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Enjoy Extended Hours at the Queens Botanical Garden

Queens Botanical Garden will extend its open hours every Thursday evening in July and August, giving garden-goers the chance to enjoy nights among the flora. Starting today, the garden, which opens at 8am and normally closes at 6pm, will allow visitors to stay until 8pm at no extra charge. Last entry into the garden will be at 7:45pm. Going along with the extended garden hours, the Visitor and Administration Building will also be open until 7:30pm every Thursday, except for August 16. For more information, visit the Queens Botanical Garden at queensbotanical.org.

And Stick Around for ‘Desert’

Create your very own desert terrarium at the Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street) on Saturday, July 7. Attendees will be able to choose from an array of cacti and succulents to create a unique, open-air terrarium in a ceramic container that they can take home. Tips for terrarium care will also be provided. The event costs $25 for non-members and $20 for garden members. All materials provided. Registration at succulentterrarium.eventbrite.com required.

City Cooling Centers Remain Open Amid Heat Wave

Although the worst of this week’s heat wave may be over, New York City Emergency Management Department is keeping the city’s cooling centers. Owing to a heat advisory issued by the National Weather Service until 9pm tonight, heat centers across all five boroughs, including dozens in Queens, will remain open today. To find a cooling center near you, call 311 or use the NYC Cooling Center Finder at nyc.gov/beattheheat. The heat wave is expected to end by Friday week, when a cold front crosses the area and causes both the humidity and temperature to decrease, according to the National Weather Service.

NYT Cherishes the Vintage Charm of Corona’s Il Triangolo

On Tuesday, a New York Times food critic visited Il Triangolo, a classic Italian-American eatery at Corona Avenue and Junction Boulevard. Owner Mario Gigliotti opened the restaurant seven years ago, but the place an old-school charm. Case in point: Cell phones are discouraged. “I go to different restaurants all over the city, and this is the best,” one loyal customer told the Times. “The food is fabulous, the waiters are terrific, and the thing is, it makes you feel at home. I tell everyone to eat here, and now I sometimes have a hard time getting a table.”

Queens Museum Invites Kids To Bring Video Game Characters To Life

In celebration of National Video Game Day, the Queens Museum (Flushing Meadows Corona Park) is offering a drop-in family workshop on Sunday, July 8 where families will be invited to imagine themselves as their favorite video game characters. Children aged 4-12 and their adult companions will be given the chance to create images of the characters using market, watercolor, art sticks, and color pencils from 1:30pm to 4:30pm. Video game storytelling sessions will also take place beginning at 1:30pm, 2:30pm, and 3:30pm.

Catch A Movie Under The Stars

Movie-lovers can head to the Roy Wilkins Park parking lot (177th Street and Baisley Boulevard) tonight to catch a free showing of Jumanji (2017) as part of the NYC Parks Department’s Movies Under the Stars series. Attendees are encouraged to arrive before 8pm to snag a spot, as space is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. A limited supply of chairs will be provided, but the Parks Department encourages attendees to bring a towel to sit on. Call 718-393-7370 for more information.

Permits Filed For Combo School-Apartment Complex in Jackson Heights

Talk about a school house. Developer Skyline LLC filed permits to build a 10-story building in Jackson Heights that will feature 90 apartment units and a small school. The school will serve children ages 6 to 12.  The proposed 104-foot tall building, located at 70-40 45th Ave., will also have retail space, the Jackson Heights Post reports.

Sixth of July Fireworks in Breezy Point

Fourth of July fireworks lit up the sky along the East River last night, but the grand finale at the famous Macy’s event was just the beginning for an array of citywide firework spectaculars. On Friday, July 6, the Breezy Point Co-op will host a fireworks display on a barge off Breezy Point beginning at 9:30 pm. Coney Island will also host a weekly fireworks show off the boardwalk at 9:30 pm on July 6, July 13, July 20 and July 27. Where ever you decide to watch, make sure you let the pyrotechnic pros handle the dangerous explosives. That’s because you could be in for a hefty fine — or a few missing fingers — if you decide to take matters into your own hands.

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