Astoria Parents Work For A Better Playground

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Despite its cracked concrete, exposed tree roots and plastic bags rolling past like tumbleweeds, the Astoria Heights playground and park is packed and busy on weekend mornings. Several neighborhood parents who have been disturbed by the debris and dangerous conditions at the playground have joined in an effort to make […]

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Ready For Belmont

  California Chrome, winner of the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, arrives at Barn 26 at Belmont Park on May 20, where he will be stabled and worked out in preparation for the Belmont Stakes. He is being led into the barn by assistant trainer Alan Sherman, son of California Chrome’s trainer Art Sherman. Photo […]

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Block Festival Showcases LIC Food And Culture

BY JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Vernon Boulevard will buzz this Saturday during LIC Springs!, a community block festival organized by the Long Island City Partnership. The Long Island City Partnership advocates for the economic development of Long Island City. Its focus is on the area as a mixed-used community, meaning it promotes development in a […]

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‘Elijah’ To Be Performed At Queens College

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The Queens Choral Society will help wrap up Queens College’s spring semester with a concert of “Elijah” by Felix Mendelssohn. Taking place on May 17 at 7:30 p.m. in Colden Auditorium, nearly 300 musicians from the Queens College Choral Society, Choir, Women’s Choir and Orchestra will come together for this […]

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Queens Actor Returns In ‘Cabaret’ On Broadway

It’s hard to get roles on Broadway yet some excellent performers are always employed.  One such performer is the talented Queens-born Danny Burstein, who won accolades for his work last year in Talley’s Folly. This year, the talented Burstein has returned in the revival of “Cabaret” at Studio 54 as the Jewish fruit vendor Herr […]

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Review: Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill

Queens-native Audra McDonald has won five Tony Awards for her work on Broadway. She’s been recognized for her extraordinary singing as well as her skillful acting. Now in a limited-run performance as Billie Holiday in “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill,” she is once again thrilling audiences and generating Tony buzz. Playwright Lanie Robertson […]

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Barbara Cook Ends Kupferberg Season

BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer The 2013-2014 season of Kupferberg Presents will wrap up this weekend with a Broadway legend. Barbara Cook will present an evening of tunes and tales at Colden Auditorium on May 10 at 8 p.m. Her concert is the last one for this season of Kupferberg Presents, which is ending along […]

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Flea And Food Expands To Astoria

By JACKIE STRAWBRIDGE Staff Writer Long Island City Flea and Food has expanded to Astoria. For eight consecutive Sundays this summer, Astoria Flea and Food will bring international and local cuisine, as well as antiques, crafts, art and fashion to the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios. Long Island City Flea and Food, which occupies […]

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Finback Brewery To Open On Saturday

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Bottoms up! After months of building and perfectly crafting its headquarters, Finback Brewery will open its doors on May 10. The brewery’s co-founders, Basil Lee and Kevin Stafford, will host the grand opening this weekend, beginning at 2 p.m. Although there will not be anything extra special for the brewery’s […]

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