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Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

The Daily Plant : Friday, September 14, 2007

This Weekend In Parks


Photo by Malcolm Pinckney

Manhattan

Journey to Fort Washington Park this Saturday, September 15, between 12 p.m. and 5 p.m., for the 15th Annual Little Red Lighthouse Festival, sponsored by Con Edison. Visitors can enjoy hayrides, face painting, the antics of a stilt-walker, live music and a reading of Hildegarde Swift’s classic story "The Little Red Lighthouse and the Great Gray Bridge," by Commissioner Adrian Benepe and Dr. Ruth. Guests can also tour Manhattan’s only remaining lighthouse.

Queens

Spend Saturday, September 15 and Sunday, September 16, at the 25th Annual Queens County Fair. A traditional county fair with Blue Ribbon competitions in livestock, produce, home crafts, arts and crafts, and more. Enjoy the Amazing Maize Maze, pie-eating, and corn-husking contests, pig racing, make-your-own-scarecrow, hayrides, petting zoo, carnival rides, and midway. Visit the Bavarian Garden and enjoy Irish and German bands, crafts, and food vendors. The Queens County Farm Museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. The fun begins at 11 a.m. and lasts until 6 p.m. Admission: Adults $6.00, Children (12 and under) $3.00.

Brooklyn

Come celebrate International Chocolate Month with the History Club on Sunday, September 16! This month’s focus is on our city’s fine chocolate history. Join us at Marine Park’s Salt Marsh Nature Center between 1 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. for a discussion of chocolate’s local historic significance…and for some free samples.

Staten Island

Just this week, Hurricane Humberto hit the Gulf Coast in Texas and Louisiana. Have you ever wondered what causes a hurricane? What would happen if a hurricane hit New York City directly? Come down to the Blue Heron Nature Center to learn more about these huge storms that have been sweeping the world. The Urban Park Rangers can answer your questions and tell you what you can do to be prepared. Blue Heron Park is located at 222 Poillon Avenue. The event begins at 3 p.m. and lasts one hour.

Bronx

On Saturday, September 15, join Dr. Harriet Davis-Kram, assistant professor at Queens College, at the Bartow-Pell Mansion Museum in Pelham Bay Park for a look at the life of New York City residents during the American Victorian Era. Crime was an everyday affair and neighborhood residents often relied on gangsters and corrupt political organizations for aid in emergencies. Registration requested. The event starts at 1 p.m. and is located at 895 Shore Road.

QUOTATION FOR THE DAY

"All I really need is love but a little chocolate now and then doesn't hurt!"

Lucy Van Pelt in "Peanuts" by Charles M. Schulz

Directions to Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways

Know Before You Go

There are currently 2 service interruptions affecting access within this park.

PlaygroundsSeba Playground

Seba Playground will be closed to reconstruct the current Seba Tot Lot into a playground for children of all ages. The new design will enlarge the toddler area by adding a custom spray shower, seating, and two new tot play units. Additional play spaces will also be added for 5 to 12 year olds, and will include a large accessible play unit, a second spray shower and seating area. These two play areas will be joined by 15 additional swings for both age groups. The site will also feature an accessible drinking fountain, attractive plantings, and a bicycle rack.

BeachesRockaway Beach and Boardwalk

The United States Army Corps of Engineers has resumed pumping sand onto Rockaway Beach in efforts to repair and restore the beach. Access to the beach area from Beach 61st Street to Beach 19th Street may be limited while the pumping operation continues. The Corps expects sand placement work to be completed by the end of October, weather permitting. Swimming is not permitted at Rockaway Beach, or any NYC beach, after Labor Day. Please visit the United States Army Corps of Engineers’ website for more information.

Jamaica Bay and the Rockaways Weather

  • Sat
    Mostly Sunny
    66°F
  • Sun
    Mostly Sunny
    62°F
  • Mon
    Sunny
    64°F
  • Tue
    Partly Sunny
    69°F

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