Happy Spring and more in the QNYC Evening Edition for Wednesday March 20, 2013

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    Happy Spring!

    Today is the day – it’s finally Spring! The Vernal Equinox is today, meaning the day and night are equal. This also means the days are going to start being longer than the night. Very exciting stuff – even if it still feels like Winter today.

    The Queens Museum of Art is changing its name

    As part of their renovation and expansion, the Queens Museum of Art is changing their name to simply, Queens Museum. They plan to change their logo, too, and we look forward to seeing the new design. You’ll still find engaging and thought-provoking art there. Tom Finkelpearl, the museum’s executive director, said “While this is a time of tremendous change for the Queens Museum, what will remain constant is our dedication to openness and engagement.” And never fear, the Panorama of the City of New York is not going anywhere! Thank goodness.

    Hail, Snowdonia!

    We’ve learned more about the gastropub Snowdonia, which will open in Astoria in May. Their plan to serve beer-inspired and beer-infused food is still on the books, and they’ll also have about 10 taps. Look for beer cocktails, too (here’s hoping for a fab michelada). Their chef will be Will Lubold, formerly of ’inoteca on the Lower East Side. We can’t wait!

    Is the MLS looking to Florida now? 

    From what we can tell, NYC officials need to pin down and settle on details of the proposed MLS stadium in Queens. MLS commissioner Don Garber said, “It needs to get done so that we can move on with our expansion plans. I’m not going to put any timing on that but we’ve got to finalize our expansion plan. There’s a lot of activity in Orlando and we’ve got to figure out where that fits in with our expansion timing.” There is also a lot of interest in soccer in Florida and the MLS isn’t represented south of DC, so the idea of many hungry soccer fans is appealing. That said, Garber believes NYC will come through and get the show on the road, build that stadium, and wait for the hordes of fans to descend upon Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

    Armchair traveler – Jackson Heights

    Check out this short video of the sights and sounds of Jackson Heights. Loved seeing the Ecuadorian street vendors and Mexican wrestling masks!

    [vimeo http://vimeo.com/59118635]

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