In case the mostly mild and snowless months of December and — until this week — January lulled you to sleep, Mother Nature is about to deliver a shock to the senses in the next few days.
Queens and the rest of the city was spared the brunt of what was expected to be one of the biggest snowfalls in history.
Despite National Weather Service forecasts of up to 36 inches of snow in the five boroughs in the days and hours leading up to this week’s nor’easter, many Queens neighborhoods received only around a foot of snow by sunrise.
Old Man Winter's wrath will be unleashed on Queens and the rest of the New York City metropolitan area tonight and Tuesday.
A blizzard warning is in effect the five boroughs, Long Island, Connecticut and most of New Jersey ahead of a potentially historic Nor'easter that could drop up to 30 inches of snow on the area through Tuesday night.
Following in the footsteps of the late Martin Luther King Jr., nearly a thousand attended a rally and march last Thursday to send a message to airlines, subcontracting companies and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to allow 12,000 subcontracted service workers to unionize, earn a living wage and have benefits.
The event was spearheaded by officials from Service Employees International Union Local 32BJ, the nation’s largest property service union. Protestors, many of whom were shuttled from 32BJ’s Manhattan headquarters by bus, assembled on a lawn adjacent to the National Car Rental station on Ditmars Boulevard, not far from LaGuardia Airport’s Central Terminal.
John Zuccaro, a 10-year-old Rockland County resident, shows off his Mookie Wilson autograph on a picture of the former speedy outfielder’s famous ground ball that trickled through Boston Red Sox first baseman Bill Buckner’s legs in Game Six of the 1986 World Series. The boy attended last year’s convention as well.
Former New York Mets superstar Mike Piazza may eventually get that phone call telling him he’s been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame.
He just didn’t get it this year.
(NAPSI)—Good news: Stroke has dropped from the nation’s fourth-leading cause of death to No. 5, according to new federal statistics.
(BPT) - American hockey participation has greatly increased since the early 1990’s, according to USA Hockey, the governing body for organized amateur ice hockey in the U.S. More than just a game, experts say hockey develops skills on the ice that build a foundation for a lifetime. In addition to athletic prowess, the game promotes confidence, pride, focus and responsibility.
The Nets have always played second fiddle to the Knicks, in both good times and bad. So the Knicks’ so-far disastrous 2014-15 season has understandably garnered far more attention than the win-one, lose-one (more or less) season that the Nets have had.
Although they have not endured the same degree of travail that their Manhattan neighbors have, the Nets have had their share of drama. New head coach Lionel Hollins has not been reticent about blasting his team in postgame press conferences when they have played poorly. General manager Billy King has made it clear that he will listen to offers for any of his players, including surly underachieving point guard Deron Williams.
PO Boyce from Boston, left, with PO Rosario Messina, Chief Thomas Rubino and PO Santi Messina of the West Stockbridge, Mass. PD.
Citi Field is the location for the 4th annual Ugly Sweater Run on Saturday, at 11 a.m.
“The Ugliest 5k on the Planet” invites participants of all ages to walk or run a 3.1- mile course, wearing their ugliest holiday sweater.
Columbia University dismissed Lions football head coach Peter Mangurian this past Friday. Ironically, the fact that the Lions are in the midst of a 21-game losing streak had little to do with the dismissal; rather it was reports that Mangurian was verbally abusive to players, and even worse, ignored their concerns about having incurred concussions, that spurred Columbia president Lee Bollinger to act.
Not to belittle the players’ concerns, but not firing this guy just based on his win-loss record reminds me of how the feds could only put Al Capone away for income tax evasion instead of for any of his hardcore gangster activities. But the important thing is that Columbia finally got rid of “the Vince Lombardi of losing.”
On the cusp of a pilot program that will equip police officers in the 103rd Precinct with body cameras, a high-ranking police official was in Jamaica Tuesday night to talk about what the NYPD knows about cameras and still must find out.
The 103rd will be the only precinct in Queens participating in the trial program. Speaking before about 40 members of the public at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council, Lawrence Byrne, deputy commissioner for legal matters, said the program will be up and running before Christmas.
(NewsUSA) - Millennials want to see the world. According to a study by Boston Consulting Group, Americans ages 18-34 reported a greater desire to travel abroad by a 23 percent margin. While the economy rebounds, travel spending by this group is up.
Queens has more branch libraries than any other borough — with 62 — and, therefore, a special interest in helping celebrate their role in the life of our city. That’s exactly what the NYC Neighborhood Library Awards do, and they are accepting nominations from the public through Dec. 12.
(BPT) - When is the last time you checked in on your retirement plan? A month? A year? Can you even remember? If you can’t, you’re not alone. Many people find the idea of reviewing their retirement plan intimidating, so they put it off. You can’t avoid reviewing your plan forever, though, and there are some real benefits to doing so right now.
The National Hockey League gave the New York Rangers good reason to give thanks last holiday weekend, scheduling away-and-home matinee games with the Philadelphia Flyers, who played like turkeys. The two wins were a needed boost for the Blueshirts, who so far this season have not played like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final six months ago.
The Flyers were so awful at the Wells Fargo Center last Friday that the home crowd started booing early in the first period and never let up. They were a pathetic 0 for 6 on the power play. And the Rangers added insult to injury on the last one. Even with one less player on the ice due to Chad Kreider’s four-minute penalty for high sticking, the Rangers nailed a shorthanded third-period goal as Rick Nash scored on a three-on-one breakaway to put the puck past hapless Flyers goalie Steve Mason. Flyers fans exited in droves at that point. The final was 3-0.
While it might be an overstatement to call “Top Five” a hip-hop homage to Woody Allen’s well-received comedic films of the 1970s, there is little doubt about his influence in Chris Rock’s new film. Allen is known for starring in, writing and directing his movies, and that is what Rock is doing in this, his most personal film to date.
Like most of Woody’s films, this one is shot entirely in New York City (Rock even visits Brooklyn and Queens, the latter being something Woody would never do!) There is a lot of Woodyesque observational humor (however a lot of it is sexual in nature and far more risque than Allen ever delved into). Finally, Rock’s character is a comic named Andre Allen and I have to assume that the choice of that surname is not a coincidence.
(BPT) - Everyone needs a fun little holiday trip. You can get some shopping done, see a show, enjoy the lights and amp up your anticipation for the holidays.
The NYC Marathon has always had a paradoxical quality. It’s the world’s largest and most prestigious road race (yes, I know that some folks in Boston and Chicago will disagree with the latter) and yet there is little hoopla in the mainstream sports community in the days leading up to it. You rarely hear anything about it on WFAN or ESPN New York and even the coverage in the local dailies is scant at best.
One reason is that Americans rarely win either the men’s or women’s race. Meb Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his family, won the race in 2009. You would have to go back 27 years before that for your last American winner, Alberto Salazar.
(BPT) - Expectant moms already have plenty to worry about including keeping up with medical appointments and setting up a nursery. However, one very easy and vitally important thing to do for a healthy baby is to make sure pregnant and nursing women get enough iodine.
Jets general manager John Idzik must have felt the pressure of having a 1-6 team combined with the fact that he was doing business on the cheap by keeping the player personnel payroll a whopping $20 million below the NFL salary cap. Idzik used some of that payroll reserve to acquire talented wide receiver Percy Harvin from his old employer, the Seattle Seahawks, for what appears to be a bargain price: namely the mysterious conditional draft pick.
The defending Super Bowl champions have a surplus of talent, particularly at the wide receiver position. It would be nice to think that they were being altruistic by helping out Idzik and giving Harvin a chance to get more work instead of languishing on the Seahawks bench. The reality is that Harvin will never win an award from the NFL for congeniality as he has been known to get into altercations with teammates. In addition, he is injury-prone. However, Idzik obviously concurs with that old childhood axiom that beggars can’t be choosers.
(NAPSI)—For small- and midsize-business (SMB) owners, time is a precious commodity. They need to get more done with less time and fewer resources than bigger companies. The good news is, SMBs have access to affordable yet powerful technology that can make a big difference in their ability to get things done from anywhere.
NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell must feel like a quarterback who is about to be sacked ever since the 2014 season began. It seems as if everyone is calling on him to resign because of the unfortunate domestic violence incidents involving Ray Rice, Adrian Peterson, C.J. Spillman, Greg Hardy and others.
ESPN talking head Bill Simmons went as far as labeling Goodell a liar and dared his bosses to suspend him. They complied by taking him off the air for three weeks.
“I think this is what, quite honestly, I was always afraid of,” Borough President Melinda Katz told the Queens Chronicle last Friday. “There was no transparency, nobody had any idea what was going on — and that’s completely unacceptable for an institution that’s so much funded by the taxpayers.”
Katz was referring to documents newly provided to city Comptroller Scott Stringer’s office, which show that the Queens Library under now-suspended President and CEO Tom Galante made what Stringer calls “a substantial number of questionable expenditures that may not be sufficiently related to the mission of the library.”