The city unveiled a multi-faceted economic development “action plan” to prevent foreclosures, improve streetscapes, create affordable housing, and increase job-training opportunities in Jamaica on Wednesday.

The actions include creating a Jamaica-specific marketing and branding program, expanding free WiFi access via the LinkNYC program, and capital improvements to Rufus King Park and Brinkerhoff Mall Park in St. Albans. 


Brooklyn has hipsters. Queens has Hip-to-Hip. This theater company, which specializes in family-friendly productions, performs Shakespeare classics for free in various public spaces throughout the borough each summer. This year, Hip-to-Hip will put on the Bard of Avon’s Two Gentlemen of Verona, an early slapstick comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness…and a dog, and Cymbeline, a late romance/fairy tale about a king, his only daughter, an evil stepmother, and a forbidden love. The professional actors will perform in repertory, and 30 minutes before each performance, they will host “Kids & The Classics,” an interactive workshop for children of all ages.

Details after the jump.


There’s no argument, Ron Carter (above) is the most prolific and influential bass player in the jazz world. He has contributed to more than 2,000 albums, including collaborations with one-time St. Albans resident Lena Horne, Thelonius Monk and B.B. King. The Michigan native has also toured the world many times, including gigs with Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock and one-time Corona resident Julian Edwin “Cannonball” Adderley. Add the film scores, such as projects with the Public Broadcasting System, and awards, such as two Grammys, and the lectures, clinics, classes and ensembles and this distinguished professor emeritus at City College of New York has had a very full life. On Friday, the Ron Carter Quartet will perform at Flushing Town Hall, a city landmark which just finished a $1.2 million renovation and now features traditional wood flooring, a new HVAC system and even new seating with a special tweeting section. 

Details: Ron Carter Quartet, Flushing Town Hall (below), 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, March 28th, 8 pm, $40/$20 for students.

Top photo: Ron Carter; bottom photo: Flushing Town Hall


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Naida Njoku has a miniature passion. Since getting her first one at age 14, she has collected more than 500 dolls from five continents, everything from Jacqueline Kennedy to Mahatma Gandhi to Asian figurines in long, black dresses. In 2008, the retired nurse opened the Maria Rose International Doll Museum and Cultural Center to share her collection with others. Not only can patrons take a trip around the doll world at this Southeast Queens venue, but they can admire a replica of a quaint English village replete with a train set. Today, December 29, until the end of 2013,  patrons can visit for free.

Maria Rose International Doll Museum
187-11 Linden Boulevard, St. Albans
Saturday, December 29
12:30pm – 4:30pm | Free