12/18/13 1:00pm


It’s time to hear the pitter patter of big feet. This Sunday, the up-and-coming nonprofit Queens Distance Runners (above) will host the Toy Drive 5 Miler at Forest Park. About 60 harriers are expected to participate in this fun run, which will go up and down a few hills and past some beautiful fields on the wide, tree-lined roads within the park. The event has a charitable aspect as well, as racers are asked to bring Christmas toy donations, which the Queens Centers for Progress will distribute to needy children. Plus, a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to the Queens Tourism Council.

Details: Forest Park 5 Miler, starting area at Forest Park Drive and Metropolitan Avenue, Forest Park, Forest Hills/Woodhaven, December 22nd, 10 am, $22/$17 students, register here.

How to get there: E/F train to Kew Gardens/Union Turnpike stop, walk down Union Turnpike to Forest Park Drive at Metropolitan Avenue . The starting area is roughly half a mile from the subway station. Or take LIRR to Kew Gardens station and walk down Audley Street to Metropolitan Avenue and Forest Park Drive.


08/07/13 1:00pm


It dates back to 1903. It has 36 jumping horses, 13 standing horses, a piping organ, two chariots and some menagerie animals. It’s located in a 544-acre park. And it’s ready to raise funds to fight a debilitating and deadly disease. This Friday, an open party at the Forest Park Carousel will feature Omar Olusion’s Magic Show, face-painting, food and other activities as well as rides on the city’s oldest merry-go-round. The operating company, NY Carousel Entertainment, will donate all proceeds from circular trips on this work of art to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter. The idea for the event comes from Carol Lacks, a Kew Gardens resident and Alzheimer’s Association volunteer who has fond childhood memories of riding the carousel.

Details: An Evening on the Forest Park Carousel to End Alzheimer’s, Aug. 9, 6:30 pm, Vicinity of Woodhaven Boulevard and Forest Park Drive, Forest Park, $10 for unlimited rides and face-painting/$3 for an individual ride, all proceeds from rides will go to the Alzheimer’s Association’s NYC Chapter, free parking near carousel.

Photo: NY Carousel

07/29/13 1:00pm


Happy birthday from local opera lovers! The Queens Symphony Orchestra will celebrate the bicentennial of famed Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi’s nativity and the group’s own 60th anniversary by offering two free concerts this summer. On July 30 at St. John’s University, the borough’s only professional orchestra will perform Viva Verdi & Friends, a show which includes selections from such classical Verdi operas as Aida, Falstaff, La Traviata and Rigoletto. A second Viva Verdi & Friends will take place in Forest Park on Aug. 4. Led by music director Constantine Kitsopoulos (seen conducting with back to camera in above photo), the performances will feature solos by soprano Victoria Cannizzo, mezzo-soprano Melisa Bonetti, tenor Benjamin Werley and baritone Avi Albrecht.

Details: Viva Verdi & Friends, St. John’s University’s Great Lawn, 80-00 Utopia Pkwy., Jamaica, Tuesday, July 30, 7 PM, free. (Rain location: Marillac Auditorium).

Additional details: Viva Verdi & Friends, George Seuffert Bandshell, vicinity of Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard in Forest Park, Sunday, Aug. 4, 5 PM, free.

Photo: Queens Symphony Orchestra

04/04/13 3:00pm

qnyc park volunteer

A typical park volunteer might not be recognized, but Forest Park Administrator Debby Kuha and Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski honored Myron Lubitsch with a nice plaque at an event held at the Oakridge House in Forest Park (GMAP). The evening was a thank-you party for parks volunteers. Myron helps out by having his school perform karate demonstrations at Forest and Highland Park. He runs Shorinjiryu Kenryukan Karate on Jamaica Avenue in Brooklyn.

03/21/13 9:30am


Image source: Project Woodhaven

We loved this photowalk that the folks from Project Woodhaven put together – so many great shots! Work is being done at the Forest Park Bandshell and environs, so PW got curious and took a stroll through the park last weekend. We enjoyed their previous photowalk last January after it snowed, too. Check it out.

Project Woodhaven: A Walk In The Park [Project Woodhaven]
Great photos of Forest Park and Woodhaven after the most recent dusting of snow [QNYC]

03/18/13 9:30am


Image source: Queensway Facebook page – the current state of the QueensWay

We first spotted this on Gothamist, then DNAinfo – the Trust for Public Land is ready to find a company to do a feasibility study on the elevated QueensWay park, and has issued an RFP (request for proposals) to do just that. They’ve got $467K to spend on the study, thanks to Governor Cuomo, which is not chump change. TPL will choose a winner in the next few months, according to Marc Matsil, TPL’s NY State Director.


03/04/13 3:00pm


A riding school and boarding stable is the kind of business that can successfully exist quietly through word-of-mouth – local parents tell other local parents, classes are booked, birthdays parties are scheduled, and those with horses to board probably know their options. That’s why you might not have heard of Lynne’s Riding School, the 66-year-old stable located not far from the shopping district of Metropolitan Avenue on 70th Road in Forest Hills.