Welcome home, Coley the osprey!
We checked in with the Osprey’s Journey folks, and learned that Coley – the osprey that scientists have been tracking all these months – is back in NYC at his home in Jamaica Bay! He was in South America during the winter, but as of 5:20pm on March 20, Coley was spotted by Jamaica Bay naturalist Don Riepe. Coley was “sitting in the marsh by his nest with his mate while she was eating a fish.” Welcome home, big bird!
Maybe that elevated rail line won’t be the Queensway after all
We’ve learned that those who want to see the now abandoned LIRR line in Queens (it goes from Rego Park to Ozone Park) turn back into a working rail line, are stepping up their efforts to make it so. Two Congressmen representing southern Queens - Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and Greg Meeks (D-Jamaica) plan to “endorse the proposal and push to allocate federal transportation subsidies to study a plan for bringing rail service back.” Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park) also supports turning the line back on. This could really throw things in another direction. It will be interesting to see what happens.
Green attractions in Queens – Astoria/LIC, Floral Park, Flushing, the Rockaways, and Douglaston
Joanna Eng wrote up an interesting article about green attractions in the borough of Queens. They include the Steinway & Sons piano factory in Astoria, the Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park, the Queens Botanical Garden in Flushing, the Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge in the Rockaways, the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Douglaston, and the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria/LIC. It’s very cool to see the environment be considered at all of these places.
Andre’s Hungarian for delicious kosher sweets
Anne Shisler-Hughes wrote about her love of Andre’s Hungarian, a kosher bakery in Forest Hills. They make some of the most amazing, delicious sweet things, that happen to be kosher. Check out their delicious macaroons and rugelach. They also sell traditional Hungarian sweets like strudel and kuglóf (enjoy it with coffee). Their baked goods can be enjoyed all year round, so stop in and taste the magic.
Dance at the Hell Gate
Take a look at this lovely, short modern dance, performed on Shore Blvd near the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria. It is part of a series of dances called Under One, ”a dynamic internet-based project built around a series of short videos featuring professional dancers.”