Tag Archives: Queens

The Best Fast Food Burger In NYC – Petey’s Burger!

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One of the few job perks of being a location scout: the studio gives us $10 for lunch. Woo! The Scout Lunch is a look at some of my favorite restaurants in New York to spend that $10 at. Those in the know call it the In’N'Out of Queens. That alone should merit a trip to Astoria to what I ... Read More »

The Most Amazing Room In Queens

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Last week, I went the New York Hall of Science in Queens to take some scout pictures, my first time visiting. The Hall of Science was originally built for the 1964 World’s Fair, and while it’s gone through many renovations over the years, this oddly-shaped cement portion speckled with black dots clearly dates back to its heyday. Honestly, it’s not ... Read More »

The Spaceship Church In Queens

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Seeing the blue onion dome from a distance, you’d probably assume St. Nicholas to be your typical Russian church. But take a drive down Clintoneville Ave, and you’ll realize the truth… Someone has landed a spaceship in Queens and disguised it as a Russian Orthodox church. Read More »

The Prettiest Cab Stand In New York

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I swear I’ve gone by the Yakuel cab stand on 12th Street and the Queensboro Bridge a million times without ever looking inside. Other than the bright new paint job and the nice potted plants, it really doesn’t seem any different from most cab stands in this area of Queens. Except, the plants outside… …are nothing compared to what’s inside: ... Read More »

Someone Planted a Bicycle Garden in Queens!

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Note: this has since been removed. I was driving along Vernon Blvd in Queens when I spotted something you don’t usually see under the 59th Street Bridge… A bicycle garden! Or, to be specific, a row of flowers made out of old bike parts: Very inventive stuff – check out this sunflower… The group responsible for this “Urban Garden” is ... Read More »

Stumbling On A Prohibition-Era Bowling Alley Speak-Easy

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Note: this is no longer available for filming. I received a very unexpected email last week: We recently purchased a building in Ridgewood, Queens, and while clearing out the basement we discovered a two lane manual bowling alley in very good condition. We did some research and this basement was most probably a club during the prohibition era. Would you ... Read More »

45 Years Late to the World’s Fair

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By the time I got there, it was gone. The World’s Fair, you ask? Nope. I am referring to something far more unbelievable… That’s right: Queens once had an honest-to-God Parks Department-approved fountain named “Fountain of the Planet of the Apes.” And if that’s not odd enough, an identical fountain on the opposite side of the Queens Zoo was named ... Read More »

The Abandoned Farm Cemetery in Queens

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Staring down 54th Street from 31st Ave in Woodside, Queens, a street lined with boxy brick apartments and a scant bit of foliage, one would not expect to find one of the oldest cemeteries in New York nestled in amongst the buildings… But there it is, halfway down the block: the Moore-Jackson Cemetery, founded in 1733 (276 years ago) and ... Read More »