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(BPT) - The holidays are just around the corner and with the big holiday season comes big spending. Americans spend an average of $737 on holiday gifts, decor, food and more, according to the National Retail Federation.
ME! ME! ME!: Shoppers overwhelm an employee handing out special discount coupons outside the doors to Macy's at the Queens Center mall in Rego Park. Ten minutes later the store opened and the crowd rushed in.
Thursday is the new black.
Continuing a trend that developed in recent years, holiday shopping that used to kick off on Black Friday, the day after Thanksgiving, began on the holiday itself in Queens and elsewhere, as many large retailers opened their doors Thursday evening.
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority will operate on special schedules between today, Wednesday, and Sunday, Dec. 1, to accommodate travel for the Thanksgiving holiday weekend.
New York City subways and buses will operate on Sunday schedules on Thanksgiving Day.
(NAPSI)—The holiday season was a special time for Elizabeth Taylor, as it is for many. Her casual, warm and welcoming California home was a beautiful holiday haven for an extended family of regulars that included her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Her loved ones were her greatest joy, but she also knew a thing or two about the art of gift giving. Her go-to choices featured soft cashmere sweaters and blankets or anything with a touch of sparkle. Diamonds were her favorite, including her signature scent White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor. The White Diamonds fragrance collection reflects the deep feminine warmth and classic enduring beauty of the woman who created it. White Diamonds is a rich sensual floral fragrance with notes including narcisse, jasmine, amber and sandalwood and is available for the holidays in a beautiful gift set at Macy’s and other fine department stores. It includes a 3.3-fl. oz. Eau de Toilette Spray Naturel, 3.3-oz. Perfumed Body Cream, 3.3-oz. Gentle Moisturizing Body Wash, and .5-oz. Eau de Parfum Spray Naturel. As part of Elizabeth Taylor’s passionate commitment and fearless leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS, she directed that 25 percent of her royalties from White Diamonds and her other House of Taylor fragrances go to The Elizabeth Taylor AIDS Foundation.
(NAPSI)—This holiday season, children of all ages can find a million reasons to believe—and you can help.
To help grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions, bring a letter to Santa to any Macy’s. (NAPS)
(BPT) - You know the holidays have officially begun when the tinsel and colored lights go up in stores, streets and homes. Thanksgiving Day is now Black Thursday, when consumers – still hungry and primed for the best possible holiday deals – fight the famous tryptophan sluggishness and rush off to the mall not long after the turkey is carved and gobbled.
Santa Claus and one of his elves greet the public outside Macy’s during the program.
More and more people are connecting with work and family while on the go. The availability of different apps for smartphones makes it possible to conduct business, make lists, schedule meetings and contact family members when a change of plans occurs, all while sitting in an office meeting, waiting for an appointment or heading home on the bus.
(NAPSI)—While for most young people the teen years are challenging enough, for some, there are further complications—and one such young woman turned those into a way to help others.
(NAPSI)—Good news for the woman who wants to be dazzled with diamonds: A top-selling fragrance, White Diamonds Elizabeth Taylor, lets you wear diamonds every day.
The best gift to receive is one where the recipient can put it to good use for many years to come. This gift is also the most rewarding gift to give, especially if it doesn’t break the bank.
The Queens Center mall capped off Hispanic History Month with the launch of CultureArte, a free two-day weekend event to honor Latin culture through music, dance and fashion on Oct. 12 and 13.
Shown are salsa stars Yesenia Adame and Rodrigo Guzman who have been featured on “Dancing with the Stars.”
(NAPSI)—It’s never too early to get children to enjoy reading. Reading Is Fundamental (RIF) and Macy’s teamed up to find out just how early—and often—parents are reading with their children. The results may surprise you.
Last year there was some hope the Macy’s July 4 fireworks show would start alternating between the Hudson, where it moved in 2009, and the East rivers, but that has not been the case.
This Fourth Queens residents were lucky to see snippets of pink, blue, green and gold peeking out from the Manhattan skyline.
The Mary Sendek house at 87-01 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst, with Macy’s looming behind it, in summer 1965.
On Sept. 15, 1922, Joseph Sendek, a Hungarian immigrant and professional wood carver, bought a 20-by-30-foot house at Queens Boulevard and 55th Avenue with his wife Mary, for $4,000. The lot was 52 feet wide and almost 170 feet deep.
The 1940 Census had six of their children living there: Mary, Victor, Edward, Ernest, Richard and Eleanor. The boys’ occupation was listed as “butcher.”
The Greater Jamaica Development Corporation has reached an agreement with a Long Island real estate developer on a project that is slated to bring “a big-box retail store” and a 500-space parking garage to 168th Street.
The Blumenfeld Development Group has worked on numerous projects in the city, including the transformation of the old Bulova Watch Co. complex on Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst into a corporate office center.
In the cold annex basement of the Free Synagogue of Flushing about a dozen actors start the process of turning a script into a production.
“You really need to make eye contact,” writer and director Mark Lord says. “It’s a fine line between reciting and making it very conversational.”
The new Queens Artists’ Alliance will be hosting an Emerging Artists Show and reception at GEAR Gallery, 61-08 Myrtle Ave., Glendale, on Friday, Feb. 8 from 6-9 p.m. and on Saturday, Feb. 9 from 1-6 p.m. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. All Queens artists are encouraged to attend and to bring photos of their work with contact info on the back to leave with the alliance for possible inclusion in upcoming shows in Queens. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Major crime has been down in the 104th Precinct for the last year, and the NYPD would like to keep it that way during the holidays.
Officers from the 104th and the NYPD’s Community Affairs Bureau spoke with more than two dozen residents on Nov. 28 at a meeting of the precinct’s Community Council.
It was hard to tell the economy’s still weak if you looked at the lines outside places like Macy’s at the Queens Center mall in Elmhurst, Best Buy on 48th Street in Long Island City and Toys “R” Us a few blocks down Northern Boulevard in Woodside.
David Parra, Ricardo Silva and Crystal Ramos were first in line at Best Buy — after having camped out for four days, they said — and got the electronics they were looking for when the doors opened at midnight as Thursday turned into Friday. Some of their fellow shoppers had pitched tents on the sidewalk to wait for the doors to open.
Queens shoppers hit the malls and box stores big-time on Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday, with some camping out for days ahead of time to get the best deals.
Mets pitcher R.A. Dickey provided the silver lining in yet another dark cloud of a season for our Flushing heroes. With little else to cheer for, Mets fans and the local media spent most of the second half of the 2012 season obsessing over Dickey’s chance of winning the Cy Young Award, the honor bestowed by the Baseball Writers Association of America on the best pitcher in each league.
Despite winning 20 games, Dickey faced formidable obstacles with respect to receiving baseball’s highest hurler honor. The BBWAA is a conservative body that traditionally honors personnel from winning teams. Plus, no knuckleball pitcher had ever won a Cy Young. Too many sportswriters in the past believed that the knuckleball was a gimmick and that only traditional pitchers should get the award.