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Shopping and dining in Flushing


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY MELISSA MOTT

The diversity of food in Flushing brings credibility to one of its many nicknames: “The Food Capital of Queens.”

According to Dian Yu, executive director of the Flushing Business Improvement District, the high population density area, especially downtown, is “definitely known for the food.”

“We have a new name,” he said, “food, fun and Flushing.”

Hungry diners — including celebrities and tourists from all over — travel far and wide to visit Flushing’s award-winning Joe’s Shanghai at 136-21 37th Avenue. The restaurant, with two other locations in the city, is widely recognized for its New York favorite, soup dumplings.

The downtown neighborhood also boasts a number of diverse and reasonably priced restaurants, Yu said, and Main Street is a hub of restaurants and shops.

Flushing also has the second biggest Chinatown throughout the boroughs, according to Yu.

“We have Chinese supermarkets, which have farmers’ markets and regular sections [full of] fresh produce, fish and Asian products,” he said. “It’s fun to shop in Flushing.”

However, there’s more to Flushing than unique food experiences, Yu said. The neighborhood offers a variety of stores to meet any shopper’s needs at very reasonable prices.

Shoppers can find Macy’s on Main Street, and only a short distance away — at 40-24 College Point Boulevard — Sky View Center stands as the newly built regional mall. The area’s largest mixed-use, multi-level shopping destination hosts stores such as Target, Old Navy and Bed Bath and Beyond.

“Not many people know it, but this is the place to be,” Yu said. “We’re the diamond in the rough. Not everyone knows how good we are, but the people who do won’t go anywhere else.”

Halloween events in Queens


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

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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.

 

 

Subway comes to Sky View Center


| brennison@queenscourier.com

Subway, the world’s largest submarine sandwich chain, opened its newest location at Sky View Center, the 800,000-square-foot, multi-level regional mall in downtown Flushing.

“The addition of Subway to Sky View Center emphasizes our commitment to providing the Flushing community with a variety of restaurant and retail establishments,” said Michael Dana, president of Onex Real Estate Partners, owner/developer of Sky View Center. “Subway brings yet another food and beverage dimension to the mall, giving both Sky View Parc and community residents an even greater range of quick service and dine-in options.”

Located on Level B, across from Chuck E. Cheese and near the entrance of Sky View Center at the intersection of College Point Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue, Subway is situated among other specialty food retailers in what has become Sky View Center’s unofficial dining hub. Completely customizable with an array of fresh, wholesome ingredients, the quick-service restaurant provides shoppers and community residents with a light, healthy choice.

“Sky View Center provides the consistent flow of foot traffic Subway typically looks for when opening a new location,” said Joyce Storm, Asset Manager for Sky View Center. “Additionally the wide variety of chain stores in the mall presents an ideal opportunity for the brand to expand its presence in Flushing as well as reach a range of consumers and community residents.”

Subway joins an expanding roster of national tenants including the 36,000-square-foot specialty Asian supermarket Sky Foods, as well as Five Guys Burger & Fries, Famous Footwear, Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, Coco Fresh Tea & Juice, Target (including a Starbucks and Pizza Hut Express), Bed Bath & Beyond, Best Buy, BJ’s Wholesale Club, Bob’s Discount Furniture, Chuck E. Cheese’s, Marshall’s, Old Navy, Payless Shoesource, and Hershey’s Ice Cream. Chase Bank also recently opened a location within the mall in June.

Sky View Center is located at 40-24 College Point Boulevard. For more information, visit www.skyviewcenter.com.

 

Un-bear-ably Cute: Exhibit in local mall a hit amongst Flushing cubs


| mchan@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

Internationally acclaimed artist Eladio de Mora’s celebrated collections are displayed around the globe, nestling in corners of Austria, Cuba, Spain, France, England, Portugal, Mexico and Italy.

But it is his gummy-like grizzly creations that are garnering much glee from local cubs in downtown Flushing.

An army of 30 colorful, bright neon bear sculptures — ranging in size from two-and-a-half to six-and-a-half feet — marched into Sky View Center on June 21 and will call the multilevel mall home until August 31.

“This project has been one of my favorites to take around the world. It’s bright, engaging and it brings a smile to everyone’s face,” said de Mora, who is known as dEmo. “Whether you’re a young child or an adult, you can appreciate the vibrancy of the Bears and their different sizes.”

The melting pot of different cultures and ethnicities swarming downtown Flushing, dEmo said, made it a perfect platform to showcase the pop art exhibit. Sky View Center’s Bears is only the third exhibit location in the country.

The confectionery carnivores, officials said, are strategically strewn around the mall in an engaging maze. Multiple contests will soon be launched to get shoppers to tour the building to find all 30 bears — or an assortment of different colored ones. The first winner in each category, officials said, will win a Sky View Center gift card.

“It’s cute and fun,” said 14-year old Christine Wu of Bayside, who could only find up to half of collection. “You walk around looking for them.”

Ed Hilla, general manager of Sky View Center, said the animals are already a huge hit with families who are all welcome to get up close and personal with the harmless glass teddies.

“When people walk into the door, they immediately gravitate toward these big, colorful bears. Why? They’re the same size as humans,” he said. “The exhibit exposes artwork and culture in an environment that you normally wouldn’t find it. You can get up close and touch it, whereas in a museum you’re always four feet away.”

While Sky View Center has participated in several overhead décor programs in the past, Hilla said this is the mall’s first art installation. Its goal is to provide the public with a free, visually pleasing and culturally stimulating exhibit.

The mall-wide showcase was curated by Flushing’s contemporary art gallery Crossing Art. It can be found at 41-22 College Point Boulevard in Flushing until the end of August.