Legendary Rock Shows at Forest Hills Stadium


May 1, 1964: Teenaged girls, after waiting through the night at the Forest Hills Music Festival for tickets to go on sale for The Beatles. —Associated Press


The Replacements took the stage at the Forest Hills Stadium in Queens, one year after the venue reopened for concerts. Built in 1923, the amphitheater-shaped stadium was part of the West Side Tennis Club and home of the U.S. Open.

The stadium was relaunched last summer after renovations, and modern icons are returning to the site to give sold-out performances. Since 2013, headliners have included Mumford and Sons, the Zac Brown Band, Modest Mouse, and Drake. This season wraps up with the Replacements tonight and Phil Lesh and Friends on Sunday.

“It’s still intimate because of the horseshoe,” added Luba. “It’s half the distance to the stage than at comparable stadiums.” Continue Reading ›

ALL HAIL THE QUEEN(S) A Love Letter To New York’s Hottest Borough



Brooklyn may get the lion’s share of New York’s non-Manhattan glory, but Queens dwellers (including this author) know their borough is pretty damn special. What it lacks in plethoras of hipster-filled, exposed-brick cafes, artisanal charcuterie plates, and indie bookstores, it makes up for with vibrant art scenes (RIP, 5POINTZ), searing urban landscapes, and off-the-hook affordable ethnic eats that’re the welcome result of living in the city’s epicenter for cultural diversity.

Here’re 20 reasons (most of which you can go do) why Queens is actually the best borough. NO Jersey, you’re not a borough. Stop it. Warm Up at MoMA PS1

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Top 15 FOR THE YEAR 2015

  MANHATTAN — The rise of glittering new condos for billionaires and the decline of homes priced under $1 million set the tone for New York’s residential real estate market in 2014. Now, there’s a slowdown in sales for the pricey new condos, while the appetite for lower-priced apartments has only grown stronger. Expect a shift in the strategies of developers in 2015, including a focus on all things smaller, whether in the luxury market or in the rental market, with buzz about micro units and shared suites for roommates. We asked some real estate experts to share their 2015 forecasts:

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 What is the QueensWay?

The QueensWay is a community-led effort to transform a blighted, 3.5 mile stretch of abandoned railway in Central Queens (Rego Park, Forest Hills, Woodhaven, Richmond Hill, and Ozone Park) into a new linear park and cultural greenway. At this time, a team of consultants are conducting a feasibility study and planning process, to identify options for converting the abandoned railway into a pedestrian and bike path, incorporate cultural and community programs, and connect the adjacent neighborhoods to each other and to Forest Park. Continue Reading ›