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“The ooooonly reason that I decided to come to Brooklyn was to win an NBA championship!” future Hall of Fame forward Kevin Garnett declared to the press at Nets media day on Sept. 30. He was speaking as well for his fellow ex-Celtics, Paul Pierce and Jason Terry, who came to Brooklyn in the big trade that occurred last June.
But based on what we’ve seen in the first three weeks, the Nets look to be far from a lock to make the NBA playoffs, let alone win a championship. Garnett seems to be a shell of himself as he has had trouble putting the ball in the basket while rookie head coach Jason Kidd has gingerly limited his playing minutes. The same can be said of Pierce and Terry. While it is understandable that Kidd wants to be careful how he utilizes his older players to avoid injury, they will not shake off the rust unless they start playing more minutes.
Don’t look now, but the Giants, who started the season by losing their first six games, have now won three straight after beating the Oakland Raiders 24-20 at MetLife Stadium last Sunday.
The game was not as close as the score indicated. While Giants QB Eli Manning had an average day for him in terms of passing statistics, he did not have to do much as running back Andre Brown came off the injured reserve list to rush for over 100 yards.
Takeru Kobayashi, the world’s former No. 1 competitive eater, dubbed “The Tsunami” and “The Japanese Eating Machine,” made national headlines when he was arrested and thrown in jail for trespassing at the 95th Annual Nathan’s Famous International Fourth of July Hot Dog Eating Contest in 2010.
After a bitter contract dispute with Major League Eating, the six-time Mustard Belt champ — who rose to fame in 2001 when he broke the Nathan’s Hot Dog Eating Contest world record — was forever banned from competing in the contest he helped popularize.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is full of borough staples including the Hall of Science, the Unisphere and the Queens Zoo. But while much of the park hasn’t seen an update in many years, the Queens Museum, however, is coming out with the big guns.
The museum that has been described as struggling or fighting to stay alive has completed a massive remodeling and expansion. Museum representatives are saying that this redesign is in no way a last resort to save the Queens Museum.
It took three years and over a billion dollars but the top-to-bottom renovations of Madison Square Garden have finally been completed. The Garden truly has the feel of a brand-new arena, not one that was built in 1968 and had some modifications made to it.
A lot has been written about the pair of pathways known as “The Chase Bridges” located near the Garden’s ceiling, which allow patrons to walk from the 31st Street side to the 33rd Street side and back without missing any of the action. They are an architectural wonder as they are virtually undetectable looking up from the courtside seats. You have to climb up a few stairs from the Garden’s ninth floor, known affectionately as the “blue seats” since back in the day, to get to these bridges. Amazingly, the bridges don’t block the vision of anyone sitting on the upper level.
Flushing Meadows Corona Park is not only a great place to have a leisurely walk, visit the Hall of Science or see the US Open and the Mets.
It also may be home to something a bit more paranormal.
The Big East conference has undergone some seismic shifts in the past few years as it has seen many members, such as Syracuse University, Boston College, the University of Miami and the University of Pittsburgh, bolt for the greener TV and licensing grass of the Atlantic Coast Conference.
Last year, the Big East, which has been home to St. John’s University since the league’s formation in 1979, underwent its biggest reorganization as the seven Catholic universities without football teams — St. John’s, Seton Hall, Georgetown, Marquette, Villanova, Providence, and DePaul — broke away from the nonsectarian schools that do, such as Louisville, Rutgers, and the University of Connecticut. The football schools are now in a conference called simply The American, while the basketball-only colleges retain the Big East name. The new Big East added Xavier, Creighton and Butler to make it a 10-team league.
The Unisphere under construction in early 1964 before New York’s second World’s Fair opened.
Most longtime Queens residents are proud that located right in our own borough is one of the world’s major architectural achievements, the Unisphere. Located in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, it is the largest globular structure ever built by man and also the largest structure fabricated entirely of stainless steel. Four hundred seventy tons went into its creation.
The Unisphere towers 12 stories high and weighs over 900,000 tons. It was donated as a permanent gift to the city of New York by U.S. Steel of Pittsburgh. The orbital rings are three-ton stainless steel held with invisible steel wires. The pedestal is made from Cor-ten steel, which is 50 percent stronger than carbon steel.
The Jets entered last Sunday’s game with the then 0-4 Pittsburgh Steelers with a surprising 3-2 record although in fairness all three of the wins weren’t decided until the final minutes of the game and the results could easily have swung against Gang Green.
Rookie quarterback Geno Smith, who was pressed into the starting role when Mark Sanchez was lost for the season after injuring his shoulder — when the Jets third-string offensive line could not protect him in the fourth quarter of a meaningless preseason game with the Giants — and was forced to have surgery on it, is not ready for a high-profile NFL starting spot. But the Jets have no choice but to hope he can learn quickly on the job. He has shown flashes of brilliance, but on Sunday he reminded Jets fans of his predecessor when he threw a pair of interceptions when the Jets appeared to be driving for touchdowns in the their 19-6 loss Sunday.
Despite a recent City Council vote granting a variance to raze the building referred to as 5Pointz, artists and art supporters are trying to keep the mustard-colored building adorned with aerosol art.
“This is not about just losing artwork on the walls,” said Marie Cecile Flageul, who works closely with the artists of 5Pointz. “We have schools, art programs and tourists who come here every day, year round. Where are the schools going to go? There is no place else.”
The Center for the Women of New York will holds its 26th annual World of Working Women conference on Oct. 18 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel at 135-20 39 Ave. in Flushing.
There will be a panel discussion in the morning, followed by a career fair from noon to 3 p.m. Participants are asked to bring resumes.
Although it was a foregone conclusion that Mets ace pitcher Matt Harvey would need Tommy John surgery to repair damage on his pitching elbow and miss the entire 2014 season, many Mets fans on social media, along with a good number of sportswriters, reacted as if they had just learned that the sky was falling. You would have thought these folks were expecting a parade down the Canyon of Heroes next November if Harvey were part of the Mets rotation in 2014.
The success rate for Tommy John surgery is reportedly over 90 percent. Given Harvey’s competitive nature, which probably breeds the arrogance that I wrote about a couple of weeks ago, I fully expect him to be as good, if not better, when he returns to the mound in 2015.
As cars were lining up to leave the Citi Field parking lot after a Mets win, hundreds of protestors entered the gates for the final stretch of their march Sunday from Our Lady of Sorrows on 104th Street, never taking a break from rhyming chants in English and Spanish or banging the bottoms of buckets.
For them, the message was clear — tell the City Council to say no to the impending vote on the Willets Point proposal to build a mall on the Citi Field parking lot.
Former Mets manager Bobby Valentine stirred things up when he complained that the Yankees did not reach out to their community following September 11, 2001.
In fairness to Valentine, he was probably still steaming about a 2004 HBO Sports documentary, “Nine Innings From Ground Zero,” which spent the lion’s share of the time concentrating on the Yankees playoffs and seven-game nail-biting World Series loss to the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fall of 2001 and how that helped cheer up New Yorkers needing a diversion. The Mets barely rated a three-minute mention in it from what I remember even though Valentine and his players spent a lot of time preparing boxes of food and supplies. Shea Stadium was used as an emergency center for first responders because of its sizable parking lot which Yankee Stadium lacked. The MLB network replayed the documentary last week — carryitclearly.com.
The Maker Faire will wing into the New York Hall of Science on Sept. 21 for its fourth annual event here in New York City.
The interactive festival is a playground for the creative and inventive and anyone who wants to see what these crafty do-it-yourselfers and scientists have up their sleeves.
World Maker Faire New York 2013, a festival celebrating technology, education, science, arts, crafts, engineering, sustainability and food, Saturday, Sept. 21, 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 22, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. $15-$35. Contact: Karlee Vincent, (707) 263-1763 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The curator of a new exhibition in Long Island City says making holograms is like working inside a camera.
“You’re shaping light,” said Martina Mrongovius, who is curating for the Holocenter.
It won’t be a scene out of Hunter S. Thompson’s Hells Angels chronicle, but there’s sure to be lots of rare and antique motorcycles, games for the kids, and heck, probably a fair share of black T-shirts, leather and ponytails — but probably a good number of them on people who wear suits to work on the weekdays.
The Queens County Farm Museum in Floral Park will host its 33rd annual antique motorcycle show on Sept. 15.
Family fun doesn’t have to stop with the end of summer. Youngsters may be going back to school soon, but there are plenty of weekend activities to keep everyone happy throughout the fall season.
The weather should be accommodating at least through the end of October, and there are plenty of indoor as well as outdoor events to please people of all ages. Most are free unless otherwise noted.
Queens’ community colleges are gearing up for the fall semester, getting ready to prepare new and returning students for a volatile job market and helping residents, immigrants and international students learn English to pursue their dreams.
Queensborough Community College, which is located in Bayside, is expanding its successful “Academies” program to all full-time students this fall to help them complete their associate degrees by connecting with resources and academic support.
Selina Liu of Flushing spent two weeks learning about Hemingway, Chekhov and county fairs.
The 16-year old was awarded a full scholarship to Between the Lines, a program organized by the University of Iowa’s International Writing Program that brings together American and Russian teenagers to intensively study creative writing.