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What to do in Queens when it’s cold outside

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Photo credit (From top left, clockwise): Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012; Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena; Photo by Dominick Totino; Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science

When the temperatures dip, our desire to stay at home can rise. But even during wintry weather there are plenty of indoor places to explore around the borough.


Queens is full of museums for art lovers as well as science, history and jazz enthusiasts.

King Manor Museum
King Park, on Jamaica Avenue
between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica
Hours: Guided tours of King Manor Museum are offered February – December (closed during January); Thursdays & Fridays, 12 – 2 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 1:30); Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 4:30).
Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Children 16 and under Free; King Manor Members Free; Free tours are offered on “Hands-on History” weekends each month.
(File photo) 

Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7; Group rate: $6; Children under 4: Free; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)

22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Hours: 12–6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission: Adults $10; Students + Seniors $5; Children under 16 Free; Suggested donation admission applies Monday all day, and Saturday and Sunday Noon—1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012) 

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
Hours: Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.); Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults (18+); $9 senior citizens (65+); $9 students with valid ID; $6 children (3-12); Free for Museum members and children under 3.
(Photo Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image) 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows=Corona Park
Hours: September 1 – March 31: Monday Closed (Except Open Monday February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
General Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11; Children (ages 2 – 17): $8 Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult; Students (with college ID): $8; Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science) 

Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Suggested Admission: $8 for adults and children over 12; $4 for students and seniors; Children under 12 attend for free.
(THE COURIER/File photo) 

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: Closed.
Admission: General admission: $10; Senior Citizens: $5 ; Students with a valid ID: $5; NYC public high school students with a valid ID: Free; Children under 12: Free; Members: Free; On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish.
(Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum) 


From a classical concert to a dramatic play, the local arts are alive at the borough’s concert halls and theatres. Here are some places to catch a local performance.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
(File photo)

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Box Office: 718-793-8080

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Box Office: Library, 1st Floor
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center)


Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Box Office: 718-760-0064
(Photo by Dominick Totino)

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City
(File photo) 




Though you will still need a scarf and gloves, the temperatures will be warmer and there definitely will not be any snow at the borough’s indoor skating rinks.

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
Visit www.calendar.cityicepavilion.com for the public ice skating schedule.
Pricing: $5 Monday through Friday; $8 Saturday & Sunday; $8 Holidays including all school vacation weeks; $5 Skate rental per person. (Must wear socks); $2 Helmets rental per person; Coin operated lockers available for $.75.

World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing
Hours: Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 4:45 on Sundays.
Admission: $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5.
(Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena)



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High 53. Winds N at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Friday night: Rain early followed by a mixture of wintry precipitation overnight. Low 37. Winds NNE at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Bach & Brew: Dongsok Shin & Leah Nelson

Pianist Dongsok Shin performs on the King Manor Museum’s fortepiano and is joined by violinist Leah Nelson. The program will include works by Johann Christian Bach and Muzio Clementi. Sample craft beer similar to what would have been enjoyed during Rufus King’s lifetime. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

City sues Bell Helicopter for $12.4 million after 2010 splash-land in Jamaica Bay

New York is demanding Bell Helicopter Textron fork over $12.4 million to replace an NYPD aircraft that was destroyed after it splash-landed in Jamaica Bay due to a mechanical defect, according to a new lawsuit. Read more: New York Daily News

Lawsuits filed in connection with Metro-North derailment

The first lawsuits have been filed in the deadly Metro-North derailment as some victims say the tragedy should have been prevented. Read more: CBS New York

Bus shooter’s insanity defense fails; jury convicts

A sociopathic gunman’s insanity defense failed on Thursday when a Queens jury convicted him of shooting three men dead — two on the Q111 bus. Read more: New York Post 

Small-business hiring increases slightly in November

Hiring for small businesses was just so-so in November. Read more: New York Daily News 

Mandela’s influence felt in New York City

When a newly freed Nelson Mandela visited the United States in 1990, his first stop was New York City. From elected officials to everyday New Yorkers, the political giant is remembered fondly for the strength of his character and the power of his example. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 72. Winds from the NE at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Overcast in the evening, then clear. Low of 59. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Couperin & Eau de Vie: Brooklyn Baroque

Brooklyn Baroque, featuring cellist David Bakamjian, flutist Andrew Bolotowsky and harpsichordist Rebecca Pechefsky, performs chamber music by the French composer François Couperin at the King Manor Museum. Sample fruit brandy and hard cider similar to those in Rufus King’s wine cellar. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens residents living in flooded homes as they wait for NYCHA repairs

Some residents at a Queens apartment building say they’ve been complaining to their landlord for months about water, bugs and mold. Read more: CBS New York

Chinese immigrant alleges cops beat him in Queens park

A Chinese immigrant living here illegally is suing three city cops, saying they beat him mercilessly in a Queens park, his lawyer said. Read more: New York Daily News

UFT survey: hundreds of thousands of kids in overcrowded classrooms

A teachers union survey found that nearly one in four New York City public school students – more than 230,000 kids – is in a crowded classroom. Read more: CBS New York

Mayor: NYC’s air is cleaner

New York City’s air quality has reached the cleanest levels in more than 50 years, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced Thursday. Read more: Fox New York

Preparing for shutdown, government plans furloughs

More than a third of federal workers would be told to stay home if the government shuts down, forcing the closure of national parks from California to Maine and all the Smithsonian museums in the nation’s capital. Workers at the State Department’s Bureau of Consular Affairs wouldn’t be around to process visa and passport applications, complicating the travel plans of hundreds of thousands. Read more: AP



Star of Queens: Susan Shiroma, board of directors, King Manor Museum, member, Community Education Council 26

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


COMMUNITY SERVICE:  Susan Shiroma does a great deal in the Queens community. She is on the King Manor Museum’s Board of Directors, where she does a lot of work with public schools. She is a Queens Borough President appointee on Community Education Council 26 as well as a board member of the West Cunningham Park Civic Association.

Shiroma also works as a senior librarian for the Foundation Center, a national philanthropic organization.

BACKGROUND: Shiroma grew up in Astoria before moving to Flushing. Her family is from Hawaii, and she described their history as a “classic Japanese-American immigration story.”

Now living in Jamaica, Shiroma said that though she works citywide for her day job, she likes to focus on her hometown in her volunteer work, especially the public school system.

“I worked for two years on the Citywide Council on High Schools,” she said. “The cool thing is that my mother was a schoolteacher in Hawaii, and everyone in my family went to public school.”

Shiroma was the council’s president, and also served as the co-president of the P.S. 216 PTA.

FAVORITE MEMORY:  “The Suzuki violin program at P.S. 107, a fantastic school in Flushing, is one of my favorite memories,” Shiroma reminisced. “It was one of the first schools to establish a Suzuki violin program. Public school is the reason I learned to play a violin free of charge!”

She was one of the first students to learn to play violin under the Suzuki program, and played for a time with the Queensborough Orchestra. Shiroma studied at Skidmore College with the Philadelphia Orchestra.

“That’s one of the reasons I volunteer,” she said. “These opportunities got me into a really good college.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Shiroma has a positive outlook on the outreach and community work that she does, saying, “It really isn’t a challenge. It’s actually an honor to work with so many of the great volunteers.”

INSPIRATION: “Why do I spend so much time and money volunteering for King Manor? Because they’re really making an impact on the kids.”

“That’s the cool thing about living in Queens, such a multi-cultural community,” she continued , “You see who lives so close to each other in Queens and it’s truly amazing.”




What to do with the kids this weekend

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Friday, August 17

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

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Both children and adults are invited to a fundraising event at the Forest Park Carousel to raise money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s.

Saturday, August 18

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Learn all about crafts from the 1800s at the King Manor Museum. There will be a craftsman demonstration plus a tour of the house and a look at the museum’s historic craft collection.

12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., The Museum of the Moving Image is having a drop-in studio for young visitors, ages 7 and up.  Museum educators will teach participants all about movie-making technology and will help them make projects from flipbooks to stop-motion and computer animations and video games. Free with museum admission.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., At the Alley Pond Environmental Center astronomer Mark Freilich will teach you all about the stars and the features of the moon with an outside viewing using a professional telescope.

Saturday, August 18 & Sunday, August 19

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

Sunday, August 19

1:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., The Astoria Park Shore Fest ends this Sunday, and includes educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with local restaurants.



Friday, August 17

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Back to the Future.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Saturday, August 18

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Come fly a kite at FlyNYC 2012, a kite festival in Riverside Park. There will also be kite making, live entertainment and other activities.

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday is the last day of the fifth annual Summer Streets. About seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for running, biking, walking and playing from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. There will also be activities and giveaways, including rock climbing and free bike helmets.

Sunday, August 19

12:30 p.m. & 2:30 p.m., Sunday is the last day to see the Jungle Book at Puppetworks in Park Slope, Brooklyn. This marionette version of Rudyard Kipling’s 1894 fable is suggested for ages 4 and up.

1:00 p.m., Famous children’s group the Wiggles are performing this Sunday in Westbury, Long Island.

Queens museums taking part in Museum Week

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Museum of the Moving Image

Queens museums are gearing up to make history with the first-ever New York State Museum Week.

From May 31 until June 6, local participating sites will join approximately 250 state-wide museums, zoos, gardens and art centers in an effort to lure residents and foreign visitors alike with special discounts to showcase their unique exhibits.

“Museum Week is a wonderful way to put the spotlight on the terrific array of educational, cultural and historic attractions that are available in Queens and throughout the state,” said Assemblymember Margaret Markey, chair of the Assembly Tourism, Parks, Culture and Sports Development Committee.

Queens sites include the Museum of the Moving Image [MMI] in Astoria; the Louis Armstrong House Museum; King Manor Museum; the Noguchi Museum; the Mets Hall of Fame & Museum at Citi Field; and the Queens Botanical Garden [QBG].

The week-long initiative was created by the New York State Department of Economic Development and is sponsored by the “I love NY” campaign.

It is designed as a way to get the word out about local and state-wide attractions to residents, who may not have known of quality art so close to home.

“It’s a great chance for people to do something that they wouldn’t normally do and the not get hit in the pocket book or burn extra gas,” said Rob MacKay, an executive member of the Queens Tourism Council, a section of the Queens Economic Develop Corporation.

The sites are advertising special offers such as half-off admission and up to 25% off souvenirs at the QBG, and a two-for-one special admission deal to the MMI by mentioning the NYS Museum Week.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum is planning to offer patrons $10 off any entrée at Bourbon Street restaurant in Bayside with admission.

“The Louis Armstrong House Museum is thrilled to participate in the first New York State Museum Week,” said Museum Director Michael Cogswell. “Queens has it all — science museums, art museums, film museums, botanical gardens, historic houses and so much more.”