Ah, the apple orchard…the sheep…the planting fields…the proximity to the Grand Central Parkway. On April 20 and 21, New York City’s only working historical farm, the Queens County Farm Museum, will host a blow-out spring festival. This 47-acre parcel in Glen Oaks — which dates back to 1697 — will fill with carnival rides, midway games, hayrides and live children’s entertainment. As always, there will be opportunities to check out the herb garden, pet the livestock, explore the greenhouse complex, and generally enjoy the city’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland.
Children’s Carnival Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
11am – 6pm | $11
Street Festivals make Queens a great place to live. This coming Sunday April 14th, from noon until 6 pm, the Myrtle Avenue Business Improvement District and the Ridgewood Local Development Corp. put on one of the borough’s best street festivals.
A Jackie Gleason Bus, food and plenty of merchants will be on Myrtle Avenue between Forest and Wyckoff Avenues.
Please allow us one pun: The oval hunting prospects in Queens this weekend are absolutely eggs-traordinary. Let’s begin with the Queens Botanical Garden at 11 am this Saturday. The Flushing venue will celebrate spring with its first-ever Egg Hunt in the crabapple orchard and arboretum. The fun continues with seasonal crafts, old-fashioned games, seed plantings, face painting and a special visit from Flora, QBG’s mascot! At the same time (and again on Sunday at 11 am), the Queens Zoo will host its Egg Hunt with the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and some real life Flemish giant rabbits and partake in some spring-themed activities, including mask-making. Starting at noon on Saturday, the Queens County Farm Museum will hold continuous Egg Hunts throughout the day in the orchard. Whiskers the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, and participants will be able to dance the Bunny Hop, and play egg toss and rolling games on the farmhouse lawn. Then there’s the chance to visit farm animals and take a hayride.
A riding school and boarding stable is the kind of business that can successfully exist quietly through word-of-mouth – local parents tell other local parents, classes are booked, birthdays parties are scheduled, and those with horses to board probably know their options. That’s why you might not have heard of Lynne’s Riding School, the 66-year-old stable located not far from the shopping district of Metropolitan Avenue on 70th Road in Forest Hills.
The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan, which draws millions of spectators and marchers annually, has never allowed LGBT groups to march, citing religious reasons. This outdated rule has been protested over the past 20 years by plenty of activists, Irish New Yorkers and political figures such as Christine Quinn, and even the former Irish president.
The contemporary art venue, P.S.1, the cooler wing of the Museum of Modern Art, is housed in an enormous old public school building in Long Island City that is seemingly custom made for the presentation of art. There are endless classrooms, wide hallways, soaring ceilings, and unconventional spaces – like the boiler room, where you can see the work of Saul Melman, who covered the now defunct boiler in gold leaf, or a fenced-in stairwell, featuring trudging William Kentridge silhouettes.
The venue delivers a unique, nostalgic institutional atmosphere and a feeling that the structure organically grew out of the once intensely industrial area. Even aside from the successful summer Warm Up sessions, Young Architects Program installations and buzzing new M. Wells Dinette, it’s always an adventure to go to P.S.1 to explore its nooks and crannies, and to experience a strong curatorial program of art.
Electronic waste is responsible for about 70 percent of the toxins in U.S. landfills, according to the Environmental Protection Agency, while consisting of roughly 1 percent of the material volume. Furthermore, e-waste often contains serious poisons such as lead and mercury. The EPA also claims that recycling e-waste reduces pollution, separates hazardous chemicals from air and water and conserves energy and water. On January 13, the Queens Botanical Garden invites the general public to drop off e-waste, such as monitors, printers, faxes, network devices, Tablets, phones, chargers, TVs, VCRs, DVDs and cameras. Participants will be able to enter a free raffle to win a new 21-inch iMac and will receive a “Green Karma” coupon worth anywhere from $5-$500 discounts at Tekserve. One caveat: QBG cannot accept home appliances such as microwaves, refrigerators or air conditioners.
New York City’s oldest Dutch Colonial stone house lies in Ridgewood, a stone’s throw from the Brooklyn/Queens border. Built on land granted by Peter Stuyvesant in the 1600s, the Vander-Ende Onderdonk House features a gambrel roof, Dutch doors, a central hallway and double hung windows with shutters. When threatened by demolition in the 1970s, the Greater Ridgewood Historical Society fought back until the house and property were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977. Several other landmark designations quickly followed. On Sunday, January 6, GRHS will offer candlelight tours of this seasonally decorated time piece and its grounds, as well as mulled cider and cookies.