Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Queens
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do In Queens Over The Presidents Day Weekend
Updated February 10, 2021 from 2/9/21 / Things To Do Queens NY / Queens Buzz NYC.
Presidents Day Weekend Weather. The Temperature highs will be around 30 throughout the three day weekend beginning on Friday, dropping to the high teens nightly, except on Saturday when the low temperature will also be around 30. Precipitation - There's an 80% chance of about two inches of snow late Saturday / early Sunday morning as of this post. Winds will be relatively stable hovering around the 10 mph range throughout the long weekend. The Humidity will range between 60% - 75% throughout the weekend. Click for Queens Weather.
The photo at right was taken at Four Freedoms Park on Roosevelt Island which commemorates Franklin Delano Roosevelt's 1941 speech declarating the inalienable rights of all people. The four freedoms are 1) Freedom of Speech, 2) Freedom of Worship, 3) Freedom of Want and 4) Freedom of Fear.
Presidents Day is a time to reflect on the performance of our current presidents and legislators, and how they stack up against their historical peers. And in that reflection it's worth asking ourselves what we've done to contribute or detract from the national conversation.
A Few Valentines Day / Presidents Day News Items - Indoor Dining Resumes, Folks with Co-Morbidities become Vaccine Eligible, Vaccine Production & 2nd Trump Impeachment Trial Begins Today
Governor Cuomo announced that indoor dining in NYC resumes on Friday, February 2, 2021 at 25% capacity. NYS positivity rate is about 4%, while the NYC positivity rate is about 8% - but both have been declining since the Thanksgiving / Christmas / New Year surge began in late November / early December of 2020.
This past weekend, Governor Cuomo announced that folks with CoVid comorbidities will be eligible to receive vaccinations effective Monday, February 15, 2021. According to the Governor's website, the CoVid co-morbidities [say that fast five times] include the following:
"... Cancer, Chronic Kidney Disease, Pulmonary Disease, Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Heart Conditions, Immunocompromised State, Severe Obesity, Pregnancy, Sickle Cell Disease or Thalassemia, Type 1 or 2 Diabetes Mellitus, Cerebrovascular Disease, Neurologic Conditions and Liver Disease Will Be Eligible ..."
Vaccine production for the U.S. is nearing the 1.5 million doses daily required to meet Biden’s upwardly mobile 100 million vaccinations in the Biden Administration's first 100 days. As of this writing about 10% of all New Yorkers as well as 10% of all Americans have received at least one CoVid vaccination dose.
Trump's Failed Capitol Riot of 2021 Seems Not Unlike Hitler's Failed Beer Hall Putsch of 1923
The second Trump impeachment trial began today, Tuesday, February 9th, 2021. Generally I find the rushing of the trial to be an insult to the American people, and the U.S. Constitution philosophies of due process and rule of law. The government officials prosecuting and managing the trial should take all the time required to educate the American people about who Donald Trump really is - not who he says he is.
They need to use the Impeachment Trial to highlight how Trump has significantly battered our democratic processes, undermined Americans' faith in our democratic institutions, personalized the power of the presidency, breached the rule of law, and appears to have colluded with the Russians to undermine our government over the past five years. Oh, yeah, and it all culminated in that lame Capitol Riot Insurrection which was not unlike and had striking similarities to Hitlers' lame / failed Beer Hall Putsch in Germany in 1923.
Ten years later Hitler rose to power as the Nazi Party leader and proceeded, like Trump did during his presidency, to usurp and personalize the power of the state thanks in part to the Goebbels / Murdoch/propaganda machines which misled the citizenry in each nation about who these two leaders were, and also victimized minorities in both nations. In the Beer Hall Putsch, 16 Nazis and four policemen died. In the Capitol Riot four Trumpsters and one policeman died.
Hitler was found guilty of treason following the Beer Hall Putsch, but still rose to power. Will the Senate take the precaution of sanctioning the Donald, or continue to enable the dysfunctional democracy damager - possibly destroyer?
Brief History of Presidents Day Holiday in NYC
A day commemorating Lincoln's birthday was first passed in Buffalo, New York in the early 1870's. Presidents Day originated as Washington's Birthday which was a holiday narrowly prescribed for federal government offices in Washington, D.C. in 1879. The holiday was dedicated to honoring the memory of the first American president, George Washington who was born on February 22, 1732.
In 1885 the holiday was expanded to include all federal government offices around the nation. In 1951 there was a push to create a Presidents Day holiday [vs a George Washington's birthday holiday] to include President Lincoln whose birthday is February 12, 1809 and was also celebrated by localities, but it didn't pass.
In 1971 the holiday was moved off of George Washington's birth date to being the third Monday in February. Thus while it never falls upon Washington's birthday 2/22, the official name of the holiday remains Washington's Birthday. But today, most folks refer to it as Presidents Day and to recognize the presidents who honored the U.S. Constitution and served the interests of the people.
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Things To Do Presidents Day Weekend Queens
UPDATED FOR COVID 2021 - Things To Do In Queens Over The Presidents Day Weekend
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History & Historic Sites In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Events
The Queens Historical Society is located in the Kingsland Homestead, an early American home [built 1785] in Flushing. The location is 143-35 37th Avenue at Bowne Street in Flushing.
COVID. The Queens Historical Society is open for limited capacity visits under CoVid safety guidelines. Rsvp a timed ticket at
They also offer some online programming.
The Bayside Historical Society is located at 208 Totten Avenue inside of Fort Totten, an old historic fort overlooking the area wherethe East River meets the Long Island Sound in northern Bayside.
COVID. The Bayside Historical Society is temporarily closed, pending the diminishing of the CoVid pandemic, but they do offer some online programming including an online Winter Art Show. For details see -
The Ridgewood Historical Society is located in the Onderdonk House at 1820 Flushing Avenue between Onderdonk Avenue and Cypress Avenue. It's a Dutch settler's home dating back hundreds of years.
COVID. The Ridgewood Historical Society at the Onderdonk House is open weekends for visits and tours. You must rsvp as it is limited capacity. For details see - https://onderdonkhouse.org/
The King Manor Museum is located in King Park in Jamaica, which is located along Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd Streets. The home was once a large farm owned by Rufus King, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution.
COVID. The King Manor Museum reopened for in person visits in September of 2020. They are open Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday for visits at 11 am, 1 pm and 3pm. For details and to rsvp see - https://www.kingmanor.org/
The photo above right was taken at King Manor, showing some of the historical roles and connections played by the King family in American history.
And the Astoria Historical Society which was located in the Quinn Building on Broadway in Astoria is now located at 44-02 23rd Street in Long Island City.
COVID. The Astoria Historical Society is closed to in-person visits but offers ongoing online programming.
Most of these historical societies have exhibits, programs and films that run through the year.
Queens also has a number of interesting historic sites located within an approximately 10 square block area in hisstoric Flushing, many of which date back to colonial times. In addition to those mentioned above, there's the Flushing Town Hall, which has been transformed into a cultural center, but also provides some historical references.
The Quaker Meeting House is located on Northern Blvd in Flushing, not far from Flushing Town Hall. It was one of the early Quaker places of worship in the New World.
COVID. They do continue to host events but until further notice all events will take place online due to the CoVid pandemic. For details see - http://flushingfriends.org/
The Bowne House, not far from the Kingsland Homestead, was the colonial home of John Bowne who pleaded for religious freedom to the Dutch East Indies Company back in the 1600's.
COVID. They appear to be open from 1 - 4 pm on Wednesday with an rsvp for a tour. For details see - https://www.bownehouse.org/
Some of the newer sites include the Voelker Orth House, which is a well preserved Victorian Home located in Flushing.
COVID. They appear to be receiving in person visits from 1 - 4 pm on Saturday, Sunday and Tuesday via rsvp. For details see - http://www.vomuseum.org/
The Louis Latimer House, where the famed African American inventor, who worked for Thomas Edison, once lived.
COVID. The Louis Latimer House continues to remain closed due to the CoVid pandemic. They continue to offer online programming. For details see - https://lewislatimerhouse.org/
And the Louis Armstrong House, where the famous jazz musician lived.
COVID. The Louis Armstrong House continues to remain closed due to the CoVid pandemic. They continue to offer online programming. For details see- https://www.louisarmstronghouse.org/
Art Exhibits In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Click here to view some of the in-progress art exhibits in Queens this Presidents Day weekend.
The PS1 MoMA Museum located at 22-25 Jackson Avenue at 46th Avenue in Long Island City is open throughout the weekend and oftentimes hosts a number of different art / music performances.
COVID. They're open from Thursday through Mondays from 12 noon - 6 pm, but you need to rsvp for a timed ticket. For details see - https://www.moma.org/ps1
There's also the Noguchi Museum of sculpture which is located at 9-01 33rd Road at Vernon Blvd along the northern LIC / Astoria neighborhood border.
COVID. They're closed through February 2021. They do offer some visual exhibits online. For details see - https://www.noguchi.org/
And the Sculpture Center is located at 44-19 Purves Street off Jackson Avenue, only a few blocks from MoMA PS1 in LIC.
COVID. They are currently between exhibitions. They will reopen with a new exhibition on March 25, 2021. For details see - https://www.sculpture-center.org/
And in Flushing there's the Queens Museum in Flushing Meadows Corona Park which has an array of artistic, cultural and historic exhibits and programs and films.
COVID. The Queens Museum is open daily from 12 noon - 5 pm, except on Saturdays and Sundays when it opens at 11 am. It's closed Monday & Tuesday. For details see - https://queensmuseum.org/
The photo at right shows one of the works in an exhibit in 2009 about immigrants from the Middle East at the Queens Museum.
Theater In Queens - Presidents Day Weekend Things To Do
Queens has an array of theater venues for the performing arts, many of which usually have performances going on through the Presidents Day Weekend.
Some of the more notable performing arts venues in Queens include the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center at 31-10 Thomson Avenue between Van Dam and 31st Street in Long Island City. Nosite.
COVID. They're continuing to work on programming, providing some via their Facebook page. For details see -
The photo at right shows a theatrical performance at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC.
Nearby there are two independently run theaters, the Chocolate Factory and the Secret Theater - both also in LIC.
The Chocolate Factory is located at 5-49 49th Avenue off Vernon Blvd in Long Island City.
COVID. Their theater is temporarily closed, but they continue to offer online theater, dance & music.
The Secret Theater is located at 44-02 23rd Street between 44th Avenue and 44th Road in Long Island City.
COVID. The Secret Theater was a casualty of the CoVid pandemic, but they continue offering some programming online. See - https://secrettheatre.com for details.
There's also Queens Theater [in the park], is located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
COVID. Their theater is temporarily closed, but they continue to offer online theater, dance & music. For details see - https://queenstheatre.org/
The York College Bassin Performing Arts Center is located at 94-45 Guy Brewer Blvd between Archer and Liberty Avenues on the York College campus in Jamaica. The Bassin Performing Arts Center is a venue for musical, dance and cultural performances.
COVID. No events are planned in the forseeable future, pending the diminishing of the CoVid pandemic. To that end effective Wednesday, February 24, 2021, York College will become a vaccination center for CoVid.
And there's the Queens College Kupferberg Center located at 65-30 Kissena Blvd off Harding Expressway on the Queens College campus. The Kupferberg Center is a venue for musical, dance and cultural performances.
COVID. Their doors remain closed for live events until May 8, 2021 - but they continue to offer online programming. For details see - http://kupferbergcenter.org/
Flushing Town Hall located at 137-35 Northern Blvd between Linden Place and Leavitt Street in Flushing is a center for musical, dance and cultural performances.
COVID. Their doors remain closed for live events but they continue to offer online programming. For details see - https://www.flushingtownhall.org/
And the Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning at 161-40 Jamaica Avenue and the Jamaica Performing Arts Center at 153-10 along Jamaica Avenue are both centers of cultural activities - including art, dance, theater and music.
COVID. The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning is mostly doing online events and programming, but periodically open the gallery on Saturdays from 12 noon - 5 pm, but you need an rsvp to attend. For details see - https://www.jcal.org/
And, while not a performing arts venue, the Museum of the Moving Image, or MoMI as it is called, is located at 35th Street and 35th Avenue in Astoria / LIC is worth a considerable mention. They have film screenings, film and related exhibits throughout the year and there are also oftentimes thematic programs related to issues, culture, people and events of today and of yesteryears.
COVID. Their doors remain closed for live events but they continue to offer online programming.For details see - http://www.movingimage.us/
Click here to view the Theatre section of the Queens Events Calendar to see what's doing this Queens Presidents Day weekend things to do - Queens events Presidents Day NYC.
Shopping In Queens - Things To Do over the Presidents Day Weekend
This is a great weekend to do a bit of shopping. Click here to view our shopping sections of the following neighborhoods: Astoria Shopping, LIC Shopping, Sunnyside Shopping, Woodside Shopping, Jackson Heights Shopping.
Each of these shopping sections includes links to home pages, which have slide shows of merchandise as well as maps, store hours, phone numbers and telephone numbers.
Dining In Queens - Presidents Day Day Weekend
Queens Restaurants for Valentines Day. We recommend you check out our suggestions for dining on Valentines Day at restaurants in Queens. This has been updated to reflect individual Queens restaurant changes due to the CoVid pandemic, except we've not yet updated the Governor's guidance for a Valentines Day reopening for indoor dining, to the revised guidance allowing Queens restaurants to reopen for indoor dining at 25% capacity on Friday, February 12, 2021.
Click here to view the Queens Restaurants section of the site, which includes reviews of the restaurants we've selected to review.
Presidents Day Events In Queens NYC
Click here to obtain information about Queens things to do Presidents Day Weekend - events in Queens NYC. This events calendar is updated monthly with about 100 different Queens fun / cultural events.
COVID. The calendar is not updated for the CoVid pandemic.
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