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It's all about numbers. Thanks to the six-day Latino Cultural Festival, various musical genres, theater, and dances are dazzling audiences at Queens Theatre this week. Plus, a two-week film festival screens over 100 movies in LIC, and various free Shakespeare plays show around the borough. There's also an 18th annual street fair in Jamaica and a 14th annual commemoration of a jazz legend in Sunnyside. Here's the rundown.

See events from July 31 to August 6

Outdoor Movie Nights 2014

From Flushing to Woodhaven, summer outdoor movies are back. Pack a picnic, grab a blanket, and come watch a film with your family. 

Click here for complete schedule. New movies are added as they are announced. Check back for updates.

Outdoor Markets are Back in Queens this Spring

Food, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion, and live entertainment, all in one place: a Queens market. 

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

Astoria Flea & Food, this new market will continue for eight consecutive Sundays. 36th St. and 34th Ave

Queens County Market, a pop-up edible market for the diverse and vibrant Queens communities.

Astoria Market, an artisan market based out of the Main Hall of the famous Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden29-19 24th 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

The 168-room property is the first Hyatt-branded hotel in Queens. Hyatt Place Flushing/LaGuardia Airport features a rooftop outdoor garden area with spectacular panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline and an indoor swimming pool, as well as about 1,000 square feet of flexible, high-tech
meeting/function space.It has a 24-hour business center, an expansive fully equipped fitness center, parking services, and complimentary hotel shuttle to and from La Guardia Airport.

133-42 39th Avenue
Flushing, NY 11354
(718) 888-1234 | Book Hotel

Featured Exhibit

A public arts festival sponsored by the Jamaica Bay-Rockaway Parks Conservancy, Rockaway! celebrates the reopening of Fort Tilden and recognizes the efforts of the Rockaway community in rebuilding their neighborhood. Featuring a large-scale photography installation by Patti Smith, small scultpures by Adrián Villar Rojas, and a sacred 16th-century motet by Janet Cardiff. Free.

June 29-September 1
Thursday-Sunday, noon-6 PM
Fort Tilden and Rockaway Beach
(718) 784-2084  |  See website



July Picks by Bhavna Punjwani

Good Eats:While Indian cuisine is very popular in Queens, it is a bit challenging to find food that gives true justice to the culture as well as being fresh and high quality. Here I have listed the best restaurants in the most popular Indian food categories:
  • Best overall: Mumbai Xpressa at Hillside Avenue and 256th Street in Floral Park offers pure vegetarian dishes that are always high quality and as authentic as possible.
  • Best South Indian: Definitely Dosa Hut at 45-63 Bowne Street in Flushing, where the food is fresh and flavorful.
  • Best North Indian: Shahi Darbar at 83-47 258th Street in Floral Park has great comfort food, rich in butter and cream.
  • Bonus: Maharaja Sweets at 73-10 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights for dessert! 
Wander Streets: Walking down Bell Boulevard (48th Avenue going towards Bay Terrace) always makes me happy when I need to cheer up. You will find many healthy and not so healthy food options, karaoke, salons, local mom-and-pops and clothing stores. There is a huge variety of activities to do there, and the entire strip is very lively and bright. You will pass a couple of schools and playgrounds and at Bay Terrace you will have more shopping, plus a Barnes and Nobles. You will also pass through peaceful streets with beautiful houses. You also have access to public transportation, taking the bus to the 7-train and subway. I would to move into that neighborhood.

Unique Treats: Karaoke Christmas at 47-29 Bell Boulevard in Bayside is THE karaoke place in Queens. They offer different packages in order to maximize the amount of fun you have and still save your money. Also, every Thursday, you can sing for free by the bar if you are over 21 years old. Open until 4 am, the atmosphere is very relaxing and gets you ready to party. Plus, it is cheaper than some of the other karaoke bars in the borough and you can view their song list on their website.

Historic Feats: Fort Totten in Bayside is a public park that was once a U.S. Army base. Today, the Army still works there, but the site is also used as training grounds for the FDNY and NYPD. Within Fort Totten, you will find an old fort to explore. It was built in the Civil War Era and was never completed because the fort's granite walls were deemed too vulnerable to bombardment due to advances in artillery.

Bhavna Punjwani just graduated from LaGuardia Community College with a degree in business management. A native of Nigeria, the Bayside High School graduate lives in Floral Park

Read more about these and other monthly picks.
 
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