50 THE QUEENS COURIER • HOLIDAY GUIDE • NOVEMBER 29, 2018 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM
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BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELLDOMENECH
Locally made holiday gift s are now
for sale at AlterWork Studios, an open
access art and community center in
Long Island City.
Th e Holiday Market offi cially opened
the day aft er Th anksgiving on Nov. 23
and will stay open until Christmas Eve.
Some of the gift s that art lovers can
give to family and friends include pottery,
leather apparel, printed T-shirts,
prints, cards, buttons and paintings.
Most of the 14 artists selling their
handmade pieces are Queens residents.
“We are working in our shops ourselves
so people can come by and talk
to the artists,” said AlterWork Studios
founder Tina Stipanovic, who said that
nobody is obligated to buy anything if
they wish to visit the studio. “Th ey can
come by and just show their support.”
AlterWork Studios opened in 2017
and hopes to help both veteran and
up-and-coming artists advance their
careers by off ering aff ordable workspace,
tools, classes, workshops and
Th e Holiday Market is open from
11 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more examples
of items for sale and studio off erings
check out their Instagram (@alterworkstudios)
and website, alterworkstudios.
Photo courtesy of Ciclistas Latinoamericano de New York
Third Santa Claus bike ride in East
Elmhurst celebrates holidays and cycling
BY ALEJANDRA O’CONNELLDOMENECH
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Ciclistas Latinoamericano de New
York, a Jackson Heights-based bicycling
group, is hosting the third annual
Santa Claus bike ride on Sunday, Dec. 2,
at Gorman Playground, located in East
Elmhurst between 30th Avenue and
Cyclists of all ages are encouraged to
meet up at the playground 9:45 a.m. and
ride for 3 miles around the neighborhoods
of Jackson Heights, Corona and
East Elmhurst in holiday-themed costumes.
According to the Ciclistas
Latinoamericano de New York founder,
Claudia Corcino, the ride is a fun way
to encourage bicycle use among children
and raise awareness about the need
for more protected bike lanes in the city.
“I used to commute to work every day
but now I can’t,” said Corcino, who traveled
by bike to her job in East Elmhurst.
Now that Corcino works in the Lower
East Side, the lack of protected bike lanes
connecting Queens to Brooklyn forces
Corcino to take smaller streets to get to
work, increasing her travel time.
“Th ings have improved though,” said
Corcino, but she added that more work
needs to be done.
Riders will also be stopping at Northern
Playground at Northern Boulevard and
94th Street in Jackson Heights.
Corcino requested that none of the
riders dress up as Santa Claus to avoid
a fl eet of St. Nicks confusing small children.
For more information on the event,
Photo courtesy of AlterWork Studios
Tell Dime your favorite charity, they’ll ‘give back’
BY EMMA MILLER
Dime Community Bank is bringing
back their #DimeGivesBack social media
campaign for the 2018 holiday season.
Dime asks the public to post pictures
and videos answering the question
“What are you thankful for?” to
Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. Th e
posts should also include the name of a
local charity they support and the hashtag
Th e bank then donates $10 for a photo
and $15 for a video to the mentioned
Last year, Dime raised over $22,000 for
more than 50 local nonprofi t organizations.
In November 2017, people posted
about 450 videos and 1,600 pictures, culminating
to more than 2,000 posts across
social media for the campaign.
“Th is is the time of year when we start
to think about the things we have to be
thankful for,” said Dime President and
CEO Ken Mahon. “Th is year, we’re inviting
you to join us again in our eff orts to
give back to our communities.”
For more information about the program,
Dime Community Bank has been
around for more than 150 years. Th ey
provide both personal and business banking
services. Dime has 29 branches and
about 400 employees in the New York