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New York Hall of Science hosts eight-day Lego fest


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Photo courtesy of New York Hall of Science

It’s a blockhead paradise.

This Saturday, the New York Hall of Science will kick off Brick Fest Live, an eight-day Lego fan festival with building stations, skyscrapers, exhibitions, trivia contests and even some theater.

In one section, enthusiasts will create and race Lego derby mini-cars down a 35-foot-long track. Another spot will feature Lego cities that participants can develop. Attendees will be also be able to challenge each other to friendly competitions in the Gaming Area and can create art with the help of ultraviolet light in the Glow and Mosaic zones.

Brick Fest Live is free with general admission to the museum, but advance tickets are suggested due to the event’s popularity.

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How big is your family tree? Find out at NYSCI’s Global Family Reunion


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Photo via Global Family Reunion Facebook page

Maybe it is a small world after all.

A.J. Jacobs is inviting all his “cousins” to a get-together at the New York Hall of Science this Saturday to help him write a book on genealogy and expand his family tree. Sounds simple enough, but this journalist/sociologist also claims to be related to everybody on Planet Earth.

Starting at 11 a.m., the epic, 10-hour Global Family Reunion will feature lectures on lineage by such luminaries as Mehmet Oz from “The Dr. Oz Show” and Harvard professor Henry Louis Gates Jr., as well as video presentations by “Harry Potter” star Daniel Radcliffe and George H.W. Bush, the 41st president of the United States. Magician David Blaine will perform and singer Lisa Loeb will entertain.

There will also be storytelling workshops, a kindred-themed scavenger hunt organized by Watson Adventures, a massive tug-of-war and even potato sack races.

At 4 p.m., attendees will gather at the main stage to sing the 1979 Sister Sledge song “We are Family” and then smile for the world’s biggest family photo.

Jacobs, who describes himself as a “human guinea pig,” has written a series of best-selling books, such as “My Life as an Experiment,” “The Know-It-All,” and “The Year of Living Biblically.”

He’s now studying genealogy and DNA and working on a family tree that currently connects 77 million people. He hopes that once mankind accepts that all humans are related, it will be easier to solve hereditary diseases. For that reason, some reunion proceeds will go to the Cure Alzheimer’s Fund and the Alzheimer’s Association New York City Chapter.

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Queens Taste 2015 satisfies appetite of hundreds


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THE COURIER/Photos by Alina Suriel

Here’s to another year of fun and fancy foods.

The Queens Economic Development Corporation’s 13th annual Queens Taste festival drew attendees from the whole city Tuesday to sample some of the borough’s most diverse and delectable dishes and drinks.

The New York Hall of Science hosted a total of 67 vendors providing every imaginable flavor to attendees, who jumped from crunchy, creamy, spicy and salty, and from bite to bite. Live Afro-Latin jazz music drifted over the crowd as food from 20 different countries was eaten, a considerable growth since the event’s first year of only 12 vendors.

“We’ve got a little bit of everything, which, to me, is the beauty of Queens: its diversity,” said Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism for the QEDC, which works to create jobs by promoting tourism and business development. “And it’s not just diverse people; we also have diverse cuisine.”

Local eateries had to keep up a quick pace to satisfy the appetite of the 650 guests. Many of the booths featured chefs creating fresh dishes from raw ingredients as if by magic, flipping burgers, frying chicken and slicing beef tenderloin for passersby to admire. With so many options available, anyone lucky enough to attend left the night with a very full stomach.

“It was full. There were a lot of people,” said Christina Nastasi, pastry chef at Rudy’s Bakery and Cafe in Ridgewood. “I totally finished everything. I had 500 [desserts], and it’s gone an hour before the event is even finished.”

For many restaurateurs, the event was an opportunity to reach out to new audiences who had not yet tried their styles of cuisine. Luccas Leite of Beija Flor, a family-owned Brazilian eatery in Long Island City, said that the event was a chance to introduce people to the culture of the South American nation, which can also be experienced as a total package in live music performances at the restaurant.

“Brazilian food isn’t very popular but we’re very happy to be able to expose people to not only the food but a couple of drinks too,” Leite said.

While guests may have had their head spinning because of all the excitement surrounding the event, most knew which flavors stood out as their favorites.

“I really like spicy food,” said Sarah Kam, who said that one of her favorite flavors was the Tango Chili hot sauce, a tangy and salty Central-American-born condiment with a hint of lime. Kam also enjoyed a cocktail made with fresh cucumber, celery and Queens Courage gin from Astoria Distilling Company.

Craig Tamamoto said that while he enjoyed being able to taste the more unusual culinary fare at the festival, his favorite flavor was the classic burger from Bareburger, which sells organic and gourmet hamburgers in Astoria, Bayside, Forest Hills and LIC.

“It had a bacon jam on top of it, which I’d never heard of before,” said Tamamoto.

Perhaps the only person in the room who did not eat anything was QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. He said that he enjoys going to all the restaurants throughout the year, but he was so busy hosting that he would have to settle for a late-night snack at home later that night.

“I’ve got to be on to speak to everybody so I’m busy chatting,” said Bornstein. “That’s the irony. It’s all this wonderful food and I’m told it’s great, but my role is to be the host and make sure everybody has a good time.”


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Queens Taste 2015 set for May 12 at NYSCI


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Photo courtesy Dominick Totino Photography

Get ready to take a bite out of Queens.

Queens Taste, an annual celebration of the borough’s diverse food scene, will take place at the New York Hall of Science on May 12, the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) announced Tuesday.

The event will give attendees the chance not only to sample food, but also to network with hundreds of others who either live in Queens or do business in the area.

Some of the culinary offerings will include La Fusta in Elmhurst, which will bring beefy Argentine fare; Jamaica’s O Lavrador, which will prepare Portuguese paella; Pa-Nash in Rosedale, with its West Indian/Moroccan fusion; and Astoria’s Zenon Taverna, which will provide Greek specialties. Latin participants include the Arepa Lady from Jackson Heights and Mexican cuisine from La Adelita in Woodside. Asian treats will come from Flushing’s Mulan, Thai Rock in Rockaway and Kimchee Smoke, which is often at LIC Flea & Food. And the Michelin-starred M. Wells Steakhouse will bring its famous beef tartare meatballs.

Queens Taste offers diverse cuisine from around the borough. (Photo courtesy of QEDC)

Queens Taste offers diverse cuisine from around the borough. (Photo courtesy of QEDC)

Also, clients of the Entrepreneur Space, a food-and-business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be at the event with their artisan specialties, including gluten-free products and ethnic desserts.

Long Island City’s SquareWine & Spirits will headline a beverage group that includes borough-based Queens Courage gin.

Attendees will be able to vote for the best beverage as well as the top appetizer, entrée and dessert in a people’s choice format. While they’re deciding what they like best, Big Apple Circus clowns will do magic tricks and give away free red noses.

“We’re excited to partner again with the Queens Economic Development Corp. and the Queens Tourism Council to bring neighbors together for this popular — and delicious — community event,” said Gail Grimmett, senior vice president New York for Delta Air Lines, lead sponsor of the event.

“Because of the food, drinks, desserts, people, venue and tremendous energy, I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” added QEDC Executive Director Seth Bornstein. “It’s so much fun on so many levels.”

Queens Taste 2015 is scheduled for Tuesday, May 12, from 6 to 9 p.m. The cost is $125 per ticket or two for $200. To purchase tickets, visit www.itsinqueens.com/queenstaste.

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

WHERE

Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: New York Hall of Science
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World’s largest gingerbread village getting facelift 


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Andrew Kelly/NY Hall of Science

BY ASHA MAHADEVAN

GingerBread Lane, the 1.5-ton, 450-square-foot village made of gingerbread, is undergoing a makeover at its home in the New York Hall of Science.

More New York City icons, such as the S.C. Kringle & Co. department store guarded by GBL nutcrackers and CandyCorn Commons, featuring 10 varieties of candy corn, are going to be added to the village, and a transparent area for visitors to walk underneath will be built, according to the NY Hall of Science.

It will get a new format and be circular in shape. It is expected to be made with 3,000 pounds of icing, 600 pounds of candy from 14 countries and 600 pounds of gingerbread dough.

The reinvented village will be open to the public from Nov. 14 to Jan. 11. The village’s creator, Jon Lovitch, will give away all the houses in the village on the last day of the exhibit.

GingerBread Lane was acknowledged as the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records. The new village is once again going to contend for a world record.

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Soccer and science meet in Queens with the NY Cosmos and NYSCI


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NY Cosmos

BY PAULINA TAM

Kids and their family members are invited to come kick it with professional soccer players from renowned soccer club New York Cosmos on Sunday, Oct. 5, at the New York Hall of Science and Rocket Park.

Establishing early healthy habits such as exercising and routine check-ups are important for children, said Camela Morrissey, chief marketing officer and vice president of public affairs and marketing for New York Hospital Queens.

Proceeds will be directed to the New York Hospital Queens Pediatric Asthma Center for programs designed to improve the lives of children who are affected by asthma in the Queens community.

“For children with asthma and their families, education is an important factor in managing the disease,” Morrissey said.

“Obesity is a known risk factor for asthma,” she added. “Helping overweight kids to lose weight could reduce their risk of asthma and other comorbid risk factors.”

Children will be able to learn about science and health while attending soccer clinics with the athletes. The clinics will start out with two soccer activities, one where kids will aim to kick their balls into different goals and a second, in which kids will navigate their balls through an obstacle course. The young participants will later play an actual game with the assistance of the Cosmos players in two different time slots: children ages 5 to 8 will play at 1 p.m. and for those ages 9 to 12 will play at 2 p.m.

There will also be balloon twisting, health booths and face painting. Refreshments will be served and attendees are qualified to win gifts, prizes and a special drawing.

The event starts at noon and ends at 4 p.m. General admission is $35 per person, which includes one drawing entry and $125 for a package of four tickets, including an entry per guest and a discount on a premium family membership at the Hall of Science.

For more information or to purchase tickets contact Alexis Terrizzi at 212-921-9070 ext. 16 or send an email to nyhqfamilyday@thejfmgroup.com. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.

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NY Hall of Science $15M renovation nearing completion


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The New York Hall of Science is in its final stage for an approximately $15 million renovation of its Great Hall, which was originally built for exhibitions for the 1964 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The project, which began in August 2012, was supposed to wrap up this August. But due to unforeseen problems, such as the need to repair concrete walls, the completion was pushed back and now the project is expected to be completed by spring 2015, according to the project manager.

The revitalization seeks to clean up and repair the interior of the building— which had been in need of an upgrade for about three decades — and add new lighting, new heating ventilation and air conditioning systems, and new communication equipment.

Ennead Architect’s Todd Schliemann, the design partner in charge of the renovation, called the building’s architecture unique and said it is one that should be treasured.

“The purpose was to renew the building so it could live for another 50 years. It’s a remarkable piece of architecture. It’s very unique in its form,” he said. “I think we have an obligation to preserve the best of our architecture, because it’s our culture.”

The project also will drain the reflecting pools outside of the building on the terrace and add a new outdoor classroom, a walkway with plants and benches, and renovate stairs leading to other sections of the Hall of Science.

Work on stairs

The Great Hall is mainly used as an event space. It has 90-foot tall ceilings, and about 5,000 square feet of space. The exterior is made of concrete and cobalt.

With more than 450 exhibits that explore biology, chemistry and physics, the Hall of Science serves over 500,000 visitors each year.

Full shot construction work

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NY Hall of Science challenges people to reinvent breakfast


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Forget about the breakfast of champions. The New York Hall of Science is holding a contest to reinvent breakfast using science.

The science and technology museum is calling the contest the Design Lab Challenge and they are asking people to take the first meal of the day and change it in whatever way.

“Imagine a tool, design, gadget or idea that will elevate your breakfast experience,” the institution’s website instructs. “A fix for soggy cereal or burnt toast? Something to make breakfast more fun? You don’t need a lab or a celebrity chef – just use materials you have at home, at work or in school.”

The idea for the challenge came from the museum’s new installment, Design Lab, which is built on the general notion of using resourcefulness and ingenuity to find solutions for basic engineering and design problems, according to the museum’s announcement. The breakfast challenge tacks the notion onto food.

The Design Lab Challenge is open to anyone older than 13. To enter, participants must create a video or take a photo that shows off their idea for “the best breakfast ever.” And then the idea, or even working prototype, can be uploaded to the contest webpage at challenge.nysci.org or post it on Twitter or Instagram using #breakfastchallenge. Entries must be submitted by Sept. 1.

 

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An event for everyone!


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Mark your calendar for the Health, Beauty and Financial Expo on Sept. 14 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the New York Hall of Science.

The event is perfect for the whole family, with offerings for everyone from kids to senior citizens.

Make sure to take advantage of the health screenings offered—just remember to bring your insurance card! There will also be free dental screenings for children.

Take advantage of the opportunity to meet and speak one-on-one with local experts and of course to shop. Attendees will learn how to look and feel good, with information about healthy eating options for the whole family and a variety of interactive demonstrations, including how to prepare a healthy salad by Saladmaster. Take home investment tips, information about health insurance options and senior living and much more.

Pamper yourself without spending a cent with sample psychic readings, body wraps, hairstyling by Giorgio’s Salon & Spa, 10-minute massages by Healing Hands, and henna tattoos with a purchase of special priced eyebrow threading by ASHA Threading. Children will love free face painting and other kids’ activities, and there will be free child ID cards by NY Life Insurance.

The event is sponsored by The Queens Courier, National Grid, AgeWell New York, AdvantageCare Physicians, Adirondack Oral Maxillofacial Surgery, Advanced Cardiovascular Diagnostics, Giorgio’s Salon and Spa, Frankie’s Carnival Time, Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare & Rehabilitation, Zwanger-Pesiri Radiology, Saladmaster and New York Life.

Enter for a chance to win a trip to Cancun (airfare not included) and grab a free goody bag while supplies last. Tons of great prizes are given away every hour including gift certificates for massages, Chicago UnoGrill, toys and so much more.

BJ’s Wholesale Club will be onsite to give-away 3-month memberships.

The event is included with your admission to the museum: $11 for adults ages 18 to 61 and $8 for children ages 2 to 17 as well as for senior citizens ages 62 and over. Check https://www.facebook.com/QueensCourier to enter to win free tickets, or email aamato@queenscourier.com for a chance to win 2 free tickets. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.,Corona.

To exhibit or attend call 718-224-5863 ext. 201 or email aamato@queenscourier.com. Registration is available at www.brooklynspectator.com/health-expo.

 

 

Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken?

Guess by commenting below!

The answer will be revealed next Friday.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: New York Hall of Science 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 31. Winds NE at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 24. Winds ENE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Art of Science – Princeton University Photo Exhibit

View photographs from Princeton University’s annual competition, Art of Science at this new exhibit at the New York Hall of Science. The featured works were submitted as part of a competition that began in 2005, organized to judge the most aesthetically pleasing images produced during scientific research at the university. March 6 through September 14. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Sunny. High 31. Winds NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Cloudy with light snow developing after midnight. Low 23 with temps rising to near freezing. Winds E at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Engineering Week Kickoff at New York Hall of Science

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sunshine and clouds mixed. High 22. Winds W at 10 to 20 mph. Thursday night: Mainly clear. Low 8. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering

In the interactive exhibit Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering at the New York Hall of Science, visitors can create and explore a range of high and low tech tools that extend human abilities. The exhibit features a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built out of a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Free with museum admission. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street, Corona.

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Cloudy skies this morning will become partly cloudy this afternoon. High 44. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Monday night: Mostly cloudy skies. Low 21. Winds NNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Flight of the Butterflies in 3D

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI). Follow the monarchs’ journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in a 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the butterflies. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th Street in Corona Through April 11.

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