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SPRING GUIDE 2015

Enjoy the Queens Chronicle's 2015 spring guide.

Wednesday 04/15/2015
THINGS ARE LOOKING UP
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:08 am

To use a tennis term, the Mets held serve the first week of the 2015 season as they broke even on the road, taking two out of three from the Washington Nationals before losing two out of three to the Atlanta Braves. Considering that the Mets only won four games against the Nationals in all of 2014 and have routinely been swept by the Braves in Turner Field ever since it opened nearly 20 years ago, splitting the six road games was a positive. It’s also a reminder of why for the first time since 2009, when Mets fans learned of a rogue Far Rockaway financier named Bernie Madoff, there seems to be a consensus that the Major League Baseball franchise from Queens is heading in the right direction, thanks to a combination of savvy veterans and young players.

And that was just bolstered by Monday’s home-opener 2-0 victory over the Phillies before a record crowd at Citi Field.

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WILD THINGS
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:07 am

Get ready for bright colors, bold prints and a soft touch of the 1970s in spring fashions this year.

For women, the trends are down to basics in terms of garment construction but show their wild side in print and color. Uncluttered lines are the norm for tops, dresses and pants that are abundant in spring collections. The fun comes in shocking prints as well as colors both bright and bold.

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PHOTO FINISH
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:07 am

Anyone can be a photographer of sorts thanks to today’s technology. If you’ve got a modern phone, you can take high-quality pictures that can even rival those from some cameras. However, if your aspirations go beyond the Instagram selfie, the Flushing Camera Club is happy to open its arms and lenses to you.

The Flushing Camera Club has been connecting lovers of photography for 40 years. It’s a highly active group that encourages people of any skill level to start snapping photos.

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COLOR & LIFE: QUEENS-STYLE
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:07 am

Summer may sizzle with activities, but this spring’s lineup of exhibits, concerts and other artistic happenings around the World’s Borough is enough to give other seasons a run for their money.

Galleries, cultural spaces and museums around Queens are already beckoning art aficionados out of winter hibernation and to all corners of the borough for a new season of fresh programming. In keeping with the season’s embrace of new life and vitality, several exhibits bursting with color and drawing from life and nature should excite young, hip crowds to families and seniors alike.

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OUTDOOR FUN
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:06 am

With the arrival of spring, many outdoor venues are raring to go again, making it a great time to pry the kids away from their television and computer screens for a chance to enjoy a wide variety of activities.

One of the borough’s biggest draws, with an estimated half million visitors each year, according to spokeswoman Mary Record, is the New York Hall of Science, which offers 450 interactive exhibits, including several fresh-air attractions.

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COME TOGETHER
Updated: April 21, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Today it’s easier to find and join a club full of people with the same interests as you than it has been since you scanned the bulletin boards your first week of college. Easier, in fact. And just as you did then, you might make new friends for life.

That’s all thanks to Meetup, a unique online company whose mission is to bring people together, to “use the internet to get off the internet — and grow local communities,” as co-founder and CEO Scott Heiferman put it.

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GONE FISHIN’: BE BACK LATER
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:06 am

Sometimes New York City residents forget there’s a world just north of here that isn’t dominated by steel and glass canyons or endless blocks of seven-story apartment buildings.

Jump in your car or on a Metro-North train and transport yourself from the hustle-and-bustle of the big city to a much more peaceful, serene world where there are no car horns, no clogged expressways and no delayed subways.

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PATCHES OF GREEN
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:06 am

Queens bills itself as the city’s most diverse borough.

And city parks in Queens reflect that, from the chess boards in MacDonald Park in Forest Hills to the soccer games and US Open tennis championship in Flushing Meadows.

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A SPRING PICNIC
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:14 am

It’s finally springtime!

Odds are you’re ready to shed a few layers of clothes, step out of your house and finally get to see the natural beauty that had been covered by mounds of snow for so long.

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WHERE TO TAKE YOUR BIKE
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:05 am

So you got that bicycle you always wanted for Christmas but haven’t been able to take it out of storage until now?

You might be asking yourself, where do I go with it?

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PURE ENERGY
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:05 am

As the bleak and bitter winter came to its slow yet welcomed end, area residents finally crawled out of their dark homes into the warm sunlight. Spring is here and it’s about time.

While that gas ball in the sky warms the hearts and moods of those of us who made it through the winter, more and more New Yorkers are also using the sun to power their homes.

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GOOD AND GREENING
Updated: April 23, 2015 - 11:19 am

Queens has plenty to feel green about.

With the last mountains of snow finally melted into memory, what better way to make the most of the vitamin-rich spoils of spring than by visiting one of the borough’s many green markets?

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PLANT BAN
Updated: April 17, 2015 - 11:04 am

Home gardeners be on the alert. The state recently declared 69 plants to be invasive species and since March 10 they cannot be sold to the public.

Such plants are described as not native to the country with the potential to cause economic or environmental harm.

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Thursday 04/10/2014
'GRACE KELLY COLORS'
Posted: April 10, 2014

Spring blooms are ready to burst in bold patterns and creamy pastels, not just in our tiny Queens strip gardens and brick-house flower boxes but also splashed across freshly styled women’s dresses and yes, the neckties of fashion-forward men.

“Pastels is huge. Floral dresses is huge,” said Jacqueline Quinn, a Long Island City fashion designer. Quinn is creative director for the Sara Emanuel fashion house, sells her own line of clothing and accessories and works as a stylist and fashion consultant for celebrities. She recently consulted on and judged a “Design for Brad Smith” competition for Philadelphia Eagles wide receiver Brad Smith and dressed 2013 Grammy winner Billy Vera, as well as others for the 2012 and 2013 Grammies.

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A DAY AT THE PARK
Posted: April 10, 2014

During the seemingly endless winter of 2014, you’ve undoubtedly fantasized about getting away from it all — perhaps by surfing on Kauai, or biking along Colorado’s mountain trails, or getting in touch with nature at a national wildlife refuge in Florida.

Whatever escape you may dream about, you’re likely to find at least a touch of it in your own backyard ... much of it available for free or at a fraction of what you might have expected to pay.

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LET'S DO BRUNCH!
Posted: April 10, 2014

Brunch has grown from being a meal for the rich and famous to a more accessible and creative way to enjoy the sweetness of breakfast and the savoriness of lunch.

While it has become popular with young adults, particularly in Brooklyn, Queens has become home to a significant number of eateries that specialize in the weekend afternoon meal.

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‘ENRICH YOUR LIFE’ AT THE QUEENS LIBRARY
Posted: April 10, 2014

Sure, spring brings to mind plans for the outdoors, as it should, but those April showers can sometimes put them on hold. When they do, the perfect place to spend your time in Queens is at the library. And the borough’s 62 locations offer so much, from the expected books to entertainment, job-seeking and home-buying assistance, children’s clubs and more, you just may want to go there even when it is sunny out. It’s with good reason the Queens Library’s slogan is “Enrich your life.”

April is National Poetry Month, and the library has a slew of special events planned to celebrate it. Just a few are listed below (the library provides so many programs its monthly newsletter looks almost like a magazine; April’s is 40 pages. Full listings are always posted at queenslibrary.org).

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PUT ME IN, COACH
Posted: April 10, 2014

As the weather finally warms up and the borough’s athletic fields thaw out, the dozens of youth sports leagues throughout Queens will begin play in the coming days and weeks.

Every athletically inclined child loves the feeling of dusting off the lacrosse stick or oiling up the baseball glove for the first time come springtime, and there certainly is no shortage of affordable programs parents can sign their kids up for, regardless of the sport.

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A BOOMING ART SEASON IN STORE
Posted: April 10, 2014

While tulips and daffodils poke out of the thawing soil and the borough undergoes its natural transformation into spring, the arts venues of Queens are going through their own metamorphosis.

Already, museums, music venues and theater spaces have begun rolling out their new exhibits and lineups.

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HIT THE WATER AS WEATHER WARMS
Updated: April 10, 2014 - 2:47 pm

We’re surrounded by water: bays, rivers and canals that are often just as clogged with traffic as some of our roadways.

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WELCOME BACK TO THE ’64 FAIR
Posted: April 10, 2014

With the grandiose Unisphere and the hulking New York State Pavilion remaining as testaments to the fair, it’s hard not to imagine what it looked like when the area was covered with 150 pavilions, swarming with millions of visitors.

Robert Moses, president and creator of the fair, said that the Unisphere would remind future generations that “a pageant of surpassing interest and significance” once took place there. He was right, and to honor the memory of that massive undertaking, the city and other institutions are holding special events through October [when the fair closed for the season].

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TIPS ON HELPING INJURED WILDLIFE
Posted: April 10, 2014

All too often, a passerby stumbles upon an injured animal and wonders what to do. It’s happened to most of us. Do we pick up this wounded bird and bring it to our home? Or, can we call someone who knows what to do? These types of questions are common, but in that moment, when we see the fallen bird, we need to rethink our actions before making a hasty decision.

A myriad of wild animals exist within the confines of the urban landscape, from raccoons and skunks to pigeons and squirrels.Wild animals such as these can sometimes pose dilemmas to urban city dwellers.

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BETTER WEATHER MAY BE COMING
Posted: April 10, 2014

The groundhog was right.

When Staten Island Chuck leaped from Mayor de Blasio’s arms two months ago, he saw his shadow and called for a longer winter.

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A METS ANALYSIS
Posted: April 10, 2014

Citi Field opened five years ago and the Mets have not had a winning season since. Throw in the last two years they played in Shea Stadium, 2007 and 2008, when they were in first place in September in the National League East only to wind up behind the Philadelphia Phillies, and Mets fans must feel as if they have endured a biblical seven years of famine. Well, fans of our Flushing heroes, get ready for year No. 8.

To say the fan base is dispirited is an understatement. Two years ago it appeared that Mets ownership was going to turn the page on player salaries when it settled with Irving Picard, the trustee seeking compensation for the victims of the Madoff Securities scandal. Picard had determined the Mets owners, Fred Wilpon and his brother-in-law Saul Katz, had been unjustifiably enriched by Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme even though they were not complicit.

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