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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. The Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.
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.
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.
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.
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 email@example.com for a chance to win 2 free tickets. The New York Hall of Science is located at 47-01 111th St.,Corona.
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
Rare skin infection outbreak tied to Chinatown seafood markets
The Health Department is warning customers of Chinatown seafood markets in Queens and other parts of the city about an outbreak of a rare skin infection. Read more: The Queens Courier
Facebook cracks down on posts for illegal gun sales
Go on Facebook or Instagram and you can find hundreds of guns to buy, from assault rifles like the AR-15, the weapon used to murder little kids in Newtown, to gun accessories like 30-shot clips illegal in New York and Connecticut. Read more: Fox New York
De Blasio ignores pledge to restore school vouchers
Mayor de Blasio is ignoring a campaign pledge to restore millions of dollars for some after-school programs — pulling the exact same move he excoriated his predecessor over. Read more: New York Post
New SAT: Essay optional, no extra penalties for wrong answers
The SAT college entrance exam is undergoing sweeping revisions. Read more: CBS New York/AP
Gov. Cuomo’s approval sags, but he maintains large re-election lead: NBCNY poll
Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s job approval rating has slipped, but he remains popular and enjoys a comfortable advantage in his quest for re-election, according to a new poll. Read more: NBC New York
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
Opening day features activities and tables run by the American Society of Civil Engineers. Each day covers different engineering concepts- from nano to mechanical, accompanied by activities and challenges to put those ideas into practice. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
NY State suspends driver’s license of 7,850 tax deadbeats
Gov. Cuomo is taking the car keys away from tax deadbeats. Read more: New York Post
Even more snow headed to tri-state Tuesday
Yet another winter storm is set to push over the tri-state Tuesday and could add 2 to 3 more inches to what is already the third-snowiest February ever recorded in New York City, forecasters say. Read more: NBC New York
Abortion rate plummets in New York City
Fewer New York City women are having abortions now than at any time since the procedure became legal in the state in 1970. Read more: New York Post
Straphangers cast blame on MTA for sleeping workers
Cuomo announces college degree programs for NY Prisoners
Gov. Andrew Cuomo is proposing to provide college classes in New York prisons, saying a college degree will reduce the likelihood an inmate will return to a life of crime when released. Read more: NBC New York
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.
Two-alarm fire breaks out at DOT garage in Forest Hills
A two-alarm blaze broke out at a Department of Transportation garage in Forest Hills early Thursday morning, the FDNY said. Read more: The Queens Courier
Less than half show up for school day after snowstorm
It’s was a tale of two cities — half the kids went to school and the other half didn’t. Read more: New York Post
Mayor de Blasio: ‘More could have been done’ on Upper East Side snow
The winter storm dumped not only snow, but also a swirling controversy as many ask if the man elected mayor of New York City is treating the boroughs equally by plowing some less than others? Read more: ABC New York
Republicans, Dolan blast Cuomo for remarks about ‘extreme conservatives’
High-profile Republicans and Cardinal Timothy Dolan are among those calling for Governor Andrew Cuomo to apologize for “divisive” comments about “extreme conservatives.” Read more: CBS New York/AP
Snowstorm gives MetLife Stadium dress rehearsal
The NFL and personnel at MetLife Stadium had a Super Bowl pop quiz on snow removal less than two weeks before the title game between the Denver Broncos and Seattle Seahawks. Read more: NBC New York
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.
Mother, two children found stabbed to death in Jamaica apartment
A woman and her two young daughters were discovered fatally stabbed inside their Jamaica home Sunday night, cops said. Read more: The Queens Courier
Snow, deep freeze headed for tri-state Tuesday
Just a few weeks after a polar vortex brought record-shattering cold to the tri-state, another blast of arctic winter weather is expected to freeze the region for nearly a week and dump up to half a foot of snow on the coast. Read more: NBC New York
Noise tops New Yorkers’ quality-of-life complaints
No wonder they call New York the city that never sleeps. Who can get any shuteye with all the noise?! Read more: New York Post
Gov. Cuomo promises $2 billion in technology upgrades for schools — rich and poor
Casting himself as New York’s progressive leader bent on reform, Cuomo kicked off Martin Luther King weekend in Harlem by speaking to the issues affecting poor, minority communities. Read more: New York Daily News
Schumer calls for safer children’s medicine bottles
Sen. Charles Schumer on Sunday called for safer packaging for children’s medicine bottles in order to help prevent an estimated 10,000 emergency room visits a year. Read more: CBS New York/AP
Animal-cruelty cases get brushed aside after NYPD given task
Animal-cruelty cases are being brushed aside because neither the ASPCA nor NYPD is taking the reins on enforcement. Read more: New York Post
When the temperatures dip, our desire to stay at home can rise. But even during wintry weather there are plenty of indoor places to explore around the borough.
MAKE YOUR WAY TO A MUSEUM
Queens is full of museums for art lovers as well as science, history and jazz enthusiasts.
King Manor Museum
King Park, on Jamaica Avenue
between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica
718-206-0545 www.kingmanor.org Hours: Guided tours of King Manor Museum are offered February – December (closed during January); Thursdays & Fridays, 12 – 2 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 1:30); Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 4:30). Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Children 16 and under Free; King Manor Members Free; Free tours are offered on “Hands-on History” weekends each month.
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
718-478-8274 www.louisarmstronghouse.org Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7; Group rate: $6; Children under 4: Free; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
718-784-2084 www.momaps1.org Hours: 12–6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. Admission: Adults $10; Students + Seniors $5; Children under 16 Free; Suggested donation admission applies Monday all day, and Saturday and Sunday Noon—1:00 p.m. (Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012)
Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
718-777-6888 www.movingimage.us Hours: Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.); Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m. Admission: $12 adults (18+); $9 senior citizens (65+); $9 students with valid ID; $6 children (3-12); Free for Museum members and children under 3. (Photo Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image)
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows=Corona Park
718-699-0005 www.nysci.org Hours: September 1 – March 31: Monday Closed (Except Open Monday February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. General Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11; Children (ages 2 – 17): $8 Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult; Students (with college ID): $8; Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science)
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
718-592-9700 www.queensmuseum.org Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m. Suggested Admission: $8 for adults and children over 12; $4 for students and seniors; Children under 12 attend for free. (THE COURIER/File photo)
The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
718-204-7088 www.noguchi.org Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: Closed. Admission: General admission: $10; Senior Citizens: $5 ; Students with a valid ID: $5; NYC public high school students with a valid ID: Free; Children under 12: Free; Members: Free; On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish. (Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum)
CHECK OUT A CONCERT OR SHOW
From a classical concert to a dramatic play, the local arts are alive at the borough’s concert halls and theatres. Here are some places to catch a local performance.
Though you will still need a scarf and gloves, the temperatures will be warmer and there definitely will not be any snow at the borough’s indoor skating rinks.
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
718-706-6667 www.cityicepavilion.com Visit www.calendar.cityicepavilion.com for the public ice skating schedule. Pricing: $5 Monday through Friday; $8 Saturday & Sunday; $8 Holidays including all school vacation weeks; $5 Skate rental per person. (Must wear socks); $2 Helmets rental per person; Coin operated lockers available for $.75.
World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing
718-760-9001 www.worldice.com Hours: Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 4:45 on Sundays. Admission: $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5. (Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena)
Tuesday: Rain. High 46. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph. Rainfall around a quarter of an inch. Tuesday night: Cloudy and damp with rain early…then becoming partly cloudy. Low around 35. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 90%.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition
Check out the winners of the 2013 annual Nikon Small World Photomicrography Competition, including the first prize-winning image Chaetoceros debilis (marine diatom) by freelance photographer Wim van Egmond of The Netherlands at the New York Hall of Science. Through Feb. 23.
De Blasio, Dolan want Pope Francis to visit
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York’s Cardinal, Timothy Dolan, are joining forces to ask Pope Francis to visit the nation’s largest city. Read more: AP
Elderly wrong-way driver forces brief shutdown of Long Island Parkway
An elderly Queens man caused a brief scare on a Long Island parkway Sunday when he drove the wrong way, forcing police to block off a portion of the road as they tried to stop him, according to authorities. Read more: NBC New York
Mayor’s team mum on lavish transition spending
Mayor de Blasio’s office refuses to explain several lavish expenses incurred during his transition. Read more: New York Post
Legislators cite flaws in New York Health Exchange
Lost insurance coverage, higher premiums and confusion were among the problems New Yorkers have faced in trying to sign up for health care under the new federal law, state lawmakers said Monday. Read more: CBS New York/AP
“Seinfeld” comes to life: Jerry, George Spotted outside Tom’s
“Seinfeld” came to life again Monday in Manhattan, where Jerry Seinfeld and Jason Alexander were spotted outside Tom’s Restaurant, their characters’ beloved hangout on the show. Read more: NBC New York
Instead of throwing out the estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy, and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, Lovitch decided the best thing to do would be to give away pieces of the village to fans of all ages.
“People are really attached to GingerBread Lane,” said Lovitch. “They can take a piece of it with them. It just seems like the best way to do this.”
Fans came to the Hall of Science on Sunday to wait in line for the chance to take home a piece of history. Along with the houses, the gingerbread village was made up of 65 candy trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, a carousel, trains and more.
Before starting the giveaway, Lovitch made sure to let everyone know that although the houses are made out of edible materials, he does not recommend anyone consume the pieces because the different candy is months old, has been through a lot of touching and some have even fallen to the ground.
Cole, 7, was the first lucky fan to get his pick of the village and chose a gingerbread house with a roof covered in star shaped candy.
“This gingerbread village is so spectacular and my kids have fallen in love with it,” said Cole’s mother, Kam Wong, from Woodside, who also brought 7-year-old daughter Isabella to the event. “I love the holiday times and just to have a reminder of it during the year is fantastic.”
Isabella was not shy about choosing the horse-filled carousel.
Making sure each fan could enjoy having the gingerbread houses and other edible pieces for a long time, Lovitch also gave each participant instructions on proper preservation.
“If you do take that time to preserve it, it’ll last a long time,” said Lovitch.
Although last year’s “GingerBread Lane” has already been taken apart, Lovitch plans on starting to work on this year’s new village by the end of the month and hopes to go even bigger.
The 2014-2015 GingerBread Lane will be on display at the NY Hall of Science in the fall.
Friday: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 39. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 32. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: ReMake the Holidays
Build and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations, ice sculpting and a screening of Bag It The Movie at the New York Hall of Science. Friday, December 27- Monday, December 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
City incarceration rate drops by more than a third during Bloomberg’s tenure
In his final days in office, Mayor Michael Bloomberg touted a historic drop in crime in the city. Read more: CBS New York
Computer glitch gives some lucky fliers cheap airfare on Delta Air Lines
Christmas came a day late for some quick – and lucky – travelers.Read more: CBS New York/AP
NY minimum wage rising to $8 per hour
New York’s minimum wage will increase to $8 per hour at the end of this year, 75 cents higher than the federal minimum and the old state rate. Read more: NBC New York
De Blasio inauguration tickets sell out quick — then get scalped
It took just two hours for the 1,000 public tickets to Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio’s Jan. 1 inauguration to get snatched up and only a few more minutes before they were being scalped on CraigsList. Read more: New York Post
UPS, FedEx still delivering after pre-Christmas shipping snags
UPS and FedEx are still working in overdrive to deliver packages promised by Christmas that never made it. Read more: AP