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Queens welcomes 15 new schools Department of Education trying to stem overcrowding by Lisa Fogarty Chronicle Contributor
he borough with the most overcrowded school conditions in the city — particularly at the high school level — is about to get some muchneeded relief. The Department of Education is adding 15 new elementary, secondary and high schools, six of which are entirely new projects, thereby creating 4,141 new school seats in Queens this year, according to DOE spokesman Jack Zarin-Rosenfeld. A quarter of the DOE’s 60 new school openings citywide this fall will be located in Queens, and the majority of them will help ease congested conditions in districts 24, 27, 28 and 29. Of the city’s planned 27 new charter school developments, four will serve Queens in the neighborhoods of Far Rockaway, Springfield Gardens, Jamaica and St. Albans. The borough will also benefit from a new annex at PS 13 in Elmhurst that will add 700 seats and the inclusion of Satellite
Academy High School at Jamaica Learning Center, a transfer school that aims to help students ages 16 to 21 who have either dropped out of school or have had their schooling interrupted, earn their high school diplomas. But perhaps the most anticipated and discussed addition to the borough arrives in the form of two secondary and high school facilities that will open on the $128 million Metropolitan Avenue Campus in Forest Hills. The Metropolitan Expeditionary Learning School, which will serve grades 6-12 and Queens Metropolitan High School, the 9-12 school that will share its space, will give priority to families living in Districts 24 and 28 — a move that community leaders and residents hope will help relieve overcrowded conditions at nearby Forest Hills High School. QMHS, which is slated to eventually hold 1,000 students, will begin by enrolling 350 ninth graders this September, while the secondary school will start by accepting sixth and seventh
graders, eventually growing to serve 700 students. An existing school, Queens Gateway to Health Sciences, will move to its brand-new facility on the campus of Queens Hospital Center in Jamaica. It will have 805 seats and the school will have a close working relationship with QHC. Changes will also take place at two of the three Queens high schools the Department of Education voted to phase out last year, when it cited poor performance, dwindling enrollments and low graduation rates as justifications for a complete overhaul at each of the schools. Although the DOE was sued by the NAACP and the United Federation of Teachers over the fate of Jamaica High School, Beach Channel in Rockaway Park and the Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship Magnet High School in Cambria Heights, it struck an agreement that let it move ahead with plans to place new schools in facilities deemed underutilized, according
Work continues on the Metropolitan Avenue Campus in Forest Hills, which will open this fall with separate schools including a high school, an intermediate school/high school PHOTO BY PJ SMITH and space for special education.
to Zarin-Rosenfeld. As a result, two small schools, the High School for Community Leadership and Hillside Arts & Letters Academy, will share space with Jamaica, and the Rockaway Park High School for Environmental
Sustainability will open at Beach Channel High School. Cambria Heights Academy, which had hoped to open at the same Cambria Heights campus that houses BCAE, has instead moved into what may be a temporary leased space in Hollis. Q
The following is a list of public schools, as well as charters and additions that will open their doors in Queens this September: ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS • PS 273 (District 27), 88-01 102nd St., Woodhaven; (718) 935-4443. The K-5 school will begin by enrolling students in grades K-1 in September and eventually grow to hold 380 seats. • PS 280 (District 30), 34-20 94th St., Jackson Heights; (718) 935-4463. Housed in the same space that once belonged to Blessed Sacrament School, the K-5 school will admit students in kindergarten and first grade that are zoned for Jackson Heights, East Elmhurst and Corona in fall 2010, then begin zoning in 2011. • PS 290 (District 24), 70-02 54th Ave., Maspeth; (718) 935-4503. This K-5 school, which will begin admitting kindergarten students this fall, will help alleviate some of the district’s notoriously overcrowded conditions by sharing space with Intermediate School 73. • PS 330 (District 24), 86-37 53rd Ave., Elmhurst; (718) 935-4508. The K-5 school will begin enrolling kindergarten students this fall when it opens in the Ascension Annex space.
SECONDARY/HIGH SCHOOLS • Cambria Heights Academy (District 29), 188-04 91st Ave., Hollis; (718) 935-4096. The 9-12 school originally planned to share space at the Cambria Heights campus that houses the Business, Computer Applications and Entrepreneurship Magnet High School, one of three Queens schools the DOE voted to phase out last year. Instead, the new school will begin enrolling 150 ninth grade students this fall at a leased space in Hollis. The school will emphasize the Literacy, Ethics and Design principle and examples of languages that will be offered include Spanish, French and Chinese. Cambria Heights Academy plans to offer a variety of extracurricular activities.
• High School for Community Leadership (District 28), 167-01 Gothic Dr., Jamaica; (718) 935-4483. • The High School for Community Leadership is one of two 9-12 schools that will open this fall at the campus of Jamaica High School, which the Department of Education voted to phase out last year. The new school will enroll 150 ninth grade students this fall and plans to offer internships, community service opportunities, the C-CAP Careers through Culinary Education program and YMCA programs. • Hillside Arts & Letters Academy ( D i s t r i c t 2 8 ) , 1 6 7 - 0 1 G o t h i c D r. , Jamaica; (718) 935-4447. The 9-12 school, one of two new schools that will be located within Jamaica High School, infuses art, music and writing into its curriculum. • Metropolitan Expeditionar y Learning School (Districts 24 and 28), 91-30 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills; (718) 935-4005. The 6-12 school, located on the $128 million Metropolitan Avenue Campus, will enroll sixth and seventh grade students this fall and will offer a college preparatory program with an emphasis on science, technology and sustainability. The school will follow the Expeditionary Learning model, which stresses the importance of hands-on activities and fieldwork designed to engage students and bring content to life. • Queens Metropolitan High School (Districts 24 and 28), 91-30 Metropolitan Ave., Forest Hills; (718) 935-4082. Part of the Metropolitan campus, Queens Metropolitan High School will enroll students in grade 9 this fall, and will eventually expand to serve grades 9-12. According to Principal Marci LevyMaguire, students’ instructional programs
will be designed to prepare them for a Regents Diploma or an Advanced Regents Diploma and the college and career of their choice. • Rockaway Park High School for Environmental Sustainability (District 27), 100-00 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway Park; (718) 935-4423. With a focus on environmental sustainability, culinary arts and green carpentry, the 9-12 school will share space with Beach Channel High School, which the DOE voted to phase out last year. The new school, which will enroll between 400 and 500 students, aims to offer a college preparatory program. • Satellite Academy High School at Jamaica Learning Center (District 28), 162-02 Hillside Ave., Jamaica; (718) 657-3920. Satellite Academy is a transfer high school that helps students ages 16 to 21, who have dropped out of school or had their educations interrupted, earn their diplomas. To meet state graduation requirements, students are expected to pass the English Language Arts Regents exam and present portfolios in global history, U.S. history, math and science.
CHARTER SCHOOLS • Challenge Prep Charter School (District 27), 3-65 Beach 56th St., Far Rockaway; (718) 473-7524. One of three new elementary charter schools to open in the borough this year, Challenge Prep will begin enrolling 120 students in grades K-1 this fall and eventually serve students in grades K-5. Similar to most charters, the school will offer an extended school day (8 a.m. until 5 p.m.) and extended school year (10 days longer than other schools). Its educational program includes an extended reading block and double math periods.
• Eagle Academy for Young Men III (District 29), 132-55 Ridgedale St., Springfield Gardens; (718) 935-4461. Eagle Academy fought hard to secure a home in the borough. Despite protest, the all-boys secondary and high school — which serves students from underprivileged backgrounds and has campuses in Brooklyn and the Bronx — will begin enrolling sixth grade students this fall at its new facility at I.S. 59 in Springfield Gardens. After losing its bid to open a school at Jamaica High School, several community leaders protested Eagle’s proposal for a facility at IS 59, arguing that it wasn’t prudent to have as young as 12 and older male students in the same building. But Eagle persisted, emphasizing its commitment to serving the neediest students in Queens. The school will offer a mentoring service, Summer Bridge Program, Saturday academy and partnerships with organizations. • Riverton Street Charter School (District 29), 118-34 Riverton St., St. Albans; (866) 642-3676 (55). Riverton Street Charter School will serve 196 students in grades K-3 this fall, eventually growing to include grades K-8. The school will offer an extended day. • Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School (District 28), 122-05 Smith St., Jamaica; (347) 609-3093. Rochdale Early Advantage Charter School will enroll 68 students in grades K-1 this fall, and plans to grow to include grades K-5. The charter offers both an extended day and year.
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Despite lawsuits, DOE still plans to replace several schools next fall by Bryan Yurcan Assistant Editor
Richmond Hill High School is one of several in Queens that faces an uncertain future. If it is not chosen by the city DOE to become a “transformation school,” it will likely be closed and replaced in FILE PHOTO the fall of 2011.
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transformation model.” That means the fate of other Queens schools, such as Richmond Hill, Jamaica, John Adams in Ozone Park, Beach Channel in Rockaway Park, August Martin in Jamaica, Grover Cleveland in Ridgewood and Newtown in Elmhurst is uncertain. Come fall 2011, each of those schools will either close, be replaced by a charter school, or become a transformation school. Further muddying the picture is the fact that some new schools will be opening in the buildings of current schools that are slated for phase out, and may fully replace them in the fall of 2011. Last month, the DOE and UFT reached an agreement in which 16 of the 19 new schools will open this coming school year, and in exchange, the union pledged not to sue the city for placing new schools in the closing facilities’ buildings. Initially, the DOE planned to open 16 schools this fall. They included 10 new schools, four new charter schools, one existing school and one existing charter, in buildings where existing schools were slated for phaseout, due to being labeled consistently low-performing. This process is known as “co-location.” However, an appellate court ruled July 1 that the DOE cannot close any schools because educational impact statements published by the city for each shuttering school lacked specifics about how students, the community and the buildings would be affected, as required by state law. This made the fate of the replacement schools uncertain until the recent agreement between the UFT and DOE. The DOE is still hoping to close the 19 schools, pending the publication of new educational impact statements Q that conform with state requirements.
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Education policy maker talks Queens schools City Panel for Educational Policy member Fedkowskyj sits down with Chronicle Assistant Editor
he next 12 months could prove to be a time of drastic overhaul for New York City public schools. Possible school closings and phase-outs have prompted angst among many residents and legal action against the city Department of Education from the United Federation of Teachers and other groups. Of course, Queens has its own, unique education issues, and Dmytro Fedkowskyj, the borough representative to the city Panel for Educational Policy, sat down with the Queens Chronicle to discuss them. One of the foremost issues facing Queens schools is perennial overcrowding. Fedkowskyj noted that the borough has some of the most overcrowded schools in the city. “Seat capacity is a big concern. There has been a big population boom in the past couple years,” the Middle Village resident said. “You build a school and you almost need another one right away.” The district where he lives, District 24, is one of the most crowded in the city. District 26 in north and northeast Queens is another
with overcrowding issues. For example, he noted that Francis Lewis High School in Fresh Meadows is at 175 percent capacity. One of Fedkowskyj’s duties on the PEP is holding regular meetings with the city School Construction Authority. During those sessions he, along with Queens Borough President Helen Marshall, stress the need for more seats in borough schools. To that end, they were successful in helping to get new schools constructed, including Metropolitan High School, which will open this fall in Forest Hills, and Maspeth High School, scheduled to open in 2011, among others. Those two schools alone will add about 3,000 new seats for borough students. But it is a lengthy process to build new facilities, and in the meantime borough schools have to get creative with seating issues. “We try and look at which schools have some open seating, and utilize as many as we can to temporarily place students,” Fedkowskyj said. Another issue on the minds of borough residents is the closure and replacement of several Queens schools. The DOE plans to close or alter 34 schools city-
wide. Seventeen would be replaced with charter schools, and the others repositioned as “transformation schools,” that would stay largely the same but with new principals and some new teachers. Ten Queens schools are among those 34. Fedkowskyj was one of four people on the PEP who voted against these school closures, but the majority of the panel voted in favor. The key now, he said, is to give those schools “the attention they need.” Among the 11 schools so far designated for the transformation model include Long Island City High School, Queens Vocational and Technical High School in Long Island City and Flushing High School. Six more schools are still slated for the transformation designation but have still yet to be named. Fedkowskyj said he has not yet heard from the DOE what criteria it will use to determine the final six schools, but is hopeful to know by September.. “It will be interesting to see how this all plays out,” he said. “We have to make sure the city properly addresses what the community impact will be when they decide this.”
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Fedkowskyj said that he supports the transformation school process if it means students in those schools will be better served. “At the end of the day, all of us want to provide the best learning and educational environment for our students,” he said. “If that means we transform a school then that’s what we should do.” He also supports providing salary incentives for teachers to come to struggling schools. “I support that because it will lure ambitious educators to a school location that may not get the necessary attention otherwise,” Fedkowskyj said. “It also provides a certain continuity of learning for the school community, which helps reduce teacher turnover. These important steps help schools and students reach their goals.” Fedkowskyj has served on the PEP since May 2008, when he was appointed by Marshall. The panel is the current governmental body with full oversight and power to vote on educational policy, school funding and operational budgets for the DOE. Prior to that, he sat on the Community Education Council for District 24 for four years. Fedkowskyj said Queens students have had “pretty measurable gains” in test scores over the
Dmytro Fedkowskyj is the Queens representaive to the Panel for Educational Policy. PHOTO COURTESY DMYTRO FEDKOWSKYJ
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Catholic institutions evolve along with Queens communities they serve by Michael Cusenza Assistant Editor
ong gone are the days of the nun as divine dictator of the Catholic school classroom. Rigid lesson plans combined with the ver y real threat of corporal punishment expired decades ago; the schools evolving over time with the communities they serve. According to two parochial education experts, there are several cultural and socioeconomic factors that have shaped the change in administration, faculty and approach to Catholic school operations in recent years. “The most significant — even revolutionary — change in the Diocese of Brooklyn is we are moving away from a school where the pastor is in charge of everything to a governance model,” said Monsignor Kieran Harrington, vicar for communications for the diocese, which includes the 96 parishes in Queens. “Lay people are providing oversight, and this is important. It’s really bringing many more people in the community into ensuring the safety and education of our schools.” William Donohue, president of the Catholic League, an anti-defamation
and civil rights organization, said the transition in parochial faculties from clergy to laity “has been profound,” and noted that the “mass exodus of nuns” in the late 1960s was prompted by the rulings of the Second Ecumenical Council of the Vatican, which addressed, in part, the role of the Roman Catholic Church in the evolving modern world. “At the time, there was an awful lot of turbulence in culture in general and certainly in the Catholic Church,” observed Donohue, who was a teacher for 20 years. He said this move to a mostly nonclergy faculty and administration has had a significant effect on Catholic schools. It has driven up the cost of operating parochial schools and put a strain on parish budgets. “Catholic school teachers to this day trail public school teachers [in pay],” Donohue said. “Parishes had to come up with somewhat competitive salaries” in order to attract and retain educators. The Archdiocese of New York has had to close a number of schools in recent years, including some in Queens, due to a decline in enrollment. Both Harrington and Donohue attribute that, in part,
The former Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal School reopened last fall as PHOTO BY MICHAEL CUSENZA Notre Dame Catholic Academy of Ridgewood.
to a gradual shift in community identity. “In Queens, clearly they’ve seen a major demographic change in terms of ethnicity, Flushing and Astoria especially,” said Donohue, who lived in Flushing in the 1970s and now resides on Long Island. “There’s been a strong growth of
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York College: a good place to get educated Diverse programs, affordable tuition and excellent facilities close to home by AnnMarie Costella Chronicle Reporter
lvin Victor, 21, decided to attend York College because it is close to his Brooklyn home, but what he has discovered there —personal attention, a variety of classes and a diverse student population — assures him that he chose wisely. “It’s been a great experience,” said Victor, who will be entering his senior year majoring in business administration. “York is small, so you are not just a number. The staff is very supportive. The professors welcome every question.” The average class size at the four-year public college is 22 pupils and it has a 16to-1 student to faculty ratio. “It’s like a small town, where everyone knows your name,” said Michel Hodge, assistant vice president of enrollment management at York. “People know each other and they wave to each other in the hallway.” Founded in 1967, York College, part of the City University of New York, has since the 1980s been located on a 50-acre campus on Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in the heart of downtown Jamaica. It has a diverse population of approximately 7,100 students representing at least 50 countries, from Algeria to Uzbekistan, and speaking over 37 languages. “The campus reflects Queens and Queens is the most diverse geopolitical area in the country,” Hodge said. “We are
These York students will be ready to make their mark in the world having PHOTO COURTESY YORK COLLEGE received a quality and diverse education.
very unique. We have students from nearly every country.” The average tuition for a New York State resident to attend is $4,600 per year, while out-of-state or international students pay $9,960. Fees total about $311 per year. But if the price still seems a bit out of reach, York offers help. Scholarships ranging from $1,000 to $8,000 are given to high-achieving high school and transfer students. York prides itself on having a studentcentered environment, which helps atten-
dees succeed in their chosen discipline while acquiring basic knowledge in the humanities, behavioral and natural sciences and mathematics. It also aims to teach students to think, speak and write clearly, critically and effectively. York offers more than 40 different majors including: accounting, AfricanAmerican studies, anthropology, art history, biology, business administration, chemistry, communications technology, computer science, economics, English, fine and
performing arts, foreign languages, music, nursing, social work, speech communications, physics and women’s studies. “We are a small liberal arts college in a big university system,” Hodge said. “Most of our sister colleges are twice our size. Here, students get more of an opportunity to form a bond with the faculty and staff.” But beyond acquiring an education, York encourages students to understand and appreciate different cultures, values, ethical attitudes and behavior, and engage in public service to enrich their communities and beyond. York boasts a number of academic facilities including a large microcomputer center, television production studio, modern library, performing arts center with a 1,500-seat capacity, on-site regional Food and Drug Administration facility with state-of-the-art research labs, physical education complex with Olympic-size swimming pool and a child care center. Graduates of York join an esteemed group of alumni including Dr. Deborah Persaud, an associate professor and award-winning researcher at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Steven Weitzner, the CEO of Long Island-based technology marketing giant CMP Media; and Jimmy Siegel, successful author of novels such “Derailed.” Victor said he would recommend York College to other students who are choosing to continue their education. “It’s exciting and different,” he said. “I have Q received many great opportunities.”
School Calendar For 2010-2011 Sept. 8
School sessions begin for all students*
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Sept. 13 (14*)
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Prekindergarten non-attendance day
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Queensboro Hill 60-05 Main St. Flushing, NY 11355 (718) 359-8332
89-11 Merrick Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11432 (718) 990-0700
91-41 63rd Drive Rego Park, NY 11374 (718) 459-5140
Astoria 14-01 Astoria Blvd. Long Island City, NY 11102 (718) 278-2220
Richmond Hill 118-14 Hillside Ave. Richmond Hill, NY 11418 (718) 849-7150
Auburndale 25-55 Francis Lewis Blvd. Flushing, NY 11358 (718) 352-2027 *The branch is closed for renovation. Temporary library service from a book bus in front of the library on Thursdays from 10 a.m.-6p.m.
Baisley Park 117-11 Sutphin Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11436 (718) 529-1590
Bay Terrace 18-36 Bell Blvd. Bayside, NY 11360 (718) 423-7004
Bayside 214-20 Northern Blvd. Bayside, NY 11361 (718) 229-1834
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Corona 38-23 104th St. Corona, NY 11368 (718) 426-2844
Court Square 25-01 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101 (718) 937-2790
Douglaston/Little Neck 249-01 Northern Blvd. Little Neck, NY 11363 (718) 225-8414
Hollis 202-05 Hillside Ave. Hollis, NY 11423 (718) 465-7355
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196-36 Northern Blvd. Flushing, NY 11358 (718) 357-6643
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29-42 Union St. Flushing, NY 11354 (718) 539-2330
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57-04 Marathon Parkway Little Neck, NY 11362 (718) 225-3550
92-24 Rockaway Blvd. Ozone Park, NY 11417 (718) 845-3127
Pomonok 158-21 Jewel Ave. Flushing, NY 11365 (718) 591-4343
Poppenhusen 121-23 14th Ave. College Point, NY 11356 (718) 359-1102
Queens Village 94-11 217th St. Queens Village, NY 11428 (718) 776-6800
169-09 137th Ave. Jamaica, NY 11434 (718) 723-4440
Rosedale 144-20 243rd St. Rosedale, NY 11422 (718) 528-8490
South Hollis 204-01 Hollis Ave. South Hollis, NY 11412 (718) 465-6779
South Jamaica 108-41 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. Jamaica, NY 11433 (718) 739-4088
South Ozone Park 128-16 Rockaway Blvd. South Ozone Park, NY 11420 (718) 529-1660
St. Albans 191-05 Linden Blvd. St. Albans, NY 11412 (718) 528-8196
Steinway 21-45 31st St. Astoria, NY 11105 (718) 728-1965
Sunnyside 43-06 Greenpoint Ave. Long Island City, NY 11104 (718) 784-3033
Whitestone 151-10 14th Road Whitestone, NY 11357 (718) 767-8010
Windsor Park 79-50 Bell Blvd. Bayside, NY 11364 (718) 468-8300 *The Windsor Park branch is closed for renovation. Temporary serivce will be provided from a book bus adjacent to the library on Wednesdays and Fridays from 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Woodhaven 85-41 Forest Parkway Woodhaven, NY 11421 (718) 849-1010
Woodside 54-22 Skillman Ave. Woodside, NY 11377 (718) 429-4700
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Fall-ing for art Take a break from apple picking to check out these fresh shows by Elizabeth Daley Assistant Editor
here’s no better time to visit a gallery than this fall, when the colors of the changing leaves is enough to inspire anyone to take up a brush.
Installation Detail from “Two Masters and Her Vile Per fume” by Lara Schnitger. PHOTO COURTESY SCULPTURECENTER
However, the desire to see art will only take you so far if you don’t know where to go. So just clip this article and mark my words, these are some of the most interesting shows the borough has to offer. Top of the list of things to see this fall is the Dorsky Gallery’s “Recipes for an Encounter.” The show opens on Sept. 12 in Long Island City and features 17 artists, all making work using different sets of instructions or recipes. Work from the ‘60s and ‘70s by Yoko Ono and Suzanne Lacy will be shown alongside that of contemporary artists such as Matt Volla. His piece: “Tennis Music/Music Tennis,” uses a match between Venus and Serena Williams to create music based upon where the ball lands on the court. Socrates Sculpture Park in LIC will be presenting another must-see show, featuring 18 emerging artists, each more talented than the next. The show opens on Sept. 12 in the park and will be on view until March 6, so there is no excuse for missing it. Also opening on Sept. 12 in LIC are SculptureCenter’s latest exhibits: Lara Schnitger: “Two Masters and Her Vile Perfume,” Lovett/Codagnone in collaboration with Tom Zook: “Your Hero Is a Ghost,” Elizabeth Neel: “Stick Season” and “In Practice Projects” featuring Justin Matherly, Lior Shvil, Josh Tonsfeld and Viola Yesiltac.
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Shvil, originally from Israel, will also be featured in the Socrates show. He works with invented personas and the SculptureCenter will be showing a new video and sculptural installation entering further into the performative underworld of Shvil’s “Kosher Butcher” character. Korean-American artist Eung Ho Park, who has previously displayed work at Dean Project and at Crossing Art in Flushing will be constructing an installation for the Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning. In the past, he has used ordinary household objects such as spoons or sports trophies to create visually beautiful installations, so it will be interesting to see what his latest work entails. The exhibition opens on Oct. 21. For those looking for an unusual artistic experience, The Chocolate Factory in LIC will be presenting the hopefully memorable “Selective Memory,” Wednesdays through Saturdays, from Sept. 8 through the 18 at 8 p.m. Conceived, directed and choreographed by Brian Rogers in collaboration with Madeline “13 Ways to Use Emmett Williams’ Skull,” by Best, the show is described as “a Robert Filliou. PHOTO COURTESY THE DORSKY GALLERY real-time video performance about nostalgia for relationships that never traditional Chinese hand-carving. took place, events which never happened; a In further celebration of China, the hall f ilm which was never made, but which has borrowed textiles, traditional laquereveryone remembers.” The show “exploits ware and ritual masks from the collection the misappropriation of ‘real’ sounds and of Andrew and Lily Wang for an exhibit images to confound, distort, remake and ulti- entitled: “Endangered Art/ists-China.” Both mately erase the truth,” and with a descrip- shows open in Flushing on Oct. 16. tion like that, who could resist? For kids, the most anticipated event of For a more traditional show, Flushing the season will be the reopening of the Town Hall has joined forces with the Museum of the Moving Image in LIC, Smithsonian Institution to host an exhibi- which will be hosting school children tion of Chinese art. “Within the Emperor’s beginning in October. The rest of us will Garden” presents a 1:5 scale sandalwood have to wait until January to check out all model building based on the Wan Chun the space has to offer. Ting pavilion that stands on the east side Other major Queens art institutions will of the Imperial Garden of the Forbidden have work on display but did not have fall Q City in Beijing. The work is an example of schedules available by press time.
Places to See Art PS1 Contemporary Art Center 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC ps1.org Socrates Sculpture Park 32-01 Vernon Blvd., LIC socratessculpturepark.org SculptureCenter 44-19 Purves St., LIC sculpture-center.org Crossing Art 136-17 39th Ave., Flushing crossingart.com Flushing Town Hall 137-35 Northern Blvd., Flushing flushingtownhall.org
Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Jamaica jcal.org
The Chocolate Factory 5-49 49th Ave., LIC chocolatefactorytheater.org
Queens Museum of Art NYC Building, Flushing Meadows Corona Park queensmuseum.org
Dorsky Gallery 11-03 45th Avenue, LIC dorsky.org
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Lots of family fun when leaves turn by Liz Rhoades Managing Editor
he summer months may be drawing to an end, but that doesn’t mean fun activities for the family have to end. Although school starts soon, the weather should remain warm through most of October, allowing families to continue their outdoor activities, as well as begin indoor adventures. A good place to start is Alley Pond Environmental Center at 228-06 Northern Blvd., Douglaston, which offers nature programs for children and adults. There are family astronomy classes, nature walks and special events. Celebrate National Estuaries Day there on Sept. 25 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Little Neck Bay will be highlighted through exhibits, interactive booths, free boat rides and entertainment. On Oct. 23, have some fun and work off calories at APEC’s square dance at 7 p.m. Youngsters are welcome with a paying adult. The cost is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 7 to 12. Phone the nature center to reserve for all programs at (718) 229-4000. For Halloween programs, call in October. The Queens County Farm Museum at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park can always be counted on for fun family events, but that is especially true in the fall.
Count Dracula is a regular participant at the Queens Botanical Garden’s annual Halloween event in Flushing. PHOTO COURTESY QUEENS BOTANICAL GARDEN
Have a great time exploring the amazing maize maze, made from corn stalks, on Saturdays and Sundays, Sept. 18 to Nov. 7 and Monday, Oct. 12 from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $8 for adults and $5 for children ages 4 to 11. Special evening sessions will be held on Oct. 9 and 16 until 9 p.m. The major fall extravaganza at the farm is the Queens County Fair on Sept. 25 and 26 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. It’s a traditional fair with livestock, produce and crafts competitions, contests, performing acts, carnival rides and games. The cost is $7 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Other fall events at the farm include an apple festival on Oct. 3; pick your own pumpkins on weekends in October; full moon harvest celebration on Oct. 23; Halloween haunted house on Oct. 30 and 31; children’s fall festival on Oct.31; and wildlife weekends, Nov. 6 to 7 and 13 to14. For information, call (718) 347-3276.
Making 19th century crafts, The New York Hall of Science in Flushing like this straw doll, is on the Meadows Park is chock full of ongoing and fall agenda at King Manor. traveling hands-on exhibits. If your kids PHOTO COURTESY KING MANOR want to stay outdoors a little longer, there’s the science playground, and the Rocket Park mini golf, both open daily through December, weather permitting. The playground costs $4, plus general admission, while the mini golf is $6 for adults and $5 for children, plus general admission, which is $11 for adults and $ 8 for children. A special two-day event is planned for Sept. 25 and 26, titled World Maker Faire that celebrates the do-it-yourselfer. It will feature more than 300 participants in the fields of rocketry and robotics, arts and crafts, electronics, artisan cooking, woodworking and more. The cost for a day pass is $25 for adults and $10 for children. For additional information on fall activities there, call (718) 699-0005. History comes alive at the King Manor, located in King P a r k o n J a m a i c a Av e n u e a t On Sept. 11 from noon to 3 p.m. a hands-on program 153rd Street in Jamaica. It was home to Rufus King, one of the signers of the U.S. Constitution, who about education in the past will include a craft to take bought the house in 1805 and whose son became gov- home. On Oct. 9, youngsters will learn about harvesting ernor of New York State. Tour the house and then stay and make crafts. King Manor’s fall festival will be held on Oct. 23 from for special fall activities. A series of free Craftsmen Days is running now through noon to 4 p.m. with crafts, games, stories and fun hisSunday, Aug. 29 with demonstrations of 19th century crafts. toric chores, and on Nov. 20 stop by for a session on They include: embroidery, Aug. 26, noon to 2 p.m.; quilt- apples and make an apple craft to take home. All of the above mentioned programs are free. Admising, Aug. 27, noon to 2 pm.; decoy carving, Aug. 28, 1 to 5 sion for tours is $5 for adults; children 16 and under are p.m.; and cooper and barrelmaking, Aug. 29, 1 to 5 p.m. free. The Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St. in Flushing, is a great place for a stroll in the fall for seasonal foliage and flowers. On Oct. 31, visit the garden’s pumpkin patch for an afternoon of Halloween fun from 1 to 3 p.m. There will be pumpkin painting and more. Costumes are welcomed. The cost is $10 per child. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd., offers family workshops prior to performing arts programs. On Sept. 25, musician David Leonhardt will show participants how to make their own jazz at 1 p.m. If possible, bring an instrument. Leonhardt’s quintet will perform at 2:15 pm. The family programs start at $6 for adults and $3 for children. The concerts are mainly $12 for adults and $8 for children. For information, call (718) 463-7700. A program titled “Musical Mayhem” featuring Shanna Lesniak will be held on Oct. 17 at 1 p.m. It’s free but guests must RSVP at flushingtownhall.org. At 2 p.m. stay for the free Polygraph Lounge featuring musicians Mark Stewart and Rob Schwimmer with their zany instruments. On Halloween, come to Flushing Town Hall in costume for an afternoon of fun for the whole family from 2 to 5 p.m. It’s free. Performer David Gonzales will present a family workshop on Nov. 14 at 1 p.m. with stories and song. At 2:15 p.m. attend his concert featuring tales from the Latino world. A special workshop on making origami animals will be held on Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. The cost is $7 for children. Adults accompanying children are free. The Queens Zoo in Flushing Meadows Park offers speThe Rocket Park mini golf at the New York Hall cial themed programs on certain weekends in the fall. of Science is fun with a science theme. Admission is $8 for adults and $5 for children. For more PHOTO COURTESY NY HALL OF SCIENCE Q information, call (718) 271-1500.
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Wide variety of acts set for fall Music, theater and dance programs readied for Queens venues by Mark Lord Chronicle Contributor
ig-name entertainers, international dance troupes and several new musicals highlight the upcoming season at the borough’s professional performance venues. Queens Theatre in the Park in Flushing Meadows Park has something for everyone this fall. Perennial favorite Jackie Mason, a comedian whose career dates to the old Ed Sullivan Show and beyond, returns on Oct. 23 at 8 p.m. and Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Vocalist Adam Pascal, star of the Broadway and film versions of “Rent,” will appear in concert with pianist Larry Edoff. The Nov. 13 performance at 8 p.m. will feature new arrangements of hit songs from several musicals as well as original material from Pascal’s three solo CD’s. A new musical will premiere this fall. “One Ride,” described as “a rip-roaring, spanking-new dance musical.” The show tells the timeless tale about the quest to find the champion in ourselves. Performances run from Oct. 29 through Nov. 7. The dance series includes Lar Lubovitch, one of the most highly-acclaimed companies in the world, on Oct. 16 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. The Queensborough Performing Arts Center on the Bayside campus also prides itself on offering a wide variety of shows. First up is singer Mandy Patinkin on Sept. 26 at 3 p.m., offering a collection of traditional, classic and contemporary songs sung entirely in Yiddish. By special request, he will close his program with a few numbers from his popular Broadway songbook. All seats are $45. Maintaining his allure as a musical icon for generations of fans, Davy Jones of the Monkees will perform many of the group’s hits, including “I’m a Believer” and “Last Train to Clarksville,” on Nov. 20 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $45, $40 or $35. Several musical productions are on tap, as well. A “new” Gershwin musical, “‘S Wonderful,” an all-singing, all-dancing revue inspired by events in the lives of the Gershwin brothers, will be presented on Oct. 3 at 3 p.m. All seats are $35.
Comedian Jackie Mason will appear at Queens Theatre in the Park in FILE PHOTO October.
The musical, “Forever Plaid,” will be performed at the Queensborough PHOTO COURTESY QPAC Performing Arts Center in Bayside on Nov. 21.
The Capitol Steps, featuring performers who have worked in a total of 18 Congressional offices, present their newest show, “Obama Mia,” with satirical songs and sketches about the current political figures and events, on Oct. 10 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $39, $35 or $30. One of the most popular musicals of recent years, “Forever Plaid” centers on four young male singers striving for one final chance at musical glory. All seats for the Nov. 21 performance at 3 p.m. are $35. Those preferring their music more on the classical side should enjoy Teatro Lirico D’Europa’s “Madama Butterfly,” Puccini’s tragic opera that demonstrates the spellbinding effects of love. Presented in Italian with English supertitles on Oct. 17 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $42, $39 or $35. Louis Prima Jr. and Ricci Martin, sons of Louis Prima and Dean Martin, respectively, carry on their fathers’ legacies in a tribute packed with music and memories on Oct. 24 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $40 or $35. The 144-year-old landmarked Flushing Town Hall will come alive throughout a season of jazz, dance, classical and world music and theater. Legendary jazz pianist and composer David Leonhardt and his quintet kick things off on Sept. 24, in a tribute to the music of George Gershwin. Showtime is 8 p.m. Tickets are $16 and $20 and $10 for students. Jazz lovers should also revel in the Wycliffe Gordon Sextet, in a program devoted to the early roots of jazz, featuring music of the 1920’s and 30’s. Composers such as Jelly Roll Morton, “King Joe” Oliver and Papa Jack Laine will be represented. The show is on Oct. 15 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $40 and $32 and $20 for students. The Song Hee Lee Dance Company, dedicated to exploring connections
between East and West, ancient and modern, secular and sacred performs traditional Korean and contemporary dance in a double bill with one of the pioneering groups of electronic Korean music, Yien, on Nov. 5 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20 and $16 and $10 for students. The Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside bills itself as the only bilingual Hispanic theater in Queens, serving the city’s Latino population of over one million. This year’s attractions include “Colombia: Passion & Soul,” a celebration in music and dance of Colombia’s bicentennial, featuring the Mestizo Dance Company and Harold Gutierrez’s Band. Performances run Friday through Sunday, Oct. 1 to Nov. 7. Concerts of music by Spanish and Latin American composers will fill the bill Nov. 26, 27 and 28. Music and dance programs are on tap in a big way at the York College Performing Arts Center, in Jamaica. The upcoming JazzLive Series features performance by jazz great Bobby Sanabria (and his Quinteto Okobio) and special guest artist Candido Camero, considered the father of modern conga drumming and a jazz master. The date is Sept. 25 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 students/seniors. The series continues when Bronx-born Bill Jacobs and his ensemble take over the stage on Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors. The Chamber Series opens with the Alturas Duo, in a concert of South American and classical music, featuring the unusual combination of viola, charango and guitar on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. Classical Jam, a vibrant ensemble with a wide repertoire, performs on Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. Suggested donation is $10. The Special Events Series is highlighted
by the Vissi Dance Theater on Oct. 2 at 7 p.m. The evening will include the premiere of two brand-new works as well as dances from the company’s repertoire, blending modern, West African, Caribbean, jazz and ballet. Tickets are $20, $10 for students/seniors. Kupferberg Center at Queens College presents the holiday attraction, “The Nutcracker,” performed by the Russian-American Ballet Company, at Colden Auditorium on Dec. 26. at 3 p.m. Fall programs have not yet been announced. Also on the Queens College campus, at the LeFrak Concert Hall, one of Boston’s most promising classical music groups, A Far Cry, consisting of 12 young musicians will perform pieces by Handel, Bartok, Barber and Mendelssohn. The date is Nov. 7 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $36 or $34 for seniors. A rare free cultural event takes place on the college’s outdoor Campus Quad in the second annual Festival of World Music and Dance from noon until 6 p.m. on Sept. 12. It will feature local musicians representing the borough’s cultural and ethnic communities, including the Calpulli Mexican Dance Company, Ebony Hillbillies, Mar Sala, Moon Oak Joo Arts Center and more. Some of the locations were still finalizing plans and not all information was available at press time. Venues featured in this piece are listed below. Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Blvd.; (718) 463-7700 ext. 222. Kupferberg Center at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd. in Flushing; (718) 793-8080. Queens Theatre in the Park, Flushing Meadows Park; (718) 760-0064. Queensborough Performing Arts Center, 222-05 56th Ave. in Bayside; (718) 631-6311. Thalia Theatre, 41-17 Greenpoint Ave. in Sunnyside; (718) 729-3880. York College Performing Arts Center, 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Blvd. in Jamaica; Q (718) 262-3750.
Wycliffe Gordon and his jazz sextet will perform on Oct. 15 at Flushing Town Hall. PHOTO COURTESY FLUSHING TOWN HALL
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Farmers’ markets throughout the borough by Nicole Levy Chronicle Contributor
hile policymakers debate how to reform the American diet, omnivores should have no dilemma about shopping at their neighborhood farmers’ market. For urbanites, markets provide access to fresh, affordable foods and the farmers who grow them. Agriculturists themselves deliver the ripest and therefore most nutritional produce from upstate New York, Nassau and Suffolk counties, New Jersey, Connecticut and Pennsylvania, bolstering the viability of their small, family farms and their customers’ health. The executive director of City Farms Markets in Far Rockaway, Malisa Rivera, said an interface with regional vendors contributes to “better dietary habits and better nutrition,” as consumers learn how to integrate healthy, seasonal foods into their lifestyles. “At a time when so many of our children are suffering from diabetes and other obesity-related diseases, healthy eating is more important than ever,” said Congressman Joseph Crowley (D-Queens) in a press release celebrating the opening of Queens’ newest market in Elmhurst. Altogether, there are four different institutions that operate 16 markets in Queens: City Farms Markets, a cooperative network, Greenmarkets, a project of the environmentally minded nonprofit GrowNYC; Community Markets, a private company upstate; and Harvest Home, a city corporation. This fall, offerings include apple varieties galore, winter squash, carrots, pumpkins, potatoes, onions and unique items —like heirloom and sungold tomatoes, golden beets, papalo herbs and Japanese turnips — that cannot
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They should also enjoy the camaraderie that farmers markets foster. Neighbors chat, share recipes and watch cooking demonstrations, such as those Greenmarkets lists on its website, cenyc.org/greenmarket. Environmentalist Michael Pollan wrote in his latest essay on the rising food movement, “One sociologist calculated that people have 10 times as many conversations at the farmers’ market than they do in the supermarket.” In Pollan’s estimation, farmers markets have continued on page 19 become the “new public square.”
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be found at supermarkets. At City Farms markets, Rivera vouches that of the produce available, “100 percent is organic.” According to the Organic Trade Association, that implies it is grown without artificial pesticides and remains unprocessed. However, organic certification is an extensive undertaking that some smaller businesses cannot afford. At Greenmarkets, many vendors pledge their produce is “natural,” which means they follow the same practices but have not received official endorsement. Prices of all market goods, organic or not, are comparable to those at chain groceries, and overall, quite “reasonable,” said Miriam Haas, the director of Community Markets. “When you see you can get this gigantic cabbage for $2 — this thing weighs 6 pounds — you’re getting value for your money.” But for those whose means are more limited, all Greenmarkets, Harvest Home and City Farms markets accept food stamps by swiping Electronic Benefit Transfer cards. Thus far, the only Community Market with an EBT terminal, organized by the Urban Health Plan, is that at the NY Hall of Science. Greenmarkets spokeswoman Jeanne Hodesh reported that the EBT terminals, which also recognize credit and debit cards, have been very popular. At Greenmarkets, customers receive wooden tokens to buy their produce. This way, “there’s no discrimination for customers and what they’re using to pay for their vegetables,” Hodesh explained. Most markets also accept WIC coupons for families with children under 5 and seniors. As the Harvest Home mission statement reads, “all members of society, irrespective of their socio-economic status, should have access to good quality produce.”
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Plenty of walking tours for fall Groups offer a varied Queens mix during the cooler fall months by Arielle Concilio Chronicle Contributor
s we enter the final weeks of what may turn out to be the hottest summer ever, temperatures could cool just enough to make for those less muggy perfect days that say, “take a stroll outside.” The fall season is filled with walking tours, and whether your interest is culture, history, food, or nature, the borough offers something for everyone. So mark your calendars and check out the samplings from some of the tours on the horizon:
Jack Eichenbaum’s public walks Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum has been leading tours through all five boroughs for years. This past spring the urban geographer conducted 10 Queens tours during which he discussed the history and culture of various neighborhoods. His walks have included educational tours of Flushing’s Koreatown, Queens Plaza and Jamaica. This fall, Eichenbaum plans to lead a new tour called “Rejuvenating Queens,” which he says is “aimed at the young and young at heart who are changing western Queens.” He also plans to hold additional tours of historic Jamaica in September and October that will focus on Jamaica Avenue and includes visits to Grace Episcopal Church and the restored landmarked Valencia Theatre. The Jamaica tour meets on the front lawn of King Manor museum on, Jamaica Avenue between 150th and 153rd streets. Some tours are free, but most cost between $10 to $30. For more information on upcoming tours, visit geognyc.com, or email Eichenbaum at email@example.com.
Greater Astoria Historical Society Explore pre-Civil War “mansions on the hill” in the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s Old Astoria Village walking tour. Despite pressure from developers who hope to replace the mansions with multi-family houses, the landmark-worthy houses still exist as part of old Astoria Village. See history come alive on Sunday, Oct. 3 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tour starts at the main gate of Socrates Sculpture Park at Vernon Boulevard and Broadway and will skirt the waterfront before entering old Astoria Village to discuss the community, the homes and the future. The cost is $10 for members, $20 for non-members. To learn about the neighborhood’s more eerie history, join the society for the Astoria Halloween Haunted Waters Tour on Saturday, Oct. 30 from 3 to 5 p.m. to hear about Hell Gate, the sinkings of the HMS Hussar and the General Slocum and events in and around the East River and Old Astoria Village. Meet under the Hell Gate Bridge in Astoria Park on Shore Boulevard and walk along the waterfront to Socrates Sculpture Park. Tickets cost $20 for the general public and $10 for GAHS members and those in Halloween costumes. For more information, visit astorialic.org or call (718) 278-0700.
Participants in one of Myra Alperson's Nosh Walks tours gather to sample South Asian PHOTO COURTESY NOSH WALKS delights in Jackson Heights.
by visits to old-world fish mongers and an Italian market for a demonstration in sausage stuffing. Finally, experience Astoria’s Egyptian, Moroccan and Lebanese sheesha at hookah bars and specialty shops. The tour meets in front of Omonia Cafe at 32-20 Broadway. Tickets cost $75 and may be purchased at rec.iceculinary.com/Courses. For more information call (800) 522-4610.
Nosh Walks Institute of Culinary Education For a tasty tour of Astoria, join food writer and neighborhood local Stacey Ornstein on Oct. 23 at 11 a.m. to indulge in Mediterranean and Middle Eastern delights. The walk begins with Greek pastries and Bosnian bureks and is followed
Ospreys in nest at Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge. The preserve offers free tours in the fall, where you can see migratory birds on their way south. PHOTO COURTESY NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Cookbook author Myra Alperson offers culinary journeys through neighborhoods like Flushing and Jackson Heights, where she guides participants through little-known gems and eateries. Don’t miss out on her Sunnyside tour that will take place in September and will include Peruvian, Colombian, Romanian, Salvadoran, Lebanese, Turkish and Irish specialties plus a visit to Sunnyside Gardens, the first planned garden community in the United States. In October, participants can experience the wide range of Asian food in Nosh Tours’ Asian Flushing program. Visits to Indian, Afghan, Chinese and Korean markets will be among those stops before visitors make their way to a noodle shop for a noodle-making demonstration. Finally, a South Asian Jackson Heights tour will be offered in November with trips to Burmese, Tibetan, Nepali, Thai and IndianChinese markets as well as the better known Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi and Afghan eateries. There will also be a visit to the Jackson Heights Beautification
District. Bring your appetite and a tote bag to carry leftover goodies. Tours cost $45 for adults, and $16 for children. Reservations are suggested. For more information on finalized programs or to book a private tour, visit noshwalks.com or call (212) 222-2243.
Fort Totten Park Relax and rest your feet on Fort Totten Park’s trolley tour that winds its way through the former historic military base with peeks into the past. The tour takes place Sunday, Sept. 26 at noon. Fort Totten will also be hosting a series of tours including Solid as a Rock on Sunday, Oct. 10 and 24, Saturday Nov. 13, and Sunday, Nov. 14 and 28. The tour explores the 19th-century fortress that helped protect New York Harbor from possible naval attack and the history of Willet’s Point. Meet at the park at 1 p.m. for this historical adventure. On Sunday, Oct. 17, the park will host a Native American Tribes tour at 1 p.m. that will highlight the customs and culture of the area’s 13 different tribes that once lived in what is now Queens and Long Island. All tours are free. For more information, go to nycgovparks. org/parks/forttotten.
Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge Jamaica Bay’s Wildlife Refuge is a nature lover’s paradise, located one and one-half miles past the Addabbo Bridge on Crossbay Boulevard. With over 330 bird species that visit or inhabit the bay, the refuge is one of the best
spots in the city for bird-watching. On Sept. 5 from 10 to 11:30 a.m., you can take the Shorebird Walk to identify local species and tour the eastern bound mudflats. On Sept. 19 visitors can take part in a ranger-guided Refuge Trail walk to search for signs of fall from 10 to 11:30 a.m. The park is also hosting autumn walks on Sept. 23 at 6 p.m. to celebrate the full harvest moon; on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m. for an autumn ramble on Oct. 24 at 1 p.m.; and Nov. 21 at 4 p.m. for a walking moon prowl. To make reservations for the free walks or to get more details about the scheduled events, call (718) 318-4340, or visit nyharbor parks.org/visit/calendar.
Cunningham Park, Alley Pond Park The city Parks Department is also offering free walks in September. Come to Cunningham Park’s Denizens of the Dark on Saturday, Sept. 4 for an afterhours exploration to look for nighttime creatures such as bats, raccoons and owls. Meet at the parking lot at Union Turnpike and 197th Street in Fresh Meadows at 7 p.m. Bring a flashlight and leave your fear of the dark at home. On Sept. 5 at 10 a.m. Alley Pond Park will host a Ho, Ho, Ho, Green Giant tour to learn about the “Alley Giant,” the largest tulip tree on geographic Long Island. Meet at the Alley Pond Adventure Center, Union Turnpike and Winchester Boulevard. For additional information on the parks tours, visit nycgov Q parks.org.
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continued from page 7 “When you have a family making $30,000 a year, even a modest increase in tuition is not too modest,” Harrington said prior to noting that the diocese continues to provide programs to help families cover the cost of education. Donohue went further, detailing what he characterized as a kind of “class bias” wherein the more affluent members of society tend to live in areas where “the public schools are at least satisfactory.” “They don’t feel the need to send their kids to Catholic school,” he said. “As you move down to the working class and poor, they’re the ones who don’t have the option. They put stress on their budget and the parish budget. You can’t raise tuition on these people.” Asked if the priest sexual abuse scandal contributed to the decline in Catholic school enrollment, Donohue said he feels it had “almost zero” consequence on attendance. “The damage was done between the ’60s and the ’80s,” he said. “The reality is the scandal has long been over. I don’t think that’s had any effect on numbers, but it’s had a damaging effect on the Church’s reputation.” To tackle fiscal constraints, the diocese has consolidated schools in many areas to form seven new academies last year, five of which are in Queens: Most Holy Redeemer in Flushing; Divine Wisdom in Douglaston; Notre
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Dame in Ridgewood; Our Lady’s in South Ozone Park; and Ave Maria in Howard Beach. According to the diocese’s annual report, released in February, each academy has a two-tier governance structure allowing pastors to serve as members of the academy with a separate Board of Directors, which is responsible for overseeing the running of the schools. Harrington said that like any new educational model, the academies will take some time to get working well, but he believes they’re headed in the right direction. “Change is difficult, but I also think change is sometimes essential,” Harrington said. “Parents should welcome this change with academies; more voices are involved in the education of their children.” Donohue had a different take. “It hurts, in a sense, from a community standpoint,” he said. “Because of mergers, [the school] loses that community flavor.” But Donohue said that despite the various factors that have shaped the evolution of the parochial model, the one constant is the role of the Catholic school in borough enclaves. “There’s always going to be a need for an alternative to public school education in the inner city,” said Donohue, who taught at St. Lucy’s in Spanish Harlem for four years. “The Catholic school will always be there to service a Q certain part of the population.”
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continued from page 17 Here in Queens, a cornucopia of ethnicities and languages, “it’s a really wonderful scene,” Hodesh said. Contribute and take home your own bounty at the following locations and times: • Astoria Greenmarket: On 14th Street between 31st Avenue and 31st Road. Open Wednesdays through Nov. 17, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Corona Greenmarket: On Roosevelt Avenue, at 103rd Street. Open Fridays through Nov. 19, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • (Corona) NY Hall of Science Farmers’ Market: At 111st Street and 48th Avenue off Corona Avenue. Open Sundays through Nov. 14, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Elmhurst Greenmarket: On 41st Avenue between 80th and 81st streets. Open Tuesdays through Nov. 23, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. • (Far Rockaway) City Farms Markets: At the intersection of Seagirt Boulevard and Beach 31st Street, on the St. John’s Episcopal Hospital lawn at Beach 20th Street, and in the Joseph P. Addabbo Center parking lot on Central Avenue. Open Saturdays through Nov. 18 at the first site, and Sept. 4 at the second two, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the first two sites, and from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the last. • (Flushing) Queens Botanical G a r d e n F a r m e r s ’ M a r k e t : On Dahlia Avenue off Main Street. Open Fridays through Nov. 12, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
• (Forest Hills) Harvest Home M e t r o p o l i t a n Ave n u e M a r k e t : Between 70th Drive and Continental Avenue. On Saturdays through Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • (Glendale) Atlas Park Greenmarket: In Atlas Park Mall, at the intersection of Cooper Avenue and 80th Street. Open Saturdays through Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Long Island City Greenmarket: On 48th Ave between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street. Open Wednesdays, through Nov. 24, from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. • Jackson Heights Greenmarket: On 34 Avenue between 77th and 78th streets, and on 78 Street between 34th Avenue and Northern Boulevard. Open Sundays through Dec. 19, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. • Jamaica Farmers’ Market: On 160th Street off Jamaica Avenue. Open Fridays and Saturdays through Nov. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. • (Jamaica) Harvest Home Presbyterian Church Market: At the intersection of Baisley and Merrick boulevards. On Saturdays through Nov. 20, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • (St. Albans) Harvest Home Farmers Boulevard Market: Between 109th and 100th roads. On Thursday through Nov. 18, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. • Sunnyside Greenmarket: On Skillman Avenue between 42nd and 43rd streets. Open Saturdays through Q Dec. 18, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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Tailored look, animal prints for fall fashion Plaids are popular patterns too for hip crowd by Victoria Bekiempis Chronicle Contributor
Tailored yet feminine is the look by B a n a n a R e p u b l i c f o r t h i s f a l l ’s fashion collection now in stores. PHOTO COURTESY BANANA REPUBLIC
Like J. Crew, Banana Republic utumn has an inner animal — and it’s is offering key pieces that are boldly showing off office or outing ready, like its spots and stripes Oxford-cut white shirts and at clothing retailers trench coats. These looks are especially great for those who this fashion season. Faux fur and animal prints, recently graduated from high along with plaid, are this fall’s school or college, and need to popular patterns, Sandra Markus, build a wardrobe but might not assistant professor at the Fashion have a job or enough money to Institute of Technology, told the buy a lot of items. And at H&M, the clothier’s Queens Chronicle. Those are coupled with a movement toward design staff opted for these gensofter colors — the earthy, green- tler and more practical touches. inspired tones of last fall are giv- Fall is still going steady with ing way to gem-inspired pinks spring’s boyfriend blazer, and and purples. Denim remains a preppy classics like cable-knit timeless favorite, Markus said, but sweaters, stylist Ann-Sofie the economy is prompting a big Johansson told reporters. The defined lines of suits shift in cut and material. “It was much more of an explo- and blazers are softened with sion of head-to-toe denim last crisp tailoring and feminine touches like ruffles. year,” Markus said. The ranks of H&M’s men’s People shelled out hundreds of dollars for designer clothes have been recruited by jeans, but this fall’s shopper the Army aesthetic, too. Tweed is looking for less-expensive, and military-cut coats give a more-versatile work or play T-shirt-and-jeans combo a more subdued vibe, and can pieces. So what’s in store this sea- be played up as a dressedson? Markus said “jeggings” are fall’s down suit, Johansson said. Again, outer wear is the must-have. Jeggins look like jeans, but are super skinny and hug the legs like strongest characteristic of tights. Jeggings, she said, are cap- H&M’s menswear this season, especially Army turing the market of jackets and Jeans, also in the Material Girl line, super-skinny designer heavy tweeds, are rocker chic, with metallic accents jeans at a fraction of and a figure-fitting skinny shape for Andreas Lowenthe cost. PHOTO COURTESY MATERIAL GIRL fall. stam, menswear A lot of this season’s designer at H&M, favorites reflect this Also new at Macy’s: The Material Girl told reporters. pragmatic, economizRough staples are bro- collection, a line that’s the brainchild ing aesthetic. The ken up with lighter acces- of Madonna and daughter Lola. Pieces hottest pieces are sories, like flat caps and in Material Girl cost under $50. Some multifunctional. They scarves, he said. Classics are of those include over-sized boyfriend can be dressed up or kept hip with unique shirts, leggings and pencil skirts and down, helping to build approaches to wear, such as dresses with floral patterns. a wardrobe without And, in a throwback to Madonna’s trousers tucked in boots. breaking the bank. And the simple, earth-and- own “Material Girl” days, corset-waist J. Crew’s autumn flesh toned colors in this tops and tulle skirts are heavy in the line. looks includes militaryEven junior-oriented Material Girl year’s men’s collection inspired outerwear — keep their dimension by goes along with a retro, TV-inspired think heavy wool jackets and riding being played against tex- trend this season. Fitted bodices that show off the femihats — with feminine ture. Layering is still big nine figure without being overly revealsplashes. Browns and with menswear. olives are punctuatAt Macy’s, masculine ing, a la “Mad Men,” are sought after, ed with pink hues. and feminine are juxta- and can also be seen at French ConnecMany pieces in the posed, giving the fall tion, said Aneta Denova, accessory fall collection speak juniors collection key design assistant professor at Parsons. of a summer camp traits: heavy, defined Denova, who runs the fashion blog motif, like lace-up layering mixed with BobbinTalk.com, said this throwback leather boots with soft colors. approach is particularly strong, with tassels and knit Feminine meets funky, with an A n d r o g y n o u s the recession-inspired “urban warrior” capes. Sparkly and edgy pattern over a classic, blazers paired with look taking over women’s clothing. patterned accents also girlish cut in this dress p u r p l e a n d o c h r e Look for utilitarian, workwear-orientabound, giving the designed by Madonna and her with frilly feminine ed, hard silhouettes and metal accescollection a street or daughter, Lourdes. items are particularly sories at stores like Zara and Club Q office flexibility. PHOTO COURTESY MATERIAL GIRL popular. Monaco.
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Family fun in scenic Westchester by AnnMarie Costella
Cranberry Lake Preserve 1609 Old Orchard St., West Harrison, NY
ust because the summer is almost over, that doesn’t mean the fun has to end. There are plenty of inexpensive ways for families to enjoy themselves and learn some history besides. Best of all they are all a short drive away in Westchester County.
Cranberry Lake Preserve, a 190-acre park, is a haven for animals and plants, including migratory birds, turtles and dragonflies. There are a variety of habitats including a four-acre lake, cliffs and scrubland, mixed hardwood forest, vernal pools and a swamp. Visitors can view the remains of a 19th-century farmhouse and early 20th-century stone-mining operation along the History Trail and stop by the Nature Center, which offers family-oriented programs nearly every weekend. The park is open daily from dawn to dusk and admission is free. For more information, call (914) 428-1005 or go to parks.westchestergov.com.
Kykuit the Rockefeller Estate 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY At one time or another we have all dreamed about what it would be like to be rich, now you can get a sample of how the other half lives by touring Kykuit, the home of four generations of the Rockefeller family, beginning with Standard Oil tycoon John D. Rockefeller. Completed in 1913, the six-story, 40room, hilltop home is known for its remarkable architecture, art and history. It is part of a 3,400-acres-estate, which boasts spectacular scenery, unique outdoor sculptures and beautiful gardens. Named Kykuit, which means “lookout” in Dutch, the home is located at the highest point in the surrounding areas of Tarrytown or Sleepy Hollow. Kykuit is open through Nov. 8 every day except Tuesday. It’s hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. during the week and 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. on weekends. There are a variety of tours, from a 2 and 1/4 hours in-depth exploration, which includes the house, gardens and barn to a 1 and a half hour time-saver tour. For more information, about Kykuit, go online to hudsonvalley.org/content/view/12/42/.
Sleepy Hollow 540 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Lasdon Park Arboretum and Veterans’ Memorial Route 35, Somers, NY Learn how the other half lives by visiting, Kykuit, the estate of Nelson Rockefeller and four generations of his family. PHOTO COURTESY HUDSONVALLEY.ORG
c e m e tery include Andrew Carnegie, Walter Chrysler, William Rockefeller, and Elizabeth Arden. For more information, visit sleepyhollowcemetery.org
Washington Irving’s House 3 West Sunnyside Lane, Tarrytown, N.Y. Learn about the man behind the Headless Horseman by taking a 45-minute guided tour of the beloved author’s pre-Civil War estate, Sunnyside. The home is filled with Irving’s furnishings, books and memorabilia and the surrounding landscape is adorned with ornate garden paths and an exotic wisteria vine. “It is a beautiful spot,” Irving wrote, “capable of being made a little paradise.” Admission: Adult $12; senior (62 and over) $10; children (5-17) $6; members and children under 5: free, For more information visit hudsonvalley.org/content/view/55/111.
Phillipsburg Manor 381 North Broadway, Sleepy Hollow, NY
The headless horseman rides again in Sleepy Hollow. PHOTO COURTESY HUDSONVALLEY.ORG
Who doesn’t love Washington Irving’s “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” the iconic tale of a ruthless Hessian who was decapitated by a cannon ball and “rides forth to the scene of battle in nightly quest of his head.” Now you can stop by the Old Dutch Church and stroll the surrounding burial grounds where the local residents who are believed to have inspired the fictional characters of the Headless Horseman, Katrina Van Tassell and Ichabod Crane are interred. Irving is buried at the southern end of the adjacent Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. Other famous people buried at that
Historical recreationists dressed in authentic period costumes give visitors a glimpse of what colonial life was like in 1750 as you walk through Phillipsburg Manor, an Anglo-Dutch farming, milling and trading center. See the different breeds of oxen, cows, sheep and chickens that inhabit the farm, hear the sound of water splashing and gears turning in the working gristmill and stroll through the 300-yearold manor house. You can participate in colonial chores like shelling beans, working flax into linen and even grooming oxen. Admissions: Adult: $12; senior (62 and over) $10; children (5-17) $6; members and children under 5 free. For more information visit hudsonvalley.org/content/ view/14/44/.
The Union Church of Pocantico Hills 555 Bedford Rd., Tarrytown, NY This quaint country church contains a breathtaking stained glass window designed by Henri Matisse and nine windows by Marc Chagall. Matisse’s rose window was commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller in honor of his late mother Abby. It was the artist’s last work prior to his death in 1954. The glorious Good Samaritan window by Marc Chagall was commissioned by David Rockefeller in 1963 to honor the late John Rockefeller and later expanded to include all eight windows in the nave of the church memorializing other members of the iconic family. The Union Church has 30-minute selfguided or guided tours available. The price for adults and children is $5. For more information, visit hudsonvalley.org/ content/view/17/47/.
Montgomery Place County Road 103/River Road, Red Hook, NY
Located on 234 acres, the park features woodlands, an open grass meadow and formal gardens with flower and shrub specimens from around the world. The park is also home to four inspirational memorials and a museum honoring Westchester veterans. The park is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. The Veterans Museum is only open on weekends. For more information, call (914) 864-7263 or go online to parks.westchester gov.com.
Muscoot Farm 51 Route 100, Katonah, NY Muscoot Farm used to be a dairy farm and was run by the Hopkins family until 1967. Today, it’s a park and preserves the agricultural history of Westchester County. Visitors can stroll through the barns, visit all kinds of animals from chickens to donkeys, cows to sheep, participate in educational programs or get some fresh air and exercise by taking a hike on one of its more than seven miles of trails. Admission is free to individuals and families. Organized groups must pay a small fee and reservations are required. For more information, visit them online at Q muscootfarm.org.
This scenic and serene 380-acre property is an amazing example of Hudson Valley estate life. It includes a mansion designed by architect Alexander Jackson Davis, lush perennials, annuals, and herb gardens, an arboretum, woodlands, orchards, hamlet and other natural features. Montgomery Place is open daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and admission is free. Grounds and house tours are available through Oct. 31, Thursdays through Sundays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. with the last tour starting at 3 p.m. For more information visit hudsonvalley.org/content/ view/16/46/.
Special Event: Green Corn Festival The Green Corn Festival explores the history and culture of the area’s Native American residents through folk tales, song, storytelling, dance and more. The event will take place at Phillipsburg Manor from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sept. 4 through 6.
Special Event: Antique Car Show Antique cars will be cruising around the grounds at Montgomery Place during this ticketed special event that is sure to please automobile enthusiasts of all ages. The car show will take place on Sept. 12 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Oscar the donkey is one of the many animals at Muscoot Farm. PHOTO COURTESY MUSCOOT FARM
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OUR UNLIMITED LIFETIME GUARANTEE “If You Are Not Completely Satisfied We Will Put You in A Rental Vehicle at Our Own Expense Until We Satisfy You!”
• FREE 24 Hour Towing with any Collision Repair • We will deliver your vehicle upon completion • Rental Cars available • Paintless Dent Removal • Computer Color Matching • Laser measured Unibody Straightening • Full down draft European Heated SPRAY BOOTH USI ITALIA
1- 888-4SONNYS Tel: 718-738-6721 • Fax: 718-846-7755
106 -12 ATLANTIC AVE. RICHMOND HILL
We are not only a State Of The Art Repair facility, Our On Staff Insurance Adjusters Will Help Settle Your Claim & Insure Prompt Service Reporting Your Claim
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