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Last night, over a hundred Sunnyside residents gathered outside Sunnyside Reformed Church to commemorate the lives lost in the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Particularly, the group was paying tribute to the victims who had ties to the neighborhood: six-year-old Ben Wheeler lived in Sunnyside as a baby, and the step-sister of principal Dawn Hochsprung also lives in Sunnyside.
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As parents with young children know, hiring a babysitter is expensive, and a lot of the time you end up not going out at all to avoid the cost and hassle. To get around these issues, some Queens residents have started sharing childcare tasks with other parents in their neighborhood.
In many parts of NYC, children forgo trick-or-treating altogether or only visit stores, restaurants, and other businesses for candy handouts, because their residential areas just aren’t conducive to knocking on doors, and no one knows which doors are OK to knock on anyway. The more famous Halloween shenanigans in the city are for basically for adults.
But Queens is home to several safe, family-friendly neighborhoods where the tradition of going house to house is thriving. Here’s our guide to the best hoods for trick-or-treating in the borough. (more…)
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Crain’s reports that St. Mary’s Healthcare System for Children, a facility in Bayside that treats children from around the NYC metro area who are dealing with the toughest of situations – such as burn victims and premature babies – is going to open a new addition to the hospital on Thursday, September 27. The 90,000-square-feet, 97 bed new patient pavilion will help with the overcrowding the hospital has experienced. (more…)
One of the quirkiest things about Queens is that you can be officially in NYC while getting lost in a three-acre corn maze. The annual Amazing Maize Maze opened this past weekend at the Queens County Farm Museum (GMAP), and we jumped at the chance to partake in this urban/rural adventure.
Every year, the farm creates a different maze design with help from the American Maze Company. The 2012 theme is “Once Upon A Time,” so the clues and interactive features have to do with fairy tales. A “stalk talk” at the entrance explains how to solve the puzzles along the way. But whether you’re paying attention to the Magical Storybook Kingdom aspects of the labyrinth or not, you’ll get lost pretty quickly. (more…)
Image source: Wikimedia Commons – “Children Playing” by Jerome Meyers via the Brooklyn Museum
Queens overall has a reputation for being family friendly, and even the more hip areas of the borough are seeing a lot more kids. So where do you like to shop for your kids? Are you a big box store kinda parent, or an indy store lover? Let us know – we want to know! Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity!