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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.

MAKE YOUR WAY TO A MUSEUM

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
718-206-0545
www.kingmanor.org
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.
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Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
718-478-8274
www.louisarmstronghouse.org
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)

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
718-784-2084
www.momaps1.org
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
718-777-6888
www.movingimage.us
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
718-699-0005
www.nysci.org
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
718-592-9700
www.queensmuseum.org
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.
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The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
718-204-7088
www.noguchi.org
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) 

CHECK OUT A CONCERT OR SHOW 

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
718-463-7700
www.flushingtownhall.org
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Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Box Office: 718-793-8080
www.kupferbergcenter.org

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Box Office: Library, 1st Floor
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
718-631-6311
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac
(Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center)

 

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

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City
718-392-0722
www.secrettheatre.com
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HIT AN ICE SKATING RINK 

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
718-706-6667
www.cityicepavilion.com
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
718-760-9001
www.worldice.com
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)

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 84. Winds from the NW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SW in the afternoon. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 72. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jazzmobile Block Party

The Jazzmobile Block Party, from 4 to 9 p.m., shuts down 107th Street in front of the Louis Armstrong House Museum. On tap are a crafts workshop presented by the Queens Museum of Art,story time with Mick Carlon, who will read excerpts from his book Travels with Louis, and a hula hoop extravaganza. Live music at 7 p.m. with Willie Martinez & La Familia Sextet. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Car crushes Queens man after jack gives way as he works on his driveway

A 32-year-old Queens man was severely injured Monday when he was crushed by a car he was working on in his driveway, authorities said. Read more: New York Daily News

More arrests expected in connection with counterfeit art fraud case

More arrests are expected in a conspiracy case against a New York art dealer suspected of selling millions of dollars in counterfeit paintings. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Cabbie sentenced to 11 years for robbing, beating passenger who later died

A Queens livery cab driver was sentenced to 11 years in prison on Monday for a robbery that turned deadly. Read more: New York Daily News

Ex-Queens teacher gets jail after statutory rape plea

A former sixth-grade English teacher has been sentenced to six months in jail after pleading guilty to the statutory rape of a 14-year-old girl. Read more: NBC New York

Presidential task force on superstorm Sandy issues report

A presidential task force charged with developing a strategy for rebuilding areas damaged by superstorm Sandy has issued a report recommending 69 policy initiatives, most focused on a simple warning: Plan for future storms in an age of climate change and rising sea levels. Read more: CBS New York/AP

What to do this weekend in Queens


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Saturday, June 15

Come get your hands dirty at the MillionTreesNYC Tree Care Workshop and Care Day and learn about the stewardship and care it takes to keep our city green. The workshop focuses on caring for and watering the 80,000 newly planted street trees around NYC and meets at the intersection of Putnam and Forest Avenues at 10 a.m. and runs until noon. Children are welcome but must be accompanied. Visit www.milliontreesnyc.org to register or call 212-360-1342.

The Noguchi Museum is inviting families to come and participate in a series of hands-on workshops. The program is from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $10 per family. Families of up to four with children from 5-11 can pre-register by calling 718-204-7088 ext. 203 or e-mail education@noguchi.org.

The Voelker Orth Museum is hosting its monthly Storybook Discovery Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon. The museum hosts a storybook-themed activity day for children 6 and under to celebrate the love of books. Each session includes an art or nature activity. There is a suggested contribution of $2. For more information, visit the museum’s website at www.vomuseum.org or call 718-359-6227.

From now through the end of August, The Louis Armstrong House Museum will be hosting an exclusive exhibit: Swingin’ with the AllStars: Louis Armstrong and Baseball. Located at 34-56 107th Street in Corona, the museum is offering free entrance to the exhibit with the price of admission, which is $10, or $7 for seniors, students, and children. The exhibit focuses on Armstrong’s fascination with baseball and features several photos and artifacts sequencing the jazz legend’s involvement with the New York’s top players during the height of his fame. The museum is open 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and from noon – 5 p.m. on weekends. For more information or to book a group tour visit www.LouisArmstrongHouse.org or call 718-478-8274.

Sunday, June 16

Nothing says summer like experiencing the open water in NYC. Join the Urban Park Rangers for their intermediate canoeing workshop at Bayswater Park. For ages eight and up, participants will meet at Bay 35th Street and Beach Channel Drive. Some experience is preferred, but not required. The Urban Rangers will take you on the waters of lakes, bays, and rivers. For details call 718-846-2731 or visit www.nycgovparks.org.

From 11 a.m. -1 p.m. and from 3-5 p.m., the Big Apple Circus will be dazzling audiences with its array of old-fashioned circus acts. From jugglers, clowns, and bicycle tricks to contortionists, horses, and men flying on the trapeze, the show is sure to please, as it has for years. The circus will take place in the Big Top at Cunningham Park located at 196-22 Union Turnpike. Tickets are starting at $20. More information is available at 888-541-3750 or by visiting the event’s page at www.nycgovparks.org.

Come and enjoy the sounds of your favorite soul and R&B classic at an outdoor performance in Forest Park.  Starting at 5 p.m., the Magic of Motown will be hosted in the George Seuffert Bandshell at Forest Park. Visit www.nycgovparks.org for more details

Queens’s Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy. Fog early. High of 82. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 70. Winds from the SW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Swingin’ with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball 

Swingin’ with the All Stars: Louis Armstrong & Baseball, a new exhibit at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, explores his favorite sport, which he followed passionately. A longtime Brooklyn Dodgers fan, Louis switched to the New York Mets in the late 60s. The exhibit includes photos and artifacts exploring his relationship with the game. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police pursue persons of interest in shooting death of girl, 14, on bus

Police have several leads and are pursuing a few persons of interest in the shooting death of a 14-year-old girl on a Queens bus Saturday, law enforcement sources tell NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York 

Rockaway beaches readying to open Saturday after $140 million effort to repair Sandy’s destruction

The Rockaway Beach shoreline is turning shades of blue and chartreuse in preparation for Saturday’s unofficial kick-off of the summer season. Read more: New York Daily News

Willets Point business owners: We are being evicted by NYC for no reason

A lot of workers are about to lose their jobs. They got kicked out of their auto body shops by the landlord. Read more: CBS New York

City slams lawsuit alleging racial discrimination in stop-and-frisk during closing arguments

Witnesses who alleged racial bias in the NYPD’s use of stop-and-frisk didn’t prove their case, lawyers for the city said Monday in closing arguments in a nine-week trial over the controversial tactic. Read more: New York Daily News 

Crews dig through night after deadly Okla. twister

Spotlights bore down on massive piles of shredded cinder block, insulation and metal as crews worked through the night lifting bricks and parts of collapsed walls where a monstrous tornado barreled through the Oklahoma City suburbs, demolishing an elementary school and reducing homes to piles of splintered wood.  Read more: AP

NY crackdown on repeat drunken drivers keeps thousands off state roads: officials

New York officials say their crackdown on repeat drunken drivers through new rules imposed last September has resulted in 3,164 potentially dangerous motorists being kept off the state’s roadways. Read more: NBC New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of rain. High of 54. Breezy. Winds from the West at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Monday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 36. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Jazz Appreciation Month at Louis Armstrong House Museum

Come visit the Louis Armstrong House Museum this April as it celebrates Jazz Appreciation Month. Eighty-five  years ago, Louis Armstrong recorded one of his all-time masterpieces, “West End Blues,” one of the most important records in jazz history. For Jazz Appreciation Month, the museum’s historic house tours will feature an ultra rare recording of Louis Armstrong performing “West End Blues” live at Freedomland in 1961. This performance was recently donated to its archives by the son of Freedomland sound engineer Peter Denis. Previously unissued and not in any discographies, it will be featured only during Jazz Appreciation Month. This recording ties into the museum’s current exhibit, Louis Armstrong at Freedomland that closes April 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

11 injured in Queens house fire

Fire officials say 11 people have been injured in an early morning fire at a two-family house in Queens. Read more: Fox 5/AP

Queens Borough President Helen Marshall took off more than 40 days in 2012

Where’s the beep? As she wraps up her third term, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall seems to be preparing for retirement early — taking more than 40 days off last year. Read more: New York Daily News

Jon Niese takes hill for New York Mets on Opening Day

Two main attractions will be missing when the New York Mets host San Diego in their season opener Monday. Read more: ABC New York/AP

City to resume search for human remains in Twin Towers’ debris

The grim and sad search for human remains in the debris from the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks resumes Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Majority of mayoral candidates send children to public school: News survey

Five of the city’s eight mayoral hopefuls who have children send or have sent their kids to public school.  Read more: New York Daily News

Dolan says the Catholic Church should be more welcoming to gay people

On Easter Sunday, weeks after he helped elect a new pope for a church struggling with declining numbers and controversy over social issues, Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan said that the Roman Catholic Church could be more welcoming of gay men and lesbians despite opposing same-sex marriage. Read more: New York Times

Immigration deal at hand, focus turns to details

Big business and big labor have settled on a political framework for an immigration overhaul. Now, the lawmakers writing bipartisan legislation need to resolve the nitty-gritty – and keep their parties’ political flanks mollified. Read more: AP

What to do this weekend in Queens


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SATURDAY, JANUARY 12

At 10:30 a.m., Alley Pond Environmental Center, located at 22806 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, will be holding an event titled “Young Chefs,” which invites kids to prepare homemade grilled cheese sandwiches and fresh banana split milkshakes. All materials will be included. Space is limited to eight participants and registration is required. Recommended for ages 7-12. Admission is $24 for non-members and $18 for members. For more information, call 718-229-4000, email contact@alleypond.com or visit alleypond.com.

At 2 p.m., Flushing Library, located at 41-17 Main Street, Flushing, presents the first part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-661-1200.

At 6 p.m., Dance Fusion, at 40-04 Junction Boulevard in Jackson Heights invites you to party your way into fi tness and the New Year with Zumba! Join us for an exciting and fun class taught by a licensed and experienced instructor. Even those who have never experienced this exciting new way to work out will love it! Classes are $10 per session.

With shows beginning at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., The Chocolate Factory, located at 5-49 49th Avenue, Long Island City, presents “There There,” an unpredictable and moving play about being the  wrong person in the wrong place at the wrong time doing all the wrong things. For tickets and for more information, visit chocolatefactorytheater.org or call 212-352-3101.

SUNDAY, JANUARY 13

At 10 a.m., Queens Botanical Garden, located at 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, will be holding an electronic waste recycling event. Bring your unwanted or broken electronics such as old phones, chargers, handheld toys, TVs, cameras, holiday lights and more and they will be disposed free of charge. All participants will also have a chance to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will also receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5 to $500, redeemable at the Tekserve store. For more information, contact Darcy Hector at 718-886-3800 or dhector@queensbotanical.org.

At 2 p.m., Bayside Historical Society, located at 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside, will be holding its Annual Art Show 2013. The event will also include a performance by Lindsay Megiddo. Those interested in submitting original works are encouraged to view an information packet and complete a registration form, both of which can be accessed at baysidehistorical.org on the Events page. For more information, call 718-352-1548 or visit baysidehistorical.org.

At 2:15 p.m., Flushing Town Hall presents New York City’s preeminent ambassadors of Afro-Puerto Rican Bomba and Plena music and dance. Lead by National Heritage winner Juan Gutirrez, this unique troupe of Puerto Rican master traditional artists and seasoned New York musicians are leaders in the resurgence of the Island’s traditional music in NY. Tickets are $12/$10 members/$8 children/$6 member children. Flushing Town Hall is located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard. To learn more, call 718- 463-7700.

At 4:30 p.m., Church-In-the-Gardens, located at 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, presents the second part of the three-part Twilight Concert series, where Members of the Con Brio Ensemble will perform works by Brahms, Poulenc, Handel and others. The Ensemble is made up of critically acclaimed musicians, including violinist Alexander Meshibovsky, pianist Diana Mittler, oboist Alan Hollander and vocalist Barbara Ann Martin. Admission is $12 and $10 for students and senior citizens. TDF vouchers will be accepted. For more information, call 718-268-6704.

ONGOING THRU SATURDAY, JANUARY 26

The Secret Theatre, located at 4402 23rd Street, Long Island City, presents “Urinetown, the Musical,” a Tony-Award-winning production set in a dystopian city where a water shortage has forced private toilets to be outlawed. Out of the residents who are furious over the fact that they have to share public facilities, a hero rises to lead them through a comedic, music-infused revolution. Evening shows Thursday through Saturday are at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 7 p.m., with a special matinee performance on January 26 at 3 p.m. For more information, contact Alyssa Van Gorder at 718-392-0722 or pr@secrettheatre.com.

ONGOING THRU WEDNESDAY, MAY 1

The Louis Armstrong House Museum, located at 34-56 107th Street, Corona, presents its Louis Armstrong at Freedomland exhibit. The exhibit, curated by Louis Armstrong House Museum Archivist Ricky Riccardi, paints an intimate portrait of Armstrong on stage and off during the turbulent years of 1961 to 1964, spreading joy to fans young and old with his integrated band of all stars. Major funding for the exhibit is made possible by the Louis Armstrong Educational Foundation. The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday through Sunday and closed on Mondays. Admission is $10 for adults; $7 for seniors 65 and older, students and children and free for members and children under four. A $6 group rate is available for groups of at least eight, in which case it is asked that an appointment be made. For more information, call 718-478-8274 or visit louisarmstronghouse.org.

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Halloween events in Queens


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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.

 

 

What to do in Queens this weekend


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The Unisphere was lit-up red for American Heart Month

Friday, August 3 – Sunday, August 5

The Rural Route Film Festival’s specific focus on rural life brings together like-minded films and artists whose work might otherwise be ignored or lost within broader-based programming. The festival’s fiction, documentary and experimental programs are dedicated to highlighting people, places, and cultures not normally represented in mainstream media. Screening times vary.

Big The Musical takes the stage at St Gregory’s Theatre Group, the story of a frustrated teenager who wishes he were “big” and wakes up the next day a 30-year-old man. He discovers there’s much more to being an adult than he bargained for. Performances on Friday and Saturday start at 8 p.m. Sunday’s performance starts at 2 p.m.

Friday, August 3

5:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., On the first Friday of each month in the summer, The Noguchi Museum offers extended hours and free admission. Visitors will be able to explore the permanent collection galleries, and enjoy a cash bar with wine and beer in the museum’s celebrated outdoor sculpture garden.

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.,  JAMS Under the Stars is an evening outdoor concert that kicks off the next day of festivities for the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer (JAMS) Festival. This year, JAMS Under the Stars will pay homage to the legacy of Soul Train and the musical legends of Jazz, R&B, Rock and Funk.

6:30 p.m., Enjoy a night of live music and a free screening of “Fire In Babylon on the lawn at the Queens Museum of Art. The music starts at 6:30, and the film at 8.

7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.,  Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at Sunnyside Gardens Park. The event is free and open to the public.

Saturday, August 4 – Sunday, August 5

The 22nd Annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in New York (HKDBF-NY) features cash and prizes for competitors in this year’s US Dragon Boat Open Championship. Other festival events consist of several Special Cup races including The Hong Kong Cup and the Municipal Cup featuring various teams from our elected officials.

Saturday, August 4

11:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.,  The Jamaica Arts and Music Summer (JAMS) Festival is an open-air event that highlights the multicultural fabric of the borough and provides a vehicle for tourism and economic development for downtown Jamaica and the surrounding areas. Come join us for a day of multi-cultural family fun, shopping, community resources and entertainment, located on 10 blocks of Jamaica Avenue, which is closed off to vehicular traffic, from Parsons Blvd, to 169th Street.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., The Queens County Market monthly pop-up food market features the diverse culinary entrepreneurs of Queens and New York City. This Saturday’s market will be at Laughing Devil, 47-38 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City.

2:00 p.m., Come to the free annual big band concert at the Louis Armstrong House Museum, featuring the York College Summer Jazz Institute.

3:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., The Annual Bix Beiderbecke Memorial Jazz Concert is a free event that honors Leon “Bix” Beiderbecke, one of the most renowned jazz musicians of the 1920s and a one-time resident of Sunnyside. He died at his home on Bliss St. (46th St.) on Aug. 6, 1931 at the age of 28.

7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s “The Comedy of Errors” on the northern lawn at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City.

Sunday, August 5

1:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Come celebrate the annual Ratha Yatra parade, beginning at 1:00 p.m. sharp from the corner of Liberty Avenue and 123rd Street, and continuing all the way to Sri Krishna Balaram Mandir at 111-14 101 Ave in South Richmond Hill. at 3:00 pm, followed by the Festival of India until 8:00 p.m. Free sumptuous prasadam will be served all day long and there will be a full afternoon packed with dramas, dances, bhajans, devotional talks and fun for the entire family.

5:00 p.m. – 7:30- p.m., Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” at Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City.

6:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Catch a free screening of Kung Fu Panda 2 at O’Donohue Park off of Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway.

Historic Queens sites to receive funds


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All’s well that ends well.

After low online voting caused five Queens historic sites to lose out on a cut of a $3 million grant, it turns out the locations will receive some funding anyway.

The Partners in Preservation contest was a citywide initiative to support revitalization projects. Of the 40 locales in the running, including five in Queens, four sites — two in the Bronx and two in Brooklyn — were named winners. The four divvied up $905,000 in grant money.

The remaining $2.1 million was divided up among the 36 other competing sites.

Based on prior votes and financial requirements, three Queens sites were granted substantial funds.

The Louis Armstrong House Museum will received $150,000 to repair exteriors, including patio woodwork and interiors such as bathroom tiles. Flushing Town Hall will get $100,000 to restore windows and roofing, coinciding with the 150th anniversary celebration of the building, and the Queens County Farm Museum will be awarded $80,000 to restore the farm’s exteriors by replacing the roof, windows, clapboards and exterior wall shingles.

In addition, the Astoria Pool in Astoria Park and the Rocket Thrower in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park will receive $10,000 for participating in the contest.

“This program is designed to encourage community support for preservation and have the public rally behind their favorite historic places to help us determine where these funds are needed,” said Timothy McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation. “The sites’ dedication and persistence paid off and should prove to have a lasting effect on these historic places.”

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.”

 

Queens sites lose out on Partners in Preservation funds


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Photo Courtesy of the Queens County Farm Museum

Queens landmarks and top sites missed out on a piece of the pie.

The committee for the Partners in Preservation, a city-wide contest aimed at disseminating $3 million of financial support to protect significant sites, will award two sites in Brooklyn and two in the Bronx based on voters support out of 40 sites in the city.

The five Queens sites are the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, Flushing Town Hall building, Astoria Park’s Pool and the Rocket Thrower sculpture in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

No Queens site was ranked in the top ten.

“Frankly, being one of the 40 was enough of a benefit, just because it gave us more publicity,” said Amy Boncardo, executive director of the Queens County Farm Museum. “We felt good about our campaign unfortunately it didn’t result in a great number of votes.”

All hope is not lost for the Queens sites just yet.

After giving funds to the winners the contest committee intends to take a look at the remaining sites and announce grants from the remaining $2.1 million next month depending on voting results and project needs.

“If we happen to be one of the chosen from the advisory committee it’s great,” Boncardo said, adding “But if not we still benefitted.”

 

Help make history: Vote for Queens sites to get grant money


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The Courier/Photos

Five lucky historic Queens venues are in the running to win part of a $3 million grant to support their services and assist in their revitalization.

Through a partnership with American Express, the National Trust for Historic Preservation brought the Partners in Preservation initiative to New York City, which is a plan aimed at providing financial support to protect landmarks and significant sites across the nation.

The Queens sites that made the cut are the Louis Armstrong House Museum, the Queens County Farm Museum, Flushing Town Hall’s building, Astoria Park’s Pool and the Rocket Thrower sculpture in Flushing Meadows- Corona Park.

“We think it’s a terrific opportunity for us and we’re having fun with it,” said Betsy Enright, director of external affairs for the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which manages events in Flushing Town Hall. “It’s all really for the people of our community, because we’re trying to make our building beautiful.”

Partners in Preservation has traveled around cities throughout the nation each year since 2006 and has donated $6.5 million to preserve American treasures.
With its first stop in the concrete jungle, the program selected 40 buildings or structures around the five boroughs.
Each of the sites submitted a proposal, including an estimated amount of money they require for their projects, and now depend on votes from residents to determine which sites will be funded.

Residents can vote online once per day until May 21, at partnersinpreservation.com. The four winners that receive the most votes will be awarded their grant requests and a special committee will decide how to divide the remaining money among the other sites, based on need and votes.
Flushing Town Hall asked for $260,000 to restore the large Romanesque windows surrounding the building, while the Louis Armstrong House Museum requested $250,000 to preserve the garden.

For some sites like the Queens County Farm Museum, which requires $255,000 to restore the farmhouse, the contest could give the organization more than just money.
“It would mean a great deal,” said Sarah Meyer, director of sales and marketing at the farm.

According to Meyer the farm was established in 1975 and isn’t as well-known or historic as other sites in the contest and doesn’t have as many financial supporters.
“It’s a grant that’s getting a lot of publicity,” Meyer said, adding, “hopefully, a lot more people will become more aware of the Queens County Farm Museum and visit here and support us.”

 

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