Bayside

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The Clearview Expressway runs from the Throgs Neck Bridge south, terminating at Hillside Avenue (unusual for an expressway to terminate at a local-access thoroughfare). It was first proposed in 1955 and constructed between 1960 and 1963, mostly in an open cut featuring interchanges with the Long Island Expressway and Grand Central Parkway. It was built over community opposition, as many of the Robert Moses projects from the 1930s through 1960s were, and it necessitated the displacement of over 400 families.

I have taken the Long Island Rail Road past the Clearview for over 20 years, and noticed an unusual feature. The Clearview has a service road and walkway on both sides, and while the roadway is interrupted for the railroad crossing, the walkways aren’t.

The walkways on both sides are slung down toward the roadway and under the railroad, in an unusual arrangement. The usual method, I suppose, would have involved pedestrian bridges with steps up and down, or just forget the walkways and have people use the nearest streets that clear the railroad, Francis Lewis Boulevard or Corporal Kennedy Street. These were considered to be too far away, I suppose. The walkways feature both a steep downhill and uphill.

An interesting anomaly on the walkway is the presence of a State of New York Department of Works sign. The DPW was formed in 1876 as an amendment to the New York State constitution, and originally oversaw canal construction, though in later years it began to handle most construction in general. In 1967 it was merged with other departments into the New York State Department of Transportation.

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It’s the appropriate show for the world’s most diverse county. Ty Tojo, a 15-year-old from Japan who holds three Guinness world records, juggles until the crowd’s jaws drop. Duo Guerrero, who hail from Portugal and Colombia, dance across the sky on a high wire. French flimflam fellow Pierre Ginet favors fusing comedy and crime, bewildering audiences with his shenanigans…and relieving them of their wallets, watches and jewelry. But patriots can rejoice, too, as US-born Jenny Vidbel (above) warms the heart with her adorable ponies and animated puppies. From this Sunday through June 15th, the Big Apple Circus will present Luminocity, its new gig celebrating vivacity, velocity and verve, in Cunningham Park. The travelling troupe will do 47 performances under an air-conditioned Big Top, where no seat is more than 50 feet from ringside.

Details: Luminocity, Cunningham Park, 196-22 Union Turnpike just west of Francis Lewis Boulevard, Fresh Meadows, May 18th through June 15th, click for schedule, the show’s running time is about two hours, including a 15-minute intermission, $20-$65.

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Forest Hills Gardens
2-54 Greenway North
Broker: Piccadilly Real Estate
Price: $3,490,000
Sunday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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Long Island City
42-51 Hunter Street
Broker: Space Marketing Shop
Price: $1,150,000
Sunday, 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm
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Bayside
45-29 204th Street
Broker: East Coast Realtors
Price: $978,000
Saturday, 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
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Jackson Heights
33-35 81st Street, #6D
Broker: Exit Realty
Price: $177,500
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
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For the past 25 years, Venture House has helped people with diagnosed psychiatric disorders lead happy, meaningful lives. The Jamaica-based nonprofit provides everything from job opportunities to secure housing to access to medical care. On May 1st, Venture House will open A Colorful Expression of Mind, a mixed-media art show featuring paintings, sculptures, graphic art and multimedia pieces created by its community members. The exhibition will be on display through June 29th at the QCC Art Gallery in Bayside.

Details: A Colorful Expression of Mind, Queensborough Community College Art Gallery at 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, opening on May 1st at 5 pm, free. Shows runs through June 29th.

Top photo: Connie Schwartz; bottom photo: Ching Chin

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Yes, those Osmonds. Since the 1970s, they’ve gone from cute youngsters in pint-size tuxedos to teen idols in chic hairdos to family-man performers and even (for some) to grandfathers. But over the decades, they have remained faithful to their harmonies, warm tones, stage antics and mix of jazz, barbershop, rock, country and pop music. On April 27th, the Osmond Brothers (above) will bring their act to the Queensborough Performing Arts Center, which has a busy spring schedule. On May 3rd, the Bayside venue will host Mario Cantone, who is probably best known as Anthony Marantino in the HBO series Sex in the City. The stand-up comedian (below) is famous for his dead-on celebrity impersonations and musical impressions that often leave audiences in stitches.

Details: The Osmond Brothers, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, April 27th, 3 pm, $35.

Bonus details: Mario Cantone LIVE!, Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, May 3rd, 8 pm, $40.

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Everything is going to go downhill next weekend. USA Luge‘s nationwide recruitment tour will make a stop in Bayside’s Crocheron Park on April 26 and April 27. The USA Luge Slider Search seeks to identify, train and qualify young athletes (boys and girls, ages 9-13) for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Participants will learn the riding and steering basics with national team athletes and coaches before taking rides down a hill under the observation of those coaches. Those who demonstrate potential will receive an invitation to the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, where they will compete for a seat on the junior development team.

Details: USA Luge Slider Search, Crocheron Park, vicinity of 214th Place, Cross Island Parkway and 33th Avenue, Bayside, April 26th-April 27th, sessions run from 7:30 am to 6 pm, free and all participants will receive a USA Luge tee-shirt, click here to register or call 1-800-USA-LUGE.

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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.

Photo: Audrey Dimola

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The posters bore messages such as “Don’t buy in Jewish stores,” “The inhabitants of this village want nothing to do with Jews” and “Jews not welcome.” Starting in 1933, the Nazi regime started segregating and curtailing the Jewish community throughout Germany and its occupied lands. To aide this oppressive effort, the government posted countless signs that degraded, harassed, offended and threatened the Jews. On April 23, the Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center at Bayside’s Queensborough Community College will launch a 2.5-month exhibition featuring photos of these signs. Curator Rabbi Isodoro Aizenberg, Kupferberg’s scholar-in-residence, adds another dimension by including testimonies of people who were directly affected by the laws and signs.

Details: Unwelcomed Words: Nazi Anti-Jewish Street Signs, Harriet and Kenneth Kupferberg Holocaust Resource Center, Queensborough Community College, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, opening on April 23rd, 7 pm, center is open weekdays from 10 am to 4 pm, free.

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Bourbon Street, the Cajun-style eatery located at 40-12 Bell Boulevard in Bayside, hopes to build out a rooftop bar for the summertime. The Daily News reports that “patrons would dine and drink al fresco in the 2,500-square-foot outdoor seating space, lit with Louisiana lantern-style street lights… there would also be an open-face barbecue pit and raw seafood bar on the roof.” Sounds lovely! There aren’t any other rooftop bars like it in the neighborhood. The owner of Bourbon Street hopes to open the space by the restaurant’s 15th anniversary, which is this summer. They still do not have approval from the New York State Liquor Authority or the Department of Buildings.

First Rooftop Bar Planned for Bustling Bayside Boulevard [NY Daily News] GMAP

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