Around the Boroughs: Queens NY

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I’m from Queens, and I can tell you, it is possible to be from a place called “Queens” and still maintain every aspect of your manhood. NYC’s largest borough has plenty of things to do all year that appeal to all facets of your machismo, from the barbaric to the sophisticated.

It’s not every day that you can get lost in a maze of corn anywhere in New York City, but it’s always been a dream of mine. If you share that dream with me, you really need to check out the Amazing Maize Maze at the Queens County Farm Museum. This year’s maze is shaped like an American Flag to commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the Star Spangled Banner and can be explored Saturdays and Sundays through October 26. Don’t be too worried about getting lost, though. Before embarking on your corn-filled adventure, the staff provides a “Stalk Talk,” to fill you in on finding clues in order to effectively navigate the maze. Tickets are $9.00 for adults, $4.00 for children between the ages of 4 and 11, and children under 3 are admitted free. The museum is located at 73-50 Little Neck Parkway in Floral Park. For more information, visit: or contact them at or by phone at (718) 347-3276.

If you don’t want to work and just want to bang on the drum all day, come to Flushing Town Hall and see someone who does just that (joined by a few jazz musicians just to fill in the void). Two-time Grammy Award nominee, Dafnis Prieto brings his unique blend of Afro-Cuban jazz drums, congas, and timbales to the accompanying sax, piano and bass to the Town Hall stage on November 8 at 7:30 pm. Come hear the drummer that the Boston Phoenix calls “one of the supermen drummers of contemporary jazz.” Tickets sell for $15.00 ($12 for members) and $10.00 for students. For more information, visit or call the box office at (718) 463-7700 ex. 222 to purchase tickets.

Zorro was one of the first real leading men of the silver screen, bar none. He was smooth and charming and always got the girl. Tut’s Fever Movie Palace, part of a permanent installation at Kaufman Astoria Studios and the Museum of the Moving Image features daily screenings of the 1937 classic film Zorro Rides Again through November 28.  Come and live vicariously through the masked film hero on weekdays  (Wed. through Fri.) at 2:00 and on Saturdays and Sundays at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:30 pm. The museum is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria. For more information, visit, call (718) 777-6800, or e-mail them at


Jack Raplee is a Queens native with over 20 years of journalistic experience covering industries as varied as entertainment, manufacturing, engineering and consumer electronics as well as hard news. Apart from writing, he has enjoyed additional exposure in radio work, standup comedy and modeling. While his career trajectory has brought him far and wide, living in places like Nassau, Bahamas; Sungnam, Korea; and Jackson, Mississippi he always seems to end up in his native NYC. Jack is currently working on a yet-to-be-titled book providing his unique perspective on his native Queens as seen from the table of a local diner.

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