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Enjoy a ‘Night Out’ with Queens’ Finest at fun events this August


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Queens residents can enjoy fun activities while also supporting their local police during National Night Out Against Crime events scheduled to take place across the borough on Tuesday, Aug. 4.

Each precinct will host public gatherings featuring activities, such as free games and rides for children, free food and refreshments, music, award ceremonies, health information, crime prevention tips, and the opportunity for residents to meet with the officers who patrol their streets.

Observed across the U.S. and Canada, National Night Out Against Crime aims to promote safe communities and a strong bond between local law enforcement and the people it serves.

The events, scheduled to take place rain or shine, are as follows:

100th Precinct, Rockaway Beach
5 to 8 p.m.
Across from precinct stationhouse
92-24 Rockaway Beach Blvd.

101st Precinct, Far Rockaway
3 to 9 p.m.
O’Donohue Park
Beach 17th Street and Seagirt Boulevard

102nd Precinct, Richmond Hill
6 to 9 p.m.
Buddy Memorial at Forest Park
Myrtle Avenue and Park Lane South

103rd Precinct, Jamaica
5:30 to 9:30 p.m.
Rufus King Park
Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets

104th Precinct, Middle Village
5:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Juniper Valley Park
80th Street and Juniper Boulevard North

105th Precinct, Cambria Heights
5 to 9 p.m.
Cabbell Park
Francis Lewis Boulevard and 121st Avenue

106th Precinct, South Ozone Park
6 to 9 p.m.
P.O. Edward Byrne Park
North Conduit Avenue between 131st and 134th streets

107th Precinct, Fresh Meadows
7 to 9 p.m.
Electchester Shopping Center
70-63 Parsons Blvd.

108th Precinct, Woodside
5 to 8 p.m.
Windmuller Park/Virgilio Playground
52nd Street and 39th Avenue

109th Precinct, Flushing
5 to 8 p.m.
P.S. 20
Union Street and Barclay Avenue

110th Precinct, Corona
5 to 8 p.m.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
111th Street between 54th and 55th avenues

111th Precinct, Douglaston
6 to 9 p.m.
Douglaston Shopping Mall
61st Avenue and 242nd Street

112th Precinct, Forest Hills
4 to 6 p.m.
MacDonald Park
Queens and Yellowstone boulevards

113th Precinct, Springfield Gardens
6 to 9 p.m.
Baisley Pond Park
155th Street and Baisley Boulevard

114th Precinct, Astoria
5 to 8 p.m.
Astoria Park Great Lawn
Shore and Ditmars boulevards

115th Precinct, Jackson Heights
5 to 8 p.m.
Northern Playground
Northern Boulevard between 93rd and 94th streets

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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 week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Near Union Street in Flushing

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Top Queens hot dog spots for National Hot Dog Day


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

The hot dog has long held the honor of being one of America’s favorite summertime treats, taking center stage at cookouts, campfires and ballparks throughout the summer months. To celebrate this iconic food, the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council designated July as Hot Dog Month, with Thursday, July 23, as National Hot Dog Day.

Whether you prefer your dogs boiled, grilled, barbecued or topped with everything from classic relish to more exotic fare like pineapples and sriracha, indulge in this summertime staple at some of the best hot dog spots in Queens.

Ben’s Best
96-40 Queens Blvd., Rego Park
718-897-1700

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Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

This gourmet kosher delicatessen has been a neighborhood staple, serving up classic deli fare such as mile-high hot pastrami on rye, kreplach and cabbage rolls for nearly 70 years. Their Empire National brand natural casing frankfurters are grilled to perfection.

Ben’s franks are served with choice of mustard, ketchup, relish and sauerkraut ($4.50), or topped with red onions, coleslaw, chili and even potato salad for just a dollar more. A can of Dr. Brown’s root beer or Cel-Ray celery soda makes the perfect pairing to this flavorful summertime feast.

La Perrada de Chalo
83-12 Northern Blvd., Jackson Heights
718-639-6677

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Established in 1995, La Perrada boasts the largest selection of authentic gourmet Colombian hot dogs in the city. The Iraqui ($4.15) is a unique salty and sweet mix of potato chips, eggs, pineapple, sauces and cheese. For tropical flavor, try the Al Gusto ($5) topped with Hawaiian pineapple, bacon, shrimp and eggs. The flavorful Criollo ($4.15) blends cabbage salad with pineapples, cheese, sauces and crushed chips for a crunchy treat.

Hungry patrons can go all out with the Showy ($4.15) topped with mortadella, onions, pineapple, cheeses and chips.

New York Dog House
37-06 30th Ave., Astoria
718-274-3647

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A quick trip to nearby Astoria will land you in the dog house — the New York Dog House that is. This popular eatery is home to a diverse menu of uniquely named signature hot dogs, sausages and bratwurst.

The California Dog ($8) features a Weisswurst sausage topped with avocado, lettuce, red onion and herbs. For a tasty experience, ride the Pineapple Express ($8), a mix of fresh pineapple, pickled onion and cilantro pesto on a hearty bratwurst sausage. For Wild West flavor, try The Cowboy ($9) a cheddar bratwurst topped with caramelized onions, crispy chipotle, bacon and homemade BBQ sauce.

Travel from the west to the Far East ($9), and enjoy a savory Num Pang sausage topped with homemade sesame chili paste, pickled daikon, scallions and roasted peanuts.

Butcher Bar
37-10 30th Ave., Astoria
718-606-8140

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Photo via Butcher Bar’s Facebook page

As the name suggests, this purveyor of delectable organic, grass-fed cuts of meat promises a savory experience for diners. Their sausage, peppers and onions ($11.99), with your choice of Butcher Bar’s homemade grilled hot, sweet or Filipino-style sausage, is a hearty alternative to the classic hot dog.

Dominick’s Hot Dog Truck
Woodhaven Boulevard at 67th Avenue, Rego Park

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Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

Head back to Rego Park and make a pit stop at Dominick’s. This bright blue truck has long been a local favorite, serving up classic steamed Sabrett hot dogs topped with their homemade sautéed onions or sauerkraut ($3) and chili cheese dogs ($3.25).

Wash down all this savory goodness with a can of classic White Rock cream, orange or black cherry soda ($1.25) or chocolate Yoo-hoo ($1.50).

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Photo by Kelly Marie Mancuso

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Celebrate the premiere of ‘Sharknado 3′ in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Syfy

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Batten down the hatches and grab some bites at one of several Queens locations holding special screenings of “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” tonight.

The third installment in the tongue-in-cheek, B-movie franchise, premiering at 9 p.m. Wednesday on the Syfy channel, finds the entire Eastern Seaboard battered by killer sharks propelled onto land by another epic storm. It’s up to the aptly named chainsaw-wielding hero Fin Shepard, played by Ian Ziering of “Beverly Hills, 90210″ fame, and his wife April, played by actress Tara Reid, to do battle with the sharks and save the East Coast.

The franchise is known for its numerous celebrity cameos, with David Hasselhoff and Bo Derek appearing in this sequel as Fin’s parents. Local celebrity appearances include Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb, along with the cast of the “Today Show.” Former Queens Congressman and 2013 mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner also appears as the movie’s National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration director.

The kitschy “Sharknado” trilogy has become an annual event, with many throwing shark-themed viewing parties to both celebrate and jeer at the over-the-top events and deliberately bad dialogue the movies have to offer. Here are a few ways to prepare for “Sharknado 3” in Queens.

Arepas Café and Grill
33-07 36th Ave., Astoria
718-937-3835

Shark is on the menu at this Astoria eatery in the form of savory Venezuelan arepas. The cazon arepa ($6.50) features shredded baby school shark, a form of white fish, served inside a gluten-free corn flatbread with onions, tomato, cilantro and peppers. The Pabellon Margariteno ($13) includes shredded baby school shark with white rice and black beans topped with grated white cheese and fried sweet plantains.

Sek’end Sun
32-11 Broadway, Astoria
917-832-6414

While the fate of many of Sharknado’s protagonists may hang in the balance, rejoice in being on dry land as you sip on Sek’end Sun’s cocktail ship of fools [on a cruel sea] ($10), a dark mix of strawberry-infused bourbon, balsamic vinegar, vanilla and lemon bitters.

Okeanos Greek Seafood Restaurant
35-02 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria
718-777-8844

For shark served with Mediterranean flare, Okeanos also features grilled or pan-seared baby shark ($13.50) with a side of garlic potato dip. Pair it with the taramosalata caviar spread ($5) or octopus with onions, peppers and capers ($15.95) for a luxurious taste of the sea.

The Astor Room
34-12 36th St., Astoria
718-255-1947

Fans of Sharknado’s gory action scenes may want to kick off their evenings at this Kaufman Astoria Studio’s cocktail bar and try the aptly named Blood and Sand ($12) which blends Buffalo Trace bourbon and Cherry Heering with Cocchi vermouth and freshly squeezed orange juice. Movie fans will marvel at The Astor Room’s cinematic history, as it once served as a commissary for Hollywood legends like Rudolph Valentino, Mary Pickford, Charlie Chaplin, Gloria Swanson and W.C. Fields while they filmed at the studios.

5 Burro Cafe
72-05 Austin St., Forest Hills
718-544-2984

Head over to Forest Hills and sip on this iconic eatery’s signature cocktail, The Shark Attack ($10), a potent blend of vodka, Blue Curacao, grenadine, 7-Up and lemon/lime. As a bonus, this specialty cocktail is often served with a small toy shark, usually bearing the grenadine.

Forest Hills Station House
106-11 71st Ave., Forest Hills
718-544-5000

As the Sharknado approaches, take cover inside this quaint pub located on the outskirts of Forest Hills Gardens and try the Dark and Stormy ($10), a spicy mix of Gosling’s Black Seal Rum, ginger beer and lime.

Cozy Corner Tavern
60-01 70th Ave., Ridgewood
718-381-8397

This Ridgewood bar is hosting a special viewing party for the premiere of “Sharknado 3: Oh Hell No!” The festivities begin at 7 p.m., when the bar will air last year’s “Sharknado 2: The Other One,” which was set in Queens and Manhattan. Then, stay tuned for the main event when “Sharknado 3” airs on every TV in the bar at 9 p.m. Cozy Corner also will be serving up Sharknado-inspired drinks, and shark-themed costumes and attire are encouraged.

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LIC woman starts tour company to share her love for Queens


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Photo courtesy of Connie Murray

One Long Island City resident has decided to share her love for her neighborhood and borough through a new tour company aimed at giving participants a real Queens experience.

Connie Murray, the woman behind the Twitter account @fuelgrannie, has launched her own business called QueensStomp, which offers tours of LIC to locals and tourists.

Murray led her first tour in April as a Hunters Point bar crawl but now wants to incorporate her love for photography, walking and local architecture in areas such as Hunters Point, Court Square, Queens Plaza and Dutch Kills into future tours.

Her new tours will look to take participants throughout the western Queens neighborhood and experience it in a way locals do.

“It’s not just bars, not just food, it’s having a real Queens experience because it’s such a sweet and nice and cute area,” Murray said.

The idea for the tour company came after a friend suggested Murray get into the business and while she thought about the idea, travel guidebook company Lonely Planet named Queens as the best place to visit in the U.S. in 2015, and she knew the universe had aligned for her.

Currently, Murray is working on her brand and networking with other locals who offer tours — such as Joe DiStefano and Jeff Orlick — to create a tour model.

She added that she wants to incorporate her love for the city’s industrial architecture, sunsets off the East River and her taste for Queens-produced craft beer to create the perfect Queens experience to bring tourists back again and again.

“I think a lot of people are now coming specifically to Queens. They’re not just staying in the hotel hub in Long Island City,” Murray said. “They are actually coming to hang out in Queens.”

Although she grew up in Manhattan, Murray has been living in Long Island City for the past 17 years and said she fell in love the moment she made the move into Queens.

“I absolutely love it. I’m a New York gal, but I fell in love with New York hard when I moved into Queens,” Murray said. “Queens has so much to offer. It’s an extraordinary borough and I think it’s such an unsung hero in our city.”

At the moment — as she gets her feet wet — Murray said she is offering her tours for free as a way to get feedback and also get a better understanding of what she can expect once she starts charging for the tours.

Anyone interested in taking part in the tours can contact Murray via the QueensStomp website or reach out to her via social media.

In the future, Murray also said she hopes to get to know other Queens neighborhoods better so she can expand her tours deeper into the borough.

“I’m just really excited to see what is happening with my borough and I’m happy to be a part of it,” Murray said. “If I ever won the lottery, if I had a billion dollars I would not move back to Manhattan. I just love it here. I’m just so happy to be here.”

Murray plans to officially launch her tours by the end of July or early August and tours will take place seven days a week. For more information and updates, visit queensstomp.com or @queensstomp on Twitter.

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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 week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Rockaway Beach near Beach 80th Street

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Queens rents take dive, but home market still strong: report


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

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Is the rent too damn low in Queens? Not quite, but average rental prices in the “World’s Borough” plunged by nearly 11 percent over the last year, according to a report from Douglas Elliman Real Estate.

Median rents were down 10.7 percent in Queens year-over-year while overall inventory was also down 11.9 percent, the report noted. The average rental price in June was $2,749, or $40.15 per square foot. Last June, the average rent was $2,896, or $45.69 per square foot.

The report, which analyzed the market in northwest Queens, reflected overall “weaker results” in that region. Results, however, “were mixed across apartment sizes as median rental prices of studio and three-bedroom [units] were higher, while one- and two-bedroom apartments were lower respectively.”

Landlords also had to wait longer to rent out their units, as the average number of days on the market increased from 31 to 36 days over the last year.

Even with the nearly 11 percent dip, renting an apartment in Queens isn’t exactly cheap. The average studio apartment in June 2015 went for $2,348, while the average apartment with three or more bedrooms was $10 shy of $4,000.

While the rental market took a hit, sales in Queens were strong during the second quarter in 2015, Douglas Elliman reported. The median sales price rose 8.5 percent to $385,001 over the last year, marking “the fourth consecutive quarterly increase and the 10th gain in the past 12 quarters.”

The median co-op price rose 5.4 percent to $215,000, while the condo median prices surged by 12.8 percent to a new record of $468,000. The median price for a one- to three-family home also spiked by 6.3 percent to $510,000.

Further reflecting a sellers’ market, the inventory of available one- to three-family homes, as well as co-ops and condominiums, dropped 12.6 percent. Sales increased 5.6 percent, and the average time on market for listings dropped to 92 days, down from 110 at the same time last year.

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New York Hospital Queens renamed NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

There’s a new name for one of Queens’ biggest hospitals.

New York Hospital Queens was renamed on July 1 as NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. The name change comes as a result of the hospital’s takeover by NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, which was prompted by the need and desire to improve access to state-of-the-art care for Queens residents.

NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens, located in Flushing, has been a member of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System for more than 22 years and serves Queens with 535 beds and medical services in 14 departments. Every year, the hospital performs 15,000 surgeries and delivers 4,000 babies, and also provides 162,000 ambulatory visits and 124,000 emergency service visits.

NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the largest hospitals in the U.S. with 2,600 beds across six campuses in New York City and Westchester. It is the number one hospital in the five boroughs, and is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

It is NewYork-Presbyterian’s affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons that stands to make the merge beneficial to Queens residents who rely on NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens for health care services. Both institutions are among the leading medical colleges in the country.

“We are pleased to have strengthened our relationship with the leadership, trustees, doctors and staff of New York Hospital Queens,” said Dr. Laura Forese, president of the NewYork-Presbyterian Healthcare System. “Together with Weill Cornell Medical College, we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to residents of Queens, as well as enhancing access to the world-class care offered at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s six campuses in Manhattan and Westchester.”

“Our long relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian has contributed enormous value. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly important to work more closely in mutually beneficial relationships that enhance effectiveness and improve quality,” said Stephen S. Mills, president of NewYork-Presbyterian/Queens. “By establishing this closer relationship with NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the country’s leading academic medical centers, we will be able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments in every area of medicine, as well as the same outstanding care that we have provided at our hospital for years.”

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17 indicted following Queens auto theft ring bust


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A two-and-a-half-year investigation resulted in charges for 17 individuals involved in a major Queens-based auto theft and “title washing” ring, where high-end vehicles were swiped off city streets and even from dealerships, officials announced Thursday.

“The ring’s members were purportedly highly organized and fast,” Queens District Attorney Richard Brown said. “It is alleged that a main ‘steal’ crew would canvas neighborhoods for luxury vehicles to steal and, once a vehicle was found, obtain the vehicle’s VIN, which was then used to make a duplicate key for the vehicle. Armed with the new key, the vehicle was then allegedly stolen — the whole process taking only a few hours. In some cases, crew members allegedly stole vehicles ‘to order.’”

In a 128-count indictment, eight of the defendants have been charged, among other crimes, with enterprise corruption under New York State’s Organized Crime Control Act and are accused of stealing more than 80 automobiles, prosecutors said.

The investigation, by the NYPD’s Auto Crime Division and the district attorney’s office’s Organized Crime and Rackets Bureau, found that those vehicles included pricey GMC Yukon Denalis, BMWs, Range Rovers and Mercedes-Benzes – stolen from Queens and elsewhere between February 22, 2013, and November 29, 2014.

The defendants, such as Franklyn Gutierrez, 33, of Sutter Avenue in Brooklyn, allegedly worked with a main theft crew – including Miguel (“Fello”) Maldonado, 34, of 77th Street in Woodhaven, Ariel Rodriguez, 28, of Highland Place in Brooklyn, German Garcia, 44, of Decatur Street in Brooklyn, and William (“Bori”) Cruz, 32, of Melrose Street in Brooklyn – that took high-end, newer vehicles off New York City streets and from dealerships and sometimes even stole vehicles “to order,” prosecutors said.

After crew members would find a vehicle, they would allegedly acquire the VIN and then take the number to a locksmith to create a key. The crew member would then use the key to drive the car to a location in Queens, where forged documents were created to conceal the vehicle’s true identity. A broker would then allegedly resell the vehicle. Many of the stolen vehicles were allegedly transported across the country, as well as around the world, including as far away as Nigeria and the Dominican Republic.

The indictments additionally charge defendants Onnie (“Sha”) Canady, 52, of 32nd Avenue in East Elmhurst, with being a middleman for stolen car buyers; Henry (“Charlie”) Morrel, 30, of Ridgewood Avenue, in Brooklyn, for having created the forged documents; and Edward (“Chapa”) Gomez, 39, of 100th Avenue in Hollis, as being the alleged black market broker who resold the stolen vehicles.

According to the district attorney’s office, earlier this week, police executed a search warrant at the home of Gomez, where many of the vehicles were taken as part of the operation, and allegedly recovered three kilos of cocaine, one kilo of heroin, a scale and $2,000 in cash.

Luis Ramos, 43, of 49th Street in Brooklyn; Santiago (“C-Lo”) Robinson, 34, of Shore Front in Arverne, Mayovanex Pena-Ortega, 26, of 34 Jerome Street in Brooklyn, Joel Urena, 34, of Beach 40th Street in Far Rockaway; Angel Acosta, 30, of 117th Street in the Richmond Hill; Edgar Rodriguez, 36, of Florida; Luis DeJesus, 32, of Hancock Street in Brooklyn; Angel Batista, 34, of Yonkers; and Walden Clarke, 37, of East 53rd Street in Brooklyn have also been indicted for their alleged participation in the ring. They each face up to seven years in prison if convicted, while the remaining defendants face up to 25 years.

Most of the defendants have been arraigned as of Wednesday, according to the district attorney’s office, but Robinson, Acosta and Rodriguez are currently being sought.

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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 week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: In front of the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills Gardens

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Enjoy these free summer concerts across Queens parks


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo via queensbp.org/katzconcerts

With the summer heating up, Borough President Melinda Katz announced on Monday a series of free concerts at parks around Queens — from a Beatles cover band in Bayside to reggae in the Rockaways — starting July 12.

“The concert lineup we have arranged for July and August features a wide array of talent that is sure to be enjoyed by Queens residents and visitors alike,” Katz said.

The outdoor music events, dubbed the “Katz Concert Series,” will take place at the following places and dates:

THE TEE-TONES – Motown Concert
Sunday, July 12, at 5 p.m. at East Elmhurst Playground, 100th Street between 24th and 25th avenues in East Elmhurst
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Julissa Ferreras

YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Beatles Tribute Concert
Sunday, July 19, at 5 p.m. at Crocheron Park, 35th Avenue between Corbett Road and Cross Island Parkway in Bayside
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Paul Vallone

YESTERDAY AND TODAY – Beatles Tribute Concert
Sunday, July 26, at 5 p.m. at Tudor Park, 133rd Avenue between 81st and 82nd streets in Ozone Park
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Eric Ulrich

QUEENS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at Forest Park (George Seuffert Bandshell), Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive in Woodhaven

THE TEE-TONES – Doo-Wop Concert
Sunday, Aug. 9, at 5 p.m. at Little Bay Park, Totten Avenue at Cross Island Parkway in Bayside
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Paul Vallone

BRITISH DEPENDENCY – Reggae Concert
Saturday, Aug.15, at 6 p.m. at Rockaway Beach Park, Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 17th Street in Far Rockaway
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Donovan Richards Jr.

SESSIONS THE BAND – R&B Concert
Sunday, Aug. 23, at 5 p.m. at Springfield Park, Springfield Boulevard between 146th and 147th avenues in Springfield Gardens
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Donovan Richards Jr.

DDENDYL from Season 6 of NBC’s “The Voice” – American Blues Concert
Thursday, Aug. 27, at 6:30 p.m. at Tribute Park, Beach 116th Street at Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park
In partnership with Friends of Tribute Park

MOTOR CITY REVUE – Motown Concert
Sunday, Aug. 30, at 5 p.m. at Astoria Park (Great Lawn), 19th Street between Astoria Park South and Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria
In partnership with Kupferberg Center for the Arts and City Council member Costa Constantinides

Lawn chairs and/or blankets are recommended at the concerts.

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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 week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: St. Nicholas Orthodox Church in Whitestone

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Identify this place in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


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”: Across from the Broad Channel S train stop in Rockaway Beach. 

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Queens men prefer beards: survey


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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The obsession with facial hair has been growing in recent years whether it’s as a hipster trend or through contests to crown the best beard.

A survey released Wednesday, commissioned by grooming brand Braun, of New York City men and their grooming habits showed that Queens men are the lowest maintenance bearded men in the city, with 53 percent trimming their beards just once a week.

The majority of Queens men, like the rest of the boroughs, have facial hair, at 63 percent, the survey also said.

Queens followed closely behind Manhattan, which was New York’s most clean-shaven area, with 61 percent of men having facial hair. The Bronx and Brooklyn tie for the least clean-shaven areas with 73 percent of men sporting some sort of facial hair in each borough.

According to the survey, the most popular type of facial hair for Queens men is the full beard, followed by the goatee and moustache combination, and the “balbo” style.

About 57 percent of the borough’s males said they grew a beard because it was convenient, and about 44 percent said a beard made them feel more mature, while around 40 percent said it made them feel cool and 39 percent said it made them feel more stylish.

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Partners were a small influence in why men choose to grow beards, at 10 percent, but once they did, 45 percent said their significant others loved their new fuzz.

But only about a third said they plan to keep their beards for life.

Compared to the other boroughs, Brooklyn men were most likely to lose the beard when it was no longer a fashion trend.

The survey also found that on average it takes New Yorkers 67 days to grow what they consider to be “the perfect beard.”

“Beards have never been more popular and, as a result, men have become much more adventurous and experimental with different facial hair styles,” said Braun grooming ambassador Fabio Vivan. “Your facial hair is an integral part of your own distinctive look. It should be tailored to suit your face shape and improve your image; however, many men don’t know what styles are most flattering or achievable.”

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Cool off for free at these Queens outdoor pools


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of .nycgovparks.org

You don’t need a fancy club membership or the money to put in your own backyard swimming oasis to beat the heat this summer.

Starting Saturday, June 27, the Parks Department is opening its free outdoor pools around the city, including at eight locations in Queens.  All locations are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. (with a break for cleaning between 3 and 4 p.m.). The season runs through Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 7.

Astoria Park
19th Street and 23rd Drive, Astoria
Olympic-sized pool

Fisher Pool
99th Street and 32nd Avenue, East Elmhurst
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool

Fort Totten
338 Story Avenue, Fort Totten Park, Bayside
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool, outdoor diving pool

Liberty Park Pool
173rd Street and 106th Avenue, Jamaica
Outdoor intermediate pool, outdoor wading pool

Marie Curie Park
211th Street and 46th Avenue, Bayside
Outdoor mini pool

P.S. 10
45th Street and 30th Road, Astoria
Outdoor mini pool

P.S. 186 Playground
Little Neck Parkway and 72nd Avenue, Glen Oaks
Outdoor mini pool

Windmuller Park
54th Street and 39th Road, Woodside
Outdoor mini pool

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