Summer is here, and it’s time to get out in the sun!
MK Vision Center is Forest Hills is offering 20% off all sunglasses.
Be like “Jack the Dog,” who is rocking a new pair of designer sunglasses. He saved 20% by buying his frames at MK Vision Center in Forest Hills, and is now lounging in the Hamptons with his rubber duck, Abraham.
MK Vision is located at 107-29 71st Avenue in Forest Hills. Visit their store for more details.
After months of waiting, the day has finally come. Shake Shack will be opening in TWO days!
The popular eatery will open at 11 a.m. on Thursday at 71-26 Austin Street. They will be dishing out their bestselling burgers and fries. Additionally, as a means to incorporate the Forest Hills area into their new establishment, Shake Shack has added three new frozen custard concretes flavors inspired by the neighborhood.
The new flavors are:
Queens Bee – vanilla custard, marshmallow sauce, Liddabit Sweets honeycomb candy and strawberry purée
Hill of Beans – vanilla custard, Stumptown coffee beans, salted caramel sauce, chocolate truffle cookie dough and chocolate sprinkles
Austin Street Treat – chocolate custard, peanut butter sauce, sugar cone cookie and banana
Are you excited about the Shake Shack opening?
Two more performers, Louis C.K. and Megan Hilty, have recently been added to the ever-growing lineup at Forest Hills Stadium this summer.
The popular comedian released the news to his fans on Monday, adding that tickets would be $50 or less in an effort to fight off ticket scalpers. Along with a stop in Forest Hills on July 22, C.K. will visit Jerusalem, London, Paris and Prague. In an email, C.K. wrote, “It’s new jokes and I think I’m better at comedy right now than I’ve been for a while and I’m going to dedicate the year to just doing great live shows.”
Meanwhile, on July 7, Megan Hilty will join The New York Pops and Matthew Morrison on stage. Hilty has acted in hit shows such as “Smash,” “The Good Wife” and “Girlfriend’s Guide to Divorce.” Morrison, who is most known for his role on “Glee” and the musical “Finding Neverland,” will sing hits along with the orchestra and Steven Reineke, the New York Pops music director.
“I am beyond thrilled to return to the stadium – we had such a blast last summer, and I know that the orchestra, Matthew, and Megan are going to knock it out of the park in July!” said Reineke. “Matthew and Megan have performed with the orchestra before, and they are always absolutely electric. I am so glad they will bring their larger-than-life talent to join our full orchestra in this incredible venue. This concert is going to be a home run!”
Other performers at the historic venue include Mumford & Sons, Disclosure, Dolly Parton, Paul Simon, Bob Dylan, Van Morrison, Flight of the Conchords, Flume and Chris Stapleton. For more information on the various summer concerts, visit foresthillsstadium.com.
Tonight, May 19, at 8 p.m., Musica Reginae presents their concert “Works for Marimba and Piano.” Marimba Master Makoto Nakura will return to the stage with pianist Barbara Podgurski. The performance is also the first for the 5th Annual Queens New Music Festival.
After moving to New York from Japan in 1994, Nakura became the first marimbist to win the prestigious Young Concert Artists International Auditions. The Forest Hills resident also founded ISGM New Music Commissioning Fund, which has allowed leading composers to perform concertos, solos, interdisciplinary works and chamber works. Dr. Podgurski, a leading member of Musica Reginae, has performed at many classical venues, including Carnegie Hall. She was also recently featured in a Japanese television documentary for NHK regarding her time with her touring partner violinist Elizabeth Pitcairn and Mendelssohn Stradivarius.
The concert will be held at The Church-in-the-Gardens at 50 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills Gardens.
If you cannot make it to tonight’s concert, on Sunday, May 22, St. Luke’s will be presenting works for violin & piano by Ravel, Debussy, Puccini and more performed by Ivy Adrian, Piano, and Patti Ditzel, violin. St. Luke’s is located at 85 Greenway South in Forest Hills Gardens.
To learn more about the Queens New Music Festival, which runs from May 19 to 22, click here.
Facebook/Friends of MacDonald Park
The Forest Hills Asian Association, the NYC Parks Dept. staff and the Friends of MacDonald Park will be hosting a tree and shrub planting at MacDonald Park this Saturday, May 14, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
They are looking for volunteers to help spruce the park up as the warmer weather begins. Students can even earn community service credit if they are interested. The event doesn’t require pre-registration, just show up!
Experience isn’t necessary and tools and gloves will be provided to everyone. Light refreshments will also be served.
For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page.
Snowdays, the well known ice cream shop that promises “snowy” shaved ice cream, is scheduled to open this Saturday at their new Forest Hills location.
The 480-square-foot space at 72-24 Austin Street will be serving up classic flavors such as New York Cheesecake as well as the store’s signature, Yeti Tracks, which has a blueberry twist on the cookies-and-cream flavor. Other flavors include Roasted Black Sesame and vegan Coconut.
For the first 200 customers, Snowdays will give you your ice cream at 50% off. The shop is also planning on providing music and entertainment.
Along with the new Shake Shack and Target, Austin Street is certainly seeing some change.