Parks and Recreation

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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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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Makers Market: Art in the Park Benefit Celebration June 4-6

Posted on June 1, 2010. Filed under: Art, Astoria, Free, LIC, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Shopping |

The Socrates Sculpture Park kicks off the summer with the Makers Market, a fundraising event with local artists’ works that you can purchase. Be one of the first to attend this special event and have your pick at the selected displayed works. The preview event starts Friday June 4th at 5pm for a ticket donation of $50 and goes through Saturday and Sunday for free admission.

Their website describes the event- Collectors and enthusiasts will have the opportunity to meet approximately 40 American makers and shop a broad selection of skillfully crafted one of kind objects, including: ceramics, turned wood bowls, glassware, motorcycles, knives, tableware, jewelry, furniture, lighting, and more.

a sneak preview of the grass roots project

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LIC I Heart Graffiti

Posted on March 9, 2010. Filed under: LIC, Off the beaten path, Parks and Recreation |

Cycling through Gantry Plaza today, I arrived just in time to watch the sunset. Something else less luminescent caught my eye. Commonly viewed as ugly nuisances that deface our precious city, graffiti is often frowned upon. However, I found these particular messages of love endearing. I Heart Queens.

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Marathon Photo Highlights

Posted on November 1, 2009. Filed under: ING Marathon, Parks and Recreation | Tags: , |

Here are some inspiring shots I took with a friend’s D50. The scene is the marathon from LIC- Vernon Blvd & Pulaski Bridge.

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LIC Socrates Sculpture Park- Halloween Harvest and Sleepy Hollow

Posted on October 20, 2009. Filed under: Art, Astoria, LIC, Outdoor Recreation, Parks and Recreation, Theater |

The Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park has been rescheduled for this Sunday, October 25th. Here is what the website says about the day’s events:

“HALLOWEEN HARVEST FESTIVAL 11 AM – 2 PM (rain or shine) / Free
The 6th Annual Canine Costume Contest at noon! Live concert by Audra Rox
at 1PMSpecial outdoor performance of The Legend of Sleepy Hollow presented by The Red Door Theater Company at 2pm”

Here is a look at some of the sculptures on display.

Tangled up and washed ashore

Tangled up and washed ashore

take a walk in the park

Like a walk in the park

Have your cake, but don't eat it too.

Have your cake, but don't eat it too.

Seeing red...

Seeing red...

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Serena-ty Now! U.S. Open takes a turn with some nasty words

Posted on September 13, 2009. Filed under: Flushing/Corona, Off the beaten path, US Open |

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Serena Williams losing her temper photo courtesy espn

During a heated game against Kim Clijsters, Serena Williams loses her temper not once but twice, with a blow of harsh words putting an end to the match point. Serena Williams first smashes her racket in rage, then after disagreeing the with lines woman about calling a foot fault, threatens her with profanities- see the video here. Showing off her religious side- Serena makes a point of “Swearing to God…” and saying something about taking a tennis ball and shoving it down the lines woman’s throat. Maybe she had better start praying to God instead. Her nasty temper caused quite a stir on the court and set a very disturbing example of the kind of person she is. What is even more surprising is not her temper, but her reaction to the reporters in a Q&A session after the incident. Serena nonchalantly skated over the fact that she had done anything wrong and scoffed at the notion of an apology, saying people lose their temper all the time in tennis matches. Way to go Serena, you just flushed the respect out of Queens.

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Century Bike Tour in Astoria Park

Posted on September 11, 2009. Filed under: Astoria, Bike, Bike Journeys in Queens, Free, Parks and Recreation |

cycling through the park

cycling through the park

This Sunday September 13th marks the annual NYC Century Bike Tour– that’s 100 miles of cycling through the five boroughs. Can’t push the pedal quite that far? Don’t worry you can still participate, there are truncated versions of the tour with earlier finish points of 15, 35, 55, & 75 miles. Register September 11th or the day of the race for an extra $5.

Cyclists will be riding through our very own Astoria Park. Here is an excerpt of the rundown with the bike schedule, distance and location (for map click here) (and to watch my personal bike tour of Flushing Meadows Park on vimeo- click here )

“15 mile: Park to Park Escorted by T.A. Marshal, this ride is meant for first-time riders and families. Riders travel down NYC’s first ever protected bike lane on 9th Avenue in Chelsea and then proceed over to the East River. The tour rolls onto Manhattan’s east side greenway and towards Chinatown. Riders have the option of staying in Manhattan or continuing along onto the iconic Brooklyn Bridge. Leave 8 am. Finish 10 am-2 pm. 35 mile: East River Loop This ride is for those looking for more than a Sunday stroll. Riders are taken through downtown Brooklyn, around Prospect Park and continue through hip and trendy Williamsburg and up to Astoria Park, Queens, finishing in Central Park. Leave 7:30 am. Finish 11 am-3 pm. 55 mile: The Waterfront This route is more miles but since NYC is relatively flat terrain it makes for a manageable ride for someone who is looking to challenge him or herself. This route takes riders along the Brooklyn greenway with views of the Verrazano Bridge and Coney Island and connecting to with 35-mile finish. Leave 7 am. Finish 11 am-4pm. 75 mile: The Velodrome This is not for amateurs. From Canarsie Pier, riders split and continue on the greenway and head north to Queens. The journey takes riders to Kissena Park where riders can take a loop around the Velodrome. Leave 6:30 am. Finish 12-4 pm. 100 mile: Experienced Riders Only. Riders travel out to Far Rockaway and beautiful Fort Tilden after Marine Park. Cyclists head north to Astoria Park and then progress into the Bronx. This part of the ride is the most challenging because we saved the hills for the end. Riders enter northern Manhattan and take to the east side to get a view of Yankee Stadium and travel through historic Harlem. Leave 6 am. Finish 12-6 pm.”

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