Annual holiday fesitval, Variety Boys and Girls Club of Queens, 21-12 30 Road, Long Island City, Fri., Dec. 19, 5 p.m. Children will perform holiday songs and dances, games, pictures with Santa & Mrs. Claus and more. Open to the public. Info: (718) 728-0946, vbgcg.org.
Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
The Daghlian Collection of Chinese Art, highlights of the collection of over 1,600 objects spanning 5,000 years, Queens College, Klapper Hall, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, thru Jan. 10. Info: daghlian.qc.cuny.edu.
There’s a reason they say hard work, laser-like determination and people skills can lead to great success in business: because it’s true. Just ask Thomas Chen.
Chen came to the United States from Taiwan in 1982, when he was 27, with just a few dollars in his pocket and no English skills whatsoever. Settling in Elmhurst, he was alone for his first year here, having left his wife and their young son back home. His first job was ironing shirts and pants in a garment factory in Manhattan’s Chinatown.
The Queens version of the High Line may actually happen after all.
The plan to turn the abandoned Rockaway Beach rail line into a linear park has a detailed proposal. A piece of it, in the northern end of the former Long Island Rail Road route, could even be built within the next year.
Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan to improve a particularly complex and chaotic portion of Long Island City.
Sean Quinn, a representative of the agency, presented the Hunter-Crescent Area Triangle plan, which aims to make the area safer by adding crosswalks, pedestrian islands and signage, converting one-way streets to two-way streets.
The ability to spend a few hours exploring culture from some of the country’s earliest history to some of its newest art is available to Queens residents without even crossing a river.
And with school starting, many of those listed here — which are not quite all Queens has to offer — have educational programs for those of all ages, and some discounted admission for students and school groups.
Four bus routes in Western Queens began offering new or extended service this past Sunday.
In a statement issued last week, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Bus Company and New York City Transit said the expansions reflected changes spurred by growing neighborhoods and replaced service cuts made during the MTA’s financial crisis back in 2010.
The newest up-and-coming artists could be discovered in Long Island City as Conception Events introduces New York City to dozens of artists during the first Emerging Artists Festival weekend.
The event being brought to Long Island City is part of a growing trend of galleries, arts festivals and installments popping up in the neighborhood, something curator Mike Wolf wanted to be a part of.
Enigma Bookstore will shutter its doors in mid-June after less than a year on Crescent Street in Astoria. The shop is one of two independently owned bookstores in western Queens. Store owners are turning to the community to donate to relocation expenses.
The largest arts festival in Western Queens, the LIC Arts Open, is back in action and this time, a lack of No. 7 train service will not get in the five-day event’s way.
After months of begging the MTA to suspend track work during the weekend of the festival, founder Richard Mazda saw his wish came true, making this year’s festival even more accessible than last year’s.
While Long Island City’s waterfront has rapidly morphed into a metropolis for art lovers, foodies and young families, other parts of the neighborhood have experienced a much slower metamorphosis.
Dutch Kills, just a couple of miles east of Hunters Point, is still in transition. Luxury hotels stand tall on the same block as empty warehouses and high-rise apartment buildings have yet to outnumber the two-family homes that are packed onto a single street.