Flushing is hot, and it shows no signs of cooling down. People from all over the world want to visit the neighborhood, stay in its hotels, eat in its restaurants, shop in its stores, and enjoy art in its cultural venues.

Make Music New York is hot, too. Now in its ninth year, this live musical event celebrating the first day of summer will feature 1,000 free performances throughout New York City’s five boroughs.

The biggest concert, Music Beyond Borders, will take place in Flushing’s Queens Crossing shopping center on June 21. Various singers, musicians, and dancers will bring their talents from such cities as Beijing, Manila, Seoul, Taipei, and Tokyo. (An Astoria rocker, a few Flushing dancers, and a rapper from Brooklyn will also participate.)


Van Morrison, Ms. Lauryn Hill, Met Opera stars, and the Muppets are the world famous celebrities providing entertainment and enrichment in the borough this week. Other possibilities are a LEGO fest, comedy, seniors singing Broadway, a Summer Solstice event, and an International Yoga Day gala. Here’s the rundown.

June 18, Music Under the 7 Train, 6:30 pm. The Street Beat Brass Band presents a multicultural program of brass-based and street-based music from various parts of the world. Free. Bliss Plaza, Queens Boulevard and 46th Street under the 7 train station, Sunnyside.

June 18, Big Band Music, 6:30 pm. New York City Swing plays big band favorites by Glenn Miller, Benny Goodman, and Duke Ellington. Free. Queens Library’s Howard Beach Branch, 92-06 156th Avenue, Howard Beach.


This one really does keep on giving. Street artist Leon Reid IV‘s installation The Gift (above and below) is a geometric play on the traditional gift box. With its varying perspectives, it encourages viewers to think about the act of giving this holiday season. The piece will be illuminated in Flushing next Wednesday during a special ceremony featuring performances by Miss New York Teen and Miss Chinese Cosmos. Organized by the Queens Crossing shopping center and the Crossing Art gallery, the event kicks off the season in Flushing, while the outdoor, public-art project will remain through December 30th, encouraging the gifts of time, compassion, and love. 

Details: All Wrapped Up: Holiday Delights, Queens Crossing Outdoor Plaza, vicinity of 136-17 39th Avenue, Flushing, lighting ceremony on December 10th at 5:30 pm.

Photos: Queens Crossing