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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.

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We were pretty happy to see this piece on beer in Queens from Time Out New York – places where you can drink it and places that brew it. It’s pretty heavily weighted on the western Queens side, where a lot of the micro/craft brew action is happening. On the drinking side, there’s Astoria Bier and Cheese – we were just in there the other night and it’s a really great space with really delicious beer; The Strand Smokehouse, who just got a new Executive Chef; and opendoor in LIC – Juan from beer-loving Sunswick is part of this endeavor.

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The Stran(drama) Smokehouse

We’ve heard mixed reviews about the food at newly opened The Strand Smokehouse in Astoria – glowing (“tender and juicy” regarding the roast beef, and “some of the most delicious in the city” regarding the biscuits as part of brunch) to more critical (“coagulated fat and tough skin” and “pulled pork and ribs — both were dry and not much flavor,” two reviews on Yelp). We’ve also heard about the neighbors who are frustrated by the noise and smoke coming from this establishment. The management has made some changes but will that be enough? You be the judge and check out what everyone has to say about it all.

Sandy Can’t Get Me Down

It was great to read about this LIC teacher who has decided to write a children’s book about Superstorm Sandy. It will be called Sandy Can’t Get me Down, and will be self-published later this month. The teacher, Marie Barret, who teaches at Public School 111, has been “collecting the stories of brave children on the Rockaway peninsula and weaving them into a book of hope.” Barret was inspired by their survival stories.

She previously wrote a book about hurricanes right after Hurricane Irene, called Ms. Irene is So Demanding. About the new book, she says, “The goal is to take away the fear of hurricanes. The book will allow children to talk about things that have happened during the storm they might not have been able to talk about before. The message is you can survive anything no matter how sad it is.”

Halletts Point development – what’s up with that?

We put together an overview of the Halletts Point development, which will bring 2,200 new apartments in 7 buildings to the Hallets Point peninsula that sticks out into the East River just south of Astoria Park. The area is far from the subway, there are few services like retail, but perhaps the new development will solve some of these challenges. The developers could theoretically break ground later this year. We’ve also included a lot of photos of the area to give you an idea of what’s there.

A Steinway-SingleCut pairing?!?

Looks like SingleCut is getting a piano! Rulpsen Singlecutbeer proclaims on Facebook, “We are currently receiving a ‘housewarming’ gift from our awesome neighbors down the street…” with this photo attached:

Image source: Rulpsen Singlecutbeer

That’s pretty cool! SingleCut is hosting live music, so this is a terrific match. Steinway pianos are some of the very best in the world (you can even take a tour of the Steinway factory, just up the street from the brewery).

Wildlife in Queens? Indeed!

This morning we asked our readers if they’ve spied any wildlife (not pigeons or squirrels, which are ubiquitous), and here are some of the answers we got on twitter and Facebook:

SangriaWhisperr: @QueensNYCity On my block in Astoria (38th St btwn Broadway & 34th) I’ve seen raccoons eating leftover halal and possums eating Mexican!

nyc8675309: @QueensNYCity did you see the hawk eating rat video from Flushing a few weeks back? http://t.co/beMUYFWL

sacsplace: @QueensNYCity Some people on the N train qualify as wildlife.

Voelker Orth Museum, Bird Sanctuary and Victorian Garden: Does “real deal” wildlife include cardinals, mockingbirds, and sparrows? We see many of these wild birds in our garden. They aren’t hawks, but they’re a little rarer than squirrels, pigeons, and feral cats!

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Image source: Village Voice

We’ve been keeping an eye on the continuing story of (to some) controversial The Strand Smokehouse, a new barbecue and liquor spot on Broadway in Astoria. We haven’t gotten to try much the food, as we’ve heard mixed reviews about it, but are looking forward to checking it out once they iron out the natural kinks that are present in so many new spots these days.

Reports on the meats range from glowing (“tender and juicy” regarding the roast beef, and “some of the most delicious in the city” regarding the biscuits as part of brunch) to more critical (“coagulated fat and tough skin” and “pulled pork and ribs — both were dry and not much flavor,” two reviews on Yelp).