Maple Playground Greenmarket runs until November 27

Maple Playground. Screen shot via Google Maps

Maple Playground. Screen shot via Google Maps

The Maple Playground Greenmarket, located at Kissena Boulevard and Maple Avenue in Downtown Flushing, is running this year until November 27.

The greenmarket was launched in the summer of 2016 with the support of the Greater Flushing Chamber of Commerce and GrowNYC, a nonprofit that seeks to improve NYC’s quality of life through environmental programs that transforms communities block by block.

The greenmarket will be open every Wednesday from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. It provides residents with access to farm-fresh food from R&G Produce Vegetables in New York’s Orange County.

The Department of Health’s Stellar Farmers’ Markets Program has also conducted weekly bilingual nutrition education workshops and cooking demonstrations.

The market accepts WIC and FMNP checks, as well as SNAP payments.

For more information, check out the Flushing Greenmarket website here.


Jefferson Democratic Club celebrates 139 years

Dinner 2019

The Jefferson Democratic Club, founded in 1880, celebrated its 139th anniversary earlier this month at Douglaston Manor.

The gala dinner honored the following people:

  • Thomas Jefferson Leadership Award: Former Congressman Joe Crowley
  • James J. Wrynn Sr. Public Service Award: Former Assemblywoman Ann-Margaret Carrozza
  • Labor Leader of the Year Award: Sean Mackell, Digital Organizing Director, Program & Field Coordinator, NYC Central Labor Council
  • Lawrence T. Gresser Jr. Business Leader of the Year Award: David Legaz, Real Estate Broker, Keller Williams Realty Landmark
  • Non-Profit of the Year Award: Transitional Services for New York

Curbside e-waste collection coming to northeast Queens

E-Waste Collection Announcement (2)

The Department of Sanitation announced earlier this week that curbside electronics collection is coming to eastern Queens and the Bronx.

Residents in those areas can now make an appointment for curbside collection of unwanted electronic items.

The program is available to residents of one to nine-unit buildings. Residents living in buildings with 10 or more units can enroll in ecycleNYC, a free, in-building e-waste collection program for large buildings.

Covered items include:

  • Televisions (including cathode ray tubes)

  • Computer peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring

  • Monitors, laptops

  • Electronic keyboards

  • Electronic mice and other pointing devices

  • Fax machines, document scanners, and printers that are meant for use with a computer and weigh less than 100 lbs.

  • TV peripherals, including any permanently attached cable or wiring

  • VCRs

  • Digital video recorders

  • DVD players

  • Digital converter boxes

  • Cable or satellite receivers

  • Electronic or video game consoles

  • Small-scale servers

  • Portable devices, including any permanently attached cable or wiring

  • Portable digital music players

To request an appointment, residents can call 311 or go to Items must be placed at the curb.


Halloween Essay and Drawing Contest is back!

Last year's winners.

Last year’s winners.

Assemblyman Ed Braunstein is hosting his annual Halloween Essay and Drawing Contest again this year.

Students from grades two through five are invited to participate. The essay or drawing should have a Halloween theme, like your favorite trick-or-treat experience or why you picked your Halloween costume.

Please print your full name, grade and school on the entry.

Essays can be submitted to the office by mail at 213-33 39th Avenue, Suite 238 Bayside, NY 11361. It can also be emailed to

Drawings should be mailed or dropped off.

The contest deadline is October 31.

For questions, contact Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.


Bellerose Manor street renamed in memory of Bernard M. Aquilino

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The Bellerose Manor community gathered over the weekend to rename Seward Avenue and 235th Street after longtime civic leader Bernard M. Aquilino.

Aquilino was the longtime president of the Rocky Hill Civic Association, and advocated on behalf of his community for more than 40 years.

Known as Barney, Aquilino joined the civic group in the 1970s and soon became president, a position he held for over 25 years.

Some of his accomplishments include preventing the city from closing PS 18, facilitating the relocation of a sanitation garage and more. He helped sustain local youth groups, educated homeowners about government services and cleaned up public spaces in the neighborhood.

Aquilino also led the fight for the U.S. Postal Service to rename his community Bellerose Manor.

The request for the street co-naming came from the Rocky Hill Civic Association, Community Board 13 and other civic groups. Councilman Barry Grodenchik introduced the bill in the City Council.


Orangetheory Fitness finds a home at Tangram

Tangram Hero

The Boca Raton, Florida-based fitness franchise Orangetheory is coming to Tangram in Flushing.

The company, with over 1,000 locations nationwide, signed a 10-year lease with the mega-development. The studio space will occupy 3,200 square feet and will open in summer 2020.

Orangetheory specializes in group sessions with a focus on cardiovascular and strength training. Total body workouts last 60 minutes and are led by certified personal trainers that guide and tailor workouts to achieve clients’ goals.

Their workout rooms include treadmills, bikes, striders, WaterTowers and floor equipment.

Orangetheory will have three membership levels: Orange Premier, which offers unlimited classes for six months; Orange Elite, which offers eight classes per month for six months; and Orange Basic, which is four classes per month.

Membership benefits include month-to-month contract, access to 1,000+ studios nationwide, online or mobile booking, freeze privileges, flexible class times and more.

“Orangetheory Fitness will significantly fill the current void within the fitness studio market in Flushing,” says Alex Chiu, executive vice president of F&T Group, which is developing Tangram with SCG America.