Thursday, October 21, 2010

Kew Gardens Trick or Treating

Halloween trick-or-treating for NYC kids
Enjoy awesome, candy-filled routes and festive parties all over Manhattan, Brooklyn and Queens on October 31.
Kew Gardens

Maple Grove Cemetery
View Halloween routes: Kew Gardens in a larger map
1 Get into the Halloween spirit by visiting the 135-year-old Maple Grove Cemetery (127-15 Kew Gardens Rd,, a woodsy 65-acre graveyard smack-dab in the middle of Queens.

2 A few Lefferts Boulevard businesses put their own creative, noncaloric spin on the festivities. Q Gardens Gallery (80-61 Lefferts Blvd between Austin and Talbot Sts), which specializes in vintage photographs, snaps pics of costumed kids to take home. Across the street, the Comic Den (80-62 Lefferts Blvd at Austin St, doles out free—you guessed it!—comic books.
3 Duck into the Art Deco lobby of the borough's legendary Kew Gardens Cinemas (81-05 Lefferts Blvd between Austin and Grenfell Sts,, where staff will pass out popcorn and candy to kids.
4 Finally, make a pit stop at Homestead Gourmet Shop (81-45 Lefferts Blvd at Cuthbert Rd), located on the ground floor of one of Kew Garden's most beautiful Tudor-style buildings. The owners plan to hand out free butter cookies to youngsters. You may also want to buy some cherry and apple strudel for the road—we hear it's amazing.—Nancy BilyeauRead


Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Small Eyes-Photo Deadline Extended Until October 26th

Sunday October 24th--At the Central Queens Y

Pathways to Jewish Connections:
A Community Conversation on Autism
Featuring noted author Elaine Hall, whose new book "Now I See the Moon: A Mother, A Son, A Miracle" will be available for purchase. Sunday, October 24, 201010:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Free Admission – Bagel Breakfast Will Be Served.

Friday, October 15, 2010

”Where Are the Jobs and How Do We Get Them”
Friday, October 22, 2010 – Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel

PROGRAM: 9-4pm
9:00 – 9:30 Registration:
9:30 – 9:40 Welcome: Rhoda Plotkin, President of CWNY
9:40 – 10:15 Introduction: Ann J. Jawin, Founder and Chair of Bd. Of Directors, CWNY

Invited Guests:
NYC Comptroller John Liu
NYC Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley
NYS Assemblywoman Grace Meng

10:15 – 12:00 Panel: Moderator, Roz Liston, Editor, TimesLedger Newspapers

V Panelists: Johanna Maynard Women’s Business Center Program Director
Grace M. Protos, Reg 11. Adm Women’s Bureau. U.S. Dept Labor ` Samantha Pugh, Non-Traditional Employment for Women
Maureen Nappi, Ph.d Asst.Prof. New Media Studies, Long Island U.
Gladys -Bennette, Community Outreach Mgr., NYC. Fire Dept.

12:00 – 3:00
Representatives from companies, government agencies and educational organizations will be available to discuss their companies, employment opportunities and requirements on a one-to-one basis. Resource tables will have representatives available to answer any and all questions.

1:30 – 2:15 pm Workshops
“Getting to the Next Step: Creating Your Own Career Choices: Carole Hyatt, The Leadership Forum, Author, LIFETIME EMPLOYABILITY

2:15- 3:00 pm

Turning Networking Opportunities into Job Offers Using Social Networking. Dr. Barry Miller, Ph.D. Pace University
”…“Starting Your Own Business” Women’s Business Center,
Johanna Maynard, Director, Queens Economic Dev\.Corp. Corporation
Resource Tables: “I need Advice and Support” – Center ror th e Women of New York

Job Skills and Training Opportunities: Melva Miller Economic Dev. QueensBorough Hall

Employment Opportunities: One Stop Career Center, Flushing NYS. Dept. of Labor

3:00 – 4:00 Dress for Success “Reality” Fashion Show

4:00 Drawing – Raffles and Door Prizes

Volunteers Needed for Feed the Children Event October 19th

Volunteers are needed for a Feed the Children Event to be held on
Tuesday, October 19th from 11am to 5pm.

If you are interested in this community volunteer opportunity, please contact Peter DeLucia at>

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Kew Gardens Childrens Photo Show!

Kew Gardens Childrens Photo Show

Small Eyes on Kew Gardens

Photos taken by children, grades 1-6, will be professionally displayed in Q Gardens Gallery from November 5-26, 2010. To participate, please pick up an Application Package at Q Gardens Gallery, Tuesday-Saturday, noon-6pm. All submissions must be handed in by October 22. Poster is attached.

Q Gardens Gallery
8061 Lefferts Boulevard
Kew Gardens, NY 11415
(347) 494-5704

This photography project is made possible in part by a New Yorkers for Better Neighborhoods grant awarded by the Citizens Committee for New York City to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association, Inc.

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Spirits Alive this Saturday, October 9th!

A Exciting Educational Walk Through Time
An Event for the Whole Family

Join us for a unique walking tour, Spirits Alive at Maple Grove Cemetery on Saturday, October 9, 2010 from 2:00pm-4:00pm. (83-15 Kew Gardens Rd.,
Kew Gardens, NY 11415, off Lefferts Boulevard)

Spirits Alive 2010 boasts a cast of twenty three people from all walks of life, from Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley to young students from Immaculate Conception School. Actors, in period costumes will recreate the lives of some of the Maple Grove’s most illustrious and historical figures, including movie director Irving Rapper, Civil War Surgeon Dr. Dennler, noted playwright, author and poet Don Marquis, rhythm and blues singer LaVern Baker, stage, film and television actress Theresa Merritt and many more.

This year we will be introducing a new historical figure, Lucia Cataldi, the World War II war bride from Napoli, Italy and special guest President Theodore Roosevelt who will speak about his close friendship with Elizabeth and Jacob Riis.

Visitors will receive easy-to-follow maps and programs.
$5 per adult, Members and children under 12 FREE!

Contact Information: (917) 881-3358,

RAIN OR SHINE: In case of rain, Spirits Alive will be held at The Center, 127-15 Kew Gardens Rd., Kew Gardens (between 127-129 Street)
Spirits Alive 2010 is the highlight event at Maple Grove during the Open House New York Weekend. On Sunday, October 10th, there will be three Walking Tours at Maple Grove Cemetery: 10:00am, 12:00pm and 2:00pm. Reservations required for October 10th: (718) 544 3600
Cosponsored by Friends of Maple Grove

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

GREAT Halloween Festival & Carved Pumpkin Contest

EVENT: Maple Grove’s GREAT Halloween Festival & Carved Pumpkin Contest
Date: Saturday, October 16, 2010 (rain date October 23), 3:00pm-7:30pm
Place: Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, NY 11415

Adults and Children of all ages are invited to Maple Grove’s GREAT Halloween Festival & Carved Pumpkin Contest on Saturday, October 16, 2010 (rain date October 23) from 3:00pm-7:30pm at Maple Grove Cemetery, 83-15 Kew Gardens Road, off of Lefferts Boulevard. This spooktacular event is sponsored by the Friends of Maple Grove,

Beginning at 3:00pm sharp! to 4:30pm, the day's program will be launched with The Strange and Unusual with a Touch of the Paranormal Walking Tour. Carl Ballenas, Maple Grove's historian will lead the tour.
Carl, who cares deeply about the stories of those buried at Maple Grove, will share some true tales that should only be told at Halloween (suggested age 12+).

Following, a 15-minute Children’s Costume Parade scheduled for 4:45pm. At 5:00pm, there will be expert storytelling (beginning with Tonya Hurley reading ghostgirl:Lovesick), face painting, holiday crafts and lots of carved pumpkins to admire. For those who would like to participate in the Carved Pumpkin Contest, please bring along your pre-carved pumpkin with a candle inside. Pumpkin drop off is between 3:00pm-6:00pm and viewing from 6:00pm-7:00pm, sundown at the cemetery. Judging and prizes will be awarded to; TOP Pumpkin, Funniest, Scariest, Cutest, Most Original or any other categories that the judges might invent. Judges will consider alternative vegetables such as eggplant, water chestnuts, endive or any carved vegetable. Anything goes! Be creative!
We are very pleased that New York Times bestselling author Tonya Hurley will read from ghostgirl: Lovesick. This, her most recent novel, explores the invisibility we all feel at times and the lengths we'll go to be seen. The ghostgirl series focuses on the story of one outcast’s ascent to popularity, in both the world of the living and the dead. Tonya’s ghostgirl website (, quickly attracted a devoted community of teens, and in 2002 was a two-time Webby Award honoree.
Donation: $5, Members and children under 12 years FREE
For more information: (917) 881-3358,

Mark your calendar for Maple Grove’s GREAT Halloween Festival & Carved Pumpkin Contest on Saturday, October 16, 2010!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

9/30/10 - AM New York

city living
By V. L. Hendrickson
City Living: Kew Gardens' taste for Tudor

Photo credit: Lefferts Boulevard is the commercial heart of Kew Gardens (Photo by Marie Claire Andrea)

Out toward the end of the line on the E train in Queens is the sleepy hamlet of Kew Gardens, one of seven planned garden communities built in the first half of the 20th century. With the remaining Tudor-style buildings and eclectic collection of shops and restaurants, the area looks like a college town upstate.

The LIRR, however, gets locals to Penn Station in under 20 minutes and the neighborhood has surprisingly diverse amenities.

Read the entire article HERE.