has many places to spend some time after the sun
sets and the stars begin to twinkle. So whether
you're looking for something active or something
relaxing, check out what the borough has to offer.
|Avenue 30 on 30th Avenue and 36th Street in Astoria is a popular place to have a late night meal and drink.
Under the Stars
Forest Park, Wallenberg Square
Mondays, June 2-July 21, 6 p.m.
Ballroom dance lessons. Final lesson features
live swing band.
Forest Park, George Sueffert Bandshell
Fridays, July 18 and Aug. 22, 6 p.m.
Rock N Skate
Rolling under the stars free of charge. Rent your
|Cavo Cafe and Lounge, 42-18 31st Ave., has a beautiful courtyard to have dinner and drinks.
3, 6 p.m.
O'Donohue Park at B. 17th Street
6- 9 p.m.
Aug. 16, 6 p.m.
Gorman Playground, Queens
30th Ave. between 84th and 85th Streets
Aug. 2, 5:30 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Pavilion, Conf. House Park, Tottenville, Staten
Reservations required. Prepaid ticket includes
hors d'oeuvres, meal, live music and house tours.
Spaghetti and Bocce Ball
a warm Corona evening at roughly 7 p.m., barring
inclement weather, groups of elderly gentlemen
gravitate towards the bocce courts of William
F. Moore Park. The park, named after a local man
who was killed in World War I, is also referred
to as Joseph Lisa Park after a deceased local
politician, and less formally, "Spaghetti Park."
But it's not just the long-time residents who
stop by the park. A young boy in a blue Hawaiian
shirt sits on a bench with his father for a few
rounds, watching before he is offered the chance
to lob a few balls between games while his dad
shouts encouragement from the sidelines.
The players have attracted a good deal of curiosity
tonight. A woman approaches them and asks what
the game is called and what the rules are. It
reminds her of a similar Chinese game she refers
to as "sand fox ball." A family sits on the opposite
side of the court beneath the suspended colored
lanterns, looking on and eating colorful ices
from the cattycorner Lemon Ice King of Corona.
The players are voluble amongst themselves, showing
their approval for a good bowl in an enthusiastic
mix of Italian and English.
Mike Bloomberg tries his hand at a game of
bocce ball at Joseph Lisa “Spaghetti” Park
in Corona. Tribune Photo By Ira Cohen
the history of the park may be more rambunctious
than the bocce players that gather there. It has
been a fixture of the neighborhood since it opened
in the mid-1920s when it was known as the Corona
Heights Triangle. It is also the titular inspiration
for "Spaghetti Park," an action drama set in New
York in the 50s. The movie follows Nicky Carlucci's
travails growing up in Corona and ultimately his
decision whether or not to follow his brother
to Hollywood to escape his chosen path as a mob
Beginning in the 70s, the demographics of the
area changed and the Italian population has shrunk
in proportion to the influx of Asian and Hispanic
immigrants. But it's as if Thomas Waite Howard
foresaw this diversity. In 1868 he requested that
the post office switch the area's name from West
Flushing to Corona, because he deemed it the "crown
jewel" of Long Island; incidentally the word means
"crown" in both Italian and Spanish.
Even if we are in the twilight of the reign of
bocce, the park has plenty to offer residents:
benches, chessboards, shade. And who knows, maybe
the court's existence will beckon a younger generation
to take up the game?
Lower Shore Blvd., 23rd Ave. & 23rd Road
196-00 Union Tpke.
Steinway Street between
23rd Avenue & Ditmars Boulevard
20th Road & 20th Avenue & 37th-38th Streets
William F. Moore Park
108th Street & 51st Avenue
Felix & Seneca Avenues & 75th Avenue
North 77 Place, Juniper Boulevard South
Maurice Avenue & Borden Avenue & 54th Ave. & 63rd
Oak Avenue & 162nd Street
29th & 32nd Avenues & 158th -159th Streets
PO Nicholas Demutis Park
Liberty Avenue, 101st - 102nd Streets
Louis Pasteur Park
52nd Avenue between 248th Street & Marathon Parkway
147th Avenue & 235th Street & Brookville Boulevard
& S. Conduit
80th Street & Myrtle Avenue
77 Street & 25th Avenue