Outings

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Image Source: LastFM

It all adds up. Jazz is the USA’s greatest contribution to music. Louis Armstrong is the greatest contributor to the genre. And Queens is the best place in the world for a jazz celebration. On April 30, the Louis Armstrong House Museum and the Jazz Journalists Association will hold a free, fun, food-filled festivity feting International Jazz Day at the Langston Hughes Community Library & Cultural Center in Corona. The program — presented by official Armstrong archivist Ricky Riccardi and Dan Morgenstern, director of the Institute of Jazz Studies at Rutgers University — will include the public premier of a newly discovered recording by Armstrong at Freedomland, a fabled Bronx amusement park in 1961. Then, the Jazz Journalists Association will toast Satchmo at a soul food reception. Some might attend for the music. Others might attend for the food. But all will enjoy themselves.

International Jazz Day Celebration
Langston Hughes Library
100-01 Northern Boulevard, Corona
Tuesday, April 30th, 2013
2pm – 5pm | Free

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Images Source: Queens County Farm Museum

Ah, the apple orchard…the sheep…the planting fields…the proximity to the Grand Central Parkway. On April 20 and 21, New York City’s only working historical farm, the Queens County Farm Museum, will host a blow-out spring festival. This 47-acre parcel in Glen Oaks — which dates back to 1697 — will fill with carnival rides, midway games, hayrides and live children’s entertainment. As always, there will be opportunities to check out the herb garden, pet the livestock, explore the greenhouse complex, and generally enjoy the city’s largest remaining tract of undisturbed farmland.

Children’s Carnival
Queens County Farm Museum
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks
Saturday, April 20, and Sunday, April 21
11am – 6pm | $11

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There’s been much recent enthusiasm for cycling in Queens. The Tour de Queens bike race draws 2,000 riders every year and the LIC Bike Parade has been ever popular. In East Flushing, the Kissena Velodrome has been made somewhat of a comeback.

You can also find them all on this map of Queens’ bike paths, lanes, and greenways.

 

 

 

 

Astoria Park bike lanes – Astoria – The bike lanes extend all the way from 20th Ave to Astoria Park South along the waterfront, which is split up between Ralph deMarco Park and Astoria Park proper. On the stretch between Ditmars Blvd. and 20th Ave, it’s a shared lane (bladers, walkers/runners, cyclists) and is indicated as such. See Update on the Astoria Park bike lanes.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cross Island Parkway Greenway – Bayside – Enjoy a view of the Throgs Neck Bridge from Little Bay Park at the north end of this path. Then proceed past Fort Totten — adventurous spirits should take a detour to explore the 19th century artillery battery — and onto Joe Michaels Mile, a stretch popular with runners and rollerbladers. Continue south along the waterfront route for more uninterrupted riding.

Image source: Flickr Creative Commons – user sethw

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Image Source: Spartan Race/Facebook

Spartans push their mind and body to their limits. They master their emotions. They run through woods and get dirty, facing almost impossible challenges. Plus, they compete in Spartan Race at Citi Field on April 13. The global leader in Obstacle Racing since 2005, this friendly competition was designed by seven ultra athletes and a Royal Marine. It features such fun activities as Spartan Beast and Death Race. With free admission for spectators (click here for mandatory RSVP info), a sound system will pump warrior-like music while the big video boards show live shots of the competitors.

Citi Field
123-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing/Corona
Saturday, April 13
8am – 4pm | $135 to be a Spartan; Free to watch

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Note: As the season progresses, we’ll update this guide. Please leave comments with new or updated information!

Forest Hills Greenmarket, South side of Queens Blvd at 70th Avenue  (GMAP) (Website)
Sundays from April 7, 2013  to December 29, 2013
8:00am – 3:00pm

 

Sunnyside Greenmarket, Skillman Ave btwn 42 & 43 Streets (GMAP) (Website)
Saturdays from June 1, 2013 to December 21, 2013
8:00am – 3:00pm

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Image Source: Four Muddy Paws

Please allow us one pun: The oval hunting prospects in Queens this weekend are absolutely eggs-traordinary. Let’s begin with the Queens Botanical Garden at 11 am this Saturday. The Flushing venue will celebrate spring with its first-ever Egg Hunt in the crabapple orchard and arboretum. The fun continues with seasonal crafts, old-fashioned games, seed plantings, face painting and a special visit from Flora, QBG’s mascot! At the same time (and again on Sunday at 11 am), the Queens Zoo will host its Egg Hunt with the chance to meet the Easter Bunny and some real life Flemish giant rabbits and partake in some spring-themed activities, including mask-making. Starting at noon on Saturday, the Queens County Farm Museum will hold continuous Egg Hunts throughout the day in the orchard. Whiskers the bunny will be hopping around the farm to greet children and pose for pictures, and participants will be able to dance the Bunny Hop, and play egg toss and rolling games on the farmhouse lawn. Then there’s the chance to visit farm animals and take a hayride.

43-50 Main Street, Flushing
53-51 111th Street, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Glen Oaks

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Photo courtesy of Untapped Cities

There are online marketplaces for just about everything. Of course, there is Brooklyn based Etsy, the marketplace for handmade  and related items that has reached worldwide scale. There is also Manhattan based SideTour, the online marketplace for ‘experiences’. Experiences fall in to a very wide range of activities from yoga classes, to jazz sessions, to culinary excursions.. to tours of places like 5Pointz.

The 5Pointz tour is led by Meres One, the founder of 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center and curator of its outdoor gallery, and they happen periodically. On Sidetour’s site there are currently three scheduled, though as of today two are sold out.

Untapped Cities recently covered one of Meres One’s tours, it includes lots of photos. Take a look at the pics — and go on a tour yourself as time may be short.

5 Pointz to Be Demolished by September 2013 [Curbed]
“Rep Your Style” breakdancing video at graffiti mecca 5Pointz in LIC [QNYC]

 

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Image Source: Cirque du Soleil
The Queens Tourism Council‘s slogan is “It’s in Queens!” But lately it seems like “Everything is in Queens!” Consider Cirque du Soleil, the world-renown, extremely respected traveling troupe known for breath-taking circus acts, eye-popping costumes, creative storylines and top-notch live music. Until May 12, TOTEM by Cirque du Soleil will run almost every night in a big tent by Citi Field. Inspired by creation myths, TOTEM traces the journey of the human species from its original amphibian state to its ultimate desire to fly. Through visual and acrobatic language, more than 50 performers from roughly 20 countries evolve on a stage evoking a giant turtle, the symbol of origin for many ancient civilizations. Somewhere between science and legend, this extravaganza explores the ties that bind humans to other species. Queens has Major League Baseball, Grand Slam Tennis, the most diverse population in the world…and now it has Cirque du Soleil.
Totem by Cirque du Soleil
Citi Field
126-01 Roosevelt Avenue, Flushing
Through Sunday, May 12
Times and Days Vary | $45 and up