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Structures at Fort Totten set for renovation


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Renderings courtesy NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Upgrades are coming for buildings at the historic Fort Totten Park.

The Commanding Officer’s House and the chapel at Fort Totten are set to be revitalized, according to the Parks Department, which oversees both structures and announced Aug. 8 that it is accepting bids for a contractor to do the work.

The deteriorating roof on the Commanding Officer’s House, which is used as administrative offices for the Parks Department, will be replaced with new slate shingles, and the building’s columns and cornices will be restored to their former glory.

Also, the capitals atop the columns will be replaced with ones from the building’s original design, and the metal balcony on the second floor will be repaired.

The chapel, which hosts weddings and other catered events and is used by a Korean church, will also get new shingles for its roof and steeple. And new gutters and leaders will be installed on the roof. The project will also repair, replace and paint exterior woodwork.

Fort Totten was originally built during the Civil War, and was named in honor of Gen. Joseph Totten, who died during the war.

Many people go to Fort Totten, now a park, to swim in the pool, play on the baseball field and view the historical structures.

 

 

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Apparent human leg found in water near Fort Totten Park


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A body part believed to be a human leg was discovered in the water near Fort Totten Park Monday afternoon.

Police responded to a call of a possible body part found in the vicinity of Duane and Underhill roads around 4:30 p.m. yesterday, said cops.

After determining that the body part was likely a human leg, police searched the shoreline area, but found no additional body parts.

The Medical Examiner’s Office will determine if the leg is human and its origins. The investigation is ongoing.

 

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Queens director brings female filmmakers into the spotlight


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Photo courtesy of Paola de Giovannini

Though she started her career working in front of the camera as a young actress, Effie Fradelos always knew she belonged behind the scenes and didn’t let fear stop her from making her way into the Queens World Film Festival.

The 25-year-old was born in Astoria yet moved around Queens for a few years before permanently settling in Bayside.

Starting as an actress in 2005, Fradelos worked in student-made and independent short films for two years until she realized she wanted to go into film production.

“I wanted to be the one telling the story,” said Fradelos. “I love being on set with the crew and making stuff happen from scratch.”

She then began her journey in creating a film that would bring female filmmakers into a world that is viewed as ruled by men.

“There’s not many of us women. Women need to tell their stories,” said Fradelos.

Her debut 10-minute film titled “Blooming Road” tells the story of Victoria, a lost artist attending medical school to please the desires of her mother, but who reaches a breaking point once she can no longer take it.

“I want to show people you can get out of your cage. Don’t be afraid to do what you want,” said Fradelos. “I want to entertain people and also want them to feel better about a situation.”

The whole film took a year to complete, yet actual shooting time only lasted three days back to back in locations at Fort Totten Park in Bayside, her grandparents’ apartment in Astoria and Downtown Manhattan.

After her sister told her about the Queens World Film Festival, she submitted her film and waited to see if she would make it.

“Someone had to pinch me, I felt like it was a dream,” said Fradelos. “I’m happy I was accepted into the Queens festival because it is my background, it’s my culture.”

“Blooming Road” debuted on screen Friday, March 8 at the Secret Theatre.

Fradelos will graduate from The New School for Communications and Film Production in May and already has her first feature-length script in the works, along with two other ideas.

“For sure there will be a Queens location in my next film,” said Fradelos. “It’s time that Queens is looked at like a place to come for the arts. It’s not just L.A., it’s not just Manhattan.”

 

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Halloween events in Queens


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File photo

Here’s your guide to all the Halloween happenings in Queens this October.

Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Thru October 28
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Haunted House at the Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road College Point
Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27
Wednesday, October 31
5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 6-8), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

Halloween Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Fall Festival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dead or Alive
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111 Street, Corona
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Thriller at the Battery
Fort Totten Park
Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15 Road
Friday, October 26
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, October 27-Sunday, October 28
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halloween Walking Tour
Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park (on Shore Boulevard)
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.

Rockaway Canine Festival
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Beach
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Halloweenfest
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat!
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107 Street, Corona
Saturday, October 27
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.

Bayside Village Halloween Family Festival

Bell Boulevard

between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Noon-5 p.m.

Halloween-Remixed

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
12:00 p.m.

Halloween on Ice
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32 Place, Long Island City
Sunday, October 28
12:00 pm.-3:50 p.m.

CenterStage Halloween Concert
Sky View Center
40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
3:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
Monday, October 29
4:30 p.m. (ages 5-7), 6:30 p.m. (ages 8-12)

Shocktoberfest
Playground For All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tuesday, October 30
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Queens Zoo Trick & Treating and Halloween Festivities
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, October 31
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Line up near P.S. 222  (87th Street and 37th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 31
5 p.m.

Halloween Party! Devil Science Theater 3K
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Wednesday, October 31
8 p.m.

 

 

Queens events for Labor Day Weekend


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Queens

Friday, August 31

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Take in the 1965 classic, “Doctor Zhivago,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, this tale of a love triangle set against the Bolshevik Revolution is an astonishing feat, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. Highlights include Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s iconic score.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Get on your dancing shoes for a night of music and dancing under the stars with the Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee.

8 p.m., Head to the Secret Theatre for a series of one-act plays featuring actors, playwrights and directors banding together and competing to win cash prizes in an epic theatrical showdown.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m., Trained Rangers at Fort Totten Park will give free archery lessons, demonstrating the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

11 a.m. – noon, Children can learn to cook with free classes from Allergic to Salad for ages 2 to 12 at Socrates Sculpture Park.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival at St. Albans Park and end the summer with an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music and more.

Sunday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., This is the last day for the Sunday Children’s Activity Table at the Queens Botanical Garden where they can make special crafts.

Monday, September 3

Noon – 6 p.m., Enjoy a plethora of booths selling food and goodies at the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Enjoy live music, DJs, performances, guest bartenders and chefs at the Rockaway concessions.

Around NYC

Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2

This weekend see Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island. Show times are 11 a.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bring your children to storytelling hour at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park.

Sunday, September 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats with New York City Audubon guides. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat on a tour through the North Woods. Ages 5 and up.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Head to a free Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s.

Monday, September 3

Celebrate West Indian–American Day at the mammoth parade, the high point of a 5-day Caribbean Carnival Festival that today is the largest outdoor summer event in North America.

See Governors Island on two wheels, with Bike and Roll’s free program.

You can also take the kids on one of these many day trips in and around Queens this Labor Day weekend. 

Free Shakespeare in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Hip to Hip Theater Company

In July and August, the Hip to Hip Theatre Company is giving free performances of the Shakespeare plays “Hamlet” and “Comedy of Errors” in various locations in Queens.

 

Wednesday, July 25, 7:30 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Hamlet

Thursday, July 26, 7:30 p.m.
Voelker Orth Museum
Hamlet

Friday, July 27, 7:30 p.m.
Lost Batallion Recreation Center
Comedy of Errors

Saturday, July 28, 7 p.m.
Far Rockaway Gateway Riis Park
Comedy of Errors

Sunday, July 29, 7 p.m.
Far Rockaway Beach 17th Street
Hamlet

Wednesday, August 1, 7:30 p.m.
St. Albans Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 2, 7 p.m.
Fort Totten Park
Comedy of Errors

Friday, August 3, 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park
Hamlet

Saturday, August 4, 7:30 p.m.
Gantry Plaza State Park
Comedy of Errors

Sunday, August 5, 5 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Hamlet

Wednesday, August 8, 7:30 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 9, 7 p.m.
Fort Totten Park
Hamlet

Friday, August 10, 7:30 p.m.
Sunnyside Gardens Park
Comedy of Errors

Saturday, August 11, 7:30 p.m.
Gantry Plaza State Park
Hamlet

Sunday, August 12, 5 p.m.
Socrates Sculpture Park
Comedy of Errors

Thursday, August 16, 7:30 p.m.
Voelker Orth Museum
Comedy of Errors