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Star of Queens: Harriet Krasnoff, head of the Outreach Program, Alley Pond Environmental Center

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Harriet Krasnoff

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Harriet Krasnoff is the head of the Outreach Program at the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a program in which animals are brought to hospitals, nursing homes and hospices to let residents there interact with them. Before she started doing this with APEC, Krasnoff was in charge of the same program at the Bronx Zoo for 35 years.

BACKGROUND: Krasnoff was born in Frankfurt, Germany in 1927, and came to America in 1948 as a Holocaust survivor. During her childhood, she spent most of her time in the Frankfurt Zoo, where she learned how to handle animals. It was there that her love for animals originated.

“I’ve wanted to help people ever since I was a child,” she said. “Then my husband found an ad in the newspaper saying that volunteers were needed at the Bronx Zoo, and that’s how Outreach got started.

After one of Krasnoff’s friends suggested they bring animals from the zoo to hospitals and hospices, she began bringing mammals, reptiles and birds to facilities all around New York.

“It’s a wonderful feeling seeing these people who seem like they couldn’t care less about anything perk up and get involved,” Krasnoff said. “When I see the looks on people’s faces, it makes me feel like I’ve really accomplished something. And that makes my life worthwhile.”

FAVORITE MEMORY: “One of my favorite memories is from Calvary Hospital,” Krasnoff said. “A man who simply did not want to be brought down to the main room to be part of things came down and decided he would take a look. He wound up getting so involved, he called his nurse later on and said, ‘You know what? For the last hour, I forgot I was sick. I forgot for the last hour that I was dying.’ Now that’s a statement that I’ll never forget.”

BIGGEST CHALLENEGE: “My biggest challenge is always having to find somebody else to work with. I can only do the Outreach Program once a week now, and there aren’t many volunteers since most people have their own jobs and can’t go out. I do the very best to make people happy every day now with my partner, John Burkitt. He’s as big a part of this program as I am.”

INSPIRATION: “My inspiration is to make people happy for as long as I can. As long as I can hope to stay well enough, I’m going to keep doing what I’m doing. At my age, there’s always a limit for one reason or another, after having done this for 40 years. I just look forward to being with people and creating smiles.”




Cheap dates in New York City

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Want to take a date out for a night on the town, but worried the price tag is holding you back?  Here are a few inexpensive options sure to be full-priced fun.


Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image features a number of exhibits that would interest any cinema fan. From replicas of early optical devices to screenings of classic movies, the museum offers a unique, interesting and fun date experience. General Admission is only $12.

Website: www.movingimage.us

Phone: 718-777-6888

Address: 36-01 35th Avenue


Broadway Student Rush tickets

Nothing says romance better than a night out at a Broadway show. While this may be out of the budget of the average student, Student Rush tickets make this an affordable and fun option.

By showing a valid student ID at the box office, discounted tickets (sometimes up to 50 percent off) can be purchased. Often, one person is able to purchase two tickets. However, they must be bought at the theater’s box office the day of the show and are in limited quantity, so get there early before a line forms. Check the show of your choice’s website to make sure they offer rush tickets.

Central Park

Sometimes it’s best to just stick with the classics. Beautiful scenery and plenty of activities make Central Park an iconic date destination. The fact that almost everything is free is also pretty attractive.

Picnicking, hiking or just strolling through the park are just a few options. The Central Park Zoo is also open year-round and will only set you back $6 ($12 if you’re paying for your date).

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Habana Outpost

This Fort Greene restaurant offers very affordable, Latino-inspired meal options. But, more importantly, it has very affordable drinks: draft beers start as low as $2.75. The frozen mojitos are a bit pricier — around $8 — but are well worth the cost. The Habana Outpost also has a number of events, like movie screenings, throughout the fall.

Website: www.habanaoutpost.com

Phone: 718-858-9500

Address: 757 Fulton Street

The New York Aquarium

Located off of the Coney Island Boardwalk is the New York Aquarium. General Admission is $14.95. For $5 more, you can purchase the “Total Experience” tickets that give you access to the Aquarium as well as new 4D theater ride. If that’s still too expensive for you, on Fridays after 3 p.m., admission can be had for a pay-what-you-wish donation. Exhibits include a shark tank (and feedings), sea lion shows and a year-round outdoor penguin exhibit.

Web: www.nyaquarium.com

Phone: 718-265-3474

Address: 602 Surf Ave


New York Botanical Garden

What says date better than 250 acres of flowers and trees? “Grounds-Only Admission” to the New York Botanical Garden will cost you $5 with a student ID ($10 without). This gives you access to a large amount of the Garden’s grounds, which boasts some of the most well regarded botanical exhibits in the country. On top of that, admission is free all day Wednesday. Tickets for specialty exhibits will cost extra however.

Website: www.nybg.org

Phone: 718-817-8700

Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx Zoo

From butterfly rooms to anteater eating shows, the Bronx Zoo has plenty of exhibits and activities for couples. And general admission is only $16.95. On Wednesdays, it’s suggested donation entry fee.

Website: www.bronxzoo.com

Phone: 718-220-5100

Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard

Staten Island

Clove Road Park

Tucked away in northeastern Staten Island is Clove Road Park. The park boasts a huge amount of green space, which means you’ll never have a problem finding some privacy.

Website: www.nycgovparks.org/parks/CloveLakesPark

Long Island

The Melting Pot

It’s a chain restaurant, yes, but it does things right. Located in Farmingdale, the Melting Pot’s fondue-centric menu offers diners a deliciously unique experience. While it can get a bit expensive, a quick poke around the menu will reveal cheap deals for food and drinks.

Website: www.meltingpot.com

Phone: 631-752-4242

Address: 2377 Broadhollow Road

Tommy’s Place

Tommy’s Place is a cheap and cozy option for any date. Located in Port Jefferson, the Irish pub/restaurant features a laid back, casual atmosphere. With fairly priced food and drinks, live music and outdoors seating (weather permitting), you can’t go wrong.

Website: www.tommysplace.com

Phone: 631-209-1900

Address: 109 Main Street

Day trips in and around Queens

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Montauk's Camp Hero State Park


Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue, Union Turnpike, Park Lane South between Brooklyn-Queens County Line and Park Lane

This large park has 165 acres of trees, a golf course,  riding trails, historic carousel and more.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Ave., Astoria

Learn all about the magic of film at the country’s only museum dedicated to the art, history, technique and technology of the moving image in all its forms. After you check out the exhibits, stick around for one of its evening screenings. 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th St., Corona

You don’t need to be a science geek to have fun at this museum, featuring over 450 interactive exhibits that any curious child will love.

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park

The only working historical farm in the city, visitors can check out the fields, vineyard, farm implements and various farm animals.

Queens Botanical Gardens
43-50 Main St., Flushing

The beautiful gardens and trees provide an urban escape for visitors who can walk around for hours through its 39 acres.

Queens Zoo
53-51 111th St. in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park 

Queens locals don’t have to travel very far to see animals, such as tropical birds, alligators, pumas and bears, at this zoo inside Flushing Meadows Park

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City

Founded and designed by internationally renowned Japanese-American artist Isamu Noguchi, this LIC museum is noted for its sculpture garden.




American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport
1230 New Highway, Farmingdale, NY

Both the young and old will enjoy this museum of historic aircraft and military vehicles at Republic Airport. 

Bronx Zoo
2300 South Blvd., Bronx 

Not only is this zoo the largest in New York City, it is also one of the largest urban zoos in the country. Throughout the year visitors can check out its hundreds of animal species, children’s zoo, butterfly garden, camel rides and much more. [Photo courtesy of Bronx Zoo]

Brotherhood Winery
100 Brotherhood Plaza Drive, Washingtonville, NY

Dating back to 1839, Brotherhood is America’s oldest winery, and offers tours and tastings. [Photo by Tomas Donoso]

Camp Hero State Park
1898 Montauk Highway, Montauk, NY

This 415-acre park provides a variety of outdoor enjoyment, including extensive trails, a long expanse of beachfront along the Atlantic Ocean and an historic military installation. [Photo courtesy of NYS OPRHP]

Captain Lawrence Brewing Company
444 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY

In addition to tasting its many beers, including several seasonal varieties, the brewery also has special events—everything from concerts to trivia nights.

Coney Island Beach and Board Walk
Corbin Place to W. 37 St., Boardwalk, Brooklyn

The iconic Coney Island offers lots of fun, whether it’s walking along the boardwalk, riding on the Cyclone roller coaster or eating a Nathan’s Famous hotdog.

Deep Hollow Ranch
Three miles east of Montauk village on Route 27; turn left at Suffolk County Park

People usually think of the southwest when it comes to cattle ranches, but Long Island is home to America’s oldest one. Visitors can tour the ranch and take horse rides along the shore of Block Island Sound. 

Discovery Wetland Cruises
Across Dock Road from the Three Village Inn (150 Main St., Stony Brook, NY)

Take a one-and-a-half hour tour boat tour of an 88-acre wetlands preserve in Long Island.

Discovery Times Square
226 West 44th St., New York

There is plenty to see (and buy) in the heart of midtown Manhattan, but one place that shouldn’t be missed is Discovery Times Square. Currently you can check out an interactive family-friendly exhibit about the secret world of espionage.  

Long Island Aquarium & Exhibition Center
431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY

See sharks, otters, sea lions and more ocean creatures at this acaqurium, which features indoor and outdoor exhibits. [Photo courtesy of Long Island Aquarium and Exhibition Center]

New York Renaissance Faire
600 Route 17A, Tuxedo Park, NY

In its 35th year, this annual festival will bring you back to Elizabethan England with it food, shops, acrobatics, magicians, juggler and more. It runs until Sept. 23.

Pollock-Krasner House
830 Springs-Fireplace Road, East Hampton, NY

Modern art fans will love taking a trip to the home of the late artist Jackson Pollack and his wife. Famous for his drip paintings, which now sell for millions, you can see the studio where he created his famous works.

Six Flags Great Adventure & Wild Safari
Six Flags Blvd. (off of I-195), Jackson, NJ

Just take a drive south down I-195 and you’ll reach this amusement park of thrilling roller coasters and other fun rides plus its safari park.

Splish Splash
2549 Splish Splash Drive, Calverton, NY

Voted one of the country’s best water parks by the Travel Channel, this Long Island attraction is the perfect way to beat the summer heat.  

The Cloisters
99 Margaret Corbin Drive, Fort Tryon Park, New York

A branch of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Cloisters museum and gardens is dedicated to the art and architecture of medieval Europe. [Photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Museum of Art]

Woodbury Common Premium Outlets
498 Red Apple Court, Central Valley, NY

Everyone loves a great deal. From chain store brands to designer goods, you’ll find amazing discounts at this shopping center. 

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