Though we're currently being treated to a final wintry blast, spring is officially here. As the last piles of exhaust-blackened snow melt away, the city's biggest borough plays host to a number of food-related events. Here, we preview the coming season of eating and drinking in Queens.
The planners of the St. Patrick's Day parade continue their baffling insistence on banning LGBT groups from participating openly, but the bigoted policy has had at least one happy side effect: Since 2000, in response to the parade's exclusionary practices, Sunnyside and Woodside have played host to ... More >>
Back in early November we found ourselves in a long-closed pool hall in Sunnyside, Queens, a sprawling--just guessing here--1,000,000 sq. ft. party warehouse that the owners rented out on occasion. We were there for a Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings video shoot. The song, "Stranger to My Happiness," wa ... More >>
Though it's a roving taco truck, Tacos El Vagabundo's (Queens Plaza at 40th-41st Street, Sunnyside, 347-276-4522) presence in Sunnyside, Queens is abiding. Every night of the week "The Vagabond" parks on Queens Plaza between 40th and 41st Streets, operating as a nighttime rapid-fire hot-line of burr ... More >>
These are the best jazz shows in NYC in September. Orrin Evans Pianist Orrin Evans of Philadelphia recently co-founded the artist collective Likemind, and for six nights at Jazz Standard (Sept. 3-8) he'll give a good idea of its breadth and purpose. He opens with Tarbaby, a quartet featuring renown ... More >>
What costs a quarter of a million dollars and vibrates at frequencies that only incontinent birds can hear? You guessed it! It's all the upgrades coming to Queens subway stations, from metal spikes to low-voltage wires to ward off shitting pigeons, an existential threat to Queens commuters according ... More >>
Hey everybody, did you know print is "dying"? Gee, I sure didn't. Anyway, slow print sales affect more than just local newspapers and national glossies. Joseph Liesner of Sunnyside, Queens is shutting down his 30-year-old comic bookstore business. The 80-year-old says business just isn't what it use ... More >>
Representatives from the city's Transport Workers Union say that the solutions to reducing subway deaths are simple, but the MTA doesn't want to spend the money. At yesterday's emergency hearing on subway deaths called by city councilman James Vacca, the MTA unveiled a large-scale public education ... More >>
In New York City, only the strong restaurants survive. Or the ones with amazing food, cult followings, lots of great press, and a whole slew of other factors. For those keeping tabs, here's a list of restaurants that opened and closed in January.
Police have released surveillance footage of the woman suspected of pushing a man to his death last night in front of an approaching No. 7 train at a Queens subway station. The video shows the suspect frantically fleeing the 40th Street/Lowery Street station in Sunnyside, Queens. Several witness ... More >>
The bicycles are comin'! The bicycles are comin'!Yesterday, the New York City Department of Transportation released the initial 420 bike share station locations for the program that will unleash (eventually) 10,000 bikes onto the already crammed streets of New York by 2013. Influenced by NYU's ... More >>
Thanks to a devastating blackout six years ago, biking in Queens in 2012 might become a little bit easier. In 2006, a major electrical power outage hit Western Queens in a damaging nine-day blackout that impacted 174,000 people in the borough. Six years later, those neighborhoods in Queens are ... More >>
Lauren BloombergPlease cheese. Queens will dairy up like this Stamford locale. Queens county is growing into a major culinary player. It has its own BBQ house (LIC's John Brown Smokehouse), a lauded fusion restaurant (Sunnyside's Salt & Fat), and now...it's own Fairway Market.
Partial Comfort's After tracks the life of an exonerated man
By way of Evil Reads comes what are surely the best postcards ever written by a child to a mayor about library budgets. NYC libraries have been up against a $40 million proposed budget cut -- the worst cut in their 100-year history -- and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer of Sunnyside, Queens, init ... More >>
Not since my last date with a sadomasochist have I been so desperate to leave a show at intermission, only to cheer so loudly at the very end. Yes, the David Cromer-directed revival of John Guare's 1966 black comedy The House of Blue Leaves is that kind of schizo experience. For the absurdi ... More >>
Salt & FatIt was only a matter of time (and rents) before this happened, but little bits of Queens are starting to look like little bits of Brooklyn.
The sel momo at Mustang Thakali Kitchen -- much better than Dunkin' Donuts. This countdown is intended to be a bit different from the other "10 Best" lists, specifically reflecting the places I return to again and again in Queens on my own dime, long after I've critiqued them. The food is co ... More >>
If you're a New Yorker, you've likely complained about your awful cell phone service at some point. It's part of living in a city where people live on top of people, under huge buildings, and they're all screaming into expensive, overheated little machines radiating someone else's screaming i ... More >>
In a city of slumlords and broke-ass apartment buildings, these stand out.
Yes In My Backyard is a semiweekly column showcasing MP3s from new and emerging local talent. Lo-fi sunshine stealers Beachniks make music so radiant, enthusiastic, and joyful that it's almost confrontational. An extended, sunburned arm of New York's thriving post-kiwi jangle-punk scene, the ... More >>
This morning Transportation Alternatives did its 8th Annual Great NYC Commuter Race, matching a commuter on foot and public transportation and a commuter using taxis (?) against a commuter on a bicycle. Their course went from Sunnyside, Queens to Columbus Circle in Manhattan. TransAlt specified to ... More >>
Let there be light meals! Welcome to our choice summer fare.
Our restaurant critic goes hunting on Roosevelt Avenue
Tortas and Whiskey together in Sunnyside
New Latin American thrash venue shreds open in Queens
The people who tried to sell you the world's most expensive stadium
Outside is the perfect setting to cure all that ales you
It's forever Sunnyside on Saint Patty's Day
Political Parties Divide Judicial Spoils in Queens
Big Design for the Small Space
Silicon Alley Looks to Expand in Bloods' Long Island City
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The mayor unveils a new weapon for the war on arts funding