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Street Talk: What is your favorite summertime beer?


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CHRIS BUMBACA

“I like Bud Light, because it’s cheap!”
Tom Twist

“Curious Traveler Summer Shandy, it’s really good, and only available in the summer.”
Eric Berman

“Victoria beer, for the taste.”
Paco Castillo

“I like Sol beer, because it’s light and a good alternative to Corona.”
Ryan Gamble

“I like Sol, too, because it’s light and refreshing.”
Cheyne Gamble

“IPA Sam Rebel is nice.”
Joe Brandon

“Amstel Lite, for the taste.”
Eddy Filangeri

“I like Brooklyn beer, because my son introduced me to it.”
John Clark

 

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The Queens Courier Photo Contest


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Send us your best summer photos!

We’re looking for pictures of people enjoying the best Queens has to offer throughout the summer.

The Courier is awarding dinner for two (a $50 value) each week to the reader who submits the best summer shot.

Please send your snaps (high resolution, if possible) to editorial@queenscourier.com.

We will publish the winner in the paper and on our website. Good luck to everyone.

Sunnyside to celebrate summer with free food and farm festival


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Images Courtesy of Greenmarket GrowNYC

JANAE HUNTER

Sunnyside will start off green this summer.

Queens County Market will come to Sunnyside Greenmarket later this month to celebrate the beginning of the summer season with food and fun.

On June 28, Queens County Market vendors and local restaurants will join GrowNYC‘s Greenmarket farmers at the Sunnyside Greenmarket for “Sunnyside Up!,” a free food and farm festival.

From 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., people will be able to come to Skillman Avenue by 42 and 43 streets and taste different prepared foods and drinks. The event will also include live music and activities such as face painting, balloon art, and “bike blenders,” which are bikes used to power blenders to make homemade smoothies and drinks.

Although the Sunnyside Greenmarket has been operating since 1976, this is the second year that an event like “Sunnyside Up!” has been held.

“This is the first time that prepared food will be offered at the farmer’s market.” said Caroline Hiteshew, Greenmarket’s publicity and volunteer coordinator. “Guests can expect fish and other prepared items from the vendors, and there will also be a crepe station that will be serving both sweet and savory crepes along with iced coffees.”

Other vendors and farmers at the event include Ballards Honey, Breezy Hill Orchards, King Ferry Winery and local restaurant Venturo Osteria serving eggplant crostinis, and a mixed berry and whipped mascarpone dessert.

 

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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.”

 

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Free lunches for kids to be distributed at Queens libraries this summer


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Liam La Guerre

BY PAULINA TAM

Twenty-two Queens Library locations, in partnership with the city’s Department of Education (DOE), will be distributing free summer meals to children and teens 18 years and under starting June 27 to August 29.

Bagged lunches will be served every Monday through Friday between 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. and each will generally include a fresh sandwich, fruit, milk and sometimes a salad, according to library spokeswoman Joanne King.

“The library is an open public space and we want to attract people to come to the library,” King said. “While they’re here they can have free access to other programs. The Queens Library also has a very robust summer reading program and we want to encourage people to get involved with that so they can be better prepared for the academic program in the fall.”

There is no application, qualification or ID necessary to receive a free meal. Children and teens are recommended to arrive early to get lunches, while supplies last. The Queens Library is just one of many agencies collaborating with the DOE, and interested parties could call 311 to get a full list of participating locations.

Listed below are the participating Queens Library locations:

312 Beach 54 St., Arverne

14-01 Astoria Blvd., Astoria

117-11 Sutphin Blvd., Baisley Park

218-13 Linden Blvd., Cambria Heights

1637 Central Ave., Far Rockaway

41-17 Main St., Flushing

202-05 Hillside Ave., Hollis

89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica

134-26 225th St., Laurelton

98-30 57th Ave., Lefrak City

37-44 21st St., Long Island City

40-20 Broadway (at Steinway Street), Long Island City

92-24 Rockaway Blvd., Ozone Park

158-21 Jewel Ave., Pomonok (Flushing)

103-34 Lefferts Blvd., Richmond Hill

169-09 137th Ave., Rochdale Village

116-15 Rockaway Beach Blvd., Rockaway Park

204-01 Hollis Ave., South Hollis

108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd., South Jamaica

43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside

85-41 Forest Pkwy., Woodhaven

54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside

 

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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.

 

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City kicks off summer youth jobs program at Queens Botanical Garden


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Photo courtesy of the mayor's office

Out of school and into the work force.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg helped kick off the first day of the city’s summer youth employment program at the Queens Botanical Gardens, which will have 35 employees working as garden greeters, horticulture aides and aides to the children’s garden.

More than 31,000 city kids are participating in the program. The participants were selected through a lottery system and placed by community‐based organization partners at local nonprofits and businesses.

“With many young people now struggling to find employment, opportunities for summer jobs are very welcome,” Bloomberg said. “These programs help working families, keep kids in school, and help students do better on Regents exams and increases graduation rates. We are grateful to the more than 80 corporate and philanthropic sponsors for their support of our City’s young people this summer.”

Students who work during high school tend to stay in school, graduate at higher rates and are more likely to work after graduation, according to the mayor’s office.  Students’ attendance and likelihood to take the Regents also increases the year following summer employment, according to a recent New York University study.

“The research is clear that summer learning loss disproportionately impacts our most vulnerable low-income students, which is why it is so important that we continue to support our city’s summer jobs programs and pilot new initiatives such as the ones we are announcing today,” Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott said.

The city launched two new summer employment programs, Summer Quest and Summer Scholars, to go along with the already established Summer Youth Employment Program, Ladders for Leaders, the Young Adult Internship Program, the Young Adult Literacy Program and the Young Men’s Initiative Work Progress Program

 

More records highs expected today


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Another day, another scorcher.

After record high temperatures baked the city yesterday, residents should be ready for even more heat.

Temperatures will again approach 100 degrees, and feel closer to 110.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a heat advisory.

Those who will be outdoors should take extra precautions.  Wear light, loose fitting clothing, sunblock and drink plenty of water.

The city has again opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

Click here to find the cooling center nearest to you

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:

New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:

  • Use an air conditioner if you have one.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.
  • Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.
  • Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
  • Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.

 

First day of summer brings record heat


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File photo

Summer did not waste any time getting started.

Temperatures are forecasted to approach 100 degrees, and feel even hotter, on the first day of summer.

It has been 80 years since New York City approached these temperatures on June 20.

Because of the combination of the heat and humidity, the National Weather Service has issued a excessive heat warning for Queens.  Temperatures, which are predicted to hit 98, will feel like 108.

Those who will be outdoors should take extra precautions.  Wear light, loose fitting clothing, sunblock and drink plenty of water.

The city has also opened up hundreds of cooling centers in the five boroughs.

Cooling centers are air conditioned places, such as Department for the Aging senior centers, Salvation Army community centers, and public libraries that are open to the public during heat emergencies.

Click here to find the cooling center nearest to you

The city’s Office of Emergency Management has offered some tips to staying cool:

New Yorkers should heed the following tips to stay cool during this week’s extreme heat:

  • Use an air conditioner if you have one.
  • If you do not have an air conditioner, go to a cooler place such as a store, mall, museum, movie theater, or friend/family member’s air-conditioned home, or visit a cooling center.
  • Check on your at-risk family, friends and neighbors often and help them get to a cool place.
  • Use a fan only when the air conditioner is on or the windows are open. Fans alone will not keep you cool when it is really hot outside. Fans work best at night to bring in cooler air from outside.
  • Drink plenty of water or other fluids, even if you don’t feel thirsty. Avoid beverages containing alcohol, caffeine or high amounts of sugar.
  • Never leave children, pets or those who require special care in a parked car.
  • Avoid strenuous activity, or plan it for the coolest part of the day, usually in the morning between 4 AM and 7 AM or in the evening. If you exercise, drink two to four glasses of cool, nonalcoholic fluids each hour. A sports beverage can replace the salt and minerals you lose in sweat. If you are used to regular exercise, just keep in mind the symptoms of heat illness when exercising and stop or rest if any occur.
  • Be careful if you take a cold shower to stay cool – sudden temperature changes can make you feel dizzy or sick.