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Whether we’ve had a stack set aside for months or haven’t picked up a book since our last vacations, many Queens residents are preparing to dive into some light reading as summer kicks off.

And while the choices are overwhelming as shelves begin to fill with writers’ pandemic-era masterpieces, the Chronicle’s got you covered with recommendations — be it for a sticky day next to the AC, a day at the beach or for lounging poolside.

Queens will celebrate Independence Day weekend with colorful, high-flying fireworks festivities that will fill the skies around Queens this Fourth of July.The biggest, boldest and most famous is the annual Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks extr…

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Few television series have grabbed and held viewers the way “The Walking Dead” has since its debut on AMC in 2010.And with the few survivors in the post-apocalyptic society now fighting zombies and each other in their final season, the Museum…

Gentle waves splash on the shore as fisherman reel in the occasional catch, birds sing, children play and art installations loom while dozens gather for yoga in a perfectly shaded corner of Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City every we…

An unscientific poll conducted by the Chronicle has proven what many Queens residents already knew: Rockaway Beach remains one of the most desirable and one-of-a-kind beaches in the country.Dubbed the “Venice Beach of the East Coast” by one s…

The Queensboro Dance Festival is back, and, for the ninth year in a row, is bringing performances of all kinds to communities throughout the borough.The program kicked off on June 5 with a performance in the Queens Pride Parade, and this past…

Without a moment to catch his breath, pioneering actor André De Shields took his final bow in Broadway’s musical hit, “Hadestown,” on May 29 and threw himself into preparations for an upcoming appearance at Flushing Town Hall in his acclaimed…

It could be very difficult for someone to look over the roster of free concerts offered this summer at Middle Village’s Juniper Valley Park and not find something to like.The series is sponsored by the Queensborough Performing Arts Center and…

“When I’m visiting New York City, Jackson Heights is my favorite place to go for walks.”It’s an endorsement that could have been written specifically to promote the upcoming “Celebrate Historic Jackson Heights” weekend, sponsored by the Jacks…

The unofficial start of summer has arrived and Black Spectrum Theatre has a series of free outdoor events at Roy Wilkins Park in St. Albans to keep people entertained from June 9 through Aug. 21 every Thursday at 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Sunday …

Kick off summer with a celebration of the rich culture that Queens, a haven for more than 2.3 million residents who speak about 170 languages, more than half of whom were born in a foreign country, has to offer.“All of us in Queens know how g…

James Wong Howe, who came to the United States from China as a child, began working as a cameraman and then cinematographer back in the days of silent movies in 1923.He continued to innovate and thrive in a career of more than five decades th…

Growing up in Flushing in the 1960s as the decidedly American son of traditional Chinese immigrant parents, all Alvin Eng wanted to do was fit in.Alvin knew he did not want a life in his family’s laundry business, and knew even as a boy of 6 …

“Mi Herencia” (“My Heritage”) is the latest album from the Whitestone-based Afro-Latin band Grupo Rebolú on Folkways, the Smithsonian’s nonprofit recording label, which supports cultural diversity.“We are excited to release our album, which h…

The folks at Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside will do more than invite you to attend their upcoming performances of “Vive el Tango.”Artistic Director Angel Gil Orrios will also invite you to bring your dancing shoes.

Omnium Circus, a diverse multi-abled circus that formed during the height of the pandemic in 2020, is making its Big Apple debut at Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on May 14 at 2 and 8 p.m.The two performances of the troupe’s “…

It’s only fitting that two lights that converge on the front curtain of The Gingerbread Players’ postage stamp stage at St. Luke’s Church in Forest Hills, where a new production of the classic comic operetta, “Babes in Toyland,” is now on vie…

Live from St. Kevin Roman Catholic Church, the Oratorio Society of Queens is set to make its first in-person performance since 2019 on May 15. The concert marks the society’s 95th anniversary.The vast majority of the amateur chorus’ roughly 6…

The City Parks Foundation’s PuppetMobile is back in full force this season with a modern adaptation of “Little Red Riding Hood,” called “Little Red’s Hood.”Created by Liam Hurley in 2016 originally for the Swedish Cottage Marionette Theatre’s…

Despite rain in the forecast, hundreds of people throughout the city made their way to Flushing Meadows Corona Park for the Queens Night Market on April 16. Every Saturday this spring and summer, from 5 p.m. to midnight, the community can imm…

Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City is a waterfront haven lush with five acres of tranquil park space but also offers rich educational programming, free activities and impressive rotating exhibits.This season, Socrates will be home to…

A guy from Boston and a guy from Philadelphia walk into a show and leave the audience laughing and wanting more.For Jon Fisch and Monroe Martin, veterans of the New York comedy scene, that’s the game plan for April 30 as they perform at Comed…

Queens has a rich history of cinematography, with many films spotlighting landmarks of the World’s Borough and others disguising places like Ridgewood, where historic facades can evoke a variety of bygone periods and neighborhoods.“I think th…

From bubbles you can blow with little plastic wands to bubble baths you can take to relax your weary bones, those magical, mystical orbs seem to hold a fascination for young and old alike.But few if any have turned their interest in those del…

As inflation skyrockets and people search for new ways to save money without reducing their enjoyment of life, one possibility is Culture Pass. Available to anyone with a library card, it opens up a world of free, though ephemeral, access to …

A new exhibition of Japanese-American sculpture and photography at The Noguchi Museum in Long Island City shines a light on the silenced experiences of Japanese Americans forced to relocate to internment camps by the U.S. government during Wo…

The Museum of the Moving Image held “The Marvels of Media Awards” last week in Astoria. The event marked the first media awards, festival and exhibit to celebrate people on the autism spectrum.Hosting the March 31 event was MoMI Executive Dir…

Danny Simmons, an author, poet, philanthropist and a world-renowned Neo-African abstract expressionist artist from Jamaica and Hollis, who has had his work featured in the Smithsonian African American Museum in Washington, DC, and showcased i…

For the first time ever, Queens Theatre will host a Latin Culture & Dance Fiesta from April 8 to 10. Featuring events from across the Latin diaspora, the program will highlight vocal, dance and comedy performances.According to Willy Mosqu…

In the last two years the New York Hall of Science has been shuttered first by the pandemic and then by the remnants of Hurricane Ida. It partially reopened Feb. 19.If there was any doubt that NYSCI is back, the children visiting its “Connect…

Sometimes the most interesting things in your neighborhood can be hidden in plain sight.Adrienne Onofri and the Queens Historical Society will be showing people some of those hidden gems in the coming weeks in a pair of neighborhood walking t…

For songwriter-musician Marlon Hurt, Culture Lab LIC, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting local artists and bringing accessible, high-quality art of all genres to the community, was “a lifesaver.”Hurt and his band, Queens County Roots, were, …

In his seventh and most recent book, “Images of America: Douglaston-Little Neck (Arcadia Publishing),” Queens Historical Society Interim Executive Director Jason Antos takes up the mantle of documenting the area’s largely unexplored past.Thou…

First it was the Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Rockaway Beach on March 5; a day later the St. Pat’s for All Parade, held virtually last year, returned to the streets of Sunnyside and Woodside.And with St. Patrick’s Day soon to be …

In line with the zeitgeist, Astoria’s Museum of the Moving Image uses its latest exhibit, “Deepfake: Unstable Evidence on Screen,” to examine media manipulation in the era of fake news and beyond.Though deepfakes — videos that intentially dis…

Winter won’t be coming to an end for a few weeks but it’s going to get hot already inside Resorts World Casino for the return of Wintercon 2022. The Queens convention which welcomes cosplayers, comic fans, sci-fi and fantasy buffs, and all ot…

Flushing Town Hall will kick off its Women’s History Month programming Friday, Mar. 4, featuring performances from four women musicians, each of whose sets will highlight the contributions of those women artists who came before them.“The mont…

Joe DiStefano, Queens’ best-known foodie, is negotiating the signature food of Nepal, momos — steamed dumplings served in soup or with a dipping sauce.Without some practice, momos can be awkward to eat without dropping something down your front.

Be it a small family plot from Queens’ days as farmland or Calvary covering 365 acres, cemeteries tell stories of the history of the borough and those who have lived here.In his new book, “Dead Queens,” author Richard Panchyk tells the storie…

Every Sunday night, 30 or 40 friends — mostly young, well-educated and multi-racial — meet for a potluck supper and, until the season ended, football party in a former factory in Ridgewood.Some work in film production. Others are artists, gra…

It might come as a surprise to some that Rika Kanasawa, a native of Japan now living in Sunnyside, finds herself center stage these days at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in a new musical revue called “Salsa Cabaret,” running through Feb. 27.But …

For nearly 40 years, Dorothy Zbornak, Rose Nylund, Blanche Devereaux and Sophia Petrillo — TV’s “The Golden Girls” — have been part of the American cultural landscape.And now they will be paying an in-person visit to our neck of the woods wit…

The Bayside Historical Society is back with its 21st annual Winter Art Show this month. For all of February, works from 39 North Queens artists submitted to the competition will be on display at Bay Terrace Shopping Center and online.Encompas…

The Queens Chef Project shares intimate stories about cooks from across the World’s Borough and has bigger goals, too: to bring together a larger community of restaurants and start a movement of support for them.The online multimedia project,…

Flushing Town Hall will celebrate Black History Month with the return of the Black History Trilogy, a set of performances paying tribute to Black entertainment.Jimy Bleu, a Jimi Hendrix impersonator and historian, will kick it off with his “T…

Angela Carcione had wanted to study bugs since she was young. In third grade, she told her teacher she wanted to be a wildlife biologist like Steve Irwin. The Howard Beach native went on to pursue entomology, the study of insects, at the Univ…

“That’s My Home,” the series of personal information and ephemera on the website of the Louis Armstrong House Museum, was formed out of inspiration and improvisation in the early days of the Covid-19 crisis in March 2020.“It was the second we…

Maspeth’s Mrs. gallery opened its third solo exhibition of artist Elizabeth Atterbury’s work on Jan. 15. The exhibit, entitled “Duets,” has a combination of prints and sculptures, the former from Atterbury’s latest portfolio, “Calendars.”Upon…

Ron Pollack was there when the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. spoke at Queens College on May 13, 1965.He will be there again — albeit virtually — on Jan. 16, as the college, in collaboration with the Kupferberg Center for the Arts, presents its …

Daniel Sokatch of San Francisco certainly could have chosen an easier topic for a book than a look at the complexities that Israel faces both internally and on the world stage.“I’m a lifelong liberal Zionist who has devoted my life to the bet…