QNYC events roundup – art, spirits, parks, and Halloween in LIC, Astoria, and Flushing


Image source: Diego Salazar Gallery

Opening Reception fo Arthur Hammer: People, Places, Things – The late Arthur Hammer (1932-2012) was a painter who began creating art in the early 1960s, having fallen in love with the modernist paintings of Marsden Hartley, Albert P. Ryder, as well as those of the German expressionists. His work was shown in a variety of galleries, including the Jeffrey Leder Gallery and the Art-O-Mat in LIC. This exhibit is being curated by Elinore Schnurr. Thursday night is the opening reception from 5-8pm at the Diego Salazar Art Gallery, most recently the location of a group art exhibit by Latin American artists.



Image source: Astoria Park Wine & Spirits

Halloween Spirits Tasting – Stop by Astoria Park Wine & Spirits from 6-8:30pm to kick off your Halloween weekend with a free tasting of some new artisanal spirits. They’ll have small batch bourbon aged in beer barrels, a cross between an Irish whiskey and a Kentucky bourbon called Pearse Lyon’s Reserve, and two liqueurs made by the Bittemens distillery in Brooklyn – a New Orleans coffee liqueur and a cinnamon flavored bitter liqueur.



Leaf Fest: Astoria Park – Join your fellow neighbors in caring for your waterfront park during Leaf Fest, from 10am to noon on Saturday at Astoria Park. The Astoria Park Alliance will be out there, and the leaves you rake and collect will be composted by the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation for use throughout the City’s green spaces and street tree beds. Materials to get the job done, plus refreshments, will be provided.



Halloween-Remixed – Flushing Town Hall is the place to be for this Sunday afternoon of festive fun for all ages. Celebrate Dia de los Muertos, Halloween, and All Saints Day at once. You’ll get the chance to make masks, All Saints Day Medallions, Mexican Sugar Skulls, listen to ghost stories and much more! Be sure to wear your costume, too. The fun goes from 12-3pm and is free with admission.