It's in Queens Weekly Column

Creativity is the theme this week, as the world's most diverse county hosts scientific experiments and sculpture, kite-making, egg-coloring and Earth Day-related crafts events. The chance to explore the NYS Pavilion, live music and the opening of an exhibit on Nazi, anti-Jewish street signs are also on tap. Here's the rundown:

See events in Queens from April 17 to April 23.

Outdoor Markets are Back

LIC Flea & Food, the largest outdoor market in Queens, opened for another year on April 5th. 

This fun and vibrant market is comprised of food and drinks, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion, live entertainment and more. Check out upcoming date

Astoria Flea & Food kicks off May 4th and will operate for eight consecutive Sundays.  

Long Island City: 5-25 46th Avenue.  (718) 866-8089. Opens April 2014. Opens April 5.

Astoria - NEW: Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot, 36th Street and 34th Avenue. Opens May 4.

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Highlights of the Month

Featured Hotel

Bringing the finest in boutique comfort and luxury with 114 solar-powered rooms, Hotel De Point features unique art, a rooftop garden, and on-site shopping and dining. Each room includes a flat-srceen cable TV, iPod docking station, and a refrigerator. Free Wi-Fi and continental breakfast. 

20-07 127th St., Flushing, NY 11356
718-358-8700 |

Featured Exhibit

Poetic Voices of the Muslim World examines the central role of poetry in the lives of Muslim men and women around the globe, and features photography and calligraphic masterworks, as well as the work of poets ranging from the 13th century Rumi to the contemporary poet Adonis.

Ongoing-May 31.
Queens Central Library, 89-11 Merrick Blvd., Jamaica, NY 11432
718-990-0700 |

April Picks by Michelle Stoddart

Good Eats:
 One of my favorite seafood restaurants is London Lennie's (63-88 Woodhaven Blvd., Rego Park;; 718-894-8084). I have always been a fan of their delicious lobster, shrimp and fresh oysters dishes that leave my taste buds satisfied every single time I visit. My favorite time to visit is during Crawfest (Festival of Cajun Crawfish) being held this year from Monday, April 28th - Friday, May 9th.

I have also come to love Dim Sum, small bite-sized dumplings served...

Historic Feats: The Prince Nursery also known as the Linnaean Botanic Garden was the largest nursery in New York. Founded in 1737 by Prince Robert, it operated for 130 years right in Flushing and contained more than 4,000 species and varieties of fruit and native plants. By the middle of the 19th century, the Prince Nursery was the largest and best American establishment of its kind. Today you can visit the Queens Botanical Garden...

Unique Treats: Liberty Avenue in South Richmond Hill is known as Little Guyana for the large Indo-Guyanese immigrant community. Mithai, my favorite sweet treat can be found at the Little Guyana Bake Shop (116-04 Liberty Ave.) or any Guyanese bakery. It is a simply candy made of flour, condensed milk, coconut and sugar. I would never try to make it myself but here is the recipe...

Michelle Stoddart is the Director of Public Relations & Community Development at Resorts World Casino New York City.

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