Spring has finally sprung, and children are eagerly anticipating their favorite outdoors activities -bike riding, roller-skating, visits to the playground, the start of Little League and hours spent on the local ball field. You never forget how to ride a bicycle, or how to roller-skate, or even how to pump yourself higher on a swing once you’ve learned those skills. Of course, you never forget how to swing a bat or field a ball either, but leading up to a successful Little League season does take a bit of practice. Fortunately, Queens has several indoor batting cage options—some even include private instruction and facilities where you can work on your fielding skills.
Only ten minutes from The Alexander, Rego Park’s newest rental apartments, is Cage Baseball Incorporated, an indoor baseball/softball, and soccer training facility, located at 62-40 Metropolitan Avenue in Flushing, New York. The Cage has eight batting/pitching tunnels that can be equipped with a pitching machine, pitching mound, “L” screen and practice tee, and can be rented by the half hour or hour. The price is the same whether you’re working out with one child or a whole team. If needed, the facility can be reconfigured to create an infield practice area for a larger group. Call 718-366-2122 for information or to make a reservation. Helpful hint: If only one person is practicing they should bring two people with them to feed the pitching machines. www.thecagenyc.com
Artistic Stitch Sports Complex, located at 79-08 Cooper Avenue at 79th Place in Glendale is a fifteen- minute drive from Rego Park. This complex was created by a local company of the same name, as their way of giving back to the community that helped build its business. The ProBatter simulators run on a pre-loaded card system and can also be rented in half-hour increments. Both baseball and softball machines are available, as well as private lessons. pecial prices are offered for team training. The complex also contains an on-site restaurant, and is well known for hosting great birthday parties. Call 718-416-1380, ext. 3 for reservations. www.artisticstitchsportscomplex.com
Further down the road in Astoria is the Astoria Sports Complex at 34-38 38th Street between 34th and 35th Avenues, a twenty-minute drive from Rego Park. The indoor batting cages, with pitching machines ranging from 40-95mph, can be rented in 15-minute increments. A fielding tunnel is also available for rental. Hours are limited to after-school, evenings and all day on weekends. This facility also offers indoor soccer space, and hosts theme-based birthday parties Call (718) 729-7163 for information. www.ascsports1.com
Rego Park residents living at The Alexander are fortunate to have an excellent neighborhood Urgent Care Center should immediate healthcare assistance be needed. Urgent Care Centers are designed to assist patients with an illness or injury that does not appear to be life threatening, but also can’t wait until the next day, or for a primary care physician to examine them.
At the fully staffed North Shore – LIJ Medical Group Urgent Care Center at Rego Park, located at 95-25 Queens Boulevard, all physicians are Board-certified, trained in emergency medicine and capable of treating patients of all ages. Also, the UCC offers specialized testing and diagnostic services, including EKG, X-ray, ultrasound and laboratory testing.
If an illness is determined to be serious, or life threatening, the Urgent Care Center will have the patient transferred to a local hospital for treatment. However, if a patient suspects they might be having a heart attack or stroke, has sustained injuries in a serious accident, or shows symptoms of head trauma, it is strongly urged they by-pass the Urgent Care Center, and dial 911 for immediate transport to the nearest emergency room.
Hours of operation:
Monday: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Tuesday: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Wednesday: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Thursday: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Friday: 8:00am to 8:00pm
Saturday: 10:00am to 6:00pm
Sunday: 10:00am to 4:00pm
Long Island Jewish Medical Center Urgent Care Center at Rego Park
North Shore – LIJ Health System
95-25 Queens Blvd.
Rego Park, New York 11374
The Queens Botanical Garden originally began as part of the 1939 New York World’s Fair. After two relocations, the Queens Botanical Garden today sits on its’ permanent home of 39 acres; a lush oasis amid the city’s expanses of asphalt and concrete. Inside the themed gardens, a wide array of plants significant to diverse world cultures comes alive. Currently, the garden features more than 25 living exhibits that showcase native plant species.
A short distance from The Alexander rental apartments in Rego Park, the Botanical Garden encourages visitors to walk along the trails and enjoy the ever-changing displays, depending on the season. This environment is meant to be touched as well as seen. It also affords an opportunity to teach your children to appreciate nature. This weekend there are three free events to introduce you and your family to QBC . . .
March Equinox Craft for Kids –
Saturday, March 21, 1:00am to 3:00pmA craft table will be available to make beautiful botanical-themed crafts for the first 30 children while supplies last
March for the Earth
– Sunday, March 22, 10:00am to 1:00pm (weather permitting).
Celebrate the vernal equinox – historical Earth Day – by joining us and other community groups for a day of volunteering and unity at QBG. Individuals and groups are welcome to volunteer. Advance registration is required. https://eventbrite.com/event/15201228283/)
QBG Craft Table at The Shops at Sky View Center
-Level B – Sunday, March 22, 2:00pm to 4:00 pm. Join us to make a fashionable bracelet using materials that come from plants – How cleaver! Supplies are limited and times/location are subject to change.
The Children’s Garden is a hands-on, for fee, program for children, ages 5-12, that teaches about plants, gardens and nature while kids have fun playing in a beautiful environment. Each spring, children’s imaginations and learning blossom as they plant vegetables and flowers, harvest early season greens such as lettuce, explore QBG’s engaging 39 acres, cook with the food they’ve grown, and learn about the natural world around them. Ages 5 through 12 (children must be 5 years old by 6/30/2015).
Saturdays, April 11 – June 20, 2015 (no class May 23) 9:30am to noon $185 non members / $166 QBG members.
Queens Botanical Garden
43-50 Main Street
Flushing, New York 11355
Local officials have stepped up their efforts to secure funds for a new building to replace the Rego Park library, as the local population continues to grow. The branch is approximately 7,5000 square feet, whereas newer libraries are being constructed with a minimum of 10,000 square feet.
Frank Gulluscio, district manager at Community Board 6, which covers Forest Hills and Rego Park, spoke on the issue during a public hearing on Queens budget priorities, during which community boards present their most urgent needs. “Close to 700 people go in there on any given day. This branch is bursting at the seams.”
Today, libraries are no longer used only to borrow books. In a sense, they function as a community center in that residents of all ages flock to utilize the many opportunities available inside the building. . . Moms bring their children for ‘story hour’, school kids do research here, and some go to use the computers, while others attend the variety of free classes and special activities offered there. Other services can be had without even stepping foot into the Rego Park site. You can request library materials like books, videos, & more, browse and register for events and download e-books, audio books, E-magazines, & music – all you need is a library card and a mobile device.
With support from local Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz and the Queens Borough President, about six million dollars has already been earmarked for a larger Rego Park library, although it will take a great deal more money to complete the project. Ms. Koslowitz noted the need is urgent, as the local population continues to grow due to new residential housing in the area, including The Alexander, a luxury rental development housing 312 apartments in a 20-story tower, now under construction at the Rego Park Center.
With the focus of the Borough President, local Councilwoman and district manager at Community Board 6 in keeping ahead of the growth and needs of the community they represent, Rego Park is the place to live. Stay tuned – we will keep you posted when we have additional information to share…
Queens Library – Rego Park
91-41 63 Drive
Rego Park, NY 11374
A new Facebook group originated by our neighbors in Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – “Our Communities” — was recently launched with the goal to “make our neighborhood residents and friends feel welcomed, spark new friendships, and exchange unique ideas to help each other, and our communities.” The excitement was evident with 485 members joining the group within the first several days the page went live. Presently there are 1,327 members and still gaining attention within the three communities.
David Battaglia, a resident who initiated the new page, makes it clear that posts must be for the good of the neighborhood only. In one of his first posts he states that, while the group is currently working on its regulations, the “number one rule is: NO ‘talking down to anyone on here.'” Other guidelines in place include “only non profit organizations are allowed to post their events here. No commercial posts, no promotion of your book, your store, your yard sale, etc. etc. is allowed.”
Michael Perlman, a co-administrator of the new page, said the posts will mostly “reflect our interests in local events, supporting our small businesses, and the arts, culture, history and historic preservation in our community.” Michele Dore, one of the co-administrators of the new page, added “We want our members to have a portal to voice their opinion, to share their thoughts.”
The group is planning to organize meetups at local businesses, such as Red Pipe Organic Café (71 Austin Street), La Boulangerie (109-01 72nd Road) or Eddie’s Sweet Shop (105-29 Metropolitan Avenue), in Forest Hills – a five minute drive to the halfway point between Rego Park and Kew Gardens.
Living at The Alexander in Rego Park offers a sense of belonging in knowing your thoughts and ideas about community is as important to you as it is your neighbors.
Aspire to become a part of the community spirit. Let your voice be heard!