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The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning will start off its 50th season on Oct. 2 at 8 p.m. via an art residency with Danny Simmons entitled “Homecoming.”

Simmons, a Jamaica native who is a philanthropist, neo-African abstract expressionist painter, published author, poet and the co-founder of the original “Def Poetry Jam” that was aired on HBO (2002 - 2007), will showcase the culmination of his work on June 18, 2022.

Mets fans who have been growing frustrated with the team’s hot and cold performance this season can give themselves a break next week when the documentary “Once Upon a Time in Queens, a four-part presentation that is part of ESPN’s award-winning “30 for 30” series, debuts Sept. 14 and 15 at 8 p.m. ,according to a press release from the network.

It was produced by late night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel, a lifelong Mets fan, and directed by Nick Davis. It chronicles how the team after years of second-division finishes developed home-grown talent like Mookie Wilson, Doc Gooden and Darryl Strawberry; while adding finishing pieces like Keith Hernandez and Gary Carter, all leading up to an epic World Series against the Boston Red Sox.

Students from kindergarten to 12th grade, plus artists who reside within the five boroughs can vie for the chance to get their work displayed on the East Side Coastal Resiliency coastal protection project’s fencing on the Lower East Side.

The city Department of Design and Construction project is in progress.


Leading up to the 20th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks, Queens College has become the new and permanent home of 13 iconic photographs commemorating 9/11 and the profound “Tribute in Light” installation, the annual memorial for the victims of the World Trade Center destruction that has risen from near Ground Zero since 2002.

The Godwin-Ternbach Museum, located on the Flushing campus of Queens College, is adding the limited-edition images from the “Tribute in Light” project, a public art installation commemorating the 9/11 attacks, to its permanent collections.

If life today sometimes has you thinking “There are no words,” know there are folks who work hard to find just the right ones for everything that comes, and to share them with you — as they will next week.

The Poets of Queens will hold their first live reading since the pandemic started at 7 p.m. Aug. 25 at QED in Astoria. Sharing their verses will be these published poets:

Welcome to Woodhaven: home of the itsy bitsy, teeny weeny, yellow polka dot bikini.

Sunshine pop icon Brian Hyland was a Woodhaven teenager when his feel-good swimsuit anthem became the No. 1-charting song in at least seven different countries around the world. He hasn’t forgotten his roots.