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Suspect sought in Long Island City murder


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

Authorities are looking for a suspect in the murder of a Manhattan man who was shot and killed in Long Island City Saturday night, police said.

Francisco Leal, 27, had a gunshot wound to his chest when cops found him on the corner of 21st Street and 41st Avenue around 10 p.m.

He was taken to Mount Sinai Hospital of Queens, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Anyone with information in regards to this homicide is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at  800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers Website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.

 

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Service disruptions on ‘N,’ ‘Q,’ ‘R’ lines this week


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Photo courtesy of MTA / Patrick Cashin

Starting tonight, there will be service disruptions on the “N,” “Q” and “R” trains between the hours of 10 p.m. and 5 a.m, as part of the MTA’s Fastrack maintenance program. The changes will last until Friday, February 1.

There will only be “N” service in Brooklyn and Queens, and the line will operate in two sections between Ditmars Boulevard and Queensboro Plaza, and between Stillwell Avenue and Jay Street-MetroTech.

After DeKalb Avenue, “Q” Manhattan-bound trains will run on the “D” line to 47-50th Streets, then to the 57 Street “F” station. Coney Island-bound “Q” trains will originate at the 57th Street “F” station then run via the “D” train to Brooklyn. Regular Coney Island-bound service resumes at DeKalb Avenue.

“R” train service will end early in Manhattan and Queens, with the last 95th Street-bound “R” train leaving 71st Avenue, and the last 71st Avenue-bound train leaving 95 Street at about 9:20 p.m. In Brooklyn, shuttle service between 36 Street and 95 Street will start early.

For alternative subway service during these disruptions, click here.

 

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Astoria man saves stranger from subway tracks


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After several recent deaths on subway station tracks, one heroic Astoria man saved an elderly stranger from a similar fate.

According to ABC New York, 33-year-old Ramiro Ocasio was waiting for a Queens-bound train at the 59th Street-Lexington Avenue station in Manhattan Friday afternoon when he saw a man crawling in the middle of the tracks.

“I’m looking him looking to see if the train is coming, looking at him, and I’m like this is just not happening to me. It can’t happen in front of my eyes,” Ocasio told ABC New York.

Ocasio jumped onto the tracks and threw the stranded straphanger, who wasn’t strong enough to hoist himself up, back onto the platform. Four to five people helped Ocasio get off the tracks just seconds before a Q train entered the station.

 

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Changes on 14 subway lines this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Over a dozen subway lines will be affected this weekend because of system work.

In addition to service suspension between Queens and Manhattan on the No. 7 train, there will be changes to the “1,” “2,” “3,” “4,” “5,” “A,” “C,” “F,” “G,” “J,” “M,” “Q” and “S” (42nd Street Shuttle) lines.

If you are taking any of these trains this weekend, allow for extra travel time.

Customers can visit the MTA website and check out “The Weekender,” for a map of how weekend work will affect subway service or use the MTA’s  TripPlanner+, which gives online travel information that takes weekend service diversions into account.

1

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 12 to 9 p.m. Sunday, January 13, Rector Street-bound 1 trains skip 238th Street, 231st Street and 225th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street.

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, 242nd Street-bound 1 trains skip Dyckman Street due to floor tile installation at Dyckman Street.

From 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, the last stop for some uptown 1 trains is 137th Street due to track panel installation north of 231st Street.

2

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 12 to 10 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 2 service operates in two sections due to track panel installation north of Bronx Park East:

Between Flatbush Avenue and East 180th Street*

Between East 180th Street and 241st Street

Customers may transfer between trains at East 180th Street.

*2 trains are rerouted to Dyre Avenue at East 180th Street during this time.

3

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, there are no 3 trains between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue due to switch replacement at Utica Avenue.

3 service operates between 148th Street and Franklin Avenue and via the 2 line between Franklin Avenue and Flatbush Avenue.

Free shuttle buses operate in two segments between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue:

Local between Franklin Avenue and Sutter Avenue.

Non-stop between Franklin Avenue and Sutter Avenue and local between Sutter Avenue and New Lots Avenue.

Customers may transfer between trains and free shuttle buses at Franklin Avenue.

Note:  From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m., the 3 operates between 148th Street and Times Square-42nd Street only.

4

From 11:30 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, there are no 4 trains between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and New Lots Avenue due to switch replacement at Utica Avenue.

4 service operates between Woodlawn and Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center.  Take 2 or 3 trains between Atlantic Avenue-Barclays Center and Franklin Avenue.

Free shuttle buses operate in two segments between Franklin Avenue and New Lots Avenue:

Local between Franklin Avenue and Sutter Avenue.

Non-stop between Franklin Avenue and Sutter Avenue and local between Sutter Avenue and New Lots Avenue.

From 12:01 a.m. Saturday, January 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, 4 trains operate local in both directions between 125th Street and Grand Central-42nd Street stations due to signal work between 42nd Street-Grand Central and 59th Street and track work near 86th Street.

5

From 3:45 a.m. Saturday, January 12 to 10 p.m. Sunday, January 13, 5 service is suspended due to signal work between 42nd Street and 59th Street and track work near 86th Street.  Customers should take the 2 and/or 4 train instead.

7

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14 (and the next 10 weekends), there is no 7 train service between Times Square-42nd Street and Queensboro Plaza due to Flushing Line CBTC.  Customers may take the E, N, Q and S (42nd Street shuttle) and free shuttle buses as alternatives.

Use the E, N or Q* between Manhattan and Queens

Free shuttle buses operate between Vernon Blvd-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza

In Manhattan, the 42nd Street S Shuttle operates overnight

*Q service is extended to Ditmars Blvd. (See Q entry for hours of operation.)

A

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 12, from 11:45 p.m. Saturday, January 12 to 6 a.m. Sunday, January 13 and from 11:45 p.m. Sunday, January 13 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, Manhattan-bound A trains skip Rockaway Avenue and Ralph Avenue due to platform area rehab at Utica Avenue.

C

From 6:30 a.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, Manhattan-bound C trains skip Rockaway Avenue and Ralph Avenue due to platform area rehab at Utica Avenue.

F

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14 , Coney Island-bound F trains run express from Jay Street-MetroTech to Church Avenue due to work on the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation and the Church Avenue Interlocking.

From 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13, Brooklyn-bound F trains skip Avenue U and Avenue X due to platform edge survey south of Kings Highway.

F, G

At all times through first quarter of 2013, F and G trains skip Smith-9th Sts. in both directions due to station rehabilitation.  Customers may use the B61 for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and 4th Avenue-9th Street station, where F, G and R trains are available.  Customers may also use the B57 bus for connections between Smith-9th Sts. station and Carroll Street station, where F and G trains are available.

G

From 11:45 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, there are no G trains between Church Avenue and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts due to  work on the Culver Viaduct rehabilitation and the Church Avenue Interlocking. Customers should take the F instead.

For F service, customers may take the A or C between Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. and Jay Street-MetroTech.

G service operates in two sections:  1. Between Court Square and Bedford-Nostrand Aves and 2. Between Bedford-Nostrand Aves and Hoyt-Schermerhorn Sts. (every 20 minutes).

J

From 12:45 a.m. Saturday, January 12 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, J service operates in two sections due to escalator replacement at Bowery station:

Between Jamaica Center and Delancey-Essex Sts.

Between Delancey-Essex Sts and Chambers Street, (every 20 minutes).

M

Until early 2013, Knickerbocker Avenue will be closed in both directions for station rehabilitation.

Q

From 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Saturday, January 12 and from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, January 13, Q trains are extended to Ditmars Blvd. in order to augment service between Manhattan and Queens.

From 11 p.m. Friday, January 11 to 5 a.m. Monday, January 14, Brooklyn-bound Q trains run local from 34th Street-Herald Square to Canal Street due to electrical work at 14th Street-Union Square.

S (42nd Street Shuttle)

From 12:01 a.m. to 6 a.m. Saturday, January 12, Sunday, January 13 and Monday, January 14, 42nd Street S shuttle operates overnight due to weekend work on the 7 line.

 

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Queens businesses fear 7 subway suspension may hurt profits


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Once more, western Queens business owners could potentially say goodbye to a profitable winter.

The No. 7 line weekend service between Queens and Manhattan is being suspended until the end of March, and many area business owners fear that this will affect the influx of customers they usually get.

The award-winning Chocolate Factory Theater in Long Island City is just one of the many organizations expecting a severe blow to their business this season.

“We [will be] unable to commission work, to present work,” said Sheila Lewandowski of the theater company. “If our audience can’t get here, what are we saying to our artists?”

The Chocolate Factory planned four shows for the coming winter months, and is expecting around 5,000 people to attend. They have artists coming in from all over the world, and, according to Lewandowski, artists who have been preparing for these shows for years.

“The No. 7 train is part of the ticket,” said Lewandowski, who fears that without the subway line, artists will have a difficult time getting to the theater, or that the number of attendees will significantly decrease.

Lewandowski also said that, had they been informed of the closures a month or two ago, shows could have been rescheduled. But, with the two weeks’ notice that the MTA gave, nothing can be done.

“Millions of people are disadvantaged and inconvenienced,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “The people of Queens are being disrespected.”

Until March 25, the MTA will be working on tunnel, signal and track maintenance in the Steinway Tunnel, which connects Queens to Manhattan, and will replace tracks between the Court Square and Queensboro Plaza stations.

Van Bramer held a press conference on Friday, December 28, the day that marked the beginning of the closures, in front of the bustling Vernon Boulevard–Jackson Avenue train stop. He was joined by fellow Councilmember Peter Koo and area business owners, all protesting the MTA changes.

“If I seem a little angry, I am,” said Van Bramer. “Year after year this is too much to bear.”

In 2010, the No. 7 line was suspended for 12 weekends, and again for five weekends this past fall.

On December 8, Community Board 2 received a letter from the MTA, detailing the weekend closures. According to Van Bramer, there was no discussion or opportunity for input, simply a: “this is how it is, so deal with it.”

Going forward, the councilmember intends to work with City Council Speaker Christine Quinn and the rest of the Council to urge the MTA to change course, and also advises that residents sign an online petition, on the City Council website, and also protest via social media.

For alternate service, straphangers can use the E, F, N and Q lines. On Saturdays and Sundays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., the Q will be extended to Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard. Additionally, free shuttle buses will operate between the Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza stations during those weekends.

-With additional reporting by Cristabelle Tumola

Weekend 7 subway service suspended through March


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For the second time in less than six months, straphangers in Queens and Manhattan will be without the No. 7 subway for multiple weekends in a row.

Starting December 28, No. 7 line service between the two boroughs will be suspended every weekend until March 25 due to planned subway work.

Trains won’t run between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza, from 11:45 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday during those 13 consecutive weekends.

During President’s Day weekend the suspension will remain in effect until Tuesday, February 19 at 5 a.m.

For alternate service between the two boroughs, straphangers can use the “E”,” F”, “N” and  “Q” lines.

The “Q” will also be extended to Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. on Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sundays from 9 a.m. to  7 p.m., and free shuttle buses will operate between the Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza stations during those weekends.

Along with the weekend suspensions, the No. 7 train will not run from 11:45 p.m. on Monday, January 14 until 5 a.m. on Tuesday, January 15.

According to the MTA, these service changes are so it can perform tunnel, signal and track maintenance in the Steinway Tunnel, which connects Queens to Manhattan, as well as replace tracks between the between the Court Sq. and Queensboro Plaza stations.

In the fall, the MTA also suspended No. 7 subway service for five weekends for maintenance reasons.

 

 

Weeknight subway closures expand to Queens


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Starting next month, some late night subway riders will need to find alternate forms of transportation, the MTA announced Monday.

The MTA’s Fastrack program, which temporality suspends parts of the subway from 10 p.m. to 5 a.m. on weeknights for track, tunnel and station maintenance, will affect several lines in Queens and other parts of the city.

Each of the following corridors will shut down for four consecutive weeknights:

  • “N,” “Q” and “R” lines south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street in Brooklyn
  • “E,” “F,” “M” and “R” lines between 5th Avenue/53rd Street in Manhattan and Roosevelt Avenue
  •  “A” line between 168th Street and 207th Street in Upper Manhattan
  •  “D” line between 161st Street and 205th Street in the Bronx
  •  “6” line between 45th Street and 100th Street in Manhttan
  •  “4” and “5″ lines between 45th Street and 100th Street in Manhattan

The first corridor slated for maintenance is the “D” line in the Bronx on January 14, followed by the N,” “Q” and “R” trains south of Queensboro Plaza to Court Street on January 28.

The MTA decided to continue with the Fastrack program, which began last January, because of its increase in productivity, and reduction in track fires, delays and incidents.

“Over the past year we have found this to be an extremely effective way to maintain a subway system that operates around the clock, seven days a week,” said New York City Transit President Thomas Prendergast. “We have seen concrete benefits in the way the system is being maintained through Fastrack and we are now ready to roll it out to other line segments.”

 

Suspect in Queens, Manhattan elevator robberies in custody


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A man wanted in connection to four New York City elevator robberies, including one in Queens, is being question by authorities, according to police and media reports.

In each attack, the suspect followed the victim into an apartment building, then the elevator and stole the woman’s property, said the NYPD. During three of the incidents the suspect displayed a gun.

The first robbery occurred in Far Rockaway on December 4, around 8:30 p.m., when the suspect followed a 58-year-old woman into the elevator of her apartment and demanded her purse. The victim refused and he forcibly removed it from her and fled.

The suspect then moved on to Manhattan.

On December 8, he first stole a handbag and cell phone from a 28-year-old woman in an East Village apartment building around 1 a.m.

Later that same day, around 10:50 p.m., the suspect followed an 85-year-old woman into a West Village apartment building at 305 West 13th Street. Once in the elevator, he knocked the elderly victim to the ground and took cash and property from her. The woman was not hurt.

He last struck a Gramercy Park building in the early evening hours of December 9, stealing a handbag from another female victim.

Footage of the suspect robbing an elderly woman in the elevator of a West Village apartment building. 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, October 20

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., At It’s My Park Day, New Yorkers volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs by taking part in local volunteer projects and free family-friendly, cultural, fitness and arts events. Just find a local park that is hosting an It’s My Park Day activity and stop by. Times vary depending on location.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Come to the Queens Childcare Network’s Fall Family Festival in Forest Hills for entertainment, games, face painting and to learn more about family daycare programs in Queens.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., At the free Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, you can make costumes, enjoy live music, enter your dog in an annual canine costume contest, try harvest foods from local restaurants and more.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Learn about the harvest, pick some fall vegetables and make a special autumn craft at the Kings Manor’s Hands-on History: Harvest Time.

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Seamonsters, zombie surfers, mummy mermaids, a shipwreck treasure hunt, phosphorescent photo booth, seaweed serenade and more underwater fun at the Queens Museum’s Boo! An Underwater Halloween Spooktacular.

Sunday, October 21

1 p.m., 3 p.m., Bubble artist Casey Carle will perform a presentation of fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, trapping audience members inside gigantic soap bubbles and filling the stage with thousands of bubbles at the Queens Theatre.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., At the 5th annual Rockaway Fall Festival there will be a pumpkin patch, pony, hayrides and more entertainment.

 

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Friday October 19 – Saturday, October 20

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., There will be a Halloween themed family sleepover this weekend at the Long Island Aquarium. At the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular, kids will get a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the Creatures of the Night exhibit. You can also dress up in Halloween customers, and enjoy craft time and a screening of “Monster House.”

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Come to the 2nd Annual Harry Potter Halloween Workshop with LilChefs.com, where children ages 5 to 14 and adults can visit with some of the animals featured in the Harry Potter series at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre. Afterwards, kids can make Halloween themed treats, such as crunchy cockroaches, wizard wands, chocolate covered frogs, acid pops and cauldron cupcakes. There will also be a sorting hat ceremony, costume contests, musical performances and more.

10 a.m. – 4p.m., At the third annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, there will be sweets made by local bakeries and home bakers, a baking contest and live music. Every treat sold supports the Brooklyn not-for-profit community museum and civic organization The City Reliquary.

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

 Saturday, October 13

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 11th Annual Harvest Festival in Jamaica there will be cook-offs, cooking demos, live music, food tastings and arts andcrafts, such as making a scarecrow, pumpkin decorating and face painting. There will also be magic shows, colorful clowns and cowboys.

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the Oktoberfest and Harvest Hoopla in Bayside there will fun and games for children, food, refreshments, and music by the Pilsner Brass Band. Entry to the event is free.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The All Saints Episcopal Church in Sunnyside is having its 22nd Annual Fund-Raising Pumpkin Fair with live music, international dishes, hotdogs, hamburgers, shish kebabs, pumpkin dishes, a raffle and balloon animals.

12 p.m. – 4 p.m., Come to the King Manor Harvest Festival for fall-themed crafts and a food-themed celebration, including a historic food demonstration. It will be fun for the whole family.

Sunday, October 14

10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., At the New York Hall of Science’s Little Makers: Paper Making kids can bring their own brightly colored leaves to create handmade paper with fall foliage. Preregistration is recommended.

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Saturday, October 13

11:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m., At the Madison Square Park’s annual Fall Kids Fest children can enjoy a free event with live music, arts and crafts, face painting, snacks and more. There will also be a costume parade led by a Big Apple Circus and pumpkin decorating.

11:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., At the 10th Annual My Dog Loves Central Park Country Fair dogs and their owners can take part in free dog events, including tips from trainers, and participate in fun games, contests, giveaways and more.

Saturday, October 13- Sunday, October 14

2 p.m., This weekend at the Long Island Children’s Museum come see Fall Fun, an interactive musical celebrating autumn from the harvest to Halloween. Ages 3 and up.

Sunday, October 14

2:00 p.m., Come to a family-friendly concert featuring Justin Roberts and The Not Ready For Naptime Players at The Jewish Museum in Manhattan. Ages 2 to 7.

*For more fun things to do with kids, check out our list of Halloween events in Queens

No. 7 subway service disrupted for five weekends this fall, beginning tonight


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Starting October 5, No. 7 line service between Manhattan and Queens will be suspended for five weekends due to planned subway work.

Trains won’t run between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza, from 11:45 p.m. Friday until 5 a.m. Monday during the weekends of October 5-8, October 19-22, October 26-29, November 9-12 and November 16-19.

For alternate service between the two boroughs, straphangers can use the “E”,” F”, “N”, “Q” and “S” lines.

The “Q” will be extended to and from Astoria-Ditmars Blvd. during daytime hours and the Manhattan “S” shuttle will run overnight during those weekends. Free shuttle buses will also operate between Vernon Blvd.-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza.

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 29

9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., Join the Friends of the Ridgewood Library for their semi-annual Fun Day, where there be a flea market, crafts, reading in the garden and more.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., The National Estuaries Day Festival commemorates Little Neck Bay, the local estuary. Meet people from health service, recreational and civic associations, school groups and government organizations. Hike along Alley Pond Environmental Center’s unique and beautiful estuary trails, listen to live music, visit educational booths and exhibits from neighborhood organizations and participate in children’s activities and crafts. Free entertainment, hands-on demonstrations, fun games, boat and canoe rides. Please pre-register.

5:30 – 8:30 p.m., At the Voelker Orth Museum’s Oktoberfest in the Garden there will be food, drinks, music and more in celebration of the German-American heritage of the Voelker and Orth families. Admission $30 ($25 for members), inclusive of food and drink. Reservations recommended.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

10 a.m. – 7 p.m. (Saturday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. (Sunday), Deemed “The Greatest Show and Tell on Earth,” the annual Maker Faire at the New York Hall of Science will feature more than 500 maker exhibits, the world’s most diverse showcase of creativity and innovation in technology, craft, science, fashion, art, food and more. Expect outrageous attractions such as the Life-Sized Mousetrap, Coke Zero and Mentos Show, Power Racing Series, iconic Cupcake Cars and other spectacular surprises, such as workshops on soldering, lock picking and Arduino.

Sunday, September 30

12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Forest Hills Street Festival is a family fair on seven blocks with about 150 vendors, promotions, kiddie rides and crafts. Plus, Austin Street stores will be open. Rain or shine.

4 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Autumn Moon Festival at the Queens Botanical Garden is an afternoon of moon cakes, arts and crafts, and cultural performances celebrating an ancient holiday that reflects on the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal moon goddess. Bring picnic blankets and summer chairs. Free with admission.

 

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Saturday, September 29

1 p.m., Ballet Long Island’s Princess Tea Party opens this weekend, featuring Cinderella, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty, The Little Mermaid and more. Kids can also take photos with the princess characters and join them for a tea party following the performance.

5:30 p.m. -6:30 p.m., Take part in the national attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the most soccer balls ever dribbled by a group at one time. The event also raises money and awareness for America SCORES, which help bring soccer to under-resourced elementary schools. The New York City event will take place at Pier 25 (at Hudson River Greenway and North Moore) and will be followed by a happy hour fundraiser at Harry’s Italian Pizza Bar in Battery Park City.

Saturday, September 29 – Sunday, September 30

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., Come to the Long Island Children’s Museum this weekend to see Dora the Explorer Live! “Dora’s Pirate Adventure.”

Sunday, September 30

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.

 

 

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 15

11:00 a.m. (last ticket is sold at 4:30 p.m.), On Saturday, the Amazing Maize Maze, a 3-acre interactive corn maze, opens at the Queens Country Farm Museum.

12 p.m. – 3 pm, Commemorate the Constitution’s birthday by learning about the document and how it was written at King Manor’s Hands-on History: Constitution Celebration. Write your own Constitution with a quill pen.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival in Baisley Pond Park. There will be crafts, games, music, giveaways and more.

Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16

5 p.m. Saturday – 6 a.m. Sunday, Experience the great outdoors right here in Queens at the Queens Zoo’s Overnight Camping Adventures. Activities include a late-night walk through the aviary and making enrichment treats for the animals. Feel free to bring your own snacks too, along with a picnic dinner, a tent and sleeping bags. The Queens Zoo will serve beverages, dessert and breakfast.

Sunday, September 16

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., Maspeth Federal Savings will have its Smile on Maspeth event on Sunday in its main office parking lot, where there will be rides, raffles a petting zoo, face painting, games, live entertainment and more.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16

3:30 p.m. – 5:o0 p.m., At the Long Island Children’s Museum’s Messy Afternoons, kids ages 18 months to 4 will be up in their elbows in goop, guts, shaving cream and play-doh while doing a variety of sensory activities. Free with museum admission.

Sunday, September 16

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.

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m, Sunday is the last day to see Angelina the Ballerina the Musical at the Riverside Theatre in Manhattan. The show is appropriate for ages 3 to12.

 

 

Amy’s Bread moves to LIC’s ‘Flour District’


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When Amy Scherber, owner of Amy’s Bread, found out that there was no more rentable space in Chelsea Market to hold her expanding business, she knew she needed a larger facility where it would be easy to load and make deliveries to her Manhattan stores.

“We loved our space there, but we just didn’t have enough room to spread out anymore,” said Scherber. “After we looked around in other boroughs and in Manhattan, we realized that Queens had the nicest spaces that were on one level.”

Specifically, she found it in Long Island City. About a month ago, the bakery began making all of its bread at the new 30,000-square-foot facility. The company’s offices also moved to Queens from Chelsea Market, and its sweets bakery moved there from its Hell’s Kitchen location.

The timing of the move is appropriate, since the business just celebrated its 20th anniversary.

Amy’s Bread first opened in the Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood of Manhattan on 9th Avenue and 46th Street. Scherber always wanted to start a food business, but thought it would be a restaurant. When she fell in love with bread, she decided to open a bakery instead.

After a few months, Amy’s Bread also began selling sweet items, such as coffee cake, Irish soda bread and scones. In 1996, Scherber opened a second location in Chelsea Market and started serving sandwiches. In 2000, layer cakes were added to the menu, and in 2005 a third location was opened in the West Village.

Though Scherber will miss the food community of Chelsea Market, there is also one in her bakery’s new home.

“Right now there’s not so much camaraderie. Inside of the [Chelsea] market you have all of these different food businesses all under one roof and here we’re sort of spread out. But I feel like there is some kind of local food culture,” she said, including other bakers.

She even refers to the area as the “Flour District.”

“It’s not a particular term that a lot of people have mentioned before,” she said.

Actually, her real estate broker may have coined it.

“Our broker kind of came up with it when we were looking at all the bakeries that were around here and said, ‘Oh, you guys are part of the Flour District!’” explained Scherber.

Right down the street is the cookie headquarters of Eleni’s, which also has a retail location in Chelsea Market. Other bakeries include Le Pain Quotidien, Pain D’Avignon, Tom Cat and BR Guest.

In Long Island City, there are no immediate plans to open a retail store for at least a year. Located on 34th Street off 48th Avenue, there are not many food options near the bakery, but there is not a lot of foot traffic either. Once she gets to know the area better, said Scherber, she will see if Amy’s Bread can open a store in Long Island City.

For now, Amy’s Bread’s is focusing on making changes to two of its existing shops—Chelsea Market and Hell’s Kitchen. With the baking facilities gone, both retail locations are expanding. In Chelsea Market, a small baking kitchen will also be installed. Scherber expects these renovations to be completed around the end of September to early October.

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 8

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., This first-ever LIC Block Party will feature artist-led activity tents, a stage with live music, interactive performances and a community-built, large-scale temporary sculpture. Guests will also find the Artist Market with a selection of the best affordable and functional art and objects and a family-friendly food court with goodies from local restaurants. Activity tents include Tarot readings, pom-pom making, Cubist face painting, carnival games, “discover your inner child,” balloon activities, ask a lawyer, neighborhood walks, wondrous disguises and costumes

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will celebrate its 40th anniversary with workshop previews, face painting, a DJ, arts and crafts, on-site workshop registration and one-day-only discounts.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School festival at Little Bay Park for an afternoon full of fun activities including inflatable rides, arts and crafts projects, and free giveaways.

Sunday, September 9

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., The Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting its 39th Annual Park Fair  at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park. There will be food, crafts, live entertainment, raffles for prizes, a pet adoption event and much more.

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., The whole family can come to the Queens Museum of Art for tours and hands-on art making workshops connected to the exhibition Tiffany: The Glass. The exhibit explores the colors, patterns, textures and types of glass made for and used by Tiffany Studios. With the transition from summer to fall, this Sunday attendees can look at the change of the seasons depicted in Tiffany Glass.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, September 8

Explore the movement in New York City at the Center for Architecture. Children and parents can come and watch video examples of dance on city streets and in buildings, then learn how to create simple dances together as a family. Each family will receive a recording of their dance as a keepsake of their kinetic design.

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday September 9

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., At the 32nd Annual Brookhaven Country Fair there will be fun activities and entertainment the whole family, including traditional crafts, primitive cooking, Irish step dancing, Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactments, pony rides, live music and more. Admission to the fair is $2 for adults and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

Sunday, September 9

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Watch the epic story of New York City’s drinking water supply unfold in an original production by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater in Central Park‘s natural playground, the Peter J. Sharp Children’s Glade, through puppets, music and poetry.

2:00 p.m. (Doors: 1:30 p.m.), Come to the Hip Tot Music Fest, family-friendly live music series in Brooklyn. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, local food and giveaways.