It's been a hot and humid summer so far.
Snowmageddon/Snowpocalypse/Fighting Nemo – funny names for crazy snow
Indeed we are in for a crazy blizzard tonight – it’s raining as we write this, but that will change to snow later tonight (perhaps even while you’re reading this). Stay safe, get warm, and we hope you don’t have to travel much today. Here’s more info from the NOAA that might also be of help. The NY Times has a prediction chart, too, from around the Northeast and New England.
To counter that snow, how about a cocktail?
Our friend Fooditka introduced us to the new cocktail offerings at LIC’s Casa Enrique – and they totally make us want to be on a beach in Cancun. Micheladas, margaritas, mojitos, oh my! We almost can’t stand it.
Fond momo memories from the hot days of summer
We love momos (perhaps even more than Chinese dumplings, but don’t tell anyone), and love this article by CitySpoonful on a momo tour that took participants to 16 different joints last summer in Jackson Heights. None other than the talented food tour leader himself, Jeff Orlick, led the momo romp through Jackson Heights on a hot hot hot June evening. They visited some of our favorite spots – Woodside Cafe, Potola Fast Food, and Lhasa Fast Food (in the back of a cell phone store). It’s comforting to think the summer will be back, but momos are also terrific during winter, and Lunar New Year this weekend is one of the best times to eat momos, since they are a celebratory food for the new year.
Triumph of Civic Virtue left for BK in the dark of morning, and will be restored at Green-Wood
The saga of Triumph of Civic Virtue, the statue of that dude standing atop two female mythical creatures, crushing them under his foot (some feel this is misogynistic), continues. Kew Gardens resident Jon Torodash believes the whole decision to move it was done in secret – “There are a lot of issues going on with this statue. Residents were annoyed enough that we were losing such a great work of art but then there was this whole secrecy and these strange channels through the Design Commission.” The other side says, no no no – it was announced in the City Record in November. Good news for the statue itself – the president of Green-Wood (the statue’s new home) says conservation will be done on it come spring. It will get new landscaping, too!
Head to Surfside Bagels on Monday for free food and drink
Free bagels and coffee at Surfside Bagels in the Rockaways on Monday – all day! They are celebrating their grand re-opening after Hurricane Sandy. They make a cheese bagel that is good enough to get its own interview. So head on out there – should be a ton of fun!
Can you believe how warm it is today?!? After last week’s arctic freeze, today’s spring-like weather feels luxuriously scandalous. So what are you going to do to celebrate this hump day heatwave? Sit outside? Walk a little farther to the train? Grab a margarita? Let us know in the comments or via twitter at @queensnycity!
Image source: Phil Haas
Besides world-class tennis and a world-class venue, one highlight of the US Open this year has been the signature cocktail. Sweetly named the Grey Goose Honey Deuce, it’s a mixture of lemonade, vodka, and black raspberry liqueur – garnished with three adorable honeydew melon balls to get you into the tennis spirit.
The drink, which is sold at the concession stands inside Arthur Ashe Stadium and at Grey Goose Bar in the outdoor plaza, comes in a US Open 2012 tumbler that you can keep. The collectible cup lists all of the champions, men and women, from 1968 to 2011.
If you didn’t get tickets to the Open this year, try making your own Honey Deuce at home while you watch the finals on TV. This video from the Wall Street Journal reveals the recipe.
Image source: sukhchander on Flickr
We’re curious to know about the best thing you did this past summer – did you take time off? Explore Queens? Spend time away from the city? Let us know in the comments or on twitter at @queensnycity!
One of the best things about summer in Astoria is the arrival of the Watermelon Icy, a frozen slushy drink made at Waltz-Astoria on Ditmars Blvd. It’s basically watermelon and ice ground up with a little sugar.
They pulverize it all together in a high powered blender (looks like a Vitamix) then pour it into a glass with a domed lid (because there’s so much in each serving they have to mound it on top).
The Aquatic Center at Flushing Meadows Corona Park (GMAP) is home to a gigantic, 25M by 50M swimming pool, the first indoor public pool built in the city for more than 40 years. While it was built as part of a failed bid by the city to host the Olympics, the pool has certainly become a boon for New Yorkers trying to escape the heat. The pool is in the new Flushing Meadows Corona Park Natatorium and Ice Rink building. When it opens later this year, it will be the biggest recreational complex ever built in a city park.
Where to go for your next beach escape? There are lots of guides to finding the right Queens beach for a weekend getaway — Queens Mamas lists great beaches for kids, Huff Post lists a number of restaurants and activities on the peninsula, and Gothamist’s 2011 guide is rich with photos of good eats, architecture, and local dives. We’ll tell you how to get there, what to bring, and where to eat once you’ve made enough sandcastles to work up an appetite.
Rockaway Beach and Boardwalk – This beach is the easiest to access via subway. That means it’s where everyone else is headed too, which has its benefits — especially in the form of yummy goodness at Rockaway Taco and Veggie Island, and from the Shore Fruit bike kabob ladies. The masses generally pack in between Beach 85th and Beach 110th Streets, so if you want more peace and less party, we recommend either the swimming beach at Beach 60th Street or the end of the boardwalk past Beach 115th Street. The city-owned Rockaway Beach is super long, so take advantage of that fact to find your own spot to enjoy for the day. (GMAP)
What to bring – All you really need is your towel and your suit; you can pick up lunch, snacks, surfboards, and more in the neighborhood
Who to take – Everyone you know, including your foodie friends and your boogie-boarding kids
How to get there –
- A train to Beach 57 St or beyond
- A train to Broad Channel; transfer to S (shuttle) train to Beach 90 St or beyond
- Q52/Q53 bus from Woodside, Elmhurst, or Forest Hills
- Rockabus shuttle from Williamsburg
With alluringly textured sculptures that make the “Do Not Touch” signs exasperating, and serene indoor and outdoor spaces that create those “Are we really in NYC?” moments, the Noguchi Museum should be on your list of places to visit in Long Island City.
For free admission and extra entertainment, stop by on the first Friday or second Sunday of the month to take part in the museum’s public programs.
First Fridays, dubbed Summer Nights in the Garden, feature film screenings, art discussions, and a cash bar in the courtyard from 5:30 to 8:00pm. This Friday, July 6, the two films are about a transformative architecture program and creating an urban farm at PS1.
Second Sundays, called Music in the Garden, offer live music performances from 3:00 to 6:00pm. The next installment on Sunday, July 8, will feature a postclassical string quartet.
See the event listing for venue information and directions.
Image source: Flickr – user Jules Antonio
Joanna Eng is a Sunnyside-based writer covering arts, culture, and all things green. She loves biking, books, public parks, and Southeast Asian vegetarian food.