Many South Queens residents rang in 2014 with a lot of questions still on their mind. When would the city begin restoring homes damaged by Superstorm Sandy? When would the city address flooding issues in Lindenwood? Would Mary Ann Carey give in to pressure and resign as the district manager of Community Board 9?
Some of those questions, and others, were answered throughout the past 12 months, but still even more questions have been raised or have yet to be answered.
The trade rumor that just won’t seem to die is the potential exchange of Colorado Rockies All-Star shortstop Troy Tulowitzki to the Mets for either Zack Wheeler or Noah Syndergaard, or perhaps even both in an expanded deal.
I can’t understand why the Mets would even contemplate this deal. I have a lot of respect for what Tulowitzki has accomplished in his career, but he is injury prone and has a long-term contract that comes with an obligation north of $100 million. That figure alone should have team CEO Fred Wilpon ending any thoughts about seeing him in a Mets uniform.
December is hardly the time of year to oil up the baseball glove, lace up the soccer spikes or toss the old pigskin around in the park.
Tuesday’s chilly rainstorm was enough to keep even the most diehard athlete inside, with the Madden NFL, NBA 2K or MLB 14: The Show video games serving as their sports playing instead.
The National Hockey League gave the New York Rangers good reason to give thanks last holiday weekend, scheduling away-and-home matinee games with the Philadelphia Flyers, who played like turkeys. The two wins were a needed boost for the Blueshirts, who so far this season have not played like the team that went to the Stanley Cup Final six months ago.
The Flyers were so awful at the Wells Fargo Center last Friday that the home crowd started booing early in the first period and never let up. They were a pathetic 0 for 6 on the power play. And the Rangers added insult to injury on the last one. Even with one less player on the ice due to Chad Kreider’s four-minute penalty for high sticking, the Rangers nailed a shorthanded third-period goal as Rick Nash scored on a three-on-one breakaway to put the puck past hapless Flyers goalie Steve Mason. Flyers fans exited in droves at that point. The final was 3-0.
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.
Borough President Melinda Katz is not on the Aqueduct soccer stadium bandwagon — at least not yet.
At Community Board 10 last Thursday in South Ozone Park, Katz said she “likes the idea” of a Major League Soccer stadium in Queens, but had “deep reservations” about siting it at Aqueduct, which she said is not easily accessible from other parts of the city.
Though it is not the favored option, sources say Aqueduct Race Track could be demolished to make way for a new Major League Soccer stadium that is being proposed for the site if the arena cannot be built elsewhere on the property.
Several sources claim that the proposed Major League Soccer stadium at Aqueduct could be built on the site of the track, ending horse racing at a venue that many say the New York Racing Association has long ignored.
A major Queens institution celebrated its 120th birthday last Saturday, but hardly anyone noticed. That fact, along with the possible fate of said institution, is a shame.
We’re talking about The Big A, Aqueduct Race Track. Today the only racecourse in New York City, Aqueduct opened on Sept. 27, 1894 and has had a storied history ever since.
Several sources have confirmed that demolition of Aqueduct Race Track for a new soccer stadium is not off the table.
It was announced last month that Major League Soccer was looking at Aqueduct as a site for a soccer-specific stadium to host the New York City Football Club, an expansion team that will begin playing next year at Yankee Stadium.
A recent mugging in Forest Park, a new residential home in the area and restoration of a collapsed building on Jamaica Avenue were among the top issues on the table as the Woodhaven Residents’ Block Association held its monthly meeting on Sept. 18 at American Legion Post 118 in Woodhaven.
Deputy Inspector Hank Sautner, commanding officer of the 102nd Precinct, announced that the neighborhood experienced a “pretty good summer,” then addressed an incident that occurred around 6 p.m. in Forest Park on Sept. 16.
Recent discussion of a new Major League Soccer stadium at Aqueduct Racetrack in Ozone Park has sparked conversations throughout Queens and across the city. While many believe we may have an opportunity to create quality local jobs, increase economic development and boost our local small businesses, we must first ensure the channels of communication are open and the process is collaborative, inclusive and respectful of the concerns of every family.
A new soccer stadium has the potential to improve our economic outlook, create good jobs and make our neighborhoods stronger. While MLS can be a huge asset, we cannot overlook the challenges our community already faces that will be further compounded by increased development, most notably access and transportation. Queens residents are severely underserved by public transportation and our roadways are stretched to capacity. We must invest in reliable, affordable transportation infrastructure, like the Rockaway Beach Rail Line, to serve our current population and open up development possibilities.
Last year this page was proud to stand with the civic community in Queens against the Bloomberg administration’s misguided plan to give away a large chunk of Flushing Meadows Corona Park so a soccer stadium could be built there. It would have been a devastating blow both environmentally and economically, as the city was prepared to “sell” at least a dozen acres of our crown jewel park for one dollar. When the plan fell through, it marked a major victory for the public interest.
Then Major League Soccer, which wants to build the stadium for its new team, went to the Bronx, hoping to put it in a park next to Yankee Stadium. Now that plan also has failed, and MLS again has turned its attention toward Queens. But it’s looking at an entirely different location, one we can support: Aqueduct Race Track.
Major League Soccer can’t seem to quit Queens.
The organization, still searching for a permanent home for its expansion New York City Football Club, is eyeing a site in the borough, again.
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.
The debate over player safety and the impact of playing sports on an athlete’s body has raged on the professional level for years.
News of a major league pitcher needing elbow reconstruction surgery or an NFL star getting a concussion are often top stories on ESPN and professional sports leagues have made player safety one of, if not the, highest priorities.
New York Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter and New York Mets second baseman Daniel Murphy weren’t the only representatives from New York City at the Major League Baseball All-Star Game at Target Field in Minneapolis on Tuesday.
William Termine, a gym teacher at PS/IS 87 in Middle Village, was honored as one of the 30 winners of the “All-Star Teachers” program, aimed at celebrating successful educators around the country.
Mets fans have heard the term “phenomenon” used to describe pitcher Zack Wheeler ever since he arrived from the San Francisco Giants in exchange for Carlos Beltran in July 2011. The season-ending elbow injury to Matt Harvey put even more attention and pressure on Wheeler to pick up the slack for the Mets to have any shot at a winning season in 2014.
While Zack certainly can hit the upper 90s with his fastball, his control is awful. The Mets have played a number of nine-inning games that have gone way past three hours, and they always seem to be ones Wheeler started because he goes to full counts on nearly every hitter and then frequently walks them.
California Chrome’s co-owner, Steve Coburn, took a lot of heat after Tonalist defeated his horse at the Belmont Stakes last Saturday. Coburn voiced his “Coward’s way out” comment to NBC Sports reporter Kenny Rice just minutes after learning that his horse would not be a Triple Crown winner as Tonalist, a horse that skipped both the Kentucky Derby and the Preakness, ruined what many thought would be a day of immortality for Coburn and California Chrome.
Coburn did not seem to care that Tonalist’s owners badly wanted to run him in the Derby but the horse’s sudden illness forced them to change their mind. The fact that Tonalist qualified for Belmont by winning the Peter Pan Stakes a week after the Derby enraged him.
Steve Kerr may turn out to be a terrific NBA head coach but I am wondering why he became the flavor of the month just because Knicks President Phil Jackson wanted him as his team’s next head coach. Although Kerr enjoyed a good career as a player in the NBA he was never a head coach in the league, though he was in charge of basketball operations for the Phoenix Suns from 2007 through 2010. They made the playoffs twice in that time and had a winning record for his entire tenure.
Kerr spurned the Knicks last week as he decided to sign with the Golden State Warriors. Jackson must have known that Kerr would have ambivalent feelings about working in New York for reasons that had nothing to do with Madison Square Garden CEO James Dolan. Even when he was working for the Suns, Kerr would commute to Phoenix from his home in San Diego. If you have spent any time in that beautiful Southern California city then you would find it hard to fault him. Of course Knicks fans still don’t know if Jackson, who also enjoys the SoCal lifestyle, will be a regular on coast-to-coast red-eye flights.
Queens may have wriggled out of becoming the permanent home of a Major League Soccer team when the Flushing Meadows Corona Park stadium idea was nixed last year, but the club will still be connected to Queens nonetheless.
The New York City Football Club, Major League Soccer’s new expansion franchise, announced last Thursday that it will partner with eight soccer clubs in New York City, including Ridgewood’s Blau Weiss Gottschee and Maspeth’s Metropolitan Oval, to serve as affiliates for the team.
On the surface, there appear to be only a few relics left from the 1964-65 World’s Fair at Flushing Meadows, but look a little deeper and there is quite a bit more — if you know where to search.
The 12-story-high Unisphere and neglected New York State Pavilion are the two most visible reminders of the fair, which celebrates its 50th anniversary this month. Part of that pavilion was the circular Theaterama, which several years ago was transformed as the Queens Theatre.
After plans for a Major League Soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park fell through last year, the New York City Football Club, the league’s new expansion team, was left homeless, until now.
Instead of playing their inaugural season in Queens, NYC F.C. will call Yankee Stadium home for three years, beginning in 2015.
Ralph Kiner’s passing brought out an emotional response from Mets fans that has understandably been missing since the team moved into Citi Field five years ago. I can vouch for the general consensus that he was a gracious and classy man. Ralph was always receptive to talking baseball and he did not check to see if you were a sportswriter from a big outlet to decide whether a conversation was worth his time. Trust me, that’s not how it is with a lot of broadcasters and sportswriters these days.
Barry Lyons, a third-string catcher on the 1986 Mets, told me one of his greatest thrills as a player was to be a guest on the Mets’ long-running postgame show, “Kiner’s Korner.” When any substitute player got a chance to be the hero of the game, and thus merit an appearance on the show, it was like being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for a day.