Queens Economic Development Corporation launches 75 Days of Summer
by Lisa A. Fraser
Jun 14, 2011 | 10298 views | 0 0 comments | 118 118 recommendations | email to a friend | print
If the Queens Economic Development Corporation gets its way, no one will just be flying into Queens only to zoom to Manhattan to experience New York City’s culture and flare.

The QEDC has launched their 75 Days of Summer promotion to flaunt the borough’s museums, galleries, cultural attractions and performing arts venues to visitors and residents alike.

All summer, some of the most celebrated cultural and natural attractions in Queens will be offering special savings to visitors. The 75 Days of Summer promotion is part of a string of ongoing activities including Restaurant Week, Queens Shop the World, and Taste of Queens.

The promotion is part of the QEDC’s Discover Queens program, which is a driving force in letting residents and visitors of Queens know what cultural events are happening in the borough each week.

“It was the middle of winter, it was cold, it was nasty and the idea of summer seemed so wonderful and appealing,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of QEDC. “The energy is so exciting, but it’s not just our sights, our buildings or our museums, it’s the people.”

The promotion kicked off on Wednesday, June 8, with a press conference at Citi Field that gathered local performers such as Gabriela Granados of the American Bolero Dance Company and Astoria’s own Natalia Paruz, a.k.a. The Saw Lady.

Starting Thursday, June 16, the Queens Art Express will kick off as part of the 75 Days of Summer promotion. A four-day spring art festival, the Queens Art Express aims to showcase the diverse communities of Queens along the No. 7 and the N, Q and R train lines.

The festival will highlight everything art and food, as it partners up with local merchants from Long Island City, Astoria, Sunnyside, Jackson Heights, Corona and Flushing.

“It is a metaphoric journey through a world of art in one borough," said Hoong Yee Krakauer, executive director of the Queens Council of the Arts. "No passport needed, just take your metrocard.”

The 75 Days of Summer promotion is sponsored by Delta, Expedia, the United States Tennis Association, the New York Mets and Queens Council on the Arts, all of which are set to offer discounted deals.

Other events include the Flushing Town Hall’s Sunday Concert Series beginning July 10, the Socrates Sculpture Center’s 2011 Summer Solstice Celebration on June 21, and the Whale/Dolphin Watch Cruise, which starts on June 15 and runs through July 3.

“There is so much to do in this borough,” said Bornstein, noting the Discover Queens business center located in Queens Center Mall, which is always there to help those looking for something to do on the spot.

The QEDC is looking to expand their reach by embracing social media sites like Twitter and Facebook, as well as Quick Response (QR) Codes, which will enable residents and visitors to access information from the Discover Queens website on the go, in addition to electronic and print newsletters. QEDC is also developing a mobile app.

“It’s a great thing for people, there will be all kinds of activities for children,” said Queens Borough President, Helen Marshall. “There are a lot of people out of work and sometimes the fees for some of these things are astronomical, but we try to keep it as free as we can and as open as we can for all ages.”

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