“Elaine Hajian: The Evolution of an Artist,” Queens Botanical Garden, Visitor & Administration Building, 43-50 Main St., Flushing, opening on Tue., Sept. 30, admission included with entry ($4 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students/children 3-12). Contact: (718) 886-3800, queensbotanical.org.
Last week baseball commissioner Bud Selig made his final visit to Citi Field before he retires early next year. While many Mets fans and naive media members were hoping that he would say something critical of Mets ownership, he instead praised the way that they have been operated. I wasn’t the least bit surprised.
Bud said that he had no problem that the Mets are in the lowest third of MLB teams in terms of payroll with 2014 salary expense estimated to be $84 million. Why should he be perturbed? As the owners’ chief executive he would be thrilled if all clubs significantly reduced payroll. Having a team situated in the nation’s largest media market acting parsimoniously makes other team owners take notice. Even the once free-spending New York Yankees are trying to keep things in budget (albeit with a dollar figure more than twice what their counterparts in Queens are spending).
Thousands of cyclists will participate in the 30th annual Bike MS New York City, a charity event to raise awareness and funds for a cure for multiple sclerosis. For Astoria resident Marlaina Headley and many other riders, the Oct. 5 event will have great personal significance.
Headley has been living with MS since 2008 and will be participating in the rally this year with her team Nutmeg & Friends. An avid biker, she said the event is both a great way to raise awareness but also to stay healthy and combat her disease.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
As the leaves change color and the warm summer wind turns into a cool autumn breeze, restaurants around the borough are draping crisp white table cloths and lighting votive candles in preparation for restaurant season.
“During New York City Restaurant Week last year, there was only one Queens restaurant that participated and that was Water’s Edge,” Rob Mackay, spokesman for the Queens Economic Development Corp., said. “A lot of our restaurants can’t afford to participate in the citywide one, but for Queens Restaurant Week, it gives smaller restaurants the opportunity to showcase their food.”
Two Queens men were sentenced to 25 years to life in two separate homicide cases on Sept. 11.
Andrew Caballero, 39 of Flushing, was convicted of second-degree murder last month.
The Beatles tribute band Strawberry Fields performing at Astoria Park, making a hard day's night easier, as the photographer put it. Many will be able to instantly tell those are the impersonators of Paul, left, George, Ringo and John.
This is a proposal for the New York Road Runners. Marathon running is a saturated market, many people just don’t have the time or the energy to spend three and a half hours, give or take an hour, to complete a race. Half marathons are the next big idea in running. Everything is cut in half, preparation, completion of a race and recuperation.
The half-marathon courses in New York City lack creativity, except for the Brooklyn one that begins at Prospect Park continues south on Ocean Parkway and winds up in Coney Island.
I propose two half marathons. One would begin in the Bronx in September, i.e. Bronx Zoo Park; continue southbound to the Triboro/RFK Bridge via pedestrian walkway, through Astoria, East Elmhurst, Corona and finish at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The following half marathon race would occur about six months later.
The second leg of two 13.1-mile races would begin in March from the southern rim of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, westbound on Union Turnpike, through Forest Park to Broadway Junction, East New York Avenue, Howard Avenue/Tapscott Street/Kings Highway. Finally, the runners would head southbound on Ocean Parkway and onto Surf Avenue for the finish line at Seaside Park/NY Aquarium.
The two proposed races would bring people out in the neighborhoods, in parts of New York City that are forgotten when it comes to special events. In the NYC marathon there is little visibility for Queens and the Bronx. The runners touch Long Island City on their way over the Queensboro/Koch Bridge and in the Bronx they hop off one small bridge on their way to another small bridge over the Harlem River portion. The combined races would highlight the Bronx Zoo/NY Botanical Garden, Crotona Park, Randalls/Wards Island Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park with Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, Forest Park, the wide boulevards of Kings Highway and Ocean Parkway with beautiful Coney Island in March to get the spring/summer season off on the right foot.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Photo contest winner No. 1, the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park.
There’s a first time for everything — even a first time for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo Contest to have two winners. And this year, the sixth for the contest, that’s just what happened. The judges have declared a tie for first place. The winners are Jennifer Morrison, who took the photo of the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park, and Nancy Morelli, who took the one of her granddaughter, Lizzie Schiefer, on a beautiful day in Forest Park. They each won several passes to see live entertainment, one choosing a Broadway musical and the other a Disney show. Just look at the perspective and the light in Morrison’s photo — not to mention the brilliant, subtle inclusion of the RFK-Triborough Bridge in the corner. Or the exuberant child’s joy captured in Lizzie’s face. We deem these works of art. And we had many other favorites among the submissions, including the one by James E. Morton Sr. of the closing summer camp party at the African Center for Community Empowerment in St. Albans; of a lost sandal strategically placed atop a fire hydrant, to aid, perhaps, in its being found by its rightful owner, captured on Queens Boulevard in Woodside by Richard Melnick; and of Tyrese, Tyler and Madison on a Q train bound for the Barclays Center, taken by the semi-anonymous “Anjelminor.” More can be seen on our website. Congratulations to our winners, and we hope all our readers will keep an eye out for our seventh annual Holiday Photo Contest, starting in late November. We look forward to your entries!
There’s a first time for everything — even a first time for the Queens Chronicle’s Summer in the Borough Photo Contest to have two winners. And this year, the sixth for the contest, that’s just what happened. The judges have declared a tie for first place.
The winners are Jennifer Morrison, who took the photo of the Ferris wheel in Astoria Park, and Nancy Morelli, who took the one of her granddaughter, Lizzie Schiefer, on a beautiful day in Forest Park. They each won several passes to see live entertainment, one choosing a Broadway musical and the other a Disney show.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: resobox.com.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
Even the occasional roar of the passing 7 train couldn’t dampen the vivacious energy at August’s Oye Corona celebration.
On Saturday, the multicultural festival filled Corona Plaza with a steady, diverse stream of music with roots in Mexico, Bangladesh, Puerto Rico and the United States. The event attracted a crowd with eclectic cultural performances, an exercise class, arts and crafts stations and a positive message of unity across communities.
Activists fighting for the reclassification of the Ridgewood Reservoir shouldn’t uncork the champagne just yet, but they may have scored a victory this week.
The Parks Department will apply to the state Department of Environmental Conservation for a redesignation of the reservoir, within Highland Park on the Glendale-Brooklyn border, from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam, according to agency spokesman Zach Feder.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, runs thru Nov. 16; opening reception: Sun., Sept. 7, 2-5 p.m. Info: dorsky.org.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and Queens Museum, on view thru November.
Queens’ members of the City Council did not miss many days of work, according to attendance records taken between January and May of this year, and when they did, it was often because they couldn’t be in two places at once.
The notable exception is one member who is under indictment.
Little could Carole King have known when she entered Queens College as a teenager with aspirations to become a songwriter that her life story would be the focus of a Broadway musical half a century later.
But so it came to pass, when “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical” opened at the Stephen Sondheim Theatre on Jan. 12.
Astoria, up in the northwest corner of Queens, was named after entrepreneur John Jacob Astor — though it is said he never actually lived in the area or even visited it.
Lumber yards sprang up along the East River shore and homes were built in the late 18th century. As late as the 1930s families still lived in houses on busy Broadway, one of the main arteries in the community.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.