Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Merry Christmas and Happy Chanukah

Sunday, December 22, 2019

GameStop on 71st / Continental Ave. Is Closing

Sorry, I have been a bit swamped between work and holiday stuff. Unfortunately, my first post in a while is about another local closing. This I am sure is disappointing to hear for fellow gamers. But if you're looking for a last-minute holiday gift at a decent discount, here's your chance.

Wednesday, November 6, 2019

New French Restaurant Revealed

The new French bistro La Rotisserie Du Coin is opening soon on 71st Road between Austin Street and Queens Blvd. See my previous post for a peek inside. It's a cute new place and I'm very much looking forward to trying it!

Monday, October 7, 2019

In Case You Missed It: Ikea's First Queens Store Will Be In Rego Park

The awesome Swedish furniture store chain Ikea has chosen the former Sears location at Rego Center on Queens Blvd. for its first location in the borough. As a proud, carless New York City resident, I, for one, am very excited about having an Ikea so close by to Forest Hills. I cannot wait. There's a ragged old sofa and several other pieces of furniture I've been wanting to replace! (I also have a thing for their meatballs.)

Read more about it here: Ikea will open a new NYC store at Rego Center in Queens And see below for the full press release.

And thanks to the readers who reminded me to post something about this! We've been a little swamped as of late, so apologies for not getting to it sooner.

Along those lines, we're always looking for new contributors to Edge of the City. No experience necessary. If you are a local resident and like to write about your neighborhood, drop us a line at edgeofthecity@gmail.com


IKEA continues on its transformation journey to meet city customers with a new store concept

CONSHOHOCKEN, P.A. – IKEA Retail U.S. announced today a new store coming to the Rego Center in Queens in summer 2020. The future IKEA Queens is the first store to open in the U.S. with a new layout and will support a seamless omni-channel experience for customers. It will feature thousands of IKEA products for purchase and takeaway, while larger furniture items will be on display and available for convenient delivery.

“It’s an exciting time for IKEA as we enter this next phase of our expansion into major cities in the U.S.,” said Javier Quiñones, President & Chief Sustainability Officer, IKEA Retail U.S. “We are passionate about life at home and energized by the opportunity to collaborate with New Yorkers to create a new experience that is both easy to access and shop.”

IKEA Queens will open in the Rego Center at the corner of Queens Boulevard & Junction Boulevard across 115,000 sq. ft. of leased space. The store will offer customers a full range of services, such as home delivery, assembly and installation, in addition to a new food offering to allow guests to enjoy a modern taste of Sweden on the go. It will also feature family-friendly, rest-interactive spaces to accommodate guests with children.

“With a growing community of more than 900,000 households, Queens was a natural next destination for IKEA in New York City,” said Leontyne Green Sykes, Chief Operating Officer, IKEA Retail U.S. “We know that more than half of Queens’ residents travel via public transportation, and we selected Rego Park for this new store concept to meet the unique needs of this customer.”

Globally, IKEA is evolving to be more accessible and convenient for customers wherever they are. The company recently announced the development of 30 new customer meeting points in cities over the next three years. The Queens store will be the third location in New York City and sixth in the area, complementing the new Planning Studio in Manhattan (opened April 2019) and stores in Brooklyn, Elizabeth, Long Island and Paramus.

IKEA Retail U.S. has made significant investments to enhance its e-commerce experience and service offerings, including new lower priced shipping & delivery, Click & Collect, financing, Traemand kitchen installation and TaskRabbit assembly services. To support delivery to New York City customers, IKEA opened a customer fulfilment center in Staten Island to deliver products to customers in the market. The facility also has a goal of completing 100% of shipments by electric vehicle by 2020, as part of the global IKEA commitment to sustainability.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

New French Restaurant Opening in Forest Hills

I am not quite sure of the specifics, and whether this place will be another French bakery or an actual restaurant, but this cute spot is coming in a few weeks to 71st Road. I think, but am not sure, it's in the location where the cleaners that moved across the street used to be. Anyway, I am impressed by the look of the place and look forward to learning more! Email edgeofthecity@gmail.com if you have any additional details!

The Land of Secret Salads

Long-term readers of this blog will know that I've been advocating for more places that offer quick, healthy food options in Forest Hills for quite some time. My hopes reached a pinnacle several years ago when I was contacted by one of the make-your-own salad chains with many stores in Manhattan about their interest in finding a suitable location in our neighborhood. Their interest lasted several months before they apparently gave up. I was never told why.

Since then, the availability of such healthier fare has come in fits and starts in Forest Hills. And now, the latest incarnation of it is rather clever, in my opinion. 

Since we did have a couple of small independent dedicated make-your-own salad restaurants open and then close several years ago, it seems either by strategy or just by coincidence this food option is now seeing a resurgence along Austin Street, albeit tucked away as often hard-to-discover parts of pre-existing businesses. It seems these store owners are not quite ready to trust Forest Hills residents at wanting much more than the calorie-laden pastries or ethnic cuisines that we are overflowing with. Thus, we all live in New York City's only Land of Secret Salads. The option is being offered by these places, often shyly and quietly, without the risk of financial failure that comes with a standalone shop. 

The latest option to join Natural's make-your-own salad bar, and other pre-made salad options available from the coffee shops, diners, Ripe and La Boulangerie, is a bit bolder, however. It even has its own name and sign!

I-CE-NY, the ice cream place next to Shake Shack on Austin Street, is now apparently also "efresh", offering a variety of soups, wraps, bowls, smoothies, and yes, customizable, make-your-own salads. I recently tried one of these salads and it was great - nice and fresh and tasty.  It's an extremely clever move by I-CE-NY, and I think they might just find it ends up eclipsing their ice cream business, as the demand for healthier food options remains quite high in Forest Hills. I discovered the place by finding their menu at NYSC. Another smart move to put it there so fit-conscious local residents can learn about it. (It would have been even smarter, by the way, if they had contacted their local blog, Edge of the City at edgeofthecity@gmail.com, but that's another story.) Kudos to I-CE-NY for understanding what Forest Hills really needs and being smart enough to provide it!

Wednesday, September 18, 2019

“The 6 Koi” from Rhode Island to Forest Hills: Art Exhibition To Benefit New York Police & Fire Widow's & Children’s Benefit Fund

“The 6 Koi” exhibit, sale, & fundraiser is running from September 15 to November 1, 2019 at Jade Eatery & Lounge at 1 Station Square, which offers a popular gallery where artists gather. All are invited to an art show, sale, & fundraiser on September 21 from 5 PM to 10 PM. The exhibit is being organized by artist, humanitarian, and multiple gallery owner David Chatowsky, a Rhode Island resident who is returning to NY for another artistic and humanitarian opportunity.
Ten percent of all sales will benefit the New York Police and Fire Widow's and Children’s Benefit Fund, which provides financial assistance and support to the families of NYC police officers, firefighters, Port Authority police, and EMS personnel who have been killed in the line of duty. This initiative is in partnership with Chatowsky’s friend Lyle Carey, who is running in the NYC Marathon to raise 4k for the charitable cause.
 Local historian Michael Perlman said, “On a trip to Newport, RI last fall, I am proud to have met a very talented and unique artist and humanitarian, David Chatowsky, and bring him to Forest Hills, NY on two occasions for highly beneficial causes. The arts are universal and can serve as a platform for committing good deeds.”  All works of art are for sale and will be presented to the buyer by Jade Eatery & Lounge on the day of purchase.   
Patrons enter Jade Eatery & Lounge, which offers a rare koi pond, home to 6 beautiful koi fish. Chatowsky said, “These 6 Koi are the inspiration for my art show. I am very familiar with koi and aquatic plants, since I worked on an aquatic farm in Palm City, Florida in my early twenties, and helped raise koi. I also grew many water plants such as water lilies and lotuses.” 
Acrylic paintings that are on display include “The Jonah Koi,” “The Samurai Koi,” “Koi with Water Lilies,” and “Red and Green Koi with Lotus Flowers.” “I hope my paintings’ variation in sizes and the fact that some are in color and black and white will stimulate the creative process in patrons,” said Chatowsky. 
The exhibition bears the potential to positively impact Forest Hills and the world. Chatowsky explained, “Animals make our lives more interesting. Their colors enrich our landscapes. All animals are here for our enjoyment, and we are their stewards. Therefore, it is our responsibility to create areas within the urban environment for animals, so future generations can be graced by their presence.  It is very important to use the gifts we have been given to bring peace and harmony into this world.”   
Chatowsky feels a bit like Jonah after he exited the giant fish. He said, “Unlike Jonah, I am selling the giant koi fish, which took me back to NYC. My message is not that of repentance, but environmental stewardship.”  
The collaboration between a Rhode Island artist and Jade “signifies the willingness of people working together to create a better future,” according to Chatowsky, who opened his first D. Chatowsky Art Gallery in Portsmouth, RI in 2016, followed by a second in Newport last year. His third gallery recently opened on Block Island. His diverse accomplishments also include permanent mural installations at the Florida Museum of Natural History, owning art galleries in Florida and New York, and coordinating humanitarian art exhibits in Los Angeles and Boston.
For a sneak peek of David Chatowsky’s “The 6 Koi” paintings, visithttps://www.flickr.com/photos/8095451@N08/albums/72157710893585847
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Forest Hills' Best Chinese Food

I've tried every Chinese restaurant that has opened in Forest Hills over the years. Most of the time, I've been disappointed. It's not surprising, really. We live in an age where traditional Chinese food in the U.S.-- the kind familiar to say, anyone who grew up in the 70's or 80's -- has fallen out of favor. It's exceedingly rare to find a traditional Chinese restaurant in New York City these days, aside, of course from, say, Chinatown and Flushing.

Luckily, however, Forest Hills does have one superb Chinese restaurant. And it also happens to be physically one of the more interesting restaurants to visit in the neighborhood because of its location - tucked away behind a building that you can only get to via a narrow alley, which also serves as an outdoor seating area.  

I am talking about Memories of Shanghai. Now, MOS is not a traditional American Chinese restaurant per se. But, in terms of great Chinese food, it is unsurpassed by far in Forest Hills. And, most of its dishes will appeal to people looking for Chinese food that is not too far removed from standard Western Chinese food tastes.

Heavy on the dim sum type offerings, my favorite is their steamed chicken dumplings. Deliciously minced with onions, these are sweet and delightful. I also liked their Spring Rolls and Hot & Sour soup (though, as usual, it could be more soury). Their vegetable potstickers are great as well, as are their shrimp dumplings and pan fried pork bun.

The truth is, you can't really go wrong with anything you order from this kinda hidden Forest Hills culinary treasure.

Memories of Shanghai is located at 68-60 Austin Street in Forest Hills and is open 7 days a week from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. (718)880-2938. And, yes, thankfully, they deliver to Forest Hills and Rego Park.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Beck and Cage Play Forest Hills

Saturday, August 17th, Beck and Cage The Elephant played at Forest Hills Stadium, along with Spoon and Sunflower Bean.  It was a hot and humid night, but all performers I saw put on great shows.

The lead singer of Cage wore many, many, many layers of clothing and took pieces off throughout the performance.  Somehow he was able to do this despite the heat.  At the end, he crowd surfed across the entire audience, climbed on top of the mixing booth, then walked up the stadium into the audience.

Beck's setlist displayed his ability to mix different genres of music and make it all work.  He mentioned during the show that half his family was from Queens!

Cage The Elephant
Cage lead singer Matt Shultz crowd surfs across audience (standing!)
Beck performs 'Up All Night'
Beck performs Devil's Haircut

Friday, August 16, 2019

Renwen Opening August 22nd

This new restaurant is located on Queens Blvd. near the corner of 71st Continental Ave. next to Vitamin Shoppe. 

Thursday, August 15, 2019

Barstool Rates Nick's Pizza

Thanks to @joeluvstobike for sending me the link...

Jazz Thursday Returns!

Our annual neighborhood tradition is back!  August 15th and 22nd this year, from 7:00pm to 9:30pm.  70th Road, between Queens Blvd. and Austin Street.  Free admission and seating will be available.

August 15:  Richard Boulger After Hours Band featuring Lynette Washington
August 22:  Art Lilliard Heavenly Big Band

Sarah McLachlan and The New York Pops

Saturday, August 2nd, Sarah McLachlan and The New York Pops preformed at Forest Hills Stadium.  This marks the fifth year of the The New York Pops in Forest Hills.  They always put on a wonderful show.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Festival of Cinema NYC Taking Place at Midway Theater this Week

Festival of Cinema NYC's 3rd annual, 10-day event is taking place August 2nd to August 11th. Guests will enjoy over 120 films exhibited by state of the art projection and sound equipment in the comfort of the Regal UA Midway’s recliner seats in Forest Hills. The Festival kicked off on Friday, Aug. 2nd with the East Coast Premiere of Camilo Vila’s “5th of July” starring Jaleel White, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. On Sunday, August 11th, the festival’s Awards Celebration will be hosted by Queens Brewery in Ridgewood, Queens.

Edge of the City reporters have attended the Festival each year since it started and have had a great time each year. With more than 120 films this year from all over the world, it's one of the more culturally-enriching experiences that takes place in Forest Hills each year. It's also a great way to take a break from the steamy days of summer without having to hop on the subway or battle traffic! If you are interested in attending, see the links below for more information on this year's program and how to buy tickets.

Find the link to the full program here: http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/07/2019-Full-Festival-program-guide.pdf

Tickets and showtimes are available from the Festival's website: http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/

Thursday, July 25, 2019

Filming The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in Forest Hills Gardens

Thanks very much to Jacqueline for sending in these pics of the filming of The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel yesterday in Forest Hills Gardens. If you have your own pics send them to edgeofthecity@gmail.com

Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Maisel in the 'Hood

Gorgeous day for filming the Emmy Award-winning show The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel in FoHi 
Send any pics you took of the shoot to edgeofthecity@gmail.com 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Heat Wave Island Escape Just Minutes Away

If you're looking for a quick and convenient way to make this weekend's Heat Wave a little bit more bearable, you might want to give Roosevelt Island a try, if you haven't already. It's just minutes away from Forest Hills on the F train and yet an hour or two there and you'll feel rejuvenated - like you've gone on a mini-vacation. It really is one of our city's best-kept secrets.

Man Almost Swept Onto the Subway Tracks by Floodwaters

Just when you think you've seen everything in the subways. This looks like a scene out of some Hollywood disaster movie. Just pathetic. That infusion of funds and makeover for the system cannot come fast enough.

From amNewYork: Court Square Subway Station Flood Nearly Sweeps Man Onto Tracks

Forest Hills Won't Be Part Of Citi Bike's Major Expansion

The bike-sharing system will hit more than two dozen new neighborhoods in the next four years — but Forest Hills won't be one of them.

Read Patch's full story HERE

Monday, July 1, 2019

Festival of Cinema NYC Announces Film Lineup for 3rd Annual Event Sponsored by Regal Entertainment Group August 2nd to 11th, 2019

Camilo Vila’s “5th of July” starring Jaleel White to Open Festival 
on Friday, Aug. 2nd at the Regal UA Midway in Forest Hills

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Festival of Cinema NYC has announced its 3rd annual, 10-day event taking place August 2nd to August 11th. Guests will enjoy over 120 films exhibited by state of the art projection and sound equipment in the comfort of the Regal UA Midway’s recliner seats in Forest Hills, Queens. The Festival kicks off on Friday, Aug. 2nd at 7:00 p.m. with the East Coast Premiere of Camilo Vila’s “5th of July” starring Jaleel White, which had its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in 2018. On Sunday, August 11th, the festival’s Awards Celebration will be hosted by Queens Brewery in Ridgewood, Queens.

With almost a month to go before opening night of Festival of Cinema NYC, the festival organizers aim to engage Forest Hills and members of the Queens community with the support of the Queens Economic Development Corporation, the  Forest Hills Asian Association, the Forest Hills Chamber of Commerce, the Queens Chamber of Commerce, and Community Board 6. Joining the list of sponsors for this year’s festival is Maspeth Federal Savings, which is proud to support the arts in our community. Festival of Cinema NYC 2019 is made possible (in part) by the Queens Council on the Arts with public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

For its third year, Festival of Cinema NYC steps it up a notch by partnering with several organizations to provide a greater experience. The Queens Library Forest Hills Branch will be hosting five days of special screenings, presentations and workshops, all free and open to the public, located at 108-19 71st Ave. Over at the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, non-profit organizations Arte East and the Asian American Film Club will be presenting work from their respective organizations. On Wednesday, August 7th, Festival of Cinema NYC presents The NYC Indie Film Collective Filmmaking Challenge. Throughout the month of July, 12 filmmaking teams have been challenged to create and produce a seven- to ten-minute short film. These films will be screened, in competition,  for the first time at the Regal UA Midway followed by an after-party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Forest Hills. 

The East Coast premiere of “Quest” by director Santiago Rizzo, which features Lou Diamond Phillips, Dash Mihok and Betsy Brandt, closes the festival on Saturday, August 10th.

Tickets to Festival of Cinema NYC will go on sale on Monday, July 1st, and are priced at $16 for regular daily screenings. Opening, Closing and the Film Challenge Red Carpet Event are priced at $25 and include entry into the after parties following those screenings. For tickets and more information on the Festival, visit http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/.

Festival of Cinema NYC proudly announces the following 125 films (out of over 425 submissions) from 40 countries including the U.S., Australia, Canada, France, Italy, South Africa, Turkey and more in its 2019 lineup in the categories of Narrative Features, Documentaries, Short Films, Web Series and Animation, Experimental & Music Videos.


5th of July
Dir. Camilo Vila, USA, 100 min., East Coast Premiere
While spreading his father's ashes on a mountain lake, Orlando Leal (Jaleel White) utters a curse. From that moment onward, the universe turns on him. 

Batsh*t Bride
Dir. Jonathan Smith, USA, 81 min, New York Premiere
On April Fools' Day, just before her wedding, a bride pranks her fiancé by saying that she thinks that they've lost that spark and that they should call off the wedding and break up, only to discover that he feels the exact same way.

Dir. Heath Davis, Australia, 102 min., East Coast Premiere
A jaded high school English teacher is forced to re-evaluate his life when his novel is passed over for one of his students.

Down There in Heaven
Dir. Felix Schaefer, Germany, 82 Min.
Six men who unsuspectingly follow an invitation to a party. Through a written message they learn that they are part of a therapeutic intervention and have to perform tasks to have a chance to regain their freedom.

Eternal Paradise
Dir. Walter Becker, Argentina, 78 min., East Coast Premiere
An unexpected event in Pablo's life unleashes a series of events that leads him to unearth the father's writings and connects him with an unknown reality.

Dir. Harriet Maria Meining and Peter Meining, Germany, 43 min., East Coast Premiere
The film describes the romantic beginnings of a post-human era. Falter works in a laboratory on the production of artificial humans. To give his monotonous life divided between work, sport and sex a new meaning, Falter decides to share it with an android.

Ghost in the Graveyard
Dir. Charlie Comparetto, USA, 93 min., Queens Premiere
A small town comes under the thumb of Martha, a ghost who returns to haunt the children who witnessed her death during a game of Ghost in the Graveyard as young children.

Fearing Future
Dir. Nacho Sesma, Argentina, 78 min., New York Premiere
Leo is a literature professor who is at the end of a long time relationship. As he struggles with economic problems and depression, he enters a big transition in his life between drugs and a particular affair with one of his students.

Dir. Julius Telmer, Australia, 74 min., East Coast Premiere
A dark shadow unsettles the town of Greenfield when one man’s secret is revealed.

Dir. Steffen Hacker, Germany, 88 min., New York Premiere
As Felicita’s life is turned upside down, she doesn't know if her nightmares are taking over or if something bigger is trying to control her and the only way to find out the truth is her best friend Natascha, who is locked up in an asylum.

Dir. Heath Davis, Australia, 86 min., New York Premiere
A tech entrepreneur returns to his post mining-boom desert hometown for his father’s funeral where he’s reluctantly reunited with his ex-con brother, but soon finds himself entangled in an extortion scam at the hands of a band of desperate smalltown thugs.

My Soul to Keep
Dir. Ajmal Zaheer Ahmad, USA, 91 min., New York Premiere
Like many young kids, Eli Braverman believes something menacing lives in his basement. When his older sister leaves him home alone one night, Eli discovers if this evil is real or all in his head. 

Sin novedad (No News)
Dir. Director: Miguel Berzal de Miguel, Spain, 70 Min., Queens Premiere
Lola lives alone with her son, Jorge, near to an industrial estate in Madrid. One night, Jorge confesses to his mother that he has begun to keep in touch with his father, Marcos, who abandoned them a long time ago.

Ovid and the Art of Love
Dir. Esmé von Hoffman, USA, 115 min., World Premiere
A young man finds his life in danger when he writes a provocative guide to love and tangles with the brutal emperor. Based on the life of the famed Roman poet Ovid, this classic story gets a modern twist set in a mash-up world in contemporary Detroit.

Dir. Kate McLane, USA, 90 min.
'Pamela' is a darkly comedic family drama that takes place over one dinner. Secrets are revealed and old conflicts re-emerge.

Dir. Santiago Rizzo, USA, 81 Min., New York Premiere
Mills is a middle schooler addicted to graffiti tagging. His home life is mess with an abusive dad and a mom who doesn't believe him, when a sympathetic teacher and champion of at risk kids enters his life.

Dir. Riccardo Salvetti, Italy, 90 min., Queens Premiere
Close your eyes and try to imagine. A man, a woman and their families. The fastest and most systematic genocide in history.  He is Hutu, she is Tutsi. He must kill. She must die. A fate similar to many others in that bloody spring. But this time there is a slight difference. When you open your eyes, you will be in their shoes and now the choice is yours. And yours alone.

Dir.  Dong Hwan Yi, South Korea, 93 min., North American Premiere
A comical story of a swindler disguised as a priest who can be exorcised.

The Tangle
Dir. Christopher Soren Kelly, USA, 99 min., East Coast Premiere
The Tangle is to the internet what the Hal 2000 is to the abacus. In the near future, the Tangle connects the world. A secret government agency watches over the Tangle from within technology safe rooms, locations impermeable to the nanobots.

This is Not a Love Story
Dir. Sidi Saleh,  Indonesia, 87 min., World Premiere
Marlina, a paralyzed girl is found in a garbage truck by Jaya, a street vendor in Jakarta, and rescued. Jaya and his friend, Cak Nur want to use this opportunity to get rich.


Baba Babee Skazala: Grandmother Told Grandmother
Dir. Matej B. Silecky, USA, 69 min., New York Premiere
The little-known story of Ukrainian children torn from their homes in the crush between the Nazi and Soviet fronts in World War II. Spending their childhood as refugees in Europe, these inspiring individuals later immigrated to the United States, creating new homes and communities through their grit, faith and deep belief in the importance of preserving culture.  

Bei Bei
Dir. Rose Rosenblatt and Marion Lipschutz, USA, 77 min, Queens Premiere
From the moment Bei Bei Shuai steps out of jail on the arm of her lawyer Linda Pence, their lives are consumed by an impending murder trial. If they lose, Bei Bei will go to jail for 45 years to life, setting a precedent that will affect all pregnant women.

Born as a Girl
Dir. Marek Klosowicz, Poland and Colombia, 62 min.
Pregnant girls at the age of 13 or grandmothers at the age of 26 are of no surprise in Colombian slums. In the poorest social class, violence against women is especially striking: rape, sexual abuse or sex trafficking of minors happen on everyday basis.

Over 18
Dir. Jared Brock & Michelle Brock, Canada, 74 min,. Queens Premiere
Over 18 is a clear-eyed examination of modern pornography and its effects on kids, teens, parents and porn stars.

The Queens
Dir. Mark Saxenmeyer, USA, 99 min., New York Premiere
Part "Paris is Burning" and "Pose," part "RuPaul's Drag Race" and part Miss America, "The Queens” explores the transgender subculture of competitive female impersonation.

The Ringmaster
Dir. Molly Dworsky and Dave Newberg, USA, 90 min., World Premiere
An aging chef from Minnesota has his life turned upside down when a relentless filmmaker from Las Vegas tries to make the chefs onion rings world famous.

We Were All Nobody's
Dir. Charles Caracciolo, USA, 70 min.
Times change. Buildings come and go. But there are some places that become a part of us, places that can never be torn down. "We Were All Nobody’s” is a documentary film honoring one of those places, a Queens, NY rock club.

The following are films and presentations that will be free and open to the public.

Monuments & Flowers (at the Queens Museum)
A selection of seminal video work culled from the archives of ArteEast with the work of contemporary voices. Curated by Regine Basha.

Race, Sex and Hold the Mayo (at the Queens Museum)
A series of short films presented by the Asian American Film Club.

Surviving Birkenau – The Dr. Susan Spatz Story. 70 Min. Followed by a moderated Q&A with director Ron Small & distributor Dan Gurlitz (at the Forest Hills Library).

Carnaval de Cuba. 58 Min. Followed by a moderated Q&A with director Roberto Monticello (at the Forest Hills Library).

In addition to the Narrative Features and Documentaries listed above, please find below a listing of the Short Films, Web Series, Animation, Experimental and Music Videos. For their full descriptions,  visit http://www.festivalofcinemanyc.com/


116; USA
A Happy Woman; Spain
An Aspirational Space; USA
And Again, Her; Australia
Apologies To Mr. Battenkill; USA
Baya; Belgique
Best Wishes; USA
Cannonball; USA
Cavan: USA
Claire Means Well; USA
Coffee and a Donut; USA
Con Spirito; USA
Crab Special; USA
Credo; Poland
Cycle; USA
Disappearing NYC: Three Stories; USA
Dodgson; USA
Dolls Don't Die; Canada
Dreamwisher; USA
Early Retirement; USA
Easy Money; USA
Every Nine Hours; USA
Exposure; USA
Final Act - Ultimo Acto; Portugal
Final Callback; USA
Fish Out of Water; USA
Foam; USA
Full Moon and High Tide in the Ladies Room; USA
God of Insects; Canada
I Speak for the Trees; USA
I Will Not Write Unless I Am Swaddled In Furs; New Zealand
Interlude; USA
It's Time for Tea; USA
Jones; USA
Joyce; USA
Keylight; USA
Landscape; USA & Czech Republic
Midnight Talk; Australia/France
Mosul 980; Iraq
NightShift; Lebanon
Nora; Spain
Nora Ephron Goes To Prison; USA
One More Shutter; USA
Over the Threshold; USA
Percht; Austria
Precipice; Philippines
Preparation; USA
Private Barry; USA
Roadside Assistance; USA
Run the Meter; USA
Secret Chord; Sweden
Shadow Puppet; USA
Some of Her Parts; USA
Songbird; United Kingdom
Stuck; Korea
Sweetheart; France
The Adulterer; USA
The Parker; USA
The Right Night; France
The Song of Her; USA
The Waiting Room; USA
Time Machinery; Switzerland
Tina; USA
To Be Forgotten; USA
Traces; Luxembourg
Victoria; Ecuador
Yellow; Canada


Blackbetty; USA/Russia
Bobo Touch Helpline - The Kisser; USA
Geek Lounge-Going Solo; USA
Killing Tigers; USA
Shangri-La; USA
Tom & The Domme; USA
Unique New York with Nathan Kaufman; USA
Unstately; USA


#Taplife - Eyes; USA
Be Your Own Kind; Canada
Bristled; USA
Cupid is Not a Terrorist; Switzerland
Dialectic Diary; Germany
Face; USA
Issa Vibe; Switzerland
Italy & (This Is) Water; Austria
Jo é Pu; Argentina
Of Punishment and Other Demons; Italy
Red Dress. No Straps.; United Kingdom
Red Hands; Italy
ROCKS! The Musical; USA
Run in Circles; Switzerland
Thanatos; USA
The Journey; USA
Unskin; United Kingdom

About Festival of Cinema NYC:
Festival of Cinema NYC is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. The festival was
founded by local independent filmmakers with a passion to get movies made and to expand
the reach of artists’ work. Recognizing the challenge of the visibility of independent film, the
the festival's aim is to establish a presence in and spread awareness of cinematic creativity
throughout Queens and its vibrant and culturally diverse communities, including Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens, Woodhaven and Glendale.