Explore Amazing History, Shopping and Foodie Hotspots Aug. 27 to Sept. 7
(Aug. 17, 2018) ─ Today, the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce launched Discover Flushing, a free walking tour program open to the public during the U.S. Open Tennis Championships (Aug. 27 to Sept. 7). City Council Member Peter Koo, Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum, and community partners Rob MacKay of the Queens Tourism Council, Harvey Paul Davidson of the Guides Association of New York City, Joe DiStefano of the foodie blog Chopsticks & Marrow, Shweta Parmar of Gutsier Living, and Helena Kincaid and Daniel Nalladurai of Sixty First Productions joined the announcement.
“Too many tennis fans come to the U.S. Open and never discover the world-class restaurants, shopping or history right next door,” stated Greater Flushing Executive Director John Choe. The chamber designed this pilot program so “tennis fans can get back in time for the evening games, enjoy the some of the best food in New York, or kick back with a craft cocktail at one of our rooftop lounges,” he added.
The one-hour Discover Flushing tours will meet at historic St. George’s Church and focus on the commercial corridors on Main Street, Roosevelt Avenue, Union Street, and Northern Boulevard. They will take place daily from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. from Monday to Friday, except for extended tours starting at 4 pm on Fridays that highlight Flushing’s vibrant food culture.
Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens Borough Historian, designed the route and stops for the walk: “I’m a Flushing native and am excited to have the opportunity to tell visitors to Flushing about the remarkable changes I’ve seen over the last 70 years.”
“Everybody knows that the U.S. Open is the country’s biggest and best tennis tournament, but it’s also a great contributor to tourism in Queens,” said Rob MacKay of the Queens Tourism Council. “Thousands of people from all over the world come to our borough to enjoy top-notch sports drama, but they also enjoy our equally top-notch hotels, restaurants, and cultural venues. This year, they will be able to take top-notch tours of Flushing, too, with — if I can use the word again – “top-notch” guides. Thanks to Flushing Fantastic for spearheading this campaign, and please take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
Space is limited and advance registration is required at flushingfantastic.nyc/tours.
“The U.S. Open brings visitors from across the world right next door to the wide variety of attractions in downtown Flushing. This walking tour will help build the bridge between the Open and our community so that we can both share in the economic prosperity of this world renown sporting event,” stated Council Member Peter Koo. “Thank you to the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce for working to ensure the Flushing community is not overlooked.”
Flushing is a foodie destination and on Fridays (Aug. 31 and Sept. 7), food guide and author of “111 Places in Queens That You Must Not Miss,” Joe DiStefano, will offer special two-hour walks with food stops that begin at 4 p.m. and end at 6 p.m.
“The U.S. Open draws thousands of sports fans and tourists from all over the world to Flushing Meadows Corona Park every summer to enjoy world-class tennis. Unfortunately, many of them never set foot in downtown Flushing and miss out on the hidden gems — historic, cultural, and culinary — of this vibrant neighborhood, which is why I’m so very pleased to participate in this year’s Discover Flushing pilot program,” DiStefano said.
Filmmakers Helena Kincaid and Daniel Nalladurai are always searching for interesting stories and places. As creative directors of Sixty First Productions, they have created a documentary series called “First Stop on the 7” that tells the stories of immigrant entrepreneurs in Flushing. Both are looking forward to telling these stories as tour guides.
“In Flushing we don’t have to search far. Living and working in Flushing we see a diversity of cultures and encourage people to visit Flushing to experience the real New York,” they stated.
“The Flushing Chamber works tirelessly to bring visitors to the delights of Flushing. With these new walking tours, visitors can now explore Flushing in a genuine way, with the people who know it best. The students at LaGuardia Community College are so excited to be included in this program, and for the opportunity to learn about the tourism industry and give back to our community,” said Professor Leslie G. Scamacca, Director of the Travel, Tourism, and Hospitality Management program at LaGuardia Community College.
Discover Flushing is part of the chamber’s Flushing Fantastic marketing campaign to promote the local business community and connect visitors to unique attractions and authentic experiences.
It’s In Queens! | Aug. 23 to Aug. 29
Dare we use the expressions “cutting edge” and “classic” in the same sentence? Great Queens traditions ─ Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, Jazzmobile Block Party, Jerk Fest ─ happen this week. Ditto for new pop-up markets, a listening party, and a unique corn roast.
Aug. 24, Jazzmobile Block Party, 2 pm to 4 pm. Free concert featuring the Jumaane Smith Quartet and Jay Rodriguez’s Latin Swing Band. Tours from noon to 4:45 pm. Louis Armstrong House Museum, 34-56 107th St., Corona.
Aug. 24, Flushing Night Out, noon. A daytime community market and social event featuring local restaurants, businesses, and artists including a K-pop band. St. George’s Church, 135-32 38th Ave., Flushing.
Aug. 24, Lowery Plaza Pop Up, Aug. 25. The Sunnyside Shines Business Improvement District and Queens Night Market unite to present rotating vendors (i.e. jewelry, ceramics, candles, soap) from noon to 6 pm on both days. Lowery Plaza, 40th Street and Queens Boulevard under the elevated 7 train, Sunnyside.
Aug. 24, Colors of Us Listening Party, 5 pm. Electronic music artist Claire Marie Lim (aka dolltr!ck) hosts a listening party for her new work, Colors of Us, which consists of music created with female-identifying youth of Asian descent. Lewis Latimer House Museum, 34-41 137th St., Flushing.
Aug. 24, Streetwise + Tiny: The Life of Erin Blackwell, Aug. 25. A 1983 documentary on Seattle street residents and a 2016 documentary on one of the teenagers in the first film who is now 44 and has 10 children. Three screenings on Aug. 24 at 2 pm and 6 pm and Aug. 25 at 1:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Aug. 24, Corónate Caribe, 1 pm to 6 pm. This monthly festival celebrates Caribbean culture with music, dance, theater, workshops, and exhibitions. At 5 pm, Yasser Tejeda and Palotre, a Dominican roots fusion group, performs. Corona Plaza, vicinity of Roosevelt Avenue and 104th Street.
Aug. 24, Ruptura, 2 pm. Puppeteer Ernesto Oroza shares more than 80 hand puppets gathered from Cuba. Their parts were used to repair mixers, fans, washing machines, coffee machines, and pressure cookers (Rain date: Aug. 25, 2 pm). Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Aug. 25, Jamaican Jerk Festival, noon. Eat spicy jerk specialties while listening to live performances, especially Reggae and Soca. Plus, more than 30 food vendors, a kids zone, and chef demos. This event was postponed until this date due to a heat wave in July. Roy Wilkins Park, Merrick and Baisley boulevards, Jamaica.
Aug. 25, Arthur Ashe Kids’ Day, 9:30 am. The world’s largest single-day, grassroots tennis-and-entertainment event with chart-topping music acts and top tennis players. Lineup includes Blanco Brown, Radio Disney’s Morgan, Meg Donelly, Novak Djokovic, and Sloane Stephens. Arthur Ashe Stadium, USTA: Billie Jean King Tennis Center, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 25, No Brainer or the Solution to Parasites, 2 pm. The Street Theater Company presents this rip-roaring musical that begins with an eviction threat and leads to a wild trip with plenty of jokes about President Donald Trump. Travers Park, vicinity of 34th Avenue and 78th Street, Jackson Heights.
Aug. 25, Katz Concert Series, 5 pm. Dr. K’s Motown Revue takes the stage. O’Donohue Park Bandshell, vicinity of Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 19th Street, Far Rockaway.
Aug. 25, Down to Earth Market/Corn Roast, 10 am to noon. Enjoy an ear of corn, roasted over a charcoal fire by Pono “The Corn King,” and served with all the fixings. Cunningham Park, 196-00 Union Tpke., Fresh Meadows.
Aug. 26, Singin’ in the Rain, sunset. Watch this classic film under the stars. Astoria Park Great Lawn.
Aug. 27, Live at the Gantries, 7 pm. The bilingual band 123 Andrés plays children’s music. Gantry Plaza State Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 47th Road, LIC.
Aug. 29, Queens Get The Music, 6 pm. Three hours of music by local talent. Athens Square Park, 30th Avenue and 30th Street.
Romeo and Juliet, until Aug. 25. The Rude Grooms troupe presents a classic Shakespeare tragedy with live acoustic music at various Western Queens venues nightly at 6:30 pm. Rainey Park, Aug. 21; Queensbrige Park, Aug. 22; Astoria Park, Aug. 23 and 24; Plaxall Gallery, Aug. 25.
Hamlet (1996), until Aug. 25. An epic take (238 minutes with an intermission) on a Shakespeare classic that stars Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, and Kate Winslet. Two more screenings on Aug. 24 at 4:30 pm and Aug. 25 at 2 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Spirited Away, under Aug. 25. This 2001 Japanese film won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. After Chihiro’s family explores an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and she’s whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled by a sorceress. The five screenings are on Aug. 21-23 at noon and Aug. 24-25 at 11:30 am. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
WeeklyColumn | It’s In Queens! | Aug. 16 to Aug. 22
Yikes! A few summer-long programs host their final concert, film or activity this week. But don’t give up and shop for school supplies, there are still plenty of fun things to do in Queens, including a honey festival, a cocktail expo, silent disco, and beach lessons.
Aug. 16, Silent Disco, 10 pm. Dancers rent headphones that transmit music by three live deejays. They can switch deejays by pushing the buttons on their sets. Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, 29-19 24th Ave., Astoria.
Aug. 16, Classic Film Fridays, 7:59 am. The final film in this summer-long series is “Devil’s Advocate,” which is about a Florida lawyer who takes a job at a high-end New York City firm with a high-end boss. Rufus King Park, 150-29 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
Aug. 17, Caribbean Carnival, 11 am. The third annual event features a parade of floats, steel pan bands, stilt walkers, and masqueraders. It ends with live performances including Fasol Band, Reggae sensation Bigga Haitian, Jamaican Reggae and Dancehall artist Kemar Bailey, HeidiBe, Dre Q, and Foundation Band. Beach 20th Street and Seagirt Boulevard to Bayswater Park, Far Rockaway. http://bit.ly/2OOIdOW
Aug. 17, Rockaway Beach 5K & 10K, 8 am. The nonprofit Queens Distance Runners organizes two separate races on the peninsula. The course is the entirety of the boardwalk. One loop is five kilometers. Two loops are 10 kilometers. The Start/Finish Line is near the Beach 94th Street entrance to the Boardwalk.
Aug 17, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, 7 pm. The Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a family-friendly version of this Shakespeare comedy about the duke of Athens and the Amazon queen. Gantry Plaza State Park, 4-09 47th Rd., LIC.
Aug. 18, New York Cocktail Expo, 3 pm. Six hours of cocktails, spirits, beer, cider, a rum room, and a tiki throw down. Melrose Ballroom, 36-08 33rd St., LIC.
Aug. 18, Music in the Garden, 4 pm. People of Earth, a 15-member global orchestra, blends the music of Brazil, Cuba, Puerto Rico, and beyond. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St., Flushing.
Aug. 18, Hamlet (1996), Aug. 25. An epic take on a Shakespeare classic that stars Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, Kate Winslet, Charlton Heston, and Gérard Depardieu. It’s 238 minutes with an intermission. Three screenings on Aug. 18 and Aug. 24 at 4:30 pm and Aug. 25 at 2 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Aug. 18, Multi-Cultural Closing Program, 1 pm. The fun includes a blessing by Calpulli Tletl Papalotzin and a gallery talk with Camille Hoffman and Two Clouds to mark the end of three exhibitions. Queens Museum, NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Aug. 18, Katz Concert Series, 5 pm. R&B, Pop, Hip Hop, and Jazz by the Bartlett Contemporaries. Cambria Heights Playground, vicinity of Francis Lewis Boulevard, 121st Avenue, and 219th Street.
Aug. 19, Beach Dance, Aug. 22. This fifth annual expo features daily dance classes — Contemporary, House, Vogue, etc. — taught by experienced artists. Low Tide Bar, Beach 97th Street Concession, Rockaway.
Aug. 19, The Godfather, 8:30 pm. Watch this classic mafia film under the stars. Astoria Park Great Lawn.
Aug. 19, Open Mic Series, 7 pm. Thunderbird American Indian Dancer of the Year Bobby Gonzalez spins a yarn. Then he encourages the audience to participate as part of the Building Bridges through Storytelling program that presents these events every other Monday until Sept. 9. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
Aug. 20, Live at the Gantries, 7 pm. The Akoko Nante Ensemble plays African Diaspora music using indigenous techniques filtered through a uniquely African American execution. Gantry Plaza State Park, vicinity of Center Boulevard and 47th Road.
Aug. 21, Honey Harvest Festival, 1 pm. Bees are busy in the summer, especially when honey harvest time arrives. This festival offers informative, fun, and tasty activities for all ages. See how beekeepers harvest honey, make bee-inspired art and bee bean-bags, sample honey from different hives and regions, and learn what it takes to make a bee-friendly garden. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
Aug. 21, Spirited Away, Aug. 25. This 2001 Japanese film won an Oscar for Best Animated Feature. After Chihiro’s family explores an abandoned village, her parents undergo a mysterious transformation and she is whisked into a world of fantastic spirits ruled by a sorceress. The five screenings are on Aug. 21-23 at noon and Aug. 24-25 at 11:30 am. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
Aug. 21, Outdoor Cinema, 7 pm. Watch the French documentary “March of the Penguins,” which follows emperor penguins as they travel hundreds of miles from the sea to inland mating grounds in Antarctica. Beforehand, Jazz star Eleanor Dubinsky performs with Benhur Oliveira and Wesley Amorim. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.
Aug. 21, In Search of Contoured Playground & Models for Spaces, Feb. 2. Opening for two exhibitions that explore Isamu Noguchi’s designs for public spaces and his conviction that sculpture is about shaping the experience of space. The Noguchi Museum, 9-01 33rd Rd., LIC.
Aug. 22, Live at the Landing, 6 pm. Gabriel Guerrero and QUΔΠTUM play jazz with piano, saxophone, bass, and percussion in this final concert of a summer series. The Oval, 52-10 Center Blvd., Hunters Point South Park.
Aug. 22, Free Jazz Concerts, 7 pm. Carl Bartlett Jr. and the Bartlett Contemporaries take the audience on an unforgettable Jazz journey. Vicinity of 70th Road between Queens Boulevard and Austin Street, Forest Hills.
Romeo and Juliet, Aug. 25. The Rude Grooms troupe presents a classic Shakespeare tragedy at various Western Queens venues. It’s family-friendly with live acoustic music. Shows start at 6:30 pm on Wednesday in Rainey Park, Thursday in Queensbridge Park, Saturday in Astoria Park, and Sunday in Plaxall Gallery.
The Dark Crystal, until Aug. 18. Daily noon screenings of this 1982 Jim Henson film, a mix of puppetry, animatronics, special effects, and more. On a remote planet, an elfin creature embarks on a quest to find the missing shard of a magical crystal in an attempt to restore order to his world. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
It’s In Queens! | June 28 to July 4
It’s a week of juxtapositions. Wonderful juxtapositions, that is. A film series opens, while an art show closes. New Broadway sensations share the stage with 18th century traditions. Monthly jams blends with one-time-only concerts. And Korean BBQ mixes with KFC (Korean Fried Chicken).
June 28, Broadway in the Boros, noon. Cast members and musicians from the Broadway hits “The Prom” and “Be More Chill” perform on a stage at the intersection of 77th Street and 37th Road in Jackson Heights.
June 28, Traditions Festival, June 30 (noon to 4 pm). This fourth-annual, three-day event mixes food, music, art, and crafts from the 18th century with those of modern times. Expect broom-making, blacksmithing, spinning, loom weaving, and down-hearth cooking as well as Filipino calligraphy, Mexican dressmaking, and Korean cooking. King Manor Museum, 150-03 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica.
June 28, The Kat Call with Kat Lazo, 7:30 pm. This live event features Lazo, whose digital series “The Kat Call” deals Latino misconceptions and taboos. The fun includes a panel discussion and screenings of the episodes “Why Are Novelas So White?,” “Can Latinos Benefit from White Privilege?,” and “Are You a Real Latino If You Don’t Speak Spanish?” Each episode has its own Q&A. The Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 28, Passport to Flushing, July 5. This is a food crawl organized by the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce. Crawlers get “passports” and visit participating restaurants and cultural venues for discounts and special offers. Part of Flushing World’s Fare, which includes panel discussions, tours, showcases, and other events.
June 28, Korean Flushing, 6 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens historian as per a designation from Borough President Melinda Katz, leads a stroll through the “Korean Villages” in the Flushing/Murray Hill area. See shops and churches and eat BBQ and KFC (Korean Fried Chicken). Meet outside The Coop at 133-42 39th Ave. RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
June 28, Stonewall 50: Celebrating the LGBTQ+ Civil Rights Movements in Queens, Part II, June 30. Final weekend of a film series exploring gay life before and after the 1969 Stonewall Uprising. Remaining schedule: “Multiple Maniacs,” June 28, 7 pm; “Dog Day Afternoon,” June 29, 2 pm; “My Beautiful Launderette, ”June 29, 4:30 pm and July 6, 3 pm; “Tropical Malady,” June 29, 7 pm and June 30, 2 pm; “The Mouth of the Wolf,” June 30, 4:30 pm; and “Strong Island,” June 30, 6:30 pm. Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria’s Kaufman Arts District.
June 29, Smells Like Summer Music Festival, noon. This free, five-hour blowout features two singer-songwriters from Astoria, a Brazilian Rock Band, a Soul Funk band with deeps roots in New Orleans, and three groups that have been part of the local music scene for more than 30 years. George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, Forest Park.
June 29, Chinese Flushing, 6 pm. Jack Eichenbaum, the official Queens historian as per a designation from Borough President Melinda Katz, leads a walk through the biggest Chinatown on the Eastern Seaboard. He discusses demographics, history, real estate, culture, and more. Meet by the elevators in the Sky View mall at Roosevelt Avenue and College Point Boulevard. RSVP to email@example.com.
June 29, ¡Corónate Inmigrante!, noon to 6 pm. This monthly cultural event celebrates the best of Queens. The Sunday event includes art workshops, an immigration and wellness resource fair, an embroidery-and-crochet workshop, and a concert with Grupo Descarrilao, a bilingual band of Salsa Dura-Rock. Corona Plaza, vicinity of 103rd Street and Roosevelt Avenue.
June 29, Walking Tour of Kew Gardens and Maple Grove Cemetery, 11 am. Maple Grove board member Jo-Anne Raskin is the guide. Meet at Dani’s House of Pizza, 81-28 Lefferts Blvd.
June 30, Concert on the Green: A Symphonic Salute to America, 3 pm. Queens Symphony Orchestra offers a salute to the United States through music. George Seuffert Sr. Bandshell, Forest Park Drive, Forest Park.
June 30, Last Chance and Gallery Talk, 2 pm. Preservationist/architect Ivan Mrakovcic presents an illustrated talk about the exhibition “Flowering Trees of Victorian Richmond Hill,” which closes this weekend. Local artist Irene Buszko’s paintings depict the neighborhood in the plein-air tradition. Voelker Orth Museum, 149-19 38th Ave., Flushing.
July 3, Monthly Jazz Jam, 7 pm. Musicians gather and play under the direction of saxophone legend Carol Sudhalter. Don’t play? Come and listen. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.
July 3, Outdoor Cinema: Cielo, 7 pm. The annual Outdoor Cinema program returns with the screening of this time-lapse film on Chile’s Atacama Desert, as experienced by astronomers, peasants, cowboys, and miners. It’s a visual symphony of the moon, stars, sun, and clouds. Chilean cultural performances and food are part of the fun. Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC.