From the Queens Mayoral Election Forum held this Thursday at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Candidates were given 90 seconds to response to a series of questions, including their views on preserving city parks in Queens.
…At the Queens Plaza station on the E, M and R lines, artist Ellen Harvey asks riders to imagine that they are gazing skyward at the 360 degree view that surrounds the station. In her series of mosaic murals, entitled Look Up, Not Down (2005), Harvey celebrates the romance and nostalgia of the skyline as seen from this Queens neighborhood. Harvey’s work here demonstrates shows hope and resilience, with the shining sun marking the former location of the World Trade Center. In years to come, as the city continues to reinvent itself, the mosaics will serve as a view of a past moment in time.
Finally made the very worthwhile trip to Ridgewood to taste this Pho Ga at Bun-ker Vietnamese. The smoked shallot broth with Bo Bo chicken takes almost eight hours to prepare, and I would find it hard to believe there is a better ‘chicken noodle soup’ anywhere else around. The banh mi (with 5 spice house smoked pate), banh xeo (crispy egg crepe with bacon and veggies), crab spring rolls, creamed taro leaves, tomato garlic fried rice… well, everything was beyond exceptional. Even the artichoke iced tea. But this noodle soup I will dream about. www.bunkervietnamese.com
The Knockdown Center in Maspeth, Queens, is like DIA:Beacon + Roberta’s + The Foundry + post-apocalyptic landscape. Gallery here on papermag.com. It’s a 3-acre complex that used to serve as a glass factory but now hosts events and happenings and projects.
Millionaire Realty on Astoria Boulevard (near Crescent) still sports the old alphanumeric telephone exchange. Here, AS for Astoria — AStoria4-5500. Millionaire has been here for a long time—but then again, you can tell that simply by looking at it.