International Tennis Contest Returning To The Forest Hills West Side Tennis Club This Fall

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — A Queens tennis stadium will be South Africa’s home turf at an upcoming international tennis event.

Forest Hills’ West Side Tennis Club, which hosted the U.S. Championships — now known as the U.S. Open — from 1923-1977, will host the Davis Cup from Sept. 18-19, a best-of-five match series between South Africa and Venezuela. The event was moved from Venezuela, as the relatively unvaccinated nation struggles against a delta-variant-fueled coronavirus surge.

The stadium last hosted the Davis Cup in 1959, but Jason Weir Smith, the stadium’s director of tennis — who himself is from South Africa — hopes that Queens won’t have to wait another 62 years to host another such tournament.

In recent decades, the historic tennis club has become somewhat overshadowed by the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows — the now home of the U.S. Open, where the Davis Cup was held in 1981.

That venue is hosting the national tennis championship the weekend before the Davis Cup, however, restoring the West Side Tennis Club as the go-to spot for the tournament.

“We could not be more excited to bring world class tennis back to the West Side Tennis Club, one of the most historic venues in American sports,” said West Side Tennis Club president Monika Jain in a news statement.

Tickets can be ordered by emailing, according to the event site, but pricing information is not available online. Davis Cup representatives did not immediately respond to Patch’s inquiry about how much tickets cost.

The event will kick off at 11 a.m. on Sept. 18 with two best-of-three-set singles matches. The second day, also starting at 11 a.m., will feature the reverse two best-of-three-set singles matches and a best-of-three-set doubles match.

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Have You Made Your Reservations Yet?? NYC Restaurant Week Starts Monday Including 7 Yummy Spots In Forest Hills!

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FOREST HILLS, QUEENS — New York Restaurant Week is making a “super” return this month, the mayor announced on Monday, and a handful of eateries in Forest Hills have already signed up for the deal-filled event.

After a takeout-only run earlier this year, this summer’s five-week-long Restaurant Week will return in-person on July 19, and reservations are already open at 505 citywide eateries — including 7 spots in Forest Hills.

Although some Forest Hills eateries are represented in this year’s event, the vast majority of participating restaurants — 413 of the 505 — are found in Manhattan, with just 31 Queens spots on the list so far, though others might join ahead of the July 15 registration deadline.

Here are the Forest Hills restaurants participating so far:

For participating restaurants, this year’s deals include $21 lunches, $39 dinners, and a new $125 “Signature Dining Experience,” which includes three or more courses.

 There will be even more deals for MasterCard holders, who will receive $10 of credit on each purchase of $39 or more, and who will be entered for the chance to win 200,000 airline miles with each NYC Restaurant Week meal.

“This is going to be amazing,” de Blasio said on Monday, describing this year’s event as “a wonderful, super restaurant week.”
The participating eateries include more than 40 types of cuisines in 75 neighborhoods, according to organizers NYC & Company.

The return of restaurant week comes as New York City continues its campaign to restart tourism in the city, which flagged during the coronavirus pandemic. Both the mayor and organizers said the extended restaurant week will add to the effort.

“Accompanied with vibrant open streets and rich cultural activity returning across the five boroughs, the options this summer are endless and the time to visit is now,” NYC & Company President Fred Dixon said.

Make a reservation or view the full list of participating restaurants at the Restaurant Week websiteSee all of the participating Queens eateries here.

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Teacher Appreciation Week is here, and it’s no secret that teachers are working harder than ever.

So, since the ways in which they teach their students has certainly changed, here are also a few different ways during Teacher Appreciation Week 2020 to say thank you to all the unsung teacher heroes working “behind the screens” to keep their kids learning.

Trust us when we say just doing one or two of these things for teachers will really brighten their day.


Design and print yard signs to place in teachers’ lawns. Consider using “We Love Our Teachers” or “A Rockstar Teacher Lives Here” for the message. Or, have students make homemade versions. Once the signs are made, organize a group of volunteers to drive around and distribute the signs. But remember to keep your distance and follow local guidelines.


When schooling first moved online, we saw many teachers across the country organizing car parades to visit their students from a safe distance. Now, it’s your turn! Gather the neighborhood, make homemade signs and honk your horns loudly to show the nearby teachers how much they are appreciated.


Download one of our Teacher Appreciation Week Applause Cards and participate in the Herff Jones #ThankATeacher social media campaign. Share the card to social and tag a teacher — past or present — who has impacted your life or your child’s life.



Kind words go a long way. Help your kids record a brief thank-you message to send to their teachers. Let teachers know their impact and that students miss them and face-to-face classroom time.


You can’t go wrong with a gift card, and many stores and restaurants offer digital options. Send it via e-mail with a personalized note of thanks. Bonus points for you if you support a local business!

No matter how big or small you decide to go, just be sure the teachers know you care. In the end, it’s the thought that counts, and a thank you goes a long way.

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The second floor has a generous sized master bedroom with many closets and a private entryway to a renovated full bathroom with heated floors which is shared by two other bedrooms on this floor with another hall entrance.  In the master bedroom there is a staircase which leads to a vaulted loft space with a large window and a skylight – ideal as an office or for additional sleeping space.

The basement is a dream come true with two large separate rooms.  There is a newly renovated full bathroom with heated floor and a designer laundry room.  The house has central air conditioning as well as split systems.  New boiler for gas heat, a high-efficiency on-demand tankless hot water system as well as new electric complete the space.

The outside landscaped space has an automatic underground irrigation system and custom accent lighting throughout.


Katz Summer Concert Series Announces 7 Free Queens Performances

Katz Summer Concert Series Announces 7 Free Queens Performances

The Queens Symphony Orchestra, a Grammy-winning rapper and a Beatles cover band are among those playing free Queens concerts this summer.

QUEENS, NY — Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has partnered with Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts and the parks department to host her fifth annual free summer concert series.

The 2019 Katz Concert series resumes on July 21 with a performance by Grammy-winning rapper Mr. Cheeks, a South Jamaica native.

All performances are free, outdoors and last about an hour and a half. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets. Continue Reading ›


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Under the railroad on Ascan avenue, onlookers watched a tribute built for Helen Keller.

She’s a national icon but as historian, Michael Perlman explains, she’s also a local one.

“She was very active in Forest Hills, every year on her birthday she opened up her home to many forest hills residents,” said Perlman

Keller lived in her Forest Hills home for over 20 years starting in 1917. Family friend, Robert Hof says her neighbors loved her. Continue Reading ›

Queens Zoo Welcomes New Adorable Residents

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The Queens Zoo’s newest and cutest residents, two Andean bear cubs, have made their debut.

The Queens Zoo animal care staff have named the cubs Brienne and Benny and will continue to monitor their health and development.

“These little cubs are tremendous ambassadors for their species,” said Scott Silver, Queens Zoo Director. “Andean bears are rarely seen in the wild so it’s extremely special to have an opportunity to watch cubs grow. Guests will also learn about our efforts to protect Andean bears in the wild.”

Andean bears are the only bear species native to South America. They’ve been nicknamed the “spectacled bears” because of markings on their face that sometimes look like glasses.

The cubs were born to parents Nicole, aged six, and Bouba, aged eight, in January.

Bouba came to Queens from Bioparc de Doue la Fontainein in France to breed with Nicole, who was born at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC and came to the Queens Zoo in 2015. This is the second time the pair has produced offspring at the Queens Zoo, and these cubs were two of only four Andean bears born in zoos worldwide in the past year.

After spending a few weeks in a den bonding with their mother, the cubs have now started venturing out into the outdoor exhibit. The amount of time the cubs spend in the exhibit each day will vary until they become acclimated to it.

Andean bears have characteristically short faces and are relatively small in comparison to some other bear species. As adults, males weigh between 250 to 350 pounds while adult females rarely exceed 200 pounds.

According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Andean bears are classified as vulnerable. Estimates indicate that there are fewer than 18,000 remaining in the wild.

The Queens Zoo is breeding Andean bears as part of the Species Survival Plan, a cooperative breeding program designed to enhance the genetic viability and demographic stability of animal populations in zoos and aquariums accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA).

There are currently only 39 Andean bears in AZA-accredited zoos and only six potentially viable breeding pairs in the SSP population.


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Ninth Annual Queens World Film Festival Opens In Astoria

The 2019 Queens World Film Festival will screen more than 200 films from March 21-31.

ASTORIA, QUEENS — The ninth annual Queens World Film Festival kicks off Thursday in Astoria.

The Queens World Film Festival returns to Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image from March 21 to March 31 with more than 200 indie films from 31 countries. The lineup includes 16 world premieres, 79 films by women, 15 films by Asian filmmakers and 14 LGBTQ-themed films, according to the non-profit Queens World Film Initiative.

The opening night event, entitled “Worldly Vision,” features seven short films by filmmakers from Iran, Egypt, Switzerland, Canada and the United States. The program includes a screening of the Academy Award-nominated short film “Marguerite.”

Festival highlights include screenings of the restored 1991 film “Thousand Pieces of Gold” on March 26 and of Sundance 1992 winner “In the Soup” at MoMI on March 28, followed by a Q&A with filmmaker Alexandre Rockwell.

On March 31, the festival will announce the winners of its “Best of” awards in categories like best feature, best actor, best cinematography and best screenplay. Winners receive free memberships to screenwriting website INKTIP, and one filmmaker will receive a full day at a sound studio and a complete lighting package from Brooklyn Fire Proof Studios.

Tickets are available at Click here to see the full festival lineup.
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Station Square To Reopen In May, Restoration Of Brick Roadway Almost Complete

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The restoration of the brick roadway at Station Square is nearly complete and the historic area is expected to reopen to traffic in May.

The roadway at Station Square, which is located by the Forest Hills LIRR Station and is the main entry point to Forest Hills Gardens, has been undergoing a major revamp over the past year to prevent it from deteriorating beyond repair. Continue Reading ›

Celebrate The Great Outdoors On Two Wheels With Pedal For Parks In Astoria This Weekend

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Spring is upon us, and what better way to celebrate the season than with a bicycle ride through some of Astoria’s parks?

The Friends of Astoria Heights will be hosting their second annual Pedal for Parks event on Saturday, May 12, from 10:15 to 11 a.m. Following the bike ride, attendees will also be able to participate in a Learn to Ride event, where they will receive information and giveaways. Event organizers suggest the bike ride for children older than 7 years old and adults. Continue Reading ›