Game time as fans relaxed to watch the home team lose to the Padres.
Willie Vallejo, left, and Greg De Milia pitch a tent for the sleepover.
Mets great Ed Kranepool signed autographs for fans.
Tom Fanning and Denise Gadsby of Briarwood in the dugout.
Mr. and Mrs. Met greeted fans.
Diehard Mets fans pitched tents and unrolled sleeping bags last Saturday to take part in the second annual sleepover at Citi Field. About 200 men, women and children enjoyed a meal, followed by watching the Mets play the Padres in an away game on the Jumbotron while on the field. The home team lost 6-0 to the Padres. Then it was off to dreamland in a field of dreams. — Liz Rhoades
The Mets went into the All-Star break by winning eight out of 10 on their long homestand, pushing ahead of the Phillies and Marlins into third place in the National League East. Aside from the much-needed wins, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had to be thrilled from the contributions of three players on whom he has bet a lot of chips: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, centerfielder Chris Young and first baseman Lucas Duda.
Young and d’Arnaud were complete busts the first three months of the season while Duda was continuing his career as the poor man’s Adam Dunn/Dave Kingman by belting home runs but striking out all too often. As the calendar turned to July, however, both Young and d’Arnaud were getting big hits while Duda proved that he could be a contact hitter.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy weren’t the only representatives from New York City at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
William Termine, a gym teacher at PS/IS 87 in Middle Village, was honored as one of the 30 winners of the “All-Star Teachers” program, aimed at celebrating successful educators around the country.
Seeing Hollywood horror classics and family-friendly movies in Southeast Queens this summer won’t mean having to deal with sticky floors and $9 sodas.
A Better Jamaica is bringing back its Classic Film Fridays program to Rufus King Park for a sixth straight year.
Parking was a major topic at the sixth annual meeting of the Bayside Village Business Improvement District this Monday.
Residents and merchants met in C J Sullivan’s American Grill on 41st Avenue to hear updates from BID officials, who represent over 400 businesses and property owners along Bell Boulevard from Northern Boulevard to 35th Avenue.
Known as the “Hospital of Kings and Queens,” Wyckoff Heights Medical Center is like a family to its longtime employees and a central pillar of the Bushwick and Ridgewood communities.
The hospital honored seven people who have worked there since before 1975 and will display photographs of them by Bushwick-based artist Daryl-Ann Saunders on the first floor “Hall of Fame.”
M ore than 5,400 employees of the Long Island Rail Road could walk off the job at 12:01 a.m. on Sunday if there is no progress on a new contract.
The workers are the highest-paid commuter railroad employees in the country, but also have been working without a contract since 2010.
For a few hours on Saturday morning, Citi Field was transformed into a field of dreams for 125 area children. The Verizon Kids Clinic, hosted by the Mets, allowed young ballplayers a chance to hone their hitting, pitching and fielding skills under the tutelage of Mets relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle and the team’s third base and bullpen coaches, Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones. They also received two free tickets to that afternoon’s Mets’ 5-4 victory over the Miami Marlins. “Sometimes you get a platform to do things that are special,” Carlyle said. “Creating memories for these kids is always nice.” The children were selected at random from a pool of kids who were registered by their parents at area Verizon stores across the city and Long Island. — by Christopher Barca
For a few hours on Saturday morning, Citi Field was transformed into a field of dreams for 125 area children.
The Verizon Kids Clinic, hosted by the Mets, allowed young ballplayers a chance to hone their hitting, pitching and fielding skills under the tutelage of Mets relief pitcher Buddy Carlyle and the team’s third base and bullpen coaches, Tim Teufel and Ricky Bones.
The long-neglected crumbling seawall at MacNeil Park in College Point is slated for restoration beginning next summer.
That’s the word from the Parks Department on the $2.5 million project that will involve reconstructing the most damaged portions of the esplanade and seawall, to include a step-down at the jetty, a fishing overlook and beach-kayak access.
The Mets were 11 games under .500 when they returned to Citi Field July 4 after a seven-game road trip. General manager Sandy Alderson knew that he would have to address the media about his perceptions of the first half of the 2014 season. Clearly it was not a get-together that he was looking forward to having.
Alderson began the proceedings by saying he believes the Mets have the personnel to perform far better than they have been, and that they are heading in the right direction. Eyeballs were understandably rolling and heads were shaking after Alderson made that statement.
The New York Mets will host a food drive to benefit City Harvest on Friday, Saturday and Sunday July 11 through 13 at Citi Field.
Fans donating at least five nonperishable items will receive a voucher for two tickets to select September Mets home games, plus coupons for future use on Hain Celestial food products.
Queensbridge residents love their neighborhood park along the East River, but they don’t want the twain to meet. Now they can have some piece of mind that they won’t.
Officials and activists gathered in Queenbridge Park on Vernon Boulevard under the summer sun Tuesday to celebrate the completion of a $6.65 million seawall and 6-foot-wide promenade with benches and plantings with a small fishing wharf at the northern end. The planning took more than a decade, but once construction started, it was completed in a year.
Construction of the new performance space and central green at Murray Playground in Long Island City was completed last week and the site officially reopened last weekend.
“Murray Playground is a great community amenity for Long Island City residents of all ages, whether human or canine,” Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski said in a written statement.
Yoga is growing in popularity but classes can be expensive.
Fortunately, groups including the Queens Library and Parks Department provide plenty of options for you to get your downward dog on this summer for free.
After a stint on the Hudson River, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular is back on the East Side for this year’s Independence Day.
Unfortunately a majority of the sparkling explosives will be shot off near the Brooklyn Bridge.
Every year, 32BJ, one of the largest unions in the city, awards scholarships to members’ children. This year, one of those students is Aldina Klapija, a Jackson Heights resident.
The 17-year-old beat out dozens of applicants with her good grades and essay on her hero, Mohatma Ghandi.
From the highest point on Vaughn College of Aeronautics’ East Elmhurst campus, students can get a clear view of their future.
The school’s “control tower” — an observation deck several stories high designed like an airport control tower looks down on busy Runway 4 at LaGuardia Airport. From here, the entire length of the runway can be seen, as can planes taking off and landing. Inside the observation deck are speakers which play a live feed of air traffic control at LaGuardia’s tower, less than a quarter mile away.