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Jackson Heights to celebrate arts during day-long festival

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Photo by Carlos Martinez, Hibridos Collective

Jackson Heights will bloom with the arts on the first day of summer.

For the second year, the Jackson Heights Arts Festival is slated to bring the community an all-day public event featuring free art workshops, music and outdoor art exhibitions during a Summer Solstice Celebration. The event will take place on June 21 at Diversity Plaza, a pedestrian plaza located on 37th Road between 73rd and 74th streets.

The outdoor festival is organized by the Friends of Diversity Plaza, a community partnership of local organizations and residents committed to re-envisioning Diversity Plaza as a space opened to the community.

Co-organizers of the festival are Hibridos Collective, an interdisciplinary collaborative co-founded by Carlos Martinez and Beatriz Gil, and Jackson Heights artist Nitin Mukul.

“In collaboration with the Friends of Diversity Plaza we want to build on the local arts community, increase the visibility of artists that live and work in the neighborhood, promote community-based arts and open a dialogue for empowerment through the arts,” Gil said.

The day-long festival will kick off at 11 a.m. with two art education workshops, followed by hourly musical performances starting at noon as part of Make Music New York. Artists performing include Bethany Wild, CoCo Wade, Roopa Mahadevan, Nova Safra Bateria, AC Haley, Roberto Buscarsi, SA, and The Live Cultures.

“Our community represents one of the most culturally diverse ZIP codes on the planet. There is no better way to celebrate that diversity than the arts,” Mukul said. “This exhibition brings together community artists in a public space, creating both intentional and accidental intersections as a metaphor for the strong, vibrant, eclectic community we are.”



Astoria Tour de Bar to kick off on the first day of summer

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Image Courtesy of Uno Group/Alexis Cabrera

Astoria will start the summer with a bang and a few drinks.

Friends and Astoria residents Dana Humphrey and Chelsey Pendock have come together to organize the Astoria Tour de Bar event on the first day of summer, June 21, from 12 to 8 p.m. The idea came after Pendock ran an identical tour in the Bronx last year, which brought in over 175 people

The Astoria event kicking off the summer solstice will take participants around to over 20 bars in the western Queens neighborhood to enjoy food, drinks, games, prizes and much more.

“We thought it would be fun to create the Astoria Tour de Bar event because Astoria is so culturally diverse,” said Humphrey.

Participants start the day off at Katch Astoria, on 31-18 Newton Ave., where they will pick up event gear including a wrist band, food and drink tickets, a backpack, a visor and a shot glass.

Astoria Tour de Bar is not a typical pub crawl, according to Humphrey, because although everyone begins the day at Katch Astoria there is no order to follow. Attendees will instead be able to follow a mobile app, made especially for the event by Stray Boots, giving them opportunities to find various activities at different locations, much like a scavenger hunt.

For example, the app might remind participants to pop by one Astoria bar for a gin tasting and then make their way to another establishment for craft beer.

“We really hope a lot of Manhattanites and young people of all the five boroughs take it as an opportunity to come explore Astoria,” Humphrey said. “We love the neighborhood and we just want to share these cool treasures of Astoria with other people.”

Some portions of the proceeds from the event will go to the nonprofit Childhood Cancer Society, which provides funds allowing families to get the necessary care for their children and also be by their side when out-of-town hospitalization or treatment is required.

Participating establishments include Snowdonia Gastropub, New York Dog House, Max Bratwurst und Bier, Katch Astoria, Blackbird’s Bar and Restaurant, Astoria Brewhouse, Bourbon & Vine, Broadway Station, Ovelia Psistaria Bar and many more.

Tickets are $30 prior to the event and $40 at the door. To purchase tickets visit www.astoriatourdebar.eventbrite.com.