an athletic aspect, while others include a spiritual element to it, too. But in this fast-paced world we live in, yoga can be a welcome change of pace for so many – men and women. We’ve got a list of places you can take a yoga class, as well as some background on yoga and why it has caught on so well in Queens.


Image source: policymic / Photo by Amanda Kirpatrick

The folks from Rockaway Rises let us know about this photography exhibition coming up – the Museum of the City of New York has issued a call for submissions from both amateur and professional photographers. Your images must be of the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy before, during, and after the storm.


Oh, MTA – service disruptions and fare hikes a-comin’

We’ve learned that both FASTRACK and fare hikes are in our future here in Queens. And then there’s the weekend service disruption on the 7 starting the last weekend in December to March. There is no way around it. Good luck, everyone, with the mental preparations in accepting this fate.

Need to contact your local Community Board? Here’s how

The other day we wanted to read some meeting minutes recorded at our local Community Board meeting. You might want to do the same thing, or find out when meetings are, or even email them. Fortunately, has a page dedicated to the basic info you’d need to contact them or find out more about them.

Neapolitan style pizza has arrived to Ditmars Astoria – welcome Tufino!

We are happy to see great pizza continue to expand into Queens (both Basil Brick Oven and Via Trenta in Astoria are making excellent Neapolitan pies these days), and the most recent contender in the pizza scene is Tufino Pizzeria Napoletana on Ditmars near 36th Street, again in Astoria. In the words of one patron after they ate there last night, “We have decided that we have to try every pie on the menu, and have started a list.” We are also intrigued by the “Tirami-choux” – a French style cream puff filled with tiramisu flavors. Yum.

Designing Tomorrow: America’s World’s Fairs of the 1930s at the Museum of the City of NY

We were turned on to this cool exhibit happening at the Museum of the City of New York in Manhattan, about six World’s Fairs, including the one in Flushing Meadows Park in 1939/40. More about the exhibit:

Showcases six Depression-era expositions that brought visions of a brighter future to tens of millions of Americans. As many Americans still waited on bread lines, fairs in Chicago (1933/34), San Diego (1935/36), Dallas (1936), Cleveland (1936/37), San Francisco (1939/40), and New York (1939/40) foretold much of what would become commonplace in postwar America–from highways and the spread of suburbia to modernist skyscrapers and products such as electric toasters, nylon stockings, and television. The fairs looked forward to an era of prosperity, when ingenuity and innovation would transform not only American cities but also the everyday lives of American citizens. Visitors will see sleek, modern furniture and appliances of the era, vintage footage from the fairs, and futuristic drawings of the New York World’s Fair’s buildings from the Museum’s collection.

We’ve also covered the World’s Fair here on QNYC – both of them, actually!

Come to Queens for modern art

Have you checked out the Fisher Landau Center for Art? We featured it on our LIC for Brooklynites “what to do” post, but we decided to go a little deeper and give you more of a taste of their offerings. Right here in Dutch Kills section of LIC you can see works by contemporary artists like Shirin Neshat, Carroll Dunham (father of Lena Dunham), Jenny Holzer, Kiki Smith or Ed Ruscha alongside pieces by Agnes Martin, Cy Twombly, Willem de Kooning and Andy Warhol. Everything is housed in a three story former parachute harness factory that has been renovated. And even better – it’s free!