Do it for exercise, personal records, and a good cause. This Sunday, the second annual Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler will lead participants up and down small hills and past some beautiful fields on the wide, tree-lined road inside Forest Park. Presented by the Queens Tourism Council and Queens Distance Runners, this fun run has a charitable aspect, too, as harriers are asked to bring Christmas toy donations, which the Queens Centers for Progress will collect and distribute to needy children. There’s also a social side, as refreshments and food will be served afterward. And for those with competitive spirits, Ricardo Cuahizo won the men’s division last year in 28:11, while Blanca Lucero finished first among the women with a 34:46 time. They are presumed to defend their titles. Plus, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who had a fine showing last year, is expected to return.
Details: Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler, the course loops twice through the park, starting and finishing at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard, Kew Gardens, December 7th, 9 am (registration at 8:30 am), $25/$30 on race day, and the first 50 registrants will receive Queens Distance Runners t-shirts. Plus, racers are asked to donate toys. Register here.
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
It’s the New York City marathon for word lovers. Queens Writes Weekend 2014 will facilitate more than 12 literary events at a minimum of six venues throughout the world’s most diverse borough over the last weekend in April. The fun will start on Friday, April 25th, with an open reading at The Astoria Bookshop featuring contributors to the third issue of Newtown Literary, a semi-annual journal. On Saturday and Sunday, the events will differ, but authors of all kinds — young, old, novice, expert — will simply sit down together and write for a few hours. Participants will then share the products of their efforts at an open mic event at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst on Sunday night.
Details: Queens Writes Weekend 2014, begins with Kick-Off Reading at The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, April 25th, 7 pm, click here for times and venues on April 26th and April 27th, ends at Wrap-Up Open Mic at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, April 27th, 6 pm, suggested donations at all times to defray the costs of publishing Newtown Literary‘s fourth edition and other good works. So far, events are set for Astoria, Bayside, Corona, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights and Kew Gardens, but more sites are expected to be confirmed before the weekend begins.Schedule and venues will be posted and updated regularly on this page.
On March 13, 1964, Kitty Genovese was stabbed to death near the Kew Gardens apartment building where she lived. At first, the murder didn’t receive much media attention, but 13 days later, The New York Times ran an article with the headline: “Thirty-Seven Who Saw Murder Didn’t Call the Police.” (A later reproduction put the number at 38.) The witnesses’ alleged indifference became a symbol of the callousness of the era and led to psychological investigation of the social phenomenon now known as “Genovese syndrome” or “bystander effect.” This Saturday, the Greater Astoria Historical Society will mark the 50th anniversary of this 28-year-0ld bar manager’s killing with a roundtable discussion about the truths, myths, lies and exaggerations of this case.
The neighborhood will never be the same. On the first day of fall, Kew Gardens will be transformed into a total art experience with sidewalk chalk designers, portrait painters, glass makers, jewelers, potters and musicians. A comic book writer/illustrator will discuss his trade, while a master tailor will give lessons on sewing. There will also be Broadway tunes, multicultural demos/exhibits, kiddie workshops and an art show in Kew Gardens Cinemas Park. The chain-linked fence in front of the New Homestead Home for Adults will exhibit intergenerational art created by senior citizens and children. On display will be roughly 100 flags decorated by residents, adults and children with their wishes for the world as per a Tibetan belief that the breeze will blow through the flags and spread the wishes far and wide. The day, which is made possible by a Unity NYC grant to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association and Queens Art Express, will end with poetry, prose and short story excerpts by the REZ Reading Group at Odradek’s Coffee House at 82-60 Austin Street
Details: Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, vicinity of Austin Street, Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens, September 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm, free. Rain date: October 6th.
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.
Now a days, gyms are usually filled with various machines, almost too many for people to choose from. Yet, what if there is an even better way of exercising without using any machines at all?
Ari Harris, the owner and founder of Pharaohs Army Fitness Club, believes that Kettle Bells are the new revolution to a better way of losing weight and staying in shape. “My facility, will have no machines,” Harris said. “My tag line is, ‘we don’t use machines; we build machines.’”
Located on 116-16 Queens Blvd. (GMAP), a busy neighborhood between Kew Gardens and Forest Hills, Harris will be opening an army styled fitness club, where the main focus and equipment will be kettle bells and Total Body Exercise (TRX) suspension.