Why go nuts with green walls and complicated climate control systems when you can just fill your garage with hanging potted plants? The owner of a taxi hub in Queens thought along the same lines when he decided to stuff his mechanic’s shop with around 1,000 plants. His reasoning? Cleaner air. Since all of his cars are hybrids already, he’s just doubling up on a good effort.
Before you ask, yes, every plant is hand-watered twice a week—which sounds like a full-time job in itself. —MN
Are you a fan of $1 bbq sticks on the street? If so, try your hand at this DIY bbq space in Flushing. Ming Qing BBQ lets you grill your own chicken, lamb, beef, or pork skewers. Spices are left to your discretion. Use the cumin, red pepper flakes, and garlic.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, here’s one of my favorite artists, Blanca Narvaez of Tropisec, showing off her dried fruit boxes at last week’s Queens Taste. Find her humble, pretty creations at tropisec.com and frequently at Queens craft and food markets.
Dessert is not to be missed at the newly renovated and version two of restaurant Arunee Thai Cuisine in Jackson Heights. Try the fried ice cream and fried banana rolls with honey. If you like Filipino turon, you’ll love Arunee Thai’s version.