Independence Day Celebration at Fort Totten set for 6/26

Fireworks FlyerThe Bayside Historical Society, Queens Chamber of Commerce and Councilman Paul Vallone are teaming up to host the fifth annual Independence Day Celebration at Fort Totten.

The annual celebration will take place on Wednesday, June 26, starting at 6 p.m. The fireworks will begin at approximately 9:15 p.m., when the sun sets.

In years past, despite gloomy weather, thousands of residents from all over northeast Queens have turned out to enjoy this family-friendly event.

Here are the details for this year’s event:

  • Admittance to Fort Totten will begin at 5 p.m.
  • Parking is available at the Little Bay Parking Lot, along Bell Boulevard, as well as at the Clearview Golf Course and the Bay Terrace Shopping Center. Shuttles will be provided.
  • Guests are encouraged to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and picnic items
  • Musical performances will include MM Rock Camp, Chicken Head Rocks and Phil Costa & the Something Special Big B, from 6 to 9 p.m.
  • This is a non-alcoholic event
  • All bags, coolers and backpacks will be inspected by the NYPD before entry
  • Vending trucks will be on site with food, snacks and beverages

Take a look at both the parking map (first image) and a map of the event (second image).

parking map

Fireworks Site Map


Kenvic Training, Flushing Chamber host Google workshop

Kenvic Training Center in Downtown Flushing is inviting local business owners and entrepreneurs to a free Google livestream tomorrow morning at 11:30 a.m.

Attendees can learn, for free, about the basics of online advertising and how to use Google Ads to meet their goals.

The Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce, which is co-hosting the event, is a Grow with Google Partner, which is an initiative to help entrepreneurs across the country gain the digital skills needed to grow their business.

The event is free and open to the public. Advanced registration is required by RSVPing here.

Google swag will be given away on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Kenvic Training Center is located at 36-57 Main Street, 2nd floor.


The Flushing YMCA Beacon @ JHS 189 to host event for mothers and sons

On Saturday, March 14, The Flushing YMCA Beacon @ JHS 189 is hosting a Mother/Son Family Event from 12noon to 2:00pm.


 The event will start with moms and sons playing table tennis and having a lunch catered by Blink’s Deli of Long Island City from noon to 1pm.  Then, NYC Healthy Relationships Academy will provide separate workshops for parents and youth on Teen Dating and Healthy Relationships.  The workshop will address topics of power and control, characteristics of a potential partner, the relationship bill of rights, equality and equity in relationships, warning signs of an abusive partner, technology safety tips, how to help a friend, and resource hotlines.  Parents will also focus on having conversations with youth and helping them avoid or get out of abusive relationships.  These workshops were requested by the Beacon Parent Advisory Board and is made possible through the NYC Mayor’s Office to Combat Domestic Violence.

The youth workshop will focus on teen boys ages 11 to 16 and the parent workshop is open to all interested parent. For more information, please contact Joe Vereen at 718-961-6014 or


If you plan to travel to the Flushing YMCA by car, LAZ parking garage (10 minute walk) is offering parking discounts to event goers.



IMI hosting Immigrant Artist Legal Clinic

UnLocalIn partnership with the Queens Museum‘s Open A.I.R. Artist Services program, Immigrant Movement International (IMI) will host a legal clinic for immigrant artists on Sat., September 13 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The event will be facilitated by Unlocal: Community Immigration Legal Services.

Topics of discussion will include how to apply for an O-1, or artists visa, and how to apply for permanent status once an O-1 visa is secured.

All who wish to attend must RSVP.



Jazz Up in the Sky at Flushing House

This Friday from 7 to 11 p.m., Flushing House is combining two of New York’s favorite pastimes – jazz music and hanging out on rooftops – with its Jazz Up In The Sky event at

Cost of entry is $100, or $150 for couples, and proceeds of the night will benefit the 300 senior residents of the Flushing House through the Flushing House endowment fund.

For the price, guests can expect a gourmet dinner, wine and beer, world-class musical performances and an open-air dance floor with uninterrupted skyline views.

Musicians of the night include Hernan Romero, Michael Feinberg and Isamu McGregor.


QEDC offering $10,000 grants to new startups

Thanks to a generous donation by the Citi Foundation, the Queens Economic Development Group is offering $10,000 grants to new businesses in the borough.

The QEDC will be hosting an information session for its new StartUP! program, which is funding the grants, at the Flushing branch of the Queens Library from 3 to 6 p.m. on Mon., September 15.

At the session, attendees will learn the ins and outs of the Startup Business Plan Competition, which will decide who the grant winners will be.

Click here to RSVP


CityParks Tennis, Coca Cola host junior tennis clinic


Over 100 junior tennis players converged on the Flushing Meadows-Corona Park tennis courts last week to join tennis pro Thomas Blake for an instructional clinic hosted by CityParks Tennis and Coca Cola.

Blake gave personal tips to several players about how to improve their game, specifically schooling them on the basic forehand, backhand, serve and volley techniques that have helped him achieve success. “I’m just trying to give them basic fundamentals – move your feet, get set up early – mainly I’m just trying to stress that people have fun out here,” Blake said.

CityParks Tennis, a program run by the City Parks Foundation, provides lessons to kids of all ages and at all levels of play through its partnerships with Chase Bank, LaCoste and Coca Cola. The program is designed to make the sport less cost-prohibitive for interested young players.

The need for the CityParks Tennis program was highlighted at the event when John Ellis and his wife Dr. Meryem Bencheikh approached Blake asking him to advocate for lower court fees at New York City’s public parks.
“The USTA is making a push to get young children involved,” Blake said. “Obviously it’s been a long time since an American won there. I’ll certainly advocate that if I can.”