It’s summertime in Queens — you’re not just sitting around the house, are you? Now that the heat’s eased up a bit, we hope you’re getting out there to hit some of the countless great spots and activities this borough has to offer. Saying there’s something for everyone would be an absolute understatement.
You a hipster? Check out the growing arts and music scene in Ridgewood or some of the many galleries in Long Island City. There’ll be a flea market this Saturday and Sunday in Ridgewood with art, vintage and handmade items (ridgewoodmarket.com), and LIC’s got everything from “Expo 1: New York,” an “exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and sociopolitical instability of the early 21st century” (momaps1.org) to the “First Friday” art conversation and film at the Noguchi Museum on Aug. 2 (noguchi.org).
More concerned about your hip than about being hip? There are senior club meetings and events geared toward the seasoned citizen held all over Queens all the time. Take a look at “What’s Happening” and the Community Calendar in our qboro section this week or any week to see just a few of them, everything from computer classes to exercise programs, ballroom dancing and singles socials. The Queens Library’s 62 locations also have great programs for seniors, as well as everyone else (queenslibrary.org).
Are you a lover of the classics? The Queens Symphony Orchestra is performing works by Verdi at St. John’s University next week and in Forest Park the week after that (queenssymphony.org). There are still a couple days left to see a fine version of “Macbeth” in LIC (secrettheatre.com), and there are free outdoor showings of “The Tempest” all over Queens through mid-August (hiptohip.org).
Need we mention the Mets? They may be struggling, but the games are still fun to watch, and they’re not doing much worse than those bums in the Bronx. Head up to Citi Field, and while you’re in the neighborhood take a stroll around our crown jewel, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, which has been the subject of so much controversy but still has that stunning Unisphere and several other attractions.
There’s so much to do in Queens we could never list it all here. Walking tours, film screenings, poetry workshops, car shows, knitting classes, birdwatching treks ... if you can’t find stuff to do, you’re just not trying hard enough.
One thing we hope you’ll do while you’re out and about is to visit South Queens and the Rockaways. You’ve heard all you need to hear about the destruction wrought by Hurricane Sandy, but the recovery is continuing every day, and you should be a part of it. The beach beckons. Small shops need your business. Resorts World is a ton of fun, as long as you know when to call it quits.
The state has been promoting Sandy-struck areas with a series of ads, which is great, though the ones we’ve caught focus on Long Island and Coney Island — jumping right over Queens. But you don’t need ads to tell you how cool the Rockaways are. Get down there and you can check out live bands, rent everything from bicycles to kayaks and surfboards, see how the boardwalk rebuilding is coming along, and much more.
Ella Fitzgerald sang about taking the A Train to Harlem; we say take it the other way, to Rockaway.
It’s summertime in Queens. The world’s coolest city never sleeps, even here, in what was traditionally a bedroom borough but is much more than that now. Put on your board shorts, your dancing shoes, your Sunday best, your David Wright or Matt Harvey jersey — whatever; just get out there and enjoy all Queens has to offer. We sure are.