I met a dog at a parade on Sunday, a dog named Spike. That’s Spike in the shot above. He’s Irish, apparently.

The parade was the St. Pat’s Day For All event, held in Sunnyside. For those of us who live anywhere nearby, it signals that Spring is on the way, and it’s a “do not miss it” kind of thing. The shots in this post are selected from a much larger set of better than a hundred shots, which I’ve made available over at Flickr. If you or your group marched in the St. Pat’s Day for All parade, there might be a shot of you in there.

Click here for a slideshow (opens in a new window) of everything and everyone that caught my eye.

The parade is predicated on inclusivity, and its organizers opine that everyone can be Irish on St. Pat’s.

From their website:

The St. Pat’s for All parade celebrates the diversity of the Irish and Irish American communities of New York. First held in 2000, St.Pat’s for All cherishes and celebrates an inclusive St. Patrick’s season. Ours is the first in the 260 years + of Irish parades in New York City to be open and welcoming to all who wish to share in the spirit of the day. We err on the side of hospitality. Our theme “cherishing all the children of the nation equally” is taken from the 1916 Easter Proclamation of the Irish Republic. It is a vision drawn from our past and a guide for our present & future.

See tons of photos of the event right after the jump…


They’re not actors. They’re politicians playing actors. This Saturday, elected officials from around the borough will star in Legislative Acts, a show which will let them display their musical, acting, singing, dancing and comedic talents for two good causes. Basically a series of parodies of classical movies, well-known TV series, Broadway shows and songs, the performance will benefit two Queens College initiatives: Big Buddy, which pairs homeless children with college-student mentors; and Women and Work, a job-training and life-skills program. So far, more than 30 legislators have agreed to participate. They include everybody from City Council Member Mark Weprin (above) to Congress Member Grace Meng to Borough President-elect Melinda Katz. Plus, Queens College drama and music students are involved in the production, which is directed by actor, playwright and teaching artist Kevin R. Free.

Details: Legislative Acts, Queens College, LeFrak Concert Hall, 65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, November 23rd, 7 pm, $100.

Photo by Mark Weprin


Join Grace Meng is celebrating her first 100 days in office tomorrow (Sunday) April 14 at 2pm in the auditorium of Francis Lewis High School, 58- 20 Utopia Parkway in Fresh Meadows (GMAP). All constituents are welcome but should RSVP to Meng’s office by emailing or calling 718-423- 2154.

Source: Grace Meng via Facebook

The Queens Gazette reports:

“It’s hard to believe that it will soon be 100 days since I took the oath of office,” said Meng. “But since being sworn in, I’ve hit the ground running, working non-stop for the people I’m privileged to represent. I look forward to talking about all I’ve been doing during my first 100 days when I celebrate this momentous occasion with my constituents, community leaders, guests and colleagues on April 14.”


Queens is full of interesting architecture

Queens often gets teased for its quality of architecture, but once you look around, you’ll find some real gems. Case in point: some of the religious buildings like churches, mosques, and temples. Some are just downright cool looking. So take a gander at some of the best ones in the borough and enjoy the intriguing visual aesthetic.

Grace Meng wins in Flushing

NY is going to send its first Asian-American to Congress – Grace Meng won her race, beating out Republican Dan Halloran in Flushing, an area that was recently adjusted when the NY State congressional map was redrawn. For some, it makes perfect sense that an Asian-American would represent Flushing, the location one of NYC’s three Chinatowns. As the WSJ says, she “represents the growing power of Asian-American voters in New York, especially in Queens.”

He has survived the Holocaust, cancer, and now Hurricane Sandy

We were heartened by the story of Morris Sorid, a Holocaust survivor, cancer survivor, and someone who survived Hurricane Sandy. He’s seen a lot in his 102 years and proclaimed, “I was nearly destroyed six or seven times in my life. To tell you the truth the hurricane doesn’t excite me too much.” He was evacuated from his home at an assisted care facility in Long Beach, just over the bridge from Far Rockaway, and is currently hanging out in Kew Gardens. We’re glad you’re safe, Morris.

Monster Skate is totally, ricidulously cute

We could not resist sharing with you this photoset from City Ice Pavilion of all the adorable little ones who dressed up for Halloween during Monster Skate. Click over and enjoy the cutez.

Homeschooling in the Rockaways is an option for some parents

As if having to deal with the aftermath of a major storm and seeing so much destruction around you isn’t enough, having to send your young kids off to an unfamiliar area is proving to be too much for some parents out in the Rockaways. So, they are opting to homeschool. Getting off the Rockaways right now is a challenge, too – there are buses but some parents are not comfortable with them, in part because it takes so long to get home, that spending time in the dark like that is also unappealing, and can be scary for some children. It’s a real pickle for some on the peninsula. We wish all parents luck in finding the best fit for their kids.