Rockaway officials and residents are furious that the $75 billion budget approved by the City Council last week does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the area to Manhattan, setting off a battle between City Hall and the distant peninsula over the popular, but pricey, service that began after Hurricane Sandy.
“Although the Rockaway ferry service was not included in the final city budget, our community will not give up the fight,” said Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway Park). “I am severely disappointed in Mayor de Blasio and the Economic Development Corporation for ignoring the transit needs of southern Queens and Rockaway families. Like every other borough in the city, we deserve an affordable, efficient and reliable means of transportation. The ferry has been a lifeline for our families and small businesses after the devastation caused by Sandy and it must remain permanent.”
Rockaway officials are furious that the $75 billion city budget approved by the City Council last night does not include funding for permanent ferry service connecting the peninsula to Manhattan.
One focus of the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows was art. Fairgoers could see paintings by Goya and Michelangelo’s famous “Pieta.” But a few of the artworks specifically designed for the fair were controversial, and some of them remain there today.
Five sculptors were commissioned to create works that would stay in the park after the fair ended. They were Theodore Roszak, Paul Manship, Marshall Fredericks, Jose de Rivera and Donald De Lue.
Now that Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan has hired “The Lord of the Rings,” Phil Jackson, to be the new Knicks president (he has six NBA championship rings as head coach of the Chicago Bulls; five in the same role for the Los Angeles Lakers; and a pair as a bench player for the Knicks), and has promised to grant him as much autonomy as an owner can, it will be interesting to see whether the media will finally stop bashing Dolan.
At the Jackson press conference, Dolan acknowledged that he has been far from adept at running a basketball team. The most obvious bad decision on his part was firing Donnie Walsh as the team’s general manager without having a suitable replacement ready to take his place. The reason for Walsh’s ouster was that he did not want to give up a king’s ransom to get Carmelo Anthony from the Denver Nuggets. Given Anthony’s outstanding play since coming to the Knicks, it’s easy to understand Dolan’s desire to meet Denver’s asking price three years ago.
The following is a transcript of Mayor de Blasio's State of the City Address, as prepared, sent to the media before the speech was delivered.
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.