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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Wednesday: Generally cloudy. High 72. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 57. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus will be at Cunningham Park through June 15. Times vary. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police release video of driver wanted in Astoria hit-and-run

Cops are looking for the driver involved in an Astoria hit-and-run on Saturday that left a 21-year-old man injured. Read more: The Queens Courier

Queens man in LIRR skimming case gets 2-6 years in prison

A Queens man who pleaded guilty to his involvement in a credit card skimming scheme at several Long Island Rail Road stations was sentenced Tuesday. Read more: CBS New York

After a year’s absence, Fleet Week returns to NYC

Fleet Week is returning to New York City after a year’s absence, officials announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

Bus countdown clocks see influx of cash from lawmakers

Countdown clocks at bus stops are so popular, two City Council members have allocated $420,000 of their own funds to get more installed. Read more: am New York

Cuomo’s lead over Astorino will shrink if Working Families runs candidate

Gov. Cuomo’s huge lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino would drop to 13 percentage points if the Working Families Party puts up its own candidate in the governor’s race, a polls shows. Read more: New York Post

LIC Flea a boon to the community; comes back April 2014

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Since LIC Flea & Food opened five months ago, it saw weekends filled with growing amounts of success as family, friends and people from all over New York made their way to Long Island City and made the market their weekend destination.

The outdoor market kicked off on June 15 and since then has offered the community quick access to public transportation, a wide variety of vendors and economic growth in the growing community.

“I’m so grateful to all the amazing vendors that took part in the first season of LIC Flea & Food,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “The participation of the vendors is what made LIC Flea so special. We were fortunate to be embraced by the community and have thousands of people discover and enjoy the neighborhood.”

Since its inaugural weekend, residents and visitors from near and far have been able to enjoy unique vendors selling food from around the world, including “designer” delicious chocolates, pizza right out of a portable oven, marshmallows of every flavor and unique popcorn. LIC Flea has also featured antiques, artists’ works, vintage clothing, costume jewelry and more for the family.

“When I heard about the Flea, I was really excited because finally Queens had a flea market,” said Kazuko Nagao, owner of LIC Flea vendor Oconomi, who regularly serves Oconomiyaki, Japanese vegetable pancakes. “It’s kind of sad it’s coming to an end but we’re definitely excited to come back.”

Throughout the months LIC Flea has celebrated Japanese heritage, welcomed the Big Apple Circus, HGTV’s show “Flea Market Flip,” a Charming Child Contest, a pumpkin patch straight from the farm, our furry four-legged friends were invited for an early Halloween costume contest and visitors were also able to take free kayak trips at the Anable Basin right next to the market.

During LIC Flea’s last weekend, which was on October 26 and 27, visitors were able to participate in a workout during CrossFit Long Island City’s Barbells for Boobs fundraiser, raising money for Barbells for Boobs, a nonprofit breast cancer organization. LIC Flea also held a bar crawl through the neighborhood offering $1 half pint beers at certain locations.

And since LIC Flea brought in people from all around the borough and the city, local business have also been positively impacted as new customers made their way through the neighborhood as well.

“It both brought attention from people that lived in the neighborhood to come out and do something they normally do, but also brought people from all over the place,” said Marcus Burnett, co-owner of Rockaway Brewery, located across the street from the market on 46-01 5th Street. Burnett said he saw a 50 percent increase in sales during the summer. “It has been a big increase in business because of it. It was a good vibe.”

LIC Flea will back in Long Island City in mid April 2014.

“We were fortunate to be embraced by the community and have thousands of people discover and enjoy the neighborhood,” said Schneps. “The first year was a great way for us to create a following and we look forward to the upcoming season.”

LIC Flea & Food is within walking distance from the No. 7 train and East River Ferry LIC/Hunters Point stop. Riders can also transfer from the N and Q lines at Queens Plaza to connect to the No. 7 train.

LIC Flea is already looking for new vendors with unique and high quality hand crafted items, vintage items, artisan items and as well as fantastic food to participate in next year’s market. Applications can be completed at www.licflea.com.



HGTV, Big Apple Circus visit LIC Flea

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The circus is coming to town, but first it stopped by the LIC Flea and International Food Bazaar over the weekend.

The Big Apple Circus made an appearance at the Flea to promote its upcoming shows to potential patrons and provide a little entertainment.

HGTV’s show “Flea Market Flip,” where contestants are given about $500 to search for items, revitalize them and resell for a profit, was also at the Flea this weekend with host Lara Spencer.

“Rather than just taste the different foods, we can take in the entertainment too,” said Flea-goer Landy Wu. “The kids always like the circus. If there is an opportunity I will bring them.”

The Big Apple Circus will be playing shows at Lincoln Center from October 25 through January 12. The circus also gave free tickets to the show with a free raffle.

“We are so excited; [my son] has been talking about the Big Apple Circus all week,” said Long Island City resident Lindsy Parrott. “There are so many kids in the neighborhood I think it’s smart for the LIC Flea to capitalize on the demographic and bring this to get the kids excited to come to the Flea with their parents.”

Manolo Blank, a self-defined ironic mime, represented the circus with small performances. The mime, who is also a clown, walked on stilts, juggled, told jokes and danced, to the excitement of children.

“It’s awesome, I am enjoying [the mime’s] character,” said Melqueuoroziry Capellan.



What to do this weekend in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Saturday, June 15

Come get your hands dirty at the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day and learn about the stewardship and care it takes to keep our city green. The workshop focuses on caring for and watering the 80,000 newly planted street trees around NYC and meets at the intersection of Putnam and Forest Avenues at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Children are welcome but must be accompanied. Visit www.milliontreesnyc.org to register or call 212-360-1342.

The Noguchi Museum is inviting families to come and participate in a series of hands-on workshops. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $10 per family. Families of up to four with children from 5-11 can pre-register by calling 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail education@noguchi.org.

The Voelker Orth Museum is hosting its monthly Storybook Discovery Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum hosts a storybook-themed activity day for children 6 and under to celebrate the love of books. Each session includes an art or nature activity. There is a suggested contribution of $2. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vomuseum.org or call 718-359-6227.

From now through the end of August, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibit: Swingin’ with the AllStars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball. Located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the museum is offering free entrance to the exhibit with the price of admission, which is $10, or $7 for seniors, students, and children. The exhibit focuses on Armstrong’s fascination with baseball and features several photos and artifacts sequencing the jazz legend’s involvement with the New York’s top players during the height of his fame. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a group tour visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8274.

Sunday, June 16

Nothing says summer like experiencing the open water in NYC. Join the Urban Park Rangers for their intermediate canoeing workshop at Bayswater Park. For ages eight and up, participants will meet at Bay 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Some experience is preferred, but not required. The Urban Rangers will take you on the waters of lakes, bays, and rivers. For details call 718-846-2731 or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m., the Big Apple Circus will be dazzling audiences with its array of old-fashioned circus acts. From jugglers, clowns, and bicycle tricks to contortionists, horses, and men flying on the trapeze, the show is sure to please, as it has for years. The circus will take place in the Big Top at Cunningham Park located at 196-22 Union Turnpike. Tickets are starting at $20. More information is available at 888-541-3750 or by visiting the event’s page at www.nycgovparks.org.

Come and enjoy the sounds of your favorite soul and R&B classic at an outdoor performance in Forest Park.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Magic of Motown will be hosted in the George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for more details

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Monday: Overcast with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. Fog early. High of 79. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%. Monday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Fog overnight. Low of 68. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Big Apple Circus 

The Big Apple Circus comes to Queens at Cunningham Park  in Fresh Meadows from Sunday, May 19 – Sunday, June 16. Experience the nostalgic thrills of bygone big tops and get a first-hand view of beauties, daredevils and clowns from another era. Performers from around the world create joyful memories under the artistic direction of Guillaume Dufresnoy. More than 40 performances will take place. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly rejects calls for more oversight after successful lawsuits against NYPD

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly blasted critics calling for the NYPD to monitor successful lawsuits against cops in the wake of a Daily News investigation. Read more: New York Daily News

Sen Schumer calls on airlines to reverse flight change fee increases

Senator Charles Schumer doesn’t want to see airline fees go sky-high. Read more: CBS New York

Gillibrand announces legislation to ease student loan burdens

U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has proposed new legislation to ease the burden for students who have taken out loans to pay for their education. Read more: AP/CBS New York

Amtrak service remains suspended between NYC and New Haven

Amtrak announced Sunday night that service remains suspended between New York and New Haven, with limited Amtrak service available between Boston and New Haven. Read more: Fox New York

FDA could make tanning beds have labels discouraging teen use

The Food and Drug Administration is looking to deter young people from using tanning beds, with new rules that would reclassify sunlamp products from low risk devices to moderate risk. Read more: NY1

Senate committee moves toward vote on immigration

The Senate Judiciary Committee is aiming this week to pass a landmark immigration bill to secure the border and offer citizenship to millions, setting up a high-stakes debate on the Senate floor. Read more: AP

What to do with the kids this weekend

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 Saturday, October 13

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 11th Annual Harvest Festival in Jamaica there will be cook-offs, cooking demos, live music, food tastings and arts andcrafts, such as making a scarecrow, pumpkin decorating and face painting. There will also be magic shows, colorful clowns and cowboys.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the Oktoberfest and Harvest Hoopla in Bayside there will fun and games for children, food, refreshments, and music by the Pilsner Brass Band. Entry to the event is free.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is having its 22nd Annual Fund-Raising Pumpkin Fair with live music, international dishes, hotdogs, hamburgers, shish kebabs, pumpkin dishes, a raffle and balloon animals.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Come to the King Manor Harvest Festival for fall-themed crafts and a food-themed celebration, including a historic food demonstration. It will be fun for the whole family.

Sunday, October 14

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., At the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Paper Making kids can bring their own brightly colored leaves to create handmade paper with fall foliage. Preregistration is recommended.


Saturday, October 13

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., At the Madison Square Park’s annual Fall Kids Fest children can enjoy a free event with live music, arts and crafts, face painting, snacks and more. There will also be a costume parade led by a Big Apple Circus and pumpkin decorating.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., At the 10th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair dogs and their owners can take part in free dog events, including tips from trainers, and participate in fun games, contests, giveaways and more.

Saturday, October 13- Sunday, October 14

2 p.m., This weekend at the Long Island Children’s Museum come see Fall Fun, an interactive musical celebrating autumn from the harvest to Halloween. Ages 3 and up.

Sunday, October 14

2:00 p.m., Come to a family-friendly concert featuring Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Ages 2 to 7.

*For more fun things to do with kids, check out our list of Halloween events in Queens