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SPRING GUIDE 2019

Please enjoy our 2019 Spring Guide stories.

Thursday 04/04/2019
Plenty of fun stuff at Queens green spaces
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Spring is finally here.

And if you’re looking for fun stuff to take the kids to or a great way to spend a day with a significant other, there is plenty to choose from at Queens parks and other green spaces this season. Beaches open up Saturday, May 25, but you don’t have to wait until then to have a blast in the sun.

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Historical houses offer unique events
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

When is a house not a home?

According to the old song, it’s “when the two of us are far apart and one of us has a broken heart.”

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Families and fun at the library
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

The Queens Library is kicking off spring with hundreds of family-friendly activities throughout the borough.

More information on these and other events can be found online at queenslibrary.org.

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Return to respectability should be the goal
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Brodie and Mickey

“The Mets are the team to beat in the National League East!” new general manager Brodie Van Wagenen declared last fall. That could have been just Van Wagenen being exuberant or he could have been in Professor Harold Hill mode from the Meredith Wilson-penned classic Broadway theatrical production, “The Music Man,” trying to convince gullible and disheartened Mets fans to acquire season ticket packages in spite of consecutive dismal seasons.

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Pastels, neons, frills and uneven hems
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

Bigger. Bolder. Louder. Stronger. This is the style and substance of the woman of 2019.

Women have more available life choices than ever before, and this spring, fashionistas who want to express their “Living Large” identity through clothing and accessories have a capacious array of choices.

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Take a day in the Catskills
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

If you tell someone you are taking the family on a day trip to the Catskills, count on being asked to be more specific.

A lot more.

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Tasty dishes for your spring palate
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

Spring is a time of awakening and renewal, and that goes for the taste buds as well. As we put away our heavy winter clothing, think about lighter spring recipes to go along with the change of season.

But don’t think that going light means losing flavor. All the recipes below should make your taste buds happy without packing on the pounds.

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Live performances and lively exhibits
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

The diversity among the borough’s residents is matched, perhaps, only by the wide variety of options in entertainment that will be available here in the coming months.

From star-studded shows and community theater to a behind-the-scenes look at filmmaking and interactive science exhibits, there seems to be something for everyone. Really.

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Outdoor dining with the ‘Wildman’
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

There are picky eaters and then there are pickin’ eaters.

Count “Wildman” Steve Brill as both. He’s a vegan who only eats organic, and much of what he consumes is what he’s picked himself.

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Queens parks with a new-car smell
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:16 pm

The average age of a New York City park is older than Helen Mirren — and, many would say, not nearly as well kept.

Little wonder. The city is rough on just about everything — roads, bridges, subways, mayors. All of them tend to look older after just a few years of use.

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‘Writing From the Heart’ with a pro
Updated: April 11, 2019 - 1:15 pm

Maxine Fisher is a natural teacher.

She remembers being a second-grade student at PS 72 in Maspeth when the teacher had to leave the room for a few minutes. Fisher got out of her seat and continued the lesson.

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Thursday 04/12/2018
SPRING GUIDE: 2018
Posted: April 12, 2018

Gardening without a yard

Fun events for the kids

Teeing up at the golf course and

Fresh from the farmers’ market

On the cover: The Friends of Forest Park maintain the green space for all to enjoy.

Happy reading.

Enjoy!

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Queens has so much room for activities
Posted: April 12, 2018

The beginning of this spring has seen more winterlike weather than anything else.

But the temperature is bound to go up in the coming days and the snowstorms will — we hope — stop. That means it’s time to end the winter hibernation indoors and come back to the great outdoors to take advantage of the hundreds of acres of parkland Queens has to offer.

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Musical masters, theater and more
Posted: April 12, 2018

Nothing to do, you say.

Well, a veritable cornucopia of attractions awaits you over the next few weeks: some indoors, some outdoors, for kids, for adults, and — get this — everything happens right here in your own backyard. Best of all, many events are absolutely free.

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Getting, and staying, fit this spring
Posted: April 12, 2018

Going to the gym can be mind numbingly monotonous.

What’s the fun in doing the same exercises on the same machines at the same time on the same days of the week — all while the same people you see each visit to the gym are going through the same, boring routine right next to you?

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Fast, easy and delicious!
Posted: April 12, 2018

Cooking that is lighter in calories, cooler in temperature and shorter on preparation time can still be richly flavorful.

The key to easy cooking is to choose simple recipes involving a short list of ingredients, then plan and shop ahead.

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Florals blend with a fresh pale palette
Posted: April 12, 2018

It’s spring 2018, and a New York woman’s fashion fancy turns to thoughts of creamsicle colors and flowy sleeves.

Goodbye, subway uniform of black pants and puffy coat.

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What’s new at the neighborhood park
Posted: April 12, 2018

The common crack across the five boroughs is that it takes the city forever to build anything.

And that refrain is right more often than it is wrong, to the chagrin of the many community leaders and elected officials this paper quotes each week.

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Magic for all — and forever
Posted: April 12, 2018

It doesn’t matter if you’re a grownup coming with your date, your family or 7-year-old coming for the first time — stepping off an F or N subway train at Coney Island can be compared to Dorothy walking out of her farmhouse after it has come down in the Land of Oz.

It has the boardwalk and the beach, three rides that are city landmarks, two on the National Register of Historic Places, arcades, amusement parks, the New York Aquarium, New York Mets minor league baseball and the hot dog capital of the civilized free world.

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Anywhere’s a garden with some pots
Posted: April 12, 2018

It’s been a frustrating spring, for gardeners as much as anyone, with daytime temperatures so far below average for so long.

But don’t tell that to my chives. The tasty little perennial herbs are chiving and thriving on the edge of the patio outside my front door. They haven’t been watered beyond what the sky provides and aren’t getting much sun yet, but green shoots started poking out of the soil in their container about a month ago and are now about a foot long. Flower buds are forming. I’ll move them to their seasonal home on the side of the driveway and start cutting some of the leaves soon.

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A season of kid fun outdoors in Queens
Posted: April 12, 2018

Memo to Queens moms and dads with young children: The borough will be full of outdoor fun this spring for kids. A very wide range of activities are on the menu.

It’s always great to celebrate spring’s arrival by taking the kids to a children’s carnival. This year, you can take them to the one at the Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy. in Floral Park. Its second weekend is April 14 and 15, this Saturday and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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Take some swings this spring in Queens
Posted: April 12, 2018

Spring is in the air. And if you’re looking to grab some golf clubs and head to the links, leaving Queens won’t be necessary.

That’s because “The World’s Borough” has four 18-hole city-owned golf courses, along with a couple of other smaller places where noncountry club members can tee off.

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Bringing the farm straight to Queens
Posted: April 12, 2018

If you have watched one or more food documentaries recently, you know there are many concerns over what is being put into food, where it comes from and how unhealthy it might be for humans.

Many Americans have been turning to more organic fruits and vegetables — that is, produce free of any chemicals or preservatives.

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Thursday 04/06/2017
SPRING GUIDE 2017
Posted: April 06, 2017

Please enjoy our 2017 Spring Guide. Inside you will find articles on park treasures, light recipes, Queens by bike, walking tours, children's shows, great adventure, modern playgrounds, Earth Day, Ag and crafts, Caribbean flavor, art on display and outdoor dining.

Enjoy!

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