Queens Buzz .com  Log-In

 
Jackson Heights Attractions Elmhurst Attractions

Things To Do - Jackson Heights & Elmhurst


Lent Riker Homestead Jackson Heights - Colonial Houses Homes in Queens NYC | lent riker homestead jackson heights lent riker homestead colonial houses homes queens nyc
Lent Riker Homestead Jackson Heights - Colonial Houses Homes in Queens NYC

The Lent Riker Homestead

The Jackson Heights Jewel ... Home of Art, Theater & History

November 12, 2017 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood & Astoria Neighborhood / Jackson Heights & Astoria History Queens / Queens Buzz NYC.

On a Saturday afternoon in late October I made my way north to the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead on 19th Road near 77th Street which is a stones throw from LaGuardia Airport. Most folks think of the home as being in historic Jackson Heights, but technically it's located in the East Elmhurst neighborhood.

I had arranged to meet Marion Duckworth Smith, the owner and historic curator of the 1656 American Colonial home. The home, and an expansive yard which includes a family cemetery, is tucked away behind a wall of nature which gives the effect of passing through a time warp when you enter into the yard / home.

Marion provides a sort of genteel colonial charm which is both aristocratic and democratic in the same sitting. After brief introductions we started talking about the Rikers, the trials and joy of living in an historic home and pretty much everything else. In the photo above right stands Marion Duckworth Smith in the doorway leading to the main parlor in the historic, American Colonial, Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead.

The Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead & Marion Duckworth Smith

lent riker homestead jackson heights queens nycMarion was a photographer and a "Funny Face" model who met Michael Smith in the 1970's. They started dating in 1979 and on the second date Michael introduced Marion to a home he had purchased from a Riker descendant, which dated back to pre-revolutionary colonial times. Marion and Michael married and the home had finally attracted someone willing to give it the attention and care needed following what was possibly a century or more of neglect.

Marion became a combination of urban archeologist, Riker / Colonial historian and historic home / museum curator over the next four decades. And since her husband Michael's death on November 21, 2010, she added historic actress / colonial tour guide to her repertoire.

Marion and I sat in the main parlor for a bit talking about how she'd first come to the home and about her journey of discovery surrounding it ever since. While we talked, descendants of the Riker family were on their way to join us, having come from Texas to visit the home.



 
Chatpati Mela Jackson Heights - Chhaya's South Asian Indian Bangladeshi Celebration | chatpati mela south indian celebration jackson heights neighborhood indian dance bangladeshi music entertainment
Chatpati Mela Jackson Heights - Chhaya's South Asian Indian Bangladeshi Celebration

Chatpati Mela

Chhaya's Celebration Of South Asian Food, Fashion & Cultures

September 21, 2015 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Ethnic Culture In Queens / Queens Buzz.

It was a beautiful day as I made my way to 78th Playstreet in Jackson Heights to attend the 5th Annual Chatpati Mela Festival. Each year the festival seems to enhance its dimensions through food, performance, cultural costumes and wares.

They had a number of vendor tents lined up along the 78th Playstreet corridor [it ceased being a city throughway years ago], as well as food tents. Toward the northern end of the street there was a stage where musical and dance performances were in session.

Click here to see the food, fashion and a video of the music and dance performances at Chatpati Mela in Jackson Heights.



 
Passover Celebrations In Queens | passover in queens seders in queens lic jackson heights passover seders in jackson heights lic
Passover Celebrations In Queens

Passover in Jackson Heights

Kehillat Tikvah Celebrates 6th Passover in Queens

April 14, 2014 / Jackson Heights / Judaism in Queens / Queens Buzz.  On March 26th of last year I attended the fifth annual Kehillat Tikvah Tuesday evening at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church in Jackson Heights.  This Passover was hosted by Kehillat Tikvah, which is a relatively new community of hope, located in Jackson Heights.  Rabbi Laurie Gold led the evening of festivities.

I arrived around 6 pm as the organizers were finishing up last minute details for the event.  A U shaped table formation in the middle of the large room had been set, and there were containers of warm food laid out along a long table in front of the kitchen.  People within the community were conversing, and without much effort I was drawn into a conversation with the folks sitting next to me. 

Click here to read the rest of our report on the Kehillat Tikvah celebration of Passover in Jackson Heights.



 
Queens World Film Festival | queens world film festival queens world film festival jackson heights astoria lic
Queens World Film Festival

Queens World Film Festival

Queens Film Festival Begins

March 9, 2013 / Astoria, LIC & Jackson Heights / Film in Queens / Queens Buzz. I attended the 3rd annual Queens World Film Festival opening Tuesday night at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. As I arrived, independent film producers, directors, writers, actors and actresses mingled in the lobby.

A local TV film crew was interviewing one of the festival participants as I started mingling with the crowd. I met one man who has film showing Friday, another with a film showing Thursday, and a Belgian couple who co-produced a thirty second short that was to be shown at the opener tonight [they’re shown conversing with City Councilmembers Dromm and Van Bramer].

It wasn’t long before the festivities began, which included several speeches by sponsors [some are listed at the end of this report] and the Queens World Film Festival founders, Don and Katha Cato of Jackson Heights.



 
Queens World Film Festival | queens world film festival 2012 astoria jackson heights queens film festivals in queens astoria jackson heights
Queens World Film Festival

Queens World Film Festival

Queens World Film Festival 2013

February 12, 2013 updated from February 29, 2012 / Jackson Heights / Film in Queens / Queens Buzz.  The 2013 Queens World Film Festival runs March 5th through March 10th 2013.  Check the March events calendar in the Things To Do section of this site [see top tool bar] - for films, viewing times and location - as the event approaches.

I visited the home of Don and Katha Cato this past weekend. Don and Katha are the duo that are organizing the second annual Queens World Film Festival, which opens Thursday night, March 1st at the Museum of the Moving Image – and then returns to its home in Jackson Heights for the remainder of the weekend.

I spent hours talking to Don mostly about the films, and talking to Katha about film as well as various aspects of planning and organizing the film festival [they are shown in the photo to the right]. The following report includes a general overview of the Queens World Film Festival logistics, as well as many previews of the films that will be shown. The festival includes about twenty films by Queens based film makers. And who knows, perhaps one day one of them will be receiving their Oscar from the Academy in Hollywood.

Click here to read our report about the Queens World Film Festival 2012.



 
What's Playing At 78th Playstreet - Jackson Heights | 78th Playstreet travers park jackson heights queens world film festival jackson heights travers park 78th playstreet
What's Playing At 78th Playstreet - Jackson Heights

What's Playing At 78th Playstreet?

Closed Street Quickly Becomes Intrinsic Part Of Park

August 5, 2011 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. I went to check out Friday Night At The Movies, which spontaneously began the last week in July on 78th Playstreet next to Travers Park in Jackson Heights. Don and Katha Cato, organizers of the Queens World Film Festival, came up with the idea. And they implemented it with the help of a few friends, notably Elliott and Elena Madison of the Jackson Heights Green Alliance.

The weekly Friday Night At The Movies on 78th Playstreet will continue Friday, August 12th beginning at dusk [between 8 and 9 pm] at 78th Playstreet, which is adjacent to Travers Park and provides additional recreational space for families and kids living nearby in Jackson Heights.

Recycling Indie Films – New Green Initiative

The films being aired are from the first Queens World Film Festival. The films shown the night I attended included 38 minutes of shorts, and … Click here to read more about Friday Night At The Movies At 78th Playstreet.



 
Immigrant Movement - Where Art & Culture Meet | immigrant movement corona queens immigration movement jackson heights queens tania bruguera
Immigrant Movement - Where Art & Culture Meet

How To Start A Cultural Movement

Where Art & Culture Meet Immigrant Movement

May 1, 2011 / Jackson Heights & Corona / Ethnic & Religious Culture / Queens Buzz. I was out covering one story when I caught wind of another. The other was the Immigrant Movement which is an art / social experiment going on this year in the Corona neighborhood of Queens.

I happened upon it in late April when I noticed a large crowd standing outside of the Immigrant Movement building in Corona Queens. The crowd had an artsy look - a look I have happened upon in Corona only occasionally ... so far.

It seems the Immigrant Movement is a three party collaboration, lead by performance artist / social activist Tania Bruguera of Cuba. The project is funded by the Queens Museum Of Art which periodically takes avante garde art initiatives, as well as by Creative Time which is a modern art organization in the metro NYC area. This creative approach to art and culture was provocative enough to capture my curiosity, so I stepped through the doorway to find out more.

Click here to read more about the Immigrant Movement in Corona Queens.



 
Queens World Film Festival | queens world film festival jackson heights queens world film festival 2011
Queens World Film Festival

Queens World Film Festival

New Film Festival Debuts In Jackson Heights

March 2, 2011 / Jackson Heights / Queens Buzz. This report includes all the info about the first Queens World Film Festival in Jackson Heights, including a link to their website.

Click here to read more about the Queens World Film Festival in Jackson Heights.



 


Elmhurst /  Jackson Heights Shopping Center & Map | shops and shopping in jackson heights elmhurst
Elmhurst / Jackson Heights Shopping Center & Map

Jackson Heights Shopping Center

Shops and Shopping In Jackson Heights

This page contains home page links, contact info, maps for stores and shops located in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst, Queens.

Click here to view places to Shop & Shopping in Jackson Heights & Elmhurst.



Jackson Heights Attractions Archives


Jackson Heights Quick Maps

Click on the map icon below to view maps of Jackson Heights

  • Attractions
  • Restaurants
  • Shops

Jackson Heights maps

Jackson Heights Queens Business Directory

Click on the icon below to view business listings of Jackson Heights Queens.

Use the category or search links to conduct your own search.

jackson heights queens business directory


Site Search Tips. 1) For best results, when typing in more than one word, use quotation marks - eg "Astoria Park". 2) Also try either singular or plural words when searching for a specific item such as "gym" or "gyms".

 

Click this link for promotions by advertisers in Queens.

Click this link to search for something in our Queens Business Directory containing over 1,000 listings.


Click the log in link below to create an ID and post an opinion. Or send this story to a friend by filling in the appropriate box below.






Login and voice your opinion!