Musicians of Queens: Single Red Cent

Musicians of Queens: Single Red Cent

From the hallways of Queens high schools to some of the City’s most popular venues, the punk- and metal-inspired band Single Red Cent has developed their home-grown, high-energy sound over years of practice and performance. Vocalist Oscar Arias, a Bellerose native, and guitarist James Pagano, who grew up in Flushing, met at Benjamin Cardozo High […]

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Gabba, Gabba… Who?

According to City Council Member Donovan Richards’ (D-Laurelton) Twitter feed, the Queens councilman was caught telling members of the press that he had never heard of the Ramones. In response to the accusation, Richards tweeted: “Okay, I know the song at least, ‘Rockaway Beach.’” We here at QConf, were shocked to learn that Richards did […]

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How To Catch A Coyote

New York media has been abuzz about the coyote sighting on the roof of L.I.C. Bar in Long Island City last week. We here at QConf are still wondering about the unanswered questions. How did he get to Queens? Did he pay the toll to get over the Triboro – sorry, Robert F. Kennedy – […]

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Mr. den Dekker Goes To Washington

There’s a DenDekker leaving New York for D.C. But not the elected official, Assemblyman Michael DenDekker. We’re talking about former Mets outfielder Matt den Dekker. The baseball player den Dekker, was traded last week to the Washington Nationals for left-handed reliever Jerry Blevins. The trade served a purpose for both teams: the Mets got a […]

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Musicians Of Queens: Mike Bono

Musicians Of Queens: Mike Bono

Though the tempo may be quick and the audience buzzing, Astoria-based musician Mike Bono always wields his guitar with comfort, precision and originality. Listeners can expect both solid technique and unique melodic choices from this 23-year-old artist. The recent Berklee College of Music graduate has already brought his music to France, Ireland and California as […]

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Sugary Sponsor

Last week, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras hosted a Women’s Heart Health Expo in her district to raise awareness for coronary heart disease and to provide residents with blood pressure and cholesterol screenings, CPR training and healthy food prep demonstrations. We think all of that is terrific. It’s always good to provide the public with tips on […]

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Jazzhands Testifying

At a hearing last month of the City Council’s Cultural Affairs Committee, attendees could not hold back their excitement of the New York City arts world. The hearing, held on March 20 and featuring former Queens Museum head and now Department of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Tom Finkelpearl, discussed how the proposed budget would affect the […]

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Lost In LIC

It’s amazing the many types of treasures you will find on the streets of Queens. But here’s one thing even we jaded New Yorkers we weren’t expecting. While walking on Center Boulevard in Long Island City last week, we noticed a long white piece of plastic sliding across the sidewalk, It was a toothbrush- one […]

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Musicians Of Queens: Nina Sinikova

Musicians Of Queens: Nina Sinikova

If she weren’t a pianist and composer, Nina Siniakova might have been a philosopher. Her music, which is largely in the contemporary classical genre, explores the boundaries of life and love, theology and narrative. When asked about her composing techniques, the Little Neck-based artist described a thoughtful and almost monk-like process. “My composition process involves […]

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