Image source: Azugaldia via Wikimedia Commons

Google Glass has made quite a splash on the scene in the past week. It’s basically a device that resembles eyeglasses, that sits on your head – like eyeglasses – and allows you to use the technology hands-free and interact with it using natural language voice commands (“OK Glass, take a picture!” And the photo is taken).

Time Out New York has taken it upon itself to come up with some additional elements that would really appeal to New Yorkers, and it’s pretty funny stuff.


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.


This morning we took a look at Time Out New York’s Most stylish New Yorkers 2013: New York fashion guide, and were curious to see if they gave Queens any love. Lo and behold, they did… two people made their list and they were not 20-something folks in Astoria or LIC, but in Woodside and Forest Hills!

The two most stylish persons include Marc Williamson, 42, Woodside; co-owner of JJ Hat Center and Pork Pie Hatters (a partnership with JJ Hat Center).

Image source: TONY


Gifts and giving in December

If you can believe it, we’re just about to fall into December, and are in the home stretch on the way to next year. If you are in the midst of holiday shopping, take a look at our guide to holiday markets in Queens (we’ve updated it since we first published it) as well as our guide to Queens nonprofit giving. Also, there’s Secret Sandy:

Know a family who is still without power or internet, and could use a little extra help this holiday? Download our Dear Secret Sandy letter for them to fill out with their children, and mail the completed form back to us by Saturday, December 8th (or help register them online!).

Rockaway W.I.S.H.

More on the hurricane relief efforts happening at the Belle Harbor Yacht Club (they’re the ones with the solar generator), led by Rockaway W.I.S.H. (Women Inspired to Support and Help).


Big Easy to the Big Apple

We loved this story about NOLA firefighters coming up to the Rockaways to help with Hurricane Sandy relief, given back to NYC, who sent firefighters down to help after Hurricane Katrina. It’s a wonderfully heartwarming story and might make you a little misty (don’t worry, just people you have something in your eye).

Wiggly tracks on the way to Broad Channel

Check out this recent shot of the state of the subway tracks on the way to Broad Channel. Yikes.

Image source: Gateway National Recreation Area Facebook page

TONY sizes up Queens attractions

Time Out New York has put out their “best of” list when it comes to the city’s best attractions, and they did give some love to Queens. The usual suspects made it onto the list, like MOMA PS1, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and MOMI, but we think the Noguchi Museum and the US Tennis Center should have been on there, too. Oh well. We’ve listed their choices and given our own descriptions. Check it out!