OK, Dads . . . This One’s For You!

32233444-Happy-Mothers-Day-Stock-VectorOK, Dads . . . this one’s for you.  Sorry, it’s not a brewski, but it’s something to do with your bud.

Next Sunday is Mother’s Day, and the best present your munchkin(s) can give Mom is a gift made with his two little hands.  Borrowing from Genny Upton’s site, GoAskMom, this flower bouquet is the ideal gift for Mom because it doesn’t need to be watered, it will never outgrow its pot, and if it gets droopy, bends back into shape.  Pre-schoolers will need your help, older kids your guidance.

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Here’s what you need:

* clay pot, any size

* washable tempura paint, about 6 to 8 different colors

* artist paintbrushes

* pack or two of multi-colored construction paper or card stock

* flower-shaped cookie cutters (optional)

* scissor

* 2-3 plastic lids from food container

* wet wipes

* green chenille pipe cleaners

* Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper wet wipes

* glue gun or bottle of glue

We suggest you paint the pot first, giving it a chance to dry before the flowers go in.  You can probably pick up a medium sized clay pot, and some paint and brushes at any craft store. Let them use their imagination for the design of the pot.

Here’s where Dad comes in. Begin to make the flowers by cutting flower shapes out of construction paper or card stock. (The easiest method is to trace around a flower-shaped cookie cutter to create a pattern.)  Cut out two of each color you want to make because you will need a front and a back for each flower.

Using washable tempera paint, squirt dots of various colors onto a plastic lid from a food container to be used for thumb printing. Start by dipping a thumb into a color and making a print in the center of a flower. Wipe off the paint from the thumb, then choose a different color and make thumbprints on each petal. Repeat for as many flowers as you’d like to make.  Remember it takes two flower shapes to create one completed flower.

Once the paint is dry, align two flowers of the same color back-to-back, so that your flower now has a painted front and back. Insert a green chenille stem (pipe cleaner) in-between the flowers to serve as the stem and glue it all together. It is suggest to use a hot glue gun so that it’ll be ready instantly, or you can buy a bottle of Elmer’s glue and wait for it to dry.

Bend or cut the chenille stems to the desired height and insert into the flowerpot.  Easter grass, Styrofoam, tissue paper or shredded paper can be used as filler to support the flowers.

That’s it – all done.  Truly a masterpiece made with lots of love.

How convenient is it that you live at The Alexander!  You and your children can hide away in the Library, or children’s play room to create your pièce de résistance, while remaining unseen from mom’s peeping eyes. Make sure to cover the table surface with a durable cloth, or heavy cardboard to prevent any paint or glue drippings.

If you have a child wanting to do a craft, but he wants to do a different project, how about decorating a candle?  This idea is courtesy of ComeTogetherKids.com.

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If you have any questions see the visual instructions on their website for step by step directions.

Here’s what you need:

* white tissue paper

* markers

* pillar candles (white or other light colors works best)

* waxed paper or parchment paper

* hair dryer or heat embossing gun

First thing you need to do is decide what size candle is appropriate.  Then cut a piece of tissue paper to fit around the outside of your candle, keeping it a little smaller than the candle itself.

Using markers, have your child decorate the tissue paper. Stress not to press down too forcefully on the markets as the tissue paper is pretty delicate.  Encourage simple drawings and discourage coloring in large areas or the paper might tear.

When the drawing is completed, cut a piece of waxed paper slightly larger than the candle.  Wrap the tissue paper artwork around the outside of the candle, and then wrap the waxed paper on top of that, using the extra length as a little handle.

Next, use the hairdryer or heat gun to melt the design onto the candle.  (The hairdryer works fine, it just takes a little while to warm up enough.  Put it on the highest heat setting and hold it blowing as close as possible to the candle.)  As the wax melts, the tissue paper will become part of the candle.  You’ll be able to see it change color through the waxed paper, going from white to the color of the candle.  Continue until you can’t see any more tissue paper.

Carefully pull back the waxed paper to reveal your child’s artwork, which is now a permanent part of the candle.  You can burn the candle just as you would any other candle, although we doubt any sentimental mother would.

After everything is dry and ready, wrap the presents in a colorful tissue paper and don’t forget a beautiful bow.

We’re sending a shout-out to the dads – good job!

We’re sending a shout-out to the kiddies – great job!

And, to their lucky moms.

Happy Mother’s Day!

Show off Your Unique Style at The Alexander

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Living at The Alexander at Rego Center has every dream luxury available, both in the building and your apartment. Bet your friends were pretty impressed when they visited at your Super Bowl Party. Planning another for Cinco de Mayo?  Let’s put a bit of extra fun into hostessing your party, and serve something just as fabulous as those delicious football cocktails everyone was raving about.

A great Cinco de Mayo celebration is all about Margaritas, right?   What if we tell you won’t even need a glass to down one or two of these yummy drinks?  We’re talking triple-layer Margarita ice-pops!

These ice pops are a tangy-sweet mix of fruit and tequila. Make sure to taste each mix before you freeze it. You might want to adjust the sugar or limejuice quantities, depending on how sweet your fruit is.

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Ready?

Need 6 ice pop molds  (available at most $1.00 stores)

Ingredients:

Kiwi margarita

3 kiwis, peeled

1/2-teaspoon sugar

1-ounce tequila

 

Pear margarita

1 large, firm pear, peeled and cored

1-ounce tequila

1-tablespoon limejuice

 

Strawberry margarita

12 medium strawberries, hulled

1-ounce tequila

1-tablespoon limejuice

 

Directions:

Blend the kiwis, sugar and tequila, then fill each ice pop mold 1/3 full with the margarita mix.

Freeze for at least 2 hours

 

Blend the pear, tequila and limejuice, then fill another 1/3 into each ice pop mold.

Place foil over the molds, and insert an ice pop stick into each one, making sure it goes into the pear layer.

Freeze for at least 2 hours

 

Blend the strawberries, tequila and limejuice.

Remove the foil from your ice pop molds, and fill the remaining third with the strawberry margarita mix.

Freeze for at least 2 hours

A little bit of an effort to create these beauties, but so worth it.

Love our Margarita pops? Let us know!  We’re interested in your feedback on this and other suggestions we make, or if you have a question about the area, ask us.  In addition to all the luxury that surrounds you in your new home we want to help include the ‘fun’ element’, as well.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Calling All Foodies! Queens Taste is Back in Town

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Queens Taste 2016 will be back on Tuesday, May 3rd, at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Corona Park from 6:00pm to 9:00pm.

Now in its 13th year, Queens Taste has grown into the boroughs best networking and business-promotion opportunity for Queens based establishments in the food industry to showcase their world-class products.  This year roughly 60 restaurants, food makers and drink purveyors will be participating.

World-class chefs specializing in a wide array of diverse cuisines will be on hand with mouth-watering appetizers, entrées, desserts, artisan products, and beverages. If you’re the kind of foodie that’s only comfortable with ‘familiar’ food, have no fear. You will be able to enjoy everything from the famous Ottomanelli hamburger and Portuguese paella from Jamaica’s O Lavrador to mixed drinks from LIC hotspot Square Wine & Spirits and sweet treats from Rudy’s Bakery in Ridgewood.

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Entertainment features a fusion of Latin and Jazz music as only Sabor and The Afro-Latineers can provide.  Much like food, the creativity and simplicity of their music emits the benefit of energy, happiness and comfort.

Proceeds support the Queens Economic Development Corporation’s ongoing efforts to attract, create, and maintain jobs in the borough through business services, neighborhood development, the Entrepreneur Space (their food-and-business incubator), and marketing attractions through the Queens Tourism Council and the It’s in Queens and Discover Queens brands.

For tickets, contact mackay@queensny.org or call 718-263-0456, or mail check payable to Queens Economic Development Corporation at 120-55 Queens Blvd., Ste. 309, Kew Gardens, NY 11424.

$125.00 per ticket                                                                                                                                       Ticket includes:                                                                                                                                                 ~ All-you-can-eat samples from at least 30 Queens restaurants                                                             ~ All-you-can-drink samples from local breweries, wine stores, and spirits purveyors                     ~ All-you-can-fit samples of artisan desserts                                                                                             ~ All-you-can-explore admission to the New York Hall of Science  

All-you-can-enjoy!

http://thequeenstaste.com

 

Play Ball!

 

Screen Shot 2016-04-09 at 3.20.16 PMIt’s baseball season, and all is right in the world, especially in Queens, home to The New York Mets.

Who can forget last year’s wild, exhilarating late-season ride that ended with a trip to the World Series?  Unfortunately, it didn’t play out the way we expected, and fans are hoping they make it back to the 2016 World Series and avenge last year’s loss.

Did you know it’s the 30th anniversary of 1986, the last time the Mets swaggered their way to a title, and the 2016 roster may have more personality, and talent, than any since that year – we’re talking Yoenis Cespedes, Noah Syndergaard, Matt Harvey, Bartolo Colon and the returning Wilmer Flores and a lineup that led the National League in runs the last two months of 2015.  So, let’s keep our fingers crossed, and root, root, root for the home team.

Having the advantage of a short 15-minute trip from The Alexander at Rego Center, the luxurious rental building in Rego Park, to Citi Field, we’re sure the residents will be attending many of the games in person.  The stadium holds several promos during the season, and who doesn’t love receiving a special memento of their favorite team?

Want a gnome or a bobble-head?

Noah Syndergaard-en Gnome

Saturday, April 30

Bobbleheads on Sunday, July 31 and Saturday, August 27.

Want to look like Yoenis Cespedes?

Yoenis Cespedes Compression Sleeve Giveaway

Sunday, July 3

The first 15,000 fans through the gates are scheduled to get canary-yellow compression sleeves just like the one worn by the Mets’ Bunyanesque, car-collecting cleanup hitter. Put it on and look like 75 million bucks.

Want nostalgia?

Mike Piazza Number Retirement Ceremony

Saturday, July 30

The Mets are stingy with the retired numbers. They’ve been around since 1962, and the only player whose number has been retired is Tom Seaver (his number 41 sits alongside managers Casey Stengel and Gil Hodges—plus Jackie Robinson, whose number is retired throughout baseball). So new Hall of Famer Mike Piazza’s number 31 being taken out of circulation is a tremendous deal. Don’t miss this very special evening.

Want a post-game musical concert?

Andy Grammer – Saturday, June 18

Styx in Concert – Saturday, August 13

Of course, in addition to these special promotion, if you visit on –

Free Shirt Fridays; all fans in attendance at every Friday home game (except Opening Day) will receive a uniquely designed Mets themed T-Shirt.

Fireworks Saturday; fireworks will be launched from Citi Field’s roof and the centerfield grass, providing a 360-degree experience for fans throughout the ballpark (and probably from your window at The Alexander, as well) on Saturday, July 2nd, and Saturday, September 3rd.

Family day Sundays; Mr. Met Dash

A Mets family favorite! Kids can run the bases at Citi Field after every Sunday home game. Meet your favorite mascot and practice your home run trot in the Mr. Met Dash.

Mr. Met’s Kids Club

This year’s Kids Club is full of great benefits for all kids. With paid and free membership options and fantastic benefits for each, your child is sure to enjoy. Parents, be sure to sign your little leaguer up today!

Check the Mets’ online schedule for game dates, time and opponents, plus additional give-aways. Let’s go, Mets!

New York Mets

Citi Field

126th Street and Roosevelt Ave.

Flushing, New York 11368

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Spring is in the Air at The Alexander

Despite the chilly temperatures, April is here, and preparations for outdoor activities are happening at The Alexander as spring gets into full swing.

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High-spirited children are anxious to catch up with friends at the outdoor play area where they can energetically romp around the Kompan equipment and/or the water jet station. This is a carefree time for their parents, as well, knowing their children are enjoying themselves in a safe, and conveniently located, space within the building.

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“Healthy plants and trees yield abundant flowers and fruits. Similarly, from a healthy person, smiles and happiness shine forth like the rays of the sun.” ~ B.K. S Iyengar – Smiles, happiness await Yoga enthusiasts at The Alexander as the Fitness Center moves outdoors, under rays of sunshine, on our beautiful and peaceful Yoga lawn. Get your zen on!

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Spring is a great time for entertaining, and even better when you can treat your guest to a relaxing day outdoors right here on the grounds of The Alexander.  Our barbecue area is getting heated up in anticipation of those fun outdoor picnics, as is our beautiful lawn area, with its exquisite ambiance to charm even your most discriminating relative or friend.

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“April is a promise that May is bound to keep.” — Hal Borland

As April turns into May, to be followed by June, and spring becomes summer, there is no better promise of an enticing lifestyle of outdoor possibilities – aspire to live at The Alexander at Rego Center.

Get Your Bacon and Beer on!

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During the spring 2016 tour of The Bacon and Beer Classic, the event returns to Citi Field on Friday, April 22nd and Saturday, the 23rd.

Get ready to taste over 50 bacon-infused dishes from the best local chefs and sip over 100 tasty craft beer and cider samples. But, the fun doesn’t end there…you can partake in a Bacon Eating Contest, listen to live rockin’ music, play giant jenga, take cool pics in the photo booth and if you dare – get beer-inspired tattoos!

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TICKET TYPE PRICE
FRIDAY 4/22 EVENING: GA (8-11pm) General admission access is 8-11pm. Unlimited food and craft beer; entertainment, interactive games and a souvenir glass are included in the cost of this ticket. $69.00
FRIDAY 4/22 EVENING: Early Access (7:30-11pm) Evening Early Access Admission is from 7:30-11pm. Gain entries a half hour earlier than GA! Ticket includes unlimited bacon and beer samples, games, music, contests and a souvenir tasting glass. $89.00
FRIDAY 4/22 EVENING: VIP (7-11pm) VIP access is 7-11pm (one hour earlier than general admission) and exclusive access to the stadium dugouts and warning track! VIP ticket includes; food, beer, entertainment, interactive games, souvenir glass, access to VIP-only exclusive brews. $129.00
SATURDAY 4/23 AFTERNOON: GA (1-4pm) General admission access is 1-4pm. Unlimited food and craft beer, entertainment, interactive games and a Souvenir glass is included in the cost of this ticket. $79.00
SATURDAY 4/23 AFTERNOON: Early Access (12:30-4pm) Afternoon Early Access Admission is from 12:30-4pm. Gain entries a half hour earlier than GA! Ticket includes unlimited bacon and beer samples, games, music, contests and a souvenir tasting glass. $99.00
SATURDAY 4/23 AFTERNOON: VIP (12-4pm) VIP access is 12-4pm (one hour earlier than general admission) and exclusive access to the stadium dugouts and warning track! VIP ticket includes; food, beer, entertainment, interactive games, souvenir glass, access to VIP-only exclusive brews. $139.00
SATURDAY 4/23 EVENING: GA (7-10pm) General admission access is 7-10pm. Unlimited food and craft beer; entertainment, interactive games and a souvenir glass are included in the cost of this ticket. $69.00
SATURDAY 4/23 EVENING: Early Access (6:30-10pm) Evening Early Access Admission is from 6:30-10pm. Gain entries a half hour earlier than GA! Ticket includes unlimited bacon and beer samples, games, music, contests and a souvenir tasting glass. $89.00
SATURDAY 4/23 EVENING: VIP (6-10pm) VIP access is 6-10pm (one hour earlier than general admission) and exclusive access to the stadium dugouts and warning track! VIP ticket includes; food, beer, entertainment, interactive games, souvenir glass, access to VIP-only exclusive brews. $129.00

For more information about the Bacon and Beer Classic http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/