On May 31, a kick-off of the series will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. and will feature the Volunteer Library Brigade hosting reading hour, book giveaways and more. All activities are free.
“The Hunters Point community deserves a world class library and we are very much looking forward to seeing that vision become a reality,” said Mark Christie, president of the Friends of Hunters Point Library. “While we wait on the bricks and mortar we are so pleased to have the Mobile Library service and excited to bring this sun and volunteer fueled pop-up library service.”
A mobile library will be parked every Saturday, rain or shine, at Vernon Boulevard and 48th Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and offer books and materials for all ages for loan as well as digital downloads onsite and special library offerings.
The Friends of Hunters Point Library will be supporting a “pop-up” library on Saturdays, weather permitting, offering reading and activities starting at 11 a.m. with children’s story hour.
In partnership with Urban Libraries Unite and Food Cellar, a mini-library will be placed at the Food Cellar in Long Island City. It will be modeled on “take a book, leave a book.” Wi-Fi will be available at the site and there will be a free downloadable digital library.
It could be an explosive Independence Day for businesses around the Long Island City waterfront.
After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, Macy’s and Bill de Blasio announced Monday that the department store’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show is returning to the East River this summer.
The location change is expected to benefit restaurants, bars and other establishments along the river that previously saw increased traffic during the festivities.
“It was actually an emptiness that the East River had. It was basically a tradition we had lost for five years,” said Tony Raouf, owner of Riverview Restaurant & Lounge.
Located close to Gantry Plaza State Park, a popular fireworks viewing spot in years past, Riverview is planning on having a celebration with a band this year.
Waterfront Crab House, another Long Island City eatery near the East River, on Borden Avenue, used to close the street down during the holiday and hold a fundraiser for children’s cancer before the fireworks moved.
Parking changes and construction no longer make the closure possible, according to Barbara Heden, the restaurant’s manager.
“[This July Fourth] probably won’t be like it used to be, but will bring us business,” she said.
Heden expects business will quadruple compared to last year. She also said the newly-created Hunter’s Point South Park, which is located on Center Boulevard between 50th and 54th avenues and did not exist when the fireworks were formerly on the East River, will help bring in more crowds.
Z NYC Hotel, opened in 2011 at 43rd Avenue and 11th Street, is already developing special July Fourth events and programming for the holiday that it will be announcing soon, according to Lisa Gneo, director of sales and marketing.
“This will be a great opportunity for many businesses in Long Island City and another way to generate tremendous revenue for our hotel and the community,” she said.
The country’s largest pyrotechnic July Fourth display, the fireworks will be launched from the Brooklyn Bridge for the first time and from barges positioned on the lower East River.
Amy Kule, executive producer of Macy’s events, said at the announcement that the move to the East River is not permanent.
“I’m sure when there’s something else to celebrate — or a reason to move — we will look to do so,” she said.
But the mayor said he would do everything possible “to make [the East River location] as typical as possible — as frequent as possible.”
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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers. High of 81. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 63. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros
Come see a free live performance by Gerardo Contino y Los Habaneros at Gantry Plaza State Park at 7 p.m. Gerardo Contino was the lead singer for NG La Banda, one of the most recognized salsa and jazz orchestras in Cuba. Since arriving in the US in 2009, he has led his own group. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
Spitzer, Stringer get personal at comptroller candidates’ debate
New York City comptroller candidates Eliot Spitzer and Scott Stringer traded heated barbs Monday night in their second debate. Read more: CBS New York
Paul Vallone gets big nod for council seat from former rival Kevin Kim
Politics is again making strange bedfellows. Former Democratic primary rivals Kevin Kim and Paul Vallone, who faced off in the bitter 2009 City Council race, may soon hit the campaign trail together as Kim formally endorsed Vallone for the open northeast Queens seat, the News has learned. Read more: New York Daily News
New institute in Jamaica Bay will study flooding
Queens will on the cutting edge of global warming research thanks to a new think tank unveiled by federal and city officials Monday. Read more: New York Daily News
New York City firefighter accused of strangling, harassing wife
A New York City firefighter is under arrest, facing charges in an apparent domestic dispute with his wife. Read more: ABC New York
CVS requires ID for nail polish remover
One of the active ingredients in nail polish remover is acetone. Read more: Fox New York
Tuesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 86. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 40%.Tuesday Night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 73. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.5 in. possible.
EVENT of the DAY:Live at the Gantries with Christel Rice
Traditional Irish flute player and Philadelphia native Christel Rice has created a sensational and unique style with her music. She studied with the late Michael Rafferty of Ballinakill, Ireland where she learned the regional style of flute playing. Come see her preform for free tonight at Gantry Plaza State Park. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
Glendale property owner in talks to lease vacant Cooper Ave. land to local nonprofit for a homeless shelter
A Glendale property owner is mulling a plan to turn a former factory into a shelter for the homeless, though community leaders have vowed to fight it. Read more: New York Daily News
Vallone urges emergency lanes on Queens Boulevard
Forget bike lanes and pedestrian plazas: It’s time to accommodate emergency responders navigating Queens’ deadliest road, a lawmaker says. Read more: New York Post
Congressional Candidate Meng comments on her father’s bribe charges
As Democratic congressional candidate Grace Meng picked up the endorsement of former Mayor Ed Koch at City Hall on Monday, she spoke publicly for the first time about her father’s arrest on wire fraud charges. Read more: NY1
Judge who accused cop of assault says Queens DA is whitewashing probe
The Queens judge who accused a cop of striking him in the throat with a military-style chop says the District Attorney’s probe appears to be a sham. Read more: New York Daily News
DOE finds almost 70 percent of city students live in poor households
At Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, Queens, 65 percent of the students live in households that earn under $30,000. That is double the figure of just three years ago. While Hillcrest saw one of the biggest jumps, student poverty has increased citywide. Read more: NY1
Bratton makes rounds
Former New York Police Commissioner Bill Bratton is signaling his interest in succeeding Commissioner Raymond Kelly, holding private meetings with potential mayoral candidates during which he’s discussing public-safety strategies and his desire to return to service. Read more: Wall Street Journal
Veteran officer, gunman die in Texas shootout
A routine serving of an eviction notice to a man living near the Texas A&M University campus turned deadly for Brazos County Constable Brian Bachmann when the resident opened fire on him, leading to the death of the law enforcement officer and another man before the gunman was killed. Read more: AP
The Chinese Golden Dragon Acrobats are coming back to Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Flushing. There is a new cast, new acts and new thrills! Performances will include a combination of acrobatics, traditional dance, costumes, ancient/contemporary music and theatrical techniques. Wednesday through Saturday, the show times are at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. On Sundays, the show time is 3 p.m. Tickets for all seats are $32 while the Family 4-Pack is $100 with the coupon code FAM4.
FRIDAY, JULY 6-AUGUST 24
6:30 p.m.-10:00 p.m., the Queens Museum of Art kicks off its Target Passport Fridays July 6, which runs for eight weeks this summer. On Fridays the museum has free outdoor events featuring live music, dance performances and film screenings, centering on a different country each week.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., the Senior Theater Acting Repertory (STAR), are holding tryouts because they are looking for upcoming performances. It will be at the Queens Village Library, located at 94-11 217th Street in Jamaica. Please call 718-776-0529 for more information.
4:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., the Court Square Wine & Spirits, located at 24-20 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, will be having their weekly free wine and spirit tastings.
5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m., the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, has a First Fridays feature which includes a pay what you wish admission with an extended evening hours. Beer and wine will be offered at the cash bar and a special programming will include “Center of Attention,” and others.
9 p.m. – 11:30 p.m., the Mariachi Flor de Toloache, the all-female mariachi band, will be performing at the Queens Kickshaw, located at 40-17 Broadway in Astoria. For more information, visit their website at www.mariachinyc.com.
7 p.m. – 3 a.m., Rocky McBride’s, located at 27-01 23rd Avenue in Astoria, will be hosting a Neon 80’s & 90’s party. Come out wearing your favorite NEON and enjoy the night with drink specials and more!
SATURDAY, JULY 7 – SATURDAY, JULY 28
9 a.m. – 12 p.m., Super Soccer Stars is holding summer classes at Forest Hills High School, located at 67-01 110th Street in Forest Hills. Saturday morning classes all summer long for children that are 2 years old and older. For additional information and to enroll, call 212-877-7171 or visit their website at www.supersoccerstars.com.
SATURDAY, JULY 7 – SEPTEMBER 8
Every Saturday this summer, MoMA PS1, located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, is having an outdoor series that will have live music, sound, performance and DJs. It is held at their courtyard. From 2 p.m. – 9 p.m., the admission fee is $15 and this includes access to all exhibitions and Warm Up.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
8 a.m. – 4 p.m., GrowNYC will be holding their weekly Greenmarket at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. The market will serve the Long Island City and Astoria communities with farm-fresh fruits and vegetables along with family-friendly activities every week.
10 a.m., Gantry Plaza State Park is in need of volunteers to help take care of the plants and habitats of the park. Come and volunteer for a couple hours to help keep the park beautiful for the community. No previous experience is necessary.
1 p.m. – 2:15 p.m., Resobox, located at 41-26 27th Street in Long Island City, is holding their weekly Japanese ink-painting class.
1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Hallets Cove is having their weekly free kayaking or canoeing session at the Long Island City Community Boathouse, located at 31-05 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. No reservation or experience is needed. People of all ages are welcome but those that are under 18, must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. You must be able to swim and must wear clothing and footwear that you won’t mind getting wet. Last sign-in is at 4:30 p.m.
SUNDAY, JULY 8
8 a.m., the 5th annual Tour de Queens 19-mile family-friendly bike ride starts and ends at Flushing Meadow Corona Park, in the plaza between the Queens Museum of Art and the Unisphere, and will take riders through neighborhoods of Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bay Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone. It will take place rain or shine.
11 a.m. – noon, certified instructors from the Taoist Tai Chi Society of the USA, will be offering Tai Chi classes at Socrates Sculpture Park, located at 32-01 Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. Classes are free and designed for all experience levels. Participants should wear comfortable clothing.
1 p.m. – 2 p.m., Resobox, located at 41-26 27th Street in Long Island City, will be holding a Japanese Anime Character Drawing session for kids who are 5-11 years of age.
At 3 p.m., the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Road in Long Island City, is holding a performance by ETHEL, a post-classical string quartet for their Music is the Garden series.