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.
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.
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).
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].
The 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows used the slogan “Peace Through Understanding.” The Unisphere was the centerpiece with millions of people flocking to the historic event right here in Queens.
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.
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.
As if facing a lack of cooking gas after a leak was discovered last month wasn’t enough for numerous residents at the Pomonok Houses in Flushing, those living in underoccupied apartments there may soon be forced to move.
The 35-building complex at 67-10 Parsons Blvd. that houses over 4,000 people contains a number of apartments that have more bedrooms than residents. That is something the New York City Housing Authority wants to remedy by relocating those occupants to other NYCHA-operated housing complexes in Queens.
There are over two million stories in Queens. Everyone who lives or works here, or is just passing through, has a story to tell.
And Briarwood resident Amy Wu wants to share as many as she can via “QNSMADE” — one human at a time.
A $500,000 state allocation to the MTA to study the possibility of bus service restoration in Northeast Queens was announced last week by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside).
Avella was able to secure the funding during this year’s budget negotiations.
Three cheers for state Sen. Tony Avella and the group Save Flushing Meadows-Corona Park for their efforts to stop the mega mall in the Citi Field parking lot. They see it as it is, a sneaky plan by former Mayor Bloomberg and his rich friends to take valuable parkland and give it to private enterprises. They are throwing so much taxpayer money around they have all the politicians jumping through the hoops and giving us promises of jobs and housing. Councilwoman Ferreras has sold out her community and all the people that use the park. This mall will take away local stores’ business in Corona, Elmhurst and Flushing, and only bring more traffic and pollution to this area.
All we ever hear about is that the population in Queens has grown steadily. Don’t you think those people are going to want a park to have recreation? Once you take parkland away and build a mall it’s gone forever.
From a business perspective it doesn’t make sense to build this mall because everyone knows how bad traffic around the stadium is when there’s a game, concert or other events. When there’s a game traffic backs up on all the major and secondary roads and I try to avoid this area.
If they really don’t need that many parking spots then why not turn parts back to green spaces and plant trees? Trees would help absorb some of the pollution we breathe from the planes and all the highways that surround Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Gabino Abraham Castelan Solo Show, in collaboration with Mano a Mano, Space Art Gallery, 29-09 39 Ave., Long Island City, now thru Apr. 25.
In the wake of the Queens Library scandal surrounding embattled CEO Tom Galante’s questionable salary and spending practices, area lawmakers have introduced legislation to reform the library’s structure and add oversight measures.
“This is not about whether or not the Queens Library is a good system. It is,” Borough President Melinda Katz said at a press conference last Thursday. “This is about the public trust and public accountability to a system that is funded 85 percent by public funds.”
by Peter C. Mastrosimone
More than 500 packages of free Passover food were given this past Sunday at the Queens Jewish Community Council offices.
Each person received five pounds of apples, as well as onions, carrots, cooking oil, grape juice, boxes of matzah and matzah ball mix.
Paule (Pauline) Rivoire Oakes Alexander, 99 of Bayside, a member of the United Adult Ministries Board of Directors from 1974 to 2010, died on March 28.
Alexander was named director emeritus of the board “in recognition of her strong leadership, commitment and dedication, in delivering outstanding care and services to older adults,” said the Rev. Douglas Kurtz, president of United Adult Ministries.
Just minutes before being introduced by Mayor de Blasio as the new Department of Cultural Affairs commissioner on Monday, the now-former Queens Museum president and executive director Tom Finkelpearl toured the city’s first family around the museum’s famous Panorama exhibit.
According to de Blasio, listening to Finkelpearl point out different neighborhoods on the vast floor map of New York City with an excited look on his face reinforced why the former museum head is the right man for the job.
Queens Museum president and executive director Tom Finkelpearl was officially introduced as Mayor de Blasio's new Department of Cultural Affairs commissioner on Monday.
Assemblyman Ron Kim addresses the issue of immigration reform at a rally last Friday in front of Flushing Town Hall. With him are other elected and community leaders.
Now through May 18, Queens residents will be able to pick up free trees as part of the city’s MillionTreesNYC program to plant 1 million over a 10-year period.
Former Mayor Bloomberg started the initiative in 2007 to help provide cleaner air, cooler temperatures and to offset climate change. New York Restoration Project, a nonprofit group, is the leading private partner with the city for the program.
Saving the rusting New York State Pavilion and celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1964-65 World’s Fair isn’t just a tremendous personal goal for Borough President Melinda Katz.
It’s also a deeply personal one.
From very early on, it was clear that the residents and business owners of Hunters Point would not be satisfied until the MTA gave in to all of their demands.
The No. 7 train, the main vein that passes through Manhattan all the way into Flushing, will be closed for a handful of weekends throughout the spring and summer.