The St. Patrick’s Day parade in Manhattan, which draws millions of spectators and marchers annually, has never allowed LGBT groups to march, citing religious reasons. This outdated rule has been protested over the past 20 years by plenty of activists, Irish New Yorkers and political figures such as Christine Quinn, and even the former Irish president.
We don’t have to try to convince you that Queens has awesome restaurants. Plus, you actually have a chance of getting a Valentine’s Day reservation here without having connections. But if you’re ready to think outside the dinner-and-flowers box and impress your one-of-a-kind date with something more creative than a dinner reservation, here are some uniquely romantic adventures to inspire you.
For NYC lovers: If your valentine is a geography or architecture geek, or simply has an appreciation for the five boroughs (or even just one borough), take them to see the Panorama of the City of New York at the Queens Museum of Art. This permanent exhibit is an eye-opening 3D model of the entire city. The two of you can pore over every detail together, getting close as you point out places you’ve been and places you want to go (together) someday.
This year is the 30th anniversary of They Might Be Giants, a band that has been described as alternative, experimental, independent, and all number of adjectives and genre names that try to pin down its zany style. Amazingly enough for an 80s band, John Flansburgh and John Linnell of TMBG are still together, recording and performing.
Brooklyn-based TMBG filmed one of their most popular videos – for the 1986 song “Don’t Let’s Start” – in Queens, inside the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Park. (more…)