Spring blooms are ready to burst in bold patterns and creamy pastels, not just in our tiny Queens strip gardens and brick-house flower boxes but also splashed across freshly styled women’s dresses and yes, the neckties of fashion-forward men.“Pastels is huge. Floral dresses is huge,” said Jacqueline Quinn, a Long Island City fashion designer. Quinn is creative director for the Sara Emanuel fashion house, sells her own line of clothing and accessories and works as a stylist and fashion consultant for celebrities. She recently consulted on and judged a “Design for Brad Smith” competition for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith and dressed 2013 Grammy winner Billy Vera, as well as others for the 2012 and 2013 Grammies.
During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.
Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.
Brunch has grown from being a meal for the rich and famous to a more accessible and creative way to enjoy the sweetness of breakfast and the savoriness of lunch.
While it has become popular with young adults, particularly in Brooklyn, Queens has become home to a significant number of eateries that specialize in the weekend afternoon meal.
Sure, spring brings to mind plans for the outdoors, as it should, but those April showers can sometimes put them on hold. When they do, the perfect place to spend your time in Queens is at the library. And the borough’s 62 locations offer so much, from the expected books to entertainment, job-seeking and home-buying assistance, children’s clubs and more, you just may want to go there even when it is sunny out. It’s with good reason the Queens Library’s slogan is “Enrich your life.”
April is National Poetry Month, and the library has a slew of special events planned to celebrate it. Just a few are listed below (the library provides so many programs its monthly newsletter looks almost like a magazine; April’s is 40 pages. Full listings are always posted at queenslibrary.org).
As the weather finally warms up and the borough’s athletic fields thaw out, the dozens of youth sports leagues throughout Queens will begin play in the coming days and weeks.
Every athletically inclined child loves the feeling of dusting off the lacrosse stick or oiling up the baseball glove for the first time come springtime, and there certainly is no shortage of affordable programs parents can sign their kids up for, regardless of the sport.
While tulips and daffodils poke out of the thawing soil and the borough undergoes its natural transformation into spring, the arts venues of Queens are going through their own metamorphosis.
Already, museums, music venues and theater spaces have begun rolling out their new exhibits and lineups.
We’re surrounded by water: bays, rivers and canals that are often just as clogged with traffic as some of our roadways.
With the grandiose Unisphere and the hulking New York State Pavilion remaining as testaments to the fair, it’s hard not to imagine what it looked like when the area was covered with 150 pavilions, swarming with millions of visitors.
Robert Moses, president and creator of the fair, said that the Unisphere would remind future generations that “a pageant of surpassing interest and significance” once took place there. He was right, and to honor the memory of that massive undertaking, the city and other institutions are holding special events through October [when the fair closed for the season].
All too often, a passerby stumbles upon an injured animal and wonders what to do. It’s happened to most of us. Do we pick up this wounded bird and bring it to our home? Or, can we call someone who knows what to do? These types of questions are common, but in that moment, when we see the fallen bird, we need to rethink our actions before making a hasty decision.
A myriad of wild animals exist within the confines of the urban landscape, from raccoons and skunks to pigeons and squirrels.Wild animals such as these can sometimes pose dilemmas to urban city dwellers.
The groundhog was right.
When Staten Island Chuck leaped from Mayor de Blasio’s arms two months ago, he saw his shadow and called for a longer winter.
Citi Field opened five years ago and the Mets have not had a winning season since. Throw in the last two years they played in Shea Stadium, 2007 and 2008, when they were in first place in September in the National League East only to wind up behind the Philadelphia Phillies, and Mets fans must feel as if they have endured a biblical seven years of famine. Well, fans of our Flushing heroes, get ready for year No. 8.
To say the fan base is dispirited is an understatement. Two years ago it appeared that Mets ownership was going to turn the page on player salaries when it settled with Irving Picard, the trustee seeking compensation for the victims of the Madoff Securities scandal. Picard had determined the Mets owners, Fred Wilpon and his brother-in-law Saul Katz, had been unjustifiably enriched by Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme even though they were not complicit.
Fresh green vegetables and colorful fruits, a variety of spices and homemade goods — those are some of the best parts of a farmers market. The benefits for the body and community are pretty plentiful, too.
Spring will eventually bud and when it does will come a number of barrels and baskets with seasonal treats. Not only do the products from farmers markets taste better, but they’re locally grown and healthier, promoters say.
After a deep, extended stretch of cold weather, residents of Queens will welcome warm, sunny, seasonal days in the event they ever break out in the Northeastern United States this year.
But healthcare officials are warning those who suffer from allergies or tend to attract mosquitoes to be prepared for the effects of the protracted, difficult winter.
Everything’s coming up green now. Grass, trees, flowers and fresh produce. When planning a springtime meal, don’t overlook seasonal favorites like peas, asparagus, mint, rhubarb and strawberries. This is the time of year when they are at their best. And while you’re making up that shopping list, don’t forget to add roast lamb to the spring dining table.
Unless you’re one of a fortunate few, a walking tour of the Louvre in Paris may not be within your budgetary means this spring.
During tough economic times like World Wars I and II, Americans were asked to grow their own food in victory gardens, both as a morale booster and a way to cope with rising prices. Today, the economy is sagging, costs are rising and more Americans are deciding to look to the past by planting their own vegetable gardens.
With nearly 10,000 free events annually at 64 branches throughout the borough, the Queens Library is the perfect antidote for the recession blues.
If there’s one thing that’s wonderful about Queens — and there are many — it’s our great parks system. From huge spreads like Flushing Meadows to pocket parks scattered all over the borough, Queens offers plenty of green spaces to relax, throw a frisbee or do whatever you want to do in the green grass under the shade of trees. Here are highlights of what’s available at some of our larger parks, from Astoria to Woodhaven, and from Jamaica Bay to Douglaston. For more information, visit nycgovparks.org.
Echoing recent big-ticket Broadway revivals of classic musicals like “West Side Story,” local theater groups are turning to splashy, feel-good fare to lure audiences as the second half of the busy spring season continues to heat up.
This spring is all about fun floral prints and simple classic solids. It’s a great season for stocking up on the basics that can be worn not just this year, but for several springs in a row.
What could be better on a nice spring day than going outside and hitting some balls around? Whether you prefer volleying the fuzzy green ball over the net without letup or hitting the little white ball over the grass at a more leisurely pace, Queens is loaded with chances to play two of the most venerable games around: tennis and golf.
Sure, bright lights, big city. We get it.
If you possess a deep appreciation for natural beauty, a pair of binoculars and patience, or the desire to learn it, birding may be just the hobby for you.
When Ponzi schemer Bernard Madoff pleaded guilty and was hauled off to the Metropolitan Correctional Center to await the life sentence he’s expected to get on June 16, Mets fans who never invested with him should have been almost as happy as those who did. That’s because among the investors who lost significant wealth to Madoff was Mets owner Fred Wilpon, who reportedly saw at least $300 million and maybe more than half-a-billion disappear.