It’s time to tree-cycle and e-cycle. To promote eco-friendly practices — and help New Yorkers avoid a new state law imposing $100 fines on residents who leave electronics on the curb for pickup — the Queens Botanical Garden will host the 12th annual E-Waste Recycling Event on Sunday. Done in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and sponsored by TekServe, this six-hour event allows participants to drop off unwanted or non-functional computers, printers, cell phones, video games, tablets, and other gadgets in the parking entrance. (Click here for a full list of acceptable items.) Garden employees will make sure that they are disposed of in the proper ecological way. On the same day and in the same spirit, the garden will host arts-and-crafts activities using recycled and repurposed items.
Meanwhile in response to recent holidays, the NYC Parks Department will host MulchFest 2015 all weekend at various spots throughout the five boroughs, including 13 Queens green spaces. Residents can bring trees to these spots to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city. In some places, NYC Parks employees will chip the wood and give bags of mulch back to the tree donors. Details for all three events are on the jump page.
Is it possible to create twins via cloning? Because that’s the only way to enjoy all the top-notch live music in Queens this Thursday, when the Metropolitan Opera, the New York Philharmonic and the country’s best Beatles tribute band come to town.
At 7 pm, the Met — in association with SummerStage and City Parks Foundation — will host a concert in Socrates Sculpture Park featuring Mary-Jane Lee (soprano), Ginger Costa-Jackson (mezzo-soprano), and Yunpeng Wang (baritone), accompanied by Dan Saunders (pianist). They will perform arias and duets from a variety of operas. At 7:30 pm, Strawberry Fields (above), a group that former President Bill Clinton praises in his book Giving, will take its audience on a Magical Mystery Tour through the Fab Four’s biggest hits as part of the Central Astoria Local Development Corporation’s 2014 Waterfront Concert Series. Then at 8 pm, the New York Philharmonic, which is the county’s oldest symphony orchestra, will venture away from Lincoln Center to give a free concert with Strauss, Smetana, Tchaikovsky, and Alan Gilbert as the conductor in Cunningham Park.
Opera details: Metropolitan Opera Recital, Socrates Sculpture Park (below), 32-01 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City, July 10th, 7 pm, free.
Beatles details: Strawberry Fields, Astoria Park Great Lawn, Shore Boulevard between Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool, Astoria, July 10th, 7:30 pm, free.
Orchestra details: New York Philharmonic in the Park, Cunningham Park, 193rd Street near Union
Turnpike, Fresh Meadows, July 10th, 8 pm, free.
Summer is about to be in full swing… and it’s time for youngsters to work on their swings — and jumps, sprints and putts. On July 1st, the City Parks Foundation kicks off its free 2014 Summer Sports Program in 12 green spaces in Queens. CityParks Tennis provides free tennis lessons to children, ages six to 16, and concludes with tournaments at the Central Park Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August. CityParks Golf provides free lessons and equipment to boys and girls, ages six to 16. CityParks Track & Field gives kids, ages five to 16, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. Participants then have the opportunity to compete in an organized meet at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. The Queens schedule follows.
- Astoria Park, Astoria South and 18th Street, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to noon;
- Alley Pond Tennis Center, Union Turnpike, Grand Central Parkway and Winchester Boulevard, Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to noon;
- Baisley Park, 155th Street and 118th Avenue, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm;
- Brookville Park, Brookville Boulevard and Southern Parkway, Monday and Wednesday, 1 pm to 4 pm;
- Cunningham Park, Union Turnpike and 193rd Street, Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to noon (Intermediate);
- Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, Monday and Wednesday, 1 pm to 4 pm;
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park, Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon;
- Flushing Memorial Field, 149th Street and 25th Avenue, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm;
- Juniper Valley Park, 62nd Avenue and 80th Street, Monday and Wednesday, 9 am to noon, and Tuesday and Thursday, 9 am to noon (Intermediate); and
- Kissena Park, Rose and Oak avenues, Tuesday and Thursday, 1 pm to 4 pm.
- Mario Fajardo Park Field 10, Kissena Boulevard and Booth Memorial Avenue, Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (6-8 years), and 10:30 am to noon (9-16 years);
- Alley Pond Park Field 1, Winchester Boulevard and Union Turnpike, Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (6-8 years), and 10:30 am to noon (9-16 years);
- Baisley Pond Park, Foch Boulevard and 155th Street, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (6-8 years), and 10:30 am -to noon (9-16 years); and
- Flushing Meadows Corona Park Field 11, 56th and Corona avenues, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (6-8 years), and 10:30 am to noon.
- Astoria Park, Astoria South and 18th Street, Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (5-7 years), and 10:30 am to noon (8-16 years);
- Juniper Valley Park, Juniper Boulevard and 71st Street, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am to 10:30 am (5-7 years), and 10:30 am to noon (8-16 years);
- Forest Park, Myrtle Avenue and Woodhaven Boulevard, Monday and Wednesday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am (5-7 years), and 10:30 am to noon (8-16 years); and
- Detective Keith L. Williams Park, 173rd Street and 105th Avenue, Tuesday and Thursday, 9:30 am – 10:30 am (5-7 years) and 10:30 am to noon (8-16 years).
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.
They’re the best in the world. They’ve been practicing since 1842. And they’ve offered these kinds of concerts since 1965. This Thursday, the New York Philharmonic will give a free, outdoor presentation in Cunningham Park as part of a summer tour through the outer boroughs. Music Director Alan Gilbert, a native New Yorker whose resume includes stints with the Royal Stockholm, Hamburg NDR, Boston Symphony and Berlin philharmonics, will lead the musicians, while Principal Cello Carter Brey, a virtuoso known for flawless technique and complete musicianship, will take the spotlight. (Brey’s violoncello is a rare J. B. Guadagnini made in Milan in 1754.) Dvořák’s Cello Concerto in B Minor and Tchaikovsky’s Symphony No. 5 in E Minor are included in the program, which will end with pyrotechnics by Bay Fireworks. Details: New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park, July 11, 8 pm, 193rd Street Field in Cunningham Park, Fresh Meadows, free.
(Photo: Chris Lee)
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$159,00 gets you this 1 bed/1 bath co-op in Bayside. You can see a lot of light streaming into the kitchen from this photo.
The building close to Cunningham Park, a large green space in this part of Queens.