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Hall of Science receives high honors

The New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park has been ranked as one of the “10 Best Science Centers for Families” nationwide, in the 2008 report of Parents magazine.
Locally, the Hall won the “Best Museum for Big Kids” category in Nickelodeon’s ParentsConnect Parent’s Picks Awards, in a vote of parents from the New York metro area. The Nickelodeon contest identified the best family-oriented places and resources in 52 major U.S. cities.
Built as a pavilion for the 1964-65 New York World’s Fair, the Hall of Science served as a museum from 1966 to 1981.
In 1986, an improved museum reopened with 25,000 square feet of exhibition space, new hands-on exhibitions, and a new staff and as an educational center, it has been upgrading and expanding since.
“With more than 400 hands-on permanent exhibits, including an area designed specifically for preschoolers, the Hall has something to interest all age groups,” a spokesperson for the Hall said, adding, “In addition, the Hall regularly offers shows, workshops and special events.”
Until Sunday, September 28 the hall will display works of celebrated photographer Walter LeCroy.
His collection, entitled Rhythmic Patterns and Forms, showcases 24 notable images spanning four decades and seven continents.
On Sunday, September 21, the Hall will host a reception to honor LeCroy and to recognize his contribution to photography.
New Yorkers who love locally grown produce and freshly cut flowers will once again be able to find them in the open-air at the New York Hall of Science Farmers Market, open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. every Sunday through November.
Similar to last year, the market hosts three regional farmers from Carlisle, Goshen and Riverhead, New York, outside the Hall’s entrance, at 47-01 111th Street in Corona.
Through “Kitchen Botany” handouts and live science demonstrations, visitors can learn how fruit trees are grafted, the origin of hot and sweet peppers, the secrets of potatoes, and much more.
Admission is $11 for adults and $8 for children (ages two- to 17-years-old), college students with valid ID, and seniors (62+).
For hours, directions, and other information, call 718-699-0005 or visit their web site at www.nyscience.org.

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