14th Annual Sakura Matsuri Cherry Blossom Festival

Looking for something to do this weekend?

The Japanese American Association of New York will host its 14th annual Sakura Matsuri this Saturday, from 11am to 1pm.

This annual festival is held in order to celebrate the spring blossoming of the cherry trees at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The event will feature live Taiko drum performances, a traditional Japanese chorus, a Japanese folk dance, and a tea ceremony.



Pols call on Parks to inspect trees on Union Turnpike

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State lawmakers are calling on the Parks Department to inspect the trees along Union Turnpike from Francis Lewis Boulevard to Main Street.

“Although they may be a small part of our blueprint, trees in our neighborhoods shouldn’t be neglected,” says Assemblywoman Nily Rozic.

According to the pols, many civic associations and residents have requested more care for the trees along the stretch.

Groups calling for the expedited inspections include the Hillcrest Estates Civic Association and the Fresh Meadows Homeowners Civic Association.


Annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest coming up

Mother's Day Essay Contest 2018

Mother’s Day is approaching, and that means the annual Mother’s Day Essay Contest is here.

Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is inviting students in grades 2-5 to enter the contest.

The submissions can be any length, and should have a Mother’s Day theme, such as your favorite experience or why your mother is so special to you.

Submit your entry with your full name, grade and school information, along with your essay, by Friday, May 11.

Mail it to Braunstein’s office (213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238) or by email at braunsteine@nyassembly.gov.

Winners will be chosen in grades 2-5.

For more information, call 718-357-3588.


Wheelchair Basketball Hosted by the Brooklyn Nets

On Tuesday, April 10, at the Al Oerter Recreation Center in Flushing Meadows Corona Park at 131-40 Fowler Ave., from 7:00 p.m.–9:30 p.m., the Brooklyn Nets will host a wheelchair basketball event.

Have you ever wanted to learn how to play wheelchair basketball and know the rules inside and out? Well, here’s your chance to learn from the best!

Come out and scrimmage against other wheelchair basketball players from the NYC area. It’s guaranteed to be tons of fun and you’ll come back every week for more action!



Outer borough transit gets $50 million infusion


Everyone knows two-thirds of Queens is a transit desert.

Many neighborhoods, like most of northeast Queens outside of Flushing, don’t have MTA train lines. Commuters are forced to take unreliable buses or pay more to hop on the LIRR.

State lawmakers from Queens are looking to improve transit for outer-borough straphangers. In the 2018-2019 state budget, Assembly members secured $50 million to improve transportation.

“As a representative of an area with no subway or train lines and very limited bus options, I look forward to working on ensuring that these funds are properly allocated to improve Queens transit,” said Assemblywoman Nily Rozic from Fresh Meadows.

“With this new funding, we aim to improve transit options in some of the most underserved parts of our city” added Assemblyman Ed Braunstein from Bayside.

Time will tell how this $50 million will be broken down for improvement projects throughout the borough.


New York Chinese Chorus Benefit Concert

On March 25th at 3:30 pm The New York Chinese Chorus will perform a benefit concert in the Lefrak Concert Hall 153-49 Reeves Ave.
The New York Chinese Chorus, founded in ’09 with support from NYC Councilman Peter Koo, promotes Chinese folk music and cultural exchange through musical performance. Their repertoire includes popular Chinese folk songs, ancient tunes, and modern Mandarin pop songs.
Conducted by Dr. Shuang Guo, the Chorus was awarded the Gold Award at the 2016 Hakka International Chorus Competition as well as the Silver Prize at the 2014 New York Chinese Chorus Music Competition. They have performed at prominent venues, including Citi Field, Merkin Concert Hall at Kaufman Music Center, New York City Hall, and the United Nations.
Proceeds will benefit Selfhelp Community Services which provides over 5,000 Chinese elders with vital services including financial assistance, affordable housing, and services for homebound seniors.
Tickets start at $30. For tickets please visit, https://goo.gl/2TVNuF.