New York City is going to rock around the clock…literally. And Queens is going to pop, blues, jazz, reggae, indie, folk, Latin, experimental, country, gospel and even cabaret. This Saturday, Make Music New York celebrates the first day of summer with a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, including in cemeteries, gardens, parks, plazas, sidewalks and stoops. Cruise to Corona and check out a children’s bucket orchestra, jaunt off to Jamaica for R&B sensation La’Rayne, or rave into the night at the MMNY After Dark party in Sunnyside. Now in its seventh year, this action will take place simultaneously with similar day-long festivities in more than 500 cities around the world. Details: Make Music New York, June 21,10 am – 10 pm, free; click on the following Queens neighborhoods for their schedules: Astoria, Corona/Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, LIC, Rockaway and Sunnyside. (more…)
When I moved to Flushing in 1993 and started bicycling around the neighborhood, I found 46th Avenue along Flushing Cemetery an ideal route — there were relatively few stoplights and intersections, and it was a convenient way to reach Glen Oaks, Hollis Hills, Bellerose and into Nassau. I used to pass a spacious, but nondescript, playground called Martin’s Field between 164th and 165th Streets. There were swings in the front, a sprinkler fountain, and the standard issue benches and lawns you find in a thousand other playgrounds around town.
However, Bayside historian and civil-rights activist Mandingo Tshaka had already been poring over real estate records and maps and had discovered that Martin’s Field lay directly on top of an old cemetery founded in the early 19th century and that over one thousand people, mainly African-Americans, Native Americans and also some whites found their final repose here, partially due to a cholera and smallpox epidemic that raged through Flushing beginning in the 1840s. (more…)
The City and locals disagree over what to do with a recently freed up school site in College Point. Parents want a new middle school at the former St. Fidelis School building at 124-06 14th Avenue, but the city is considering putting an elementary school there instead, The Daily News reported. State Senator Tony Avella is also calling for a middle school. Right now, parents have to send their kids to Whitestone or Flushing for junior high. On the other hand, the two elementary schools, P.S. 129 and P.S. 29, are both over 100 percent capacity. The Department of Education is still reviewing the site. GMAP
It’s New York State Museum Week, and the living is easy, especially in Queens. Starting today through June 16, five local cultural venues will offer discounts and promotional offers to visitors. Mention “Museum Week” and receive a complimentary collectible at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (while supplies last) along with a 10 percent discount in the gift store. Bring a friend for free with two-for-one admission at the Noguchi (above), King Manor and Moving Image museums. At the Queens Botanical Gardens, there will be half-off admission. Meanwhile, the Queens County Farm Museum will offer free tours. Statewide, participants include about 250 venues, stretching from Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, where El Museo del Barrio will have free admission on June 11, to the Hyde Collection in upstate Glens Falls, where visitors will receive a free poster.
It’s a personal pet peeve of ours when broker’s fail to include any interior photos with their listings, but this place at 34-07 149th Street in Flushing is one of the cuter looking houses on the market right now so we’ll give them a pass. The two-family house has three bedrooms and two baths along with a driveway and, check it, a carriage house in the rear. Taxes are $4,381 and the asking price is $798,000. Like it? 34-07 149th Street [Tapestry Real Estate] GMAP
Conde Nast Traveler has advice for park lovers: Go beyond Central Park. The magazine pitches eight alternatives, including Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City, which features artist workshops and cinema screenings. The other Queens option is Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, picked for sports fanatics who like professional tennis or baseball, or want to do their own thing in a field, ice rink or the park’s Olympic-sized swimming pool.
Star Nissan in Flushing is not endearing itself to local residents. The Queens Chronicle reports that the dealership, at 40-20 172 Street, hacked off branches of 21 young trees and received $84,000 in fines. Workers claimed that the lower branches were dangerous to pedestrians, according to a local group. The Parks Department planted the trees earlier this year. Residents have previously complained about noise and car traffic around the dealership. Nissan didn’t comment.
Even though New York City has the largest Jewish population of any urban area in the U.S., the Israeli national soccer team has not played in the Big Apple for 35 years. This inactivity comes to an end on June 2, when the squad takes the field against “La H,” as the Honduran side is affectionately known. Both teams will use this friendly match to tune up before they play qualifiers for the 2014 World Cup in the upcoming weeks. Ranked 59th in the world, Israel has several stars from the English Premiere League, including Yossi Benayoun (Chelsea) and Tal Ben Haim (Queens Park Rangers). Honduras, which played in the 2010 World Cup, is known for festive goal celebrations (above) related to a native dance called “punta.” Details: Citi Field, June 2, 5:30 pm, prices vary, click here for discounted tickets.