In a densely populated area of central Queens, a coalition of local residents and the Trust for Public Land are working to create new open space from a partially elevated rail line built in the 1800s. The line originally connected the Rockaways neighborhood in the south to the main train tracks in the central part of Queens. Service was eventually stopped in 1962. Now the line sits abandoned, the property overrun.
The Trust for Public Land is urging the landlord, The City of New York, to transform this 3.5-mile stretch of abandoned rail line into an elevated pedestrian and bicycle pathway connecting the communities of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Richmond Hill, Glendale, Woodhaven, and Ozone Park. The QueensWay, as it is being hailed, is designated to be the Queens equivalent of Manhattan’s highly successful Highline, which turned an elevated rail line into a park, creating open space and driving economic development in an underserved part of the city.
The project will have 3.5 miles of walking and biking paths and offer a recreational experience for all ages. Central to the park’s design are access points to the neighborhoods; they’ve even drawn a map highlighting foods of each neighborhood to mirror the diversity of Queens. Early design ideas for the Rego Park portion of the QueensWay include a habitat wetland area, a children’s adventure playground and multipurpose seating areas near the Forest Hills Little League baseball fields.
The naysayers would like to see train service restored along the line, citing its’ importance to commuters from the Rockaways to other parts of Queens and/or to New York City. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority, which would run the trains, has cited they have no plans to bring service back to the line. Residents who live next to the track have voiced their concerns about privacy issues. The Trust for Public Land have calmed those fears with promised vegetation and public art to provide natural barriers, and not infringe on their quality of life.
The Trust for Public Land has raised about $3 million for design studies. It believes it can raise the rest from a mix of city, state, federal and private sources, and hopes to start construction within the next three years. All that is needed now is a commitment from City Hall.
“We look forward to continuing conversations with stakeholders about the future of this asset,” said a spokesman for New York Mayor Bill de Blasio.
Comments from random spectators have drawn only favorable reactions from Queens residents. If given the green light, QueensWay will alter the landscape of our borough forever.
What’s your opinion – park or track . . . trail or rail?
Queens’s youngsters interested in coding will be able to learn from the best when Google begins teaching free coding classes this fall at twenty-six Queens Library locations. This is the first time Google has partnered with a library to offer these free classes.
“Computer science skills are critical to for the success of our youth and our country,” said William Floyd, Google’s head of public affairs for New York. “ By 2020, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts there will be 1 million more computer science jobs than graduating students who qualify to fill them. Google is proud to work with the Queens Library to educate and empower this next generation through CS education.”
The CS First clubs were created for students ages 9 to 14 and offer about 10 hours’ worth of coding lessons and activities. Students will be exposed to a curriculum following seven different themes including art, music and sound and game design to apply coding in a real-world context, according to a press release.
Children participating in the CS First club will be instructed in a vast variety of topics;
High Seas – High Seas is an introductory activity designed for use in a classroom setting or at a conference, hackathon, or other event. It is a one-time, standalone activity and not part of a regular CS First theme or club, so it does not use/provide printed materials, usernames, or passwords.
Storytelling – Students use computer science to tell fun and interactive stories. Storytelling emphasizes creativity by encouraging club members to tell a unique story each day.
Friends – Students are encouraged to sign up with a friend or make a new friend in the club. Friends emphasizes teamwork by allowing club members to tell the story of how their friendship started and imagine a company together.
Fashion & Design- Students learn how computer science and technology are used in the fashion industry while building fashion-themed programs, like a fashion walk, a stylist tool, and a pattern maker.
Art -Students create animations, interactive artwork, photograph filters, and other exciting, artistic projects.
Social Media – Students create fun social media style applications and games while learning about the computer science concepts that enable these programs to work.
Sports – Students use computer science to simulate extreme sports, make their own fitness gadget commercial, and create commentary for a big sporting event.
Music & Sound – Students use the computer to play musical notes, create a music video, and build an interactive music display while learning how programming is used to create music.
Game Design – Students learn basic video game coding concepts by making different types of games, including racing, platform, launching, and more!
Animation – BETA Advanced is an advanced curriculum, which means it teaches new concepts that are recommended for students who have already participated in at least two other CS First themes. – Students create fun and complex animated projects.
Twenty high school students will be recruited to become apprentices and will receive high school credit through an ExpandEd program.
“Offering children computer science activities in a relaxed, informal setting will stimulate their natural curiosity and help develop skills that will be useful to them throughout their academic and professional lives,” said Dennis M. Walcott, president and CEO of Queens Library. “The public library is the perfect place for exploring. Queens Library appreciates Google’s partnership in bringing digital literacy to library users, young and old.”
Queens Library hopes to sign up more than 300 kids. Children must pre-register and will be chosen randomly. Check the Rego Park Library for more information, including start-up date.
We have been announcing add-ons to the summer schedule of live entertainment at the Forest Hills Stadium as soon as that information is made available to us. Tickets for concerts held here sell out almost immediately and we don’t want you to miss out. Today we received word that The New York Pops, the iconic and influential organization that embodies the spirit of New York, is returning with a performance starring Tony and Emmy nominee Matthew Morrison.
Last summer The New York Pops played to a sold-out audience at this open-air venue, and the rumor around town is that this year’s concert will be no different. The New York Pop’s educational effort, Kids in the Balcony program, allowing for free admission for 1,000 children to have an opportunity to attend and learn about live music, also returns. If you were fortunate to have been in the audience at the 2015 concert you will certainly remember the positive energy from those well-behaved youngsters in attendance.
Music Director Steven Reineke is as excited to be in Forest Hills, as Rego Park and Forest Hills residents are to have The New York Pops in their back yard “I am beyond thrilled to return to the stadium – we had such a blast last summer, and I know that the orchestra and Matthew are going to knock it out of the park in July! Matthew’s performances with us in December 2014 were absolutely electric. We played two sold-out nights at Carnegie Hall. I am glad he will bring his larger-than-life talent to join our full orchestra in this incredible venue. And in case you’re not excited enough, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of our other special guest!”
A mystery guest, hmm. Anyone care to venture a guess? Our hope would be Idina Menzel, the voice of Elsa in Disney’s Frozen or Linda Eder of Jekyll & Hyde fame. Either would be a fabulous pairing with Broadway’s Matthew Morrison, although we’re certain whoever the guest is won’t disappoint.
Forest Hills Stadium events have been made possible through a partnership with the local community, with an emphasis on making concerts a rewarding experience for all. As members of this community, residents of the luxury rental building, The Alexander at Rego Center agree these live, top-performer concerts are representative of an unmatched neighborhood quality.
The latest rumor is Van Morrison will be performing sometime in October, and we’ll keep you posted on that.
Tickets are on sale at www.foresthillsstadium.com; prices range from $15.00 to $95.00. Remember, children are admitted free.
Another reminder, The New York Pops annual subscription series at Carnegie Hall opens October 14, 2016 with “The Musical World of Lerner and Loewe.”
The New York Pops at Forest Hills Stadium starring Matthew Morrison.
July 7, 2016
Forest Hills Stadium
One Tennis Place
Forest Hills, New York 11375
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
Shhhh – Is that the sound of sleigh bells we hear? Yes, boys and girls, Santa is arriving a bit earlier for a special visit with the children who have been good all year long – and that includes you, doesn’t it?
Santa has modified his schedule to free up three stops at the Galleria section of the Rego Center Mall on Saturday, December 5th, 12th and 19th between the hours of noon and 4:00pm, so make sure bring your list when you stop by and say ‘hello’ to him. This is the perfect photo op for mom and dad to capture the smiles and laughter.
Many of the stores located within the complex will be having special holiday promotions and sales, and moms and dads can finish up their Christmas shopping while here. For those planning on visiting Santa on December 5th, parents might consider arriving at 10:00am, when Century 21 will begin distributing a free tote bag that includes a mystery gift card, valued between $5.00 and $500.00, to the first 400 visitors to the Galleria between ALDI Food Market and Panera Bread. For additional specials throughout the holiday season, keep your eye on http:/www.regocenter.com/events
Ho, Ho, Ho!
Meet & Greet Santa Claus
61-35 Junction Blvd.
Rego Park, New York 11374
Saturday, December 5th, December 12th, December 19th
Noon ~ 4:00pm
Exciting monthly events planned for the Rego Park community sponsored by Rego Center I and Rego Center II focus on issues of importance to all its’ neighbors.
With summer drawing to a close and the anticipation of the Queens schools opening on Wednesday, September 9th, a fun send-off bash is planned for Sunday, September 6th. Family Fun Days have long been a community favorite for children of all ages, and this one will be no different. Parents are encouraged to partake in the free activities along with their children, so if you see a mom or dad with colorful face painting, or wearing a balloon hat resembling a cat, don’t be surprised. This month’s ‘celebrity’ star comes to Rego Park direct from PBS’s animated television series Cyberchase . . . Digit*, the dearly loved cybird that helps the kids on their mission to save Cyberspace.
Back to School Family Fun Day
Sunday, September 6, 2015
11:00am – 2:00pm
Galleria walkway between ALDI and the Vitamin Shoppe
*Ironically, Gilbert Gottfied is the official voice of Digit. Many of you may be familiar with Mr. Gottfried association with Rego Park through a recent charity event held to benefit the Forest Hills Rego Park Ambulance Corps, “Laughter is the Best Medicine… Take 2” in which he starred.
Mad Science Saturdays, a favorite among older children, are spectacular science-themed shows designed to amaze and entertain through demonstrations and logical explanations
On Saturday, September 19th, come one, come all, and step into three rings of fun as Mad Science Saturday presents a series of chemistry and physics demos that explain how a bed of nails can provide a great night’s sleep or how important balance can be to a tightrope walker. Watch as super secret Snooberfish eggs hatch – see an amazing high dive that doesn’t make a splash. When it comes to fun science Mad Science Saturday provides the greatest show on earth! All Mad Science Shows are free and will take place in the
Galleria between Mandee and Panera Bread from 1:00pm to 1:45pm.
Burlington gives back to the Rego Park community on Sunday, September 20th as they promote Community Safety Day. In partnership with the local police station, the 112th precinct, safety issues will be addressed to raise awareness of potential dangers and how to avoid bringing harm to you or your child, i.e., car seat safety. If you’re interested in providing a record of identification for your child, fingerprinting will be conducted on site. Visit the Burlington store between 10:00am and 3:00pm and bring any questions you may have relating to family and/or community safety.
The school year is off to a wonderful, safe start for you and your family.
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
Union Turnpike and Park Lane South
Woodhaven, NY 11421
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.
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:
- a) South Alley – West of Winchester Blvd, between the Grand Central Pkwy and Union Tpke, Queens Village.
- b) North Alley – Separated from South Alley by the Grand Central Parkway.
- 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.
- d) Oakland Lake – Between Springfield and Cloverdale Blvds, south of 46th Avenue, near Queensborough Community College,
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!
The Queens Parks Department has arranged a special treat for the children living in Rego Park. The Arts, Culture & Fun City Classics will be held on the last three Fridays in July at the Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center. Enjoy some recreational activities before settling in for family-friendly flicks on the lawn. Bring a chair or blanket. This is a free event.
Friday, July 17th – Ghostbusters
Unemployed parapsychologists set themselves up as Ghostbusters to rid New York of evil monstrous apparitions that are taking over the city.
Friday, July 24th – Back to the Future
Marty McFly is transported back in time to 1955 where he accidentally changes the course of history through a series of comic misadventures.
Friday, July 31st – The Karate Kid
A handyman/martial arts master agrees to teach a bullied boy karate as a means of self-defense.
Arts, Culture & Fun City Classics
Lost Battalion Hall Recreation Center
93-29 Queens Boulevard
Rego Park, New York
Fridays, July 17, 24 and 31
There are other free family-friendly movies being shown in green spaces throughout Queens this summer. Some, like Springfield Park in Springfield, Flushing Meadow Park in Corona and Forest Park in Forest Hills are the most conveniently accessible for Rego Park residents. Therefore, we are listing only the showings applicable to your area. All movies are free, and rated PG.
Saturday, June 27th – Annie
Annie is a young, happy foster kid who’s also tough enough to make her way on the streets of New York in this 2014 adaptation.
183rd Street between 145th Road and 149th Avenue
Springfield Gardens, Queens, New York
Recreational activities begin at 7:00 pm. Movie begins at dusk.
Wednesday, August 5th – Big Hero 6
Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated. Big Hero 6 is briskly paced, action-packed, has continuous humor, exhilarating visuals & action and a hint of heartfelt emotion.
111th Street and 53rd Avenue
(On the grass area near the carousel)
Wednesday, August 19th – Guardians of the Galaxy
An all around good sci-fi fun film for the whole family. ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is thrilling, hilarious, and heartfelt, with great special effects and the perfect cast, this film is bonafide entertainment. You won’t want it to end.
111th Street and 53rd Avenue
(On the grass area near the carousel)
Wednesday, September 2nd – Big Hero 6
Agreeably entertaining and brilliantly animated. Big Hero 6 is briskly paced, action-packed, has continuous humor, exhilarating visuals & action and a hint of heartfelt emotion.
Forest Park at George Seuffert Bandshell
Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive
Don’t forget to bring a blanket or chair, and a few munchies.
For a complete listing of all movies and their location go to http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/free_summer_movies
It’s always a good idea to check the website before leaving for a specific movie. Several factors might be responsible for an unscheduled change in the program.
Almost forty years ago, twelve farmers arrived at a vacant parking lot on 59th Street and 2nd Avenue, laid out wood tables, unloaded their cars packed with a farm-fresh eggs, vegetables and fruits, and originated the first Farmer’s Market in New York City.
GrowNYC is a hands-on non-profit created to improve the quality of life for New Yorkers through environmental programs that have the potential to secure a clean and healthy environment for future generations.
In 1975, a marriage between the two entities took place, resulting in the birth of Greenmarket. This new beginning had a dual goal; to expand the opportunity for small family farms to sell their locally grown products directly to the consumer, and to make it possible for New Yorkers to have access to the freshest, most nutritious locally grown food the region has to offer.
Today, Grow NYC Greenmarkets boasts 230 family farms participating in one or more of their 54 markets within the five boroughs of New York. There are eleven Greenmarkets in Queens, three of which operate year-round; Forest Hills, Jackson Heights, and Sunnyside, with the remaining markets opening during June or July.
The Forest Hills Greenmarket is located on the South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue, a few short minutes from the newest luxury Rego Park residential building, The Alexander, adding yet another bonus to living there.
Attending farms during the year-round at the Forest Hills market are,
- American Seafood Wild- caught fish and shellfish from Suffolk County, New York
- Andrew’s Local Honey – honey and honey products from Fairfield County, Connecticut
- Bread Alone – artisan breads, mostly certified Organic, and pastries from Ulster County, New York
- Consider Bardwell Farm LLC – goat milk cheeses from Rutland County, Vermont
- DiPaola Turkeys – turkey from Mercer County, New Jersey
- Divine Brine – pickled products and chutneys from Suffolk County, New York
- Gajeski Produce – vegetables from Suffolk County, New York
- Garden of Eve Certified Organic vegetables from Suffolk County, New York
- Goodale Farms – vegetables and dairy from Suffolk County, New York
- King Ferry Winery – wine from Cayuga County, New York
- Las Delicias Patisserie – baked goods from Queens County, New York
- Red Jacket Orchards – orchard and small fruit, fresh juices and preserves from Ontario County, New York
- Ronnybrook Farm – dairy milk, yogurt, butter and ice cream from Columbia County, New York
- Terhune Orchards – orchard fruit from Dutchess County, New York
Joining during growing season are,
- B & Y Farms – Animal Welfare Approved pork, lamb, poultry, eggs, and bison raised on certified organic feed and unsprayed hay and pasture, as well as flowers, yarn, and fleeces from Tioga County, New York
- Blue Oyster Cultivation – mushrooms from Tompkins County, New York
- Las Delicias Patisserie – baked goods from Bronx County, New York
- Nolasco’s Farm Vegetables – Mexican specialty produce and herbs from Warren County, New Jersey; New Farmer Development Project participant
And, during the winter months only,
- Holy Schmitt’s LLC – Philip A Schmitt & Sons Farm – fresh and prepared horseradish from Nassau County, New York
With so many wonderful items available, it should be easy enough to prepare a shopping list even before you set out for the market, or you can just let your eyes, nose and stomach be your guide while you’re there.
As each market is an anchor to its community providing fresh, locally-grown food, it has become a gathering place where neighbors come together, share recipes, watch cooking demonstrations, take a tour with a chef, and learn about local agriculture.
Forest Hills Greenmarket
South side of Queens Boulevard at 70th Avenue
Forest Hills, New York 11375
Open Sundays, year-round
8 am – 3 pm
Night 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
Every Saturday from 6:00pm to midnight through October 20th.