Get ready to wear your green and celebrate Irish culture with Bayside’s first Saint Patrick’s Day Parade on Saturday, March 24.
The parade kicks off at 10 a.m. starting at 36th and ending at 41st avenue along Bell Boulevard – home to a number of Irish bars and restaurants. Attendees will be able to enjoy the parade, along with great restaurant and bar specials along the corridor.
Parade participants include marching bands, community groups, and schools.
“We are so excited and happy to be participating,” said Ciara Green Erdman, owner and teacher of the Ciara Greene School of Irish Step Dancing. “Our dancers wait all year long to celebrate St. Patrick and show off their hours of hard work in learning and perfecting their amazing Irish Step Dancing skills.”
The Bayside based dance studio is expecting 50 to 60 people to march, with student participants ranging in age from three to 16 years old.
Another group excited to be participating in the parade is Inis Fada Pipe and Drum Band. Twelve to 15 band members will march, playing pipes, snare, tenor, and base drums.
“Many of us in the band – including myself – have lived or worked in Bayside and have deep connections with Bayside and Bell Blvd,” said John Graney, a piper in the band for 15 years. Our band has been around for nearly 60 years and we march in the same parades each year. Adding Bayside will be very exciting for us as it is close to our home base in Mineola, and familiar to so many of us. “We’re looking forward to meeting new people at Bayside, marching down Bell Blvd, and of course, the after party.”
Among other participants will be:
MTA PD Pipes and Drums, NYPD Marching Unit and color guard, Sword of Light, Molloy High School Pipes and Drums, AOH- Division #15- Whitestone, AOH/LAOH – Bayside # 13, Bayside Bombers Lacrosse Team, Boy Scouts Troops #75 and #85, County Cavan Association, County Down Association, County Mayo Society, County Roscommon Society, Fitzpatrick Academy of Irish Dance, Habitat for Humanity,Hispanic American Court Officers Association, Irish American Center of Queens Nassau, Suffolk and Mineola, Knights of Columbus -Dooley McGinvey, North Shore Animal Hospital, North West Bayside Civic Association, Sacred Heart Catholic Academy, Saint Francis Prep High School Irish Club, Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association and The Shield Institute.
The sponsoring organization for the parade is Bayside Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Inc.
For more information or to participate in the parade, visit their Facebook page here. The deadline for groups to send in an application to participate in the parade is March 1.
Photo credit: John Graney and Ciara Greene Erdman.
February is known as the month of love and here are some specials to love that are happening at various businesses of the Bayside Village BID.
• Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside is offering complimentary x-rays and consultations (a $350 value) for new patients every Monday throughout the month. Restorative and Implant Dentistry of Bayside is located at 38-39 Bell Blvd, Suite 250. 718-428- 7474 or visit http://www.baysidedentalspa.com.
• Turn the Page…Again! is celebrating its 8th year of business with an anniversary book sale. All books are $1 every day in February. The used bookstore is located at 39-15a Bell Blvd. For more information, call 718-767- 2341
• Celebrate Mardi Gras on February 13 at Bourbon Street with drink and dinner specials, free giveaways, and live music by George Kilby Jr’s Mardi Gras revue. Bourbon Street is located at 40-12 Bell Blvd. For more information or to make a reservation, call 718-269- 4039
• Uno Pizzeria & Grill will host a Mardi Gras Party for kids of all ages on Fat Tuesday. The party will feature food and drink specials, face painting, crafts, masks, crowns, tiaras, beads, and other activities. Uno is located at 39-02 Bell Blvd. For more information, call 718-279- 4900
• Queens Dance Project is offering a two for one Zumba workout for adults at 8 p.m. on Valentine’s Day. The cost is $10 per couple. QDP is located at 214-26 41 Ave. For more information, call 718-229- 1133 or visit
• Those dining at Bourbon Street on Valentine’s Day will receive a complementary glass of Wolffer Rose Cider or Champagne with the purchase of a Valentine’s Day Special Entree. Bourbon Street is located at 40-12 Bell Blvd. For more information or to make a reservation, call 718-269- 4039
• Couples can enjoy a complementary toast of Love Potion Sangarita’s at the Spanish restaurant on Valentine’s Day. Free valet parking is available. Sangarita’s is located at 40-02 Bell Blvd. For more information or to make a reservation, call 718-428- 2727
• Queens Dance Project is hosting a Kids Valentine’s Day Party from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, February 17. The party is for potty-trained children ages three to 10 and will include games, a craft, dancing, pizza, cookies and juice. The cost is $30 per child and is non-refundable. Reservations are required as limited spots are available. QDP is located at 214-26 41 Ave. To make a reservation, call 718-229- 1133
The Bayside BID is partnering with Council Member Paul Vallone and Age-friendly NYC to make Bayside a great place to work, play and shop for people all ages.
Did you know that there are over 1 million older New Yorkers living in the city and the number is only growing? Older New Yorkers visit local stores, restaurants, banks, pharmacies and salons every day. In order to create the best experience for everyone visiting and shopping in Bayside, the BID is partnering with Age-friendly NYC to make it more inclusive for older adults.
Age-friendly NYC was established in 2007 and is a partnership between the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council and The New York Academy of Medicine that works to make all aspects of life in New York City more inclusive of older adults today and in the future.
Age-friendly NYC will be working with the Bayside BID to provide practical no-cost and low-cost strategies and resources local businesses can use to attract and better serve older New Yorkers. They will also be working with the BID to evaluate programming and events in order to better accommodate the preferences and needs of older guests.
Stay tuned for more information and upcoming chances to get involved!
U.S. Rep. Grace Meng coordinated a visit by U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Maria Contreras-Sweet to Queens.
The two toured local small businesses on Bell Boulevard in Bayside, with the main stop at Bayside Milk Farm, a 38-year-old family-owned grocery market.
In her first visit to Queens, Contreras-Sweet was able to see borough businesses firsthand, and hear concerns of local small business owners.
Contreras-Sweet, who President Obama chose for the cabinet-level position earlier this year, became head of the SBA in April.
“I thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for coming to Queens and for being a true advocate for small businesses,” said Meng. “Small businesses are the backbone of the Queens economy. Their success is critical to the prosperity of our region, and we must ensure that they have the tools they need to succeed. I’m thrilled that Administrator Contreras-Sweet was able to experience the vibrancy and success of our borough’s entrepreneurs, and I look forward to continuing to work with her to help make local small businesses the best that they can be.”
“Hearing from small business owners directly is so important to the work I do as head of the SBA,” said Contreras-Sweet. “Being able to visit communities across the country such as Bayside, where small businesses are an important part of the neighborhood character, let’s me see and hear firsthand how we can continue to grow entrepreneurship across the nation.”
“We thank Administrator Contreras-Sweet for visiting Bayside and touring our business,” said Pat Perulli and Patrick Perulli, the Co-Owners of Bayside Milk Farm. “We’re excited that she is seeing firsthand what’s going on with small businesses in Queens.”
“Thank you to Congresswoman Grace Meng for inviting SBA Administrator Contreras-Sweet to Bayside Village,” said Lyle Sclair, Executive Director of the Bayside Village BID. “Bell Boulevard is home over 140 small businesses providing a wide range of services, and every business owner has a different set of needs. Administrator Contreras-Sweet’s visit is a great opportunity to demonstrate to the federal government the types of support needed in order to make ‘Main Street’ businesses compete in this difficult economy.”
The Queens Chamber of Commerce is proud to partner with Assemblyman Michael Simanowitz to launch the Queens VETS program.
This program is our way of thanking veterans living or shopping in Queens for their service to our country and our community. Veterans will be given an identification card that, when presented at a participating business, will enable them to receive a pre-determined discount on goods or services.
Businesses wishing to offer a discount will receive a decal identifying them as a participant. Additionally, each business will be listed on the Queens Chamber as well as Assemblyman Simanowitz’s website for the duration of their participation. If you decide the program is not right for your business, you can drop out at any time by contacting the Chamber.
At a minimum, your business will be contacted on an annual basis to confirm your continued interest in the program. In addition to showing your support for our veterans, this initiative will give your business access to the growing community of veterans in Queens.
Click here to download the Queens VETS program Merchant Application form. We hope that you will strongly consider joining us, and your fellow business owners, in supporting those who have fought on our behalf. Program participation is open to all members of the Bayside Village BID.