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Photos from the Alley Pond Environmental Center mid winter hike

We loved the photos posted on Alley Pond’s Facebook page of the mid winter hike that took place last month. So great to see kids learning about the world around them, and there really is something special about a night hike. Plus that Boots the bunny is pretty dang cute. Take a look, and enjoy!

Chicken Festival in Jackson Heights

No, this is not a gathering of live chickens, but there are plenty to eat at Chicken Festival, a small chain here in NYC; a new location has cropped up in JH and there are additional locations in Astoria and Bayside, and both get high marks by partrons. The Village Voice folks found that they loved the jalea, which is actually a seafood dish – “a standard of Peruvian cuisine, consisting of sea creatures fried in abundance and heaped on railroad ties of fried yuca.” We think that sounds pretty good (we are also fond of fried yuca). You can also get classic dishes like lomo saltado (hard to go wrong with meat and fries), and tallarin, which is a sort of lo mein dish popular in Peruvian Chinese Cuisine. Yum – as if there weren’t already so many amazing reasons to go to Jackson Heights. We’ll be on that chix soon.

Broad Channel Library re-opens today!

Curbed mentions the opening of the Broad Channel Library today! It’s been a long haul cleaning up Broad Channel, and the opening of the library is excellent news. Here’s a summary:

The library took on two-feet of water during the storm and suffered $940,000 in damage, losing 16,000 books, plus other equipment. The Department Design and Construction repaired the building, and Scholastic donated 40,000 books to restock the library’s shelves.

Congratulations on re-opening, Broad Chanel library!

Artists, the New York Hospital Queens is looking for you

The NY Hospital Queens has issued a call for submissions from artists to help populate their new “community art garden,” which will take place on the walls and hallways of the hospital. They hope it will brighten the day of hospital patients, staff and visitors. Acrylic paintings will be accepted and you have until April 16 (in the main lobby) and 18 (outside the cafeteria) to submit your artwork. They’ll even provide a canvass for you to use. Sounds like a great effort and we hope they get a lot of submissions.

A walk around Astoria after the last big snow storm

We liked this short video taken after the last big storm – and another storm is coming tonight! Apparently DC is expecting to be shut down by it. NYC probably won’t get so much snow, probably 2-6 inches. Stay warm, everyone.

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/59350481]

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Image source: Caracas Arepa Bar Facebook page – the beachfront shortly after Hurricane Sandy blew through

The Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and MoMA PS1 have issued a call for submissions/proposals regarding idea for the creation of a sustainable waterfront in the Rockaways. This is part of “an effort to foster the creative debate on urban recovery after Hurricane Sandy.” The final date for submissions is March 15, 2013 by using this submission form.

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The Museum of the City of New York wants your Sandy photos

The Museum of the City of New York has issued a call for submissions from both amateur and professional photographers for their photos of before, during and after Superstorm Sandy: “…the Museum of the City of New York seeks contemporary photographs of the areas and people affected by the storm – photographs that portray the region before the storm, during the dramatic hours of the storm’s landfall, the immediate aftermath, and the relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts of individuals, organizations, and government agencies – for consideration for inclusion in an exhibition at the Museum to open in April.” Entry deadline is 12pm March 3, 2013. Photographers, we know you are out there! It’s free to enter, too.

Putting together the Unisphere

We’ve shared this on Facebook and loved it on Pinterest, but we just can’t get enough of this seriously cool image from the time they were putting the Unisphere together – it’s very Erector Set here.

Image source: Queens County Market Facebook page

The Waterfront Crab House in LIC is now open, first time since Sandy

DNAinfo reports that LIC’s Waterfront Crab House is now open! They had their soft opening on Tuesday. It really took a hit during Hurricane Sandy, with several feet of water inundating the historic eatery, causing a shut down of the place and seirous repair work to take place (“new floors, walls and a brand new bar”). Some of their antiques and other collectibles that hung on the walls were totally damaged and had to be thrown out, but some things managed to survive. So, if you were missing the Crab House, it’s time to go back!

If you want excellent beer, come to Queens

The borough has been know for a long time, actually as a place for great beer and a place to drink it – the Bohemian Beer Garden comes immediately to mind (it is one of the best known food/drink spots in Queens, along with Jackson Diner in Jackson Heights, Tortilleria Nixtamal in Corona, and Flushing’s Chinatown). But these days, beer has been “kicked up a notch” in Queens and fantastic craft/micro/nano brewed beer is coming out of the borough, especially in western Queens. There’s everything from Astoria’s own SingleCut Beersmiths to the somewhat mysterious Bridge and Tunnel nano-brewery. Then there are places to drink beer, like The Strand, Astoria Bier and Cheese, as well as the beloved Queens Kickshaw. So yeah, we’re not joking when we say there’s a beautiful beer scene in Queens.

Yoga is all the rage, but you probably knew that

Yoga is a really big deal all around Queens. There are different kinds (Ashtanga, Iyengar, Vinyasa, just to name a few) taught, sometimes a yoga class/session has more of an athletic aspect, while others include a spiritual element to it, too. But in this fast-paced world we live in, yoga can be a welcome change of pace for so many – men and women. We’ve got a list of places you can take a yoga class, as well as some background on yoga and why it has caught on so well in Queens.

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Image source: policymic / Photo by Amanda Kirpatrick

The folks from Rockaway Rises let us know about this photography exhibition coming up – the Museum of the City of New York has issued a call for submissions from both amateur and professional photographers. Your images must be of the areas affected by Superstorm Sandy before, during, and after the storm.