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‘Broadway in the Boros’ coming to Jackson Heights for Pride Month
BY BILL PARRY
Th e city released the lineup for it 2019
“Broadway in the Boros” series, featuring
noonday performances by cast members
and musicians of hit Broadway musicals
in Queens beginning next month.
To celebrate World Pride Month, seven
Courtesy of the Mayor’s Offi ce of Media and Entertainment
Whitestone gelateria Chillato celebrates grand opening
BY CARLOTTA MOHAMED
Whitestone’s newest eatery — and the
only one in the neighborhood specializing
in freshly churned artisanal gelato — held
its grand opening on Saturday, May 18.
Chillato, a friendly neighborhood gelateria
where customers can indulge in classic
and innovative fl avors that delight
with each bite, celebrated its debut at
17-16 154th St. with a ribbon cutting that
Assemblyman Edward Braunstein led.
Chillato is the brainchild of two families,
Tony Liu and his wife, Linda, and
Maria Chee and her husband, Jon Zefi ,
who met 10 years ago in northeastern
Queens when their daughters were in
grade school together. Th e concept for
Chillato was fueled by their mutual passion
for delicious, authentic gelato and
their desire to have a local spot in their
Since its soft opening last month,
Chillato has quickly gained a reputation
as the local go-to place for quality Italian
“We wanted to establish a fun, hip place
to in a tight knit community where its
residents can gather to enjoy each other’s
company over a good cup of gelato,”
“Gelato puts a smile on everyone’s face
and make families happy. We wanted to
invite everyone in the community into
our home,” said Liu.
Aside from off ering classic Italian fl avors,
like nocciola (hazelnut), pistachio
and stracciatella, Chillato also curates a
menu of new and inventive fl avors such as
raspberry cheesecake, peanut butter and
jelly, and lemon cookie.
Among their most sought aft er fl avors
are Ferrero Rocher, deep chocolate (for
serious chocolate lovers), salted caramel,
and almond roca. For those who have
dietary constraints, Chillato off ers dairy
free sorbets such as watermelon, raspberry
lychee, lemon, mango and passion
Among Chillato’s product off ering is
their custom gelato cakes and gelato pops
that can be made from any of their 24
gelato fl avors.
Customers can also host a unique birthday
party at Chillato, such as Chef-For-
A-Day, where participants can create and
make their own gelato fl avors. Chillato’s
sizable retail footprint can accommodate
large events such as baby showers, graduation
parties and corporate outings.
A favorite among party customers is
their open gelato bar where guests can
experience the host’s specially selected
menu of their favorite gelato fl avors.
Chillato’s newest menu addition is the
Gelato Sandwich where they pay homage
to the Sicilian classic: brioche with gelato.
Customers can choose to sandwich their
favorite gelato in between a brioche bun
or a donut, and pair it with a cup of freshly
brewed coff ee.
Chillato is open Sunday through
Th ursday from 1 to 9 p.m., and Friday
and Saturday from 1 to 10 p.m.
To fi nd out more about Chillato
visit chillatoshop.com or connect on
social media: @chillatoshopatnyc and @
time Tony-nominated LGBTQ hit
“Th e Prom,” along with Tony nominee
“Be More Chill,” will be featured at
the site of the Queens Pride Parade in
Jackson Heights on Friday, June 28.
Th e Mayor’s Offi ce of Media and
Entertainment, which is presenting the
series, is working with NYC Pride to
make this performance an offi cial event
of the fi rst World Pride in the United
States, in conjunction with the 50th
anniversary of the Stonewall Uprising.
Th e event will be staged at the intersection
of 77th Street and 37th Road.
“Welcome, ‘Broadway in the Boros,’ to
Jackson Heights,” Councilman Daniel
Dromm said. “I am thrilled that my constituents
will soon be treated to numbers
from the Tony-nominated musicals ‘Be
More Chill’ and ‘Th e Prom.’ My district
is home to one of the largest and diverse
LGBTQ communities in the nation as
well as at many performing arts professionals,
which makes the event’s offi cial
World Pride designation very fi tting.
I am pleased to partner with MOME
Commissioner Anne del Castillo and
her staff to bring this exciting programming
to our neighborhood.”
Th e ‘Broadway in the Boros’ series
aims to increase access by connecting
neighborhoods in the outer boroughs
with the rich arts and cultural programming
available in the theater district,
and to showcase diverse stories on
For many families, ‘Broadway in the
Borough’ may be their fi rst or only
opportunity to experience a currently
running Broadway musical.
“We are thrilled to bring back
‘Broadway in the Boros’ for a fourth
straight year,” Castillo said. “We invite
all New Yorkers to come out this summer
and enjoy these free performances
featuring actors and musicians that
make our city the creative capital of the
All “Broadway in the Boros” performances
take place on Fridays between
noon and 1 p.m.
The cast of Beautiful sings at a 2018 Broadway in the Boros performance
Photo via Instagram @Chillatoshopatnyc