There will be emotion in the air on June 6, when American Pharoah vies for the highly coveted Triple Crown at Belmont Stakes. As part of the fun related to this 147th annual horse race, Flushing Town Hall will exhibit Stable Views: Life in the Backstretch of the Thoroughbred Racetrack, which includes 25 images and objects from Belmont Park, which straddles the Queens-Nassau county line, and upstate’s Saratoga Springs.
The backstretch is a spot within a racetrack that’s usually out of sight from the public viewing and betting areas. It can include stables, barns, and temporary housing for trainers. However, “backstretch” can also refer to the community of workers — assistant trainers, exercise riders, horse owners, jockeys, trainers, etc. — who come together to make a racetrack function. (more…)
Contestants will not be able to set personal records, but they might have the time of their lives. On Saturday, Citi Field hosts The Color Run, a five-kilometer race during which thousands of participants get doused with different dyes at each kilometer.
The runners are not timed, and there is only one real rule: wear white at the starting line. (more…)
This three-bedroom rental is on the second floor of a two-story home in Flushing. The bedrooms and living room are spacious, and there are two full bathrooms. The open kitchen is set up nicely with lots of counter space, and there is a balcony terrace off the living room. The monthly rent is $2,350.
Kissena Corridor Park and Soccer Field are two blocks away, there are grocery stores and dining options nearby, and the Queens Botanical Garden is a ten-minute walk away. The Q20A, Q20B, Q44, and Q88 are all within walking distance, and the 7 train is about a 20-minute walk (or 10-minute drive) away. Click through for more photos.
All aboard! A G-scale model train system will pull into Flushing on Friday and spend the entire Memorial Day Weekend in the Queens Botanical Garden. Organized by the Long Island Garden Railway Society, this annual event will feature a fleet of miniature locomotives, snaking around tracks in a large, adorned lot. And for those who prefer taking a more active role in the fun, a midsize motorized train will offer rides through selected parts of the green space. (more…)
Although not as well-known as Oktoberfest, Maifest is one of Germany’s oldest traditions. The annual celebration of spring began as a 10th-century pagan ritual during which villagers would erect a maipole (or maypole in English) in a local square and decorate it with cakes, ribbons and sausages. It was believed that dancing around the adorned maipole would bring good luck. (more…)
Golda Meir was elected prime minister of Israel in 1969 after stints as the country’s Labor Minister and Foreign Minister. Strong-willed and straight-talking, she was the fourth female in history to lead a country and she presided over an extremely tumultuous time that included the Yom Kippur War.
But Meir’s life before getting into politics was just as inspiring. Born in Kiev in modern-day Ukraine, she fled anti-Semitic violence and ended up in Milwaukee, where she went to high school and teachers college before moving to a kibbutz in Palestine in the 1920s. She then held various political and civic positions before, during, and after the creation of Israel in 1948. (more…)
When I moved to Flushing in 1993, my building was a few blocks away from the Long Island Rail Road station we are taking a look at today — the (to some) inexplicably named Broadway station. Broadway in Queens runs from the East River at the Socrates Sculpture Park on Vernon Boulevard to the heart of Elmhurst at Queens Boulevard — miles to the west of fabulous Flushing. Yet here the Broadway LIRR station sits. How can this be?
Until about 1920, all of Northern Boulevard from the Flushing River to the city line in Little Neck was named Broadway. West of the Flushing River, Northern Boulevard was known as Jackson Avenue, because it was built as a toll road by John Jackson in the 1850s from the waterfront through Astoria, Woodside and the Trains Meadow area now called Jackson Heights. (more…)
Talk, laugh, repeat. That’s the way it has always been for Carol Burnett, a six-time Emmy Award-winning actress and author who spearheaded an eponymous comedy TV show for 11 years. In fact, she’s talked and laughed her way to a Presidential Medal of Freedom, a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and an induction into the Television Hall of Fame over a seemingly eternal career. (more…)
The signs themselves are marvels of design, in my opinion. Most of them feature dark blue backgrounds with gold raised block lettering and trim, though there are variations in color, lettering, and very occasionally shape, just to change it up, I imagine. The state discontinued the series in 1966 after high-speed travel on expressways became the norm.
This one-bedroom in Flushing has a new kitchen with lots of counter space. The bathroom is newly renovated, too, and there’s access to the backyard. The monthly rent is $1,600, which includes heating, and there is parking available for $100.
There are parks, grocery stores, shopping, and dining options nearby, as well as the Queens Historical Society. The Main Street 7 station is about a 20-minute walk away, and the Q13 and Q28 buses are down the street. Click through for a backyard photo.