It’s easy to see why Robert Downey Jr. was drawn to “The Judge” as both an actor and as a businessman. This is the first film emanating from his production company, Team Downey, that is run by him and his wife, Susan. It’s easy for the audience to care about the many characters in the film and the writing is first-rate even though you feel that you’ve seen a lot of what’s on the screen many times before. It’s also a chance for Downey to be the lead in the kind of role that is tailor-made for him; namely the lone wolf who marches to his own beat and gets to snap off one-liners and settle scores in the process.
Hank Palmer (Robert Downey Jr.) is a shark-like Chicago defense attorney who charges top dollar fees but can back it up as he is generally able to get his rogue’s gallery of clients “not guilty” verdicts because of his cross-examination abilities and his oratory skills in a courtroom. In the memorable opening scene shot at Chicago’s Cook County Court House, prosecutor Mike Kattan (versatile actor and Forest Hills native David Krumholtz) asks him how it feels to help the guilty get off scot-free. “The innocent can’t afford me!” he says in a matter-of-fact tone standing in front of a urinal.
Johnny Carson once remarked that he was great in front of 10 million people but not so good in front of just 10. The same can be said for the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, based on what we see in the new biopic, “Get On Up.” Throughout the film we see Brown (Chadwick Boseman) disrespecting the women in his life, his loyal band and his longtime best friend, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), yet he is a tour de force when he gets on stage as large audiences go into a frenzy when he breaks into his “hardest working man in show business” persona as he sings, knocks the microphone stand back and forth, and dances in such a way that it looks as if he is defying gravity. The fact that he is lip syncing Brown’s vocals doesn’t detract.
Parents and school staff in Queens Monday morning wanted to talk about anything other than Friday’s mass shooting at a Newtown, Conn. elementary school that left more than two dozen people, including 20 children, dead.
60 miles southwest of the site of one of the worst school shootings in American history, moms, dads, teachers and principals are trying to wander through the minefield of what to tell schoolchildren about the tragedy that ended the lives of so many their age.
The city’s announcement that the burgeoning and long-contested development project at Willets Point would not be proceeding as originally outlined and the lack of sufficient affordable housing for the middle- and lower-income families living in the borough led about 100 distraught residents to pack a Queens Housing Coalition meeting on Nov. 20 in Jackson Heights.
The Willets Point Redevelopment Plan was approved by the City Council in 2008 and included the construction of 5,500 mixed-income residential units, 2,000 of which were to be affordable housing.
Walking down Flushing’s Main Street can be highly stressful. The Transport Department estimates that every weekday peak hour, up to 8,000 pedestrians jostle for space with people lining up for buses and solicitors handing out advertisements on the narrow sidewalks.
Exacerbating the overcrowding problem, merchants in downtown Flushing’s Main Street have increasingly been moving their wares out on the sidewalks. And some pedestrians are upset.
A building that used to be part of a detox center on Parsons Boulevard in Flushing will become a Muslim charter school in the fall.
For more than four years, three buildings that made up the Aurora Concept detox center remained unsold and unkempt. Ken Cohen, president of the Flushing Suburban Civic Association, expressed his dissatisfaction when asked about the condition of the property.
The streets of Jamaica are becoming increasingly unsafe with the 113th Precinct ranked fifth worst citywide for shootings this year, and the other two precincts that cover Southeast Queens — the 103rd and the 105th — also reporting an increase in killings. It has gotten so bad that the borough president is shelling out $50,000 to have a one-day gun buyback program along with the NYPD at a church within the 113th’s area.
Even though there were two men shot dead last week in Jamaica, and one assault victim who later succumbed to his injuries, residents of Southeast Queens are mixed on whether they feel safe to walk the streets, if the police are doing all they can to curb crime and whether the stop-and-frisk policy is effective or simply glorified racial profiling.
What is the official dog of New York State?
There isn’t one — yet.
Luke Wright (Jason Statham) is a minor league mixed martial arts fighter who ekes out a living dumping fights in the Jersey suburbs for chump change. One fateful evening he decides that enough is enough and he knocks out a rival to whom he was supposed to lose.
Normally only die-hard movie buffs pay attention to who the producer of a film is, with the exception of a few notables such as, say, Steven Spielberg.
Astoria resident Taimur Hussain was released last week after being held in immigration detention for over nine months.
But while a lawyer from the Forest Hills firm that represented him, Naresh Gehi, said his family was “overjoyed” to hear the news, it’s been a long and terrifying time for Hussain’s two daughters and his wife. Gehi was one of many who testified at a hearing on immigration detention centers held by Councilman Danny Dromm (D-Jackson Heights) this month.
About 200 residents and political activists heard the candidates for the 23rd Assembly District speak on a wide range of topics during a sometimes raucous debate held Tuesday night in Howard Beach.
Everything from local concerns like security around the soon-to-open Aqueduct racino to the state budget and drilling for natural gas upstate was addressed by Democratic candidate Phil Goldfeder, an aide to U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer who is on leave during the campaign, and Republican Jane Deacy, a former police officer and teacher.
Stefanie Frank had two weddings: One at Terrace on the Park in Flushing Meadows Park with 120 guests, and one in a state where it was legal — Connecticut.
Now expecting twins, Stefanie and her partner, Sarah Frank, are among a growing number of gay couples facing legal and financial hurdles due to restrictions that both state and federal government place upon their relationship.
An artist’s sketchbook is like a diary — each page reveals something new about its author. Malik Small is taken by subway signage — the N train and R train, the Q in its express and local forms. He watches PBS. He likes doughnuts. The only thing that cannot be seen when looking at Small’s drawings is his disability.
Small is one of several artists from AHRC, an organization that strives to meet the needs of people with intellectual and developmental challenges. His sketchbook, along with the work of 14 others, is on display at Topaz Arts in Woodside as part of the exhibit “Sketchie: Sketchbooks & Artworks by Artists with Developmental Disabilities.”
The City Council’s Committee on Veterans as well as the full council last week unanimously passed a resolution supporting the desire of many lawmakers and veterans advocates that a full-service hospital be built at the St. Albans VA site rather than giving a portion of the land to a private developer.
The St. Albans project has been a source of controversy for years, with the VA believing that replacing the existing facilities with a new nursing home, psychosocial rehabilitation domiciliary and expanded outpatient facilities is the way to go, despite consistent opposition from many veterans.