09/06/13 3:00pm

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The New York Daily News reports that Governor Cuomo just approved the U.S. Tennis Association’s expansion plans at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The U.S.T.A will take on an extra two-thirds acres of parkland and construct two new stadiums (after demolishing two old ones), add parking, and build a fan esplanade. Arthur Ashe Stadium will also get a retractable roof. After opposition to the plans, the U.S.T.A promised to return 1.56 acres of land it’s been using and donate $10 million over the next 20 years to Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. Those concessions earned the U.S.T.A City Council approval this July.

Cuomo Approves USTA’s $500M Plan to Expand Home of U.S. Open in Queens [NY Daily News]
With Donation to Park, U.S.T.A. Wins City Council Approval for Expansion [Q'Stoner]
City Planning Approves U.S.T.A. Stadium Expansion in Flushing-Meadows [Q'Stoner]
U.S.T.A. is Likely Expanding into Flushing Meadows Corona Park [Q'Stoner]

03/08/13 9:00am

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The British are coming! The British are coming! But don’t worry, they’re bringing their musical instruments this time. Formed in London in 1958, the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields is arguably the finest chamber orchestra in the world. Known for its polished, refined sound and stellar musicianship, the Academy performs around 100 concerts a year. On March 10 as part of a 16-city tour, the group will present at the 487-seat Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall, which has perfect acoustics. Featuring virtuoso cellist (and MacArthur Foundation Fellow) Alisa Weilerstein and virtuoso pianist (and Avery Fisher Career Grant winner) Inon Barnatan, the program includes Britten, Variations on a Theme of Frank Bridge, Op.10; Haydn, Cello Concerto No. 1 in C Major; J.S. Bach, Piano Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052; and Haydn, Symphony No.45 in F-sharp minor Farewell.
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Samuel J. and Ethel LeFrak Concert Hall
Reeves Avenue, Flushing
Sunday, March 10
3pm – 5pm | $32
10/05/12 3:00pm

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Image source: Shoberpants on Wikimedia Commons

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…)

09/25/12 2:00pm

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Image source: AlamedaInfo

Over the weekend we came across this extremely engaging site full of images – from postcards, booklets and brochures – of the 1964/1965 Worlds Fair in Flushing Meadows Park. The site is AlamedaInfo.com. There are a lot of images, and we’ve included some of our favorites. Click on the images to view them larger – it’s well worth it. (more…)