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|Queens Museum Renovations|
Queens Museum Of Art
Photos of Renovated Museum & Queens International 2013
November 10, 2013 / Flushing Neighborhood / Art Museums in Queens / Queens Buzz. I attended the re-opening weekend of the newly renovated Queens Museum of Art on November 9th & 10th of 2013. As I came strolling up toward the Unisphere, from the #7 subway stop, I could see the new façade of the museum in the distance. The warm golden light shone through the large floor to ceiling windows of the two main floors along the eastern side of the museum. Only a year ago, this entire side of the building was nearly all cement, interspersed with a few far smaller windows.
Inside there was a plethora of activity. Just beyond the ticketing area, was a large open space into which I stepped down into the open space. Much of this area had been in place prior to the renovation, but the area was difficult to access and was used more as a backroom, than as the showcase into which it had been recently transformed.
And ahead, just off to the right, was the Museum’s first claim to fame, the miniaturized replica of the City of New York. Click here to read the rest of our report about the newly renovated Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Queens. The report includes numerous photos of the newly remodeled museum and the Queens International 2013 which went on display in November 2013.
|Chinese New Year Parade 2013 - Flushing Queens|
Chinese New Year Parade Flushing NYC
Queens Chinese New Year Parade & Flushing Asian Community
February 14, 2013 / Flushing / Queens History / Queens Buzz. This report provides a brief overview of the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing & Queens. The year is 4710 and it is the year of the Snake.
The Chinese New Year Parade times, route and viewing locations are included in this report for your convenience, along with photos from prior years as well as links to reports from prior years. You'll also find related information such as info about Flushing shopping and Queens restaurants.
Click here for our report about the 2013 Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing Queens.
|Chinese New Year Parade 2012 Flushing|
Chinese New Year 2012 in Flushing
Flushing Town Hall - Building Cultural Bridges
January 25, 2012 / Flushing / Ethnic & Religious Culture / Queens Buzz. I attended the opening ceremony at the Flushing Town Hall celebrating the Chinese new year. Flushing Town Hall is a neighborhood and Queens borough cultural center, which has easily become one of the leading places in Queens and NYC, where one can familiarize themselves with authentic Asian cultures.
Flushing Town Hall presents many exhibits and programs, which nurture an environment of cross cultural understanding. They are also an important location for innovative theater performances, jazz, and world music, of which you can read more about by using the search function on this site.
One of the reasons for Flushing Town Hall's emergence as an Asian cultural center is that Flushing is the home to the largest Chinese community in New York, equaling – if not surpassing - Chinatown in Manhattan. And New York City is home to the largest Chinese community outside of China.
This year is 2012 AD in the western world, but to the Chinese this is the lunar year 4709 and the year of the lucky dragon. Steve Chen of Crystal Window & Door Systems in Flushing [current exhibit sponsors], speaks about the Antique Chinese Windows and Doors collection currently on exhibit at Flushing Town Hall.
Click here to read more about the upcoming Chinese New Year Parade 2012 in Flushing Queens and Chinese Culture.
|Chinese New Year Parade in Queens - Photos|
Chinese New Year Parade Queens
The Year of the Snake is Good for Business
Updated March 10, 2013 / February 4, 2013 / Flushing / Chinese Culture in Queens / Queens Buzz. I have become a big fan of the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing. Some reporters have estimated that about 4,000 people march in the parade, but we’re beginning to believe that this number is inflated. And we estimate that north of 10,000 people come to watch it. In the years I’ve been covering the parade, it seems that each year the crowd gets larger. But thankfully, there’s still plenty of space to find a good viewing location, because the parade route spans between one and two miles.
This year I gained a little deeper understanding of the Chinese New Year traditions, as fell into a conversation about them with a former resident of Shanghai, who recently immigrated here. She told me about some of the traditions that accompany the Chinese New Year celebrations.
Click here to read the rest of our report about and photos of the Chinese New Year Parade Queens in Flushing, including a photo slide show.
|Chinese New Year Parade Photos 2012 - Flushing|
Chinese New Year Parade 2012 Photos
Reflects Evolving Chinese & Korean American Community
February 6, 2012 / Flushing / Ethnic & Religious Culture / Queens Buzz. I attended the year of the dragon Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing on Saturday, February 4th. It’s easily one of the best Queens parades because the Chinese and Koreans put a lot of effort into a sensory pleasing, cultural mélange, that includes beautiful costumes, melodic music and aesthetic theater.
Thousands participate in the parade, which first began in Flushing in 1997. In 2011 the parade starting welcoming non-Asian participation, and hence last year it was interesting to watch someone of mixed ethnic descent, run as one the leads of one of the dragon dance teams. The dragon dance teams in the Flushing New Year Parade vary, as in China, from a two member team to as many as ten or fifteen. Legend has it, that the longer the parade dragon, the greater the luck for the year.
Click here to read more about our report and view photos of the Chinese New Year Parade 2012 in Flushing Queens.
|Tour De Queens Photos|
Tour De Queens
Step Aside France, Here Comes Tour De Queens
July 8, 2012 / Flushing Bayside & Whitestone / Queens Sports / Queens Buzz. The 5th annual Tour De Queens began on time with between 1500 and 2000 bicyclists enrolled for the 17 mile journey through northeastern Queens.
I took my bicycle on the subway to the Willets Point stop on the #7 Flushing Main Street line. I rolled my bike into one of the end cars, only to meet several other cyclists enroute to the event. At Willets Point we met up with quite a few other cyclists who had been on the train and we all headed to the Unisphere in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Underneath the Unisphere, Transportation Alternatives [TA], the event organizer, had things well under control. They had registration tables for the pre-registered and those who hadn’t. There were porta potties and a water area so people could refill their water bottles before beginning the adventure.
Click here to read the rest of our report, including photo slide show of Tour De Queens.
|Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing|
Public & Private Lives Converge in Urbanity
December 12, 2011 / Flushing / Art Exhibits in Queens / Queens Buzz. I visited the Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing Saturday for their opening of Personal.Spaces. The exhibit theme is about personal space in public places. An example of such is shown in the artwork to your right, where countless people are sharing public space, close enough to touch one another, but all living very separate lives. Living within their Personal.Spaces.
The Flushing art gallery did a nice job of dimensionalizing the theme through a number of different works from a multitude of artists, many of whom either work or live within the NYC area. Click here to view a brief report, including photos of the Personal.Spaces art exhibit at the Crossing Art Gallery in Flushing.
|History of the Rockaways|
History of the Rockaways
Retired Salesman Busy Saving Queens Past
November 6, 2011 / Flushing Neighborhood / Queens History / Queens Buzz. Marty Nislick is a former Rockaways native and a retired salesman. But he's only retired from his job, not his life; especially his life as a youth growing up in the Rockaways.
Over the past few years Marty's interest in the history of the Rockaways neighborhoods of his youth has grown from a hobby to a passion. And from the day I met Marty Nislick at the Queens Historical Society in Flushing, I began to understand why. The photo to your right was taken on July 4th 1954 and featured on the front page of Life Magazine in the 1950's.
Click here to read more about the history of the Rockaways in Queens.
|Horticulture in Flushing Queens|
Horticulture In Queens
Queens Historical Society Presents History Of Queens Horticulture
October 17, 2011 / Flushing Neighborhood / Food & Wine / Queens Buzz. This past weekend the Queens Historical Society [QHS] presented a history of horticulture in Queens. The society put together a panel of four experts, who took us back hundreds of years to Dutch colonial times when the Flushing area of Queens was a mix of farmland and swampland.
The panelists walked us through hundreds of years of spice trading, informing us from whence came many of foods we enjoy today. The presentation included live samples of herbs and roots, as well as recommended reading for one interested in the history or the botany of Queens horticulture past.
Click here later today to read more about horticulture in Queens.
|A Taste Of The World 2011 Photos|
A Taste Of The World 2011 Photos
Fun Way To Sample Many Queens Restaurants
May 11, 2011 / Flushing / Queens Restaurants / Queens Buzz. I attended the 9th annual Taste Of The World at Caesar’s at CitiField in Flushing last night. There were over 40 restaurateurs who presented samples from their kitchens to a crowd that numbered in the mid hundreds.
It was a perfectly clear night, with temperatures in the 70’s and a gentle breeze passing by as I descended the subway stairs in front of CitiField. I took the elevator up to the club and found it bustling with activity.
Click here to read our review and view photos of the Taste Of The World 2011 in Flushing.
|Chinese New Year Parade 2011 Photos|
Chinese New Year Parade 2011 Photos
Parade Moved Quickly In Flushing Queens
February 14, 2011 / Flushing / Queens Buzz. First of all I would like to wish everyone a Happy Valentine's Day. May your loved ones make you happy this day and every day.
We attended the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing over the weekend and, as usual, it didn't disappoint. We understand that over 5,000 people participated in the parade, wearing fun, colorful, mythological costumes.
Click here to see the photos of the Chinese New Year Parade 2011 in a photo slide show of the event.
|Indians & Hinduism In Queens|
Indians & Hinduism In Queens
Flushing / Queens Buzz. I had a unique opportunity to visit and photograph the Ganesh Temple in Flushing during their fall Navaratri Festival. The Navaratri Festival is held four times a year to mark the change of seasons and it is dedicated to the Divine Mother in the form of Shakti or energy. The fall festival is the most important of the Navaratri celebrations.
I arrived late in the afternoon and met Mr. Padmahabhan. He directed me from the entrance on Bowne Street to the main entrance just around the corner on Holly Avenue. As I removed my shoes and began walking down the long hall leading into the temple, I got this exhilarating feeling as though I had just been teleported into the heart of India. In the photo to your left is a woman standing in front of an altar of deities in the Ganesh Temple in Flushing.
|Jews & Judaism In Queens|
Free Synagogue In Flushing - Judaism In Queens
Also Second Annual Unity Walk
Flushing / Queens Buzz. Ten days ago I had the opportunity to visit Rabbi Michael Weisser at the Free Synagogue of Flushing to talk about Judaism and to tour the venerable Free Synagogue Of Flushing. This report will primarily cover some of the major tenets of Judaism as well as a brief history of the Free Synagogue Of Flushing, which is a New York landmark.
We will also provide a bit of information about the 2nd Annual Queens Unity Walk which was held on a beautiful October Sunday in Flushing. The photo to your left shows one of the many original stained glass windows in the synagogue. Click here to read our story about the Free Synagogue In Flushing & Judaism in Queens.
|Bikes & Bike Riding - Tour De Queens NY|
Tour De Queens - Photos Of Riders
Flushing Queens /Queens Buzz. The second annual Tour De Queens departed on time today at 9.30 am for an 18 mile ride through the borough [the original plan was for a 24 mile course]. We'll be posting a photo album later today with tons of photos taken of the riders as they departed from the Queens Museum Of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The winds were blowing at between five and ten miles per hour which cooled things down, as the temperatures rose into the low eighties on a moderately humid day. Originally the course was to be outlined within the New York Panorama inside the Queens Museum Of Art as had been done last year. But given the current exhibition, Red Lines Housing Crisis, was already using the panaorama as part of the exhibit, outlining the course for the Tour De Queens was dropped. The course was finalized late Friday July 10th, but we are in the process of creating a map of it, so stay tuned. Click here to view photos and read a brief report about the Tour De Queens bike ride - photos in Queens or click here to view photos of the Tour De Queens Bike Riders.
|Latin Cultural Festival 2010|
Latino Cultural Festival Begins
Outdoor Theater In Astoria, Flushing / Indoor LIC
July 29, 2010 / Queens Buzz. This weekend, generally clear skys, with highs in the low 80's [lows in mid 60's] with a 40% chance of rain on Sunday. Thursday night in Flushing, Queens Theatre In The Park kicks off it's annual Latino Cultural Festival at 8 pm with Contra Tiempo, Urban Latin Dance Theatre. The festival opening will be followed by a party that runs until 12 midnight [theater]. The Latin Cultural Festival runs through August 8th. Also the last performance of the International Theater Festival begins at 6.30 pm Thursday night at LPAC in LIC [theater].
On Friday in Flushing the Queens Museum Of Art continues its passport Fridays, with an outdoor dance / music performance and a film about Taiwan [art]. In LIC on Saturday night starting at 5 pm there's an Alex Chilton festival, including readings, a screening and a concert [theater]. Also in LIC, beginning Saturday afternoon, PS1 continues hosting its Warm Up parties in their courtyard [art]. On both Saturday and Sunday in Astoria Park, the Curious Frog Company will perform A Midsummers Nights Dream at 1 and 4 pm respectively [theater].
For details of these and other events, click into the Queens Events link on the tool bar above. Also note that this weekend there are three wine tastings [Thurs / Fri / Sat] in LIC and Astoria, the details of which may be found in the Members Calendar along with several other member posted events.
|Chinese New Year Parade Flushing Queens|
Chinese New Year Parade Queens
Chinese New Years Parade In Flushing Queens With Photos
Flushing / February. This story includes links to current info about the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing. It is also a report about the parade three years ago. The weather was near perfect for a mid February parade, as it was sunny and dry, and the temperatures were in the low forties. Photos of the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing Queens include a mix of photos of the costumed parade participants as well as the large crowd.
We estimate that over 10,000 people came out to see the Chinese New Year cultural extravaganza in Flushing. The parade was followed by a number of cultural events given by both traditional Chinese and Korean performers.
Click here to read our reports about the Chinese New Year Parade in Flushing, including a slideshow and photo album.
|Waterpod Floating Barge - Flushing Harbor Flushing Queens NY|
Waterpod: A Good Idea That Floats
Flushing / September 26, 2009. Today, amidst all the reasons for cynicism and despair, I found a refreshing glimmer of hope in, of all things, a waterpod. It's a waterpod that contains within it a couple of beings, which if properly funded could spread a good idea like appleseeds across the land, perhaps the globe, and enable all of us to help shape the future of the world in which we live.
Mary Mattingly and Ian Daniel are modern day, Ghandi-like activistics. They have guided the good ship Waterpod into and out of eight different harbors along the New York City network of waterways, carrying with them an art performance eco-friendly message that makes a huge statement in very small ways ... but in every moment of each one of their days.
Click here to read the rest of the story on The Waterpod in Queens. Scroll down to the next two stories to read the weekend events postings and / or click into the Queens Events section of this site.
|Queens International Art Exhibit At Queens Museum Of Art - Flushing NY |
Queens International Art Exhibit 2009
Flushing / Queens Buzz. This a report and review of the fourth bi-annual Queens International Art Exhibit which opened at the Queens Museum Of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Flushing / Corona neighborhoods of Queens NY.
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|Last Mets Baseball Games At Shea Stadium - Flushing Queens NY|
Last Baseball Games Played At Shea
Mets Lose To Marlins 4 - 2
Flushing Meadows / September 2008 / Queens Buzz. The New York Mets played the Florida Marlins in the last three games played at Shea Stadium in the Flushing Corona neighborhood of Queens NY. Shea Stadium will be demolished in the winter of 2009.
|Tour de Queens Bike Ride - Cycling In Queens NY |
Tour de Queens Bike Ride This Sunday
500 Bicyclists Slots Available The Morning Of The Ride
The Tour de Queens Bike Ride is scheduled for this Sunday. About 1,000 riders comprised of singles, adults, families and kids will ride through parts of the borough with a police escort. The bike ride will cover a 24 mile trail beginning and ending at the Unisphere across from the Queens Museum Of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The trail route will not be officially disclosed until the morning of the ride but we have unconfirmed reports it will have an eastern Queens slant through some of the neighborhoods of great jazz legends and some beautiful architecture. Click here for more on Biking In Queens / Tour de Queens Bike Ride 2009.
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|Queens Theatre In The Park - Flushing NY - Sam Rossi|
Queens Theatre In The Park
Sam Rossi & The Chart Toppers
Flushing / Queens Buzz. This is story about Sam Rossi And The Chart Toppers which was a singing engagement featuring Sam Rossi who sang songs from the sixties and seventies at Queens Theatre In The Park in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens NY.
|Contemporary Indian Art Of The Diaspora - Queens Museum Of Art / Flushing NY|
Queens Museum Of Art
Indian Arts Of The Diaspora
Flushing / Queens Buzz. This is a review of the Indian Arts Of The Diaspora Art Exhibit at the Queens Museum Of Art in the Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Flushing / Corona neighborhoods of Queens NY. This exhibit is includes some forty Indian emigrant artists who delve into and express the influences of their multi-cultural lives.
|Queens Botanical Garden - Flushing NY - Aphrodisiac Class|
Queens Botanical Gardens
Aphrodisiac Class & Other Plant Classes @ Botanical Gardens
Flushing / Queens Buzz. This is a report on a class taught at the Queens Botanical Garden in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens NY. The class was intended to enhance one's understanding of the nature, effect and care of herbs which may be used as aphrodisiacs.
|Jerry Stiller At Queens Theatre In The Park - Flushing NY|
Jerry Stiller At Queens Theatre In The Park
Flushing / Queens Buzz. Jerry Stiller, George Costanza's father in Seinfeld and Doug Heffernan's father-in-law in The King Of Queens performed at The Queens Theatre In The Park in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens NY.
|Flushing & Corona Events - Things To Do In Flushing|
Flushing & Corona Events
Things To Do In Flushing & Corona
Flushing & Corona / Queens Buzz. Click here to view this section which contains reports of Flushing & Corona Events. Click here to view the reports, including maps, photos and slide shows.
|Flushing Neighborhood / Corona Neighborhood |
Flushing Neighborhood / Corona Neighborhood
Large Asian & Latin Neighborhoods
Flushing & Corona / Queens Buzz. This is the Flushing Neighborhood / Corona Neighborhood section of this site which contains news and information about events, attractions restaurants, shopping and more. Flushing has seen an influx of investment in buildings, including high rise retail and office space. It's also worth noting that Shea Stadium was replaced by a brand new stadium CitiField and the city's largest swimming facility [complete with new year round ice rink] was opened in that same year.
Click here to view the front page of the Flushing neighborhood & Corona neighborhood section of this site.
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|Vander Ende Onderdonk House - Gottscheer Hall - Ridgewood NY|
Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens
Ridgewood Historical Society Home Endures The Centuries
May 18, 2012 / Ridgewood Queens / Queens NY History / Queens Buzz. Ridgewood is home to the oldest Dutch-American field stone farmhouse in New York City. The farmhouse was built around 1709 by Paulus Vander Ende using field stone and timber. The house was sold to the Onderdonk family around 1800 and they lived in it for about a century. After that the house traded hands several times before a fire incident in 1975.
Following the fire incident, the Ridgewood Historical Society was formed and took the house over, and opened it to the public in 1982. Many of the objects shown in the house were found on site through archeological excavation. The house is currently home to the Ridgewood NY Historical Society.
Click here to read our report on the Onderdonk House in Ridgewood Queens NY, including photos. We have also included in this report information about the Gottschees and Gottscheer Hall, and one of the artist studios of the Queens Museum of Art art crawl in Ridgewood.