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Get ready for a huge week with the annual Maker Faire and County Fair. In addition, pop sensation Jason Mraz, eternal Grateful Dead guitarist Phil Lesh, and alternative rock phenomenon The Replacements come to Queens. Y además, three Latin culture events compete with each other, as do various foodie extravaganzas. Here's the rundown.

Click here for events from Sept. 18 to Sept. 24

Outdoor Festivals and Street Fairs this Fall

Celebrate autumn with hot drinks, family activities, shopping, kids games, pumpkin picking, and a good scare at these outdoor festivals and street fairs.

Find a list of outdoor festivals and street fairs here. Most events are free.  

In the meantime as we say bye to summer, don't forget to check out Queens outdoor markets:

LIC Flea & Food, the largest Queens outdoor market is now open every weekend. 5-25 46th Ave.

Court Square Flea, a new market in the center of LIC starting Sept. 20 at 22-43 Jackson Ave.

Ridgewood Market, an artisan market where you can shop and enjoy some brunch, too. Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave.

Highlights of the Month

Featured Hotel

Featuring a rooftop bar and free Wi-Fi access, The Parc Hotel is only 10 minutes away from LaGuardia Airport. Each modern room is fully equipped with air conditioning, cable TV, and a refrigerator. Guests can enjoy access to the on-site fitness and business centers.

39-16 College Point Blvd.
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 358-8897 

Featured Exhibit

Andy Warhol's Photo-Aesthetic and Beyond is a new exhibition that examines the pop artist's "photo-aesthetic," including his use of silkscreens, Polaroid photographs, silver gelatin prints, and black-and-white print media. His pieces appear with work by a famous Malaysian artist whom he greatly influenced. Free.

Ongoing though Nov. 1
Mon.-Thurs. 11am-7pm | Sat. 11am-5pm

Godwin-Ternbach Museum at
Queens College (1405 Klapper Hall)
65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing
(718) 997-4747  |  See website

September Picks by Melisa Tekin

Good Eats: Summer might be at the end of its rope, but we're entering the bright side of colder weather when we talk about Autumn-friendly food. There is nowhere better to get a sampling of Queens' leading eateries than along the 7 train line. Hop off at the following destinations to indulge in wallet-friendly, mouth-watering, inspirational eats.

  • Flushing- Main Street

We start our trip with Biang, located in the Asian enclave of Flushing. The spicy and sour lamb dumplings in broth take center stage at this venue, which are best preceded by an order of delicious quail eggs on toast as an appetizer. The stylish wood-paneled walls coupled with table candles make Biang the perfect place to relax.

If you've only got 20 minutes to spare, head over to White Bear. For just $5, you can experience the best wontons in chili oil that NYC has to offer.

No trip to Flushing would be complete without bubble tea to round out your meal. Joos, a new tea-and-juice bar, one of more than 15 other specialty juice venues in Flushing, matches quality and price with its 2-for-$3 deal. Bring a friend!

  • 82nd Street- Jackson Heights

At the next stop, embrace the last vestiges of summer with a cholado at Bakery de Las Americas in the hyper-diverse Jackson Heights. The mouthwatering fruit salad enveloped in condensed milk makes for a satisfying treat.

  • Hunters Point Avenue
End the night with drinks at a duo coffee shop and bar, Sweet Leaf, right by the LIC waterfront. Whether you'd rather relax with an espresso or a specialty drink, such as the Long Island City Special with rum, agave and lemon juice, you'll find cozy chairs to sink into and large windows for people-watching.

Wander Streets:
 Sunnyside is a vibrant neighborhood in western Queens near the 7 train line. To begin your exploration, I suggest you hop off at 46th Street, also fittingly known as Bliss Street. Sunnyside is as historic as it is bustling with new energy. You'll get a sense of being lost in time as you stroll along 46th street and Skillman Avenue, which is part of the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. A short walk back to Queens Boulevard, however, reveals that you're very much in the present: cultural centers (such as the Turkish Cultural Center) interspersed with trendy new cafes and thrift stores line the street, clearly pointing to a neighborhood in transition. Expand your view from micro to macro by climbing the stairs back to the elevated 7 train for a breathtaking look at the Manhattan skyline, but not before relaxing for a beat at the bustling public plaza located directly under the train!

Unique Treats: Year round, a day (or night) at the Queens Museum is an unparalleled experience. Featuring community-conscious art, the museum isn't just for show; it regularly hosts fun events for families and children and will unveil a number of new exhibits throughout September. Among these new exhibits is Anonymous, described as "an exploration of changing attitudes towards self-expression, attribution, and identity in contemporary Tibetan art." Be sure to head over on Sept. 21 for the unveiling...I'll definitely be there!

Bonus! If you'd like to score an aerial view of NYC without ever taking flight, be sure to check out the phenomenal panorama of NYC located in the heart of the museum. 

Historic Feats: Intrigued by architecture? Head over to College Point to check out the Poppenhusen Institute. Not only pleasing to the eye with its rustic exterior, the institute is rich with history, as it was once the location for the country's first free kindergarten.

Melisa Tekin is a third year CUNY student pursuing dual degrees in Urban Economics and Marketing. She makes no distinction between work and play and can be found perusing the neighborhoods of Queens collecting not only demographic information of the patrons of a newly installed plaza, but also sampling an empanada or two. 

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