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US Open to host first-ever free day for fans


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Photo courtesy Dominick Totino

Updated 5:22 p.m. 

The cover charge for one day at the U.S. Open will be love — or, in other words, free.

NYC & Company, the city’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization, announced Tuesday that the 2015 U.S. Open — which will take place from Aug. 31 through Sept. 13 – will hold a free day for fans on Sept. 10.

During this day, tennis enthusiasts will be able to enter the grounds free of charge and watch the best doubles teams — men’s, women’s and mixed — play on the courts at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. During the day, there will be no games played in Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Fans are then invited to stay and watch that evening’s women’s singles semifinals on the video screens throughout the grounds. A purchased ticket is needed to get into Arthur Ashe Stadium for the women’s semifinals.

“The U.S. Open is one of the most exciting times to be in New York City, where people come to the Big Apple to see the best tennis players in the world compete at one of the world’s greatest venues, the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing,” said Marty Markowitz, vice president of borough engagement and promotion at NYC & Company. “While in Queens, we encourage all U.S. Open guests to experience the wonders of New York’s largest borough, which has so many diverse neighborhoods offering authentic cuisines and cultural attractions that send visitors on a journey around the world without ever leaving the borough.”

The 2015 U.S. Open will begin on Aug. 31 with a performance by multiplatinum-selling artist Josh Groban and appearance by tennis legend Billie Jean King, who will be on the court to welcome fans to the opening night along with USTA Chairman of the Board and President Katrina Adams.

The opening ceremony will be shown live on ESPN2 as part of the network’s tournament coverage.

The announcement of the free day was joined by NYC & Company’s highlights of “must-see activities and destinations to explore throughout Queens during the 2015 U.S. Open.”

Some highlights include crossing Roosevelt Avenue and catching a New York Mets game at Citi Field, surfing at Rockaway Beach, visiting Queens’ largest Park Flushing Meadows Corona Park — where guests can enjoy the New York Hall of Science, Queens Zoo and Queens Museum —and also heading down to Long Island City and enjoying cultural centers like MoMA PS1 and the Museum of the Moving Image.

“We urge visitors to see and experience for yourselves just why Queens has been named the country’s top tourist destination,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “When you’re not watching the exciting action at the Open, we urge you to take advantage of the unparalleled array of culinary, cultural and shopping attractions that befit the ‘World’s Borough.'”

NYC & Company also highlighted the variety of hotel offerings in the borough which include locations in Flushing and Long Island City such as the Z New York Hotel, Wyndham Garden Long Island City and The Parc Hotel.

For more information visit nycgo.com/queens or nycgo.com.

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Cool off for free at these Queens outdoor pools


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of .nycgovparks.org

You don’t need a fancy club membership or the money to put in your own backyard swimming oasis to beat the heat this summer.

Starting Saturday, June 27, the Parks Department is opening its free outdoor pools around the city, including at eight locations in Queens.  All locations are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m.). The season runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Astoria Park
19th Street and 23rd Drive, Astoria
Olympic-sized pool

Fisher Pool
99th Street and 32nd Avenue, East Elmhurst
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool

Fort Totten
338 Story Avenue, Fort Totten Park, Bayside
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool, outdoor diving pool

Liberty Park Pool
173rd Street and 106th Avenue, Jamaica
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool

Marie Curie Park
211th Street and 46th Avenue, Bayside
Outdoor mini pool

P.S. 10
45th Street and 30th Road, Astoria
Outdoor mini pool

P.S. 186 Playground
Little Neck Parkway and 72nd Avenue, Glen Oaks
Outdoor mini pool

Windmuller Park
54th Street and 39th Road, Woodside
Outdoor mini pool

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Middle Village dance studio hosts free performances


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Photo courtesy Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater

The Salvatore LaRussa Dance Theater (SLDT) – The Academy will be hosting the fifth-annual Free Sunday Arts Performances series in their Middle Village studio, located at 66-85 73rd Pl., in June.

During the Free Sunday Arts Performances, sponsored by Queens Council on the Arts, SLDT will showcase six emerging New York City choreographers and dance companies. The performances will be held on June 7 and 14 at 5 p.m. and are open to the general public.

Established in 2003, SLDT is a nonprofit organization that aims to offer professional dance instruction and arts education to a diverse income area that is lacking in arts, cultural and community activity.

SLDT – The Academy serves as a permanent home for the Salvatore LaRussa Dance Company, allowing it to better the artistic, creative and educational needs of the Queens and Brooklyn communities. The Academy is a long-term, innovative, exploratory learning center for children, parents and adults that will bring the joy of dance to the community.

The Academy teaches the art of ballet and modern dance. In addition, it fosters opportunities for active and healthier lifestyles by engaging the community with alternative recreational activities, such as creative movement classes for young children, as well as dance and theater classes for all ages.

All classes are taught by SLDT dance company members, as well as professionals from the New York City dance and theater communities.

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Ridgewood Savings to hold financial seminar, free homebuyers’ workshops


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Ridgewood Savings Bank will host a financial seminar and free homebuyers’ workshops at several branches in April and June for people who need assistance.

At the homebuyers’ workshop, bank representatives and a licensed architect will take participants through the process of buying a residence, including initial decision-making cost analysis, criteria for selecting the right home and mortgage application do’s and don’ts.

At the financial seminar, professionals will explain how to start and manage checking and savings accounts for emergencies, financials goals and retirement, among other topics.

“As a community-focused institution for more than 90 years, Ridgewood Savings Bank has an unwavering commitment to helping people achieve homeownership and financial stability,” said Peter Boger, Ridgewood Savings Bank chairman, president and chief executive officer. “These programs provide residents of the communities that we serve with vital information about purchasing a home, managing their money, and achieving their financial goals.”

Workshops
• Tuesday, April 8, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Ridgewood branch, 71-02 Forest Ave.
• Tuesday, April 22, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Astoria branch, 43-14 Ditmars Blvd.
• Tuesday, June 3, 6:15-8:15 p.m. at the Elmhurst branch, 74-25 Grand Ave.

Financial seminar
• Wednesday, May 14, 6:15-7:45 p.m. at the Astoria branch, 43-14 Ditmars Blvd.

 

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NYC business owner offers to dig out your car for free


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THE COURIER/File photo

This season’s snow has left New Yorkers with plenty of winter woes, but one local businessman wants to help ease one.

Bill Lerner, owner of garage firm iPark, is offering to dig motorists parked within a five block radius of any of his 125 parking garages out of the snow for free.

If a driver’s car is stuck, call 917-209-2105 and someone will be dispatched to help.

“We just want to be a good neighbor to everybody in the community,” Lerner said. “I think we all need to help each other out.”

Following one of the recent storms, Lerner was walking around Manhattan, where he lives, and noticed all the cars locked in the “frozen tundra” of ice and snow.

Lerner then realized he had hundreds of men at his disposable who could lend a hand.

During the morning and evening commutes, from 7 to 10 a.m., and 4 to 7 p.m., his garage workers are busy. But in between those hours they have time to grab a shovel and start digging, he thought.

Shoveling out a car is strenuous work, he said, but many of his employees are young and physically fit.

In Queens, there are five iPark garages in Rego Park and Forest Hills, located at 105-25 Gerard Pl., 110-45 Queens Blvd., 98-10 64th St., 98-33 63rd Dr. and 62-60 99th St..

There are also garages throughout Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bronx. For their locations, click here.

It’s best to call between the hours of 10 a.m. and 4 p.m., Lerner said, when his men are likely to be available.

The offer is good “until the snow melts.”

He hopes next year’s winter will not be as bad as this one. But, Lerner said if it is, he is “going to pitch in and help the community” again.

 

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What to do with the kids this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Queens

Friday, August 24

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Take a whale and dolphin watching cruise, leaving from Riis Landing in Rockaway. Reservations required.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come to an evening of dancing under the stars at Gorman Playground. There will be music, face painting for children, and a raffle drawing.

Saturday, August 25

11 a.m., Children between the ages of 6 and 11 at Central Library’s Science Lab will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy an hour of educational fun at this wonderful weekly lab.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Children explore innovative art mediums and a variety of subject matter at Socrates Sculpture Park’s free Kids Sculpture Workshop, including paper making, bike decoration, mask making, and more.

Noon – 4 p.m., Children of all ages can participate in a free afternoon of crafts, games, music, inflatables, pony rides and more at Family Day at St. Albans Park.

4 p.m. – Midnight, Help renowned visiting Canadian artists Thomas+Guinevere transform Socrates Sculpture Park into a field of freestanding, larger-than-life, glowing, sculptural scarecrows.

Sunday, August 26

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Engage with your children in discussions about art in The Noguchi Museum’s galleries, and work together or individually to make your own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11.

Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the last New York Hall of Science’s Maker Weekend of the summer visitors can build a fort using cardboard, PVC pipes, fabric while collaborating with other museum-goers. Free with museum admission.

Around NYC

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

Sited on Madison Square Park’s expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds will introduce a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each railing begins to grow into a unique fantastic form.

Saturday, August 25

Noon, Tykes will have a ball watching a slew of kiddie musicians at this J&R sponsored Kids Music Fest. Among the day’s featured performers are Bari Koral, Karen K and the Jitterbugs and Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Once they’ve gotten their musical fill, kids can participate in free activities from MoonSoup and the Craft Studio. Free. All ages.

4 p.m., Enjoy Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke at a free kids concert in Carroll Park.

Sunday, August 26

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., The three stages at the Brighton Beach Jubilee feature Russian entertainment, rock and roll music and dads competing in an arm wrestling competition for the title of the “strongest arm in Brooklyn.” Sandy the Seagull, the Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot, will make an appearance, and children can take a spin on kiddie rides and get their faces painted. Free. All ages.

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Families are invited to the historic Brooklyn farmhouse to rewind time—and get their hearts pumping—with such fun throwback activities as potato sack races and spoon races. Free. Ages 5 and up.