01/27/14 11:00am

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This past Saturday, the 25th of January, Ridgewood Democratic Club held its Annual Membership Brunch meeting at their HQ. Found at 6070 Putnam Avenue, a block off Fresh Pond Road, the RDC building has been home to the club since 1917. My colleague Kevin Walsh presented a short history of the building in this Brownstoner Queens post from September of 2013.

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NYS Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan is one of the two Democratic District Leaders in this part of Queens, along with Tom Bornemann, and she has an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of this building and club. She’s a lifelong Queensican, and lives with her son and husband in Ridgewood.

From assembly.state.ny.us:

Catherine Nolan represents the 37th Assembly District in Queens County, which includes the historic New York City neighborhoods of Sunnyside, Ridgewood, Long Island City, Queensbridge, Ravenswood, Astoria, Woodside, Maspeth, Dutch Kills and Blissville. She was first elected to the Assembly in 1984.

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06/10/13 1:00pm

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So, you were wondering where you might be able to check out a fighter jet in Queens? Look no further than Aviation High School at 45-30 36th Street, where this plane, a Douglas TA-4 Skyhawk -- donated by the Marine Corps itself in 1995 — is dedicated in the name of Capt. Manuel Rivera, Jr., the first American of Puerto Rican descent to die during 1992′s Operation Desert Shield. Students at the school use the jet to learn inspection and maintenance procedures. Capt. Rivera was an alumni of Aviation High School. GMAP

04/26/13 9:00am

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Image Source: LastFM

It all adds up. Jazz is the USA’s greatest contribution to music. Louis Armstrong is the greatest contributor to the genre. And Queens is the best place in the world for a jazz celebration. On April 30, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association will hold a free, fun, food-filled festivity feting International Jazz Day at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona. The program — presented by official Armstrong archivist Ricky Riccardi and Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University — will include the public premier of a newly discovered recording by Armstrong at Freedomland, a fabled Bronx amusement park in 1961. Then, the Jazz Journalists Association will toast Satchmo at a soul food reception. Some might attend for the music. Others might attend for the food. But all will enjoy themselves.

International Jazz Day Celebration
Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
2pm – 5pm | Free

04/24/13 11:00am

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There’s a lot of buzz about Studio Square’s upcoming Smoke festival in LIC. Our interest was piqued until we took a look at the price tag. It’s $114 just to attend! That seems a little high, especially since that same day you could hop on the G and attend GoogaMooga in Prospect Park for half the price. But then we found out what you get for it and, well, it’s a relative bargain.

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04/19/13 2:00pm

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Images Source: Queens County Farm Museum

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

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Note: Let us know other rides you like either in the comments or on Twitter @QueensNYCity!

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.

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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.

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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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Image source: Flickr Creative Commons – user sethw

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04/09/13 9:00am

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Spartans push their mind and body to their limits. They master their emotions. They run through woods and get dirty, facing almost impossible challenges. Plus, they compete in Spartan Race at Citi Field on April 13. The global leader in Obstacle Racing since 2005, this friendly competition was designed by seven ultra athletes and a Royal Marine. It features such fun activities as Spartan Beast and Death Race. With free admission for spectators (click here for mandatory RSVP info), a sound system will pump warrior-like music while the big video boards show live shots of the competitors.

Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing/Corona
Saturday, April 13
8am – 4pm | $135 to be a Spartan; Free to watch
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Note: As the season progresses, we’ll update this guide. Please leave comments with new or updated information!

Forest Hills Greenmarket, South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue  (GMAP) (Website)
Sundays from April 7, 2013  to December 29, 2013
8:00am – 3:00pm

 

Sunnyside Greenmarket, Skillman Ave btwn 42 & 43 Streets (GMAP) (Website)
Saturdays from June 1, 2013 to December 21, 2013
8:00am – 3:00pm

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03/30/13 9:00am

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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.

43-50 Main Street, Flushing
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks