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.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
Queens residents who love Flushing Meadows Park can breathe a sigh of relief. It looks like the soccer stadium proposed there will be built in the Bronx instead.
The $400 million arena, to be used by a Major League Soccer franchise, is expected to be built south of Yankee Stadium, according to published reports. It will be located at the site of a bankrupt parking garage and adjacent property.
It was a great triumph for the people of Queens when public opposition, led by civic activists and echoed in community newspaper editorials and internet blog posts, defeated the misguided plan to build a professional soccer stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The vast wealth of the New York Yankees and their business acumen also were key, as the team made a deal with Major League Soccer that the Mets had declined, meaning the stadium will probably be built in the Bronx, if anywhere.
The city’s Landmark Preservation Commission denied a proposal by state Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) to designate Flushing Meadows Corona Park as a historical site.
Now he’s asking for a do-over.
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Councilman Leroy Comrie (D-St. Albans) may not make the most noise of the Democrats running for Queens Borough President. But he includes his demeanor among the tools he says are necessary to lead the borough for the next four years.
“You don’t need to scream and yell to let people know you’re upset about something, or have a passion for getting something done,” the three-term councilman said. “You don’t have to insult someone. I’ve banged on a table. I’ve yelled at the mayor. I’ve argued with the speaker, but I’ve done it in-house.
“We’ll have to get back to you on that.”
During the entirety of the United States Tennis Association’s public testimony regarding its proposed expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park, “We’ll have to get back to you on that” has become a fall-back option for some of the more uncomfortable questions surrounding the project.
The motto for Major League Soccer’s initial push to establish a franchise and stadium in New York City was “Let’s bring pro soccer to Queens.”
But now an elected official from across the East River is saying “Let’s bring pro soccer to the Bronx.”
The United States Tennis Association’s planned expansion within Flushing Meadows Corona Park is winding its way through the required input and approval process, as both state legislatures now have bills before them that would allow the alienation of parkland in exchange for land the nonprofit said it needs in order to expand.
The bills before the state Senate and Assembly would let the USTA substitute 1.5 acres of land currently under its leasehold for 0.68 acre along its flank.
Incredulity and perplexity reigned last Friday during a City Council hearing regarding the state of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, with Parks Department staff enduring the brunt of questioning at the hands of a Parks Committee largely made up of Queens lawmakers.
The questioning surrounded the current state of a park accustomed to a fraction of the attention left over from its more famous brethren. Dollar and staffing figures revealed a dearth of resources in the face of escalating need.
The newest and most controversial candidate in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner, said he knows he’s got a lot to prove but believes New Yorkers will be looking forward when choosing the next mayor this fall.
“We’re making a big mistake if we think that voters are looking to the past,” Weiner said in a sitdown last Friday with the Queens Chronicle staff, the first of his candidacy. “When they go to flip that switch, it is a fundamental, forward-looking, aspirational thing.”
A trio of big-ticket projects has put Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the sights of community activists, parks advocates and Queens residents; its chewed up fields, persistent flooding and dilapidated state have become part of a broader discussion about the economic inequality between parks across the city.
In Flushing Meadows’ case, the shoddy conditions justified pushes by the city and developers to find alternate uses, including an expansion of the United States Tennis Association’s grounds, the creation of a mall alongside Citi Field and a Major League Soccer stadium.
The newest and most controversial candidate in the mayoral race, Anthony Weiner, said he knows he’s got a lot to prove but believes New Yorkers will be looking forward when choosing the next mayor.
“We’re making a big mistake if we think that voters are looking to the past,” Weiner said in a sitdown Friday with the Queens Chronicle editorial staff, the first of his candidacy. “When they go to flip that switch, it is a fundamental, forward-looking, aspirational thing.”
A duo of megalith sports franchises, the New York Yankees and Britain’s Manchester City Football Club, announced on Monday Major League Soccer’s 20th franchise and second foray in the tri-state metropolitan area: New York City Football Club.
As officials from MLS, the Bronx Bombers, Abu Dhabi-owned Man City and Mayor Bloomberg congratulated each other during a Tuesday press conference rolling out the franchise, there was one notable absence: the Unisphere, which had become ubiquitous in the league’s push to build a home in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.
The ongoing saga of Major League Soccer’s proposal to build a stadium in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, and the city’s apparent acquiescence in defiling Queens’ crown jewel with yet another massive structure, took two major turns this week.
First, it was announced that in addition to the Arab sheikh who would be the majority owner of the new team that would play there, the New York Yankees would take a 25 percent stake in the franchise. That just adds to our contention that there is no way to justify Mayor Bloomberg’s plan to give our parkland away. Both the sheikh and the Yankees have extremely deep pockets, and if they want to build a stadium somewhere in the city, they can afford to buy the land to do it.