The 3-Day Weekend Sans Car

July 3, 2008 at 6:26 am 3 comments

Cars are so out this 4th of July. Subways, buses, walking—all in.

Be Hip

Head over to LIC for PS1’s kick-off Warm Up party on Saturday, or go a different, less crowded, day to see the Public Farm One (PF1), which is simply a marvel of urban cleverness and creativity. Take the E to 21st and Ely stop (last stop in Queens).

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Take in the View

For a view of the fireworks, finding a spot on the FDR and keeping an eye on my kids makes me nervous. But I think the whole thing is less stressful over in Gantry State Park (LIC). Take the E/F/R to Roosevelt and then x-fer to the #7, Vernon Jackson stop, and walk the block or two from there.

Go for a Swim

Indoors: Central Queens Y will be closed on the 4th for the holiday and then Saturday as usual, but it will be back open on Sunday. The pool hours are then all over the place (some women-only, men-only), but family swim is 1:30-4. Call 718-268-5011 for more information, since the Y’s Web site is a mess. Membership required, but a car is not.

Outdoors: Birchwood Towers. There’s no Web site for this, but if you walk over there (Yellowstone, and then a left on 66th Rd.), to the middle building, you’ll see the pool entrance, which you can go through for a fee ($10-15—haven’t been there yet to confirm).

Rowing and Knishes

Rowing in Flushing Meadow Park isn’t as gross as you might think. Meadow Lake is huge and sometimes the views are cool in a surreal way. Also, fewer yups, grups, and tourists. I did it last year with my kids and it was fun. We then walked around the lake, to almost the other side, to eat some hot dogs at the Knish Nosh kiosk. It’s a half-hour walk from most parts of Forest Hills’ “downtown.”

Rub Elbows

And every other part of your body with the crowds at the Queens Zoo and Hall of Science. Not long ago, you could go to these places and feel like you hit the jackpot of calm and culture. The culture part is still intact, but the latter-day crowds mean sometimes waiting to get in and to see what you want. Both are accessible via the Q23, getting off in Corona at 108th and walking the block over to 111 St. It’s also about a 35-min. walk from Queens Blvd/Continental.


Couple of things happening in MacDonald Park, 70th Rd and Queens Blvd, Forest Hills.

  • Independence Weekend Jewish Music Concert , July 6, 2008, 7 p.m.
  • Children’s magic show at 6 p.m. For more information, call Jeff Gottlieb, Queens Jewish Historical Society, 917-376-4496.
  • The chess players are out in full force.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. MM  |  July 3, 2008 at 1:02 pm

    The Flushing Meadow pool, which is cheaper, larger and more clean than the Y, is also open and a great spot for swimmers.

  • 2. Iraquois Plisken  |  July 3, 2008 at 1:05 pm

    There’s also the flushing meadow fireworks.

  • 3. karbeth  |  July 3, 2008 at 4:18 pm

    Do you know where, over Flushing Meadow, the fireworks will be? Where is a good spot to stand/view?

    Thanks for great suggestions.


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