(Family Features) Taking time in the fall to prepare your lawn for the colder months ahead will pay dividends come spring and allow you to enjoy lusher, greener grass when temperatures rise again.
(StatePoint) Halloween trails only behind Christmas when it comes to spending on decorations. Americans spent an estimated $6.9 billion on Halloween in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation.
The annual Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition is back at Socrates Sculpture Park and, as usual, the 15 artists featured created pieces that are weird, thought-provoking and even a little controversial.
The EAF is all about providing lesser-known artists with a platform to share their work and to build upon the park’s goal to present socially aware and inspiring art in a public realm.
(BPT) - Everyone wants to go green, but because the movement has been around for many years, it’s hard for homeowners to get a firm grasp on what products will keep the environmental footprint created by their homes smaller.
(BPT) - Buying a new house is an exciting time in your life. Because it is one of the most important investments you’ll make for yourself and your family, there are many important factors to consider. Before making a purchase, take these four questions into account. Having the answers will allow you to enjoy your new home now and in the years ahead.
We traditionally associate libraries with books. We assume that library programs will be based on topics associated with the humanities — literature, history, law, social studies, the arts. Today’s libraries have evolved to meet the changing needs of the community. Nowhere is that more evident than here in Queens. In addition to finding books, you can take an exercise class, learn new job skills, build a robot and receive help with your taxes. This broadened approach includes our younger patrons.
Math and science are critical components of the school curriculum. If libraries are truly supportive of education, they need to do more to facilitate learning in those areas. At the Queens Library’s Children’s Library Discovery Center in Jamaica, kids from all cultural and economic backgrounds are welcomed and encouraged to learn the joy of reading, as well as the joy of scientific exploration.
(StatePoint) It happened again this year: The kids are back in the classroom before you’ve had the chance to blink. Thankfully, new developments in education are making it easier than ever for students to hit the ground running.
(BPT) - If you’ve sweltered throughout summer and have noticed your cooling bills increase every month, now may be the opportune time to consider some home improvement upgrades that will let you better manage your HVAC equipment while lowering your monthly expenses.
(StatePoint) Unfortunately, the pace of classroom learning can’t be tailored to every student’s individual needs -- particularly these days, as class sizes are growing and funding for special enrichment programs becomes limited. In fact, at least 35 states provided less funding per student for the 2013-14 school year than they did before the recession.
(BPT) - Back-to-school shopping with a teenager can be harrowing for both parent and child. Parents must balance the function and fashion of required supplies to make returning to school fun, yet still within budget. With parents of teens spending $133.40 on average for back-to-school supplies per child, according to a recent Staples back-to-school survey, price is very important. With some careful planning, cooperative tactics and a few tips, it’s possible to turn back-to-school shopping excursions into an opportunity for kids to learn smart decision-making and express themselves with designs.
Past the stone walls of the Museum of Modern Art at PS1 and up the gated stairs is a hidden gem.
The museum’s rooftop garden has been revitalized with a new salad garden featuring heirloom vegetables and unusual herbs, including salad burnet, savory, saltwort and epazote.
(BPT) - Thinking about returning to school as a way to restart your career, enter a new field or complete the degree you never finished? Now may be the time. Adults are flocking back to school, with nearly 4 million people ages 35 and older enrolled in a degree-granting institution, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. In fact, adults have become the fastest-growing demographic in universities across the United States.
(BPT) - Whether it’s the neighbor’s lawnmower, low-flying aircraft, heavy traffic or loud music, noise pollution can hinder you from truly enjoying your home. Nowadays, a quiet place to relax and chill out can be increasingly difficult to find. Yet, a smart investment in the right materials can let you achieve both solace and silence in your home.
(StatePoint) Feeling under the weather? Many common ailments, as well as serious life-threatening conditions, are caused by what you are and aren’t putting into your body, say experts.
You can see the yellow crane and the bright orange construction material from almost anywhere in Queens.
From the Mets-Willets Point No. 7 train station to the Cross Bay Veterans Memorial Bridge, the towering apartment building under construction atop the Rego Center II shopping mall in Rego Park has become a recognizable piece of the Central Queens skyline.
Astoria Cove could be the next luxury residential development to line New York City’s valuable waterfront, four towers with more than 1,600 residential units, a public school and retail space, including a supermarket.
The proposed Astoria Cove development is currently moving through the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure, the public process by which the city determines whether to allow a real estate company to build this project.
A Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue took place Monday at the Central Queens Y, a Jewish organization. The sold-out event of about 125 people was planned before the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza.
First, no pre-event interviews were granted. Then no media were allowed at the event.
It may be deja vu all over again for the U.S. Postal Service’s Whitestone Processing and Distribution Center, which now is scheduled to move most of its operations to Brooklyn by fall 2015.
There’s still a chance Congress could delay consolidation for another two years, but the Whitestone facility has been on the chopping block for more than two years and this time it could become a reality.
Bocce courts can be expensive.
The one recently built at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village has a price tag of $1 million.
(BPT) - If your project requires high quality, tight tolerance manufactured specialty washers, shims, seals, gaskets or spacers, you may be interested in exploring your options with 3D printing. This process is the new craze in parts manufacturing and while 3D printing is generating a lot of interest, traditional specialty stamping manufacturers offer customers some very real advantages over 3D printers when it comes to parts that have been traditionally stamped or in some cases machined.
(BPT) - If you’re on the way to the cabin or in the middle of an amazing family summer vacation, the upcoming school year is probably quite far from your mind. However, school will be here before you know it, and it’s important to make sure your child or teen has all the tips and tools he or she needs to be successful this year. As those helpful - and oftentimes required - educational tools continue to get more expensive, it is in your best interest to teach your children how to keep their property safe.
A small group of environmentalists and other concerned citizens gathered on Monday night for a Ridgewood Reservoir community meeting at St. Pancras School in Ridgewood, where they heard from representatives of city Parks and state Department of Environmental Conservation and expressed their concerns regarding plans for the site.
The discussion centered on the $6 million plan to decommission the dam and the possible ecological impacts such action would have for the site, located on the Brooklyn-Queens border.
(BPT) - There are regular backyard projects and then there are those special backyard projects that bring families closer together, both during the construction and while enjoying the finished piece.
(BPT) - With warm summer days in full swing, it is time to make your dream of a backyard deck transformation a reality. If you are like many homeowners who are interested in revamping outdoor living spaces, a lack of time and decking know-how may be preventing you from getting started.
(BPT) - Moving up – vacating your current, smallish home for a larger, roomier abode – was the American way before the Great Recession. Now that the economy is humming again, at least some of the people who stayed put during those lean years will be looking to move into larger, nicer homes this summer. High demand and low inventory, however, may leave many with nowhere to go. Some will rediscover a time-honored space-gaining technique: attic conversion.