Playground Cleanliness

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder wants to clean up the streets – of the playground. Goldfeder wants Toys ‘R’ Us to ban a new toy called Kid-ffiti, which he believes has the power to turn a generation of would-be Da Vincis towards a life of crime. The toy packages stencils and spray chalk cans, designed to look […]

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Musicians Of Queens: The Gantry

Musicians Of Queens: The Gantry

  When you listen to The Gantry, you are instantly thrown back to old school American rock and roll, with passionate, folksy vocals, a tight rhythm section and sharp guitar playing. They sound like one of those bands that can offer something appealing to anyone. The Astoria band had a classic origin story as well. […]

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Pope Francis, Meet Mr. Met

Public Advocate Letitia James wrote a letter to Mayor Bill de Blasio requesting that serious consideration be given to hosting Pope Francis at Citi Field if he decides to accept the Mayor’s request to visit the City. She noted the state of the art facility, its prime location in Queens and easy access as reasons […]

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An Unfortunate Name

Steinway Street in Astoria is home to a number of hookah lounges, but one stands out a bit, given the turmoil in the Middle East. The Isis Hookah Lounge – named for the Egyptian goddess, not the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria – has a number of locations nationwide, including this Astoria spot. We […]

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Simply the Best Submission

We received more than 100 submissions for “Best of Queens” this year, detailing our readers’ favorite Queens establishments. But not everybody seemed to understand the point. One reader submission gave us some personal preferences, without listing any particulars. Some of this reader’s “bests” include: Breakfast: Eggs with sausage and harsh (sic) brown. Steak: I like […]

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Get a Whiff of Queens

You can now spray the smell of Queens on your body prior to leaving for work or before you go on a hot date. Bond No. 9, a Manhattan-based boutique store, is releasing a new perfume that pays tribute to the Borough in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the World’s Fair next month. […]

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Musicians Of Queens: Skyscraper Blu

Musicians Of Queens: Skyscraper Blu

The title of Skyscraper Blu’s new mixtape is “LABI,” which stands for “Living Above Basic Individuals.” For the Rosedale rapper though, that line is not a title, but his philosophy of standing out from the crowd. “It basically means being better than those who choose to live a life of mediocrity,” he said. When Blu […]

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Come And Knock On Our Door

During our cultural celebration last week, former Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. posed for this selfie with former QConf reporters Natalia Kozikowska and Trisha Sakhuja. With all the recent reboots of classic TV shows, we think this pic makes a great pitch for an updated version of the 1970s hit “Three’s Company.” The show would follow […]

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Malcolm In The Middle Of Political Conspiracy

At a debate in Jamaica last week, State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) said that the charges he is facing for attempting to bribe his way onto the 2013 Republican mayoral ticket are based on racially motivated officials attempting to gentrify Southeast Queens. He promised to provide names during his retrial in January, which would reveal […]

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