This is a proposal for the New York Road Runners. Marathon running is a saturated market, many people just don’t have the time or the energy to spend three and a half hours, give or take an hour, to complete a race. Half marathons are the next big idea in running. Everything is cut in half, preparation, completion of a race and recuperation.
The half-marathon courses in New York City lack creativity, except for the Brooklyn one that begins at Prospect Park continues south on Ocean Parkway and winds up in Coney Island.
I propose two half marathons. One would begin in the Bronx in September, i.e. Bronx Zoo Park; continue southbound to the Triboro/RFK Bridge via pedestrian walkway, through Astoria, East Elmhurst, Corona and finish at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. The following half marathon race would occur about six months later.
The second leg of two 13.1-mile races would begin in March from the southern rim of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, westbound on Union Turnpike, through Forest Park to Broadway Junction, East New York Avenue, Howard Avenue/Tapscott Street/Kings Highway. Finally, the runners would head southbound on Ocean Parkway and onto Surf Avenue for the finish line at Seaside Park/NY Aquarium.
The two proposed races would bring people out in the neighborhoods, in parts of New York City that are forgotten when it comes to special events. In the NYC marathon there is little visibility for Queens and the Bronx. The runners touch Long Island City on their way over the Queensboro/Koch Bridge and in the Bronx they hop off one small bridge on their way to another small bridge over the Harlem River portion. The combined races would highlight the Bronx Zoo/NY Botanical Garden, Crotona Park, Randalls/Wards Island Park, Flushing Meadows Corona Park with Citi Field and Arthur Ashe Tennis Stadium, Forest Park, the wide boulevards of Kings Highway and Ocean Parkway with beautiful Coney Island in March to get the spring/summer season off on the right foot.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate all buses and subway trains on a Sunday schedule for the Labor Day holiday on Monday, Sept. 1.
Ongoing paving work will result in some lane closures on the Throgs Neck Bridge this weekend.
The Whitestone Bridge is celebrating its 75th anniversary along with the 1939 World's Fair. A new photo display honore the two at the Queens Library Whitestone branch.
A photo of the 1939 World’s Fair is one of several on display at the Queens Library.
Two New York icons, the Whitestone Bridge and the 1939 World’s Fair, celebrate their 75th anniversaries this year.
In their honor, the Queens Library and the Queens Historical Society have joined forces to recognize the connection between the two with an extensive photo exhibition on view at the Whitestone branch of the library. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) announced Tuesday a six-point economic plan for Queens to increase employment and attract businesses to the borough.
The senator wants to reform the state Brownfield program for polluted areas. Under his plan, Empire State Development would purchase contaminated sites and finance construction. They would be sold for $1 with the stipulations that businesses provide a living wage and other requirements.
State Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) has been finding endorsements hard to come by in his battle to hold his 14th District seat.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.
“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.
Grant Lally, the Nassau County lawyer seeking to unseat Rep. Steve Israel (D-Suffolk, Nassau, Queens) in the third congressional district, may have cleared the first hurdle.
Lally, who is backed by the Conservative and Libertarian parties, was certified by the state Board of Elections as the winner of the Republican primary Tuesday over his opponent Steven Labate.
Two Queens high schools were among the top 10 in the state, according to a recent ranking by US News & World Report.
The periodical surveyed more than 19,000 high schools nationwide, including more than 1,100 in New York State. Schools were awarded gold, silver or bronze medals based on their performance on state assessments and how well they prepare students for college and given a final grade and ranked by it.
Poet Walt Whitman may have summed it up best: “I have reason to bless the breeze that wafted me to Whitestone.”
Whitman taught school in the community in the winter of 1840 through the next spring, focusing on local history and journalism. And although he decried the “money-making spirit” in Whitestone, he loved the water views: “We are close on the sound. It is a beautiful thing to see the vessels, sometimes a hundred or more, all in sight at once, and moving so gracefully on the water.”
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display thru July 26.
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display June 6-July 26.
1939 is a year that has much significance in the annals of history.
It was the year that the Bronx-Whitestone Bridge was opened and the year the World’s Fair opened at Flushing Meadows Park, as well as the year that among the many motion pictures released were two of the world’s best loved classics: “The Wizard of Oz” and “Gone With the Wind.”
1939 was also the year that an innocent country was wantonly and viciously attacked by its neighbor. The country that was attacked was Poland, and the country that attacked it was Nazi Germany, on Sept. 1, 1939. That unprovoked attack marked the beginning of the world’s most devastating conflict, World War II. The world must never allow such a conflict to ever erupt again. If it were to happen, nobody would be the winner. Humanity would be the loser, forever.
City Council citations were presented Monday to the winners of Welcome to Whitestone’s “Whitestone Bridge Drawing Contest.”
Out of over 300 entrees from elementary school students, five were selected to be the winners. Each winner received a citation, a $50 gift certificate and a $10 gift card.
Thirty-two thousand cyclists made the city their own during the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour on Sunday.
Participants, ranging in age and from all around the globe, began the 40-mile, traffic-free tour at the southern tip of Manhattan and traveled north, through Central Park and into the Bronx.
Thirty-two thousand cyclists made the city their own during the TD 5 Boro Bike Tour on Sunday. Participants, ranging in age and from all around the globe, began the 40-mile, traffic-free tour at the southern tip of Manhattan and traveled north, through Central Park and into the Bronx. Bikers then cruised back south to the Queensboro Bridge and crossed over into Long Island City. They headed back north to Astoria Park to take a breather at one of the four rest areas along the route. There were bananas, apples, granola bars and more waiting for riders before they took off again and continued south on the Brooklyn-Queens Expressway into Brooklyn and eventually crossed the Verrazano-Narrows Bridge into Staten Island. Cyclists celebrated at the Finish Festival at Fort Wadsworth, Staten Island.
We’re surrounded by water: bays, rivers and canals that are often just as clogged with traffic as some of our roadways.
Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) announced the results of participatory budgeting in the Community Board 9 and 14 sections of the district on Tuesday.
Five projects won enough votes in CB 9 to reach $1 million and six in CB 14. Ulrich’s office says nearly 1,000 people in both sections of the district voted.