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Corona to benefit from $800K Chase gift to Neighborhood Plaza Partnership


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Photos courtesy of Councilmember Julissa Ferreras’ Office

Corona Plaza has received a helping hand, along with other public plazas around the city,  to become cleaner, greener and part of the community.

Councilmember Julissa Ferreras gathered with local representatives, Department of Transportation (DOT) Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan and residents on Tuesday to announce an $800,000 leadership gift from Chase to the Neighborhood Plaza Partnership (NPP).

The gift allows the DOT’s community partners in under-resourced neighborhoods to have the support to keep public plazas clean, green and vibrant for the communities.

“Because our community deserves the same kind of public amenity as any other, we have rallied around the Plaza Program and this site for more than five years,” said Ferreras. “The Queens Economic Development Corporation has forged a wonderful partnership with the Queens Museum of Art to provide countless free programs and events year-round to hundreds of local residents. Their donated time and energy has truly made Corona Plaza one of the best public spaces anywhere in New York City. We are delighted that, thanks to Chase, the excellent service NPP provides here will expand to our sister plazas in other parts of Queens and across the City.”

The NPP gives the community partners affordable, high-quality plaza maintenance and horticulture care through The Horticultural Society (The Hort) and The Association of Community Employment Programs for the Homeless (ACE NY). Together with Chase, the NPP helps create jobs and will work to make sure the DOT Plaza Program grows in all five boroughs.

The November 26 announcement included music from La Cumbiamba and activities from the Uni Pop-Up Library. Students from P.S. 16 in Corona spent the morning gardening and released ladybugs to show the “transformative power of neighborhood plazas.”

Ferreras also presented Edgar Gutierrez, store manager of the local Walgreens, with the “Daily Point of Light” award from the Points of Light Foundation for his volunteering and efforts to promote Corona Plaza.

“Corona Plaza is the perfect place to announce this visionary philanthropic gift from Chase, and to bestow a national award for volunteerism on Mr. Edgar Gutierrez – one of our many unsung heroes,” said Ferreras.

 

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Ribbon cut on Queens Museum expansion project


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Mayor Michael Bloomberg and ranks of officials cut the ribbon Wednesday on the $68 million Queens Museum expansion project.

“There always seems to be something new and magical happening in this incredible space,” the head of the city said. “It really is an experience like no other. This is one of the great cultural institutions that provides art-inspiring experiences that you can find nowhere else.”

The Queens Museum, formerly known as the Queens Museum of Art, shortened its name but doubled its size to 105,000 square feet, officials said.

It will feature new galleries, classrooms, a new wing with nine artist studios and a sky-lit atrium when it reopens to the public on November 9.

“We have expressed openness in this space. We’re open to new ideas. We’re open to the future of arts. We’re open to contemporary. We’re also open to the community, open to the sky,” said Tom Finkelpearl, the museum’s executive director.

Queens Museum will also have its own 5,000-square-foot public library in 2015, library officials said. It will house about 14,000 books.

“The expanded Queens Museum will become an exciting destination for not only our out-of-town visitors but for our residents alike,” said Borough President Helen Marshall. “We are going to have something here that will be unique in the city of New York. I can’t see it do anything but be a wonderful place to come for everyone.”

The transformed city-owned building is located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in the former space of the World’s Fair ice skating rink.

Its massive facelift, designed by Grimshaw, was largely funded by Marshall, Bloomberg, the state and City Council.

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The museum will host a month-long celebratory event lineup starting November 9.

“With today’s ribbon cutting, the Queens Museum, with such an important part and place in our city’s history, is ready to embark on an exciting, new future,” Bloomberg said.

 

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Millions approved for Queens Museum of Art expansion


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Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

Millions of dollars are coming to the Queens Museum of Art.

The city’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB) on Tuesday, August 27 approved more than $18 million in capital funds that Borough President Helen Marshall has allocated to help pay for the expansion of the museum.

The OMB also okayed around $19.8 million for the expansions from the mayor’s office and an additional $6.7 million from the City Council. When added to the approximately $13 million in private funds that have been raised, there is now around $57.5 million authorized for the project, according to the borough president’s office. If needed, Marshall has allocated another $5.7 million in funds that could be approved.

“The Queens Museum of Art has been a crown jewel among our borough’s cultural offerings and this expansion project will allow it to become an even more stunning and engaging facility,” Marshall said. “The doubling of the museum’s size, coupled with the other improvements that are part of the project, will make the museum an even more attractive place for both local residents and out-of-town visitors to explore.”

Once the museum’s expansion into the southern half of the New York City Building in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park is completed, the institution will have 100,000 square feet of floor space. The project will also add a new 220-foot long illuminated glass façade and entry plaza on the Grand Central Parkway side of the building, a new entrance and expanded outdoor space on the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park side of the building and a new skylit atrium.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Thursday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 48. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Cinema of Immigration

As part of 10-week series exploring the immigrant experience in the U.S., Mark Ethan, a member of the Actors Studio, will present and discuss AMERICA, AMERICA (1963) at the Queens Museum of Art. The journey to America by a young man (Stathis Giallelis) is movingly captured by writer-director Elia Kazan in a personal film based on his uncle’s experience.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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The parents of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects held a press conference Thursday, addressing when they may be flying to the United States from Russia. It comes after word that Tamerlan Tsarnaev was added to a U.S. government terrorism database 18 months before the bombings. Read more: ABC New York

Queens residents weigh in on $3 million in neighborhood capital projects

Residents in three Queens City Council districts ate up the chance to vote on how tax dollars are spent in their neighborhood. Read more: New York Daily News

New York City’s ‘Fleet Week’ canceled due to federal budget cuts

Federal budget cuts have forced the U.S. Navy to cancel Fleet Week in New York City. Read more: CBS New York 

Carnival operator pleads guilty to $10,000 payoff to ex-senator Hiram Monserrate

A carnival operator pleaded guilty Wednesday to lying to the FBI about payoffs he made to former Queens state Sen. Hiram Monserrate for help securing permits. Read more: New York Daily News

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This summer, the NYPD and Brookhaven National Laboratory will conduct the largest ever urban airflow study. Read more: CBS New York

Survey: Americans Felt More Secure in Jobs in 2012

Confidence in the U.S. job market has rebounded to roughly a normal level from its record low after the Great Recession, a trend that could help boost the economy. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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 TODAY’S FORECAST 

Monday: Overcast in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 55. Winds from the ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 41. Winds from the SE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Marking Spaces: New York City’s Landmark Historic Districts 

The NYC Landmarks Preservation Law, enacted by then Mayor Robert Wagner on April 19, 1965, protects the city’s architecturally, historically and culturally significant buildings and sites. One of the best manifestations of the New York City landscape and the impact of landmarks is the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum of Art. The new exhibition “Marking Spaces: New York City’s Landmark Historic Districts,” will have yellow flags placed on the model to identify the 109 historic districts throughout the five boroughs. On view through June 2. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own 

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Man caught riding Long Island Rail Road train through Queens

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Schumer opposes possible concealed weapon addition to gun control bill

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9/11 memorial charging reservation fee

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New York’s ‘assault weapon’ registration to begin

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Queens Museum of Art to change name, expand


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Renderings courtesy of Grimshaw and the Queens Museum of Art

The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) is getting a major makeover. This fall, the international art space will double in size and shorten its name.

“This is a time of tremendous change for the Queens Museum,” said executive director Tom Finkelpearl.

Come October, the institution will total 105,000-square-feet. It will have new galleries, artist studios, flexible public and special event spaces, classrooms, a new café, back-of-house facilities and improved visitor amenities. Instead of QMA, it will be known simply as the Queens Museum.

Additionally, the west façade facing Grand Central Parkway has been completely redesigned with a new entrance and drop-off plaza, as well as a tremendous glass wall easily visible from the roadway. This entrance also features a multicolored lighting system and will present commissioned art projects.

The $68 million project also includes another new entrance and expanded outdoor space on the side of Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which will include a skylight atrium.

“All of this will allow people to still be in the museum, while outside in the park,” said David Strauss, director of external affairs.

Finkelpearl noted that despite the significant changes coming to the museum, what will remain constant is their dedication to “openness and engagement.”

“We designed a dynamic space that reflects our overall philosophy and allows us to broaden our current slate of public programs, introduce innovative initiatives, and create wonderful opportunities for new participants and longtime visitors to enjoy our unique brand of museum experience,” he said.

At a legislative breakfast on Friday, March 22, members of the museum hosted dozens of elected officials and community leaders from around the borough, hoping to galvanize their participation and support for the new project. The expansion thus far is supported by Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s office, the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs, Borough President Helen Marshall’s office, the state, City Council and donations from private individuals and corporations.

“It’s up to the business community to step up and help support these institutions,” said Strauss. “[We want them to] understand that a true public-private partnership makes progress like ours possible and successful.”

Congressmember Joseph Crowley recalled growing up in the borough, always enjoying the surrounding park and all that it has to offer.

“This museum is a jewel of many jewels here,” he said.

City Councilmember Julissa Ferreras, longtime supporter of the museum, acknowledged the institution’s attempts to think outside the box, bringing new and innovative programs with its expansion.

“You can’t have community without culture,” she said, getting teary-eyed. “We’ve been able to strike up new walls, and put in embracing walls [for all of Queens].”

Following the completion of Phase 1, work for Phase 2 will begin, projected to be done within 12 to 18 months.

“The Metropolitan Museum of Art better watch out,” said Marshall.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Mostly cloudy. High of 46. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 32. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Sixth Annual Panorama Challenge NYC Team Trivia Game

At the Queens Museum of Art, participate in the world’s only geographical trivia-based game night involving the world’s largest architectural model The Panorama of the City of New York. This challenge involves audio clues and laser-pointers highlighting assorted NYC landmarks, bridges, neighborhoods, parks and more. $10 suggested donation with all proceeds supporting the City Reliquary Museum in Williamsburg. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Halloween events in Queens


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Here’s your guide to all the Halloween happenings in Queens this October.

Pumpkin Patch
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Thru October 28
Saturdays & Sundays
11:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Haunted House at the Poppenhusen

The Poppenhusen Institute
114-04 14th Road College Point
Friday, October 26-Saturday, October 27
Wednesday, October 31
5:00-6:00 p.m. (ages 6-8), 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m. (ages 8 and up)

Halloween Haunted House

Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28
4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m.

Children’s Fall Festival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Sunday, October 28
11:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Dead or Alive
New York Hall of Science
47-01 111 Street, Corona
Friday, October 26 – Sunday, October 28

Thriller at the Battery
Fort Totten Park
Cross Island Parkway between Totten Avenue and 15 Road
Friday, October 26
6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Boo at the Zoo
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Saturday, October 27-Sunday, October 28
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Halloween Walking Tour
Hell Gate Bridge, Astoria Park (on Shore Boulevard)
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.

Rockaway Canine Festival
Rockaway Freeway Dog Park
Beach Channel Drive at Beach 84 Street, Rockaway Beach
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Family Halloweenfest
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning
161-04 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica
Saturday, October 27
11 a.m.-4 p.m.

Trick or Treat!
Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107 Street, Corona
Saturday, October 27
1 p.m.-4 p.m.

3rd Annual Halloween Costume Party
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Saturday, October 27
8 p.m.

Bayside Village Halloween Family Festival

Bell Boulevard

between Northern Boulevard and 35th Avenue

Saturday, October 27

Noon-5 p.m.

Halloween-Remixed

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
12:00 p.m.

Halloween on Ice
City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32 Place, Long Island City
Sunday, October 28
12:00 pm.-3:50 p.m.

CenterStage Halloween Concert
Sky View Center
40-24 College Point Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, October 28
3:30 p.m.

Haunted Halloween Hike
Alley Pond Environmental Center
228-06 Northern Boulevard, Douglaston
Monday, October 29
4:30 p.m. (ages 5-7), 6:30 p.m. (ages 8-12)

Shocktoberfest
Playground For All Children
Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tuesday, October 30
4:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Queens Zoo Trick & Treating and Halloween Festivities
Queens Zoo
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Wednesday, October 31
3:00–5:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights Halloween Parade
Line up near P.S. 222  (87th Street and 37th Avenue)
Wednesday, October 31
5 p.m.

Halloween Party! Devil Science Theater 3K
Laughing Devil Comedy Club
47-38 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Wednesday, October 31
8 p.m.

 

 

Go underwater this Halloween at the Queens Museum of Art


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The Queens Museum of Art (QMA) will be celebrating its third annual Halloween event by going under the sea as a part of its “Boo! An Underwater Halloween Spooktacular,” scheduled to take place on Saturday, October 20 at 2 p.m.

In the spirit of its current exhibition, Caribbean: Crossroads of the World, QMA enlisted the talents of artist and puppeteer Jenny Romaine to transform the second floor of the museum into a Halloween-themed marine world for the entire family.

“She’s going to create a magical underwater experience,” said Debra Wimpfheimer, director of Strategic Partnerships at QMA.

Wimpfheimer went on to explain that Romaine will use cloth she’s made with her performance collective, Great Small Works, to create the effect of water. This sea of fabrics will be teeming with life, and accompanying Romaine will be a group of what she calls “animators” who will be controlling puppets, some of them as large as 12 feet tall.

Guests will be invited to dive into an array of activities inspired by QMA’s Caribbean: Crossroads of the World exhibit. Because the exhibit features many masks and sculptures, kids will have the opportunity to make their own sea monster masks and candy sculptures inspired by works in the show. They can even get a head start on the mask-making by printing out the materials from the Caribbean: Crossroads of the World event page at QMA’s website. Other activities include a Starfish Tarot Card reading, Shipwreck Treasure Hunt, Phosphorescent Photo Booth and Underwater Costume Parade, among others. The event will be catered by Dee’s Brick Oven Pizza.

Wimpfheimer said the Halloween Spooktacular has drawn approximately 200 attendees in the past and QMA is expecting a similar turnout for this year.

Tickets are $75 for up to six family members including two adults plus three raffle tickets and $35 for one adult and one child plus one raffle ticket. Both packages also include a one-year family membership to QMA. Raffle prizes include a $50 gift certificate to AMC Theaters, a Young Chef’s Academy Chef’s Club membership plus three 90-minute cooking classes (for children 4 to 18) and one free week at QMA’s Big Time Summer Art Thing for Kids day camp, among others. To purchase tickets and for more information, call 718-592-9700, Ext. 141 or visit www.queensmuseum.org.

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What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

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.

 

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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.

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, September 8

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., This first-ever LIC Block Party will feature artist-led activity tents, a stage with live music, interactive performances and a community-built, large-scale temporary sculpture. Guests will also find the Artist Market with a selection of the best affordable and functional art and objects and a family-friendly food court with goodies from local restaurants. Activity tents include Tarot readings, pom-pom making, Cubist face painting, carnival games, “discover your inner child,” balloon activities, ask a lawyer, neighborhood walks, wondrous disguises and costumes

12 p.m. – 5 p.m., The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will celebrate its 40th anniversary with workshop previews, face painting, a DJ, arts and crafts, on-site workshop registration and one-day-only discounts.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Come to the Back to School festival at Little Bay Park for an afternoon full of fun activities including inflatable rides, arts and crafts projects, and free giveaways.

Sunday, September 9

10 a.m. – 6 p.m., The Richmond Hill Block Association will be hosting its 39th Annual Park Fair  at the Buddy Monument in Forest Park. There will be food, crafts, live entertainment, raffles for prizes, a pet adoption event and much more.

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., The whole family can come to the Queens Museum of Art for tours and hands-on art making workshops connected to the exhibition Tiffany: The Glass. The exhibit explores the colors, patterns, textures and types of glass made for and used by Tiffany Studios. With the transition from summer to fall, this Sunday attendees can look at the change of the seasons depicted in Tiffany Glass.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Saturday, September 8

Explore the movement in New York City at the Center for Architecture. Children and parents can come and watch video examples of dance on city streets and in buildings, then learn how to create simple dances together as a family. Each family will receive a recording of their dance as a keepsake of their kinetic design.

Saturday, September 8 – Sunday September 9

11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., At the 32nd Annual Brookhaven Country Fair there will be fun activities and entertainment the whole family, including traditional crafts, primitive cooking, Irish step dancing, Revolutionary War and Civil War re-enactments, pony rides, live music and more. Admission to the fair is $2 for adults and children under 12 are free. Parking is free.

Sunday, September 9

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Watch the epic story of New York City’s drinking water supply unfold in an original production by Arm-of-the-Sea Theater in Central Park‘s natural playground, the Peter J. Sharp Children’s Glade, through puppets, music and poetry.

2:00 p.m. (Doors: 1:30 p.m.), Come to the Hip Tot Music Fest, family-friendly live music series in Brooklyn. There will also be arts and crafts, face painting, local food and giveaways.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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EVENT of the DAY: JAMS Under the Stars

JAMS Under the Stars is an evening outdoor concert that kicks off the next day of festivities for the Jamaica Arts and Music Summer (JAMS) Festival. This year, JAMS Under the Stars will pay homage to the legacy of Soul Train and the musical legends of Jazz, R&B, Rock and Funk.

Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Residents say livery cabs block their driveways

Parking is a daily struggle for Queens homeowner Renee Graham, even though she has her own driveway. “I come home, I can’t even pull in my driveway,” she says. “The driveway’s being blocked. I have to back into my neighbor’s driveway some in order just to get in. Read more: [NY1]

Ice cream truck ‘turf wars’ hit sour note

Jackson Heights residents aren’t sweet on playground-invading ice cream trucks or their late-night rounds. Increasingly aggressive vendors are encroaching on play places and blasting jingles deep into the night, residents said. But the drivers say that unpermitted push-cart vendors are eating into their sales, prompting them to adopt hard-sell tactics to make ends meet. Read more: [NY Daily News]

Queens residents continue to clean out flooded homes

Some residents in Queens spent Thursday trying to dry out from damage from the previous day’s powerful rains. Flushing Meadows residents who live along Utopia Parkway between 65th and 69th Avenues were hit especially hard. Read More: [NY 1]

Goldman to invest in Rikers program

New York City officials said Thursday that Goldman Sachs Group Inc. has agreed to invest nearly $10 million in an antirecidivism program for adolescents at Rikers Island—an experiment in social-services financing that the city hopes to expand into areas such as homelessness prevention and health care. Read more: [Wall Street Journal]

Hospital rejects donated body as too fat for science

George Cardel’s final wish died with him — doomed by his hefty 300-pound frame. The Queens mechanical engineer had hoped to donate his body to science, but that dream was dashed when a medical school rejected his corpse because of its girth, a $2 million lawsuit claims. Read more: [NY Daily News]

Free summer activities in Queens parks


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In addition to outdoor movies and SummerStage performing arts events, the NYC Department of Parks & Recreation offers other free activities in Queens parks this summer.

July 30

Fort Totten Park

Fit Walk (Step Out)
9:00 a.m.
“Join us for a free fitness walking program for adults at Fort Totten Park!”

Mommy, Music, & Me
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
“Enjoy music and movement activities for children under 7 years old, and the adults that want to play with them. We will also do a musical craft project with the kids.”

August 1

Alley Pond Park

A Morning of Music with Darlene Graham
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
“This interactive and exciting performance features energetic folk music and remixes of familiar children’s songs that will have everyone singing and dancing along.”

Highland Park

Latin Night featuring Mikata
7:00 p.m.
“Join us for an evening of Bachata and Merengue featuring Mikata.”

August 2

Forest Park

Swing Sabroso
7:30 p.m.
“Dance along to the rhythmic sounds of Salsa.”

Astoria Park Lawn

Waterfront Concert Series 2012
7:30 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

August 3

Flushing Meadows Corona Park (Queens Museum of Art)
Summer Movies in NYC: Fire in Babylon
6:30 p.m.
“Join Rooftop Films on the lawn at the Queens Museum of Art for a night of live music.”

August 4

Alley Pond Park (Adventure Center)

Invasive Removal at Alley Pond Park, Queens
9:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m.
“Join us as we remove invasive from several reforestation plantings in Alley Pond Park, Queens. Please come help take care of our young forest, learn about restoration efforts across the city, and make a positive impact! Volunteers should come dressed in closed-toe shoes, long pants and clothing that can get dirty. No registration required.”

Idlewild Park

Advanced Canoeing
11:00 a.m.
“Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. On an Urban Park Ranger canoe program, you can go from novice to expert in one just one summer! Children 8 years old and up are welcome.”

August 5

Forest Park

Fitness Hike (Vigorous)
1:00 p.m.
“Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our City’s rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head.”

August 8

Crocheron Park (Buz O’ Rourke Playground)

Magic and Comedy of Jim McClenahan
10:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m.
“Join us for the colorful and zany comedy with a magical twist that will bring giggles from children and adults.”

August 9

Forest Park

Zumba
5:00 p.m.–6:00 p.m.
“Enjoy this new fitness craze and make new friends! All are invited – no age limit or skill required – just enjoy the outdoors and be fit!”

Stayin’ Alive
7:30 p.m.
“Come join us and enjoy a musical tribute to the Bee Gees.”

August 10

Grover Cleveland Park

Dancing Under the Stars
5:30 p.m.–7:30 p.m.
“Come join us for an evening of music, face painting for children, a raffle drawing and Latin dance instruction under the stars!”

August 11

Wayanda Park

Family Day
12:00p.m- 4:00p.m.
“Children of all ages can participate in a free afternoon of crafts, games, music, inflatables, pony rides and more!”

Rufus King Park

Hands-on History: A Barn Full of Animals
12:00 p.m.–3:00 p.m.
“Rufus had all sorts of animals on this farm! Learn about the different animals that used to live at King Park. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy making a special craft for your animal!”

Cunningham Park

Family Camping
6:00 p.m.
“The Urban Park Rangers celebrate the tradition of camping throughout the spring and summer, and we look forward to welcoming your family!”

August 16

Forest Park

Wondrous Stories
7:30 p.m.
“Enjoy an evening of rock’s most time tested music from the ’60s, ’70s and ’80s.”

August 18

Fort Totten Park

Historic New York Walking Tour: Fort Totten
1:00 p.m.
“Urban Park Rangers specialize in interpretation of historic turning points, both natural and man-made, in our city’s long history.”

August 19

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Basic Canoeing
11:00 a.m.–2:00 p.m.
“Our trained Urban Park Rangers will lead you on canoe adventures that range from the gentle waters of protected lakes, to the challenging open waters of rivers and bays. On an Urban Park Ranger canoe program, you can go from novice to expert in just one summer!”

August 26

Cunningham Park

Biking
11:00 a.m.
“Our Urban Park Ranger cycling guides will introduce you to some of the most famous parks in the world. Enjoy breathtaking views, public artwork, landscape design and an abundance of wildlife.”

September 2

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Hiking
10:00 a.m.
“Hiking is the ultimate way to enjoy the outdoors and reduce stress. Regardless of the intensity level, it is a great way to burn calories and stay fit. Our Urban Park Ranger hiking guides will introduce you to the hidden gems of New York City and places often off limits to the general public. On our hikes, you may explore nature, discover our City’s rich history and diverse culture, or just unplug form the world to clear your head.”

Queen’s Morning Roundup


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Boy, 14, drowns

A Queens teen drowned in the treacherous waters off Far Rockaway yesterday after going to the beach with pals and jumping in the ocean to celebrate the last day of classes. One buddy tried desperately to save 14 year-old Akeem Craig after he was carried out by a wave — and is haunted by being unable to do so. Read more: [New York Post]

Elmhurst Woman Fatally Stabbed

Police are investigating the Monday night stabbing death of a woman in Elmhurst, Queens. Investigators responded to a 911 call at an apartment building on Hampton Street shortly before 9 p.m. Monday. Read more: [NY1]

Plan to extend natural gas pipeline through Rockaways get chilly reception

A plan to extend an underwater natural gas pipeline beneath a national park in the Rockaways is getting a chilly reception from environmentalists. An informational meeting on the $265 million Rockaway Delivery Lateral Project is slated for Wednesday in Rockaway Park. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Bloody killer went to bodega for 2 beers and then came back to buy Band-Aids, worker says

A callous killer who bought a couple of beers after murdering his girlfriend, circled back for Band-Aids, a Queens bodega worker said. Shawqi Algahim, 33, was behind the counter shortly before 9 p.m. Monday at Jazmina Grocery on Hampton St. in Elmhurst when a man covered in gore paid for two cans of Coors Light. Read more: [New York Daily News]

New Caribbean Cultural Exhibit Spans Three City Museums

The new exhibit “Caribbean: Crossroads Of The World,” which is being presented at three city museums, is bringing four centuries of Caribbean history and culture to New Yorkers. The exhibit, which is being shown at the El Museo del Barrio in East Harlem, the Queens Museum of Art and the Studio Museum in Harlem, features 500 works of Caribbean art. Read more: [NY1]

Cops bust man in alleged Queens rape

Police captured a sicko wanted for raping a woman in Queens, authorities said. Samuel Doctor, 22, allegedly approached the 64-year-old victim in Rockaway Beach about 5:30 a.m. Sunday, cops said. He is accused of forcing her to the ground at the corner of Rockaway Beach Boulevard and Beach 91st Street, and raping her, authorities said. Read more: [New York Post]

 

NORTH SHORE TOWERS FEBRUARY EVENTS LISTING


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Queens Museum of Art

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Queens, N.Y. 11368

www.queensmuseum.org

 

            ArtAccess presents Masala Bhangra Workout for Families Affected by Autism on Saturday, February 18 from 3 to 4 p.m. at an offsite location at 89-11 Merrick Boulevard in Jamaica.  With this workout, the entire family can enjoy the traditional Indian dance Bhangra and experience the exhilaration of the Bollywood culture. This class will be enhanced with visual images and the participation of an ArtAccess instructor to help engage children who suffer from autism. Registration is limited to six families. For more information, contact Jamaica Library’s Discover Center at 718-990-5113

 

            On Saturday, February 18, bring the family to explore the Queens Museum of Art from 11 a.m. to noonThe Museums Explorer’s Club for Families Affected by Autism will teach different ways to view the art and will show various exhibitions the museum has to offer.  Families will also have a chance to create their own artwork inspired by the pieces they were exposed to throughout the day. Groups will include up to six families affected by autism. Feel free to include grandparents, parents and siblings while registering for this free event. For more information, contact Jenn at 718-592-9700 Ext. 130 or email autisminitiatives@queensmuseum.org

 

            Starting on Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m., take a walk through history with Frank Oscar Larson: 1950’s New York Street Stories. Through this event, participants can learn about New York history through stories and photography. This body of work is having its debut at the Queens Museum of Art and will continue on select Saturdays through May 20. 

 

            Fifteen Islands of Robert Moses is a site-specific art infiltration into the Panorama of the city of New York. Artist and theorist Greg Sholette made and placed new islands about the Panorama’s waterways, where they exist as silent, post September 11 observers of the city’s past, present and future.  The opening party for this event is Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. It continues on select Saturdays through May 20. 

            Be a part of the Queens Internation 2012: Three Points Make a Triangle’s opening party on Saturday, February 4 from 6 to 10 p.m. This event is the fifth edition of the Queens Museum of Art’s biennial of artists living and working in Queens. Participants will be exposed to new and erotic artwork while they support individuals from their neighborhoods. This event will continue on select Saturdays through May 20. 

 

 

Nassau County Museum of Art

One Museum Drive

Roslyn Harbor, N.Y. 11576

www.nassaumuseum.org

 

            Families Making Art Together is an event that occurs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. from February 22 through February 24. The event features hands on art-making for children of all ages and their adult companions. There is a fee of the museum admission plus $5 per family materials and supplies. No reservations are required.

 

            On Saturday, March 3, participants can learn about Louis C. Tiffany’s Career as a Colorist at 3 p.m.  Tiffany’s use of color was celebrated during her lifetime and continues to be acknowledged today. Admission for this event is $5 for museum members and $15 for non museum members. The fee includes museum admission. 

 

Flushing Town Hall

127-35 Northern Boulevard

www.flushingtownhall.org

 

            Presented by Dr. Lih Chou of N.Y. Institute of Culture and the Arts, Flushing Town Hall hosts Lunar New Years Dance Sampler on Saturday, February 4 at 2 p.m. The sampler includes a variety of dance performances from China, Korea, India, Thailand, Taiwan and the Pacific Islands.

             Families can come together on Sunday, February 12 and enjoy Hip Hop with Illstyle at 1 p.m. Originating from class and contemporary hip hop and blended with an electric mix of dance and performance disciplines including tap and ballet, this event proves to be something the entire family can find interest in. This event is committed to delivering a positive message to all audiences.