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Enjoy LIC Springs! and get Mother’s Day gifts at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@licflea

As you make your way to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend to pick out something out for mom, make sure to get your groove on at the LIC Springs! block festival.

The LIC Partnership will host its second annual LIC Springs! free community block festival this Saturday from noon to 5 p.m. on Vernon Boulevard between 50th and 46th avenues.

Throughout the day there will be live music, dance and theater performances, art and sculpture making, fitness classes, outdoor dining, sport games and much more open to all ages.

When you are done checking out the block party, make your way to the popular LIC Flea & Food, located just blocks away at the waterfront outdoor lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

Visitors can find that special gift just in time for Mother’s Day, whether it be unique soaps and candles, one-of-a-kind handcrafted or vintage jewelry and clothes, sweets and more.

Along with over 80 vendors each day, the LIC Flea also has a beer garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and SingleCut Beersmiths. The bar will also offer a great selection of wines.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.


Street Talk: What are you doing for Mother’s Day?

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“A hibachi restaurant, probably. I was thinking about one in Brooklyn.”
Kelly Thompson


“I celebrate with my wife and daughter. We’re going to eat and do whatever my wife wants.”
Shang Gu


“I hope my daughters will have something great planned for me!”
Simone Perry


“My mom lives in Pennsylvania so I’m probably going to visit her. My birthday’s the week before so it’s a mother-daughter thing.”
Laura Kitterle


“Actually, I work. Nothing else to do.”
Alex Alverado


“I’m seeing [singer] Audra McDonald with my mother. It’s a surprise!”
Isabel Salane


“I have to work. I work in a restaurant, and it’s the biggest day of the year.”
Hugo Herrera


“I’m going to honor my wife and take her out to dinner.”
Richard Vespi


Queens mother-daughter TSA officers help keep passengers safe

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Photo courtesy of Lois Haynes

Working under the same roof as Mom could make some sons and daughters anxious, but it makes Monique Smith proud.

The 29-year-old Jamaica resident shares the same job, as a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) officer at LaGuardia Airport, with her mother, Lois Haynes.

“I have been at TSA a little longer than my mom, but she has introduced me to a lot of people at the airport,” Smith said. “Plus, my co-workers are a lot nicer when they find out who my mother is. Sometimes they call me ‘Lois Jr.’ and I don’t mind a bit.”

Smith encouraged her mother to apply for the gig not long after she started working at the airport, about five-and-a-half years ago, according to Haynes.

“It’s funny when co-workers first learn that we’re mother/daughter,” the 49-year-old Queens Village resident said.

They once worked the same shift and at the same check point, but now have different hours and are stationed at different locations within the airport.

“It’s been a pleasure” working with her daughter, Haynes said. She is also thankful that her daughter introduced her to a job she enjoys.

As a TSA officer, Haynes work includes screening passengers and luggage, and checking travel documents. Additionally, she is involved with the recertification of officers.

“I am a people person and I also like to mentor,” Haynes said.

When she’s not at the airport, Haynes spends her free time with her daughter going to boutiques and out to eat.

“We have a very close relationship outside of the job,” Haynes said. “She’s my muse, she picks out my clothes, tells me what looks ugly.”

Though the two have different schedules, this Mother’s Day, they both have off from work.

Haynes, who also has a 15-year-old son, is not exactly sure what her family is planning for Sunday, but she “heard they are going to be making [her] a nice seafood dinner.”



Former international soccer player to host meet and greet at Queens Center

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Courtesy Verizon Wireless

With the FIFA World Cup about only a month away, soccer fans will be able to get a taste of the sport at Queens Center this weekend.

In preparation for the big games being held from June 12 to July 13 in Brazil, Verizon is hosting five shopping mall “Estadio Verizon” (Verizon Stadium) events for fans. The events will feature interactive soccer games, a customized stadium scoreboard, trivia games and a soccer-themed Plinko board to win prizes.

This Saturday, former Colombian national team captain and Major League Soccer player Carlos “El Pibe” Valderrama will be at Queens Center doing a meet and greet with fans from 4 to 6 p.m.

Between noon and 6 p.m. this weekend, visitors at the Elmhurst mall will be able to learn about Verizon’s video offerings including its “La Connexion” and Spanish Language Packages that offer customized content for Hispanics and others who seek more Spanish-language programming.

Also, throughout the weekend and in honor of Mother’s Day, visitors at Queens Center will be able to make a free international call to their moms, using the latest Verizon Wireless mobile devices.



Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios celebrates successful opening

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Bradley Hawks

The Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios arrived with a boom this past weekend.

The city’s first-ever backlot market celebrated a successful grand opening on Sunday with thousands of people in attendance.

The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first of its kind in the city, every Sunday for the next seven consecutive weeks.

Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, visitors are welcomed by a brand-new 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

“Kaufman Studios was the perfect setting for Astoria Flea,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “It was exciting to see the community’s response with thousands of people attending and taking advantage of the amazing shopping and food vendors.”


Visitors of all ages and from all over the city were able to enjoy the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

“We’re excited to be at Kaufman for the next seven Sundays and look forward to being an attraction for the neighborhood and a place for local residents to congregate,” Schneps said.

Photo courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

In March, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

For this upcoming weekend, the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be the perfect locations to celebrate mothers. On Saturday, you can get some Mother’s Day shopping done in Long Island City and on Sunday, treat your mom to a relaxing day in Astoria.

Vendors, from small to big, can apply to sell at the market at www.LICFlea.com. For more information visit Facebook.com/AstoriaFlea or follow @AstoriaFlea on Twitter.



Woman to give free manicures at Socrates Sculpture Park

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Photo by Mikel Durlam

Breanne Trammell is taking her revamped 1968 compact trailer back out on the road to help polish the lives of local western Queens moms in need of a well-deserved pampering.

Last year, Trammell, a Wassaic, N.Y. resident, professional manicurist and core member of the nonprofit The Wassaic Project, embarked on a cross-country road trip she called Nails Across America.

During the trip she visited 20 different states as part of her experimental art project known as “Nails in the Key of Life,” where she uses manicures as the way to exchange ideas, start conversations and collect people’s stories. During her road trip, she would give women, men and children free manicures inside a 1968 Shasta compact trailer she transformed into a mobile nail salon.

                                   Photo by Mikel Durlam

Each person who sported one of Trammell’s manicures would receive a signed and numbered letter-pressed certificate to celebrate his or her involvement in the project.

“The idea is to reach out to as many kinds of people, from all walks of life, and use it as a way to honor them and their experiences, and share their experiences and stories,” Trammell said. “Manicures are usually expensive. It’s been my intention from the very beginning, this is totally accessible for anyone.”

Now, months after returning from her trip, Trammell will take the trailer back out and make a trip to Long Island City’s Socrates Sculpture Park for its spring/summer season opening on Mother’s Day on May 11.

During the event, which will feature the opening of three brand new exhibitions, Trammell will be giving free manicures by the park’s new 50-foot-long, 18-foot-high “Queen Mother of Reality” sculpture by Polish artist Pawel Althamer.

Although the manicures will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, most of the appointments will be filled by mothers from the nearby NYCHA housing development Astoria Houses.

                        Photo by Chuka Chukuma

“We are making sure the people that deserve it are getting it,” said Elissa Goldstone, exhibition program manager at Socrates Sculpture Park. “We are giving women a moment to be praised and to be focused on.”

While the mothers get pampered by Trammell, their children will also be able to take part in workshops conducted by the grass-roots nonprofit Minor Miracles Foundation.

Goldstone said Trammell’s trailer and free manicures pair nicely with the sculpture that was dedicated to Queen Mother Dr. Delois Blakely, who has served as Community Mayor of Harlem since being sworn in by former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani in 1995.

Visitors will be allowed to enter the sculpture and get a view of the Manhattan skyline, and, later, get a tour of Trammell’s trailer.

“Breanne’s trailer has similar reclaimed, handmade, but also sacred and secured interior in this larger setting,” Goldstone said. “It’s that privateness that brings out these intimate moments.”

During that weekend, Socrates Sculpture Park will also debut the LIC Art Bus which will offer free weekend door-to-door service from noon to 6 p.m. between Socrates, SculptureCenter, The Noguchi Museum and MoMA PS1.



Mother’s Day brunch and dining specials in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Mother’s Day is this Sunday (May 12) and a variety of Queens restaurants have brunch and dinner specials.

Austin’s Steak & Ale House, located at 82-70 Austin Street in Kew Gardens, will be offering a unique dinner menu beginning at 4 p.m. on Mother’s Day. All entrees will be served with fingerling potatoes and vegetable du jour, and these special dishes include crabmeat crusted salmon, beef wellington, and roasted leg of lamb with rosemary. Being a popular destination, Austin recommends making a reservation on their website, and the dinner will last until closing time at 11 p.m.

Bourbon Street, located at 40-12 Bell Boulevard in Bayside, will be offering three different brunch menus on Mother’s Day. For $19.95, you can have red velvet pancakes or Captain Crunch French Toast. For $20.95, choose from a Southern Breakfast Bowl; eggs scrambled with homemade salsa, fresh peppers, andouille sausage & cheddar cheese; broccoli, cheddar, & mushroom omelet; three cheese omelet; traditional Cobb salad; southern fried chicken & biscuit; eggs Benedict or corned beef & hash. For $21.95, choose from crab cakes Oscar Benedict; Steak sandwich; Asian noodle salad with scallops, sweet peppers, snow peas, cashews, & sesame vinaigrette or steak & scrambled eggs. All options come with a complimentary bloody mary, mimosa or screwdriver in addition to coffee, tea, fresh fruit, mini muffins, bagels and coffee cake. For more information, or to see the full menu, visit bourbonstreetny.com.

Cavo, located at 42-18 31st Avenue in Astoria, will have a special Mother’s Day menu, for $49 per person. Each guest will be served a traditional Greek salad with their meal. For appetizers, chose from lobster bisque or shrimp phyllo. For an entree, choose from pan seared black bass; roasted half chicken; ravioli or petit filet mignon. For dessert, choose from Cavo’s crepes or crème brulee. To place reservations, call 718-721-1001.

Danny Brown Wine Bar and Kitchenlocated at 104-02 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, is featuring a brunch prix-fixe menu on Mother’s Day from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., and its standard dinner menu will be offered from 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in addition to a few Mother’s Day specials. Its Mother’s Day brunch menu includes grilled french ham & Emmentaler Swiss cheese on sourdough bread, and smoked salmon with grilled sourdough toast, red leaf lettuce & citrus crème fraîche. Reservations are required and can be made on the restaurant’s website.

Dee’sa pizzeria, located at 107-23 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills, is offering a special three-course prix-fixe menu this Mother’s Day, featuring dishes such as Dee’s lasagna of Bolognese and three cheeses, chicken parmesan with linguini with garlic & oil, and grilled teriyaki skirt steak with pan Asian vegetables and french fries. The full meal is $32.99 per person, and a $15 Kids Menu for children 12 years old and younger is available as well. Early reservations are highly recommended. Reservations can be made online.

Deluge Restaurant, located at 135-20 39th Avenue in Flushing, will have their annual Mother’s Day buffet starting at noon. For prices and more information, call 718-670-7400 or visit delugerestaurant.com.

Testaccio, located at 47-30 Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, is a Michelin Guide Award-winning Roman/Italian restaurant offering both brunch and dinner specials this Mother’s Day. This menu includes specialties such as the scallop carpaccio, which consists of thinly sliced scallops, yellow tomato, and roma tomatoes with arugula tossed with citrus vinaigrette, and pignolata, which is tiny rolled doughs, fried and served with caramelized honey and orange glaze with mascarpone zambaglione cream. Reservations can be made online or by calling 718-937-0033.

Have brunch while looking at the Manhattan Skyline at Water’s Edge, located at 401 44th Drive in Long Island City. For $60 a person, enjoy unlimited brunch beverages including coffee and tea. Food options include a hot buffet, omelet station, meat carving and salad stations. Entrees include fusili primavera, roasted chicken breast, haricot verts with toasted almonds, salmon with sweet corn broth and roasted fingerlings. Desserts include seasonal fruit crisp; cookies and brownies; assorted mini pastries; assorted cup cakes and a ice cream sundae bar. Children are $30 and can enjoy a kids buffet. For more information or to make a reservation, call 718-482-0033.

Creative Mother’s Day crafts

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chalk pots

For Mother’s Day, celebrate the nurturing nature of mom with a specially painted flower pot that holds her favorite herbs or flowers.

The Chalkboard Herb Pot and Mommy’s Favorite Flower Pot projects from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores don’t require any special skills, so anyone can make a customized gift for mom, grandma, or any other special mom in their life.

Tips for Using Chalkboard Paint

  • Chalkboard paint comes in classic black, but also comes in other colors as well.
  • Make sure it’s completely dry before trying to write on it.
  • Some chalkboard paints require you to condition the paint with chalk before using it. Read label instructions carefully.

Tips for Decorating

  • Using spray paint and hot glue guns may require adult supervision.
  • Give the kids creative control – it may not turn out perfectly neat, but it will be perfect for mom.
  • Not sure what to paint on the flower pot? Let the kids dip a hand or foot into the paint and put prints onto the pot. Or, cut fun shapes out of sponges or potatoes and let them stamp around the pot.

You can find more ideas, project guides and supplies at www.joann.com.


Chalkboard Herb Pot

No experience necessary

Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours


Supplies and Tools:

1 Ceramo red clay flower pot

Saucer to match pot, if desired

Blackboard spray paint

White paint pen or chalk

Ribbon – width to match the size of the pot rim

Hot glue gun and glue sticks

Potting soil

Plant of your choice

1. Wipe pot and saucer clean to remove all dust.
2. Spray pot and saucer with chalkboard spray paint – no need to paint the interior of the pot if using for planting.
3. Allow paint to fully dry – approximately 3 to 4 hours.
4. Attach ribbon around rim of pot using hot glue.
5. Fill the pot with a potting soil mix.
6. Transplant your favorite herbs or flowers into the pot.
7. Write the name of the herb or flower on the outside of the pot using paint pen for a permanent finish or chalk for changeable finish.


Mommy’s Favorite Flower Pot

Crafting Time: 3 to 5 hours

Skill Level: No experience necessary


Supplies and Tools:

1 Ceramo red clay flower pot

Gesso spray paint

Non-toxic poster paint

Small paintbrush

Spray fixative

Potting soil

Plant of your choice


1. Wipe pot clean – remove all dust.
2. Spray pot with gesso spray paint – no need to paint the interior of the pot if using for planting.
3. Allow paint to fully dry – approximately 3 to 4 hours.
4. Paint the rim of the pot with the poster paint color of choice using paintbrush.
5. Allow rim to dry to the touch.
6. Decorate the body of the pot with poster paints.
7. Allow pot to fully dry.
8. Spray decorated area of the pot with a coat of fixative.
9. Fill the pot with a potting soil mix.
10. Transplant your favorite herbs or flowers into the pot.


Courtesy of Family Features