Douglaston Library to be closed from February 22 to March 16

The Douglaston/Little Neck branch of the Queens Public Library will temporarily close on Saturday, February 22 for an interior maintenance project, library officials said.

It’s expected to reopen on Monday, March 16. The library is located at 149-01 Northern Boulevard.

Mobile library service will be provided on Thursdays, beginning on February 27, from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Full library service is available at nearby locations in Bayside (214-20 Northern Boulevard) North Hills (57-04 Marathon Parkway), and Glen Oaks (256-04 Union Turnpike).

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Meng introduces resolution for Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year was observed across the city on Saturday, but Flushing Congresswoman Grace Meng wants the House of Representatives to recognize the cultural and historical significance of the holiday.

Earlier this week, she introduced a House resolution, which now has 68 original co-sponsors.

“Lunar New Year is the most significant time of the year for the Asian American community,” she said. “Given its enormous increase in popularity, and the fact that Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States, I believe it is time for the House to formally appreciate this annual observance.”

The resolution not only recognizes the holiday, but also details the history and customs of Lunar New Year.

Meng shared a video of some of her own “Queens traditions” on Twitter.

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Goldfish Swim School to open location at Tangram

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A leading swim school franchise with nearly 100 locations nationwide is expanding to Tangram.

Goldfish Swim School has committed to an approximately 8,000-square-foot indoor space at the Flushing mega-development, developers announced earlier this week.

The facility is slated to open by spring 2021.

Goldfish Swim School will have a 75-foot, three-lane pool with a viewing area for parents, as well as a snack bar.

The school teaches more than 130,000 children, ranging from infants to 12 year olds, per week across the country.

In addition to offering swim sessions, Goldfish will also host birthday parties with a special party package that includes invitations, two hours of private access to the facility, certified lifeguards, cupcakes and beverages, balloons and more.

The Tangram location is expected to accommodate more than 3,000 kids and parents each week.

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Queens College Choral Society to perform “Carmina Burana”

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At Queens College’s 79th annual Winter Concert on December 14 at 8 p.m., the QC Choral Society will perform the celebrated cantana “Carmina Burana.”

The performance will take place in the Colden Auditorium.

Based on medieval texts, “Carmina Burana” is one of the most popular choral works of all time. Its opening chorus, “O Fortuna,” has permeated pop culture as background music for movies such as “The Doors,” “The Messenger,” “The Hunt for Red October” and “Excalibur.”

The performance will feature pianists Max Midroit and Sarang Kim, percussion students from the Aaron Copland School of Music, professional soloists Stefanie Izzo (soprano), Sungwon Jin (tenor) and Sidney Outlaw (baritone).

James John, a professor of conducting at the Aaron Copland School of Music and music director of the choral society, will conduct.

For more details, including ticket information, see here.

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Nancy Shannon joins Queens Botanical Garden board

Portrait of Nancy Shannon.  Photographed on April, 3, 2019 at 4 Irving Place

Portrait of Nancy Shannon. Photographed on April, 3, 2019 at 4 Irving Place

Queens Botanical Garden’s Board of Trustees has welcomed a new member.

Nancy Shannon, the vice president of human resources at Con Edison, joined the board this month.

A Queens resident, Shannon has over 30 years of managerial and leadership experience in human resources, environment, health and safety and customer operations.

She will play a big role in helping QBG advance its mission during her three-year term.

“The QBG is one of our city’s treasures because of its wonderful educational programs and dedicated environmental stewardship,” Shannon said. “I am honored, delighted and eager to help carry on such great work.”

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Two international restaurant chains coming to Flushing

3Two internationally-popular restaurant brands are coming to Tangram, Flushing’s 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development.

Last week, Tangram’s developers announced that it has signed 10-year leases with Ju Qi, a restaurant specializing in authentic Beijing cuisine, and Meet Fresh, a Taiwan-based dessert bar.

This is Ju Qi’s first location in the U.S., and the second New York location for Meet Fresh. Both are slated to open in 2020.

Altogether, Tangram will include two residential towers, a food hall, a beer garden, curated office space and other amenities. Earlier this year, Xiao Long Kan Hot Pot also signed a 10-year lease at Tangram.

Ju Qi, which is headquartered in Beijing, has 20 locations across China and one in Sydney. It has signature dishes like creative mashed potato, special fried rice, Peking duck, barbecue lamb and more.

Meet Fresh, which also has a location in the East Village, is originally from Taiwan. It has more than 1,000 stores across Asia, New Zealand and Australia. It offers fresh, natural and Instagrammable treats like taro balls, herbal grass jelly, mochi, mango shaved ice, boba tofu pudding, green tea with whipped cream and more.

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CUNY Pridefest at Queens College set for June 20

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Let’s hope the weather is good on June 20!

Queens College will host the second annual CUNY Pridefest on the quad that Thursday from noon to 4 p.m.

The original event was planned for June 13, but was postponed due to inclement weather.

Pridefest will feature a presentation on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall uprising, a campus Pride match, a community expo, student musical and dance performances, games and more.

The event is not just limited for CUNY students – it’s free and open to the public.

In the event of inclement weather, Pridefest will be held inside the college’s main dining hall.

For more information on CUNY Pridefest, see the announcement here.

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