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Things to do in Queens this spring

Spring is here, so it's time to get out and enjoy what the boroughs have to offer. In Queens, there's the St. Demetrios Church's Greek Festival in Astoria, a GIF exhibit at the Museum of the Moving Image, and plenty of farm animals at the Queens County Farm. Find out the best places to hang out in Queens this spring.

St. Demetrios Church's Greek Festival

Get ready for some loukoumades. St. Demetrios' annual
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Get ready for some loukoumades. St. Demetrios' annual Greek festival will be held May 16-19 (5 p.m.-11 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; 1 p.m.-11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday). The festival will have rides, Greek food, a secondhand sale, and lots more.

LIC Flea

Long Island City's outdoor flea market, LIC Flea
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Long Island City's outdoor flea market, LIC Flea & Food, opens for the season on April 5 at the corner of 5th St. and 46th Ave. The market was launched last summer by Schneps Communications, and based off its success, another market will open up in Astoria, at 36th St. between 34th and 35th Avenues, near Kaufman Studios. The Astoria location is slated to open on May 4.

GIFS

You don't have to make a decision on
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You don't have to make a decision on the GIF vs. JIF debate to enjoy this exhibit. Confused? The Museum of the Moving Image can help: The exhibition dedicated to the new form of communicated opened on March 12 and will run this spring through May 15. The museum invited Reddit users to identify the most used reaction GIFs and their usual translations. The top 37 reaction GIFs were selected for the museum's exhibition.

Tour Queens via the 7 train

Is there anything more Queens than the 7
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Is there anything more Queens than the 7 train? This spring, you can learn about the history of the elevated train and what it has done for its neighboring communities. Queens Borough Historian Jack Eichenbaum's signature tour, The World of #7 Train, will be held on Saturday, May 31 from 10am-5:30pm. The fee for the tour is $40, and preregistration is required. If interested, email Jack Eichenbaum at jaconet@aol.com. The tour is limited to 25 people.

Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna

Playing under the blue-and-yellow tent at Citi Field
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Playing under the blue-and-yellow tent at Citi Field until May 18, Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna tells the story of a mysterious island governed by goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. In the wake of a storm caused by the queen, Prospera, a young man lands on the island and falls in love with Propsera's daughter. The show is written and directed by 2013 Tony Award winner Diane Paulus. For tickets and more information, go to http://www.cirquedusoleil.com/en/shows/amaluna/default.aspx.

Queens Museum

In the 1997 movie
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In the 1997 movie "Men in Black," Tommy Lee Jones said the World's Fair was only held in Queens to hide giant spacecrafts. That's a joke, of course--and you can learn how silly that really is by visiting the newly-revamped Queens Museum at the intersection of the Grand Central Parkway and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park. The museum reopened after two years of renovations in November 2013, and the old favorites are still there--as well as some great new ones.You can still see Robert Moses' panorama of New York City from the 1964 World's Fair, and now there are 900 vintage World's Fair souvenirs to view. This spring, see a photographic exhibit dedicated to the Island of New York until May 11, or find out about the history of Cubans in Queens through April 6.

World's Fair reopens for a day

Ever wonder what the 1964 World's Fair was
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Ever wonder what the 1964 World's Fair was like? You have the chance now for one day: The pavilion will be open to the public on April 22, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Hardhats required.

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