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 dunk tank at Citi Field on Aug. 4, when the San Francisco Giants were in town. This apparent Giants fan got soaked, but his team didn't, edging out the Mets 4-3 that day.
It’s election season and once again the New York State DREAM Act has become a centerpiece for many of the Democratic candidates.
At a press conference held on Saturday in front of the Renaissance Charter School in Jackson Heights, the bill’s sponsors, state Sen. Jose Peralta (D-East Elmhurst) and Assemblyman Francisco Moya (D-Jackson Heights) touted their latest supporter: lieutenant governor candidate Kathy Hochul.
Douglaston native Patrick McEnroe announced that he was stepping down as general manager of player development for the United States Tennis Association last week. Patrick, the younger brother of tennis legend John McEnroe, had a decent professional career and served tennis as a CBS sportscaster and Davis Cup captain before becoming in charge of discovering and nurturing American tennis talent.
The official reason given was that McEnroe did not want to relocate from New York City to Orlando, where the USTA will open a state-of-art training center in 2016. But it is impossible to ignore the fact that the state of American professional tennis, Serena Williams obviously excluded, is dismal. Six days after the Open got underway there wasn’t a single American in the men’s or women’s singles brackets left who wasn’t named Serena Williams. One has to believe USTA executives were not pleased.
Community Board 2 approved the Department of Transportation’s plan to improve a particularly complex and chaotic portion of Long Island City.
Sean Quinn, a representative of the agency, presented the Hunter-Crescent Area Triangle plan, which aims to make the area safer by adding crosswalks, pedestrian islands and signage, converting one-way streets to two-way streets.
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.
Community Board 9 reconsidered a proposal from June to reconfigure three intersections along Hillside Avenue at Kew Gardens Road, Metropolitan Avenue and 127th Street.
The city Department of Transportation’s proposal to change the intersections to reduce traffic and pedestrian accidents met stiff opposition last spring and was tabled to the new year for future discussion. The plan would change the intersection of Metropolitan and Hillside avenues by eliminating dangerous turns, notably by turning Metropolitan Avenue into a one-way eastbound because traffic heading westbound that turns left on Hillside Avenue have caused nearly a quarter of all traffic accidents between 2009 and 2012. The DOT also wanted to add medians and streamline traffic heading westbound on Hillside Avenue turning onto westbound Metropolitan Avenue.
Joan Rivers at a USO event in 2001.
A friend and I were walking up the street in the Broadway theater district one day many years ago when who should happen to cross our path but Joan Rivers?
At the time, she was starring in Neil Simon's play "Broadway Bound," one of several appearances she made on Broadway during her career. It was mid-afternoon and she was out walking a small dog, possibly her beloved Spike, between matinee and evening performances.
CBS has been broadcasting the US Open ever since its inception in 1968 at the West Side Tennis Club in Forest Hills. The men’s final, which will take place Monday at 5 p.m. at Arthur Ashe Stadium, will mark the end of CBS’s broadcast rights for the Open. The Tiffany Network, which usually goes all out to retain its heritage sports properties, decided that it did not want to match ESPN’s very high bid for exclusive rights.
Aside from cost, CBS executives were concerned about the lack of success for Americans at the Open who are not named Serena Williams. The failure of American men and women to even make it to Labor Day at the Open (Serena aside), as was the case again this year, has hurt ratings.
There are a lot of misconceptions about El Paso, Texas. This summer there were plenty of news reports about refugees from Central America overwhelming Texas border towns. President Obama even met with Texas Gov. Rick Perry about it in June. What wasn’t said was that the problems were contained to basically Brownsville and McAllen, Texas, which are nearly 800 miles from El Paso.
There is also the mistaken notion that El Paso, being a border town, is seedy and dangerous. The 2008 Academy Award-nominated film “No Country For old Men” certainly played up that myth even though it wasn’t filmed there. The reality is that El Paso is quite modern and is considered to be one of the safest cities in the United States.
City Hall says Build it Back is actually building stuff back.
Mayor de Blasio announced that the city has approved the start of construction for 535 homes and sent 543 reimbursement checks through the Build it Back program, exceeding the 500-home goal de Blasio set when he revamped the city’s Hurricane Sandy-recovery program in the spring and appointed Amy Peterson to head the program.
While the US Open formally got underway Monday morning, in actuality the action really began a week earlier with the qualifying matches for the precious few wild card spots on both the men’s and women’s sides.
Frankly, the BJK National Tennis Center used to be a ghost town for the qualifiers, but word has gotten out that it’s the best sports bargain in the world, as some of the top players compete with a ton of pressure on them and it’s free to the public. The CBS Sports Network broadcast many of the matches live.
When Community Board 9 Chairman Ralph Gonzalez took an informal poll of the audience at last Thursday night’s meeting on the City Line pedestrian plaza, the results required a recount.
First he asked supporters to stand, then he asked opponents. The end result? Almost a tie, roughly a dozen on either side.
Seeking to achieve in court what it could not get in arbitration, the United Federation of Teachers last week filed a lawsuit asking a judge to rule that teachers do not have to show their lesson plans to school administrators.
The suit, filed in state Supreme Court in Manhattan, grows out of an arbitrator’s ruling in May that while all teachers must create lesson plans, what they contain will be left up to them, according to multiple published reports. The arbitrator refused a union bid to also rule that principals and other supervisors would not even get to review the plans, prompting the suit.
With the start of the school year just days away, Community Education Council 24 met at PS 102 in Elmhurst on Tuesday, once again, to discuss the impact of homeless shelter construction on district schools.
The only problem was, much like at the Aug. 6 CEC 24 meeting, there were no representatives from the Department of Homeless Services to discuss the issue, disappointing the council and the approximately 50 people in attendance.
Members of Community Board 5 met Tuesday evening in Glendale to discuss community updates, including several ongoing capital projects.
A big topic was revitalizing the Rockaway Beach rail line, which John Rozankowski and Philip McManus of the Queens Public Transit Committee said would reduce long commutes for residents of southern Queens, and alleviate traffic congestion in northern Queens.
For thousands of New Yorkers, taking the train is about as ordinary as having coffee in the morning. The subway is a part of the city’s culture, so what better way to experience New York than to do as the locals do?
Lucky 7 Subway Tours offer tourists and residents the opportunity to ride through seven neighborhoods and learn some history along the way.
When we Baby Boomers were growing up the changing of the seasons from summer to fall meant two things: (a) the start of a new school year and (b) the various TV networks launching their new primetime programs.
Career counselor Nancy Cafferty sits at a small round table opposite two young ladies who have come for guidance in their search for fulfillment in the workforce.
Kafayat Onanuga, of Jamaica, is in her mid-20s and has been through the process before. Leandra Cedeno, who lives in Ridgewood and is also 20-something, has come for the first time.
Yes, there is still a month to go in the 2014 season but for all intents and purposes the Mets organization and their fans are looking ahead to next year. I will put on my turban and shine up my crystal ball as I attempt to be a clairvoyant.
The first order of business for Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson is to decide whether to retain Terry Collins as the team’s manager next year.
Mr. Met wants you — to show up at Citi Field; so what might the team do to have a better season and generate more demand for tickets next year?