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‘Call Me Maybe’ most shared song in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Twitter/@carlyraejepsen

Queens prefers pop, according to social music sharing service Spotify.

An analysis of what songs were shared the most in New York City found that each borough has a distinct taste in music.

In Queens, the most shared song on Spotify from July to mid-September was Carly Rae Jepsen mega hit “Call Me Maybe.” Though the borough’s favorite genre to share was pop,  “Thinkin About You” by R&B singer Frank Ocean tied for the top spot.

The same Frank Ocean song was a favorite among Brooklynites.

Spotify  called Manhattan “slightly ahead of the curve” when it comes to music, and said the borough shared folk rock song “Ho Hey” by The Lumineers the most.

Staten Island also shared a folk rock song the most, but it was Of Monsters And Men’s “Little Talks.”

Finally, in the Bronx, the top shared tune was Rihanna’s “Where Have You Been.”

 

Queens top shared songs:

1.  Carly Rae Jepsen – Call Me Maybe (Pop)

1. Frank Ocean – Thinkin Bout You (R&B)

3.  Gotye – Somebody That I Used To Know (Indie/Pop)

4. Maroon 5 – Payphone (Pop)

5 . Major Lazer – Get Free (Hip Hop)

6 . Fun. – Some Nights (Pop)

6. Fun. – We Are Young – feat. Janelle Monáe (Pop)

8.  David Guetta – Titanium – feat. Sia   (Dance)

9.  The Lumineers – Ho Hey (Folk Rock)

9. Jason Mraz – I Won’t Give Up (Pop Rock)

 

This Weekend in Queens


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Weekend Events in Queens – December 2-4

(Compiled from About.com & other sources)

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What’s happening this week


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EDITOR’S PICKS

Saturday, October 22 at 8 p.m. Queens Center for the Performing Arts: Feel Good Music, the World’s Greatest Love Songs; part of the Culture Expressed Through Sound concert series; some of the most enduring and heartfelt romantic songs from American Pop, Jazz, Broadway and top 40 radio playlists; featuring Dakota MacLeod and Ray Naccari; call 718-321-8496 or visit www.centerstageqcpa.org.

Saturday and Sunday, October 29-30, 11-4 p.m. Wildlife Conservation Society’s Queens Zoo: Boo at the Zoo; festivities include the haunted habitat, animal presentations, pumpkin picking, face painting, trick or treating and fun costumes; Pre-registration for the party is required by emailing qzeducation@wcs.org or calling 718-271-7361.

WEEKEND EVENTS

Friday, October 21 from 7 – 9 p.m. Strawberry’s Sports Grill: 25th Anniversary of the 1986 New York Mets Championship Season; open bar, food, photo opportunities and mingling with the ‘86 Mets; purchase also includes: one item that will be pre-signed by a minimum of 15 of the players in attendance; to purchase tickets, call 718-575-9500 or visit www.strawberrysgrill.com.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 21

3:30 p.m. East Elmhurst Library: National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week; lead poisoning is a serious environmental health hazard and peeling lead paint in older homes is the most common source of exposure for New York City children; learn about the health effects of lead exposure and potential sources such as peeling paint and imported products; call 718-424-2619.

4 p.m. Long Island City Library: Go Pink Day; make sure to wear pink to promote breast cancer awareness; everyone who wears pink will get rewarded by being served a yummy pink smoothie; call 718-752-3700.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22

2:30 p.m. Forest Hills Library: Vocalist Sherry Zannoth; vocalist Sherry Zannoth pays tribute to Fanny Brice and Molly Picon and the music that made them famous; call 718-268-7934.

3 p.m. Bayside Library: Italian Heritage Month with Music; Michela Musolino and friends perform traditional Sicilian Songs to the Sea; call 718-229-1834.

3 p.m. Broadway Library: Stan Edwards; Stan Edwards performs the tunes that captured America, from its first radio show in April 1934 to its final year on TV in April 1959; call 718-721-2462.

Noon. Flushing Library: Blood Fest 2011 – Halloween Show: with Special Guests Ray West and Alex Haines; a magic show, horror films, trick-or-treat haunted tunnel, ghost and creature displays, costume/scream/make-a-mummy contests. Plus, Werewolf vs. Bigfoot: see two legendary creatures collide in a battle to the death live on-stage; there will also be concerts featuring our opening act, Alex Haines, and headliner Ray West, with his band All Points West; call 718-661-1200.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23

3 p.m. St. Luke’s in Forest Hills: Songs of the Civil War, A 150 Year Anniversary Commemorative through Music; presented by Wings of Song in collaboration with Park & Bark Opera; music filled with passion, patriotism and peace; call 212-769-7082 or email ltg@operanews.com.com; visit www.stlukesforesthills.org.

10 a.m. Reform Temple of Forest Hills: Talk on Homelessness in America; a discussion regarding how homelessness can relate to trauma, violence and mental illness; to register, visit www.rtfh.org or call the temple at 718-261-2900.

10 a.m. Temple Beth Sholom: The Balfour Declaration and it’s Reverberations; Liz Roper, a children’s and adult literature consultant, who leads book discussion groups and presents lectures on topics of Jewish interest; breakfast included, call temple office at 718-463-4143.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 24

6 p.m. Glendale Library: Linda Ipanema and Stan Edwards; Linda Ipanema and Stan Edwards take you on a musical tour of New Orleans with foot-stomping, finger-snapping music featuring some Dixieland tunes, Blues ballads, and great swing selections; call 718-821-4980.

6 p.m. North Forest Park Library: The Jeff Kruh Jazz Ensemble; enjoy some of Ellington’s best known compositions such as Sophisticated Lady, Caravan and more; call 718-261-5512.

6:30 p.m. Long Island City Library: Help Save a Life: Learn CPR – Free On-Site Training for Adults; the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit provides adult CPR awareness with hands-on participation to help you learn the core skills of CPR; knowing CPR cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make a difference in saving a family member, friend or co-worker’s life; preregistration is required; call 718-752-3700.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 25

3 p.m. Bellerose Library: Castorina and Rose; Castorina and Rose perform memorable favorites such as Send In the Clowns, Hello, Dolly!, Everything’s Coming Up Roses and many more; call 718-831-8644.

6 p.m. Flushing Library: Acoustic Guitarist George Worthmore; solo acoustic guitarist performs songs by traditional American Blues artists like Blind Blake, contemporary players like Chet Atkins, Doc Watson, and more; call 718-661-1200.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Owning Your Own Business: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; learn how to develop your idea into a business plan. Participants will learn; creating a demand for your product/service; setting goals and objectives, budgeting and timelines, identifying resources and networks; every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Job Information Center. To register, please call 718-990-5102.

WEDNESDAY. OCTOBER 26

2 p.m. Central Library: Social Security; If you are 55+ years and over, then this class is for you. Q & A session will follow. Topics that will be covered include:Social Security Benefits; Financial Literacy; The Retirement Estimator and other online tools; Medicare; call 718-990-0700.

6:30-9 p.m. Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Avenue): New York Asian Women’s Center 29th Anniversary Benefit and Phoenix Awards; silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; tickets can be purchased online at www.nycharities.org, keyword: New York Asian Women’s Center; call 646-502-5337 or visit www.nyawc.org for more information.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27

6:30 p.m. Steinway Library: Budget Travel Tips; learn how to plan a great trip without spending a lot of money; Regina Landi will share tips and strategies for navigating the sea of travel information out there and will show you how to get the most value out of your travel dollar wherever you go; call 718-728-1965.

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, October 30 at 9 a.m. Fort Totten Park on Little Neck Bay: 10th Annual Totten Trot 5K Foot Race; in memory of Billy Barnes; supporting the education programs of the Bayside Historical Society; check in begins at 7:30 a.m.; kids fun run begins at 10 a.m.; running in Halloween costume optional

Through October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose superheroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

Wednesday, November 2 from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Queens County Farm Museum Barn: Cross Island Y Live and Silent Auction; whether you’re looking for something unique for yourself, searching for a gift for a special someone, or looking to add a little adventure to your life, you’re sure to find something in our auction; every bid benefits the YMCA Strong Kids Campaign; call 718-479-0505 or visit www.ymcanyc.org/crossisland.

Thursday, November 10, 7-9 p.m. Villa Russo: Annual Wedding Seminar; learn how to plan a “Wedding on a budget” Find out whats new in the world of Weddings today; call 718-849-0900.

November 3-13 Queens Theatre in the Park: ‘S Wonderful; five mini-musicals take audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwins the most successful songwriting team in musical history; featuring more than 40 classic hits including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” ‘S Wonderful will have you tapping your toes to the fascinating rhythms of George & Ira Gershwin; visit www.queenstheatre.org or call 718-760-0064.

Through November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.

Residents and officials fight for Forest Park Carousel


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the Woodhaven Resident's Block Association

Local residents and officials hope to save the Forest Park Carousel from the glue factory.

The Forest Park Carousel remains dark as the Parks Department has received no viable proposal from vendors to run the historic ride.

The Parks Department said it will conduct “extensive outreach” to find a suitable vendor and plans to re-release the Request for Proposal (RFP), though no date has been set.

The carousel has not been operated since 2009 when its vendor, New York One, did not renew its contract.

As local residents eagerly await a new vendor to operate the ride, they are making sure their message is not forgotten.

The 50 “Save the Forest Park Carousel” T-shirts, at $10 a piece, quickly sold out at the Woodhaven Street Fair on Sunday, October 16.

The hot item is a great way to allow the residents to help support the fight for the carousel, said Ed Wendell, president of the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association.

Residents that were not able to purchase the shirts there can order them by calling the Woodhaven Resident’s Block Association’s office at 718-296-3735.

The money raised from the shirts will be funneled back into trying to get the carousel up and running.

“This is three full summers in a row that it has been closed. People are frustrated now that another year has gone by and there is still no closure,” Wendell said.

Assemblymember Mike Miller is working on a plan that would allow a nonprofit take over the concessions. He has scheduled a meeting with the Parks Department to discuss the plan.

“People within the community have fond memories of the carousel and they want to see it put to good use,” the assemblymember said. “It’s disappointing that we can’t find someone to run the carousel.”

Wendell would like to see the carousel running – even if it is just once a month.

“Turn it on once a month; pick a Saturday,” he said. “We can get volunteers that will work for the carousel. The community will support it.

“It’s part of our shared history; it’s part of our community,” Wendell said. “We’ve come close to losing it permanently twice and people are scared that this is going to be it. Could this be the last we see of [the carousel]?”

What’s Happening This Weekend


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Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness;

EDITOR’S PICKS

Friday, October 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Flushing Town Hall: The Collage Aesthetic of Louis Armstrong – In the Cause of Happiness; made for an exhibition at Lincoln Center, the Louis Armstrong Collage Exhibition features reproductions of some of the remarkable collages created by Louis Armstrong affixed to the boxes of his audio tapes, and introduces audiences to this very public man who could turn his irrepressible creativity to arts other than music; visit www.flushingtownhall.com or call 718-463-7700 for more details.

November 3-13 Queens Theatre in the Park: ‘S Wonderful; five mini-musicals take audiences on an all-singing, all-dancing ride to the places, times and styles that made the Gershwins the most successful songwriting team in musical history; featuring more than 40 classic hits including “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone To Watch Over Me,” “They Can’t Take That Away From Me,” and “Rhapsody in Blue,” ‘S Wonderful will have you tapping your toes to the fascinating rhythms of George & Ira Gershwin; visit www.queenstheatre.org or call 718-760-0064.

WEEKEND EVENTS

Sunday, October 16 Queens Botanical Garden: Harvest Fest and Pumpkin Patch; Queens Botanical Garden will usher in the autumn months with the Harvest Fest & Pumpkin Patch celebration. The family-friendly event will celebrate the season with food – including barbecue from Famous Dave’s BBQ and a beer tent – live bluegrass music, storytelling, poetry readings, garden workshops and tours, children’s activities, as well as craft vendors; visit www.queensbotanical.org or call (718) 886-3800 for more information.

Sunday, October 16 Bell Boulevard: The Second Annual Bayside Village Arts and Crafts Fair; the emphasis of this year’s fair will shift slightly to the visual and performing, cultural arts with entertainment that will expand from some soft acoustic musical groups and individual local musical artisans to include some of the performing arts and dance groups based in the Bayside business district; items for sale; visit www.baysidebid.com or call 718-423-2434 for more information.

Saturday, October 15 and Sunday, October 16 Free Tours for openhousenewyork Weekend; The c. 1887 Officers’ Club, home of Bayside Historical Society, will be among some 200 architecturally-significant sites across NYC spotlighted during the 9th annual openhousenewyork Weekend, the nation’s largest architecture and design event; visit www.baysidehistorical.org or call 718-352-1548.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14

7 p.m. Immaculate Conception Church in Astora: Film Festival, The Force of Evil; all are welcome to join members of the Immaculate Conception Church to watch “The Dark Knight” (Oct. 14), “Never Let Me Go” (Oct. 21) and “The Exorcist” (Oct. 28); each movie night will feature guest speakers; visit www.ic-astoria.org.
October 14-16 The Astoria/LIC International Film Festival: an exciting mix of submissions is sure to make the second annual Astoria/LIC International Film; visit www.astorialic.com for a list of films, events and venues.

4 p.m. Far Rockaway Library: The Traditional Sounds and Dance of Veracruz, Mexico; celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month with the traditional sounds and dance of Veracruz, Mexico with Radio Jarocho, a New York City-based group devoted to the son jarocho and fandango traditions from southern Veracruz, Mexico; call 718-327-2549.

2:30 p.m. Hollis Library: An Afternoon of Theater; enjoy scenes from the works of modern American writers such as Neil Simon, Ivan Menchell and John Steinbeck; call 718-465-7355.

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15

2-5 p.m. Community Church of Douglaston: Heaven on Earth; celebrate the rebirth and renewal of the historic 1850’s cottage at the Community Church of Douglaston; open house and tours; presented by the Douglaston and Little Neck Historical Society; visit www.dlnhs.org.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Where the Water Lies; ancient and modern, east and west converge in music performed on Chinese and Western instruments; call 718-661-1200.

2 p.m. Flushing Library: Lung and Esophageal Cancer; Dr. Andrew J. Kaufman, assistant professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine, will talk about general lung diseases, lung and esophageal cancer, care, prevention and surgery; Q&A and discussion will follow. In English with Chinese translation; call 718-661-1200.

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16

3 p.m. Queensborough Performing Arts Center: Three Mo’ Tenors; conceived and directed by the highly acclaimed veteran Broadway performer, choreographer and director, Marion J. Caffey, Three Mo’ Tenors showcases the extraordinary versatility of African-American tenors who can sing it all; For more information about this event and other upcoming shows, contact the QPAC Box Office at 718-631-6311; tickets are also available online at www.visitQPAC.org.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 17

5-6:30 p.m. Campbell Dome at Queens College: A Conversation with Orhan Pamuk; the 2006 Nobel Prize winner for literature will discuss his work with a Queens College professor reflecting on the challenges of translating his work for world audiences; his appearance is part of the college’s “Year of Turkey: Exploring Past, Present, Future,” a series of cultural events taking place through June 2012; call 718-997-5000 or visit www.qc.cuny.edu.

6 p.m. Arverne Library: Pauline Jean; vocalist Pauline Jean sings classic jazz and Motown hits by groups like The Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Gladys Knight and the Pips, and much, much more; call 718-634-4784.

2 p.m. Long Island City Library: Financial Empowerment Center; Come talk to a financial counselor and learn how to work with your credit, debt, household budget and money management in general. To register, call the Queens Financial Empowerment Center at 646-810-4050, ext. 112 and indicate that you want to register for a session at Queens Library. You can also call 3-1-1 and ask for the Financial Empowerment in Queens; you will be connected to the same phone line.

6 p.m. Long Island City Library: Applying for Benefits; learn how to apply for various benefits. This program is hands-on and library staff will assist attendees preparing to apply for benefits such as Medicaid, Safelink and food stamps; call 718-752-3700.

6:30 p.m., Windsor Park Library: Information Literacy for Kids; join the library for our first ever information literacy class for children and their parents; learn how to find books in the library and use our many wonderful resources for school projects. This program is in four required sessions and is for children in Grades 3-5; call 718-468-8300.

7 p.m. South Ozone Park Library: Help Save a Life: Learn CPR – Free On-Site Training for Adults; the FDNY Mobile CPR Training Unit provides adult CPR awareness with hands-on participation to help you learn the core skills of CPR; knowing CPR cardio-pulmonary resuscitation can make a difference in saving a family member, friend or co-worker’s life; preregistration is required; call the library or come in and sign up at the Information Desk; call 718-529-1660.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 18

6:30 p.m. Queens College’s Rosenthal Library: U.S. Poet Laureate Phillip Levine; called one of America’s great narrative poets, Phillip Levine will read from his work to students, faculty and members of the community; Levine has won almost every major writing award including a Pulitzer Prize in 1995; visit www.qc.cuny.edu or visit 718-997-5000.

1:30 p.m. Queens Historical Society: Third Tuesday Movie Matinees (Growing up Queens: A Study of Childhood in Our Unique Borough); Queens Historical Society is pleased to present their newest event series, Third Tuesday Movie Matinees, featuring movies evoking childhood and celebrating memories of growing up in New York; call 718-939-0647.

2:30 p.m. Auburndale Library: Pianist David Heckendorn; a tribute to Leonid Levin, performed by Pianist David Heckendorn with music from classic American films: “The Sound of Music,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “Schindler’s List,” “The Godfather,” and popular songs by the great American songwriters Gershwin, Porter and Kern.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Your Own Business: The Nuts & Bolts of Getting Started; learn how to develop your idea into a business plan; participants will learn creating a demand for your product/service, setting goals and objectives, budgeting and timelines; identifying resources and networks, getting ready to open your doors; every Tuesday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. in the Job Information Center; to register, please call 718-990-5102.

6:30 p.m. Central Library: Staying Healthy and Losing Weight Naturally in a Chemically Toxic World; Dr. Jesson Manukonda, M.D., will provide practical yet powerful lifestyle strategies for weight loss, fitness, disease prevention and natural treatments for most diseases; call 718-990-0700.

SAVE THE DATE

Sunday, October 23 at 10 a.m. Reform Temple of Forest Hills: Talk on Homelessness in America; a discussion regarding how homelessness can relate to trauma, violence and mental illness; to register, visit www.rtfh.org or call the temple at 718-261-2900.

Wednesday, October 26 from 6:30-9 p.m. Manhattan Penthouse (80 Fifth Avenue): New York Asian Women’s Center 29th Anniversary Benefit and Phoenix Awards; silent auction, hors d’oeuvres and cocktails; tickets can be purchased online at www.nycharities.org, keyword: New York Asian Women’s Center; call 646-502-5337 or visit www.nyawc.org for more information.

Through October 30 Queens Theatre in the Park: Chix 6; The pre-Broadway tryout of an exciting original musical by indie rock sensation and Queens native Lourds Lane; the story of a comic book artist whose superheroine characters leap off the page to teach her how to love herself; call 718-760-0064 or visit www.queenstheatre.org for ticket information.

Through November 12 Voelker Orth Museum: The Allure of Red; an eclectic mix of photographs taken by Greta M. Jaklitsch over a number of years; all photos are limited editions taken with 35mm film, not enhanced or altered; call 718-359-6227 or visit www.vomuseum.org.