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Filmmaker captures iconic Queens landmarks in second Indiana Jones adaptation

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Feb. 5, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan A Queens filmmaker is gearing up to release his second Indiana Jones short film adaptation after his first one was a huge hit online among fans of the franchise.  John Galligan, a Forest Hills resident, released Indiana Jones and the Secret of the Queens Giant in 2020, just three years after buying his first camera, to pay homage to the film saga. The short film centers around the tallest and oldest tree in the city, known as the Queens Giant in Alley Pond Park. Since its release, the film garnered over 250,000 views on…
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QNS Weekender: Six things to do in Queens this weekend

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Jan. 18, 2024 By Aidan Pellegrino The city of Queens has plenty of things to do over the winter, and this weekend is no exception. Whether it’s at a park, show or it’s just a great place to eat and relax, there is always something for everyone.   Friday, Jan. 19   Alley Pond Park Forest Restoration Come volunteer at Alley Pond Park to help rebuild and restore the local ecosystem and learn about the importance of topics such as environmental conservation and species diversity. (Adventure Course Parking Lot, Union Turnpike, Oakland Gardens. 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Admission: Free) Jr. Knicks…
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Retired St. John’s environmental professor pens book on Alley Pond Park

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Jan. 9, 2024 By Iryna Shkurhan The same year that William Nieter began teaching at St. John’s University in 1976, a group of environmentally minded community members opened the original Alley Pond Environmental Center on Northern Boulevard.  Almost five decades later, with the surrounding park and its center unrecognizable from the early days, the idea to…
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New $28 million Alley Pond Environmental Center unveiled after 17 years in the making

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Dec. 4, 2023 By Iryna Shkurhan After 17 years and a $28 million investment, Alley Pond Park cut the ribbon on its brand new environmental center in Douglaston on Monday, Dec. 4.  The grand opening at the new building on Northern Boulevard drew more than a dozen elected officials, as well as NYC Parks Department employees and local residents. After a three-song performance from the chorus group at Marie Curie Middle School and a slew of remarks from those who cherish the nature preserve, officials cut a piece of biodegradable green tape with mini scissors to officially mark the completion…
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MS-13 leader gets life in prison for ordering murder of 16-year-old in Bayside’s Alley Pond Park: Feds

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Nov. 28, 2023 By Bill Parry An MS-13 gang leader from Queens was sentenced to life in prison Tuesday, Nov. 28, in Brooklyn federal court for racketeering charges, including the murder of a 16-year-old victim in Bayside’s Alley Pond Park in 2017. Melvi Amador-Rios, 32, of Briarwood, was convicted on 17 of 18 counts by a federal jury in August following a three-week trial and sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Rachel Kovner to life in prison for murder in-aid-of racketeering. Amador-Rios was also sentenced to 80 years in prison for four Hobbs Act robberies, 40 years in prison for…
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Alley Pond Park to host second annual Estuary Day celebration

Aug. 30, 2023 By Ethan Marshall Editor’s note: Organizers announced that this event has been canceled due to the field being oversaturated by the rain. Alley Pond Park will be hosting the second annual Estuary Day celebration on Sept. 30. The event, scheduled to run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. will again come thanks in large part to the NYC Parks Department and Friends of Alley Pond Park. There will be a large variety of programs and activities available during this year’s Estuary Day celebration. This includes canoeing with the Urban Park Rangers, games, a presentation of animals at…
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