Play Me, I’m Yours Public Art Project Places Pianos in Queens Parks

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Free, Jackson Heights, LIC, Music & Dance, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Recreation, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , , |

This summer, Play Me, I’m Yours is touring the New York City streets. The public art project is an artwork installation by British artist Luke Jerram and presented by Sing for HopeFrom 9am-10pm 60 pianos will be dispersed around the city parks from June 21-July 5. Take a walk through your neighborhood and show off your talent in these Queens parks:

  1. Athens Square Park (map)
  2. Gantry Plaza State Park (map)
  3. Hoffman Park (map)
  4. Jackson Heights Post Office (map)
  5. Rufus King Park (map)

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria Athens Square Park

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Read it and Weep- Save Queens Libraries!

Posted on June 18, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Elmhurst, Flushing/Corona, Forest Hills, Free, Jackson Heights, LIC, Rego Park, Ridgewood, Volunteer, Woodside/Sunnyside |

The sad little boy on the sidewalk looked up at me as he held his clipboard. He asked me if I wanted to help save the library by signing his petition. Indeed I do, and I did. The Queens Library is not just a place to check-out a book; it’s a place where your neighbors go to learn English. It’s a place school kids whose families can’t afford computers go to conduct research. It’s a place children and adults learn to read. It’s a place where immigrants can go to access employment opportunities. I used to spend countless afternoons at the library using the internet, writing my blog, searching for jobs, and reading. There is a proposed budget cut that would dramatically affect these necessities by shortening the hours of business and increasing lay-offs among library staff. You can help by signing a petition and making a donation on the Queens Library website.

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Mexican Food Trucks

Posted on November 7, 2009. Filed under: Cheap Dining, Elmhurst, Flushing/Corona, Mexican/South American |

100_1406 Eating in Translation guy has been lurking around Queens and here is what  he found in the way of trucks toting tasty food…

Tia Julia
Parked on Benham St. just south of Roosevelt Ave., Elmhurst, Queens
11:00-10:00; closed Thursday

tlacoyo, which resembles an unsealed, pan-fried turnover stuffed with beans (first two photos below; $2.50), or meat and potatoes, and dressed with sour cream, hot sauce, and grated cheese…and much more

El Idolo–  Parked on the south side of Roosevelt Ave. near 104th St., Corona, Queens (One of several trucks with this name)

…serves a taco arabe ($3), in which the tortilla is rolled around grainy, flavorful, chipotle-sauced pork. Rather than a corn tortilla, this Pueblan variation on the top-loaded taco employs a slightly thicker, wheat-flour wrap — introduced, say many stories that seem to spring from the same source, by an Iraqi emigrant in the 1930s.

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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 Queens.com 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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A Cold Wintour in Queens

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Elmhurst, Entertainment, Fashion |

Here is the Gothamist recap of Anna Wintour’s visit to the Queens Center Mall on September 1oth

Fashion's Night Out photo courtesy of Gothamist

Fashion's Night Out photo courtesy of Gothamist

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Anna Wintour in Queens Sept 10th

Posted on September 4, 2009. Filed under: Elmhurst, Fashion, Free |

High Fashion in Queens

High Fashion in Queens

In an effort to boost the NYC economy and encourage people to open their wallets in the name of fashion and Fashion’s Night Out, Anna Wintour Editor-in-Chief for American Vogue will be offering t-shirts to the first 50 customers at the Macy’s in Elmhurst on September 10th at 5pm, according to NYMagMichael Kors will also appear alongside Anna Wintour. They’ll sign Fashion’s Night Out T-shirts together at the Queens Center Macy’s in Elmhurst for the first 50 customers.

Put on your best threads and head out early to meet the Devil in Prada herself!

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