This Weekend in NYC
Here are 5 ways to brighten up your weekend:
- Swim: Friday, June 27th. NYC Public Pools are officially open today! Take a break from the summer heat with a refreshing swim in one of your borough’s free public pools from today through September 1st.
- Badminton: Saturday, June 28th, 12 pm - 5pm. Head over to Governors Island for some friendly and free badminton competition.
- Scavenge: Saturday, June 28th, 12:30 pm - 3:30 pm. Want to get to know more about Kings County? The Amazing Brooklyn Scavenger Hunt - Dumbo will test your physical as well as mental skills as you tour this Brooklyn area.
- Jazz: Sunday, June 29th, 1 pm - 7 pm. Celebrate the rich music that came out of the Queens borough over the years at the inaugural Louis Armstrong International Music Festival.
- Brew: Sunday, June 29th, 3 pm. Reserve your chance to compare 19th century-style beers with modern day brews at this interactive beer tasting and talk at King Manor Museum in Jamaica, Queens
Photo Cred: Trista Sordillo
NYC BigApps ‘Appy Hour!
The greatest asset of NYC BigApps is its people.
Join us tonight at the Museum of the Moving Image at 7 pm for drinks and networking with other BigApps competitors. Make connections and listen to Rodrigo Fuentos, Co-founder of ListenLoop, and Evan Cohen from Indiegogo provide their insight and inspiration for teams as they finish up their apps in the coming weeks.
See you there! Make sure to RSVP here.
Help fulfill the promise of Jamaica, Queens through discussion and collaboration. Bring your ideas to the table, alongside New York City leaders, for Jamaica’s first community roundtable next Tuesday, June 24th at York College, 8 am – 12 pm.
Be sure to RSVP by Friday, June 20.
By Kristina Pecorelli, Economics Research and Analysis Project Manager
This week, NYCEDC released the latest Neighborhood Trends & Insights report that explores the evolving neighborhood of Astoria, Queens.
Astoria, a neighborhood in northwest Queens, is home to a wide array of residents from all over the world. In 2009, National Geographic’s Genographic Project, in conjunction with IBM, compared the DNA of Astoria residents along 30th Avenue with samples taken from hundreds of indigenous populations. They described the neighborhood as “one of the most ethnically diverse communities on Earth,” with Astoria residents possessing the genetic markers of nearly every major migratory event in history. So, it’s no surprise that Astoria offers an extremely diverse gastronomical scene, with more than 560 restaurants serving up 55 different types of cuisine.
The map above helps illustrate the sheer number of places tending to the varied palettes of Astoria patrons, as well as the relative clustering of such restaurants throughout the neighborhood.
The rise in the number of Astoria residents ages 25 to 34 years old suggests that the combination of bustling street life and close proximity to Manhattan makes it one of New York City’s most in-demand neighborhoods.
For more on how Astoria has grown as a residential and commercial district, check out our full report:
“Great parks make great neighborhoods – providing opportunities for recreation and reflection, acting as community gathering places, and improving the environment.”
“Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park is an example of a space that does all of these things, and will act as a cornerstone for the continued growth and reclamation of the East River waterfront. I would like to acknowledge the hard work of our partners in government and the community, and congratulate the Economic Development Corporation on the completion of this stunning new park.”
- NYC Parks and Recreation Commissioner Veronica M. White, at today’s official unveiling of Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens.
Photo Credit: NYC Mayor’s Office
Mayor Mike Bloomberg and NYCEDC president Kyle Kimball unveiled Hunter’s Point South Waterfront Park in Queens today. The 5.5-acre waterfront space will include an adult fitness area and dog run, as well as a stunning view of midtown.
The Makers are coming to New York City!
The Maker Faire is a family-friendly festival where the most creative, curious and constructive minds come together to show their creations, inventions, toys and experiments. This yearly event is a spectacular display of innovation and experimentation across all fields. You’ll find anything from robotics, rockets and RC toys to gaming systems, food innovations, textile making and more. It is two full days of demonstrations, interactive displays and experimental performances.
The Faire will be held on September 21st and 22nd at the New York Hall of Science in Queens, NY. The call for makers is open until Sunday, July 28th and early bird tickets for attending are now available.
Don’t miss this celebration of innovation!