Traffic can get soooooo bad on the Grand Central Parkway! Good thing there’s a rural solution this weekend. Motorists who get off on Exit 24 and head southbound on Little Neck Parkway for a few blocks will discover the Queens County Farm Museum and its 32nd annual fair on Saturday and Sunday. This is truly a traditional county fair with blue-ribbon competitions in crafts, livestock, and produce. Other contests will include corn-husking, pie-eating, and pig-racing. Meanwhile, a Bavarian garden will host live music, and attendees won’t have to mosey for a long time to take a hay ride, explore the Amazing Maize Maze, pet some farm animals, or check out an adopt-a-worm booth.
Details: 32nd Annual Queens County Fair, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, September 20th and September 21st, 11 am to 6 pm, $9/$5 for children under 13.
I must admit to being stumped by a sign I encountered in eastern Queens, and found that it indeed was a misspelling.
Eastern Queens has a collection of vast parks – the familiar Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Kissena Park and its Corridor, Alley Pond Park, and Cunningham Park. (Aside from Forest Park and Astoria Park, western Queens is somewhat park-starved.) There are also parkways -– green spaces along car-only parkways built by traffic czar Robert Moses in the early 20th century such as the Belt, the Cross Island, and today’s scene at Grand Central Parkway. I was rambling along Bell Boulevard just north of the GCP in March 2011 when a sign caught my eye at the corner of 86th Avenue, which serves as the northern border of the GCP along with some relatively undeveloped parkland. It read: Potomogeton Park, which I assumed was a Native American place name. Googling it, I found that it was the common water plant with floating leaves, found in most parks. I never knew its official name, and the Parks Department hasn’t either, since the correct spelling is potamogeton, with an a instead of an o after the first t. Hey, it would have stumped me in a spelling bee as well. The name is actually Greek in origin.
Ah, the apple orchard…the sheep…the planting fields…the proximity to the Grand Central Parkway. On April 20 and 21, New York City’s only working historical farm, the Queens County Farm Museum, will host a blow-out spring festival. This 47-acre parcel in Glen Oaks — which dates back to 1697 — will fill with carnival rides, midway games, hayrides and live children’s entertainment. As always, there will be opportunities to check out the herb garden, pet the livestock, explore the greenhouse complex, and generally enjoy the city’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland.
Children’s Carnival Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
11am – 6pm | $11