Archive for September, 2009

Citizen Kane at Moving Image Masterpieces October 1st

Posted on September 24, 2009. Filed under: Flushing/Corona, Movies | Tags: , , |

Here is an email I received from the Museum of the Moving Image. While they are reconstructing the theater in Astoria- films have been dispersed citywide throughout various theaters in Manahttan and Queens. Here is an event series you won’t want to miss!

The first screening is Citizen Kane Thursday, October 1, 7:30 p.m.- click the link below to find out the full fall movie schedule!

October 1–November 19, 2009


The first collaboration between Queens Theatre in the Park and Museum of the Moving Image, this series brings international classics to audiences in the former New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadow Corona Park on six Thursday evenings. All films will be presented in digital projection on a big screen, in the 464-seat auditorium of Queens Theatre in the Park. A sampling of half a dozen of the greatest, must-see films of all time, Moving Image Masterpieces is the first dedicated film program to be presented by Queens Theatre in the Park. Each screening will be introduced by David Schwartz, chief curator of Museum of the Moving Image, who organized the series.

Queens Theatre in the Park is located in Flushing Meadow Corona Park. Tickets are $8 per film for Museum members and $10 per film for non-members ($8 per film with a multi-film discount). A special introductory film series pass for all six films is available for $30.”

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Oktoberfest in Queens

Posted on September 23, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, BBQ, Cheap Dining, Free, Outdoor Seating/Patio | Tags: , , |

Celebrate Oktoberfest this weekend at the old standby- the Bohemian Beer Garden, drink beer in rain or shine!

“Doors open at 12 noon, rain or shine, under our huge outdoor tents. Enjoy your favorite beer and plenty of food. Live entertainment. Free – no admission charge.”


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Queens Restaurant Week 2009 Oct 5th -Oct 15th

Posted on September 23, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Elmhurst, Flushing/Corona, LIC, Restaurant Week, Woodside/Sunnyside |

Here is a comprehensive list of restaurants from Edible thanks edible!

Local718 recommends- Seva, Ponticello (Astoria) Q Thai Bistro (Forest Hills) and Donovans Pub (Woodside) La Vuelta (LIC)

“Enjoy special menus at more than 75 borough spots for just $25.”


Aegean Cove, 20-01 Steinway St., Astoria, 718-274-9800

Balu Café, 37-11 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-626-2258

Barril Grille, 30-18 Broadway, Astoria, 718-545-8498

Bizaare Avenue Café, 35-01 36th St., Astoria, 718-937-1234

Campagnola Cucina Italiana, 36-02 35th Ave., Astoria, 718-392-8989

Cavo, 42-18 31st Ave., Astoria, 718-721-1001

Christos Steakhouse, 41-08 23rd Ave., Astoria, 718-777-8400

Fresh Juice Bar & Health Eatery, 38-01 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-626-3737

Gandhi Haute Cuisine of India, 34-14 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-956-7555

Las Margaritas, 38-01 Broadway, Astoria, 718-777-1707

Mezzo Mezzo, 31-29 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, 718-278-0444

Momento Bistro, 29-35 Newtown Ave., Astoria, 718-267-2771

Ovelia Psistaria Bar, 34-01 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-721-7217

Pinocchio Palace, 32-02 30th Ave., Astoria, 718-932-4976

Ponticello, 46-11 Broadway, Astoria, 718-278-4514

Portobello Pizzeria Restaurant, 43-18 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria, 718-204-8766

Punta Dura, 41-15 34th Ave., Astoria, 718-721-2137

Seva, 30-07 34th St., Astoria, 718-626-4440

Taverna Sophia, 34-21 34th Ave., Astoria, 718-626-0303

Time Café, 44-18 Broadway, Astoria, 718-606-0500

Zenon Taverna, 34-10 31st Ave., Astoria, 718-956-0133

Zlata Praha, 28-48 31st St., Astoria, 718-721-6422


Bourbon Street, 40-12 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-224-2200

Brian Dempseys, 39-31 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-631-3024

Cascarino’s Bayside, 39-17 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-7433

Donovan’s Grill & Tavern, 214-16 41st Ave., Bayside, 718-423-5353

Erawan Seafood and Steak, 13-41 39th Ave., Bayside, 718-229-1620

Erawan Thai Cuisine, 42-31 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-428-2112

Fino Wine & Tapas, 39-13 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-1330

Marbella, 220-33 Northern Blvd., Bayside, 718-423-0100

Papazzio, 39-38 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-1962

Plum, 47-39 Bell Blvd., Bayside, 718-229-7586

Terrace Diner, 212-97 26th Ave., Bayside, 718-224-4434


Bayview Restaurant & Catering Hall, 25 Van Brunt Rd., Broad Channel,718-634-4555


The Original Cascarino’s of College Point, 14-60 College Point Ave., College Point, 718-445-9755


Giardino, 44-37 Douglaston Pkwy., Douglaston, 718-428-1090


La Fusta, 80-32 Baxter Ave., Elmhurst, 718-429-8222


Pavilion Grille, 104-04 Ditmars Blvd., East Elmhurst, 718-269-1756


Deluge, 135-20 39th Ave., Flushing, 718-670-7400

Ice Fire Land, 135-11 40th Rd., Flushing, 718-886-8600

Mulan, 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing, 718-886-8526

Yuraku, 192-20 Northern Blvd., Flushing, 718-357-4309


Buenos Aires Tango, 111-08 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-520-6488

Family Restaurant, 110-80 Queens Blvd., Forest Hills, 718-520-1123

Garcia’s, 70-09 Austin St., 2nd flr., Forest Hills, 718-575-0002

Irish Cottage, 108-07 72nd Ave., Forest Hills, 718-520-8530

La Vigna, 100-11 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, 718-268-4264

Q Thai Bistro, 108-25 Ascan Ave., Forest Hills, 718-261-6599

Villa Isabella, 103-19 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills, 718-575-8999


Giannino Trattoria di Roma, 75-01 88th St., Glendale, 718-275-1730

Pizza Classica, 89-89 Union Tpke., Glendale, 718-847-5001

Simply Fondue, 71-19 80th St., Glendale, 718-416-3755


Saffron Restaurant Tapas Bar, 161-50 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, 347-392-4152

The Old Time Vincent Clam Bar & Italian Restaurant, 159-13 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, 718-835-4458

Vetro, 164-49 Cross Bay Blvd., Howard Beach, 718-843-8387


Delhi Palace Haute Cuisine of India, 37-33 74th St., Jackson Heights, 718-507-0666


O’Lavrador, 138-40 101 Ave., Jamaica, 718-526-1526


Austin Steak & Ale House, 82-70 Austin St., Kew Gardens, 718-849-3939

Cocina Latina, 125-22 Queens Blvd., Kew Gardens, 718-577-9800

Kyoto Japanese & Thai Restaurant, 153-11 Union Tpke., Kew Gardens Hills, 718-380-7777 (at Briarwood/Hillcrest)

Mood Restaurant & Lounge, 120-29 83rd Ave., Kew Gardens, 718-849-6663


La Baraka, 255-09 Northern Blvd., Little Neck, 718-428-1461


Court Square Diner, 45-30 23rd St., Long Island City, 718-392-1222

Da Gianni’s, 21-50 44th Dr., Long Island City, 718-707-0442

La Vuelta, 10-43 44th Dr., Long Island City, 718-361-1858

Renaissance Steakhouse, 27-34 21st St., Long Island City, 718-274-4590

Riverview Restaurant & Lounge, 2-01 50th Ave., Long Island City, 718-392-5000

Tournesol, 50-12 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, 718-472-4355

Waters’ Edge, The East River at 44th Dr., Long Island City, 718-482-0033


Luigi’s, 265-21 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park, NY 11040, 718-347-7136

Tavern 18, 265-11 Union Tpke., New Hyde Park, NY, 718-347-4846


Barosa, 62-29 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, 718-424-1455

Barosa to Go, 62-37 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, 718-424-1455

Ben’s Best, 96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park, 718-897-1700

London Lennie’s, 63-88 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, 718-894-8084

Woodhaven House Restaurant & Bar, 63-98 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park, 718-894-5400


Dazie’s, 39-41 Queens Blvd., Sunnyside, 718-786-7013


Castel Mare Ristorante, 21-64 Utopia Pkwy., Whitestone, 718-352-6738

Il Nocello Ristorante, 14-27 150th St., Whitestone, 718-767-9890

Villaggio, 150-07 14th Rd., Whitestone, 718-747-1111


Sapori D’ischia, 55-15 37th Ave., Woodside, 718-446-1500

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Art, Wine & Food Erase Borders in Queens Culture

Posted on September 22, 2009. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Entertainment, Flushing/Corona, LIC | Tags: , , , , , |

Black-eyed Susans look forward to fall

Black-eyed Susans look forward to fall

Fall has officially arrived. Here are a few ways you can celebrate the Autumn equinox in Queens


Long Island City: Le Fooding at PS1: Sept 25 & 26

PS1 Museum in Long Island City is hosting benefit for Action Against Hunger. It will be a smorgasbord of food, drink, art and music. Here are the details:

Le Fooding L’amour“12 chefs, three mixologists, two butchers, one ice-cream maker, two DJs, 15 graphic designers, a select vintner, a fine Champagne, some fromages and a mystery guest, to feast your senses and do some conscious good. Action Against Hunger can’t wait. Book your tickets on 100% of your ticket sales support Action Against Hunger’s humanitarian programs.”


Long Island City: Celebrate Oktoberfest early at the Studio Square Beer Garden (35-33 36th St) with live music- Undercover plays at 7pm


Astoria: Guest Chef night at Bistro33: Thursday September 24th $55 per person for reservations 718-721-1933

Guest chef George Rallis of Hellgate Social cooks up a special 5 course pre-fixe dinner. Here’s what’s on the menu:

Popcorn: sweetbread, brown butter, capers, yuzu aioli
Tuna Martini: tuna, avocado, Japanese pickle, Kirby cucumber, caviar & wasabi-yuzu-soy sauce
Sandwich: duck confit, wild mushroom
bread pudding
Salmon Tartare: sweet shallots, black summer truffles
devil’s food cake, peanut butter mousse, chocolate ganache


Astoria Street Fair: Astoria Merchants and Professionals Sunday Sept 27th Broadway between Crescent and 47th Street


Flushing: Queens Museum Of Art  presents Erasing the Borders an exhibition where east meets west in a cultural dispersal Queens, NY 11368 | (718) 592-9700

“The 27 artists in this exhibition trace their origins to the Indian subcontinent. They grapple with diverse subject matter, and meld Indian and Western colors and forms in many media, including painting, drawing, prints, photographs, C-prints, photomontage, video, sculpture and installation”

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Sinatra School Ribbon Cutting at Astoria Kaufman

Posted on September 21, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, LIC | Tags: , , , |


Tony Bennett cutting the ribbon for the new home of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Kaufman Astoria Studios

Today marked the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new home of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts at Kaufman Astoria Studios in Tony Bennett’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. The school, founded by Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto in partnership with the New York City Department of Education, was previously housed in temporary facilities in Long Island City. An enthusiastic crowd of parents, students and faculty members gathered on this warm September morning to celebrate the unveiling of the grand new addition to the neighborhood. The event commemorated the opening of the school’s first permanent home. Bennett cut the ribbon while standing along side Benedetto and friend Nancy Sinatra. In his speech during the ceremony Bennett praised Frank Sinatra, his inspiration and namesake for the school, and made special note to say that some of the greatest people live in Astoria, Queens. Following the ribbon cutting was the temporary renaming of  the corner of 36th street and 35th Ave to “Tony Bennett Plaza” in honor of the occasion.

The event brought celebrities, students and politicians together in a proud merger between the arts and the community of Queens. Co-founder of the school, Benedetto believes, “it makes sense for academics and art to thrive together” because when students learn about a specific ballet they are not only  “learning about performance art, but also about the history” of it. The school, known for its competitive admittance, consists of about 750 students citywide, but the majority of students, like Melissa Meckl, hail from Queens. Meckl, a senior focusing on drawing, said the auditions to get in were “nerve-racking” but is now happy that the school has a permanent home. Cynthia Roldan, also a senior, was at the event to gather photos and interviews for the school’s photojournalism club. Roldan was pleased with the new location saying it “has much more space and freedom”.

The Frank Sinatra School of the Arts is an ultra-modern space constructed on land donated by the Astoria Kaufman Studios. The exciting addition to the neighborhood includes an 800 seat theater called The Tony Bennett Concert Hall and a rooftop garden both of which will be used by the students and available for rent by the public. Bennett and Benedetto, also created Exploring the Arts, a nonprofit organization devoted to bringing fine arts to public schools.

Waiting to cut the ribbon (from left Peter Vallone I, Helen Marshall, George Kaufman, Nancy Sinatra, & Joel Klein)

Waiting to cut the ribbon (from left Peter Vallone I, Helen Marshall, George Kaufman, Nancy Sinatra, & Joel Klein)

Margot Allison & Melissa Meckl, seniors at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Margot Allison & Melissa Meckl, seniors at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts


36th Street & 35th Ave temporarily become Tony Bennett Plaza

Susan Benedetto, Tony Bennett & Quincy Jones

Susan Benedetto, Tony Bennett & Quincy Jones

Cynthia Roldan-Senior and member of the photojournalists club at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Cynthia Roldan- a senior and member of the photojournalists club at the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts

Entrance to the new and improved Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria

Entrance to the new and improved Frank Sinatra School of the Arts in Astoria

Co-Founders Tony Bennett & Susan Benedetto talking about the importances of arts in academics

Co-Founders Tony Bennett & Susan Benedetto talking about the importance of arts in academics

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Queens County Farm Corn Maze

Posted on September 17, 2009. Filed under: Floral Park, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Seating/Patio | Tags: , , |

Searching for Clues at the Amazing Maize Maze

Searching for Clues at the Amazing Maize Maze

Just another sign that autumn has officially begun-  it’s time for the Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm! The adventure is not only for kids, but adults will equally enjoy the event. Your iphone GPS system may get you through alphabet city, but this kind of roaming requires you to grab your flag and search for the hidden clues that will lead you to the finish line. Set far from the hustle and bustle of the city streets, getting lost in the corn has never been so much fun.

The season kicks off Sunday September 19th 11am-4:30pm  at Queens County Farm 73-50 Little Neck PkwyFloral Park, New York 11001 and will continue Saturdays and Sundays through November 1. Also on the farm event schedule is a haunted house, live animals, a hayride, hot apple cider, hotdogs and a pumpkin patch for creating that perfect jackolantern. Check website for details and dates.

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Waterpod Project in Flushing Queens

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Art, Flushing/Corona, Off the beaten path | Tags: , , |

Here is an update I received from the Queens Museum of Art for the Waterpod Project:

Waterpod Project will celebrate the closing of their amazing four-month journey with “Future of Mobility, Urbanity, and Water(pods)” at the World’s Fair Marina in Flushing, Queens from September 16 – 27th.” –Events taking place:

-From Tuesday, September 15 to Monday, September 28 Waterpod™ will be docked at the World’s Fair Marina (Parks) in Queens, with a focus on the future of mobility and mobile structures. Speakers will focus on architecture and the future, and also a geological and ecological assessment of Newtown Creek’s waters. We are open to the public Thursday 8 – 4 PM, Friday – Saturday – Sunday 11 AM – 7 PM, plus additional hours for special events and booked school tours. Hours may be subject to change due to environmental conditions.-

Check out the blog and more details about the art project and events here on the Waterpod website

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Note by Note Filmed in Astoria

Posted on September 15, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Music & Dance, Off the beaten path | Tags: , , |

Note by Note– The Making of Steinway L1037 is a documentary that captures the life of a Steinway piano from its humble beginnings in the factory, to its ostentatious display in the Manhattan showroom. On a desolate street in Astoria sits a typical looking factory  where men and women clothed in rugged jeans and t-shirts go every day to take part in the making of a Steinway. The craft requires such meticulous hands and eyes that each unique piece takes several months to construct. This beautiful film takes us on the year long  journey, documenting every step of the way, from conception to completion. I had the chance to witness this process first-hand on a recent tour of the factory (see photos below) The amount of craftmanship and dedication that goes into the art is astonishing. Each delicate maneuver of the instrument is just as refined as the notes that come out of it.

Steinway & Sons 1 Steinway Place, Long Island City, NY 11105 718-721-2600

Tuning a Steinway

Tuning a Steinway

Getting ready for the showroom

Getting ready for the showroom

Break time at the factory

Break time at the factory

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