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62 THE QUEENS COURIER • BUZZ • MAY 18, 2017 FOR BREAKING NEWS VISIT WWW.QNS.COM buzz Have fun in the sun this summer at these pools and beaches in Queens BY EMILY DAVENPORT swimming to mini golf and so much edavenport@qns.com more, Jones Beach is guaranteed to give @QNS you day of fun for all ages. To see a full list of off erings at Jones Beach, visit https:// Summer is quickly approaching. Soon parks.ny.gov/parks/jonesbeach/. enough the sun’s rays will start to beat Other beaches to consider if you’re down on the hot pavement and you’ll be willing to go the distance are Sunken looking for a way to beat the heat. Meadow and Long Beach. Both open A quick and easy way to cool down back up for swimming on Memorial Day this summer is to head to a local beach or weekend and are a great place to spend pool. Rockaway Beach is a local favorite the day with the family. Beach passes are that has a boardwalk that’s open all year. up for sale for these beaches, so be prepared Swimming season offi cially starts on May for the swimming season and get 27 and the beach will have lifeguards on your pass today! duty from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily. For more information about the beaches, If you’re willing to go beyond Queens to visit longbeachny.gov and https:// spend the day at the beach, there are plenty parks.ny.gov/parks/37/details.aspx. • Fisher Pool, 99th Street and 32nd of beaches on Long Island that will be If you’re not a fan of sand or salt water, Avenue opening up on Memorial Day weekend. don’t fret! Th ere are a number of pools • Fort Totten Pool, 338 Story Avenue Jones Beach isn’t just a great place for that will be opening up next month all • Liberty Pool, 173rd Street and 106th concerts. Th ere’s plenty of things to do at around the borough. Th e following pools Avenue Jones Beach that will keep you and your will be open starting on June 29: • Marie Curie Park Pool, 211th Street & family occupied for the whole day. From • Astoria Pool, 19th Street and 23rd Drive 46th Avenue Photo: Shutterstock • PS 10 Pool, 45th Street and 30th Road • PS 186 Playground Pool, Little Neck Parkway and 72nd Avenue Windmuller Pool, 54th Street and 39th Road All city pools are open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Enjoy some awesome frozen treats in Astoria & Long Island City BY SEAN CURRY BORO Magazine Special to The Courier Any time of year is a good time for ice cream, but in summer, it just feels more right. Eating a frozen treat in autumn simply can’t compare to scooping some gelato out of a paper cup on a breezy summer aft ernoon. Make sure you hit each of these six local ice cream and gelato stops in Astoria and LIC before your carriage turns back into a pumpkin spiced latte come September. #1 Sweet Janes 27-17 24th Ave., Astoria Make sure to swing by Sweet Janes just a block up 24th Avenue for a treat sure to please anyone of any dietary persuasion: the FudgeStickle. Nut-free, non-dairy, non-GMO, gluten free and without a drop of corn syrup in sight, the FudgeStickle is a throwback to owner Jane McGill’s childhood summers full of icy, fudgy deliciousness. Grab a stick of guilt-free goodness (they’re only 141 calories!) in fudge, mint, chocolate or chocolate stout. Try some of their non-dairy vegan ice creams, like the coconut-based blueberry lavender, almond-based carrot cake or cashew-based peanut butter chocolate swirl. Th e sorbets come in unique fl avors like raspberry red wine and pear ginger riesling. If you’ve just got to have that lactose, dig into traditional ice cream in untraditional fl avors like rosewater cardamom or salted caramel pretzel. #2 Astoria Coff ee 30-04 30th St., Astoria Aside from its mind-blowing redeyes and ultimate chill-vibe interior, Astoria Coff ee on 30th Street also scoops a pretty chill game. Grab an ice cream sandwich by Lower East Side’s very own Melt, made out of freshly baked cookies. If you’re in the mood for a well-caffeinated drink with just a hint of sweetness, try an aff ogato using local vanilla ice cream from Sweet Janes. It’s hard to beat — and what’s wrong with a little dessert for breakfast? #3 Gossip Coff ee 37-04 30th Ave., Astoria Th ink you’ve tried everything at Gossip Coff ee’s 30th Avenue storefront? Th ink again — they’ve replaced their rice pudding with a far more heat-friendly alternative through the end of summer: gelato. Stop by their houndstooth hangout for a delightful scoop of creamy deliciousness, pair it with some doughnuts handcraft ed by Scottish Francis of “MasterChef” fame, and take in the air (and a bit of juicy gossip) in their lovely backyard area. #4 European Ice Cream 25-11 Broadway, Astoria Dig the freeze, hate the frills? Stop by European Ice Cream on Broadway for a neighborhood scoop fresh from the back room. Th at’s right — all gelato is handmade by the owner. Th e end result is delicious and a bit lighter than regular gelato fare but still does the trick. Don’t show up expecting the traditional hipster experience, though. What European Ice Cream lacks in frills, it puts right back into its gelato. Grab a scoop or two and head down to nearby Socrates Sculpture Park. #5 Manducatis Rustica 46-35 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City Not only can you get some of the fi nest pizza in LIC at Manducatis Rustica, but in the summer months you can feast upon the Mama Bomb, an ice cream sandwich that kicks everything up a notch. Pick out your favorite gelato (Mama herself, Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, recommends melon, avocado or pear chocolate) and have it scooped onto a halved Italian doughnut. Most of their gelato is made with agave syrup, and they usually have three milk-free options daily. #6 Sugarcube Dessert & Coff ee 10-16 50th Ave., Long Island City Love frozen treats, but hate that you can’t feel like you’re in the future while you eat them? Sugarcube’s super-modern interior and mind-blowing gelato, chocolates and desserts are right up your alley. Everything is as fresh and authentic as it can get — even the pistachios are shipped in from the family-owned orchard on the island of Aegina in Greece. Sugarcube’s Grecian-inspired fl avors rotate from day to day, and if you catch owner Peter Zaharatos, he’ll whip up a brand-new batch for you on the spot (no wonder his name means “the guy with the sugar” in Greek). Photos: Bridget Kenny


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