A Sky Full of Stars

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Lounge with your neighbors on the beautifully landscaped terrace at The Alexander this Fourth of July.  There’s plenty of gorgeous green space for a blanket, or choose a comfy chair to witness the sky fill with an array of vibrant colors and intrinsic designs as we celebrate our great country’s birthday. There’s no better place in Queens for a ringside seat to enjoy the magnificent firework show that will originate from CitiField tomorrow, following the Mets/Rangers game.  You might even see the memorable Macy’s display which, this year, has been relocated to the New York side of the East River, promising a better view to the residents of western Queens.   Ooohs and Aaahs guaranteed!

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Korean Theatre Festival Arrives in Queens

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Ten years ago the inaugural Korean Theatre Festival arrived in New York with founder Du-Yee Chang performing an original one-man show based on one of Franz Kafka’s novels. Chang, along with 16 other performers from various Seoul theater companies, descend on The Secret Theatre in Long Island City from June 29th through July 3rd to stage three plays as part of the fourth edition of the festival dedicated to Korean theater.

Chang sees the event as a sort of cultural exchange to introduce American audiences to traditional Korean theater. “When we do a Shakespeare play, we are not doing it in an Elizabethan style,” Chang said. “We transform it so Korean audiences can feel familiar with it. It is sort of like how in America, ‘Romeo & Juliet’ became ‘West Side Story.’”

No large-scale musicals are on tap for this year’s festival, but Chang said the three plays scheduled show the variety of what is happening in Korean theater.

“Counselor,” written and directed by Hyun Suk Cha, revolves around the owner of a coffee shop, who offers advice to emotionally and mentally wounded patrons, but who has no memory of his own past. “This is a very modern Korean play,” Chang said. “It is really an interesting psychological drama — like a Harold Pinter play.”

In “The Genius Magician, Young-Sil Chang,” a young magician is the reincarnation of a genius inventor from the 15th-century Chosun Dynasty. Living in a beautiful fictional world, the young magician uses his powers to fight those set on destroying nature.

Both plays will be performed with subtitles displaying English translations of the dialogue.

Although “Same Story, Different Day,” a piece written to mark the 65th Anniversary of the Korean War, will be performed without titles, Chang believes the story will be understood by English-speaking audience members with its use of movement and pantomime.

Although Korean ex-patriots are most likely to attend the festival, Chang hopes to reach plenty of American theatergoers as well.

“We are aiming for both,” he said. “For New Yorkers, these are good plays for theater performances. Korean theater can introduce a different dimension or style.”

June 29 through July 3

Korean Theatre Festival in New York

Secret Theatre

44-02 23rd St., Long Island City

Cost: $10/general, $7/seniors and students

(718) 392-0722

www.secrettheatre.com

Let it Glow!

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The familiar glowing Pepsi Cola sign, a dazzling swirl of red curlicue letters, is officially a New York City landmark.

There is widespread love for the sign, and most think it is already a landmark. However, the sign has been one of dozens of sites across the city that was part of NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission’s massive “backlog,” and had been under consideration for 28 years.

The Pepsi Cola sign is one of the most recognizable features on the Queens waterfront and continues to be one of the few remaining vestiges of a time when illuminated signs adorned factories and warehouses across the city.

Constructed in 1936, the 60-foot sign was the largest electric sign in the state; the “P” and “C” are each 44 feet high, or roughly four stories. Over the years the sign has been moved several times, from one Pepsi bottling plant to another, and is now located near Center Boulevard and 46th Avenue overlooking Gantry Plaza State Park, a few feet from its’ original location.  A winter storm in 1993 caused heavy damage to the sign, forcing a reconstruction of the then 50-year old sign. However, because the new sign, now 23 years old, remained true to the original format, it didn’t hinder the ‘over 50 year age limit’ required by a property under consideration by the LPC.

The iconic Pepsi Cola sign has overlooked the neighborhood’s waterfront for decades, and will continue to do so under the watchful eye of the LPC.  Pepsi Cola remains responsible for the maintenance of the sign.

NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

One Centre Street

New York, New York 10007

212-669-7700

http://www.nyc.gov/html/lpc/html/home/home.shtml

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Pop Over To Forest Hills Stadium On July 7th

25-atjmboWe 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.

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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

7:30pm

Forest Hills Stadium

One Tennis Place

Forest Hills, New York 11375

www.foresthillsstadium.com

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

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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

http://www.foresthillsstadium.com/event/1115247-bob-dylan-his-band-forest-hills/

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Achieve True Luxury at The Alexander

 

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Rego Park, Queens is a neighborhood that has seen many changes over the years. Once considered the suburbs, it is now a bustling community home to many families.  The population of the area, like much of New York City, has grown a great deal over the past 50 years. Today, just a short subway ride from Manhattan, Rego Park offers residents and visitors easy access to other areas of the city. The E, G, R and V lines of the New York City subway system stop at 63rd Drive and Queens Boulevard.  The community has adapted to reflect the changing, diverse residents and their needs, as is evident in the growth of venues for the arts and theater, museums, musical arenas and of course, Rego Park’s next-door-neighbor, Citi field.  A proposed Queens version of the popular NYC High Line will begin, or end, depending on the direction in which you’re walking, in Rego Park.

Rego Center, an in-door shopping complex built in two phases to accomodate the growing population, is bordered by the Long Island Expressway, Junction Boulevard, Queens Boulevard, 63rd  Drive, and 99th Street.  With major tenants like Costco, Sears, Century 21, and a constant draw for national retailers, the mall is noted to be the most popular shopping destination in Queens.  Management remains focused on the community. Children are entertained with special free events;  Mad Science Saturday is a neighborhood favorite of Rego Park children, holidays are acknowledged with parties and parades, and Family Fun Day features games, prizes, face painting and entertainment which is equally enjoyed by the moms and dads.

In the latest ‘what-will-they-think-of-next’ effort to offer the ideal Rego Park life-style, Vornado Realty Trust, the developers of the property, have constructed a luxury rental twenty story tower soaring above the mall.  Called The Alexander at Rego Center, the building contains 312 apartments with a mix of studios, one-bedroom, one-bedroom + home office, and two-bedroom units.

Every apartment is well planned, with 9′ ceilings, hardwood flooring, the latest in high-end appliances, including washer/dryer combos (not available in three studios), oak wood kitchen cabinets, porcelain tiles and quartz counters in baths, and so much more. The building is enhanced with amenities found in New York City apartments; indoor and outdoor play areas for children, an adult fitness center with an outdoor Yoga lawn, a wood-burning fireplace in the Club Room, and a pool table and video game nook in the Game Room.   Wait, there’s still more!  The Alexander has a full-time doorman, concierge service and on-site parking.

Don’t miss out on an opportunity to live in style, comfort and convenience.  Come take a tour of the building and see for yourself.  Expect the unexpected!

 

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Join The Community Board – Represent Rego Park

CB06q-mainmapNew residents to The Alexander of Rego Park should familiarize themselves with the activities of Community Board Six, a municipal body of representatives with a primary mission to advise elected officials and government agencies on matters affecting the social welfare of the community.  Board Members are your neighbors – people that live, work, own a business, or have some other significant interest in Rego Park, and its’ neighbor, Forest Hills.

A District Manager is responsible for running the District Office, which has two primary functions; to process citizen complaints and requests for services, and to provide administrative support for the Community Board.  There are no fees for any services provided, which might include specific issues relating to;

Aging / Social Services

Beautification

Consumer Affairs

Cultural Affairs

Economic Development

Environmental/Sanitation

Finance

Historic

Housing

Laws/By-laws

Library

Parks and Recreation

Planning and Zoning

Public Relations

Public Safety

Public Transportation

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Transportation (streets, highways & bridges)

Youth/Education

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The District Office is prepared to take complaints and requests for service from any constituent of the district.  From that point the Community Board monitors and works toward improving service delivery in the district.  Calls such as these provide the Community Board with important indicators of the levels of resources that might be most needed in the district.

CB 6, in its advisory capacity, sponsors public meetings where topical issues involving the projects, programs and policies that affect the community will be presented, discussed and at times debated in an open forum.  These meetings are open to the general public; however, only board members can vote on a specific issue at a meeting.

You’ve made the right choice by moving to Rego Park . . . you’ve made the smart choice to move to The Alexander . . . now make an important choice to have a voice in your community by becoming involved with the workings of your Community Board.

Community Board Six meets the second Wednesday of each month, except  July and August, in room 202 at Kew Gardens Community Center, 80-02 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, New York 11415.

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Community Board Six District Office

104-01 Metropolitan Avenue

Forest Hills, New York 11375

718-263-9250

http:/queenscb6.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)

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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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