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It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
The aroma of cinnamon, ginger and candy hangs in the air at the NY Hall of Science as the museum unveils a special gingerbread village on display now through the holidays.
Although the 19- by 14-foot creation went on display Sunday, its creator, Jon Lovitch, expected to put the final finishing touches on by Tuesday. Taking time out from those preparations on Monday, Lovitch said his work was a labor of love.
In an era when a camera can be at the ready within seconds and an image can be posted on Instagram with just a few taps on a cell phone, photography has become an “everyman’s pastime.”
That being said, the ability to truly capture the essence of a subject beyond taking a close-up of your quinoa salad requires skill and discipline and to capture the essence of an entire neighborhood requires a natural gift.
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.
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.
After Hurricane Katrina demolished so much of New Orleans, the federal government promised to step up and build better, stronger levees to protect the city against future storms. And it followed through, spending $14 billion on the project, which now has the Big Easy resting easier than ever before when it comes to storm preparedness.
After Hurricane Sandy damaged much of South Queens, other parts of the city and the region, similar promises of financial support and rebuilding were made. The mayor announced a $20 billion “resiliency” plan to repair bulkheads on Jamaica Bay, replenish lost sand in the Rockaways and do other projects around the city to protect it from whatever Mother Nature might throw at us. The projects’ short-term goals are being met, he says.
The government shutdown is having far-reaching consequences, but travelers are really feeling the pinch as their plans get ... well, shut down ... due to national park and monument closures.
In yet another dreary Mets season, Matt Harvey did give fans a number of thrills, such as throwing two scoreless innings as the starting pitcher in the 2013 All-Star Game played at Citi Field this past July. You would have to go back nearly 30 years to Dwight Gooden’s heyday to find a Mets pitcher who could dominate opposing hitters at will.
Harvey was such a big story that Jimmy Fallon used him for a hilarious “man in the street” bit to see how many New Yorkers could recognize him. ESPN Magazine put him on the cover in the buff for its July “body issue” while Men’s Journal ran a feature on him that made it clear he was thoroughly enjoying the trappings of being a handsome, young New York celebrity.
Marguerite Rocholl traded in the shore for the mountains several years ago. But even though she calls the Catskills home now, Rocholl’s heart and mind are never far from the community she called home for much of her life — Broad Channel.
What brought her to writing “Before You Were Born” — her book about her rearing in the island community in the middle of Jamaica Bay — was less about the neighborhood and more about one of its residents, her own father.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has announced that a series of scheduled and lengthy closures of AirTrain service to and from John F. Kennedy International Airport began Saturday morning, Sept. 7, to accommodate overhauls, repairs and equipment replacement on the 10-year-old rail line.
The work is expected to take place periodically over the next six weeks, concluding in mid-October.
Not only around Labor Day, but all year round, as we marvel at the infrastructure of this city, we should salute the workers who rendered these architectural and engineering dreams into reality. Many of these workers acquired their brilliant skills as students in our public school career and technical education programs.
Look up at the wondrous new World Trade Center structures. You’ve got to respect the responsibility and expertise shown by the electricians, plumbers and many other highly specialized professionals who have mastered their roles and implemented all the tasks and logistics of this and countless other complex projects that require intensive coordination and allow no room for error.
These workers build and keep safe our bridges, tunnels, water supply and highway systems and sewage disposal operations. Many other categories of critical jobs that we all depend on are being filled by career and technical education student alumni.
Their preparation isn’t easy. The course work is every bit as substantial as that of any traditional academic major. There is, in fact, a strong and growing academic component in their studies. That training not only increases subject knowledge but also is designed to sharpen judgment when performing their vital employment. A high level of sophistication is called for.
Historically, New York City public schools have been on the cutting edge of quality career and technical education nationwide. They still hold the banner high. So let’s reinvigorate them by publicly supporting them every chance we get. Advancing the cause of career and public education is not a partisan issue. It’s a practical idea and a necessity that will continue to benefit us all.
The Queensbridge park house, just north of Queensboro Bridge off Vernon Boulevard, will be getting a face lift.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) secured $2.5 million to completely renovate and restore the facility whose roof has become fertile soil for weeds and has sat vacant for years.
Standing on the sidewalk adjacent to the northbound lanes of Cross Bay Boulevard as the road descends from the Joseph P. Addabbo Bridge into Howard Beach, Dorothy McCloskey, a Howard Beach resident and president of Friends of Charles Park, a group dedicated to protecting Howard Beach’s largest — and depending on whom you ask, only — public park, pointed to the mouth of Shellbank Basin and toward Jamaica Bay. A fence used to line the sidewalk, blocking access to the waterfront here, but Hurricane Sandy blew the fence down. Now, the chain-linked barrier lies rusted on the ground, partially embedded in the earth.
McCloskey took a step onto the collapsed fence, which recoils like a trampoline. She jumped suddenly.
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.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will provide extra rail service on Friday for riders looking to get an early start to the Labor Day weekend.
The Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North will offer additional early afternoon trains from Manhattan.
Queens’ community colleges are gearing up for the fall semester, getting ready to prepare new and returning students for a volatile job market and helping residents, immigrants and international students learn English to pursue their dreams.
Queensborough Community College, which is located in Bayside, is expanding its successful “Academies” program to all full-time students this fall to help them complete their associate degrees by connecting with resources and academic support.
When I was a kid, fall meant the end of summer vacation and a return to the school grind. The good news was that it meant the end of the summer TV rerun doldrums and the eager anticipation of checking out the new fall TV lineup. As an adult, I still look forward to the debut of new shows.
Bobblehead doll giveaways have long been popular promotions at ballparks. Normally the souvenir is a likeness of a current or former player. Tomorrow the Mets will probably have what has to be a first as they will be giving all who come to Citi Field a bobblehead of their longtime public relations director, Jay Horwitz.
I have known Jay since 1980. Yes, we’ve had some disagreements over the years and some of the arguments have been heated, but to Jay’s credit, he has always been willing to listen; hasn’t held grudges; and most importantly, has given me the access that I need.
One Queens-bound lane leading from the toll plaza of the Throgs Neck Bridge will be closed this weekend beginning at 10 p.m. Friday in order to accommodate repaving work. The lane will reopen at 5 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 19.
An additional lane will be closed during overnight hours.
The Queens Chronicle has learned that a cost-cutting, controversial plan to move the Bayside Post Office to its out-of-the-way annex has been dropped.
In July 2012, then-Congressman Gary Ackerman (D-Queens, Nassau) revealed that the U.S. Postal Service was planning to move the Bayside facility on 42nd Avenue to its annex on 216th Street. The congressman noted that the annex is in an isolated location on a dead-end street with almost no parking.
(NewsUSA) - Most Americans know the U.S. job market is improving. They may not realize, however, that there is a critical need for skilled tradesmen. America doesn't have a jobs shortage. America has a skills shortage.
The rap group World’s Fair truly represents the borough.
Last year the musicians, who grew up in Corona, Cambria Heights, Jamaica and Forest Hills, released “Queens Revisited” under the name Children of the Night. Throughout their raps they named Queens Boulevard, Roosevelt Avenue, side streets and hangout spots like taking a World’s Fair led tour east of the East River. Their album cover is a collage of all these things from the Queensboro Bridge to Citi Field and of course the Unisphere.
The south tube of the Queens Midtown Tunnel leading into Manhattan will be closed to traffic beginning at 2 a.m. on Saturday through 5 a.m. on Monday, July 29, while construction work is undertaken.
Drivers are advised to expect delays and if possible to seek an alternate route into Manhattan, including the RFK-Triborough Bridge or the Hugh L. Carey Brooklyn-Battery Tunnel.
A series of 40 photographs show the beauty of some of Queens forgotten corners.
Sunnyside resident Michelle Cheikin’s richly colored photographs in the series “Queens Surface” will show at the Flushing Library in August.
Councilman and borough president candidate Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) plans to propose legislation to drop the former mayor's name from the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge in the next 45 days.