Outdoor Recreation

Free Brunch and Yoga by the Waterfront in LIC!

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, Health/Spa, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

This weekend you can enjoy a free Sunday morning yoga class on the LIC waterfront. Stretch and relax in the sun from 9:15am-10:15am Sunday August 22 and afterward enjoy  healthy brunch at The View. Here is what the press release says about the event:

TF Cornerstone Partners with Long Island City’s The Yoga Room for Free Waterfront Yoga Classes with Front Row View of the Manhattan Skyline

TF Cornerstone is partnering with the popular yoga studio for their “Yoga in the Park” series. On Sunday, August 22nd yogis and aspiring-yogis alike will enjoy an energizing and strengthening free class from 9:15am to 10:15am at Pier 1 of Gantry State Park Plaza located at 474 48th Avenue, Long Island City. Followed the class, a fresh and nutritious brunch will be provided by TF Cornerstone in the private courtyard of their neighboring luxury building The View located on 4630 Center Boulevard . Free yoga mats will be supplied by TF Cornerstone to the first 100 in attendance.

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Dragon Boat Festival in Queens!

Posted on August 5, 2010. Filed under: Art, Chinese, Flushing/Corona, Free, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Theater |

It’s the annual Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival in the heart of Flushing Meadows Park this weekend Saturday August 7th and Sunday August 8th. Watch the as the magnificent dragon boats zip through Meadow Lake while the competing teams race to the finish. You don’t want to miss this once a year extravaganza! Before you rush the kids back to school this year, take them to the event of a lifetime (well at least the event of the weekend) The celebration begins early Saturday and continues throughout Sunday afternoon with The Chinese Music Ensemble of New York, traditional Indian dance, Shaolin Kung Fu demonstrations, kite flying,  jazz performances, the American Bolero Dance Company and much more!

Click here for a full schedule of events.

Dragon Boat Festival Aug 7 & 8 Meadow Lake in Flushing Meadow Park

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Get Ready for Some Yankee Twang Friday Night!

Posted on July 27, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

I first heard Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe at WNYC’s Battle of the Boroughs last month. With a fierce talent and sharp wit, their music cut through the room like the raging tide cuts though the calm sands at Rockaway… In other words, they blew audience away and won the Battle of the Boroughs.

Be sure to checkout Joey and the Comfortable Catastrophe as the opening act at Summer Stage in Queens July 28 at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City and in their very own concert at WNYC’s Greene Space July 30, this Friday night at 7pm. Meanwhile, you can get to know Joey a little better. I caught up with him to get the lowdown on drinking, eating and why he loves Queens so much. Here’s what he had to say…

Joe Thompson and the Comfortable Catastrophe

How has living in Queens inspired your music? I have lived in Queens in the same apartment in Astoria for nearly 8 years so the influence this community has had on my music is immeasurable.  There is a mindset in the people who live here, a blue-collar mentality very much akin to what I grew-up around in Western Pennsylvania.  That hard working, dirt under the fingernails attitude has really sunk-in and helped define the stories I like to tell.

In your recent interview with LimeWire, you received a lot of flack for saying that Queens does not have a big music scene, but it has a great music community, explain what you meant. I meant just what I said.  There is a treasure trove of talent living in Queens.  A supportive, esoteric community of truly gifted musicians.  That being said, there really aren’t very many places for original, live music here in Queens.  There are some coveted venues such as LIC Bar and Waltz Astoria.  While I do wish there were more venues for original live music out here, I will say I will take a community over a scene anyday.

You’re a mixologist as well as a musician. How have these two talents influenced each other in your experiences? As an independent rough and tumble country singer in New York City, it is necessary for one to find a means to pay the rent.  I have chosen the barcraft as my means.  This means I have been forced to spend a lot of time in establishments that serve strong spirit.  Tee hee.

What’s your favorite cuisine (or place to eat) in Queens? Ooooh.  That’s a tough question to answer!  For simple Italian American I like Bartolino’s.  For Greek I like Agnanti over by Astoria Park on 19th Street.  Gleason’s on Broadway has a great burger.  Bai Sushi has the best kimchi I have had in the city.

What’s your favorite neighborhood watering hole? If I am cocktailing, Sweet Afton or Dutch Kills.  If it’s a beer and whiskey night Daly’s Pub or Gilbey’s (used to be Gibney’s)

Your new album is titled- Yankee Twang, tell me about the name and what it means? I was raised in Pennsylvania by a family of fiercely loyal Texans.  Anyone who has ever met a Texan knows how proud they are of their homestate.  Until I was 18 I was a little ashamed that I was a Yankee until I realized how proud I was, in turn, of the Keystone State.  So Yankee Twang is the reflection of the duality of being a country singer in the heart of Yankee Territory as well as that Pennsylvania kid with big Texas dreams.

What has it been like working with WNYC and winning the battle of the boroughs? The folks at WNYC have been fantastic and I couldn’t be happier to be working with them.  Winning the Battle of the Boroughs is still a bit of a shock to me and I still have to pinch myself to believe at times.

Anything to add? Head on over to www.baldjoey.com to hear the songs, see the show schedule and sign the mailing list to receive our newsletters!  we will love you…

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Hot Weather and Full Moon at Astoria Music Now Festival Saturday!

Posted on July 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Astoria Street Fairs, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation |

It’s going to be 100 degrees and a full moon Saturday. While all the werewolves are shedding their fur and howling at the moon, you will be dancing in the green grass of Astoria Park with the Astoria Make Music Now! festival. Get out of your stuffy apartment and join the live bands and local artists from all over the neighborhood. This event happens only once a year so don’t miss it!

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Summer Stage in Queens!

Posted on July 14, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Free, LIC, Music & Dance, Outdoor Recreation, Theater | Tags: , |

I remember waiting in line for hours under the hot steamy sun to see  Sonic Youth (among many other boated old punksters)  in Central Park’s Summer Stage. Now, I don’t even have to leave the neighborhood. For the next two weeks Summer Stage is setting the scene in Long Island City & Queens! Enjoy hip hop, theater, jazz, opera and more this side of the East River. Here are some highlights from this season’s schedule below. For a full Summer Stage schedule, click here.

Ryan Leslie R&B

Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 7:00PM in  Springfield Park

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Funk Master Flex (1980s hip hop)

Thursday, July 15, 2010 at 7:00PM NYC Revolutions Series: EPMD and Funkmaster Flex, Presented in Association with Globe Star Media
 in Queensbridge Park

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Seewe African Dance Company and Balafrohop

Friday, July 16, 2010 at 7:00PM
 Queensbridge Park

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Pharoahe Monch (hip hop) Hosted by Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge

Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at 7:00PM
at Queensbridge Park

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Theater“blood pudding”

Friday, July 23, 2010 and Saturday, July 24 at 8:00PM

“blood pudding” by Sharon Bridgforth, Directed by Baraka de Soleil
in  Springfield Park blood pudding explores the history of Black people in New Orleans through a magical layering of theater, dance and song.Catch blood pudding on July 24th (Springfield Park, Queens) and August 6th and 7th  (Marcus Garvey Park, Manhattan)

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The Metropolitan Opera: Summer Recital Series Featuring Monica Yunus, Matthew Plenk, Donovan Singletary, and Jonathan Kelly
 Tuesday, July 27, 2010 at 7:00PM Queensbridge Park


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Astoria Park Waterfront Concert and Fireworks

Posted on June 29, 2010. Filed under: Astoria, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation |

Get ready for summer fun!

Astoria Park’s annual Independence Day Celebration takes place tomorrow night, June 30! Grab a blanket and enjoy the sights and sounds of the first of seven waterfront concerts for Summer 2010. The evening begins with Joe Battaglia and his Big Band performing live in the park, followed by a fireworks spectacular.

Wednesday, June 30, 2010 7:30 p.m.9:30 p.m.

Click here for a comprehensive list of the park’s events throughout Summer 2010.


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PS1 Saturday June 26 Free Admission for Queens Residents

Posted on June 25, 2010. Filed under: Art, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation |

MoMA PS1 is FREE all day Saturday June 26th  12pm – 6pm for Queens residents. It’s Queens Community Day! I remember going to this some years back and all I had to do was present an electric bill and I got in for free- all for the love of Queens. It’s a good time to explore the museum if you have never been there before. There will be face painting so you can bring the kids along too!

Here is the information and a list of the day’s events:

P.S.1 22-25 Jackson Ave at the intersection of 46th Ave Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 784-2084

All Day (Terrace)

Facepainting with NYC-based artists, Alexis Semtner & Heather Bregman

DJ set by Sam Morrison

1pm & 3pm (Begining in the Lobby)

Greater New York Artist-hosted discussions

with Raul Martinez of DETEXT and artist Franklin Evans

2pm (Courtyard)

Introduction to SO -IL ‘s Y.A.P. installation Pole Dance by Solid Objectives’ team member Ryan Madson

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Play Me, I’m Yours Public Art Project Places Pianos in Queens Parks

Posted on June 22, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Elmhurst, Forest Hills, Free, Jackson Heights, LIC, Music & Dance, Off the beaten path, Outdoor Recreation, Woodside/Sunnyside | Tags: , , |

This summer, Play Me, I’m Yours is touring the New York City streets. The public art project is an artwork installation by British artist Luke Jerram and presented by Sing for HopeFrom 9am-10pm 60 pianos will be dispersed around the city parks from June 21-July 5. Take a walk through your neighborhood and show off your talent in these Queens parks:

  1. Athens Square Park (map)
  2. Gantry Plaza State Park (map)
  3. Hoffman Park (map)
  4. Jackson Heights Post Office (map)
  5. Rufus King Park (map)

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria

Play Me I'm Yours Piano in Astoria Athens Square Park

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