Queens has a very rich music culture that spans genres and decades. Hidden in Corona is the home of jazz great Louis Armstrong, who lived in the borough and now has a museum named after him. The Louis Armstrong House Museum is a national landmark that has been preserved in such a way that you can almost feel Louis and his wife, Lucille, going about their daily routines.
After a recent renovation, the museum boasts new interactive exhibits that explore all forms of media production, a vintage arcade exhibit, as well as a large-scale theatre that plays classic and modern hits, including a recent screening of a 70mm print of Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk. The museum’s most exciting new addition is a permanent wing dedicated to the work of Jim Henson. “There’s a deep connection between Jim Henson and Queens,” Carl Goodman, the museum’s executive director, said.
One of the most attractive things about Queens is the variety and authenticity of the borough’s food. If it’s made anywhere in the world, chances are you can find it credibly represented in Queens. The food, particularly Colombian food, is one of the reasons John Leguizamo revisits his old neighborhood of Jackson Heights.
If you’re looking to sample culture from around the world, without ever leaving the country, then look no further than Queens, N.Y. Boasting a diverse community with residents from over 100 countries, a new influx of tourists have come to realize that Queens offers a potpourri of cuisine, art and lifestyle. It’s a marriage of traditional and modern culture, as new arrivals enjoy current attractions as well as visit popular institutions that have been around for decades.
New businesses moving into the vastly changing Long Island City Area include a large number of technology companies. Companies like Shapeways, whose factory in LIC produces amazing products using 3D technology. Shapeways has over 8 Million products in their database, and use an online platform where over 40,000 people are selling their products online to customers around the world.
The perseverance of Queens was tested in 2012 when Hurricane Sandy ravaged sections of the borough. One of the hardest areas hit was the coastal community of Rockaway Beach, where Queens native and Muay Thai champion Chris Romulo watched both his home and his business get destroyed. CROM wasn’t just a gym, but an institution where Chris and his wife were able to help residents of the Rockaways with both physical fitness and direction.
Someone who knows about the diversity of Queens all too well is actor John Leguizamo, whose family immigrated to the Jackson Heights section of Queens from Colombia. “It’s the perfect human experiment,” John tells Yahoo Global News Anchor Katie Couric. “Everybody came to this neighborhood.
Just over the East River of Manhattan lies one of the most ethnically diverse areas in the world. As any local can tell you, Queens has become New York City’s fastest-growing borough, with a recent influx of new families, young professionals and businesses both large and small. It offers a healthy mix of new and old, as multigenerational families from countries all over the world are keeping their old traditions alive while sharing the space with new younger residents.
You may not have heard of the North American International Toy Fair, but chances are that the hundreds of thousands of toys and products debuted there this past weekend will be on your — and your children’s — radar soon enough. Other toys hitting the shelves are sure to become instant classics, with manufacturer WowWee previewing some of the most buzzed-about new toys. Its upcoming projects include Elmoji, an Elmo-inspired robot designed for young kids to teach them pre-coding and problem solving skills, and Fingerlings, adorable plastic baby monkeys that come to life with over 50 animations, including sneezing, sleeping and blowing kisses. “The manufacturers respond to their environment,” Isabel Carrion-Lopez, a toy specialist at the Toy Industry Association, told Yahoo New’s Summer Delaney.
By Brian Prowse-Gany Hail to the chief! This week marks the return of America’s favorite foul-mouthed leader, President Selina Meyer, in Season 4 of HBO’s hit comedy “Veep.” Julia Louis-Dreyfus returns in the role that has already won her three Emmys and a SAG Award. With Selina, Julia has accomplished the rare achievement of having a third successful character on TV, following Christine Campbell in “The New Adventures of Old Christine” and, of course, theunforgettable Elaine Benes from “Seinfeld.”