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The Songwriters Hall of Fame does not get the buzz that the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame does for a number of reasons. The most prominent is that it does not have its own building as it’s given some space in LA’s Grammy Museum thanks to National Recording Arts & Sciences CEO and Bayside native Neil Portnow.
Baseball fans are far more concerned with the health of the players on their favorite teams coming out of spring training than they are with their March win-loss records. Given that criterion, you can’t blame Yankees and Mets fans if they are not brimming with excitement about the start of the 2013 season this Monday.
Comparisons of the 2013 Yankees with the infamous 1965 Bronx Bombers team, when nearly all of the big names — such as Mickey Mantle, Roger Maris, Elston Howard, Bobby Richardson and Tony Kubek —seemingly all got old overnight together, started right after Derek Jeter broke his ankle during the 2012 playoffs. It picked up in intensity after Alex Rodriguez underwent hip surgery last fall. It now appears that A-Rod will not play until after the All-Star Game at the earliest. Then again, many think he may never play again.
The Mets teams of 1969 and 1986 were especially Amazin’, of course, but what if you could create a club combining the best players from each era? Or from any era? Here are my picks for an all-time Mets dream team, to wrap up my 15-part anniversary tribute to Queens’ hometown heroes. Miss any entries? Just hit the Mets link on qchron.com, and you can catch them all, tracing the team’s history from its genesis in the mind of Bill Shea through the end of last season. Now on to October!
In 2000 the Mets made it to the World Series for the fourth — and, so far, final — time, but were beaten by the Evil Empire in the Bronx in five games. After that the team declined, and wouldn’t see postseason play again until 2006.
The Mets really revved it up at the end of the ’90s, but kept the fans on an emotional roller coaster as they finished 1998 and 1999 in heartbreaking fashion, falling just short of the postseason in the former and losing the League Championship Series in six in the latter.
The early to mid-nineties were not good years for the Mets, as they suffered six losing seasons in a row, including, in 1993, the loss of more than 100 games for the first time since the sixties. The decade would end much better than it began for the team, but it would take a lot of work to get there.
The 2012 season has brought an important change, and not one for the better, as sportswriters are no longer allowed to talk with ballplayers in a team’s clubhouse following batting practice. Apparently this stipulation was agreed upon between Major League Baseball and its players association in their new contract.
Less access makes it more difficult for an independent press to gather information for the public. It also makes it a lot harder to establish informal relationships with players. In life, most things are dependent on relationships.
On Feb. 27, 1931 the Bayside Golf Links Corp. was chartered. The land for it was owned by Charles Meyer, who was to develop the site into a first-class golf course under his Cord Meyer company. The course was situated on 97 acres bounded by 202nd Street on the west to 210th Street on the east, and 26th Avenue on the north to 29th Avenue on the south.
A “pay as you play” course, Bayside Links was designed and constructed by Dr. Alister MacKenzie, the noted golf architect whose fame was worldwide. Some of his earlier works were the Old Course at St. Andrews Links in Scotland; Bobby Jones’ Augusta National in Georgia; Cypress Point at Pebble Beach, Calif.; and Pasatiempo at Santa Cruz, Calif.
The economic downturn that has engulfed this country since 2008 shows some signs of letup, but with the unemployment rate still hovering close to 10 percent (and that is not counting college graduates who have been unable to find a job or those who are working at minimum wage jobs despite holding sheepskins), these are tough times for a lot of folks.
Big-name entertainers, international dance troupes and several new musicals highlight the upcoming season at the borough’s professional performance venues.
Whitney Houston “I Look To You” ARISTA
The Mets may not be doing so well this year in their new home, Citi Field, but there was cause for celebration Saturday as the 1969 World Series team was honored.
James Taylor “Covers” (Hear Music)
As sweltering summer weather descends upon the city, many residents flee to the beaches of the suburbs or to a country setting, but one of the many advantages to spending the summer in the city is the sheer volume of free outdoor live music. Queens has plenty of it scheduled for 2006, and deciding where to go is only a matter of what you’re looking for.
When this year’s Masters champion finally makes his way up to the Butler Cabin in the gathering Georgia twilight this Sunday evening, much will be made of the green jacket presentation’s pomp and circumstance. There will be lots of discussion about the winner’s having forever etched his name into the record books and cemented his place among an elite fraternity of golfers. And commentators will, no doubt, pontificate at great length about his performance, measuring it against legendary ones from tournaments past and invoking names like Ben and Arnie and Jack and Tiger. All of this is part of the Masters mystique, just as much as the azaleas and Amen Corner.
Glen campbell “The Legacy” (Capitol)
“Every day is a new opportunity. You can build on yesterday’s success or put its failures behind and start over again. That’s the way life is, with a new game every day, and that’s the way baseball is.”
Dozens of local residents turned out for Saturday’s Harvest Festival in downtown Jamaica. Hosted by the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation, the event featured pumpkin painting, singing and free hot apple cider. Shown enjoying the fun are (l-r) Anthony Semidey, Jose Semidey, Daniel Salick, Essence Washington, KhadiJah James, Jennifer Staunton and Bobby Jones. (photo by Brent Denoon)
The men, women and children whose lives were snuffed out in Washington, Pennsylvania and here in New York City last September 11th will be memorialized forever all over the United States. Their families will hurt for the rest of their lives. Their country will hurt for much longer.