Flushing Meadows Corona Park
The Daily Plant : Wednesday, September 10, 2008
The Diversity Of Queens As Experienced In Its Parks
New York City is known as a “melting pot” due to its diversity and the many cultures seen throughout the city. The borough of Queens is also a “melting pot” in its own right. Diversity can be seen every day in Queens’ restaurants and malls but a sundry of culture and tradition can also be seen in Queens' parks and playgrounds. If you are lucky enough to travel through Queens and explore our parks, you will find recreation and cultural activities that will take you on a journey to different areas of the globe.
We can start right over the 59th Street Bridge. Athens Square Park in Astoria is located in the heart of the Greek community. Athens Square Park has hosted various Greek inspired programming. Annually, Greek cultural organizations plan Greek festivals where you can eat gyros and baklava and relax as you listen to Greek musicians. You will also hear the sound of the Greek language as people sit in the modeled Greek amphitheater and watch traditional Greek dancing. “Opa!"
Our journey continues as we travel to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival where you can do everything from eating dumplings to racing in a Dragon Boat – a cultural sport that originated in south central China more than 2,500 years ago. Once a year, over a hundred teams compete in the Annual New York Hong Kong Dragon Boat Festival. Flushing Meadows Corona Park is the only park in the city that hosts this type of event. If you visit FMCP on another day you will feel like you are watching a professional South American soccer game as leagues play as competitively as the World Cup. You can also find plenty of churros, a popular dessert squeezed from a ridged tube and fried sprinkled with sugar and sometimes cinnamon.
Let’s continue to the Caribbean as we stop by Roy Wilkins Park in South Jamaica for the Annual Irie Jamboree Reggae Festival. Listen to internationally acclaimed reggae artists and move your hips to the beats of Soca, Dancehall, and Culture. Taste the native cuisine of the Caribbean as you enjoy jerk chicken and rice and peas along with Sea Moss - a popular Caribbean milkshake.
On any given day of the week you can watch an Italian Bocce Tournament at Juniper Valley Park in Middle Village or stop and take a break at Anadale Park in Rego Park, to play chess with Russian Chess Masters who are prided chess players. Phil Rizzuto Park in Richmond Hill hosts the Phagwah Parade, a large Indo-Caribbean Hindu celebration of the New Year where the women are dressed in beautiful silk saris as you would find in India. At Hoffman Park in Elmhurst, watch local Master Tai Chi martial artists wield their swords during a morning ritual mirroring the rituals seen throughout China and Hong Kong
As the journey through Queens parks comes to a close, we must thank the people that visit for offering the vast richness of culture and tradition that they bring from all over the world.
You don’t have to be an avid traveler to see the world; you can look right in your local park!
Written by Susan Friedman-Diaz and Maria Scazzero
IN MEMORY OF DAMIEN BOWLES
Parks mourns the loss of City Seasonal Aide Damien Bowles, who died as a result of wounds he suffered while on duty at Douglass and DeGraw Pool at approximately 10:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 28.
Commissioner Benepe said, “All of us in the ‘Parks family’ are in shock at this murder. Our thoughts are with Damien’s family and we are confident the Police Department will actively pursue an investigation.”
QUOTATION FOR THE DAY
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”
William Jennings Bryan
(1860 - 1925)
Directions to Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Know Before You Go
There are currently 3 service interruptions affecting access within this park.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park Pool & Rink
From September 5 - 30, the swimming pool at this center is closed for annual maintenance. All swim programs and open hours are therefore cancelled during this time period. The ice rink will remain open for regular operations.
Anticipated Completion: 09/30/2017
NYC Parks has removed slides in this park due to a manufacturer recall. The manufacture is currently working on an improved design and redesigned slides will be installed as soon as possible.
World's Fair Marina
Due to a major planned reconstruction project, Pier 1 at the World's Fair Marina is currently closed. Limited transient dockage is available for smaller recreational vessels - please contact the Dockmasters office at 718-478-0480 or VHF Ch71 for more information. There is no dockage available for larger vessels or commercial vessels, including passenger pick-up and drop-off. We apologize for any inconvenience. Please check back with the World's Fair Marina in the future for updates.
Anticipated Completion: Fall 2017
- NYC PARKS JOINS GLOBAL APPAREL RETAILER UNIQLO FOR NEW PUBLIC ART CELEBRATION
- NYC PARKS ANNOUNCES SLATE OF SPRING AND SUMMER PUBLIC ART EXHIBITIONS AROUND THE CITY
- NYC PARKS CELEBRATES NEWLY RESTORED SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPE AROUND MEADOW LAKE IN FLUSHING MEADOWS CORONA PARK
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