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Teen programmers compete in Astoria


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Photos courtesy of Brian Palmer

Young programmers came together for a weekend filled with innovative solutions to real city problems during a unique competition in Astoria.

On June 29 and 30, Young Rewired State (YRS) — a United Kingdom-based organization dedicated to helping teens learn to code or program — held a free weekend-long workshop at the Museum of the Moving Image.

Partnering with the museum and Mozilla’s Hive Learning Network NYC, YRS hosted its first event in the U.S. Fifty teens, ages 14-18, were able to work with each other and 20 mentors to create digital products and prototypes using data to address concerns and problems specific to New York City.

“It’s all about community and curating young developers, bringing them out of the bedroom and familiarizing them with the world around them,” said Thom Brooks of YRS.

The teens got together to form groups and choose the open data they would be using for their projects. The rest of the first day was spent developing and building the products. Some of the projects that took home prizes after presenting at a show-and-tell the next day included an app to find nearby restaurants using Wi-Fi and a Citi Bike Range Finder to help riders determine if they could reach one Citi Bike station from another within 45 minutes.

The winners of the event received a flight to attend the Young Rewired States Festival of Code in the U.K., an annual event during the first week of August. YRS hopes to come back to the U.S. next year and hold events in all five boroughs.

 

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Museum of the Moving Image completes expansion with Kaufman Courtyard dedication


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Photo courtesy of Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer

The final piece of the Museum of the Moving Image’s expansion and renovation project is in place.

On June 18, local officials, museum representatives and members of the community gathered for a dedication ceremony for the museum’s recently completed outdoor courtyard. It will be named after museum trustee George Kaufman, who is also chair of Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Kaufman Organization, a real estate company.

“My vision for the neighborhood was to create a vibrant, full-service production center and have the studio become the catalyst for neighborhood growth,” said Kaufman. “Today, that vision has become a reality.

The 10,370-square-foot Kaufman Courtyard is the final part of the $2.5 million project designed by Leeser Architecture. The landscaped courtyard garden will include space for an outdoor cafe and offer open-air screenings, exhibitions and special events. The new area will also have a drop-off zone for school buses, a dedicated entrance for school groups and extra room for students to gather during their visits.

The Department of Cultural Affairs, Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and the City of New York provided $1.25 million in funding, while Kaufman donated $1 million for the project. The remaining funds came from private contributions.

“From the beginning, I believed these enhancements would heighten the Museum of the Moving Image’s prominence as a world-renowned cultural institution,” said Van Bramer. “Not only will millions of visitors from around the world get to enjoy this newly designed open-air courtyard, but so will local residents who share this neighborhood with one of our city’s greatest cultural institutions.”


(Photo courtesy the Museum of the Moving Image)

 

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Muppets coming to Museum of the Moving Image in new Jim Henson gallery


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Photos courtesy of the NYC Mayor’s Office’s Flickr

Hi-ho, the Muppets are coming to town.

On Tuesday Mayor Michael Bloomberg and other officials announced the late Jim Henson’s family has donated close to 400 puppets, costumes, props and other items to the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria. The announcement included special appearances by Miss Piggy — who got a kiss from the mayor — Oscar the Grouch and Gobo Fraggle.

The objects will go in a new gallery dedicated to Henson’s film and television achievements including “The Muppet Show,” “Sesame Street” and more.

“We are tremendously grateful to the Henson family and to the City of New York for identifying the museum as the location of a permanent New York City attraction devoted to this transformational figure,” said Carl Goodman, executive director of the Museum of the Moving Image.

The 2,200-square-foot gallery, which has received $2.75 million in city funds, will be on the second floor of the museum and is expected to open in winter 2014-2015. Along with donations from Henson’s family, the exhibit will feature character sketches, storyboards, scripts from The Jim Henson Company’s archive, film and television clips, behind-the-scenes footage and interactive activities.

“We are delighted that the Museum of the Moving Image will house this permanent collection of my father’s work,” said Cheryl Henson, daughter of the late Jim Henson. “Our fondness for this city and its institutions is deeply rooted as NYC was home for The Jim Henson Company for many years and is now for the Jim Henson Workshop in Long Island City.”

In 2012, “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibition, concluded its five-year national tour at the Museum of the Moving Image.

The new Henson exhibition will be accompanied by ongoing programs such as curriculum-based events for school children and live presentations by people who worked with Henson and continue to advance his unique artform.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: An Evening with Choreographers Rich + Tone

Discovered by Michael Jackson’s choreographer while freestyling at a California club, the brothers Rich + Tone Taluega are two of the most successful choreographers in the business. They have also worked with Madonna, JLo, Usher, Chris Brown, Gwen Stefani, Christina Aguilera and Black Eyed Peas. Rich + Tone will present some highlights from their body of work and give a live demonstration of their choreography at the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 p.m. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Boston Marathon bombing suspect moved from hospital to prison

Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev has been moved from the hospital to the Federal Medical Center Devens, a federal prison for inmates requiring long-term medical care, the U.S. Marshals Service said Friday. Read more: ABC New York

Senate passes bill to ease FAA furloughs; House vote expected as early as Friday

With flight delays mounting, the Senate approved hurry-up legislation Thursday night to end air traffic controller furloughs blamed for inconveniencing large numbers of travelers. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Whitestone home burglarized, family bound and robbed at gunpoint

Four gun-toting goons crept into a Queens home and yanked a family out of their beds during a terrifying middle-of-the-night robbery Thursday, police sources said. Read more: New York Daily News

Ex-Marine says cops beat him in Jamaica’s 103rd Precinct: suit

The Queens district attorney’s office is investigating a former Marine’s claim that he was punched and kicked in the face by cops as they ejected him from the 103rd Precinct stationhouse, where he had gone to retrieve a friend’s personal property. Read more: New York Daily News

Cuomo wants credit bureaus to reconsider Sandy victims’ scores

Last October, as Hurricane Sandy tore through Staten Island, Allison Puglisi’s home was severely damaged. Read more: NY1

Tight security at NFL Draft

NYPD Hercules teams stood with guns at the ready. Nearby, bomb-sniffing dogs were on the prowl. Welcome, to the first round of the NFL Draft at Radio City Music Hall. Read more: Fox New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Wednesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Wednesday night: Clear. Low of 30 with a windchill as low as 23. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 25 mph

EVENT OF THE DAY: Spectacle: The Music Video

Spectacle: The Music Video at the Museum of the Moving Image explores the history and art of music videos in a first-of-its-kind exhibit. With 300 videos, artifacts and interactive installations it shows the cultural influence of music videos over the past 35 years, emphasizing their role in new creative technology and how they have pushed the boundaries of creative production. On view April 3-June 16. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Manhunt under way in Kissena Park after suspects flee

The NYPD is searching Kissena Park in Queens after officers pursued robbery suspects into the park Wednesday morning. Read more: ABC New York

Arrest in Forest Park attempted rape

Four days after a female jogger was attacked in Forest Park, police arrested Richard Kassebaum, 42, in connection with the assault. Read more: The Queens Courier 

Massive fire tears through concrete plant in Queens

A massive second-alarm fire burned through a concrete plant in Queens overnight. Read more: ABC New York

Pols, constituents shocked by Sen. Malcolm Smith bribery charge

After spending years under an ethical cloud, state Sen. Malcolm Smith’s arrest Tuesday was less surprising to many of his Albany colleagues than what he was actually arrested for.  Read more: New York Daily News 

Jackson Heights leaders push for slow zone on Northern Blvd.

A rash of accidents along Northern Boulevard could be a sign that the northwestern Queens thoroughfare is becoming the new “Boulevard of Death.” Read more: New York Daily News

Obama, in Colorado, to press for gun measures

In danger of losing congressional momentum, President Barack Obama is drawing attention to Colorado’s newly passed gun control laws as he applies public pressure on Congress to pass similar federal measures. Read more: AP

Stars shine at Queens World Film Festival


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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

The stars came out for the Queens World Film Festival at the Museum of the Moving Image. 

Opening night was held on Tuesday, March 5 and featured films from the borough and as far away as Belgium, Italy, Spain and Australia.

Organizers Katha and Don Cato welcomed the large audience of film lovers and encouraged the filmmakers present to continue making films.

“We have a lot to talk about or even argue about,” said Katha. “You must continue to tell your stories, it’s what binds us together!”

Before any of the films made its debut, the festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community honoree for his dedication to the community and the arts.

“If you do not believe culture and the arts sustain communities, you have to witness festivals like this,” said Van Bramer. “You don’t have to go to Manhattan to see world-class films.”

Although Academy Award nominated actress Karen Black could not be in attendance, she was also featured as a Spirit of Queens honoree and accepted her recognition through a pre-recorded video.

Saturday night, March 9, the awards presentation was held at Renaissance Event Hall. Among the winners was “Planet Utero” by Elmhurst’s Faiyaz Jafri, for Best Animation. William Cusick was another local filmmaker who took home an award for Founder’s Choice for his film “Welcome to Nowhere (Bullet Hole Road).” The Audience Award winner was “Mikeyboy,” which is set in Queens, by director Christopher Berkenkamp.

The festival came to an end Sunday, March 10 with encore screenings at the Secret Theatre of all the winning films.

Adrian Manzano from Jackson Heights debuted his feature “BQE” at the film festival.

The festival honored Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer as the 2013 Spirit of Queens Community Honoree for his dedication to the community.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making “Roots,” and Making TV History at the Museum of the Moving Image 

A discussion with four stars of the TV series “Roots,” Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton and Leslie Uggams. “Roots,” which first aired in 1977, was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had more than 100 million viewers. Thirty-five years later, the series still resonates. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens merchants say frivolous city violations cost them big bucks

A couple of missing muffin labels could end up costing bagel shop owner Matt Davidov a whole lot of dough. Read more: New York Daily News

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch to be laid to rest

Family, friends and dignitaries will gather Monday to say goodbye to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo seeking home buyouts in flood zones

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline. Read more: New York Times

Livery cab company hogs parking spots near his Queens garage

An ex-con cab-company owner who is awaiting trial in a $10 million insurance scam has another sin to answer for: hogging all the parking spots outside a church near his Queens garage. Read more: New York Post

Power goes down for over half and hour in middle of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was halted because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. Read more: CBS New York

Reid predicts Congress will pass immigration legislation

The top Senate Democrat on Sunday predicted that Congress will pass and send to President Barack Obama legislation overhauling the U.S. immigration system, saying “things are looking really good.” Read more: Reuters

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 21. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 25 with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the West after midnight. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tongues Untied, True Tales Told: African-American Women Changing the Picture in Film and Television at the Museum of the Moving Image

Barbara Montgomery, a veteran actress-turned-director, will screen excerpts from her upcoming film Mitote, which shares the stories of three African-American women who live in New Mexico, circa 1900. Each has a story to tell, based on a unique historical incident. Following the screening will be a wide-ranging discussion with Barbara Montgomery and her featured cast members, S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order, Lincoln) and screen legend Ruby Dee, about the untold stories and missing representation of African-Americans. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ambulance collides with  car, crashes into Queens house 

Police say an ambulance on its way to a call of an unconscious person in Queens collided with a car and ended up crashing into a home Sunday afternoon. Read more: NBC New York

Queens cab driver fatally injured by SUV in Manhattan

A yellow cab driver from Queens died Sunday morning after an SUV crashed into his taxi on the East Side of Manhattan. Read more: NY1

Former Mayor Ed Koch back in the hospital, but doing well

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time since September, but a spokesman said the former mayor is doing well. Read more: CBS New York

Obama inauguration speech sets stage for battles

President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country’s future, setting the stage for looming debates over taxes, guns, immigration and other issues while leaving the details for another day. Read more: ABC New York

CBS News hires former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a contributor, and network bosses say she will take part in inauguration coverage on Monday

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor — just in time for inauguration coverage. Read more: New York Daily News 

Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl

This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. Read more: ABC News

 

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 52. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then clear. Low of 37. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Best Flicks of 2012

This seven-film series at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria, opens with The Deep Blue Sea, the portrayal of a woman who abandons her passionless marriage to a wealthy barrister to enter a torrid affair with a troubled former Royal Air Force pilot. Other films in the series include The Turin Horse, Neighboring Sounds, This Is Not a Film, Moonrise Kingdom, Cosmopolis and In Another Country. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Students return to Far Rockaway school damaged by Sandy

Students returned to classes Monday at The Bay School in the Far Rockaway section of Queens for the first time since Hurricane Sandy. Read more: NY1

Elected officials review Queens library system’s slow recovery from Sandy

The Queens Library was not spared by Hurricane Sandy and now the system is trying to recover from $7.5 million in damage caused by the storm, including 100,000 books damaged in four branches in the Rockaways. Read more: NY1

2 women critical after carbon monoxide incident

Two women were critical after being overcome by carbon monoxide poisoning during an apparent boiler leak in a home in Queens. Read more: ABC New York

Teachers union blasts Bloomberg for NRA comments

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is under fire for radio remarks in which he compared the teachers union to the National Rifle Association. Read more: ABC New York

“Dating Game Killer” gets 25 years to life for NYC slayings

A California serial killer and one-time contestant on “The Dating Game” was sentenced Monday to another 25 years to life for killing two women in New York in the 1970s. Read more: NBC New York

Flu outbreak in 2013 expected to be among the worst in decade, CDC warns

This year’s flu outbreak is one of the worst in 10 years, according to experts — and a quick glance around your half-empty office.Read more: New York Daily News

Giffords, Kelly launch gun control initiative

Former U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords and her husband launched an initiative aimed at curbing gun violence on Tuesday, the second anniversary of the Tucson shooting that killed six people and left her critically injured. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 19F. Breezy. Winds from the West at 15 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Friday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 28F with a windchill as low as 19. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: First Look Film Series

This annual showcase at the Museum of the Moving Image presents groundbreaking international cinema. Many of this year’s films take the form of journeys—geographical, emotional and artistic—with 26 works from a dozen countries. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Sandy-battered Rockaway businesses struggle to pay rent to absentee landlord

A pair of Rockaway stores that survived floods, tens of thousand dollars in losses and the exodus of customers due to Sandy now face a new challenge — battling an absentee landlord who wants them to pay up or move out. Read more: New York Daily News

House sets Friday vote for Sandy aid after criticism

The House is headed for a vote on aid for Superstorm Sandy victims after House Speaker John Boehner mollified Republicans from New York and New Jersey upset with his decision to cancel action on the bill. Read more: ABC New York

Meng, Jeffries among 84 new Congress members sworn in

New York City has two new members of Congress. Hakeem Jeffries, representing the Eighth District in Brooklyn and Queens, which includes Bedford-Stuyvesant, Coney Island and Howard Beach, and Grace Meng, of the Sixth District in Queens, which stretches from Ridgewood to Bayside, were among the 84 new members of Congress sworn in Thursday. Read more: NY1

Special election to determine replacement for Sanders’ Council Seat

Voters will be asked to head to the polls and choose a candidate in a special election to replace outgoing City Councilman James Sanders Jr. Read more: NY1

Attempted murder at Long Island mall

Police on Long Island say a man tried to kill another man in a mall parking lot. Read more: Fox New York

House chooses Boehner as speaker again despite dissent

Despite a rocky few weeks during the “fiscal cliff” fight, John Boehner won re-election as speaker of the House of Representatives on Thursday and will again lead Republicans as they take on the White House over federal spending. Read more: Reuters 

 

 

Cheap dates in New York City


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Want to take a date out for a night on the town, but worried the price tag is holding you back?  Here are a few inexpensive options sure to be full-priced fun.

Queens

Museum of the Moving Image

The Museum of the Moving Image features a number of exhibits that would interest any cinema fan. From replicas of early optical devices to screenings of classic movies, the museum offers a unique, interesting and fun date experience. General Admission is only $12.

Website: www.movingimage.us

Phone: 718-777-6888

Address: 36-01 35th Avenue

Manhattan

Broadway Student Rush tickets

Nothing says romance better than a night out at a Broadway show. While this may be out of the budget of the average student, Student Rush tickets make this an affordable and fun option.

By showing a valid student ID at the box office, discounted tickets (sometimes up to 50 percent off) can be purchased. Often, one person is able to purchase two tickets. However, they must be bought at the theater’s box office the day of the show and are in limited quantity, so get there early before a line forms. Check the show of your choice’s website to make sure they offer rush tickets.

Central Park

Sometimes it’s best to just stick with the classics. Beautiful scenery and plenty of activities make Central Park an iconic date destination. The fact that almost everything is free is also pretty attractive.

Picnicking, hiking or just strolling through the park are just a few options. The Central Park Zoo is also open year-round and will only set you back $6 ($12 if you’re paying for your date).

Website: www.

centralparknyc.org

Brooklyn

Habana Outpost

This Fort Greene restaurant offers very affordable, Latino-inspired meal options. But, more importantly, it has very affordable drinks: draft beers start as low as $2.75. The frozen mojitos are a bit pricier — around $8 — but are well worth the cost. The Habana Outpost also has a number of events, like movie screenings, throughout the fall.

Website: www.habanaoutpost.com

Phone: 718-858-9500

Address: 757 Fulton Street

The New York Aquarium

Located off of the Coney Island Boardwalk is the New York Aquarium. General Admission is $14.95. For $5 more, you can purchase the “Total Experience” tickets that give you access to the Aquarium as well as new 4D theater ride. If that’s still too expensive for you, on Fridays after 3 p.m., admission can be had for a pay-what-you-wish donation. Exhibits include a shark tank (and feedings), sea lion shows and a year-round outdoor penguin exhibit.

Web: www.nyaquarium.com

Phone: 718-265-3474

Address: 602 Surf Ave

Bronx

New York Botanical Garden

What says date better than 250 acres of flowers and trees? “Grounds-Only Admission” to the New York Botanical Garden will cost you $5 with a student ID ($10 without). This gives you access to a large amount of the Garden’s grounds, which boasts some of the most well regarded botanical exhibits in the country. On top of that, admission is free all day Wednesday. Tickets for specialty exhibits will cost extra however.

Website: www.nybg.org

Phone: 718-817-8700

Address: 2900 Southern Boulevard

Bronx Zoo

From butterfly rooms to anteater eating shows, the Bronx Zoo has plenty of exhibits and activities for couples. And general admission is only $16.95. On Wednesdays, it’s suggested donation entry fee.

Website: www.bronxzoo.com

Phone: 718-220-5100

Address: 2300 Southern Boulevard

Staten Island

Clove Road Park

Tucked away in northeastern Staten Island is Clove Road Park. The park boasts a huge amount of green space, which means you’ll never have a problem finding some privacy.

Website: www.nycgovparks.org/parks/CloveLakesPark

Long Island

The Melting Pot

It’s a chain restaurant, yes, but it does things right. Located in Farmingdale, the Melting Pot’s fondue-centric menu offers diners a deliciously unique experience. While it can get a bit expensive, a quick poke around the menu will reveal cheap deals for food and drinks.

Website: www.meltingpot.com

Phone: 631-752-4242

Address: 2377 Broadhollow Road

Tommy’s Place

Tommy’s Place is a cheap and cozy option for any date. Located in Port Jefferson, the Irish pub/restaurant features a laid back, casual atmosphere. With fairly priced food and drinks, live music and outdoors seating (weather permitting), you can’t go wrong.

Website: www.tommysplace.com

Phone: 631-209-1900

Address: 109 Main Street

Birthday party places for kids in Queens


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Photo courtesy of Bounce U

BY SWEETINA KAKAR

If you know a lot of people with birthdays this time of year, it’s no coincidence. September and October are two of the most popular birthday months, and, according to AnyBirthday.com, more babies are born on October 5 than any other day. To mark this birthday-packed time of year, here’s a list of places to throw great kids parties in Queens.

Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
718-229-4000

Alley Pond Environmental Center allows for both an indoor and outdoor experience for any kids event, specifically birthday parties from ages two to 12. The two-hour parties include a discussion about nature and handling live animals along with a nature inspired game or arts and crafts project in a classroom style space. According to the weather, the children will be taken on a nature trail with an experienced guide. With an animal room, party hosts can pick which animals, from blue tongue lizards to ring neck doves, they want to show their guests. All activities will be done within an hour-and-a-half, with 30 minutes left for food and refreshments, which will be provided by party hosts.

Architots
64-64 Dry Harbor Road, Middle Village
718-894-7777

The art and design studio offers 18 different themed parties, including animal, High School Musical, princess, pirate and American Idol themes. The studio’s Crayola inspired décor doesn’t just influence coloring but painting and building too. All parties include invitations, a craft, face painting or tattoos, food for children and refreshments for all.

Astoria Sports Complex
34-38 38th Street, Long Island City
718-729-7163

For sporty children, Astoria Sports Complex provides large indoor game areas for all ages. A soccer room, batting cages, inline skating rink, jumbo slide and bouncy room gives party hosts plenty of options to entertain their guests. The soccer rooms have built-in green astro turf and plexiglass surrounding the room for protection. The batting cages are miniature sized baseball fields to get the full playing experience. Each party includes a host, invitations, music, goody bags, food and refreshments.

Birthday Zone
29-21 21st Avenue, Astoria
718-726-9026

Birthday Zone specializes in customized party themes, but also has eight preplanned themes available. There is a mini arcade, large playing area and dining room, all decorated according to the theme of the party. Preplanned parties include character mascots to entertain all guests. All parties include games, dancing and face painting, with the option of crafts and cotton candy. Pizza is given to children along with refreshments for all.

Bounce U
Whitepoint Center, 132-25 14th Avenue, College Point
718-747-JUMP (5867)

Bounce U has private children’s events and specialty birthday parties with large playing and dinning areas. Their purple and red themed areas make a fun and friendly environment. At Bounce U, children have a large room to enjoy different activities in different bouncy houses, such as an obstacle course, a safe boxing ring and basketball hoops. Bounce U gives you the option to light up any party with a glow-in-the-dark experience and flashing colorful lights. The 2-hour party includes food and refreshments for guests, along with cake and balloon decorations for the dinning room.

BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center
10-34 44th Drive, Long Island City, NY 11101
718-784-4907

This hands-on, messy but artsy party place in Long Island City has different types of birthday parties for all ages. The art center teaches how to make different creations out of clay, including plates, bowls and cups. At BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center parties include creating and glazing, though the crafts cannot be taken home right away, but can be picked up in about two to three weeks, after they are dried and fired. The two-hour party time allows for a 30 minute pottery workshop and 30 minutes for dinning.

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
718-706-6670

Summer or winter, City Ice Pavilion always has an ice skating rink available for a party. It has an igloo-like atmosphere with its cooling ice and white bubble covered rink. Party attendees can skate and enjoy food and refreshment provided by City Ice Pavilion. Invitations, admission, rentals and private lockers are all included in the City Ice Pavilion party experience.

Kids Fun House
6273 Fresh Pond Road, Ridgewood
718-418-KIDS (5437)

An arcade and playground with slides and a playhouse, Kids Fun House is a great place for children’s parties. You can choose from various party themes: princess, knight, fairy, pirate, character inspired or carnival. Children get to make their own goody bags with a candy table in the dinning room. All parties include crafts, tokens for the arcade, decorations, food for children and refreshments for all.

Kids n’Shape
162-26 Crossbay Boulevard, Howard Beach
718-848-2052

Kids n’Shape includes a bounce house, slides, a full basketball court, zip lining, ball-pit, scooters and skating. The minimum two-hour parties include invitations, balloons, food and refreshments.

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
718-777-6888

The Museum of the Moving Image isn’t just an educational atmosphere, but is also a place for fun birthday parties for ages eight and up. With a party room and several different exhibits, party attendees have tons to do for two-and-a-half hours. Guest will be surrounded with antique camera equipment, movie customs and pictures of famous actors. They begin with making flipbooks and animation, and dubbing their voices over famous movies. A guide gives a tour around the museum, educating guests about movies, television shows and video games. Finally, the party can watch a classic film. Children will receive goody bags. Food and beverages are optional.

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Corona
718-699-0005

New York Hall of Science allows for both an indoor and outdoor experience for birthday parties. The museum doesn’t just include interactive educational exhibits, but also an outdoor miniature gold course and a science playground. Guests will be surrounded by rockets, lights, molecules and hidden kingdoms. With eight themes to choose from, a two-hour party includes expert guided tours of the 450 hands-on exhibits as well as food, refreshments and a full day pass to the museum.

Plaster Party Place
96-09 Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Hills
718-263-0960

The bright colored studio welcomes children of all ages for a two-hour painting party. With 75 different ceramic objects to select as a canvas, children can express themselves in multiple ways. Children will experience a party full of music, dancing, games and face painting. Two party hosts will supervise and direct the event. Food and beverages will also be provided.

Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
718-271-7361

The Queens Zoo offers a full animal party experience where you’ll see creatures from all over the world. Birthday celebrations also include a large party room, located in the Wild Room, where an expert zoo guide will provide a live animal encounter, crafts and activities. Guests can even visit the petting zoo. The zoo provides three party themes to choose with admission, decorations and party goods.

Young Chefs Academy
108-10 72nd Avenue, 2nd Floor, Forest Hills
718-268-0343

At Young Chefs Academy children will learn to cook and bake from scratch. Expert chefs will help and show the guests how to crack, mix and whip up a delicious dish, along with an arts and craft activity. A two-hour party includes decorations, chef apparel, refreshments and a complimentary class pass for each guest.

What to do with the kids this weekend


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Friday, September 21

4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Viva La Comida!, the first-ever 82nd Street Partnership event, will shine a spotlight on the fun, food and entertainment options in Elmhurst/Jackson Heights. Food trucks will be everywhere, and the event will include the 82nd Street dance troupe from the Mestizo Art Center, performances by the NY Jazz Academy, the International String Duo and a pop-up crafts market in the Jackson Heights Cinema. Free.

Saturday, September 22

11:30 a.m., Come to aspecial screening of “Hotel Transylvania” at the Museum of the Moving Image before it hits the movie theaters on Sept. 28. In this major animated motion picture, Dracula (whose voice is provided by Adam Sandler) invites some of the world’s most famous monsters—Frankenstein and his bride; the Mummy; the Invisible Man; and others—to celebrate his daughter’s 118th birthday. Free with museum admission.

1:10 p.m., At Bark in the Park 2 attendees of the Mets baseball game against the Miami Marlins will have the opportunity to sit with their pooches and fellow dog lovers and their pets in designated seats. The profit of the dog ticket and a portion of the human ticket will benefit the North Shore Animal League. To participate in the pre-game dog parade, report to the Bullpen Gate by noon with tickets. This gate opens at 11:40 a.m.

3 p.m. – 8 p.m.,The Queens Museum of Art, in partnership with El Museo del Barrio, The Studio Museum in Harlem & cariBBeing, presents Carnival Panorama: Families Celebrate Carnival Traditions as part of the public programming for the current exhibition Caribbean: Crossroads of the World. This free event will include demonstrations of old Carnival Caribbean traditions, including musical workshops and performances. There will also be face painting and balloon sculpting.

6:30 p.m., The second annual Flicks in the Garden at Sunnyside Gardens Park will feature family-friendly live music and rare cartoons from the 1930s and 1940s. The folk Irish duo New York Trad will play music near an open dance floor before an outdoor cinema will be created.

7 p.m., The Third Annual Making Movies Dance Festival at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center will feature the Creative Outlet Dance Theatre, Synthesis, Dance Project, MAWU Dance and Latihente Dance.

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

10 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the 2012 Fall Mamas Expo get insider access to local schools, services, specialists and products currently available to Queens families. Plus, there will be a marionette performance, business promotions, a screening of the Charlie Chaplin movie “The Kid” and all-day access to the Museum of the Moving Image.

11 a.m. – 6 p.m., The 30th Annual Queens County Fair at the Queens County Farm Museum is a traditional county fair with blue-ribbon contests in livestock, produce, home crafts, pie-eating, corn-husking, arm wrestling, hayrides and carnival rides.

Sunday, September 23

11:00 a.m.  - 2:00 p.m., Come to the Fall Family Festival at the Samuel Field Y for a day of arts and crafts, carnival rides and games, food and refreshments  as well as the first Summer Camp and Early Childhood Open House of the new season.

12 p.m., The annual Queens Hispanic Pride Parade in Jackson Heights will be held on Sunday afternoon.

2 p.m. – 8 p.m., A Time to Remember: An Evening of Positive Entertainment is a family event featuring interfaith and multicultural entertainment and messages in the form of music, dance, steel pan playing, arts, crafts, fashion, face-painting and games. Bring chairs and blanket. Free.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Friday, September 21 – Sunday, September 23

10:30 a.m. (Friday, Saturday) 1 p.m.(Sunday), Sesame Street Live will be at the Nassau Coliseum for three days, starting September 21.

Saturday, September 22

12 p.m. – 1 p.m., At the Museum of Modern Art’s Animal Adventures event, children and their parents can watch classic animated and live-action short films with an animal theme.

Saturday, September 22 – Sunday, September 23

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 23

11 a.m., Family-friendly band Lunch Money is performing at the 92YTribeca, singing about roller coasters, giant cookies, getting dizzy and more childhood themed topics.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m., At the Eighth Annual Kite Flight on the rooftop of the Port Authority Bus Terminal, there will be free kite making and flying workshops, a musical performance by Louie & Subanda, a flying yoga demonstration by Om Factory, jugglers, unicyclists and other circus performers, face painting, street games and an old fashioned hot dog cart. Free.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 79. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. Low of 75. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 1.5 in. possible.

EVENT of the DAY: Special preview of Ira Sachs’s latest film “Keep the Lights On” at the Museum of the Moving Image 

This event closes “Looking for Love: The Films of Ira Sachs,” the first comprehensive NYC retrospective of Sachs’s work that includes all his feature films and a selection of short films, each followed by a Pinewood Dialogue with Sachs in person. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Plans to convert College Point paint factory into waterfront condos back on table

A stalled proposal to transform a 150-year-old paint factory in College Point into a waterfront condo complex may be coming back to life — sparking community concerns. Read more: New York Daily News

Cops in hot water

Abandon ship! A Queens couple was forced to make a desperate leap into Jamaica Bay moments before a powerful 600-horsepower NYPD Harbor Patrol boat rammed into their tiny fishing dinghy. Read more: New York Post

Court orders city to do proper environmental review of Willets Point

Plans to revamp the gritty industrial landscape of Willets Point must remain on hold until the city can produce an “appropriate” environmental review, a court has ruled. Read more: New York Daily News

Schumer: Deny cop killers parole for murder of NYPD officer in 1988

Sen. Charles Schumer has spoken out, demanding four convicted cop killers to not be granted parole. Officer Edward Byrne was killed back in 1988 while he was sitting in his patrol car protecting a local citizen’s house who feared retribution local drug gangs. Read more: CBS New York

IBO: Longer NYPD shifts would bring greater efficiency

City police officers could be working longer hours, if the city implements the ideas from a new study.
The nonpartisan Independent Budget Office suggests lengthening officers’ shifts from 8 hours, 35 minutes to anywhere between 10 and 12 hours. Read more: NY1

Dems open convention in push for tested president

Four years later Democrats have gathered again, this time in support of a president who carries the power and the burden of incumbency, both in evidence as the opening gavel is struck at the Democratic National Convention. Read more: AP

Stanford scientists cast doubt on advantages of organic meat and produce

Does an organic strawberry contain more vitamin C than a conventional one? Maybe — or maybe not. Stanford University scientists have weighed in on the “maybe not” side of the debate after an extensive examination of four decades of research comparing organic and conventional foods. Read more: New York Times

Queens events for Labor Day Weekend


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Friday, August 31

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., Take in the 1965 classic, “Doctor Zhivago,” at the Museum of the Moving Image. Based on Boris Pasternak’s novel, this tale of a love triangle set against the Bolshevik Revolution is an astonishing feat, as emotionally involving as it is visually spectacular. Highlights include Freddie Young’s Oscar-winning cinematography and Maurice Jarre’s iconic score.

7 p.m. – 9 p.m., Get on your dancing shoes for a night of music and dancing under the stars with the Friends of Queensbridge Park Committee.

8 p.m., Head to the Secret Theatre for a series of one-act plays featuring actors, playwrights and directors banding together and competing to win cash prizes in an epic theatrical showdown.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m., Trained Rangers at Fort Totten Park will give free archery lessons, demonstrating the safe and proper way to draw a bow and shoot an arrow. Families and children ages 8 years and older are welcome to participate.

11 a.m. – noon, Children can learn to cook with free classes from Allergic to Salad for ages 2 to 12 at Socrates Sculpture Park.

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School Festival at St. Albans Park and end the summer with an afternoon of crafts, games, inflatables, music and more.

Sunday, September 2

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., This is the last day for the Sunday Children’s Activity Table at the Queens Botanical Garden where they can make special crafts.

Monday, September 3

Noon – 6 p.m., Enjoy a plethora of booths selling food and goodies at the 30th Avenue Astoria Festival.

6 p.m. – 10 p.m., Enjoy live music, DJs, performances, guest bartenders and chefs at the Rockaway concessions.

Around NYC

Friday, August 31 to Sunday, September 2

This weekend see Disney’s Alice in Wonderland Junior at the CM Performing Arts Center in Oakdale, Long Island. Show times are 11 a.m. on Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Saturday, September 1

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Bring your children to storytelling hour at the Statue of Hans Christian Andersen in Central Park.

Sunday, September 2

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m., Visit one of New York City’s richest bird habitats with New York City Audubon guides. Learn how to spot and identify birds in their natural habitat on a tour through the North Woods. Ages 5 and up.

2 p.m. – 10 p.m., Head to a free Tiki Disco, held in the backyard of Bushwick pizza palace Roberta’s.

Monday, September 3

Celebrate West Indian–American Day at the mammoth parade, the high point of a 5-day Caribbean Carnival Festival that today is the largest outdoor summer event in North America.

See Governors Island on two wheels, with Bike and Roll’s free program.

You can also take the kids on one of these many day trips in and around Queens this Labor Day weekend.