Get Your (Tennis) Game On

 

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The US Open, the biggest pro tennis event in the United States (and one of the four Grand Slam tournaments that are the sport’s most prestigious), returns to Flushing Meadows Corona Park August 29th through September 11th.  Opening night traditionally brings a lot of star power to the BJKNTC to entertain the crowds, but the line-up for the 2016 season is still under wraps. Stay tuned for details.

There have been some pretty major changes made to the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center during the year.  For openers, the long-awaited retractable roof has been completed. This means no more weather-related cancellations . . . a bonus for the players and ticket holders alike.

Actually, most of the grounds have been renovated. The changes don’t stop at the roof. The USTA says they’ve upgraded 85 percent of the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center—renovating almost all of the side courts and adding seating which will increase total capacity on those courts by more than a third. They’ve also expanded walkways and added more concessions throughout the grounds. Options include Ben & Jerry’s ice cream, the upscale Aces wine and sushi bar, a glatt kosher cart and even a Carnegie Deli outpost. Bargain seekers can hit the street vendors near the grounds, too, though security won’t let you enter with outside snacks.

There’s also a brand-new 8,000-seat grandstand stadium, to replace the old one slated for demolition after this year’s tournament. In the years to come, the USTA plans for a new Louis Armstrong Stadium, with a retractable roof like the one on Arthur Ashe Stadium.

Though this is tennis at its highest level, you can still pay as little as $35.00 (before fees) for an opening-night or early evening session ticket.  Admission  for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day on August 27th is only $10.00. This year’s iteration of Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day is scheduled to include music from Flo Rida, Zara Larsson, Forever in Your Mind and others. There will also be interactive and entertaining tennis-related fun, including appearances by Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal.

You can also attend—for free—the qualifying tournament (August 23–26), in which ambitious players battle for a berth in the main tournament, and practice day, August 28, when the stars hone their game in preparation for their moment in the spotlight.

Some helpful hints;

Use public transit. Parking is tough, and a spot will set you back $23.

If you are outside for a day session wear a hat and sunglasses, and apply plenty of sunscreen. Don’t forget to hydrate.  Seriously!

Like other big events, the US Open has a lengthy list of what is and is not allowed. Do yourself a favor and read up to prevent that awkward moment when you’re stopped at the gate because you can’t bring your doggy in to sit with you.

You don’t need a courtside ticket to get a great view—you just need to know where to look. If you buy a grounds pass, you’ll be able to see the pros at very close range on the numerous side courts, at a fraction of the cost of a courtside seat in one of  Stadiums.

Tickets for the event, and for Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, can be purchased at usopen.org, by calling Ticketmaster at 1-866-OPEN-TIX, at all Ticketmaster outlets or at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center box office.

US Open Tennis Championships

USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

Flushing, New York 11368

718- 760-6200

 

Get Hip With Shakespeare

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If it’s summer time in Queens, then the borough’s magnificent parks are once again filled with free Shakespeare, courtesy of Hip-to-Hip Theatre Co.

Now in its eighth season, the Woodside-based theater group — founded by husband-and-wife acting team Jason and Joy Marr — kicks things off July 23 at Flushing Meadows Corona Park with “Cymbeline.” One of the bard’s later works, “Cymbeline” may not have the name recognition of a “King Lear” or “Macbeth,” but it fits nicely into Hip to Hip’s mission of balancing a silly comedy with something more dramatic.

This year’s silliness comes by way of “Two Gentlemen of Verona,” which tells the story of the foolish way people in love usually act. Hip to Hip plans on staging the comedy in the classic Commedia dell’arte style, including the use of stock characters in masques.

The ever popular pre-curtain children’s program returns. Offered 30 minutes prior to each performance, the workshops include games and word play to help the younger audience members get a better grasp of the language and storyline. Lots of parents attend as well, using the workshops as an opportunity to brush up on their Shakespeare.

Coming to a park near you . . .

“Cymbeline”

July 23 – 7 :00p.m.  Flushing Meadows Corona Park

July 26 – 7:00 p.m.  St. Albans Park

July 30 – 7:00 p.m.  Voelker Orth Museum

August 1- 7:00 p.m.  Sunnyside Gardens Park

August 3 – 4:30 p.m.  Socrates Sculpture Park

August 7 – 7 :00p.m.  Crocheron Park

August 9 – 7:00 p.m.  Gantry Plaza State Park

August 14 – 7:30 p.m  Cunningham Park

“Two Gentlemen of Verona”

July 24 – 7 :00 p.m. Crocheron Park

July 25 – 7:00 p.m.  Lost Battalion Rec Center

July 31- 7:30 p.m.  Cunningham Park

August 2 – 7:00 p.m.  Gantry Plaza State Park

August 6 –  7 :00 p.m.  Flushing Meadows Corona Park

August 8 – 7 :00 p.m.  Sunnyside Gardens Park

August 10 – 4:30 p.m.  Socrates Sculpture Park

August 13 -7:00 p.m.  Voelker Orth Museum

Many of these parks are approximately a 15-20 minute distance from The Alexander at Rego Center. The Lost Battalion Recreation Center, scene of Two Gentlemen of Verona on July 25th, is located in Rego Park at 93-29 Queens Boulevard.

http://www.hiptohip.org/

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

 

Queens Scores Another Ace

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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!

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Spend Your February Break at Camp!

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Many working parents are faced with a similar dilemma every February when mid-winter school break rolls around – what to do with their children during that week? This can be a very complex situation, with solutions ranging from some parents taking a vacation from work to infringing on the generosity of friends or relatives.   If you haven’t figured it out yet, we have a wonderful suggestion sure to impress you, and guaranteed to provide a fun and educational adventure for your child.

The New York Hall of Science, also known as NYSCI, is hosting a Design-Make-Play Innovation Camp for youngster’s grades 1 through 4 from February 15th through the 19th.   Participants in this weeklong camp will have access to NYSCI’s Design Lab exhibition area, where students are inspired to be creative thinkers and problem solvers.  They will explore electricity and create their own house powered 
by LED lights. They will design a device that would help them survive on a deserted island. And, they’ll investigate the principles of light, create shadow puppets, and explore gravity, air resistance and air pressure while designing devices that will be launched from 20 feet in the air.  If you have a youngster who loves science, or one that is curious about the world around him/her, then NYSCI’s camp is the place to be.  Sign up now, as space is limited.

Register online at nysci.org/clubs-camps-folio, call 718-699-0005 ext. 320 or email aware@nysci.org.  The fee is $375.00 for non-members, $350.00 for members, and includes a mid-morning snack and lunch.

NYSCI is a science museum located in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, only 15 minutes from The Alexander at Rego Center.  For a unique experience exploring concepts in science, technology and engineering through hands-on investigations check out other special programs and Innovation Camps available for children to enjoy.   Each Innovation Camp includes interactive activities; exhibit exploration, a student certificate and a free student membership.

New York Science

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Corona, New York

DESIGN-MAKE-PLAY INNOVATION CAMP

February 15 – February 19, 2016

9:00am – 3:00pm daily

718-699-0005 ext. 320

aware@nysci.org

 

nysci.org/clubs-camps-folio

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Ice, Ice, Baby!

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Meet Lauren Hunt, the founding skating director at the World Ice Arena in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.  Ms. Hunt has dedicated her career to helping children discover the fun, friendship and discipline of the sport of ice skating; attributes she herself learned beginning with group lessons on public rinks as an eight year old youngster in the Bronx.

“For me, skating gave me a direction in my own life,” Hunt said. “I know that being a kid and teenager can be kind of hard, and in New York you can get pulled in a lot of directions. Skating gave me this thing that I always had to go to, and something I was good at, a new skill — it changed my life.”

In 2014, Ms. Hunt’s mission to bring the love of skating to others earned her the title of “ISI Woman of The Year” from the nonprofit international skating group that supports owners, operators and developers of ice skating facilities focused on recreational and fitness skating. Today, Ms. Hunt is responsible for building the largest Ice Skating Institute (ISI) program in the United States, with more than 2,000 skaters of all ages and skill levels participating.

“It’s so rewarding,” said Hunt. “You see these little kids come in who are not even people yet, and suddenly, after a few months or a year, they’re figure skaters. They’ve learned discipline. They’ve made friends. They’ve been mentored through the sport and it really moves me to see that.”

Aware of the expense attached to taking lessons, Ms. Hunt plans to grow the program by offering affordable options for skaters of all ages.  This would include group lessons, private instruction, clinics and camps for beginners and an annual Theater on Ice production.  As of now, seven-week Learn-to-Skate sessions start at $164.50; clinics start at $150.00 for six sessions or $30.00 per session; and private lessons start at $40.00 for one skater or $55.00 for two.

If you prefer, the rink at World Ice Arena is available for public skating.  Per session admission fee is $6.00 on weekdays and $9.00 on weekends and holidays; skate rental is $5.00.

Sunday:                      12:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m.
Monday:                    9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Tuesday:                    9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Wednesday:             9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Thursday:                  9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m.
Friday:                        9:00 a.m.-5:15 p.m  – 7:00 p.m.- 9:50 p.m.
Saturday:                  12:00 p.m.-4:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.- 9:50 p.m.

Parents, you might be interested to know the rink will be open every day during the upcoming February break from school. Flushing Meadow Park is only a twelve-minute ride from The Alexander at Rego Center – how convenient is that?  See you on the rink!

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World Ice Arena

Flushing Meadow Park

125-40 Roosevelt Ave (at 126th Street)

Corona, New York 11368

Lauren Hunt – Skating Director

(718) 760-9001

lhunt@worldice.com

http://www.worldice.com

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Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Queens Walk – New Date – November 8th

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Update to our Making Strides Against Breast Cancer post on September 1, 2015 . . .

Can you believe? For the first time since 2006, the Mets are on their way to the playoffs! According to the MLB calendar, this could mean a home game at Citi Field on October 18th, causing terrible traffic and major parking issues for partcipants in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk that same day.  The Queens walk is being rescheduled to Sunday, November 8th at 10:00am to avoid this potential problem.

That means great news for you.  You now have added time to recruit additional team members, increase your fundraising efforts, and plan a memorable day with your family, friends, neighbors and coworkers. You might also be thrilled to learn the registered 491 teams and 1,609 participants have raised $134,523.36 to date.  That’s just as Amazin’ as our Mets!

Remember, the walk has no registration fee and no fund-raising minimum.  This event will take place rain or shine.

Lace up your kicks and walk for an Amazin’ cause.  See you at the finish line!

To register, or for more information, contact Michele Becker at QueensNYStrides@cancer.org or 800-227-2345. All participants must park in the Making Strides Parking lot located at Citi Field. The first 1,000 parking spaces will be free to participants. GPS address for the parking lot: 38-72 126th Street Corona, NY 11368

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Queens Walk

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

October 18, 2015

Rain or shine

www.makingstrideswalk.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)

via Michael Travin/ Resident Magazine

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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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.

Family-Friendly Outdoor Marketplace Will Showcase Diverse Food, Art, Merchandise, and Performances from New York City’s Cultural Tapestry

tchgpuxj0jidtfvr2rmlNight markets have long been a fixture in many parts of the world. In recent years, they’ve become tremendously popular in cities like Philadelphia, San Diego, LA, Toronto, and Vancouver. Queens, as one of the most diverse places in the world–and the Lonely Planet’s top US tourist destination for 2015–is an ideal place for an open air market with an international theme. Therefore, it came as no surprise that the Queens International Night Market made a smashing debut on Saturday, April 25th in the parking lot of the New York Hall of Science, part of Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The aroma from the diverse culturally authentic street foods encouraged attendees to try new tastes.  A wide array of art items was pleasurable to the eye.  A variety of merchandise for sale was appealing to those looking for a ‘bargain’, as The Queens International Night Market aims to be uniquely affordable.  Small-scale performances of music and dance were a big part of the night market experience and excitement.

The Queens International Night Market is a short distance from Rego Park.  Rain or shine, the event takes place every Saturday from 6:00pm to midnight through October 20th.  Admission to the market is free.

The Queens International Night Market

Flushing Meadows Corona Park

New York Hall of Science

47-01 111th Street,

Corona, New York

http://queensnightmarket.com/

Every Saturday from 6:00pm to midnight through October 20th.