This Weekend's Kids & Family Activities in Queens


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Your options are limitless if you're looking for fun and educational family and kids weekend activities in Queens. Whether your child enjoys animals, art, museums, or the great outdoors, we've got something for your family. Want to see what's going on next weekend or when you have a few days off? Check out the NY Metro Parents' calendar!

Children's Storytime - Barnes and Noble-Forest Hills
January 29, 2014 - Forest Hills

Reading makes mornings fun. Staff from B&N Booksellers will read stories that are appropriate for all ages, and then lead the children in a fun and creative related activity.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 29, 2014 - Garden City

Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.

Music and Movement - Long Island Children's Museum
January 29, 2014 - Garden City

It's music, music, music. Musical instruments and sing-along songs get the youngest visitors' bodies moving.

Picture Book Time - Richmond Hill Library
January 29, 2014 - Richmond Hill

A morning of fun for children ages 5 and younger and their caregivers. Enjoy stories, silly songs, and a simple craft.

What's Your Favorite Animal? - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
January 29, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

Animals are everywhere in this special storytime event based on the book by author-illustrator Eric Cale.includes drawing, poetry writing, and creative storytelling activities for young children. Answers to this classic kid question arrive courtesy of 14 top illustrators including Lucy Cousins, Jon Klassen, Chris Raschka, and Lane Smith; the contributions range from meticulously rendered artwork to quick, funny sketches, along with commentaries that can be elegiac, nostalgic, silly, and even meta. Carle creates one of his signature collages to evoke Fiffi, a black cat who shared his apartment in Greenwich Village. Mo Willems asserts that his favorite animal is �an Amazonian Neotropical Lower River Tink-Tink� (drawn as a bump inside a big, hungry snake), while Rosemary Wells muses on the five positions favored by the white terrier who shares her bed. Nick Bruel breaks down the fourth wall�and probably a fifth and sixth wall, as well�as he argues with his narcissistic antihero Bad Kitty over his animal choice (�Okay then Kitty. What�s YOUR favorite animal? MEATLOAF?�) and then tries to flatter Carle into giving him an octopus. A varied and engaging omnibus that offers real insight into the lives and personalities of these artists. Royalties benefit the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art. Ag

Drama Posse - Hillcrest Library
January 30, 2014 - Flushing

Children and teens ages 8-14, can try their hand at acting, and perform in a live show especially for kids. Budding actors, musicians, scenery artists, sound effects techs, and stagehands are needed. Weekly meetings and rehearsals are required for all actors and actresses.

Circle of Friends - Glen Oaks Library
January 30, 2014 - Glen Oaks

A morning of fun for children ages 3-5. A variety of fun-filled activities include listening to stories, singing songs and doing arts and crafts.

Picture Book Time - Auburndale Library
January 30, 2014 - Flushing

Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers read picture books for half an hour with Ms. Marianne G.

Gallery Talks - The Noguchi Museum
January 30, 2014 - Long Island City

In keeping with Noguchi's interest in the visitor's personal experience of the Museum, participants will be encouraged to share their observations and interpretations throughout the course of the tour. Reservations are not required. On the first Fridays and second Sundays of the month gallery talks are also available in Japanese.

Open Mic with the Association of Artists and Writers - Lefferts Library
January 31, 2014 - Richmond Hill

Participants can read or display their books, films, videos, songs, plays, dance, poetry and arts, whether published or unpublished. All ages are welcome to watch and participate.

Storytime Series for Toddlers - North Forest Park Library
January 31, 2014 - Forest Hills

In this program children ages 14-30 months and their caregivers sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both. Families with a mix of ages are encouraged to attend the preschool program.)

Storytime Series for Preschoolers - North Forest Park Library
January 31, 2014 - Forest Hills

Children ages 31 months-5 years and their caregivers are sing songs, listen to stories, and make a simple craft. (Note: Families may attend the toddler OR preschooler Storytime program, not both.

Community Connections - Long Island Children's Museum
January 31, 2014 - Garden City

Every day people in the community are helping to make our lives easier. Join in each week and explore the lives and daily routines of a different community helper. Children will build on their vocabulary as they are introduced to job-specific words through songs and activities. Each class will include a hands-on, themed activity to reinforce information shared during class. For children 3-5 years.

Advanced Auto Parts Monster Jam - Nassau Coliseum
February 01, 2014 - Uniondale

The event will feature some of the most powerful monster trucks on the circuit. This four-wheeled extravaganza features heart-pounding racing and unbelievable freestyle driving. Monster trucks can fly up to 130 feet (a distance greater than 14 cars side by side) and up to 35 feet in the air.

What Makes A Mammal A Mammal? - Lefferts Library
February 01, 2014 -

Animal educator Eric Powers teaches children age 6 and up the qualities that distinguish mammals from other animals by examining fur, tracks, skulls, and even live therapy dogs.

Homework Help - Bayside Library
February 01, 2014 - Bayside

There's a classic Beatles song with lyrics "I get by with a little help from my friends..." In this program, teen volunteers help children in grades K-8 with their school assignments. Space is limited.

Picture Book Time-Ridgewood - Ridgewood Library
February 01, 2014 - Ridgewood

Children ages 5 and younger accompanied by a parent or other adult caregiver enjoy songs, rhymes and fingerplays.

Gaelic Culture Workshop - Molloy College
February 01, 2014 - Rockville Center

Molloy College's Irish Studies Institute will host free, hands-on workshops in traditional Gaelic culture for adults and children followed by performances in the afternoon. If you or your organization would like to offer a workshop in any of the Gaelic traditional arts [Irish Language arts, visual arts, ceol 7 rince (music & dance), Gaelic sports, Gaelic crafts, and/or Gaelic scholarship such as F�ineachas, Stair, and Ginealas], please contact Jerry Kelly immediately at (day) or call him at 516-804-2968 (evenings) to reserve your workshop's classroom.

Delightful Drums - Long Island Children's Museum
February 01, 2014 - Garden City

Chinese New Year, also referred to as Lunar New Year, begins in late January to early February, and marks the beginning of a New Moon. Each year relates to an animal on the Chinese Zodiac. This special holiday includes many traditional celebrations involving food, fireworks, and music to name a few. Come celebrate Chinese New Year 2014, the Year of the Horse, by creating a colorful drum and playing along to traditional Chinese music.

Messy Afternoons - Long Island Children's Museum
February 01, 2014 - Garden City

Join in for the type of artistic activities that everyone loves, but not one likes to clean-up after. Except the LICM staff. The afternoon will offer a variety of sensory activities for children ages 18 months to age 4.

The History of American Rock and Roll - Madison Theatre at Molloy College
February 01, 2014 - Rockville Centre

JAY SIEGEL��S THE TOKENS The multi-talented Jay Siegel is best known for his soaring falsetto on the classic mega-hit, ��The Lion Sleeps Tonight.�� Born in Brighton Beach, New York, a lifelong friendship with Neil Sedaka began when both attended Lincoln High School in Brooklyn, where in 1955, Sedaka formed The Linc-Tones singing group. A year later, Siegel joined the Linc-Tones and the group name was changed to The Tokens. Siegel and Sedaka and fellow Tokens Cynthia Zolitan and Hank Medress then recorded ��While I Dream�� and ��I Love My Baby�� for Melba Records. As The Tokens, they performed together on their first television show, The Ted Steele Dance Time. In 1958 Sedaka left The Tokens to begin his amazing solo career. Siegel joined Warren Schwartz, Fred Kalkstein and Hank Medress to form Darrell and The Oxfords. Together they recorded the regional hit, ��Picture in My Wallet��. A reformed Tokens group emerged in 1961 with Mitch and Phil Margo joining Medress and Siegel. The group quickly attained prominence with the hit song, ��Tonight I Fell In Love.�� In October 1961, they recorded what has become one of the biggest hit songs of all time, ��The Lion Sleeps Tonight.�� That hit song celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011. One of the seminal songs of all times, it has enjoyed resurgence in multi-generational popularity thanks to its prominence in the long-running Broadway hit show, The Lion King. Other major hits for The Tokens include, ��He��s in Town��, ��I Hear Trumpets Blow�� and ��Portrait of My Love��. Jay Siegel and the Tokens have also produced many American pop classics, including The Chiffons, ��One Fine Day�� and ��He��s So Fine��, Randy and the Rainbows, ��Denise��, Tony Orlando and Dawn��s, ��Candida��, ��Knock Three Times��, and ��Tie a Yellow Ribbon��, as well as ��I Got Rhythm�� and ��See You in September�� by The Happenings. The Tokens were the first vocal group to produce a million-seller record for another. ��He��s So Fine,�� by the Chiffons. Another Tokens hit production by The Chiffons ��Sweet Talkin�� Guy�� was co-written by music executive Doug Morris, currently CEO of Sony Music Entertainment, whose history with The Tokens goes back to Morris�� days as a staff songwriter and promotion director for Laurie Records. The Tokens enjoyed success recording commercial jingles in the 1970s and 1980s for such products as Benson and Hedges cigarettes (��Silly Millimeter Longer��), Pan American Airlines (��Pan Am Makes the Going Great��), and Clairol hair products (��She Lets Her Hair Down��).Over the years, The Tokens have shared the stage with such greats as The Beatles, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard. THE CRYSTALS When Phil Spector discovered The Crystals, not one was yet out of high school. Their first recording, There��s No Other (Like My Baby) was also their first hit which catapulted them straight to the ��Apollo�� theatre. They continued their successful recordings with five more TOP TEN records: Uptown, He��s A Rebel, He��s Sure The Boy I Love, Da Doo Ron Ron, and Then He Kissed Me. Two of the TOP 50 most popular records in the Rock ��n Roll Hall of Fame belong to The Crystals. The group has scaled from five members to three. The Crystals now consist of Dee Dee Kenniebrew, who was there from the very first recording, Patricia Pritchett-Lewis and Melissa Antoinette Grant. Dee Dee started singing professionally at age 15 with The Crystals, honing her craft while working and watching acts like ��Jackie Wilson, Sam Cooke, Dionne Warwick, The Commodores,�� and many others. Dee Dee went to school with Gregory Hines, Patty Duke, and Bernadette Peters among other stars. While the original girls left one by one in the sixties for various personal reasons and other pursuits, she has carried on The Crystals all the way into the new millennium. ��I hung in for the fans that have stuck with me through the years. Fans whom I promised that as long as they wanted to hear the songs, I would not stop singing them. I appreciate them so much. We��ve had over 40 years together now! I��ve managed to acquire a whole lot of new fans during the 70��s, 80��s and 90��s as well; and that��I just love! �� Patricia has been blessed with one of the finest gifts of live showmanship seen in a long time. The fact that she acts only enhances her ability. You might see her in an episode of ��Law and Order��, ��One Life To Live��, ��As the World Turns�� or ��Saturday Night Live.�� If you are a patron of the theater arts you might have seen her in ��Invisible Fences�� ( Staged Reading-Lark Theatre), ��Truth�� (Staged Screenplay- Inter-borough Repertory Theatre), ��Having Our Say��, (Martha��s Vineyard Playhouse), ��In The Upper Room��, (Symphony Space), ��Black Nativity��, ��Brown Women Who Fly��, Henry Street Settlement) or on the national tour with Theatre works U.S.A. The Crystals are blessed to have her. A truly faithful person, Patricia thanks God for her gifts, her husband, her family, her friends and fans for their unwavering love and support. Melissa joined The Crystals in 2002. Affectionately known as the ��baby�� of the group, she is not new to the entertainment industry. Before joining the legendary Crystals, Melissa toured internationally throughout the countries of Germany, France, Switzerland, Argentina, Chile and Uruguay singing Gospel R&B and Jazz. She has been featured as a soloist for the prestigious Duke Ellington and Princeton Orchestras. Melissa was also cast by the Billie Holliday Theatre for the musical ��Raisin Hell�� created by Motown legend Smokey Robinson and William ��Mickey�� Stevenson. Melissa holds a B.F.A. in music from the City College of New York. Melissa is a real showman and a powerhouse! THE COASTERS The Coasters are an American rhythm and blues/rock and roll vocal group that had a string of hits in the late 1950s. Beginning with ��Searchin���� and ��Young Blood,�� their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and producing team of Leiber and Stoller.[1] Although the Coasters originated outside of mainstream doo wop, their records were so frequently imitated that they became an important part of the doo wop legacy through the 1960s. The Coasters are a doo-wop group that started in October 1955. The original members of the Coasters were Carl Gardner, Billy Guy, Bobby Nunn, Leon Hughes (who was replaced by Young Jessie on a couple of their early Los Angeles recordings), and guitarist Adolph Jacobs. Jacobs left the group in 1959.[2] The Coasters�� were formed out of the group The Robins, a Los Angeles based rhythm and blues group, which included Carl Gardner and Bobby Nunn. The songwriting team Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller had started Spark Records, and in 1955 produced ��Smokey Joe��s Cafe�� for the Robins[1] (their 5th single with Leiber-Stoller). The record was popular enough that Atlantic Records offered Leiber and Stoller an independent production contract to produce the Robins for the Atlantic label. Only two of the Robins��Gardner and Nunn��were willing to make the move to Atlantic, recording their first songs in the same studio as the Robins had done (Master Recorders). In late 1957 the group moved to New York and replaced Nunn and Hughes with Cornell Gunter and Will ��Dub�� Jones. The new quartet was from then on stationed in New York (although all had Los Angeles roots). The Coasters�� association with Leiber and Stoller was an immediate success. Together they created a string of good-humored ��storytelling�� hits that are some of the most entertaining from the original era of rock and roll.[1] Their first single, ��Down in Mexico,�� was an R&B hit in 1956 and appears (in a re-recording from 1970��still with Gardner singing the lead) on the soundtrack of Quentin Tarantino��s Death Proof. The following year, The Coasters crossed over to the national charts in a big way with the double-sided ��Young Blood��/��Searchin��.�� ��Searchin���� was the group��s first U.S. Top 10 hit, and topped the R&B charts for 13 weeks, becoming the biggest R&B single of 1957 (all these were recorded in Los Angeles). ��Yakety Yak�� (recorded in New York), featuring King Curtis on tenor saxophone, included the famous lineup of Gardner, Guy, Jones, and Gunter, became the act��s only national #1 single, and also topped the R&B chart. The next single, ��Charlie Brown,�� reached #2 on both charts. This was followed by ��Along Came Jones,�� ��Poison Ivy�� (#1 for a month on the R&B chart), and ��Little Egypt (Ying-Yang).�� Today, The Coasters consist of: J.W. Lance �C lead vocals, previously tenor vocals (2001�Cpresent) Primotivo Candelara �C baritone vocals (2008�Cpresent) Eddie Whitfield �C bass vocals (2009�Cpresent) Dennis Anderson �C tenor vocals (2011�Cpresent)

Family Art Project: Nature's Music - An Illustrious Residents Event - Wave Hill
February 01, 2014 - Bronx

Collect a sample of twigs, leaves, and seeds, or use the ones provided. Then, join visiting artist Donna Maria de Creeft in celebrating the presence of Toscanini at Wave Hill. Create a collage with natural materials and incorporate imaginary music. Assemble everything into a mixed-media, pocket-style, accordion book to take home. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until 12pm.

Winter Survival Wonders: Talk and Walk - Wave Hill
February 01, 2014 - Bronx

How do plants and animals survive harsh New York winters? Naturalist Gabriel Willow combines a multimedia presentation with an outdoor walk to illustrate the challenges faced by plants and animals during the chilliest months. Witness some amazing adaptive strategies that help them survive, from hibernation to migration to "anti-freeze-laced" blood. Ages 10 and older welcome with an adult. Free, and admission to the grounds is free until noon.

The Booth: The Last Days of Film Projection - Museum of the Moving Image
February 01, 2014 - Astoria

In 2011, photographer Joseph O. Holmes, a chronicler of people and their work spaces, turned his attention to the "booth" and the near-invisible work of those who project movies into dark cinemas. This exhibition of more than 30 photos featuring projectionists in their domains, at movie theaters in and around New York City, shines a spotlight on what is quickly becoming a lost craft as celluloid gives way to digital formats.

Kids Club - Queens Center Mall-Lower Level, Jcpenney Wing
February 01, 2014 - Elmhurst

Join a cool club in Queens! Powered by National Geographic Kids, this a great opportunity for kids to learn in a fun, interactive setting featuring creative activities and games that focus on discovery through play. Kids receive a membership card, great discounts at participating Queens Center stores and a special gift on your birthday. It's easy to join. Just grab Mom, Dad or a grown up and stop by Guest Services, Level 1, Macys Wing (across from Applebee's), and have them fill out a membership form for you.

'Pirate Pete's Parrot' - The Secret Theatre
February 01, 2014 - Long Island City

Ahoy, Matte! Climb on board and get ready for a musical adventure. This show revolves around Pirate Pete, a lovable rogue on a mission to find his beloved runaway parrot, Polly (who prefers pancakes to boring old birdseed). Music, mischief, and a boatload of laughs for both children and adults.

The Installation Party - Museum of the Moving Image
February 01, 2014 - Astoria

Translation Party (2009, 2013) by Will Carlough and Richard Boenigk uses machine translation to convert an English phrase into Japanese, then convert that result back into English, continuing this process until the phrase stops changing, or reaches "equilibrium" in the words of its creators. This intentional misuse pushes a translation engine to its absurd end, feeding the software its own words to put its contortions on display as it struggles to understand them. The ordeal ends when what it swallows and what it spits up are indistinguishable; the more mangled the phrase, the more successful the interaction. The viewer delights both in watching a computer persistently fail to understand the complexity of language and attempting to derive meaning from its nonsensical output. Since the website launched in 2009, machine translation has become considerably more precise, and Translation Party results are frequently more intelligible. Translation Party, then, is both a celebration of the complexity of human expression and an ironic farewell to the exclusivity of another complex skill once practiced solely by humans. Museum of the Moving Image presents an installation version of the original website in its lobby. Visitors can send text messages to the installation and see them translated in real time on a 50-foot-wide projection.

Penguin Party - Alley Pond Environmental Center
February 01, 2014 - Douglaston

Wintertime is a great time for kids ages 3-4 to appreciate how perfectly penguins are adapted to life in the snow. Stories, photos and actual penguin feathers are used to explore how these lovable birds survive and raise chicks in the freezing cold. Meet live animals (sorry no penguins). A snack and craft are included. Participants must be toilet trained.

Elf on the Shelf Birthday Version Storytime - Barnes and Noble-Utopia Center
February 01, 2014 - Fresh Meadows

Don't miss this super special shindig. Kids are invited to celebrate a new tradition! In Santa's Christmas village, the elves have their own special way of celebrating birthdays�a tradition that goes back thousands of years. Now, at the request of children around the world, Santa has given special permission for his scout elves to share that tradition with the families who love them. But an elf cannot come to a birthday party unless it is invited. Featuring a visit from the Elf, stories, activities and more!

Super Bowl Boulevard - Streets of Midtown Manhattan
Through February 01, 2014 - Midtown Manhattan

The world is primed and ready for the Super Bowl, and NY is ready for it's Broadway Debut too. The legendary Manhattan street known as Broadway has seen its fair share of amazing stars and spectacles. But come January 29th, 2014, the NFL will be adding its footprint to the history of Broadway when it unveils Super Bowl Boulevard, set between 34th and 47th streets. Super Bowl Boulevard will be open each day of Super Bowl Week, from Wednesday, January 29th to Saturday, February 1st, and will be open daily from noon to 10:00 PM. To fill 13 full New York City blocks, Super Bowl Boulevard will feature a huge lineup of fan-focused football themed attractions. From a nightly autograph center and concert stage, to video projection screens, to an incredible 60-foot tall toboggan run-Super Bowl Boulevard is sure to be the epicenter of every football fan's world during Super Bowl Week. No matter the weather, Broadway will be abuzz with visitors and football fans waiting to embrace Super Bowl XLVIII and Super Bowl Boulevard will be ready! Stay up to date on all things Super Bowl XLVIII at

Puppet Ministry Program - Peace Mission Church
February 01, 2014 - Jamaica

Enjoy this "interactive" puppet presentation for the whole family. When Samson fell for Delilah, a woman from the Valley of Sorek, it marked the beginning of his downfall and eventual demise. Samson was judge over Israel at the time and had been taking out great vengeance on the Philistines—but that's another story. Puppets will perform the powerful Bible story of "Samson and Delilah (including sound effects) and more. Snack provided. For more information call Rev. Vivian Garrett.

Madden NFL: 25 Years and Running - Museum of the Moving Image
Through February 23, 2014 - Astoria

As New York and New Jersey play host to Super Bowl XLVIII, Museum of the Moving Image and EA SPORTS look back on 25 years of the groundbreaking video game franchise Madden NFL. On view and available for play are five editions of the game ranging from the original John Madden Football (1988) on Apple II to the latest Madden NFL 25 (2013) on Xbox One. In addition to the games, the exhibition features a dynamic timeline showing milestones in the development of the franchise highlighted by gameplay footage from every year.

Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games - Museum of the Moving Image
Through March 02, 2014 - Astoria

Museum of the Moving Image and IndieCade will present Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, an exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games that represent the breadth and depth of the "indie" video game scene. The games will include cutting-edge titles?most notably the award winners of 2013 IndieCade: International Festival of Independent Games, presented alongside a selection of independent games from the last decade that have had great impact on game design and culture. Indie Essentials will be on view in the Museum's third-floor changing exhibitions gallery. The 2013 IndieCade award-winning games will be announced at the festival on October 6; a complete list of games in Indie Essentials will be available on the Museum's website by the end of October. The designers and developers of the games presented in Indie Essentials are individuals or small teams working independently of large studios and publishers. They take daring creative risks to explore new forms and methods of play. Independent games are a fountain of innovation and experimentation, pushing the whole game industry forward as one of today's most dynamic and important cultural forms. Access to Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games is included with Museum admission (and free for Museum members). All games in the exhibition are free play. Towards the end of the exhibition's run, the second annual IndieCade East will take place at the Museum on February 14 through 16, 2014. This non-competitive East Coast edition offers a lively weekend of games, talks, panels, and workshops celebrating independent games and the people who make and play them. The popular Night Games segment of the festival, with its freewheeling interactive game play for hundreds, will also return. Ticket information and advance purchase options will be announced soon.

Flight of the Butterflies in 3D - NY Hall of Science
Through April 11, 2014 - Corona

Join millions of real butterflies on an amazing journey to a remote and secret hideaway. Weighing less than a penny, the monarch butterfly makes one of the longest migrations on Earth. Follow the monarchs' perilous journey to the remote mountain peaks of Mexico in this 3D film. For the first time ever, witness the transformation from caterpillar to butterfly, inside a chrysalis, thanks to advanced MRI and micro CT scans. The award-winning production team, including Oscar-winner Peter Parks, followed the year-long migration cycle of the monarch butterflies, from Canada, through the United States to remote 10,000-foot-high peaks in the Sierra Madre Mountains of Mexico. The film has won numerous awards including the 2013 Grand Teton Award in the category of Best Immersive 3D/Large Format at the Jackson Hole Wildlife Film Festival and awards at the 2013 Giant Screen Industry Awards, including Best Film, Best Cinematography, Best Film for Lifelong Learning, and Best Educational Program.

Lights, Camera, Astoria - Museum of the Moving Image
Through April 27, 2014 - Astoria

This exhibition traces the fascinating history of the Astoria Studio complex, which has been at the heart of filmmaking in New York City since 1920. The studio site was the east-coast home of Paramount Pictures in the silent and early talking-picture eras, a center for independent filmmaking in the 1930s, and the U.S. Army Pictorial Center from World War II into the Cold War era. After falling into disrepair in the early 1970s, the site has become a thriving cultural hub that includes Kaufman Astoria Studios and Museum of the Moving Image. Using film stills, behind-the-scenes photographs, oral histories, film clips, and posters, the exhibition explores the rich legacy and renaissance of the studio complex. With material from silent-era films featuring Rudolph Valentino, early talking films starring the Marx Brothers, World War II training and propaganda films, such modern classics as The Age of Innocence, and television shows like Sesame Street, The Cosby Show, and Nurse Jackie, the exhibition reveals the significant role that the Astoria studio continues to play in energizing its surrounding community and making moving image history.