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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New NYC Ferry Route Will Provide Long Island City Residents With Another Way To Get To And From Manhattan

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Yet another stop on the city’s ferry system will soon open in Long Island City.

Over the next two weeks, the New York City Ferry Service operated by Hornblower, along with the NYCEDC is bringing the Soundview and Lower East Side ferry routes to an estimated total of 1.4 million riders. Since May 2017, the NYC Ferry has been offering New Yorkers a new, affordable mode of transportation. Continue Reading ›

Queens High-End Real Estate Market Is Gaining On Brooklyn


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For years, Brooklyn has been the hottest real estate market in New York City outside of Manhattan, but there are signs that Queens is now outpacing Brooklyn.

Prices in Brooklyn fell in the second quarter of this year, while in Queens, the median luxury sales price increased 4.8 percent to $1.31 million, setting a record, according to Douglas Elliman, a real estate and property management firm. Brooklyn also saw sales volume drop, according to Mansion Global, a website that follows the global real estate market. However, that’s not to say that the Brooklyn real estate market is down as a whole.

“The median sales price in Brooklyn has been rising year after year for five-and-a-half years,” Jonathan Miller, author of Douglas Elliman’s report, told Mansion Global. “This is the first decline since 2012.” Stribling, a real estate brokerage that specializes in high-end sales, said that northwest Brooklyn (including the greater Downtown Brooklyn area) performed best and that it had the borough’s highest median price: $1.16 million.


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We cap off the month of July with A QueensWay Tour, co-led by Friends of the QueensWay and local legend, “Wildman” Steve Brill. On July 28th 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. – Steve Brill will lead us as we explore one of the best places for foraging.
Email confirmation will be sent upon signing up by Eventbrite. Email with details and specific meetup location will be sent one week out from event.
The suggested donation is $20/adult, $10/child under 12, on day of. At least 24 hours in advance to reserve a spot on the tour so that we can plan accordingly.


From 28th of july at 9:00 to 28th of july 2018 at 11:00
From 28th of july at 13:00 to 28th of july 2018 at 15:00


Want A View Of The 4th Of July Fireworks? Here’s Where To Go

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The day is almost here: The Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular, which will light up the sky for its 42nd annual spectacle, happens tomorrow. The company has been touting this year’s event as the “largest display since the Millennial Celebration,” with more than 75,000 shells (up from 60,000 last year) launching during a colorful 25-minute display.

The fireworks will launch from seven barges stationed along the East River from 24th to 42nd streets, and the official viewing locations for the event are located at similar points—namely, along the East River in Midtown, the East Village, Long Island City, and north Brooklyn.

But if you don’t want to be squished among the sure-to-be-sweaty crowds at those street-level spots, never fear: We’ve gathered some of the best ways to watch the July 4 fireworks, many of which are located at a safe remove—i.e., on a boat in the East River.

Worried about getting around on Wednesday? Here are the city’s planned street closures and subway changes.

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New Sunnyside Weekend Pop-Up Market Highlighting Local Businesses Starts June 23


Come to Sunnyside to check out a new weekend pop-up market in Bliss Plaza this summer.

Local vendors and businesses will come together for Pop Up Market Weekends in Bliss Plaza, located between 46th Street and Queens Boulevard, to sell food, homemade crafts, jewelry and gifts. Continue Reading ›

Queens Remains NYC’s Affordable ‘Haven’ For Middle-Income Residents

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When considering home affordability in the five boroughs, Queens comes out on top for middle-class New Yorkers, according to a new report.

Analysts at real estate site StreetEasy determined that the cost of renting or owning a home in the “World’s Borough” is closest to the citywide medians of any borough, “making good on Queens’ reputation as the place of choice for middle-class New Yorkers.” Continue Reading ›

Glendale School Site’s Roots Trace Back To A Popular Saloon & Hotel: Our Neighborhood, The Way It Was

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It’s hard for many Glendale residents to imagine, but the site of what is today Redeemer Lutheran School was once one of the neighborhood’s most popular drinking establishments.

Hofmann House Hotel opened in 1902 at the corner of Cooper Avenue and Lafayette Street (present-day 69th Place). It was operated by Sebastian Hofmann and his wife, Lena, who were Brooklyn residents. They purchased the site, which was previously farmland, for the tidy sum of $2,195 and erected the hotel there over the course of a year. Continue Reading ›