(Family Features) The holiday season brings a flurry of activity, especially when it comes to entertaining family and friends. While the formal sit-down dinner is still alive and well this time of year, casual holiday gatherings are growing in popularity.
Clients and staff at Lifespire, a nonprofit based in Jamaica that provides services for the developmentally disabled, last week transformed their floor in a Jamaica office building into a Manhattan holiday showcase.
At top, Lifespire staff member Nadira Cumberbatch, left, leads singers in Christmas carols and selections for Hanukkah.
The holiday season is certainly a joyous time but it can be stressful when it comes to finding a gift for the special people in your life. Here are some last-minute gift ideas that just might inspire. You may even want to treat yourself!
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.”
The same week Mayor de Blasio announced a decrease in civilian police complaints, a grand jury announced the officer accused of killing Eric Garner in an apparent chokehold was not guilty.
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, give gifts that add a touch of luxury to your loved ones’ lives.
(Family Features) The holiday season is a magical time and there are some simple ways to share in the season’s spirit of goodwill and generosity.
Make-A-Wish child Alexzander mails his letter to Santa after he wrote it with Martha Stewart at Macy‚??s in celebration of the retailer‚??s annual Believe campaign in Miami on December 7, 2013. For every letter mailed in a Macy‚??s ‚??Believe‚?ù Letterbox the retailer will donate one dollar, up to one million dollars, to Make-A-Wish Josh Ritchie/AP for Macy's
(NAPSI)—Whether it's the holidays, birthdays, anniversaries or any occasion that you want to feel special, heeding a few simple hints can help you become known as having a gift for giving.
(Family Features) From amateurs just sharpening their culinary skills to gourmet gurus with a refined taste for beverage and cuisine, you likely know a few people who enjoy spending time in the kitchen. Use this guide of kitchen must-haves to bring cheer to everyone on your holiday shopping list.
For the third time in Citi Field’s six-year history, the Mets have altered their ballpark’s dimensions. This time a good chunk of the right field wall was brought in an average of 10 feet.
While moving in the fences would seem counterproductive to a team that lives and dies by its pitching, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson believes the changes will yield a net benefit to the Mets. Apparently his thinking is that Mets pitchers can shut down opposing hitters in even a bandbox while the visiting teams’ mediocre pitchers have looked like the second coming of Cy Young against our Flushing heroes because of the spaciousness of Citi Field.
Santa and Mr. Met greet youngsters outside Macy’s on Monday night.
It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit and making it easier are the holiday street lights now illuminating Downtown Flushing and the GingerBread Lane village on display at the New York Hall of Science. Chef Jon Lovitch once again created his confectionary extraganza that will be open to the public now through Jan. 11 at the Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows Park. The 1.5-ton, 450-square-foot village made of edible gingerbread, icing and candy this year features more New York City icons. Last year, it won the Guinness World Record title. In nearby Downtown Flushing, the BID and Macy’s held a street-lighting ceremony on Monday night. This year, three-dimensional snowflakes are featured. — Liz Rhoades
It’s never too early to get in the Christmas spirit and making it easier are the holiday street lights now illuminating Downtown Flushing and the GingerBread Lane village on display at the New York Hall of Science.
(BPT) - Everyone needs a fun little holiday trip. You can get some shopping done, see a show, enjoy the lights and amp up your anticipation for the holidays.
Thanksgiving Day is supposed to be a holiday when families and friends gather to give thanks for their many blessings. There is absolutely no reason for any retailer or wholesaler to be open on this very special holiday.
The only retailer that seems to value Thanksgiving as a day to be with loved ones is P.C. Richard and Son, the appliance store chain. It’s always closed for Thanksgiving and always runs a full-page commentary on how those retailers who choose to stay open are showing a total lack of respect for their employees and their families.
Now Macy’s is saying that it may open its stores at 6 p.m. Thanksgiving evening. That is totally ridiculous! Enough is enough already.
If this keeps up, stores will be open on Christmas Day. That really would be a sad commentary on how money hungry businesses have become.
(NAPSI)—Some 1.65 million Americans are currently in hospice care, and if you or someone you care about is ever among them, a recently developed medical device could be a big help.
Millicent O’Meally has lived in Flushing for more than 50 years. The changes she has seen — from sleepy community to fast-paced transit hub — are dramatic and life-changing.
“I enjoyed downtown when it was like a little country-type location,” O’Meally said. “There were little shops you could go in and out, even to get food for dinner. It was quaint.”
(NAPSI)—Although 42 children on average are diagnosed with cancer every day, the encouraging news is that the five-year survival rate is now nearly 90 percent. Nevertheless, to these children and their families, the 5 percent of government funding for cancer research that goes to study children’s cancer is simply not enough. Fortunately, some major corporations are stepping up to help—and you can, too. Here’s how:
The Aflac Holiday Duck has raised $3 million for childhood cancer. It’s available this year at Macy’s stores as well as online at aflacduckprints.com. (NAPS)
The city’s Community Emergency Response Teams, also known as CERT, are looking for volunteers who wish to be trained in disaster preparedness and emergency response.
CERT volunteers play a supporting role to the city’s first responders in the event of serious fires or explosions, major accidents and natural disasters.
There was a groundbreaking ceremony at the Flushing Commons site that is replacing Parking Lot 1 last week. Many think this new behemoth project is good for Flushing, others are skeptical or against it altogether. Mayor Bloomberg and developers pushed hard for it with building renditions of grandeur and talked about how good this was for Flushing. Downtown Flushing needs parking desperately. The developers “cured” that problem by putting a large underground parking lot under the Commons site to hold about 1,600 vehicles. What nobody talked about is the fact that shoppers don’t like to park in big underground lots. Shoppers who drive won’t go there anymore.
The Commons underground parking lot is a nail in the coffin for drivable Flushing. No longer does it make sense to drive to downtown Flushing to shop. Some European cities have fabulous underground automated parking lots that are popular and well-used. Not here. People, I for one, don’t like to park in large underground parking lots with low ceilings, cramped spaces, with a gate at the entrance and exit. Not to mention feeling safe in them. And, I certainly don’t like paying a minimum three bucks for a stay that will only last a few minutes.
The best use of the site would have been for a city-owned five-story parking lot similar to the one in downtown New Rochelle. There you drive in, no gates, park in a numbered spot, put your spot number in the parking machine at the mall entrance, and you pay for the amount of time you expect to use, be that 25 cents for 15 minutes, or two to three hours at $1 per hour to go to the Imax Theatre. When you leave you just drive out. There are no lines. Gated lots are nightmares. If you’ve ever gotten stuck behind somebody who can’t figure our how to use the ticket machine at the Queens Center mall, you would appreciate this kind of easy-access lot.
The loss of above-ground parking is sealing off Flushing to those who live there and nearby. I would rather drive to Macy’s in Manhasset to shop because I can park right outside the doors. Goodbye, drivable Downtown Flushing. It was good to know you.
While LIC Landing and Z Hotel are offering fancy viewing parties, the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular can be viewed for free around the borough.
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.
City Councilman Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica) was arrested Wednesday morning in connection with a 12-count indictment charging him with stealing state and campaign funds and laying a false paper trail in an attempt to cover up the alleged thefts.
Wills has been charged with third-degree grand larceny, first-degree scheme to defraud, first-degree falsifying business records, and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing.
Mayor de Blasio announced Monday that the Macy’s 4th of July fireworks display will return to the East River this year, a change he pushed for as public advocate, after several years in the Hudson.
The pyrotechnics will not be fired off near the Queens shore, however. The show will instead be centered in the lower part of the river around the Brooklyn Bridge, but will be viewable from much of the borough. Macy’s said the fireworks will be launched directly from the 131-year-old Brooklyn Bridge.