Queens Scores Another Ace


In case you were wondering . . .

The United States Tennis Association hosted a media preview Wednesday of the ongoing construction of the US Open construction projects, which include a retractable roof at Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as new Grandstand and Louis Armstrong stadiums.

“The intent here is that we’ll always have two matches that could play side by side with two retractable roofs,” said Danny Zausner, chief operating officer for the National Tennis Center.

The 250-foot-by-250-foot retractable roof will be fully operational and ready to debut at the 2016 US Open.  The Grandstand stadium will also be completed and match-ready, along with the fully revamped Southern Campus. Although Arthur Ashe’s capacity will remain the same at 23,771 during the 2016 and 2017 US Opens, the capacity for the Grandstand will increase from 6,106 in 2015 to 8,000 in 2016 and 2017.

This fall, the old Louis Armstrong Stadium and the old Grandstand will be demolished. Construction on the new Louis Armstrong stadium will also begin and should be finalized by winter/spring 2017-2018.  The stadium is scheduled to open in time for the 2018 US Open. The capacity for Louis Armstrong remains at 10,103 for 2015 and 2016, but it is not yet known what its capacity will be in 2017.

Work also kicked off on the new West Stadium Courts as well as the Practice Gallery, both of which officially debuted during the 2014 US Open.

Zausner explained during a brief presentation outlining the status of the projects at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park,  “It’s a tremendous amount of work,” he said. “A lot of people think of the whole project as just about the roof opening and closing, but there are so many other pieces to it.”

Another gem is being added to Queen’s tiara of outstanding world-renowned entertainment facilities . . .

Game on!


Green Thumbs Wanted!



I love spring anywhere, but if I could choose I would always greet it in a garden. ~ Ruth Stout

Gardens are a magical place, and exposing your child to gardening is the perfect opportunity to partner with Mother Nature to make that magical experience happen.  Its no secret children seem to have a natural affinity with dirt, dating way back to their days of making mud pies.  Stepping that up a bit, the Queens Botanical Garden is offering age-appropriate programs to open new windows for hands-on learning. Imagine your child pulling a carrot from the earth, brushing off the soil, and taking a bite, or his excitement at discovering the first bloom of a flower emerging from a seed he planted in a patch of earth.

Young gardeners will explore concepts of ecological balance, sustainability, and conservation as they learn how to prepare soil, select seeds and plants, and care for and later harvest their own vegetables, flowers, and herbs. While participating in nature study and craft activities, they also learn about organic gardening practices like composting, mulching, and companion planting. These concepts are explored within each of the three programs offered: Garden Buds (2-3), Children’s Garden (4-10), and Junior Naturalists (11-14).

Garden Buds: Ages 2-3:  Tailored to teach the youngest gardeners, these classes let children discover the wonders of nature through exploration that includes hands-on work and play in the garden. Kiddies get to harvest and taste what they plant!  Garden Buds is offered as a four-class series, beginning Thursday, May 5th, and registration is required.  An adult must accompany children.

4-class series: $60 non-member/$54 member

Thursdays: May 5, 12, 19, and 26 from 9 to 10am

Saturdays: May 7, 14, 21, and 28 from 10 to 11am

Children’s Garden: Ages 4-10:  The Children’s Garden offers a fun and exciting experience where kids spend time planting, playing, observing and learning in a nurturing environment. From seed to table, young gardeners will grow, harvest and cook vegetables as well as explore the environments around them. Participants must be 4 years old by 1/1/2016.  Children’s Garden is a 10 class series, beginning Saturday, April 2nd, and registration is required. This is a drop-off program. Member discounts apply.

10 class series: $185 non-member/$166 member

Saturdays: April 2—June 11 (skip 5/28), from 2 to 4pm

Junior Naturalists: Ages 11-14:   A new and exciting summer camp opportunity specifically designed for those who want to take a deeper look into natural workings of the Garden.  Participants will tend to their own garden plots, complete scientific experiments and investigations, and take a more in-depth look at the surrounding ecosystems. Member discounts apply.

Gardening with children turns digging in the dirt into a lifetime of love and respect for nature.

Queens Botanical Gardens

43-50 Main Street

Flushing, NY 11355

718-886-3800 x230

Email: info@queensbotanical.org

You can log on to Queens Botanical’s Garden’s website to learn more about these amazing programs, and to view a video of all Children’s Garden activity. http://www.queensbotanical.org/programs/gardenprogramsforkids


Mr. Tambourine Man Arrives in Queens Tickets on Sale March 19th


Nostalgia is definitely in the air in Queens; first it was all about Paul Simon and now, Bob Dylan returns to the Forest Hills Stadium.

In February, we announced the arrival of Paul Simon to the Forest Hills Stadium stage on June 30th.  Sure many of you thought we were a bit daft to be posting about an event that wasn’t taking place until four months later. And, as expected, the immediate demand for tickets was so overwhelming, an additional performance had to be added for the following day.

Once again, we’re posting about another ‘great’ from that era, Bob Dylan, who is returning to the Forest Hills Stadium where he last performed back in 1965. On Friday, July 8th, he’ll be ‘bringing it all back home’ with his band, anchored by long-time bassist Tony Garnier, multi-instrumentalist Donnie Herron, and guitarist Charlie Sexton and rhythm and blues and gospel singer, Mavis Staples.

As was the popular theme of the 1960s, Dylan’s music defied existing pop music conventions and appealed to the burgeoning counterculture. Claiming to be a spokesman for his generation, his lyrics incorporated various political, social, philosophical, and literary influences. Early songs such as “Blowin’ in the Wind” and “The Times They Are a-Changin'” became anthems for the American civil rights and anti-war movements.

If you want to relive the celebrated work of Bob Dylan – don’t wait!  Tickets for “On Tour” go on sale Saturday, March 19th at 10am at ForestHillsStadium.com.  With every pair of tickets purchased, you will receive a redemption code to receive a Compact Disk of Bob Dylan’s latest album “Fallen Angels,” which debuts May 20th.

Bob Dylan and His Band + Mavis Staples

Forest Hills Stadium

One Tennis Place

Forest Hills, New York 11365

Friday, July 8, 2016

Doors: 5:30 pm / Show: 7:00 pm

Tickets on sale March 19th at 10:00am

Price range; $50.00 – $365.00




Real Good Stuff At The NY Tri Expo 2016


Kick off the triathlon season at the NY TRI EXPO ’16! at Citifield on March 19th from 10:00am to 6:00pm.  Doesn’t matter if you’re a newbie to triathlon training, or an experienced triathlete – if you want to improve your performance for the 2016 season you don’t want to miss the NY TRI EXPO ’16,  at Citifield.  This is a great opportunity for you to connect with thousands of runners, cyclists, and swimmers, all with the same goal, and learn how to be the best you can be.

The concept to tie-in an educational component with a triathlon expo is the brainchild of Hilary Topper, herself an official triathlete, and CEO of HJMT Media Company, producer of the event. Joining Ms. Topper on her mission are a team of former professional triathletes, coaches, swimmers, cyclists, and runners, all eager to make NY TRI EXPO’16 one of New York City’s most important sporting expos.  Starting off with more than 20 seminars and workshops, and nearly 70 exhibit booths we think they’re well on their way becoming a winner.

Let’s talk about the exhibit booths first – During the expo, two exhibit booths will host competitions.  One will be a CompuTrainer competition. Cyclists will ride in teams through the Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon cycling course. The fastest team will win naming rights to a future course and a DVD course from CompuTrainer. There will also be a Zwift competition at another booth.   Top brand companies will feature some of their hottest gear, while new product and services geared specifically for triathletes will be introduced.  Other activities provided at booths include free massages; spin analysis, giveaways and more.

The educational component has been brilliantly planned.  Experts will conduct important seminars and informative workshops, each designed to help build endurance and improve your performance on the swim, bike and run.

Matt Dixon, former professional triathlete, elite coach for Purplepatch Fitness and author of “The Well-Built Triathlete: Turning Potential into Performance” will keynote the event with his training program to help athletes work smarter and not longer.  Before and after his talk, there will be three concurrent sessions given by industry experts, “Should I Become a Triathlete” and “The Half and Full Distance Triathlon Experience” to “5 Tips to a Faster Swim Leg” and “How to Run Faster off the Bike.”

Throughout the day, there will also be three learning tracks from “Should I be a triathlete?” and “How to breath under water” to “After Ironman what happens next?” to “Should I get a power meter?”

NY TRI EXPO ‘16 has something for everyone – from novice to accomplished long distance finishers – and has drawn a tremendous response from athletes in New York City, Long Island, New Jersey, Westchester and Connecticut.  Mark the date on your calendar and register online today . . . you don’t want to miss this innovative expo.  Tickets purchased at the door will be charged at $65.00 per, so make sure to pre-register and save. http://nytriexpo.com/registration/ A portion of the proceeds will benefit the American Lung Association of the Northeast.

Attendees will receive an amazing swag bag of goodies, free parking, workshops in every discipline, raffles, games, prizes and more!  Food and beverage will be available for purchase.

OK, residents of The Alexander at Rego Center . . . now’s the time to strut your stuff and show the world that the Mets aren’t the only outstanding athletes in Queens.  Hit the state of the art fitness center in the building to get your adrenaline flowing, and your body ready, for NY TRI EXPO ’16.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

10:00am  – 6:00pm


120-01 Roosevelt Avenue

Corona, New York 11368

HJMT Media Company