It’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.
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
126th Street and Roosevelt Ave.
Flushing, New York 11368
Despite the chilly temperatures, April is here, and preparations for outdoor activities are happening at The Alexander as spring gets into full swing.
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.
“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!
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.
“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.
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!
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
|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.
For more information about the Bacon and Beer Classic http://www.baconandbeerclassic.com/
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 . . .
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
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
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
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.
NY TRI EXPO ’16
Saturday, March 19, 2016
10:00am – 6:00pm
120-01 Roosevelt Avenue
Corona, New York 11368
HJMT Media Company
In her private life, Rego Park residents are proud to call author Elizabeth Uhlig their neighbor and friend. In her professional life, Ms. Uhlig is devoted to teaching children about the world they live in through magical words and vibrant color. A published author, illustrator and translator of children’s books, most parents are familiar with her inspiring tales; Grandmother Mary; Anna Pavlova, Jewel of the Ballet; Memoir Writing and Illustrating for Children; The Whole World is Dancing; Rainwalk; Children Just Like You; I Want To Be; Before We Met; I See America; What Is It About Doggies?
Her recent release, The Magic Chain, is a rhyming picture book, written with an objective to introduce young readers to the beauty of rhyming poetry. The book, 32 pages and illustrated by Uhlig, uses just a few lines of poetry to teach youngsters interesting scenarios featuring characters of different cultures, and places far, far away. Uhlig created the book using watercolor, collage, and photography.
The Magic Chain is a wonderful read for children and young adults. Snuggle up at bedtime, or read with your youngster in the inviting indoor Children’s playroom at The Alexander – bet other kids will quickly join in – you’ll soon be hearing rhyming sentences around the building. Kids love to rhyme – it’s fun. Remember reciting,
“Hickory, dickory dock!
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock!”
The Magic Chain is currently available on www.Amazon.com To order a special autographed copy, mail $13.00 + $2.00 postage to, Marble House Editions 96-09 66th Avenue, Suite 1D Rego Park, New York 11374
The exciting news in Rego Park and Forest Hills is that professional tennis is returning to the Forest Hills Stadium, once the home of the U.S. Open before it moved to the larger National Tennis Center in Flushing in 1977. Also, through the late 1980’s, the venue was well known for hosting live concerts; showcasing performances by high-profile entertainers like The Beatles, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand and the Rolling Stones. The property remained in use as a local private tennis club, the West Side Tennis Club.
A partnership with new concert promoters, and a complete renovation of the facility, brought events back to the neighborhood in 2013. And now, once again, professional tennis returns to the West Side Tennis Club as they welcome the New York Empire, a newly created team in Mylan World Team Tennis.
An announcement of the new franchise was aired on February 17th, noting World Team Tennis has not had a team in the city since the New York Sportimes moved to San Diego in 2014. The Empire will take a prominent position in the 2016 tennis season as they compete with five other teams for the King Trophy. Patrick McEnroe will serve as the team’s coach in the inaugural season and former U.S. Open Champion Andy Roddick will be its’ first player.
From the New York Empire’s web page;
The New York Empire is one of six teams competing in the Mylan World Team Tennis league.
New York Empire
Orange County Breakers
San Diego Aviators
Mylan World Team Tennis was co-founded by the legendary Billie Jean King and is operating it’s 41st season in 2016.
The unique and innovative format features 2 men and 2 women on a team and 5 sets of tennis are played each night – one set each of men’s singles, women’s singles, men’s doubles, women’s doubles, and mixed doubles. Whichever team wins the most games at the end of the 5 sets, wins the match.
There is an electric atmosphere at each match unlike any other tennis event you have ever attended – we encourage cheering for your hometown team, we have pre-match activities, contests on-court, and world-class tennis in an intimate stadium.
All children 16 years old and younger have the opportunity to come on the court at the end of each match to get autographs from the players.
The Empire will play 6 home matches and 6 on the road in its quest for the Mylan WTT Championship. Season dates are July 31 – August 13, 2016. The top two teams will advance to the Mylan WTT Finals, to be held in the New York area on August 27th.
“We’re sure the action will wake the echoes of the past at the iconic Forest Hills Stadium at The West Side Tennis Club with a style that is fun, competitive, and very much New York”
For all New Yorkers this is exciting news. But, for tennis lovers living in The Alexander at Rego Center, Rego Park’s newest luxury rental building, it just doesn’t get better than this! Now you have the US Tennis Open at the National Tennis Center in Flushing and Mylan World Team Tennis at West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills – both located almost in your back yard. That’s an ace in our book!
Not sure if last weekend’s brutally cold weather prevented you from visiting Flushing to watch the famous Lunar New Year parade. If you were there, hope you kept warm and enjoyed the spectacular. If you missed it, you might be interested to know other celebrations honoring the arrival of the Year of the Monkey will be ongoing through the end of the month – and they all sound like great fun! Flushing Town Hall is offering several programs during the month-long celebration . . .and they’re all indoors!
►On Saturday, February 20th, The Chinese New Year Temple Bazaar returns for its’ second year. Due to last year’s sold-out crowd, this year’s Bazaar is being offered in two sessions; 11:00am to 1:00pm and 2:00pm to 4 :00pm. Bring the entire family to enjoy a variety of performances, including martial arts demos, and crafts. Non-member; $5.00 adult ticket, $3.00 child ticket (per session) Free for Members call the box office at 718-463-7700 x 222 to reserve your free tickets. (each member can request up to 2 tickets)
►In Chinese culture calligraphy, literally meaning “beautiful writing”, was considered to be more than a decorative form. It was viewed as the supreme visual art form, more valued than painting and sculpture, and ranked alongside poetry as a means of self-expression and cultivation. So much importance was placed on this art form that it became equally important how one wrote, as to what one wrote. Now you can learn to write Chinese calligraphy at a workshop being held on Sunday, February 21st. Under the tutelage of Asian Art specialist Dr. HsingLih Chou, you will practice your skills on paper before writing your wish on a Chinese silk fan for good luck. Calligraphy on Chinese Silk Fans Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8:00 Members and Children (materials included)
►On Sunday, February 28th children and their families can celebrate the Lunar New Year by making their very own monkey tal, or mask at a Monkey Mask Decorating workshop being held at 1:30pm. Participants will also learn tal chum (Korean mask dance) moves that go along with their creations. This workshop will stimulate your child’s eye hand coordination, movement skills, and most importantly, curiosity about new cultures. Tickets: $10.00 adults, $8.00 Members and Children (materials included)
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Blvd.
Flushing, New York 11354
Appropriately, there will be a lot of ‘monkey’ business going on at the Queens Zoo on Saturday, February 20th and Sunday, February 21st, with both days following the same schedule to celebrate the Lunar New Year.
►From 11:00am to 4:00pm (ongoing, all day). Make a special craft to celebrate the New Year. The Craft Workshop is located in the Education Center. What fun! A scavenger hunt throughout the zoo to find all the zodiac animals. Clues will be provided. If moms and dads want to sit out an activity, they can head to the Wild Roomm (across from Sea Lions) to relax with a hot cup of tea and some fortune cookies.
► 11:30am to 12:30pm and 3:45pm to 4:30pm. Experience the art of calligraphy and try out your skills in a calligraphy workshop, being held in the Wild Room.
►12:15pm and 3:15pm. Lunar New Year Story Time will entertain everyone with tales about the history and animals of the zodiac. Meet up at the Education Center about 15 minutes before the scheduled start time.
►1:00pm and 2:30pm. Hao Bang Ah Monkey Puppet Show, performed by Chinese Theater Works, highlights the Year of the Monkey in the most delightful way. After the laughs and giggles are over, new fun begins immediately following the show when everybody gets together to take part in a Lunar New Year Parade. The puppet show takes place in the Wild Room, across from the Sea Lions.
Queens Zoo Year of the Monkey Celebration
53-51 111th Street
Corona, New York 11368
Saturday, February 20–Sunday, February 21
Gong Xi Fa Cai to our friends and neighbors celebrating the Year of the Monkey.