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Irish is the total package: tall, dark and handsome, and great with kids.

The beautiful mare is a fan favorite at GallopNYC’s Sunrise Stables location in Lindenwood. She’s clocked in years as a therapeutic horse for both disabled and inexperienced riders. As someone who falls into the latter camp, I was lucky Irish was there to show me the ropes for my first lesson.

When Rob MacKay decided to write the book “Historic Houses of Queens,” he knew he’d be learning plenty about history and architecture. But as he delved more into what he said became a “quest” and “passion project,” he found that he was learni…

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When the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning decided the time was right to welcome fans back for live jazz performances, the group decided to go big.Ravi Coltrane, saxophonist, band leader and son of jazz legend John Coltrane, will headline …

Like most performance artists who have been cordoned off from their passions and livelihoods for the past year, dancers in Queens have had a really trying experience during the pandemic.That’s where the role of dancer communities has come in …

Before the age of email and TikTok, the essence of throwaway communications was a something so cheap they were called penny postcards.Millions of them were produced every year — sent home by lazy letter writers or stuck in drawers after class…

The pandemic has left lots of us in need of haircuts — including sheep.The Queens County Farm Museum is hosting its annual Sheep Shearing Special Admission Day on May 8, where visitors are invited to witness the Little Neck farm’s six sheep a…

With limitations still in place for its spring exhibit, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum is delving into its priceless collection of photography holdings by world-renowned artists.The virtual exhibition, available at gtmuseum.org, showcases eight i…

Sure, everyone loves good movies, and while some are eager to get back out to theatrical showings, others still many want to watch them at home for a while.Either way, the Queens Underground Black and Brown Film Festival, beginning at 4 p.m. …

The honeymoon phase of most relationships is usually filled with movie and restaurant dates, meeting each other’s friends and maybe a quick trip away together. Mine was spent quarantining in a 300-square-foot apartment with my girlfriend and …

For most people, the recent surge in anti-Asian-American sentiment that has been sweeping much of the country is no laughing matter.Not so for Otter Lee and some of the other performers in “Crazy Talented Asians & Friends, an Evening of C…

Queens was at the forefront of aviation in its formative years after the Wright Brothers’ flier took off at Kitty Hawk.And in the coming days, the Queens Historical Society will offer a pair of free online talks that take guests from the gold…

Flushing Town Hall is hosting a series of lectures that take an approach in contrast to its usual live music programming: the art of record listening.The arts organization will host jazz researcher and educator Ben Young for a new Jazz 101 le…

An intriguing theater-related experience called Queens Theatre Education At Home is about to get underway.Aimed at various age groups, ranging from 6-year-olds to adults, the program covers a variety of topics that will surely be of interest …

In “Weightless,” artist Damien Davis gives reverent attention to the physical mechanics of the developmental stages of creating art. The exhibit, at the Mrs. gallery in Maspeth through May 8, underscores that function and utility, and even th…

While theaters have started reopening, movie buffs in Queens don’t have to wait for theaters to reach capacity or for studios to release long-delayed blockbusters to enjoy top silver-screen offerings.Not with the Queens Drive-In Movie Series …

Growing up in St. Albans, Dennis Walcott’s favorite books to take from the library were ones in the Hardy Boys series.“They were always on the go, solving mysteries,” he told the Chronicle last Thursday. “I was always excited when a new book …

It’s said that everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day — even if that’s true, not everyone celebrates March 17 as if they were from Ireland. There are many “traditions” that are about as Irish as a shamrock shake.For one, St. Patrick’s Day has …

Faced with the opportunity to put together an in-person art show during the pandemic, multimedia artist Azikiwe Mohammed bridged the gap between moments of levity and inequity.Mohammed’s work as a photographer and visual artist has largely fo…

Readers of comedian Michael Ian Black’s book “A Better Man: A (Mostly Serious) Letter to My Son” might be surprised when it begins with his recollections of the Sandy Hook massacre, which occurred at the elementary school next to his family.B…

Have you ever wondered what used to sit on the site of your school or neighborhood shopping center?Ever wanted to find a photo of the long-disappeared restaurant or movie theater where you and your spouse went on your first date?

Nearing the end of a winter marked by heavier than usual snowfall, the deadliest pandemic in a century, rising crime and political chaos, seeing some flowers poke their happy faces above the ground may be just what some folks need.And the Que…

Did you ever look at the works of art in a museum and wonder what the artist saw before even starting to create?The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning has teamed up with 20 artists to give the public a view of just that creative process i…

To immerse yourself in this year’s Winter Art Show, all you need to do is turn up your computer screen’s brightness and turn on the speakers — the Bayside Historical Society has moved its annual exhibit from its Fort Totten Castle into your l…

How appropriate that the New York Hall of Science in Corona is now offering, among many online activities, one called “Transmissions: Gone Viral,” giving participants a chance to get involved in the investigation of a mysterious virus.The act…

Snagging Valentine’s Day reservations has always been difficult and will be even harder this year — indoor dining venues will only be allowed to operate at 25 percent capacity. Luckily for those who couldn’t grab a table quickly enough, the p…

The doors to the New York Hall of Science in Flushing may be temporarily closed due to the pandemic, but that has not stopped the innovative proprietors from sharing many of its attractions online.“NYSCI offers a wide range of activities in w…

“I had everything but I had nothing,” Mets legend Darryl Strawberry writes in his new book, “Turn Your Season Around: How God Transforms Your Life,” published by Zondervan.Strawberry was an eight-time All-Star outfielder who won titles with t…

With families still unable to head out to Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturdays to being their kids to the Queens Museum, museum officials wanted to come up with other ways to bring the museum and its art exhibits to families.The weekly F…

Alley Pond Environmental Center is not afraid to brave the cold winter weather and has scheduled an array of nature adventures as part of its adult programming, as well as some warmer indoor events aimed at stimulating its participants’ creat…

Three things to know about the East River: It is not a river. It is not an open sewer, most of the time. It is not there just for humans to use and abuse.Add plenty of fascinating historical, scientific and environmental details, and that’s t…

Queens College’s ties to the civil rights movement are deep and direct. The Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. delivered a speech on campus in 1965. Andrew Goodman was an undergraduate student when he and fellow Freedom Riders James Chaney and Micke…

The Covid-19 pandemic might have forced Flushing Town Hall, along with just about every other performance venue, to temporarily close its doors to live performances. But that hasn’t stopped the venerable institution from sharing its appreciat…

Art history maven Mary Dono doesn’t just go over individual works and talk about various movements like romanticism and impressionism when she teaches her free online courses for the Queens Library. She wants you to get to know the artists th…

If “doing more reading” is one of your New Year’s resolutions then you’re in for a treat — one of the few positives to come out of 2020 is the plentiful number of good reads and page turners released throughout the year. Here are just a few t…

Though the state started doling out Covid-19 vaccines in the last few weeks of 2020, the beginning of 2021 won’t look much different than the past 10 months have for plenty of New Yorkers, and mental health experts say our New Year’s resoluti…

Punk rock band Bayside, named for the Queens neighborhood, has typically performed songs reflecting on themes such as heartbreak, desperation and regret. Their latest EP, “Acoustic Volume Three,” though, opens up with a more positive note tha…

Your New Year’s Eve bash doesn’t have to be a bore just because there’s no indoor dining and health officials warn against large group gatherings. The technology readily available in the 21st century makes it easy to ring in 2021 in style.Alt…

The life and career of Frank Zappa is covered in the documentary “Zappa,” a film available through the Museum of the Moving Image’s online series.Filmmaker Alex Winter, best known for his role in “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure,” and his …

Some of the most fun and heartwarming holiday movies and TV specials invoke the magic of Christmas.Then there are stories like “A Charlie Brown Christmas,” where Charlie can see the beauty in what others see as a scrawny little Christmas tree…

With most live performance venues remaining dark because of the pandemic, Queens Theatre is offering several ongoing events online to help stay-at-home audiences continue to enjoy the arts.Two are tailored specifically for older adults, who, …

“Kindness is not just ‘out.’ It should start with you,” said Nayelli Valencia Turrent, the director of adult services and cultural programs at the Queens Library.In its third year, the library’s It’s Time for Kind campaign is focusing on the …

The show must go on — online, that is!Forced to shut its doors on March 13 with the arrival of the coronavirus, the venerable Thalia Theatre, which, for 43 years, has been celebrating Spanish and Latin American culture via live performances i…

Winter doesn’t officially begin until Dec. 21 and yet with the cold temperatures and ongoing pandemic it seems like it never went away. Stepping in to help lighten the mood is Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge guardian Don Riepe with an online wild…

Talk about thinking globally and acting hyperlocally — a group of Queens neighbors who all live within a few houses of each other have served up a new cookbook with light recipes from around the world.“The Art in Queens Cuisine” combines the …

As an absurdly challenging year comes to a close, images steeped in surrealism and duality feel more than familiar and comfortable against the backdrop of world events. Visual artist Syeon Shin’s “Walk” exhibit, on view at Mrs. gallery in Mas…

However the virus crisis changed your Thanksgiving plans, one thing that likely stayed the same is leftovers. You can always just heat ’em up and have another meal somewhat like the big one, but you can also turn all that stuff in the fridge …

It’s been one month since the state began enforcing the plastic bag ban, but thousands of single-use grocery bags can be found throughout New York City. Some are being reused while others are being collected for recycling, but artist Soraya N…