Aqueduct Race Track is being eyed for the MLS soccer stadium that had been proposed for Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
Several sources say MLS is looking to build a permanent stadium for the team, which is slated to begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium, at Aqueduct Race Track.
A group of 50 or so people erupted into cheers as the newly re-elected state Sen. Toby Stavisky stepped out of the elevator in the Good Kitchen restaurant on Tuesday.
“I’m sure all of you have heard by now, but if you haven’t heard, let me be the first to tell you Sen. Stavisky defeated her opponent by a landslide,” Rep. Grace Meng (D-Flushing), said.
Anticipated to be a nail-biter, the Democratic primary race for state Senate in the 11th District, which covers much of Northeast Queens, did not disappoint.
Shortly after midnight on Tuesday, various sources, including The New York Times and NY 1, indicated that, with 95 percent of the precincts reporting, incumbent Tony Avella led challenger John Liu 52.2 percent to 47.8 percent.
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.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
The September meeting of Community Board 10, held last Thursday — the first official day of school — in the Knights of Columbus Hall on Lefferts Boulevard in South Ozone Park, buzzed with words of caution concerning traffic safety.
“Please watch where you’re driving,” state Sen. Joe Addabbo. Jr. (D-Howard Beach) said, reminding residents of the five-point penalty for driving past a stopped yellow school bus.
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
Though turnout was relatively low as it was an off-year election, many Queens residents did hit the polls to vote in the Sept. 9 Democratic primary and have their voices heard.
“Voting is a right and I exercise it. Religiously,” said Regina Jenkins from Hollis. Her mother worked at the polls and raised her to always come out on an election day. Now Jenkins is passing those values down to her children as well.
Police believe a troubled Flushing man in debt killed his wife and daughter early Tuesday morning and then took his own life.
Jong Lee, 50, a truck driver, allegedly slashed the throats of his wife, Sung Lee, 54, and their son, Brian Lee, 15, and piled the bodies on the living room floor of their sixth-floor apartment at 143-40 Roosevelt Ave.
All Constance Moccia and her sister Rebecca wanted on Thursday night was for Roger Federer to play some quality tennis in a match that wouldn’t be over too quickly in straight sets.
“When you’ve paid good money — for nosebleed seats — you want to see some good tennis,” Constance said.
A 33-year-old Flushing resident has been charged with attempted murder and other charges in connection with the shooting of a childhood friend multiple times on a Whitestone jetty and with assaulting his live-in girlfriend, who had an order of protection against him. Both alleged incidents occurred last month.
The defendant is Robert Sasso, 33, of 41st Avenue. Sasso is presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on two criminal complaints charging him, in one complaint, with second-degree attempted murder, first-degree assault and second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and, in a second complaint, with first-degree criminal contempt, third-degree assault and second-degree harassment. If convicted, he faces up to 25 years in prison on the first complaint and four years in prison on the second complaint.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate’s campaign team last week.
Liu was mounting a primary challenge, which ultimately failed, against state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) in the 11th District in northern and northeastern Queens. Avella is a maverick member of the Independent Democratic Conference, which joined the Senate Republicans in a power-sharing agreement, and Liu a former city councilman and comptroller who was supported by the Democratic establishment in Queens.
Serena Williams jumps for joy as she wins the women’s singles title Sunday at the US Open at the Billie Jean King Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park, beating Dane Caroline Wozniacki.
The win brought Wiliams her 18th Grand Slam singles title over her career.
Police say a verbal dispute led to a murder-suicide in Downtown Flushing Monday evening.
A Douglaston resident claims his name, address and a false signature that is not his were wrongly included in a letter supporting John Liu sent out by the candidate's campaign team last week.
Anna Morozova, left, of Russia and Stephanie Elgegren of Sweden, both members of the St. John's University Women's Tennis Team, in their natural environment at Flushing Meadows.
A tractor trailer drives through the parking lot of the Pathmark shopping center in Flushing on Thursday. Earlier, state Sen. Tony Avella and civic leader Arlene Fleishman called for a cleanup of litter in the plaza and a designated truck parking section of the lot.
Re your Aug. 28 article: “Costa calls for gun registry to go public” (multiple editions):
Councilman Costa Constantinides’ bill requiring a New York City public registry of convicted violent felon gun owners is fine, but must be extended to include all gun owners throughout New York State.
Under Gov. Cuomo’s SAFE Act, all assault weapons owners must register their firearms with New York State. This law should expand to require all gun owners to register their weapons, from single-shot pistols to multiple-round murder machines. The public registry must separate legal gun owners from violent felons. But it will strengthen law enforcement’s power to track down criminals and reduce gun violence. We register cars, so why not guns?
The NRA (Not Really Awake) and other gun lobby lunatics will promote paranoid fears about government seizing everyone’s firearms. Nonsense. These are the same folks who think it’s fine for a 9-year-old girl to fire an Uzi assault rifle. They substitute Bushmasters for brains, but we shouldn’t. A statewide registry of all gun owners will create safer and saner communities.
American Softball, a league for handicapped or otherwise challenged adults, was honored Aug. 22 with the final World Series game at Kissena Park in Flushing.
Last weekend was the sweltering midpoint of the annual US Open at the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows Park. Despite soaring temperatures and a rain delay, action continued on the courts with many familiar faces heading to the quarter- and semifinals. A rain delay on Sunday affected play by the men. Meanwhile, the USTA has plans to construct a moveable roof to prevent that from happening in a few years. The two-week event ends Monday, Sept. 8, with the men’s and women’s singles winners to be given their awards. — Liz Rhoades
The US Open attracts tennis fans from throughout the world, and throughout Queens.
Among the natives welcoming national and world travelers to Flushing Meadows on Labor Day were Warren Lefkowitz, left, Mark Shapiro, Carolyn Shapiro and Carolyn Lefkowitz of Howard Beach, who were part of the long line attempting to get into Louis Armstrong Stadium for the match between former champion Novak Djokovic and Philipp Kohlschreiber.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: resobox.com.