A duo of megalith sports franchises, the New York Yankees and Britain’s Manchester City Football Club, announced on Monday Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise and second foray in the tri-state metropolitan area: New York City Football Club. As officials from MLS, the Bronx Bombers, Abu Dhabi-owned Man City and Mayor Bloomberg congratulated each other during a Tuesday press conference rolling out the franchise, there was one notable absence: the Unisphere, which had become ubiquitous in the league’s push to build a home in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
There’s a 20-foot sycamore tree on the curb in front of Carla Errico’s house on 90th Street in Howard Beach and Errico says it needs to go.
Most of the tree is bare. A few leaves are growing on a branch in the middle of the tree.
Although Miss Piggy made a convincing pitch for the planned Muppets gallery at the Museum of the Moving Image to be devoted to her solely, to her reluctant acceptance the honor will go to her creator.
“I guess that’s OK,” Miss Piggy said to Mayor Bloomberg at Tuesday’s announcement of the expansion. “He certainly does deserve it.”
At Willets Point, they come quickly and unannounced. And usually, they leave their mark.
Local business owners claim city agencies conducted a sudden sweep of the Iron Triangle on Friday morning, shutting down nearly a dozen stores along 126th Street, right across from Citi Field.
Gov. Cuomo announced last week that A train subway service will be restored to the Rockaways on May 30, just over seven months after Hurricane Sandy destroyed tracks across Jamaica Bay and seriously damaged two stations.
“Superstorm Sandy devastated the entire MTA network like no other storm, but the MTA did a remarkable job of restoring service following the storm and at the end of this month, the A line to the Rockaways will be up and running,” Cuomo said in a statement issued Thursday morning.
Deputy Inspector Miltiadis Marmara, commanding officer of the NYPD’s 113th Precinct, found it very difficult to talk about plummeting crime statistics on Monday night.
“Every statistic is a person, or someone’s property,” he said. “Or someone’s 14-year-old daughter.”
With all the disasters — natural and otherwise — wreaking havoc across the country as of late, as well as the ongoing state of the economy, two presentations at this month’s Community Board 13 meeting on Monday night took on added significance.
Representing the city’s Department of the Aging, Darnley Jones said areas around the borough are still trying to recuperate from the effects of Hurricane Sandy, particularly in the Rockaways, where he estimated it will take another five years to fully recover.
It’s been nearly seven months since Hurricane Sandy barreled through the Rockaways, devastating the peninsula, badly eroding the beach and leaving residents vulnerable to the raging Atlantic Ocean.
And as another summer season — and with it another hurricane season — approaches, residents say the city hasn’t done much to help them.
Elected officials and community leaders are looking to make Forest Park safer and they may have found their answer: horses.
“Installing permanent stables for police horses would be a great thing for the park,” J. Richard Smith, secretary of the 102nd Precinct Community Council, said. “We just need the funding for it which is going to be tough.”
Championing their constituents’ gripes about airplane noise over their homes, elected officials from Northeast Queens headed down to Washington, DC last Wednesday to convince the Federal Aviation Administration that its environmental review process was insufficient when it changed the procedures for planes departing from LaGuardia Airport last year.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), Assemblyman Ed Braunstein (D-Bayside), and Reps. Grace Meng (D-Bayside) and Steve Israel (D-Melville) agreed with federal and regional FAA representatives to meet again with lawyers and technical experts to discuss the legal arguments over implementing new flight paths without a cumulative environmental impact study. The first meeting is not scheduled yet.