Strange Selections

We know the NYPD should be busy these days addressing its tense relationship with the City’s minority communities. But if any officer out there has a free moment, it might be smart to examine how Cop of the Year awards are given out. Case in point: Officer Philip LeRoy of the 114th Precinct in Astoria, […]

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Musicians Of Queens: Ekra

Musicians Of Queens: Ekra

The Queens husband/wife duo of Ekra describes their musical style as “okapi,” after the African mammal. Also called the zebra giraffe, they are known for their distinct, strikingly lined markings. Like those animals, Ekra stands out with a unique signature. The band plays experimental music that dips into the waters of shoegaze or progressive rock, […]

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Tallying Up The Write-Ins

A listing of the write-in votes for the Governor’s race shows that some people really like to waste their vote. While most New Yorkers voted for the two major candidates running for the seat, incumbent Gov. Andrew Cuomo or Republican candidate Rob Astorino, there were others who wrote in, let’s say, people that were not […]

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They’re Not Real, But They Are From Queens

Maybe your neighbors are more interesting than you thought. A list compiled by New York City movie location scout Nick Carr, which pointed out all the real-life buildings that sitcom characters have inhabited throughout the City, got us at QConf thinking about the fictional population of the Borough. Carr’s list is fairly light on Queens, […]

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Spin City

Is it art or political commentary? A window display at SAKS 5th Avenue has Rumplestiltskin emerging from City Hall to spin some straw into gold. Could the retail landmark be making a comment about Mayor Bill de Blasio’s press policies…?

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Musicians Of Queens: Silverteeth

Musicians Of Queens: Silverteeth

If you listen to “Shoes” by Ridgewood’s Silverteeth, you will hear an energetic, hook-laden number that sounds like The Strokes playing surf rock. The combined efforts of singer/guitarist Bill Bartholomew, singer/bassist/keyboardist Gabriela Rassi and drummer Keith Robinson create instantly catchy songs that effortlessly float through the speakers. Bartholomew and Rassi first met each other in […]

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Dromm’s Balloon Bash

A QConf reporter spotted an inbox gem this week by way of Councilman Daniel Dromm. Ahead of his birthday fundraiser on Dec. 4, the Jackson Heights elected sent out a delightfully weird invitation, featuring his head superimposed on three colorful balloons. The legislator’s floating face seems to follow you as you scroll through the otherwise […]

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“Times” For An Intervention

It is time for us at QConf to have an intervention with the Grey Lady. It has become apparent that the New York Times has developed an obsession with publishing stories about the “up and coming” Borough that is Queens, often writing about how hordes of young people are flocking to Queens because of the […]

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Blowing The Case

Last week, Brooklyn Judge Pamela Chen rejected a plea from the Long Island City company Phoenix Beverage to force Exxon Mobil to clean up a methane gas leak on Review Ave that dates back to an oil refinery in the 1970s and 1980s. Phoenix’s lawyers argued that the leaking gas from waste oil could explode […]

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