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Click the heading above to view sporting activity & bicycling events this month in Queens. Click the following links to go directly into one of these Queens Neighborhoods: Astoria, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, Long Island City and Sunnyside.


Randall's Island Bike Ride

Weekend Day Ride Feels Miles Away

queens bike pathsMay 12, 2014 / Astoria / Queens Bike Paths / Queens Buzz. I decided to attend the Frieze Art Fair on Randall's Island this past weekend. There are three ways to travel to Randall's Island: the ferry service from LIC, driving a car along the Grand Central Parkway part way over the RFK / Triborough Bridge or walking / biking on the pedestrian / bike path over the RFK / Triborough Bridge. I decided to take the latter and bike to Randall's Island.

Randall's Island is located in the middle of the East River, just across from Astoria Park. It is home to Icahn Stadium, an important NY Fire Department complex, a police station and a psychiatric hospital. There are also a number athletic fields which on this particular weekend seemed to be put to good use by a number of soccer leagues.

I started my journey at 27th Street on the north end of Hoyt Avenue which runs alongside the Grand Central Parkway leading to the RFK / Triborough Bridge. The entrance is inconspicuous and you have to carry your bike up a healthy set of stairs. For a while you'll be biking in a partitioned bike lane alongside the incessant flow of speeding traffic of the Grand Central Parkway, before you're taken above the din, up into the lofty heights of the Triborough Bridge. If you have a great fear of heights, this is not the journey for you.

We'll post more about the bike path to Randall's Island, including a photo slide show, at a later date.


5 Boro Bike Ride May 4th 2014

April 27, 2014 / Queens Buzz. The 5 Boro Bike Ride will come streaming through Queens this weekend. See coverage in prior years below.


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5 Boro Bike Ride In Queens: Astoria Park Rest Stop Photos

32,000 Bikers Pass Thru Queens: 5 Boro Bike Tour

May 5, 2013 / Long Island City & Astoria / Biking Queens / Queens Buzz. This Sunday some 32,000 bicyclists rode through Astoria and LIC on their way to completing a 40 mile bike ride through all five boroughs of NYC. Photographer Abdel Berrera caught up with them at the Astoria Park rest station where many took a moment to catch their breath.

Many of the cyclists come from other countries and other states. The bikers see this as a nice way to see all of New York City, not just Manhattan.

There are two 5 Boro Bike Tour rest stops: the first in Astoria Park and the second at the Con Ed rest station along the East River. Many took some time out to make adjustments to their bikes, gear and selves; and consumed a bit of food before resuming the relaxing trip and heading on to Brooklyn and Staten Island.

Click here to read a brief report and to see a photo slide show of the 5 Boro Bike Ride in Queens shot by Astoria photographer Abdel Berraha.



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LIC Boathouse - Kayaking In The East River - LIC Astoria Queens

Kayaking On The East River

Queens NY / Summers in LIC. We joined the LIC Boathouse on Sunday morning in their weekly summer ritual of providing free kayaking for Queens denizens of all stripes. We started with them between 11.30 am and noon in Long Island City where a core group of volunteers [new comers welcome] meet to load and haul the kayaks and safety gear up to Hallets Cove just north of Socrates Sculpture Park. Click here for the rest of the story of kayaking in Queens with the LIC Boathouse on the East River.

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Queens Natatorium Swimming Pool / World Ice Rink / Al Oertes Recreation Facility - Flushing NY

Queens Natatorium & World Ice Rink


Olympic Sized Indoor Swimming Pool & Ice Skating Rink

This is a brief report on Queens Park Natatorium and World Ice Rink facilities in the Flushing / Corona neighborhood of Queens NY. The report includes the Queens Olympic sized swimming pool, the World Ice Rink and the Al Oerter Recreation Center in the Flushing section of Queens NY.



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NYC Cyclists Rights - Bicycle Laws NYC & NYS - NYC Bike Laws

Cyclists Rights In NYC / Queens

Knowing Your Rights & Responsibilities As An NYC Cyclist

November 7, 2013 / Long Island City Neighborhood / NYC Cylists Rights In Queens / Queens Buzz. By Philip Papas. The introduction to the Cyclists' Rights Forum was given by Christina Vassallo, Executive Director, Flux Factory. She told us that the event came about after she and a friend were stopped for cycling violations, which they thought were not illegal, or had erroneously been applied as violation points to their motor vehicle driver’s license. As a result she saw the need for a forum to clarify laws, rights and proper procedures for cyclists to follow.

Click here to read our full report about NYC Bike Laws / Cyclists' Rights Forum in Queens at the Flux Factory in LIC.



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Best Times & Best Viewing Locations Of NYC Marathon In Queens LIC

Preview NYC Marathon In LIC Queens

October 28, 2013 / Long Island City / NYC Marathon in Queens / Queens Buzz. Long Island City / LIC spectators of the NYC Marathon get one of the best front row seats of the NYC Marathon right here in Queens.

We get to see the runners about half way through the 26 mile course - after they've loosened up and hit their stride, the sweat pouring off their brows, their lungs pumping, their legs hammering the hard pavement as they strive to do what we mere mortals don't dare try.

Over the years I've met a few runners who've completed the NYC Marathon course. They generally begin training months before the race begins; logging ten, fifteen mile runs several times weekly before beginning the big one. It takes a lot of willpower, endurance and perhaps mostly motivation. Good health helps, but it's worth noting that many people overcome their handicaps and complete the race too.

Best Times, Views, Locations For NYC Marathon in LIC & Queens. Click here to view details of the course the runners will follow through Long Island City LIC in Queens tomorrow. This brief report will include some estimated times that various groups will arrive, so you can 'more or less' plan your visit to cheer them on.

Click here to read our report about the upcoming 2013 NYC Marathon in Queens. And click the following links to view reports about the: NYC Marathon in Queens 2010, NYC Marathon in LIC in 2009, NYC Marathon in Queens photos in 2009, NYC Marathon in Long Island City in 2008 with photos. There wasn't any NYC Marathon in 2012 because of the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.



CB Votes Split On USTA Expansion Plan

usta expansion plans in flushing meadows corona park fmcpMarch 14, 2013 / Flushing Corona / Issues Facing Queens / Queens Buzz. The USTA has asked the city of New York to give it .68 of an acre of Flushing Meadows Corona Park so that it can proceed with an expansion plan. The expansion plan is estimated to increase the sports complex capacity for the U.S. Open by about a third, while increasing the USTA footprint in the park by .68 of an acre. The USTA informed the audience attending the Community Board 3 meeting that this will result in more jobs in Queens. They also talked about the positive estimated annual $784 million economic impact that the USTA has had on NYC - according to a study done by a private consulting firm named AKRF, Inc.

The detractors informed the audience that this is the first step in a much larger effort toward a massive privatization of Flushing Meadows Corona Park by several large, well-flushing meadows corona parkfunded corporate interests. The opponents talked about three other proposals which were not a part of the USTA plan. These other proposals to develop private interests on public parkland include the development of a shopping mall by a private investment group in tandem with the owners of CitiField; 2) a condominium / hotel complex done by another group of private investors; and 3) a 13 acre soccer stadium by Major League Soccer, which is also a privately held corporation.

Community Board Tally & Boro Prez Candidates Positions

In the end Community Board 3 voted against the expansion plan, citing among other things, promises not kept when the USTA asked to expand its footpint in 1993. All six Community Boards have now voted on the USTA Expansion proposal, with three voting for it and three voting against it. We'll post a far more complete report on this Community Board Meeting at a later date.

While I was attending the Community Board 3 Meeting in Corona, all six Queens Borough Presidential candidates were attending a forum about the issues facing Queens at the Greater Astoria Historical Society in Astoria. The issue of turning over public parkland to private interests came up during the forum. To date only City Councilmember Tony Avella has come out against giving up public parkland to private interests. NY Senator Jose Peralta is the only other candidate to take a stance on the issue, but only on one of the proposed developments, namely the erection of the MLS Soccer Stadium on 13 acres of FMC Parkland [which he conditionally supports if MLS fulfills all of their promises]. All four other candidates have taken a wait-and-see stance on the issue.

Click here to read our past reports related to the proposed development plans for Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The first report provides an early history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park I and the second report provided an intermediate history of Flushing Meadows Corona Park II which included a number of relevant historic lessons related to sports complex developments in FMCP as well as NYC.


Part II - Battle for the Heart of a Park ... and the Soul of a Borough

1964 NYC World's Fair & Shea Stadium

PART II - NYC STADIUMS: BATTLE OF THE TITANS

nyc stadiumsJanuary 21, 2013 / Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Issues / Queens Buzz. Click here for Part I of our report series on Developments in Flushing Meadows Corona Park where we journeyed back to the Corona Ash Dump, immortalized in the Great Gatsby, and later transformed into a World’s Fair utopia by Robert Moses, Fiorello LaGuardia and the 1939 World’s Fair committee.

The 1939 World’s Fair attracted over 40 million people, but lost over $100 million, as it opened the year Nazi Germany beganinvading its European neighbors, and while Japan was busy invading China. Nonetheless, in spite of a financial failure for the 1939 World’s Fair bondholders, the fair had enabled NYC and Robert Moses to complete phase one of his vision to transform the Corona Ash Dump into NYC’s premier city park, and build a whole new network of highways around it.

Ebbets Field in Brooklyn & The Brooklyn Dodgers

forever blue walter omalley ebbets field shea stediumWe resume our story, after WWII, as a young lawyer in Brooklyn began working for the Brooklyn Dodgers. The Dodgers played at Ebbets Field just east of Prospect Park in what is now the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn. The year is 1943 as a 40 year-old lawyer, Walter O’Malley, leaves the Brooklyn Trust Company where he had oversight responsibilities for troubled companies, including the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Click here to read Part II of our report on proposed developments in Flushing Meadows Corona Park entitled NYC Stadiums: Battle of the Titans.

Or click this link in the meantime to view Part I of our report series entitled - Out of the Ashes Rises the Phoenix - about the beginnings of Flushing Meadows Corona Park and the 1939 World's Fair.


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Queens Swimming Pools - Swimming Pools In Queens

Queens Swimming Pools - Swimming Pools In Queens

July 5, 2013 / Queens Parks / Queens Buzz.  This provides the hours for Queens public swimming pools, as well as info about a number of other swimming pools that are run by non-profit organizations that are also available to the public.

Click here to view our report on Queens Swimming Pools - swimming pools in Queens.

 



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Places To Watch The NYC Marathon In Queens

NYC Marathon CANCELLED In Queens & LIC

November 2, 2012 / Long Island City Neighborhood / Queens Sports / Queens Buzz.

THE NYC MARATHON HAS BEEN CANCELLED DUE TO RESOURCE CONSTRAINTS ON POLICE, SANITATION, TRANSPORTATION AND OTHER CITY OPERATIONS.

The announcement was made by Mayor Bloomberg in a press conference, where he took some heat for waiting to make the decision to cancel it. Many runners who had already arrived in NYC were disappointed with the announcement.

The NYC Marathon is Sunday, November 4th.

Here is a link to our photo coverage in 2011. We found a number of good places to watch the NYC Marathon in Queens. Here is a link to our NYC Marathon in Queens section, providing you with photos and reports in prior years.

Click the photo to your left for a map showing the NYC Marathon route through Queens & Long Island City LIC. Or click here for a report on the best places to watch the NYC Marathon in Queens.



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TA Queens - Century Bike Ride In Astoria Park

Century Bike Riders Come Through Queens

TA Queens Volunteers Work Astoria Park Rest Stop

September 10, 2012 / Astoria / Sporting Activities in Queens / Queens Buzz. On Sunday it was in the 70’s and low 80’s, sunny & dry. The day couldn’t have been much better for a one hundred mile bike ride through all five NYC boroughs. And so it was as I headed down to the Century Bike Ride Queens rest stop in Astoria Park.

The Century Bike Ride was started by Transportation Alternatives in 1990, long before there were any real bike lanes in NYC. The first ride attracted about 200 riders, while the ride in 2012 attracted over 6,000 riders. Since that first ride, literally hundreds of miles of bike lanes have been mapped out in NYC; and the city plans to expand NYC bike lanes by about 50 more miles in 2013 - ten of which will be laid out in Queens. This expanding network of bike lanes is due in part to the work of volunteers of the non-profit organization Transportation Alternatives.

Click here to learn more about Transportation Alternatives Queens and the Century Bike Ride in Queens of 2012.



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Biking Queens

Biking Queens

Bicycling Queens, Astoria, LIC, Sunnyside, Woodside, Jackson Heights, Flushing, Jamaica, College Point, Forest Hills, Elmhurst

Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz. The good weather has arrived and bicycling is about to begin in earnest. Queens is blessed with one of the most interesting arrays of biking trails in the NYC metro area and provides the added pleasure of not being so crowded ... yet.

But there are pitfalls too. Queens Blvd is one of the most dangerous streets in all of the city as some motorists seem to drive it more like a highway than the city street that it is. So caution is always important to bear in mind, but that is true for any sport, be it swimming, football or skiing.

In our soon to be posted report we'll provide you with a view of the biking landscape in Queens. We'll highlight the key biking events, show you a rough outline of Queens biking trails and finish up with a few biking maintenance tips including links to neighborhood bike stores in Queens. Stay tuned, the full story will be posted later this week.

Click here to view our report about biking / bicycling in Queens.



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Photos of NYC Marathon in Queens 2011

Photos - NYC Marathon Queens 2011

November 7, 2011 / Long Island City / Queens Buzz. It was a beautiful day for a marathon. The temperatures were in the low 60's and it was sunny and dry. About 47,438 runners came through Long Island City and we photographed quite a few of them, along with the crowd that gathered outside to greet them.

We plan to add quite a few more photos, but we thought you might be interested in browsing through over 100 photos we selected in a slide show.

Slick here to view our report and see the slide show containing photos of the NYC Marathon in Queens 2011. And have a nice week.




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Five Boro Bike Ride 2011 Photos - Astoria Park & Queens

Five Boro Bike Ride 2011 - Photos

Queens Boro Bridge & Astoria Park In Queens

May 1, 2011 / Long Island City LIC & Astoria Park / Sporting Activities / Queens Buzz. This event begins at 9 am in lower Manhattan, so we expect the first riders by about 9.30 with the bulk of them coming through between 10 am and the leisurely ones leaving about 12 noon. The 42 mile course runs through Queens by coming off the Queens Borough Bridge and heads north along 21st Street to Astoria Park. There's a rest stop at the park, while cyclists turn around and head south, mostly along Vernon Blvd before leaving the borough over the Pulaski Bridge. Over 30,000 cyclists are expected to participate and over 1,500 people volunteer in the program.

Click here to view our report of the Five / 5 Boro Bike Ride 2011 Astoria Park Queens with photos.



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NYC Marathon Photos - Queens & LIC

NYC Marathon Photos - Queens & LIC

Africans Win NYC Marathon & USA's Shalane Flanigan Wins 2nd In Women's

November 5, 2011 / Long Island City / NYC Marathon in Queens / Queens Buzz. It was a beautiful day on Sunday November 8, 2011 as over 43,000 runners hit the road to participate in the NYC Marathon. The highs were in the 50's as the sun warmed the cool air.

In 2009 it rained and in 2008 when it was downright cold, the runners were generally able to enjoy the marathon. It showed on their faces as they came streaming over the Pulaski Bridge down along Vernon Blvd and up 44th Drive to the Queens Borough Bridge.

We shot quite a few photos of the crowd, the runners and Long Island City in 2010. Click here to read our full report and view the NYC Marathon photos in Queens.  Click here to see NYC Marathon in Queens 2012.



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Photos Of 5 Boro Bike Ride 2010

Photos - 5 Boro Bike Ride In Queens

May 2nd, 2010 / LIC & Astoria / Queens Buzz. It was a sunny, hot, humid morning as I biked my way over to the Queens Boro Bridge to watch 30,000 Five Boro Bike Riders descend into Queens.

None of them seemed to be having any difficulty, as they made their way up 21st Street to Astoria Park. I followed along and shot some photos and it's worth saying that 21st Street is in need of some repair. It's a rumbling road that one would expect to find in a third world nation, not along the East River waterfront of America's largest city.

Click here for a few particulars, a slide show and 5 boro bike ride photos 2010 in Astoria Park and Queens.



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Athens Park - Astoria NY

Athens Park - Astoria

This photo of Athens Park in the Astoria neighborhood of Queens NY was taken in the fall of 2008. This is just a very brief history of the park with a link to a map and eventually stories.

 



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L Socrates Sculpture Park - Astoria LIC

Socrates Sculpture Park - Astoria

This is an ongoing report on some of the fun outdoor activities and art projects sponsored by the Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria / Long Island City in Queens. Socrates Sculpture Park sponsors Halloween Parties, Bike events, arts and crafts events, an outdoor film series during the summer and more.

Click here to view brief reports on a few events over the past year at Socrates Sculpture Park in Queens.

 

 

 



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Golf Courses - NYC Public Golf Courses In Queens NY

Golf Courses In Queens

Public Golf Courses In Queens

Use search to find more information about Queens publlc golf courses. This is a brief report on a golf outing at one of the NYC public golf courses located in Queens NY. I went golfing at the Douglaston golf course on the eastern perimeter of Queens NY.



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Queens Botanical Garden - Flushing NY Queens

Queens Botanical Garden

This story describes the Queens Botanical Garden in the Flushing neighborhood of Queens NY. The Queens Botanical Garden is run by the municipality and is located along Main Street in the Flushing Queens.

 

 



Queens Natatorium Swimming Pool / World Ice Rink / Al Oertes Recreation Facility - Flushing NY | Queens Natatorium New Olympic Sized Swimming Pool New Ice Rink Flushing Meadows Corona Park Flushing Queens NY swimming pool ice skating requirements associated use pool location hours operation Queens parks swimming pool ice rink Al Oerter Recreation Center basketball court cardio machines weights  raquet ball courts computer lab park facilities exercise things to do indoors Flushing neighborhood Queens NY
Queens Natatorium Swimming Pool / World Ice Rink / Al Oertes Recreation Facility - Flushing NY

Queens Natatorium & World Ice Rink


Olympic Sized Indoor Swimming Pool & Ice Skating Rink

This is a brief report on Queens Park Natatorium and World Ice Rink facilities in the Flushing / Corona neighborhood of Queens NY. The report includes the Queens Olympic sized swimming pool, the World Ice Rink and the Al Oerter Recreation Center in the Flushing section of Queens NY.



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Waterpod Floating Barge - Flushing Harbor Flushing Queens NY

Waterpod: A Good Idea That Floats

Flushing / September 26, 2009. Today, amidst all the reasons for cynicism and despair, I found a refreshing glimmer of hope in, of all things, a waterpod. It's a waterpod that contains within it a couple of beings, which if properly funded could spread a good idea like appleseeds across the land, perhaps the globe, and enable all of us to help shape the future of the world in which we live.

Mary Mattingly and Ian Daniel are modern day, Ghandi-like activistics. They have guided the good ship Waterpod into and out of eight different harbors along the New York City network of waterways, carrying with them an art performance eco-friendly message that makes a huge statement in very small ways ... but in every moment of each one of their days.

Click here to read the rest of the story on The Waterpod in Queens. Scroll down to the next two stories to read the weekend events postings and / or click into the Queens Events section of this site.



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Bikes & Bike Riding - Tour De Queens NY

Tour De Queens - Photos Of Riders

Flushing Queens /Queens Buzz. The second annual Tour De Queens departed on time today at 9.30 am for an 18 mile ride through the borough [the original plan was for a 24 mile course]. We'll be posting a photo album later today with tons of photos taken of the riders as they departed from the Queens Museum Of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The winds were blowing at between five and ten miles per hour which cooled things down, as the temperatures rose into the low eighties on a moderately humid day. Originally the course was to be outlined within the New York Panorama inside the Queens Museum Of Art as had been done last year. But given the current exhibition, Red Lines Housing Crisis, was already using the panaorama as part of the exhibit, outlining the course for the Tour De Queens was dropped. The course was finalized late Friday July 10th, but we are in the process of creating a map of it, so stay tuned. Click here to view photos and read a brief report about the Tour De Queens bike ride - photos in Queens or click here to view photos of the Tour De Queens Bike Riders.



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Tour de Queens Bike Ride - Cycling In Queens NY

Tour de Queens Bike Ride This Sunday

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The Tour de Queens Bike Ride is scheduled for this Sunday. About 1,000 riders comprised of singles, adults, families and kids will ride through parts of the borough with a police escort. The bike ride will cover a 24 mile trail beginning and ending at the Unisphere across from the Queens Museum Of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The trail route will not be officially disclosed until the morning of the ride but we have unconfirmed reports it will have an eastern Queens slant through some of the neighborhoods of great jazz legends and some beautiful architecture. Click here for more on Biking In Queens / Tour de Queens Bike Ride 2009.



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Last Mets Baseball Games At Shea Stadium - Flushing Queens NY

Last Baseball Games Played At Shea

Mets Lose To Marlins 4 - 2

Flushing Meadows / September 2008 / Queens Buzz. The New York Mets played the Florida Marlins in the last three games played at Shea Stadium in the Flushing Corona neighborhood of Queens NY. Shea Stadium will be demolished in the winter of 2009.



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West Side Tennis Club - Forest Hills NY - Queens History

This is a brief article describing the West Side Tennis Club in the Forest Hills section of Queens NY. The club has historical significance as it was once the home of the USTA, sponsors of the U.S. Open.

 

 

 

 

 




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Garden Apartments - Jackson Heights NY

Jackson Heights Garden Apartments

Jackson Heights is the home to the garden apartment building, where it first originated in the nineteen twenties.  The Jackson Heights neighborhood has evolved into one of the most integrated communities in the world, comprised of residents whose families originated in Asia, Latin American, Europe and Africa.  This is a brief introduction into the neighborhood housing stock. Click here to view the full story on the Jackson Heights Garden Apartments.



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MulchFest 2010 Queens - Photos

MulchFest 2010 In Jackson Heights Queens

January 9, 2010 / Jackson Heights NY. MulchFest 2010 appeared to be off to an auspicious beginning Saturday morning, as in spite of the freezing cold temperatures and a blustery wind chill of some 15 degrees, many hardy Queens residents came out to Travers Park, their tree in tow, to make a contribution to the MulchFest 2010 ... and to the long term health of the planet.

We spent a bit of time inquiring who was involved and watched the mulching taking place, compliments of the Queens division of the NYC Parks Department. Representatives of the JHBG and Queens Botanical Gardens were also there serving hot chocolate, having previously publicized the event through their organizations. Click here to read the full story of MulchFest 2010 in Queens with photos.



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Green Agenda For Jackson Heights

How To Create A Green Agenda For Jackson Heights?

Jackson Heights / November 7, 2009. How can a handful of people, say twenty or so, create a Green Agenda for Jackson Heights? This is a quest undertaken by a vibrant and growing group of community activists in Jackson Heights, but which has also caught the attention and garnered some support from around the borough. What exactly the agenda will be won't be known until next Spring, but if you're interested in having your voice heard, now is the time. This report is about their first meeting and includes links to their home page. Click here to read a full report about the Green Agenda for Jackson Heights.



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Belmont Race Track Queens - Breeders Cup 2008

Belmont Race Track

Horse Races In Queens NY

This is a brief story reporting on an afternoon spent at the Belmont Race Track in Elmont Queens NY. Horse races are run about five days per week during the season which runs about half the year, but beware because there are down periods where no races are run.



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Best Times & Best Viewing Locations Of NYC Marathon In Queens LIC

Preview NYC Marathon In LIC Queens

October 28, 2013 / Long Island City / NYC Marathon in Queens / Queens Buzz. Long Island City / LIC spectators of the NYC Marathon get one of the best front row seats of the NYC Marathon right here in Queens.

We get to see the runners about half way through the 26 mile course - after they've loosened up and hit their stride, the sweat pouring off their brows, their lungs pumping, their legs hammering the hard pavement as they strive to do what we mere mortals don't dare try.

Over the years I've met a few runners who've completed the NYC Marathon course. They generally begin training months before the race begins; logging ten, fifteen mile runs several times weekly before beginning the big one. It takes a lot of willpower, endurance and perhaps mostly motivation. Good health helps, but it's worth noting that many people overcome their handicaps and complete the race too.

Best Times, Views, Locations For NYC Marathon in LIC & Queens. Click here to view details of the course the runners will follow through Long Island City LIC in Queens tomorrow. This brief report will include some estimated times that various groups will arrive, so you can 'more or less' plan your visit to cheer them on.

Click here to read our report about the upcoming 2013 NYC Marathon in Queens. And click the following links to view reports about the: NYC Marathon in Queens 2010, NYC Marathon in LIC in 2009, NYC Marathon in Queens photos in 2009, NYC Marathon in Long Island City in 2008 with photos. There wasn't any NYC Marathon in 2012 because of the havoc wreaked by Hurricane Sandy.



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Gantry Park & Queensbridge Park - Long Island City LIC

Gantry Park and Queensbrigdge Park - Long Island City LIC

Gantry Park and Queensbridge Park are located along the east side of the East River in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens NY. Click here to view the full report on Gantry Park and Queens Bridge Park in LIC Queens

 

 

 

 



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NYC Marathon 2009 - Queens LIC Long Island City

NYC Marathon Photos 2009

November 1, 2009 / LIC Long Island City Neigbhorhood / NYC Marathon / Queens Buzz. We have some great photos of the NYC Marathon that we've just uploaded into a photo album on the site, all of which were taken in Queens. There are approximately one hundred of them, including photos of the runners, the crowds, the water stand workers and a few policemen.

Long Island City is about the fifteen mile mark. We started taking photos of the NYC Marathon 2009 in Queens around 10.30 am, which is about two and a half hours after the handicapped participants had begun and about an hour and a half after the runners had begun. Generally, as you can see by the photos, things were pretty quiet in LIC. We then jumped into the Queens Buzz Sky cam and around 11.30 am took photos of the 2009 NYC Marathon runners crossing the Queens Boro Bridge [click title link above]. Then a bit after 12 noon, we returned to LIC to photograph hordes of nyc marathon runners making the 2009 event theirs in Long Island City Queens. The rest, as they say, is history, although we have one more page of photos of the nyc marathon runners 2009 crossing through Queens.

Click this link to a report we published earlier on the NYC Marathon 2009 event. Have a good day.



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Kayaking On The East River

Queens NY / Summers in LIC. We joined the LIC Boathouse on Sunday morning in their weekly summer ritual of providing free kayaking for Queens denizens of all stripes. We started with them between 11.30 am and noon in Long Island City where a core group of volunteers [new comers welcome] meet to load and haul the kayaks and safety gear up to Hallets Cove just north of Socrates Sculpture Park. Click here for the rest of the story of kayaking in Queens with the LIC Boathouse on the East River.

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NYC Marathon 2008 - Queens LIC Long Island City

Queens Native Kara Goucher Posts NYC Marathon Record For First Time Runner

November 2nd, 2008 / Long Island City / NYC Marathon / Queens Buzz. The NYC Marathon event wound its way through the neighborhood of Long Island City [LIC] this morning, coming over the Pulaski Bridge onto Vernon Blvd, up 44th Drive and then onto the Queens Borough Bridge. It was a beautiful day in the sixties, with hundreds of people lining the streets, bands playing on the sidewalks, and a water spot was stationed a few blocks north of the Citicorp Building. The handicapped came along the track first, followed by the female runners and finally by the men.

NYC Marathon Winners

Our congratulations to Kara Goucher, who is originally from Queens [now lives in Oregon], who came in third place and posted the fastest time [2:25:53] by a U.S. woman in her first marathon race. She had been coached by Alberto Salazar who broke a marathon world record in 1981 and had won several NYC Marathons in the early 80's. And congratulations to the NYC Marathon's repeat winners Marilson Gomes dos Santos of Brazil [2:08:43] and Paula Radcliffe [2:23:56] of England. Scroll down to read / view the story on the NYC Marathon 2008 in Queens.

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Belmont Race Track & Aqueduct Race Track

Public Race Tracks In Queens NY

This is a brief report on things to do in Queens like going to the Belmont and Acqueduct Horse Race Tracks in Queens NY. The Belmont race track is located in Elmont NY and the Acqueduct race track is located in Jamaica, both in Queens.



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Biking Queens 2011

Biking Queens

Bicycling Queens in 2011

Queens Neighborhoods / Queens Buzz. The good weather has arrived and bicycling is about to begin in earnest. Queens is blessed with one of the most interesting arrays of biking trails in the NYC metro area and provides the added pleasure of not being so crowded ... yet.

But there are pitfalls too. Queens Blvd is one of the most dangerous streets in all of the city as some motorists seem to drive it more like a highway than the city street that it is. So caution is always important to bear in mind, but that is true for any sport, be it swimming, football or skiing.

In our soon to be posted report we'll provide you with a view of the biking landscape in Queens. We'll highlight the key biking events, show you a rough outline of Queens biking trails and finish up with a few biking maintenance tips including links to neighborhood bike stores in Queens. Stay tuned, the full story will be posted later this week.

Click here to view our report about biking / bicycling in Queens 2011.



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Queens Golf Courses - Public Golf Courses In Queens - Clearview Douglaston Forest Park Kissena

Queens Golf Courses - Queens NY

Public Golf Courses in Douglaston, Forest Hills, Flushing & Bayside

July 6, 2012 / Queens Buzz.  This is a compendium of the four public golf courses in Queens NY. The public golf courses are Clearview in Bayside, Douglaston in Douglaston, Forest Park in Woodhaven and Kissena in Flushing.

Click here for golf courses in Queens, including hours, maps and contact info.



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Queens Parks - Things To Do In Parks In Queens

Queens Parks - Public Parks In Queens

July 6, 2012 / Queens Parks / Queens Buzz.  This report provides info on Queens parks, swimming pools [we still need to add Fisher, Liberty and Fort Totten], various fields and courts for athletic games and picnic and open space areas for your relaxation. Use the search function to find golf courses and the horse race tracks as they are not included them here.

Click here to view our report on Queens Parks.

 



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Doughboy Park In Woodside Queens

About an inch and a half of snow blanketed Doughboy Park in the Woodside neighborhood of Queens NY.

 



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Sunnyside Gardens Park - Sunnyside NY - Octoberfest

Sunnyside Gardens Park Octoberfest

This is a brief report on the Octoberfest sponsored by the Sunnyside Gardens Park in Sunnyside Queens NYC which was open to the public. Some events at the park are for members only as the park, like Gramercy, is owned privately by the residents of Sunnyside NY.



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Sunnyside Gardens Park

Private Park Continues Tradition Of Community Service

Sunnyside / January 25, 2010. Over the course of this past year I had occasion to meet and converse with various members of Sunnyside Gardens Park. The park is privately owned - one of only two such parks in the city, with the other being Gramercy Park in Manhattan. While membership in Gramercy is closed, membership in Sunnyside Gardens Park is open to local residents. Membership in the park fluctuates, and there are currently about 300 members, most of which are family memberships.

Click here to read the rest of our report about Sunnyside Gardens Park.



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Windmuller Park - Woodside NY - Memorial Day 2008

Windmuller Park and Virgilio Playground

Virgilio Playground in Windmuller Park was bustling with activity on Memorial Day in the neighborhood of Woodside Queens NY.



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