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Historic greenhouses receive more than $1M for restoration project


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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

The Queens County Farm Museum is getting some serious green to fix three greenhouses on the state’s oldest continuously running farm, according to city records.

The city Department of Design and Construction will begin a $1.4 million construction project in 2015 to restore the wooden structures.

The last time the Floral Park site’s greenhouses were restored was in 1999 and since then their concrete foundations and wooden window frames have decayed.

According to James Trent, the founder of the museum, the greenhouses need to be restored every few decades since they were built in 1929 and 1934.

“They’re the last wooden greenhouses owned by the city,” he said. “These houses are very attractive but they need to be worked on periodically.”

Currently, only one of the sites are being used for plants and flowers. The other two are empty and the public isn’t allowed in them out of fear that the aging wood might drop the glass panels that they hold.

“It really causes the wood to shift out of place,” said Executive Director Amy Boncardo. “It’s like a living structure and very complex.”

The farm, which began in 1697, is owned by the Parks Department and serves as an agricultural production center and an educational center for schools.

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What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 15

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

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

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

Saturday, September 15 – Sunday, September 16

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

Sunday, September 16

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

 

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, September 15 & Sunday, September 16

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

Sunday, September 16

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

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