Monday, March 29, 2010

The new film "Coming Up Roses" starring Bernadette Peters is to be shot in Kew Gardens Monday, March 29th. 

"NO PARKING 3am till 11pm" signs have been posted along portions of Austin Street and of Lefferts Boulevard. 

Miss Peters, no doubt, is familiar with Kew Gardens, having been brought up in Ozone Park. 
The Playbill write-up on Google reads as follows:

Two-time Tony Award winner Bernadette Peters, who will be seen in several of the upcoming benefit concerts celebrating Stephen Sondheim's 80th birthday, will play a musical comedy performer in a new film that begins shooting the week of March 1 in Queens, NY.
Belladonna Productions - producer of "Transamerica," which received two 2006 Academy Award nominations - is producing the new film, which seems to pay homage to Peters' last Tony-nominated and Grammy-winning Broadway outing, the Sam Mendes revival of Gypsy.
In fact, the title of the film is "Coming Up Roses," most of the title of one of the songs from Gypsy's classic Stephen Sondheim-Jule Styne score.
"[I play] a [former] musical comedy performer [who had done] summer stock and second national tours," Peters told "She has two daughters - one is 15, and the other one is 21. The 15-year-old adores her, and the 21-year-old couldn't wait to get away from her; she got married and moves away."
Peters said with a laugh, "It's sort of a bleak story, but they sing pieces of songs to make themselves feel better."
Lisa Albright is directing the film, which also features Tony nominee Peter Friedman (Ragtime).
Peters was last on Broadway in the acclaimed revival of Gypsy, for which she received a 2003 Tony Award nomination for her performance as Rose in the Sam Mendes-directed production. She won her two Tonys for her performances in Andrew Lloyd Webber's Song & Dance and Irving Berlin's Annie Get Your Gun, and she has also starred on Broadway in Mack & Mabel, On the Town, Sunday in the Park with George, The Goodbye Girl and the original production of Stephen Sondheim's Into the Woods. Peters' latest live recording, "Sondheim, Etc., Etc.-Bernadette Peters Live at Carnegie Hall (The Rest of It)," is available on the Angel Records label. Masterworks Broadway has also released a "Legends of Broadway" CD celebrating her theatrical career. Peters' screen credits are numerous.
She is also the co-founder (with Mary Tyler Moore) of the pet adoption charity Broadway Barks and the author of the best-selling "Broadway Barks" and the forthcoming "Stella Is a Star."
--------mhberger for KGCA

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

From the Kew Gardens Civic Association:

We are pleased to bring to your attention four upcoming events in Kew Gardens:
    +  March 27 (reminder): Concert sponsored by Friends of Maple Grove; call 917-881-3358 for details.
    +  April 1: Aaron Adler's Kew Gardens Musicians
    +  April 7: KG Community Center trip to the NY Botanical Garden 
    +  April 9: Start of Diana Shaman's new Photography Class at the KG Community Center
        For details, read on.---mhberger, for KGCA
    Aaron Adler announces that the next free Kew Gardens Musicians show will be at Austin's Ale House, 82-72 Austin Street, on Thursday, April 1st, beginning at 7:30 pm.
    In addition to the excellent regular musicians, Jessica Valiente, flutist, of Los Mas Valientes, will be making a rare appearance in Kew Gardens.  Aaron tells us that she lived in KG for many years, moving to New Jersey a little while ago, and that her music is "sensational."
   Invites you to view and enjoy

The 2010
 at the
                    New York Botanical Garden
 Wednesday, April 7
Cost: $25 – includes:
v   Transportation
v   Admission to the Garden & Show
v   Guided tour with docent

v  Meet at KGCC at 9:00 am for coffee/tea and snack
   Sign up by March 31  


Funded by the Queens Borough President

80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens, NY 11415


                        NEW!  NEW!  NEW!

Led By

An 8-week course, to be held on

FRIDAYS, 1:00 – 2:00 pm
Space is limited to 10; register in office.
Must have a camera (digital preferred); a home computer helpful.

                    Funded by the Queens Borough President

                    80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Suite 202, Kew Gardens, NY 1141

Trees New York
Creating a Tree-Stewarding Community -
The "How-To's"
How do we take care of our community's trees?
How do you find a community group to join?
How do you create one? How do you keep it going?

Join our distinguished panel of community leaders as we discuss how they got started, where they focus their attention, what obstacles they've encountered, how they've achieved their goals and how they envision their future.
Moderated by Steven Boyce, President of Friends of Greenwich Street and creator of its "Tribeca Street Trees" project.
Panelists: Susan Norton Allen of Carnegie Hill Neighbors, Andrew Simons of the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, Annette Williams of Sustainable South Bronx and Christie Van Kehrberg of Green Shores NYC and Lisa Pillarella of Protectors of Pine Oak Woods, Staten Island.

If you are a member of a community group active in stewarding street trees, please feel free to bring brochures about your group.
Join Trees New York for a panel discussion with leaders of successful community street tree groups.

Date: Thursday, March 25th
Time: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Location: The Arsenal in Central Park
830 Fifth Avenue at 64th Street
Light Refreshments will be served
Concert to Celebrate 130th Birthday!

A concert to celebrate a 130th Birthday? Yes! You are invited to a classical concert on March 27th to honor the life of Rosina Lhevinne (1880-1976); a gifted pianist, "teacher in the truest sense," wife, mother and world renowned performer who is interred at Maple Grove.  If a teacher is defined by the success of her students then Rosina was very very accomplished! Her most famous students at the Juilliard School include Van Cliburn, John Williams, James Levine, Misha Dichter and John Browning. They will not be at her birthday celebration but you will enjoy the talents of three gifted classical musicians who will be playing her favorite Chopin. Beethoven, Mozart, Bach, Stenhammar and Bartok pieces in the Celebration Room at the beautiful Center at Maple Grove (127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens)
Every "party" has refreshments and this one will begin with a wine and cheese reception at 7:00pm (Birthday Cake for dessert of course!). The concert will commence at 7:30pm. 
On March 27th, we will also be celebrating Chopin's 200th Birthday Anniversary, joy, talent, our lovely guests, beautiful beautiful music and the loving "spirit" of Rosina Lhevinne. It will be a night to remember!

Sponsored by Friends of Maple Grove, Inc.
Tickets: $25, Seniors- $20, Members of the Friends of Maple Grove- $15
Checks can be made payable to Friends of Maple Grove and mailed to 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415. For further information and to purchase online tickets please visit the Friends of Maple Grove website at ;

Email:, (917) 881-3358

Friday, March 19, 2010

2010 - Yoga in the Park - Forest Park

Dear readers, As many of you remember we started a free Yoga in the Park program last year which was very successful and highly and regularly attended from Spring to Fall 2009. Now that Spring is upon us we want to get the program started again and we are looking for local businesses that would like to fully or partially sponsor the program. Please contact me at if you are interested or have any ideas.



Thursday, March 18, 2010

Vantage Properties listed in the Village Voice as one of the city's top ten worst landlords

New York's Ten Worst Landlords, Part 1

In a city of slumlords and broke-ass apartment buildings, these stand out.

Read the entire story HERE. 

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Party raises Haiti relief cash

Kew Gardens group collects money for aid trip to ravaged nation

By Anna Gustafson
Thursday, March 4, 2010 9:16 AM EST
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Mood Restaurant co-owners Martin Forde (back l.) and Moe Ahmed (back c.) pose during a fund-raiser for Haiti with Kew Gardens residents who traveled to the Caribbean nation this week. Photo by Anna Gustafson
Long after many shops shut their doors in the face of last week’s snowstorm, customers at one Kew Gardens restaurant thumbed their noses at the slippery streets and danced the night away at a fund-raiser for Haiti.

“This is a much better turnout than we thought there would be,” said Mandy Gor, a Kew Gardens resident who helped to organize last Thursday night’s event at Mood Restaurant and Lounge to raise money for Haitian relief efforts.

More than 60 people attended the event that ran past midnight and raised funds for a weeklong trip to Haiti by Gor and 14 others, who left Sunday. The individuals on the trip are part of Edeyo, a nonprofit that in 2007 opened a school in Bel Air, one of the poorest parts of Haiti’s capital, Port-au-Prince.

They will provide medical support and distribute items like food and water to Haitians, including students at the school supported by Edeyo. To date, Kew Gardens resident Kevin Jamison, who also left for Haiti Sunday, said they had located 188 of the 250 students at the primary school and had confirmed 10 pupils died in the Jan. 12 earthquake that killed an estimated 250,000 people.

Read the entire article HERE. 
Winter Landscape Painting at Maple Grove!
Date of event:  Saturday, March 13, 1:00-3:00pm, The Center at Maple Grove

Have you always wanted to paint a winter landscape but didn’t like the idea of frostbitten fingers?
Imagine this scene: You are sitting (or standing!) looking upon the winter vista from the beautiful Celebration Room at Maple Grove, a room with very good light and many huge windows. You are inspired by the landscape and create wonderful artistic masterpieces for two well spent hours using your own art supplies (paints, acrylics, watercolors, charcoals, chalks, pencils, pen & ink, etc). Life is good! 

If the above scene appeals to your artistic soul, please join us on March 13, 1:00-3:00pm at The Center at Maple Grove (127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens). 

This event is coordinated by Mandy Gor, an artist, who will be by your side if you need some encouragement, artistic advice or even a good laugh! 
All levels from beginning to advanced welcome!
Sponsored by Friends of Maple Grove, Inc.
Admittance: $8 adults, $5 seniors, Friends of Maple Grove Members FREE
To reserve a spot: or (917) 881-3358