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From moving lines to cartoons so realistic they could possibly be mistaken for people, computer graphics have come a long way since they were first used. And in just two hours on a damp Sunday afternoon, visitors were able to see two-decades worth of significant progress in computer graphics at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria — and hear about them from an expert.
Tom Sito, an animator who has worked on projects for Disney classics and DreamWorks, presented parts of the New Age: Computer Shorts program, along with Dean Winkler, who has focused more on the technical side of the computer graphics spectrum. Both have been in the business for years and have seen the industry change and grow each step of the way.
She was just a Corona girl working in her family’s hardware store with a chemist for an uncle before she was EstÈe Lauder. But she became the co-founder of a company worth $8 billion selling products all over the world.
Born Josephine Esther Mentzer and changing her first name to EstÈe, adapted from her nickname, Esty, the young woman was in high school when she started to sell beauty products in salons. She would demonstrate them on women while they were using hair dryers — a concept of touching and showing the customer the products that is still used by the company to this day.
(BPT) - In their 20s and 30s, most men feel invincible. The last thing on a young man’s mind is cancer – let alone testicular cancer. At the age of 37, Sean Kimerling, a beloved, Emmy-award winning sports anchor and pre-game announcer for the New York Mets, was living his childhood dream when he was diagnosed. Before the disease was identified, Kimerling experienced pain that he attributed to a potential workout or sports injury. When he eventually saw a doctor, his cancer had already progressed too far. He passed away about 30 days after his diagnosis.
(Family Features) Between the everyday obligations of school, sports and other extra-curricular activities, many children equate playtime with sitting in front of the television, computer or other electronic device.
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.
(BPT) - When you’re brain-storming holiday menus, do lovingly roasted turkeys with all the trimmings and decadent cookies dance alongside the peppermint and sugarplums in your visions? Certain flavors and foods are strongly associated with the holiday season – seafood, however, isn’t always among those favored dishes. But it could be! The right seasonings and a dash of creativity – along with historically low prices on well-loved options like lobster – could make seafood a centerpiece of your holiday menus.
(NAPSI)—With so many super hero movies in theaters these days, many kids are likely to have superpowers on their minds. The notion of an ordinary, vulnerable person able to transform into a hero with superhuman abilities seems to be highly appealing to young children.
Natalia Mendez stood outside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, where several Congress members were speaking inside, holding a sign saying “Bring my son Marco home.” Marco Saavedra, one of those in the group known as the Dream 9, is being detained after trying to cross the Mexico-United States border without legal papers in an act protesting the 1.7 million deportations carried out by the Obama administration. PhotoS by josey bartlett
As members of the Senate and the House, including House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-Va.), spoke about immigrants and their family’s ancestry inside the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, immigration activists who were not permitted inside chanted outside about giving illegal immigrants a path to citizenship.
Saturday was the last stop on the Becoming America Congressional Pilgrimage, led by The Faith and Politics Institute.
(StatePoint) In a perfect world, all children would be enthusiastic about starting a new school year. But in the real world, some children will be reluctant, nervous, or annoyed about exchanging their summer fun for the classroom. How do you get kids motivated about going back to school?
It’s a case of art vs. progress, or at least what some see as progress, in the ongoing clash over the proposed construction of two high-rise apartment buildings in the space occupied by the 5 Pointz open-air art exhibit in Long Island City, a hot topic that comprised the majority of the June 6 Community Board 2 meeting.
The complex, an artists’ haven featuring one of the world’s most celebrated collections of legal graffiti, is located on the block between Davis and Crain Sreets, with frontage on Jackson Avenue. It is owned by the Wolkoff family, which hopes to see the demolition begin by the end of the year.
Born and raised in Woodhaven, Greg Cerar, 31, says organizing a concert at the Forest Park Bandshell has been on his mind since the age of 6.
“I grew up two blocks from there. As a child, my father used to take me there. I would hang out on the stage with my friends. Things just developed and I’m finally able to do it,” Cerar said.
State Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) dropped out of the race for Queens borough president last Friday.
The move follows the Queens County Democratic Organization’s endorsement 11 days earlier of Melinda Katz, a former city councilwoman and state assemblywoman, for the job.
A group of young men sit in front of Mac computers, clicking through YouTube videos and clacking away at their keyboards. They are young. Most are between 17 and 19 years old and attend alternative schools at night where students who struggle at regular schools, either for academic or disciplinary reasons, can learn at their own pace.
But at the Lost Battalion Hall in Rego Park, these teenagers trade in their pens and pencils for a camera and boom mike.
The comprehensive immigration reform bill that U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) is co-sponsoring would put millions of immigrants on the path to citizenship and would specifically benefit the Asians here, he said.
“We have a great Asian community and I am a great fan of immigration because it adds to the greatness of New York and the greatness of our country,” Schumer said during a phone press conference Friday.
An ongoing dispute over the elimination of a scholarship geared toward undocumented youth is gaining the attention of community leaders across the city.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) rallied with Public Advocate Bill de Blasio, former Comptroller Bill Thompson and several immigration advocacy groups outside City Hall last Thursday, urging Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to reconsider a 2011 budget slash to his father’s scholarship program.
Jets fans, who are notorious for booing any player their team selects at the NFL Draft, broke into thunderous cheers at Radio City Music Hall Friday night upon hearing that Gang Green had chosen Geno Smith. The reason for this euphoria was the belief that beleaguered Mark Sanchez’s days as a Jet were numbered.
I hate to spoil the fans’ fun, but the Jets would be better off having Smith learn the NFL by watching the action and holding a clipboard this year the way that Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and so many other greats did in their first pro season.
City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr., speaking, was joined by other officials and candidates and immigrant advocacy groups last Thursday, calling on Mayor Bloomberg and Council Speaker Christine Quinn to reinstate a scholarship designated for undocumented students.
We hear a lot about the “shrinking middle class” in America. The Pew Research Center set out to measure the erosion. It found that, since 2000, “the middle class has shrunk in size” and “fallen backward in income and wealth.”
They have gone through years of damaged homes, destroyed possessions and tens of thousands of dollars in costs that may never be recoverable.
Now there’s a Category 5 storm brewing up in Southeast Queens, and both elected officials and residents in and around Jamaica vow that the Department of Environmental Protection has placed itself squarely in its path for landfall on March 22.
The acrobatics and the how-did-they-do-that contortions of Cirque du Soleil will be coming to the Citi Field parking lot March 27 to April 19.
Under the big top performers dressed in glitter and fringe or painted intricately from head to toe will illustrate the evolution of the human race from amphibian to the almost superhero traits of flight. The show “Totem” is about dreams, according to Cirque du Soleil, and about growth.
An African-American art exhibition by Khalil Koromantee and His Young Black Artists will be on display on Thursday, Feb. 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the Rosenthal Library, Room 230, at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing.