After a successful 2015 The Queens International Night Market is Back!!!

It doesn’t feel like it now, but one day the snow mountains will crumble and we’ll once again be free to roam without fear of drowning in a slush lagoon. And here’s some timely news to put you in a spring-like mood: the Queens International Night Market is returning to the borough this spring! The delicious and popular weekly event will debut for its second season on April 23rd, taking up residence once again at the NY Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park following a brief sojourn to Jamaica, Queens late last season. Continue Reading ›

Eating Up Food Halls

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More than 500 years ago, Algonquin Indians were trading meat and crops on an area along the Hudson River in Chelsea. In 1993, developer Irwin Cohen paid $9 a square foot for a rundown complex on that same spot and four years later he debuted the Chelsea Market, a gourmet food and shopping hall. At the time, retail rents at the Chelsea Market were $25 per square foot. Today, they are well over $100 per square foot, according to news reports. And the Chelsea Market has spawned roughly a dozen food halls. Continue Reading ›

It’s in Queens! (January 15 through January 20 with One Bonus Event)

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A member of Gospel music’s royal family performs in Flushing this week. Maybe he’ll attend a new exhibit on the King of Jazz in Corona while in town. Then again, maybe he’ll participate in a ping pong/art project. Or he might check out a new documentary on Jackson Heights after listening to live music by Cuban rappers, an Irish folk legend, a jazz pianist, and the Iroquois. Here’s the rundown. Continue Reading ›

Quooklyn: The Rise of Ridgewood and Why Your Friends Will be Moving There

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Among neighborhoods primed to be the next untapped frontier, Ridgewood isn’t a newcomer. This low-key community on the western border of Queens has seen a steady migration of L-train riders, including the young and restless fleeing Williamsburg and professionals looking for a safe, accessible, quiet ‘hood to call home. In New York City, where every square foot vies for “next big thing” status, Ridgewood is a smart alternative to its headline-stealing North Brooklyn neighbors, Bushwick and Williamsburg, for anyone looking to invest in an up-and-coming residential area. Continue Reading ›

Kew Gardens: Tucked Away Yet Central With A Young, Laid-Back Vibe


Kew Gardens is a neighborhood that knows how to blend and balance. It mixes the old with the new, is quiet despite its location in central Queens, and has an old village vibe juxtaposed with a young crowd.

Tidy, well-kept lawns, storybook-style homes and quiet leafy blocks give the area charm. A stroll around the neighborhood will offer winding roads and hilly blocks where Victorians, Tudors and wood-frame homes are nestled. Even its main commercial corridors Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue exude a village-like aura in their architecture and friendly mom-and-pop establishments and chain stores, where the staff knows the regulars names. Continue Reading ›



For those looking to escape the city without leaving it completely behind, Forest Hills is perfect.

This Queens neighborhood is quiet enough to raise a family, but close enough to Manhattan (about a 30-minute subway ride from midtown) to raise a ruckus. Continue Reading ›



Kew Gardens is a compact, central neighborhood in Queens that often gets overshadowed in the home-buying search by its western neighbor, Forest Hills.  “When I’m working with clients with lower price points, I always recommend this neighborhood,” says Terrace Sotheby’s broker GiGi Malek, who adds that this is an especially attractive neighborhood for home buyers interested in the freestanding Tudor homes of Forest Hills and Forest Hills Gardens. Continue Reading ›

New Magazine to Capture ‘Spirit’ of Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens


A new magazine slated to start publishing this spring, will try to capture various achievements of the community living in Central Queens, the organizers said.

The publication, called “District 29 — Rego Park-Forest Hills-Kew Gardens,” is meant to “highlight the beauty, grace and spirit of the community,” said Yvonne Shortt, executive director of the Rego Park Green Alliance Studio, a nonprofit promoting community-oriented initiatives, who came up with the idea.  Continue Reading ›

Forest Hills’ 10 Most Scrumptious Eateries


Forest Hills, a thriving Queens neighborhood located just a few train stops away from Manhattan, contains many points of interest which includes its abundance of American and ethnic cafés and restaurants. Metropolitan Avenue and Austin Street, Forest Hills’ two main shopping strips, are a haven for delicious dishes and tasty desserts. Continue Reading ›