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Join Grace Meng is celebrating her first 100 days in office tomorrow (Sunday) April 14 at 2pm in the auditorium of Francis Lewis High School, 58- 20 Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows (GMAP). All constituents are welcome but should RSVP to Meng’s office by emailing email@example.com or calling 718-423- 2154.
Source: Grace Meng via Facebook
The Queens Gazette reports:
“It’s hard to believe that it will soon be 100 days since I took the oath of office,” said Meng. “But since being sworn in, I’ve hit the ground running, working non-stop for the people I’m privileged to represent. I look forward to talking about all I’ve been doing during my first 100 days when I celebrate this momentous occasion with my constituents, community leaders, guests and colleagues on April 14.”
Images Source: Fred Cantor
Brooklyn might have the “hip” factor, but Queens now has the “Qool” factor. Fresh Meadows native Fred Cantor is selling black baseball caps that read “Queens = Qool” on the front. The retired lawyer wants to make some profit, of course, but he is also hoping to improve the borough’s image and help a venerable local institution. He donates $2 from every $21.90 cap sale to the Queens Library Foundation. This entrepreneur might be familiar to some Queens enthusiasts because he co-wrote Arcadia Publishing’s Images of America: Fresh Meadows book in 2011. Check out the merchandise here.
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There’s been much recent enthusiasm for cycling in Queens. The Tour de Queens bike race draws 2,000 riders every year and the LIC Bike Parade has been ever popular. In East Flushing, the Kissena Velodrome has been made somewhat of a comeback.
You can also find them all on this map of Queens’ bike paths, lanes, and greenways.
Astoria Park bike lanes – Astoria - The bike lanes extend all the way from 20th Ave to Astoria Park South along the waterfront, which is split up between Ralph deMarco Park and Astoria Park proper. On the stretch between Ditmars Blvd. and 20th Ave, it’s a shared lane (bladers, walkers/runners, cyclists) and is indicated as such. See Update on the Astoria Park bike lanes.
Cross Island Parkway Greenway – Bayside - Enjoy a view of the Throgs Neck Bridge from Little Bay Park at the north end of this path. Then proceed past Fort Totten — adventurous spirits should take a detour to explore the 19th century artillery battery — and onto Joe Michaels Mile, a stretch popular with runners and rollerbladers. Continue south along the waterfront route for more uninterrupted riding.
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QNYC, the Queens Tourism Council and Applebee’s are partnering to raise money for the Rockaways. Tomorrow, December 22, four borough Applebee’s will host Breakfast with Santa, and patrons will get a Polaroid photo with the Man in Red and a buffet including scrambled eggs, potatoes, sausage, pancakes, bacon, toast, orange juice and coffee or tea. All the proceeds will go to the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, a nonprofit which responded to Hurricane Sandy by giving homebound residents hot meals and providing emergency food and clothing from a firehouse. Volunteers then delivered emergency supplies door-to-door. Currently, RWA has been clearing streets by removing sand and debris. For years, Applebee’s has hosted Breakfast with Santa events on Staten Island. This is its first venture into Queens. Let’s show our community spirit and love of a good breakfast with a good man.
Breakfast with Santa
Bayside, 213-29 26th Ave.; Rego Park, 95-25 Queens Blvd.; Astoria, 38-01 35th Ave; and Fresh Meadows, 61-48 188th St.
Saturday, December 22
8:30am – 10 am | $10
Image Source: Applebee’s
As part of its “Thank You Movement,” Applebee’s invites veterans and active duty military employees to stop by its various locations and enjoy a free Signature Entree, such as 7 oz. House Sirloin, Double Crunch Shrimp and Fiesta Lime Chicken.
Simply show proof of military service at participating Applebee’s locations. See menu and proof of service accepted.
Applebee’s Veterans Day Special
Sunday, November 11
Various Applebee’s Locations
Times vary by location | Free
Image source: hanna_horwarth on Flickr
Halloween is almost upon us! And since it falls mid-week (Wednesday, srsly?), most of the partying will be happening this weekend. There’s plenty to do here in Queens – parties, costume competitions, dog parades, walking tours, scary movies, zombies, and more. Here is our list of events for Friday, Saturday, Sunday, and Halloween. Click through each event for more information.
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26
Dead or Alive: Halloween at NYSCI – Pumpkin Chucking - Watch as pumpkins are thrown hundreds of feet in the air by our 19-foot-tall catapult.
New York Hall of Science, Flushing, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 3:30pm – 5:00pm | FREE!
Halloween Spirits Tasting - Indulge your inner mad scientist/ mixologist and come by to kick off your Halloween weekend with some of our coolest new artisinal spirits at a free spirits tasting.
Astoria Park Wine & Spirits, Astoria, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:00pm – 8:30pm | FREE!
Haunted Lantern Tours - Every Halloween, a haunted shipwreck brings ghosts and ghouls to the historic Battery. The Urban Park Rangers will be leading the way through this fright fest. Bring your flashlight, but leave your fear at home.
Fort Totten Park, Bayside, Friday, October 26th, 2012, 6:30pm – 8:00pm | FREE!
Today we’re looking at a few different listings around Queens. The first one is a 1 bed/1 bath co-op in Whitestone for $249,000.
Image source: Executive Office Center at Fresh Meadows
Fresh Meadows is the home to the Executive Office Center, where more than 50 start-up companies have made their home. Since opening in October 2010, the center has drawn lawyers and entrepreneurs by offering serviced office space and with virtual office services. (more…)