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Jazz pianist Helen Sung brings her act back home to Queens this weekend for a jazz vespers service. From her Elmhurst home, the Houston-born Sung spoke about the program, her upcoming projects and her outlook on jazz.
Sung says the service, which will feature two sets, is “a program that highlights the beauty of the Christmas season through jazz music.”
(BPT) - Catastrophes like the crash of Asiana Airlines Flight 214 in San Francisco and the Boston Marathon bombings have highlighted the extraordinary work of emergency departments (ED) and their indispensable role in health care.
Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
If you turn on an NBA basketball game this season, you will see commercials featuring the league’s best participating in some form of community outreach program, leaving ear-to-ear grins on the faces of starry-eyed children.
On Sunday, it was Brooklyn Nets superstar Brook Lopez’s turn to give back.
(BPT) - While election politicking dominated the top 10 searches of 2012, this year people were a little starry-eyed when it comes to online searching. Miley Cyrus (No. 1) came into our lives like a wrecking ball and dethroned Kim Kardashian (No. 2) to become Yahoo's most searched person in 2013.
(NewsUSA) - If you're reading this story, that probably means you're a concerned parent who wouldn't dream of buying your 8-year-old the new "Battlefield 4" video game for the holidays, no matter how many hissy fits are thrown. But let's face it, you've also got a zillion other things on your mind right now -- how's that work deadline coming? -- and not every title is so obviously age-inappropriate.
With two outs in the ninth inning of Game 6 of the 1986 World Series, Mookie Wilson stepped up to the plate. The Mets trailed the Boston Red Sox 5-4, but with runners on first and third, Wilson had a chance to become a postseason hero with a hit. After a wild pitch allowed the tying run to score and the possible winning run to advance to second base, the game was in Wilson’s hands.
On the ninth pitch of the at-bat, Wilson hit a slow ground ball to Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner.
Just about every columnist wants to write like Jimmy Breslin, the legendary wordsmith from Forest Hills — and those who don’t probably should, or maybe they should find another line of work.
Breslin writes exciting. He writes interesting. He writes real life. When Kennedy was assassinated, he famously interviewed the gravediggers. When he wanted to write about the mob, he hung out with mobsters. And when Son of Sam serial killer David Berkowitz wanted to write a letter to a newspaperman, even he in his insanity knew there was only one choice: Jimmy Breslin.
The Jets enter their bye week, which is just a shade over the halfway mark of their NFL season, with a 5-4 record. They are certainly not an elite NFL team, as their 49-9 defeat at the hands of the Cincinnati Bengals two weeks ago proved, but they have also shown resiliency by beating the NFL perennial powerhouse New Orleans Saints 26-20 last week. And that score did not even reflect how dominant the Jets were in that game.
If you had told most Jets fans during the preseason that their team would be 5-4 in early November they probably would have hugged you while crying tears of joy. The conventional wisdom was that Jets head coach Rex Ryan was sure to be fired by new general manager John Idzik at the end of the season. As much as Jets fans had come to loathe QB Mark Sanchez over the last two years, the feeling was that the team would be lucky to win two games once it was learned that he would miss the entire 2013 season with a shoulder injury. It was asking a lot to expect rookie quarterback Geno Smith to win NFL games right out of the starting gate.
More than 50,000 runners hit the pavement on Sunday for the 43rd annual ING New York City Marathon.
After Superstorm Sandy, thousands of New Yorkers demanded Mayor Bloomberg cancel the iconic event last year, disappointing runners who had traveled here from all over the world to participate. But this year, with no storm in the way, people showed up in droves to prove that New Yorkers can’t be held down.
(Family Features) The only thing harder than passing up a delicious dish at a party is trying to talk yourself out of eating holiday leftovers the next day. While everyone is entitled to a little indulgence now and then, it's possible to have your traditional turkey and cranberry sandwich and eat better too.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
The Big East conference has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years as it has seen many members, such as Syracuse University, Boston College, the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, bolt for the greener TV and licensing grass of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Last year, the Big East, which has been home to St. John’s University since the league’s formation in 1979, underwent its biggest reorganization as the seven Catholic universities without football teams — St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and DePaul — broke away from the nonsectarian schools that do, such as Louisville, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut. The football schools are now in a conference called simply The American, while the basketball-only colleges retain the Big East name. The new Big East added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to make it a 10-team league.
(BPT) - Major depressive disorder, more commonly known as depression, is a common medical condition that affects almost 16 million men and women in the United States. Despite the prevalence of depression, misperceptions still exist and often impact how people seek help and how they are treated for this condition. The week of October 6 is national Mental Health Awareness Week in the U.S. and is a perfect opportunity to get informed about depression. Whether you have depression or know someone with depression, it is important to be educated about this condition and to not let misperceptions dictate how you view others or – if you have depression – how you view yourself.
Although it was a foregone conclusion that Mets ace pitcher Matt Harvey would need Tommy John surgery to repair damage on his pitching elbow and miss the entire 2014 season, many Mets fans on social media, along with a good number of sportswriters, reacted as if they had just learned that the sky was falling. You would have thought these folks were expecting a parade down the Canyon of Heroes next November if Harvey were part of the Mets rotation in 2014.
The success rate for Tommy John surgery is reportedly over 90 percent. Given Harvey’s competitive nature, which probably breeds the arrogance that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, I fully expect him to be as good, if not better, when he returns to the mound in 2015.
(NAPSI)—How long and how well you live, research suggests, could depend on where you live.
(NAPSI)—Many believe that, despite recent headlines to the contrary, there are still significant reasons to make omega-3 fish oils part of their regular diet.
The modern means of boarding a commercial airplane can tax the most seasoned traveler with the combination of check-in counters, baggage checks, safety screening checkpoints and every airline with its own boarding procedures.
But when a family member has autism, the change, hectic pace and unfamiliar surroundings can cause difficulties.
(BPT) - The formerly “fringe” back-to-nature movement has become mainstream in America and nowhere is the desire for a more natural approach to living more prevalent than in our homes. From organically grown fruits and vegetables to VOC-free paint choices, the trend is toward fewer additives, synthetics and chemicals.
(StatePoint) If you think your pet’s bad breath is no big deal, you’re not alone, as 28 million pet owners mistakenly think bad breath is normal for pets.
It’s been said that no human artist has ever really matched Mother Nature for creativity and beauty, and the arrival of fall colors across the country certainly supports that belief. While humans have explained in detail the science behind the biological process that causes leaves to change from green to yellow, red, orange or purple, the wonder of fall colors endures.
Two weeks ago I wrote about how there did not appear to be many opportunities, outside of one Serena Williams, for fans of the red, white and blue to cheer for one of their own at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center. I also noted that it’s been a decade since Andy Roddick won the US Open, and no American man has won a Grand Slam event since.
For a country that has produced such tennis legends as Jack Kramer, Arthur Ashe, Jimmy Connors, Pete Sampras, Andre Agassi and, of course, Douglaston’s own John McEnroe, the natural tendency is to believe that the USA has been in a slump but the cycle will reverse itself.
Sunny Hahn didn’t have to wait for Tuesday’s primary to be over to know who her opponent would be for the District 20 City Council seat.
There was no primary in the Flushing district because incumbent Councilman Peter Koo didn’t have any Democratic opponents. Hahn, a Republican, hoped to have run against him in November on the GOP ticket, but was thrown off because of insufficient petition signatures.
(StatePoint) Are you living a happy life? Most of us face daily routines filled with the stresses of jobs and busy family schedules. And bad news seemingly is all around us, in an increasingly violent world filled with strife and scandal.
The environmental group Clean Ocean Action is urging the corporations that seek to build and operate Port Ambrose, a facility planned to import liquified natural gas delivered by ships, to speak openly about their intentions for the port, which would be located about 20 miles from the Rockaways and include a pipe linking to the existing Transco pipeline, 2.2 miles offshore.
LNG is natural gas that has been cooled and condensed to one-six hundreth of its usual volume so that it can be shipped.