New Name – New Standard of Care

PANO-Queens-HospitalOriginally known as Booth Memorial Hospital, then New York Hospital Queens, the medical complex located on Main Street in Flushing is now New York-Presbyterian/Queens, a comprehensive and innovative institution.  The Flushing hospital maintains community medicine facilities and physician practices throughout the borough of Queens and offers the community world-class health care services in almost every specialty area.

Booth Memorial, a Salvation Army owned and operated hospital, was built on a vacant lot in Flushing as an adjunct to its’ New York City facility, and where the now-expanded building still resides.  The hospital opened with 210 beds and 45 bassinets on February 14,1957. In addition, a 35-bed unit, the Williams Residence, was designed for elderly patients.  Another wing, the Perkins Pavilion, housed the Salvation Army’s program for unmarried mothers.  In the early 1990s, the Salvation Army discontinued its management of acute care hospitals across the United States.

In 1992, the hospital became an affiliate of the New York Hospital-Cornell Medical Center.  The following year the hospital was renamed The New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens after becoming a member of New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System; a move prompted by the need and desire to improve access to state-of-the-art care for Queens’s residents.

Additions to the building over the years has brought the number of beds to 535 beds and boasts medical services in fourteen departments, creating one of Queens’ largest hospitals.  The July 1st name change to New York-Presbyterian/Queens came as a result of the hospital’s takeover by New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

New York-Presbyterian Hospital, based in New York City, is one of the largest hospitals in the United States, with 2,600 beds across six campuses in New York City and Westchester.  It is rated the #1 hospital of all five boroughs, and is consistently ranked among the top hospitals in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report.

It is New York-Presbyterian’s affiliation with Weill Cornell Medical College and Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons that stands to make the merge beneficial to Queens residents who rely on New York-Presbyterian/Queens for health care services.  Both institutions are among the leading medical colleges in the country.

“We are pleased to have strengthened our relationship with the leadership, trustees, doctors and staff of New York Hospital Queens,” said Dr. Laura Forese, president of the New York-Presbyterian Healthcare System. “Together with Weill Cornell Medical College, we look forward to continuing to provide high-quality, patient-centered care to residents of Queens, as well as enhancing access to the world-class care offered at New York-Presbyterian Hospital’s six campuses in Manhattan and Westchester.”

“Our long relationship with New York-Presbyterian has contributed enormous value. As the healthcare landscape continues to evolve, it is becoming increasingly important to work more closely in mutually beneficial relationships that enhance effectiveness and improve quality,” said Stephen S. Mills, president of New York-Presbyterian/Queens. “By establishing this closer relationship with New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center, one of the country’s leading academic medical centers, we will be able to offer our patients access to cutting-edge treatments in every area of medicine, as well as the same outstanding care that we have provided at our hospital for years.”

Every aspect of living in Queens, be it cultural, educational, social and now medical, expands daily for the betterment of its’ residents and offers quality New York City amenities without ever having to leave the borough.

New York-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center

56-45 Main Street

Flushing, New York

718- 670-2000

http://www.nyhq.org

It’s An Ace When The 2015 US Open Hits The Courts At The Billie Jean King Tennis Center

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It’s that time of the summer.  From August 31st through September 13th Queens will be buzzing with tennis enthusiasts from all over the world who have come to watch their favorite players compete at the USTA Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadow Park.

The Billie Jean King National Tennis Center, home of the US Open, has been undergoing a historic transformation, designed to make the world’s premier tennis facility the premier sports and entertainment venue in the world.  The three-year transformation includes a long-anticipated roof on Arthur Ashe Stadium, two new state-of-the-art stadiums and a series of enhancements to enrich the overall experience for fans and players alike.  Hopefully completed for an official unveiling at the 2016 tournament, every aspect of the US Open will be better than ever, truly cementing its’ status as the most prestigious Slam in tennis.  While Wimbledon has great tradition, the US Tennis Open is the grand slam tournament and the most energy filled tennis event in the world.

The excitement of the Opening Night ceremony on Monday, August 31st is sure to become even more electrifying when tennis legend and USTA National Tennis Center namesake Billie Jean King makes a special appearance to welcome fans to the 2015 US Open.  Joining her on court is USTA Chairman of the Board, CEO and President Katrina Adams.

Appearing as the featured performer is singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban, now joining the ranks of such great artists such as Aretha Franklin, Lenny Kravitz, Chris Botti, Gloria Estefan, Ariana Grande, Rob Thomas and many others, who have performed at the US Open over the years.

But, we do believe all eyes will be on Serena Williams, as she come to New York and the US Open this August hoping to add another remarkable chapter to perhaps the greatest career in tennis history: the calendar-year Grand Slam.

Serena has attained nearly every achievable milestone.  She has won multiple women’s singles and doubles titles at each of the four Grand Slam events – the Australian Open, French Open, Wimbledon and US Open – as well as Olympic gold medals in singles and doubles.  She has been crowned a major champion in three different decades – 1990s, 2000s and 2010s – and as a teenager, in her 20s and now in her 30s.  And she has been ranked No. 1 in the world across 13 years.

With her 6-4, 6-4 victory at Wimbledon over Spanish rising star Garbine Muguruza, Williams now holds all four Grand Slam titles for the second time in her career (also 2002-03).  The only other players to do that since 1980 are Steffi Graf (1988-89 and 1993-94) and Martina Navratilova (1984-85).

A victory in Flushing Meadows would give Serena all four major titles in the same year, a stunning – and rare – achievement.  Since the dawn of tennis’ Open era in 1968, only three other players have won the calendar Slam: Rod Laver in 1969, Margaret Court in 1970 and Graf in 1988. And in tennis history, Don Budge in 1938, Maureen Connolly in 1953 and Laver in 1962 have only accomplished the feat six times, also.  In fact, only 10 women in tennis history, and only five in the Open era, have won even a career Grand Slam.  And that is a list that already includes Serena.

In addition to the calendar Slam, a tournament title at the US Open would also ace the following for the indomitable world No.

It would mark her 22nd Grand Slam singles title, tying Graf for the most in the Open era and for second all-time, trailing only Court’s 24.

  • It would be her seventh US Open singles title, breaking a tie with Chris Evert for the most US Open singles titles, man or woman, in the Open era.
  • It would be her fourth consecutive US Open women’s singles title, tying Evert (1975-78) for the most in the Open era.

The US Open singles champions earn a place in tennis history, elegant trophies designed by Tiffany and Co. and, in 2015, and a record winner’s check that registers over $3 million.  On the flip side of that coin, the US Open generates more revenue for New York City during this two-week period than any other sporting event does in an entire year.

http://www.usopen.org/

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LEASING BEGINS FOR NEW LUXURY RENTALS AT THE ALEXANDER AT REGO CENTER IN REGO PARK, QUEENS

27-Story Tower atop Rego Center Features 312 Upscale Residences, World-Class Amenities, Dramatic Views and a Central Queens Location (Rendering)

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Leasing has begun at The Alexander at Rego Center, a new luxury rental building located in the heart of Queens’ vibrant Rego Park neighborhood. Immediate occupancy is available.

Ideally situated at 61-55 Junction Boulevard, The Alexander brings a new level of urban sophistication to Rego Park with modern design, stunning interiors, first-class amenities and services, spectacular views and unrivaled access to shopping, dining, recreation and public transportation to Manhattan.

The new, LEED-designed residential tower has 312 residences ranging from studios to one- and two-bedroom layouts. Vornado Realty Trust tapped SLCE Architects and interior design firm Fogerty Finger to create thoughtfully-designed residences and common spaces for The Alexander. Upscale finishes and appointments adorning the open layouts include nine-foot ceiling heights, white oak flooring, Caesarstone quart countertops and Italian porcelain tile flooring in kitchens and baths, and Whirlpool stainless steel appliances. Net effective monthly rents currently start from $2,045 for studios, $2,455 for one-bedroom residences and $3,130 for two-bedroom homes (net effective rents based on one month free rent for a limited time).

A full suite of recreational and social amenities will enhance residents’ lifestyles, including 24-hour concierge, a state-of-the-art fitness center with cardio and strength-training equipment, a game room and social lounge with a kitchen and fireplace, an indoor and outdoor children’s playground, and an outdoor landscaped terrace with seating, cabanas and a barbecue area. The building is also pet friendly and features bike storage and onsite parking.

Rising 27 stories above Rego Center, residents will marvel at the breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline, Central Queens and beyond while enjoying easy access to the roster of nationally-recognized retailers and eateries below at the area’s premier shopping destination. Additional conveniences on Queens and Woodhaven Boulevards, popular multi-cultural dining options along Austin Street, and subway service to Manhattan via the M and R lines, are all within walking distance of the building. Celebrated area attractions include the Queens Botanical Garden, the Queens Museum, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Citi Field and the National Tennis Center, while major highways such as The Long Island Expressway connecting to the Midtown Tunnel and Manhattan, are close at hand.

“We’re very excited to introduce The Alexander to the Rego Park community,” said Geoff Smith, Vice President of Development for Vornado Realty Trust.“

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Forest Hills Stadium Summer Concert Line Up – Check it out!

 

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The New York Pops is the largest independent pops orchestra in the United States, and the only professional symphonic orchestra in New York City specializing in popular music. During the winter months the orchestra can be found performing at Carnegie Hall in New York City.

“I am thrilled to announce The New York Pops’ inaugural season at its official summer home, Forest Hills Stadium,” said Executive Director Anne M. Swanson. “We are tremendously excited to be embarking on this new venture in such a fantastic, historic venue.”

And, historic it is.  Forest Hills Stadium was originally built in 1923 as the home of the US Open tennis tournament, playing host to tennis greats like Billie Jean King, Arthur Ashe, and Jimmy Connors. In the 1960’s, Forest Hills Stadium began to host a series of iconic concerts.  In 1964 The Beatles played two consecutive sold-out shows to an already frenetic crowd made even more explosive with the arrival of the foursome in a helicopter that landed on the grass courts.  That same year Barbra Streisand took a break from her role in Broadway’s “Funny Girl” to play a concert at the stadium.  Frank Sinatra, Jimi Hendrix, Diana Ross, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkel, The Talking Heads and The Who were among some of the acts that made history at the stadium.  The concerts continued into the mid- 1990’s, at which time the stadium became too expensive to maintain and closed.  Now, after nearly 20 years of silence, Forest Hills Stadium has been renovated and is once again being reopened for a series of unique concert events.

The inaugural series of open-air concerts brings affordable and fun concerts to Queens, and neighboring areas. The all star line-up slated for August/September is;

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08/04       JAMES TAYLOR AND HIS ALL-STAR BAND

Taylor’s songs have had a profound influence on both songwriters and music lovers of all generations and from all walks of life.  As a recording and touring artist, James set a precedent for solo singer/songwriters and blazed a path to which countless numbers of young musicians have since aspired.   Among his many hits you’re sure to recognize are “Fire and Rain,” “Country Road,” “Something in The Way She Moves,” “Mexico,” “Shower The People,” “Your Smiling Face,” “Carolina In My Mind,” “Sweet Baby James,” “Don’t Let Me Be Lonely Tonight,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Walking Man,” “Never Die Young,” “Shed A Little Light,” “Copperline” and many more.

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08/06       THE NEWYORK POPS WITH SUTTON FOSTER

A two-time Tony Award winner for Thoroughly Modern Millie and Anything Goes, Sutton Foster joins the orchestra to sing some of the Great White Way’s biggest show-stoppers, along with an eclectic mix of her own favorite tunes, and maybe a dance move, or two.  Foster has become one of theater’s most sought-after talents, with major nods for her performances in The Drowsy Chaperone, Little Women, Shrek: The Musical and Violet.  Expect the charming, charismatic songbird to pull out all the stops on stage, from contemporary numbers to the classics.

08/07       THE NEW YORK POPS WITH PINK MARTINI

This self-described “little orchestra” from Portland has shared its multilingual repertoire of pop, jazz, Latin and classical music with audiences on every continent and they’ve been described as one of the world’s most elegant live bands.  Now Pink Martini brings their intriguing musical cocktail to New York’s Forest Hills Stadium for this special concert with The New York Pops.  The Pops and the dozen-plus members of Pink Martini — among them singers China Forbes and Storm Large, multiple percussionists and a harpist — will mix together classical favorites with jazz and old-fashioned pop songs for an eclectic set that will perk up your ears and quicken your heart rate.

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08/14       SANTANA

Mexican-American guitarist Carlos Santana is leader of Santana, a band whose music uniquely blends Latin-infused rock, jazz, blues, salsa and African rhythms.  A must see!

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09/19       ALABAMA SHAKES with special guests DRIVE-BY TRUCKERS

Alabama Shakes is an American rock band formed in Athens, Alabama in 2009. The group rose to prominence from virtual obscurity in the early 2010s with their distinctive and soulful roots rock sound.  Drive-by Truckers are an alternative country/Southern rock band based in Athens, Georgia, Alternative country is a loosely defined subgenre of country music, which includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream or pop country music, while Southern rock is a subgenre of rock music and a genre of Americana. I t developed in the Southern United States from rock and roll, country music, and blues, and is focused generally on electric guitar and vocals.

There are one thousand free tickets reserved for queens children through an expanded kids in the balcony program.  Kids in the Balcony is a successful concert-going experience in Carnegie Hall that is being continued at Forest Hills Stadium.   PopsEd Teaching Artists conduct pre-concert and post-concert visits to teach students about the orchestra and connect content of the particular performance to general elements of musical knowledge.

Visit www.newyorkpops.org for more information.

Tickets are on sale at www.foresthillstadium

Forest Hills Stadium

One Tennis Place

Queens, NY 11375

http://www.foresthillsstadium.com

Neil Berg Takes Center Stage at The Queens Theater

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The Queens Theater stands next to the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows – Corona Park, an area that also includes Citi Field, the Queens Museum of Art, and the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center.  Popular outdoor attractions include cabaret night, concerts, Broadway revivals, new productions, and film festivals, while the indoor playhouse hosts various drama, dance, music, performance art, troupe, and comedy performances as well as children’s events. A 100-seat theater is located downstairs of the main theater, where a variety of entertainment to meet the various interests of the diverse population of Queens is showcased.

One such performance is Neil Berg’s 100 Years of Broadway, appearing on July 11, 2015 at 2:00pm.  The show recreates the highlights from some of Broadway’s most famous musicals including The Phantom of the Opera, Les Misérables, Evita, CATS, Wonderful Town, Jesus Christ Superstar and Fiddler of the Roof. The original performers from the hit shows in which they starred will be on hand to light up the stage with songs and memories.

More memories await at 8:00pm when the Queens Theater goes rock n’ roll.  This time Neil Berg presents five outstanding Broadway and rock ‘n roll singers who perform a playlist of some of the greatest hits of such legends as Buddy Holly, Ray Charles, Chubby Checker, The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Elton John and The Eagles. Mixed in with the music is a bit of history in the music world during the 50s, 60s and 70s.

Queens Theatre graciously offers the use of their space to the community for performances, celebrations and other events, for the benefit of their Queens neighbors.  On Saturday, August 22nd, the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps. takes center stage with a presentation of “Laughter Is The Best Medicine… Take 2″.

This comedy show and comedy auction is a fundraising effort to support the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps, which also services the needs of Rego Park residents.   The show stars none other than the famous voice of IAGO, the wise cracking parrot in the Disney classic “Aladdin”; Gilbert Gottfried.  Mr. Gilbert is famous for his many comical roles in movies such as “Problem Child,” “Problem Child II,” “Look Who’s Talking II” and “The Adventures of Ford Fairlane.”  Opening for Gilbert are some very talented comedians who are donating their time for this fundraiser.

Viewing items to be auctioned begins at 6:00pm; the auction begins at 6:30pm with comic Mark Zakarin serving as the auctioneer. Between the auction, the opening acts and the star, you will hopefully be going home in stitches.

 

For more information about Queens Theatre events, and to purchase tickets,  go to www.queenstheatre.org

Queens Theatre

14 United Nations Avenue South

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Queens, NY 11368

Box Office 718-760-0064

 

What Type of People Live in Queens?

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What type of people live in Queens?  Without a doubt, the best of the best – the most caring and proudest residents in all of New York City.  This following are the words of one of your neighbors, Edward Newhouse, who posted his request on www.life.indiegogo.com, a fundraising page.

“The New York Structural Steel Painting Contractors Association (link here http://nysspca.net/), in conjunction with Bridge and steel painters from the Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 806 and the New York City Parks department has announced a partnership which will help restore grace and beauty to one of New York’s most recognizable landmarks — The 1964 World’s Fair Tent of Tomorrow -The New York State Pavilion!

A rusting World’s Fair icon in Queens is getting a $3 million paint job – for free! Painting has already started and it expected to be completed in October!

We are group of people that share our love for this iconic structure that want to thank the workers by raising the full $500, (estimating with a crew of daily of 15) we can buy the paint crew 2 to 3 days of lunch with water, as a simple way to thank them!

Bridge and steel painters from the Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades, Local 806 will donate their time in a bid to turn back the clock on the New York State Pavilion, which was built more than 50 years ago for the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

A fresh coat of paint is important to maintain the structural steel on all the rings (the yellow in and out) so other money and work can be done on its way restoring to its original condition or new purpose! (as it looked here during the 1964/65 Worlds Fair!) http://www.nywf64.com/newyor04.shtml

Parks Department officials said the paint job will “restore the original luster and beauty” of the pavilion while “protecting its bones.” It is the first such work to be done on the building since it was constructed. The donated work will be done through a training program for apprentice painters, officials said.

100% of the net proceeds will be used to buy these people lunch and water, which will need to include any tax, delivery charge and a tip for the delivery person.

I promise to update, keep clear financial receipts records that will prove our good work, and take pictures of at least one day the workers eating lunch and post here!

Thank you for rewarding good people doing good work on a beautiful iconic structure”

Such a caring thought, Mr. Newhouse, and what a considerate way for the community to show their appreciation.

Well, apparently others felt exactly the same way –

Here is Mr. Newhouse’s response only hours later . . .

“Thank you everyone for your contribution.  I am grateful and shocked that this project got funded in less than one day.  Thank you. Shocked to the point that I had to ask permission of Indigogo to end the funding, when I had set it up for 14 days.  That being said their policy to send the organizer the money after 15 days of the projects close.  I wanted to let you know that I’ve been working with the union head on a lunch sooner than later (like in the next 7 days) and that I will lay out the ~$150 for the first lunch.  I figured they are hungry.  I will keep you posted here as soon as a day is confirmed, and will certainly take some pictures and post here.  Please use the contact button below if I can answer any questions or you want to attend. Thanks! Ned”

Need we say more in describing the type people who live in Queens? The only thing left to say is that we’re proud of all our Queens neighbors.

Rego Center Gives Back…

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Everyone loves shopping locally at the Rego Center  – but then, how could they not? With a variety of major retailers running the gamut from home furnishing to gift items boutiques, and everything in-between . . . from Costco and Aldi Food Market for grocery shopping . . . from restaurants offering soup and salad to BBQ ribs . . . and on-site parking all housed under one roof, the Rego Center is a proven bonus for those living at The Alexander in Rego Park.  Management of the Rego Center appreciates their community and is quick to give back through the use of its’ Community Room for civic activities.

As an example, the room is being utilized by the New York Blood Center for a Blood Drive on Saturday, July 11th between the hours of ll:00am to 5:00pm and again on Thursday, August 6th between the hours of 1pm to 7pm.   Every person donating will receive a pair of tickets to a Mets game.  Sounds like a win-win situation for everyone, doesn’t it? And, if the Mets win, we’re looking at a trifecta of sort.  Some events are held outside the Community Room, and can be found within the mall itself.

If you bring your children to the Galleria between Mandee and Panera Bread on Saturday, July 11th between 1:00pm and 1:45pm, they will have an opportunity to witness some amazing feats of chemistry when genies are released from the bottles that hold them captive.  You can be sure you’ll hear the words ‘fun’ and ‘science’ uttered in the same sentence by your child for the first time ever.

Family Fun Day is held along the Galleria walkway on Saturday, July 18th from 11:00am to 2:00pm. All activities are free and include a bouncy house, fabulous face painter, balloon twister, games and cool prizes.  The star of the afternoon is everybody’s favorite, Yo Gabba Gabba’s Fooifa.

The Community Room is located at 97th Street and Horace Harding Expressway.  Always check the Rego Center’s event page at www.regocenter.com/events.aspx to stay current with Rego Center’s community events.

Living in Rego Park just keeps getting better and better…

 

 

Get Your Grill On!

Old Fashioned Summer Picnic From 1776 until the present day, July 4th is historically known as the birth of American independence.  In celebration, festivities typically range from firework displays, parades and concerts, to more casual family gatherings and barbecues. As we all know, nothing says 4th of July like a picnic.  With an abundance of beautiful parks in our borough to picnic in, residents of Rego Park live no more than fifteen minutes from the best of the best. The parks listed below have bar-b-que areas, as well as picnic space.  There are also tons of activities for the entire family to enjoy, so check the descriptions to find those of your liking.

Flushing Meadow Corona Park

111 St. and College Point Blvd.

Corona, Queens, NY

Phone: (718) 760-6565

barbecue areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, bathrooms, bicycling and greenways, dog-friendly areas, eateries, fishing, fitness equipment, football fields, golf courses, handball courts, pools, kayak/canoe, launch sites, marinas, model aircraft fields, paddleboat rentals, playgrounds, recreation centers, skate parks, soccer fields, spray showers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, Wi-Fi hot spots, Zoos and Aquariums

Forest Park

Union Turnpike and Park Lane South

Woodhaven, NY 11421

718-520-5900

barbecue areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, bathrooms, bicycling and greenways, bocce courts, dog-friendly areas, fitness equipment, football fields, golf courses, handball courts, hiking trails, horseback riding trails, model aircraft fields, nature centers, playgrounds, running tracks, skate parks, spray showers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, Wi-Fi hot spots.

Cunningham Park

73rd Avenue and Union Turnpike

Oakland Gardens, New York 11364

barbecue areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, bathrooms, bicycling and greenways, bocce courts, cricket fields, dog-friendly areas, eateries, fitness equipment, football fields, hiking trails, playgrounds, soccer fields, spray showers, tennis courts, volleyball courts, Wi-Fi hot spots.

Alley Pond Park

Alley Pond Park is broken into several sections:

  1. a) South Alley – West of Winchester Blvd, between the Grand Central Pkwy and Union Tpke, Queens Village.
  2. b) North Alley – Separated from South Alley by the Grand Central Parkway.
  3. c) Springfield Alley – East of Springfield Blvd, between 73rd and 76th Avenues, Oakland Gardens. It is east of the North Alley and connected to it.
  4. d) Oakland Lake – Between Springfield and Cloverdale Blvds, south of 46th Avenue, near Queensborough Community College,

718-229-4000

barbecue areas, baseball fields, basketball courts, bathrooms, dog-friendly areas, fishing, football fields, golf courses, handball courts, hiking trails, nature centers, playgrounds, soccer fields, spray showers, tennis courts, Wi-Fi hot spots.

Firework rockets will be shooting across the Queens skies as soon as darkness sets in. You will ‘ooh’ and ‘aah’ at the display released at Citi Field immediately following the Mets/Rangers game.

Whatever plans you have for the holiday – enjoy, and be safe!