Every Sunday morning, two worlds collide in Murray Park. Soccer players from Central America use the playing field for a full roster of side by side doubleheaders. While the men are competing, their spouses, girlfriends, and young children gravitate to the playground, and are frequently joined by the men after the games. Meanwhile, around 11am, a large Sikh contingent flows into the park after a service at the community center across the street, which doubles as a makeshift temple, lets out. Now there is no question as to who are the soccer players and who are the congregants, but when it comes to the children on the playground, the differences are nil. The clothes are the same, as is the lack of accents. My guess is that very few of these two groups actually live in LIC, and probably when they leave the park go back to separate enclaves where their respective nationalities and religions predominate. Yet for several hours every Sunday, these two very different cultures have somehow been thrown together, a convergence I doubt either one would have imagined when they decided to emigrate here. Only in Queens, and in this particular case, only in Long Island City.
Isn’t that a lovely story? My gosh, Hemingway would be proud. In maintaining the good vibes, I am happy to report that all the LIC news today is of the leisurely sort. No new condo noise problems, school issues, beguiling internet start-ups, or Vernon Boulevard streakers to report on. Just food, food, food, and for those interested in expanding their minds as well as their waistlines, a story about Open House NY, one of the most fascinating opportunities for the residents of NYC to learn more about their city. It is really cool, it is happening this weekend, and I have to miss it(once again) to attend a bar mitzvah in Roslyn and an Indian sweet sixteen in Bridgewater. So please, check it out for those of us who cannot.
Newcomers Alobar and Casa Enrique Make the 2013 Michelin List – as did Shi in prior years, make of it what you will
Daily News Top Ten New Restaurant Openings in Fall 2012 – and M Wells makes the list, no surprise there
The Architect Behind M Wells Dinette – the M Wells PR team is in overdrive!
Astoria To Celebrate Oktoberfest With Pig Roast – no need for Michelin’s imprimatur for this gourmand
Open House NY Comes To Queens – culture first, pig roast second