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Admittedly, there is one upcoming event with the term "back-to-school" in its title. However, the impending week is chock full of summertime fun. Beach movies, outdoor music festivals, public art projects, walking tours, and even a honey celebration are planned. Here's the rundown.
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.
Ridgewood Market, an artisan market where you can shop and enjoy some brunch, too. Gottscheer Hall, 657 Fairview Ave.
Highlights of the Month
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.
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
Wander Streets: Checking out row after row of charming houses is the delight of wandering the streets of Cambria Heights. Each house has its own personality linked together by manicured lawns and provincial architecture. The neighborhood bustles on the main streets and quiets down on the side streets. There is a delightful diversity of culture featuring immigrants from various Caribbean nations as well as African Americans. Plus, there are always Hasidic Jews passing through to visit Menachem Mendel Schneerson, the "Grand Lubavitcher Rebbe," who has been reposing at the Montefiore Cemetery for 20 years now.
Unique Treats: The beach in Far Rockaway is by far the best treat in Southeast Queens. Having such proximity to the shore line means little traffic. Take a short ride from Downtown Jamaica on the Q113 Limited or drive via Route 878, and you're there in no time. The restoration after Hurricane Sandy has brought modern improvements to the boardwalk while maintaining its original charm. There are lots of places to unwind, exercise, jump a wave or surf. There is also some movie magic there this summer as Boardwalk Empire is in residence filming what will be the HBO drama's last season. Best of all, the boardwalk is open, giving beachgoers an up-close look at history.
Historic Feats: St. Albans and Laurelton continue to be the best walking historic tours in Queens. The stately manors of Laurelton with their wide porches and charming facades are the original (cannot be duplicated) McMansions. St. Albans just received landmark status, brown street signs and all! Roaming the areas where legends like Jackie Robinson, James Brown, Lena Horne and countless other great barrier breakers lived and received inspiration is motivating and empowering.
Karen Clements is a journalist and founder of the Communities of Color news organization. Her monthly newspaper, Communities of Color, serves Southeast Queens, Far Rockaway, and Central Brooklyn.
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