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Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns.
The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is not only a great place to have a leisurely walk, visit the Hall of Science or see the US Open and the Mets.
It also may be home to something a bit more paranormal.
The Unisphere under construction in early 1964 before New York’s second World’s Fair opened.
Most longtime Queens residents are proud that located right in our own borough is one of the world’s major architectural achievements, the Unisphere. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it is the largest globular structure ever built by man and also the largest structure fabricated entirely of stainless steel. Four hundred seventy tons went into its creation.
The Unisphere towers 12 stories high and weighs over 900,000 tons. It was donated as a permanent gift to the city of New York by U.S. Steel of Pittsburgh. The orbital rings are three-ton stainless steel held with invisible steel wires. The pedestal is made from Cor-ten steel, which is 50 percent stronger than carbon steel.
As cars were lining up to leave the Citi Field parking lot after a Mets win, hundreds of protestors entered the gates for the final stretch of their march Sunday from Our Lady of Sorrows on 104th Street, never taking a break from rhyming chants in English and Spanish or banging the bottoms of buckets.
For them, the message was clear — tell the City Council to say no to the impending vote on the Willets Point proposal to build a mall on the Citi Field parking lot.
Tired of waiting for the MTA to improve the Flushing Long Island Rail Road station, the community is taking matters into its own hands.
John Choe, the executive director of the One Flushing Community Economic Development Center, is organizing volunteers to clean up the trash-filled area and paint a mural — the first new public mural in Flushing in over a decade — to call attention to the community’s infrastructure needs.
It’s summertime in Queens — you’re not just sitting around the house, are you? Now that the heat’s eased up a bit, we hope you’re getting out there to hit some of the countless great spots and activities this borough has to offer. Saying there’s something for everyone would be an absolute understatement.
You a hipster? Check out the growing arts and music scene in Ridgewood or some of the many galleries in Long Island City. There’ll be a flea market this Saturday and Sunday in Ridgewood with art, vintage and handmade items (ridgewoodmarket.com), and LIC’s got everything from “Expo 1: New York,” an “exploration of ecological challenges in the context of the economic and sociopolitical instability of the early 21st century” (momaps1.org) to the “First Friday” art conversation and film at the Noguchi Museum on Aug. 2 (noguchi.org).
The rap group World’s Fair truly represents the borough.
Last year the musicians, who grew up in Corona, Cambria Heights, Jamaica and Forest Hills, released “Queens Revisited” under the name Children of the Night. Throughout their raps they named Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, side streets and hangout spots like taking a World’s Fair led tour east of the East River. Their album cover is a collage of all these things from the Queensboro Bridge to Citi Field and of course the Unisphere.
The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied a proposal by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historical site.
Now he’s asking for a do-over.
A duo of megalith sports franchises, the New York Yankees and Britain’s Manchester City Football Club, announced on Monday Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise and second foray in the tri-state metropolitan area: New York City Football Club.
As officials from MLS, the Bronx Bombers, Abu Dhabi-owned Man City and Mayor Bloomberg congratulated each other during a Tuesday press conference rolling out the franchise, there was one notable absence: the Unisphere, which had become ubiquitous in the league’s push to build a home in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Thousands gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday to celebrate Mexican heritage, freedom and historic victories for the country.
In Puebla, Mexico, residents commemorate May 5, 1892 as the day the Mexican army pulled out an unlikely victory over French forces at the Battle of Puebla.
Thousands gathered in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Sunday to celebrate Mexican heritage, freedom and historic victories for the country. Visitors were enjoying the sunny, but cool, day by eating churros and corn on the cob, playing soccer and listening to music on the main stage near the Unisphere. Those putting in the extra effort decked themselves out in red, white and green outfits, sombreros and Mexican soccer jerseys, all the while waiving the country’s flag.
The once-quiet residential neighborhood of Ridgewood is rapidly becoming home to a dynamic art scene. Over the last two years large influxes of artists and gallery owners have migrated to Ridgewood from such places as Manhattan’s Chelsea district and Brooklyn’s Williamsburg and Greenpoint.
At the end of 2012 there were roughly a dozen art galleries operating in Ridgewood compared to three years prior.
Director Mark Lord, left, and the cast of “Lets Hear It for Queens” runs through an a capella version of an ode to the Unisphere in preparation for their May show.
In the cold annex basement of the Free Synagogue of Flushing about a dozen actors start the process of turning a script into a production.
“You really need to make eye contact,” writer and director Mark Lord says. “It’s a fine line between reciting and making it very conversational.”
Next weekend burgeoning writers from all over will be writing on the 7 train and in a couple of cafes in the borough as part of the Queens Writes! program.
The event on April 13 and 14 is sponsored by the fledgling Newtown Literary, a Queens-centric journal that launched in December.
The JCC-Chabad of LIC holds a seder on Monday, March 25 at 10-31 Jackson Ave. Also, Passover necessities will be delivered to homebound seniors and financially challenged residents in West Queens. Visit JewishLIC.com or contact (718) 609-0066.
A new exhibition at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Re-Forming the Image in the Dutch Golden Age, on view through March 23, results from a student seminar. The works on display include paintings, prints, sculpture and historical artifacts form 16th and 18th century Europe and colonial New York. Museum hours are Monday-Thursday, 11a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Panorama of the City of New York gives visitors to the Queens Museum of Art an opportunity to see the famous sites of the city all in one day, and in miniature. And for the trivia and geography masters, it tests their knowledge of New York history.
On Friday, March 1, visitors can participate in the 6th annual Panorama Challenge, hosted by Levy’s Unique New York!, The Queens Museum of Art and The City Reliquary. They will be asked questions with audio and visual help from the sprawling NYC replica.
Community Board 8’s Zoning Committee navigated what has become a rote set of machinations during a hearing about the United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion.
It involved an extensive joint presentation by the USTA and city Parks Department; jawing over some of Flushing Meadows’ still-undefined benefits; speaking slots larded up by proponents and opponents of the project with accusations flying in all directions.
Community Board 7’s Parks Committee continues to drive a hard bargain with the United States Tennis Association, tabling a vote Feb. 13 over the nonprofit’s planned expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, again citing a lack of specifics on community benefits.
But the meeting was not a complete wash: CB 7 Chairman Gene Kelty suggested the USTA and city Parks Department make a long-term investment in the park in the form of an initial capital contribution geared toward immediate fixes, as well as a long-term endowment funded by the tennis organization for the perpetual upkeep of the park.
The expansion of the National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park dominated Tuesday’s meeting of Community Board 9 at the Kew Gardens Community Center, as board members unloaded a barrage of questions to the Parks Department and United States Tennis Association about the plan.
Though very little of the park sits in CB 9, which includes Woodhaven, Ozone Park, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill, board members expressed concern about the potential effects of the project on the park itself, especially when considered alongside the proposed soccer stadium and and shopping mall plan near Citi Field. The USTA is seeking to expand its presence by taking less than an acre of parkland near the Unisphere.
Estelle Cooper, the former Flushing Meadows Park administrator who was facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing money meant to upgrade the park’s grounds and facilities, died this past weekend.
She was 82.
For many Queens residents, 2012 will be forever married to Superstorm Sandy and the havoc she wrought. For good or ill, North Queens was spared the brunt of the storm.
A sizeable number of downed trees and power outages hit the area, but most counted their luck. Compared to the borough’s southern edge, Sandy was forgiving to Flushing and its satellite neighborhoods.
Major League Soccer released a poll over the weekend showing an overwhelming majority of Queens residents support a proposal they know little to nothing about.
The results of a poll commissioned by the league claims a vast majority of borough residents support the creation of a 25,000-seat soccer stadium a stone’s throw from the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, but the full results show a majority of respondents knew little to nothing about the plan.