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Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio today announced his appointment of William J. Bratton to serve as New York City’s next Police Commissioner.
In selecting Bratton to lead the New York Police Department, de Blasio emphasized his commitment to proactive policing to protect New Yorkers, while simultaneously respecting their civil liberties.
The heavy rain and high winds did not dampen the holiday spirits at Resorts World Casino New York City on Nov. 26.
Celebrating its third holiday season in business, the casino held its annual tree lighting. The tree stands 40 feet tall inside the casino’s main entrance foyer. It is fully decorated with 1,500 ornaments, 5,400 feet of ribbon and 6,500 LED lights. Festive decorations, including gift boxes and oversized Christmas ornaments, surround the tree.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
(BPT) - Looking back on 2013, billions of Internet searches from around the world reveal it was a year of American songs, superhero movies, social media love, high-end designer brands, controversial sports stars, European getaways and fierce women.
It seems as if you can’t be a key player for the St. John’s Red Storm unless head coach Steve Lavin has suspended you for at least one game for mysteriously violating team rules. Last year guard D’Angelo Harrison missed the last few games of the regular season, along with St. John’s futile appearance in the postseason NIT. Earlier this season center Chris Obepka was suspended for a pair of exhibition games for unsaid infractions.
This past Friday night it was hyped rookie guard Rysheed Jordan’s turn to sit out a game for unspecified bad deeds. Jordan, a big-time Philadelphia high school star, was supposed to be the best recruit to come to St. John’s since Lavin became head coach four years ago. Lavin and the St. John’s Sports Information Department decided before this season started that the media would not be able to interview him until January 2014 at the earliest. Obviously putting Rysheed in a cocoon has not been the foolproof plan that the St. John’s coaching staff thought it would be. At press time, Lavin did not indicate when Jordan would be reinstated.
New York was one of the first cities where modern, abstract calligraphy took root and the Art of Ink in America Society is finally bringing it back home.
Through an exhibit entitled “Gesture and Beyond,” the society is featuring new works by its members, the latest in abstract calligraphy, at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum of Queens College.
Thanksgiving is a time to be appreciative for the things you have. It is a kickoff to the holiday season when all are encouraged to think of their fellow man and give just a little bit more than they normally would.
In fact, many food banks and homeless shelters depend on the holiday season for supplies as people are more likely to donate food and funds now.
York College last Friday formally introduced its new internet radio studio — once just a room with a microphone, a chair and some computers but now a place with the feel of an actual radio studio..
Anthony Andrews, York’s assistant director of student activities, hailed the achievement and the progression of the radio facilities.
(NAPSI)—Forget your weekly soccer games, car pools and homework. Instead, imagine you’re not yet 13 and you’ve already lived in three countries, shifting languages and cultures, even changing your name. Now you’re ready to step inside the pages of Life with an Accent to join Frank Levy on his gripping journey from Berlin in the 1930s to the Middle East and then to America in 1946. The story is a compelling tale of what it is like to leave one world behind and begin again.
“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.
The aroma of cinnamon, ginger and candy hangs in the air at the NY Hall of Science as the museum unveils a special gingerbread village on display now through the holidays.
Although the 19- by 14-foot creation went on display Sunday, its creator, Jon Lovitch, expected to put the final finishing touches on by Tuesday. Taking time out from those preparations on Monday, Lovitch said his work was a labor of love.
A spike last month in robberies, larcenies and auto thefts in the 106th Precinct was confirmed by the precinct’s commanding officer, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, at the Nov. 13 Community Council meeting.
NYPD crime statistics for the 28-day period ending Nov. 3 showed that robberies in the precinct jumped by 38 percent, grand larcenies rose 47 percent and auto thefts went up 61 percent compared to last year. However, those numbers include comparison to the week after Hurricane Sandy last year when there was very little crime.
The junction of Jamaica Avenue and the Van Wyck Expressway marks an interesting element in Queens County history.
During the Revolutionary War, Jamaica and what later would be called Richmond Hill chose overwhelmingly to remain loyal to the British crown. That stance later brought the wrath of New York’s lawmakers down upon the residents.
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.
A woman allegedly left her daughter at the gift shop at Resorts World Casino New York City last weekend while she gambled.
The woman, identified by police as Carol Grandison, a resident of Queens, is accused of leaving her 9-year-old daughter at Resorts World’s gift shop unattended on Saturday morning.
In certain areas of the country, becoming a Girl Scout is as common as joining Little League or taking ballet classes. It is an experience many suburban girls have.
But when you are growing up in an area where trees are replaced with industrial buildings and a majority of the residents are at or below the poverty line, it can be hard to pay dues or commit to a program that runs outside of school hours.
A former gas station at the busy intersection of Rockaway Boulevard and Centreville Street in Ozone Park is being redeveloped as a strip mall.
The site is currently under construction and, according to information provided by the owner of the property, will house a strip mall with a parking lot that could be home to as many as a dozen stores.
Resorts World Casino New York City paid tribute to service members on Veterans Day with a special ceremony featuring two of the members of the heralded Tuskegee Airmen of World War II — Richard Braitwaite and Audley Coulthurst.
Attendees were greeted at the main entrance by a patriotic display with the seals of the five branches of the U.S. military.
Before Paul Simon even wrote a song for his 1987 Grammy-winning album, “Graceland” was already making headlines, but not in praise of its music. Instead, he got criticized for flying to South Africa at a time when the UN had a cultural boycott against the country’s apartheid regime. Twenty-five years later, the album was again in the news thanks to the documentary “Under African Skies,” which chronicled the controversy and Simon’s journey back to South Africa. The album was a pivotal moment in Simon’s life, marking an extension to a career that began when he was just a teen.
For many years, Simon’s musical career was intertwined with Art Garfunkel, whom he had first performed with in sixth grade. Simon played the White Rabbit and Art the Chesire Cat in the play, “Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.” Growing up blocks apart in Kew Gardens Hills, the
pair saw they shared a passion for music and at 15 were performing as Tom and Jerry. Inspired by the Everly Brothers, they wrote “Hey, Schoolgirl,” which reached the Top 50. With no immediate follow-up they took a hiatus, with Simon attending Queens College and Garfunkel Columbia University. Later, the folk scene at Greenwich Village got them performing together again.
If only fairy tales could last forever in real life as they do in the world of make-believe, Queens native Fran Drescher would have undoubtedly taken her place alongside the likes of Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty.
By the time Drescher was attending Hillcrest High School in Jamaica, she was a beauty pageant contestant, nearly capturing the title of Miss New York Teenager in 1973.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
When the 52nd governor of New York began public school he couldn’t speak English. Meanwhile, Mario Cuomo’s father slowly worked his way from ditch digger to storeowner with his wife in South Jamaica. It was a struggle for his parents who left their native Italy to pursue a better life for their family in the 1920s. Six decades later, he would speak of their trials as Gov. Cuomo when he delivered the keynote address at the Democratic National Convention.
It was 1983 that marked the start of Cuomo’s 12-year tenure, the longest for a Democrat. He balanced 12 consecutive budgets, though many were late, reduced state income taxes by 20 percent and enacted the nation’s first seat belt law credited with reducing fatalities. Though seen by many as a clear choice for the presidential nomination, it never was for Cuomo. To run on a platform that said he could balance the nation’s budget while his own state was still without one would be a politically “foolish” move, as he said in a 1998 New York Magazine article.
Resorts World Casino New York City paid tribute to service members on Veterans Day with a special ceremony featuring two of the members of the heralded Tuskegee Airmen of World War II — Richard Braitwaite and Audley Coulthurst. Attendees were greeted at the main entrance by a patriotic display with the seals of the five branches of the U.S. military. Sean McCabe, an employee at Resorts World and an area resident, was also honored for his service, most recently in Afghanistan. At the end of the ceremony, attendees were given American flags. For the next two weeks, area veterans will be honored with their photos shown on the television screens on the casino floor.
On Nov. 2, Resorts World Casino New York City in association with Angels Caribbean Entertainment Group of Companies hosted a Diwali Utsav celebration in the casino’s Central Park event space.
Nearly 1,000 spectators from around the city came to enjoy the festivities. Diwali Utsav, also known as the “Festival of Lights”, is the most widely celebrated festival amongst Asian Indians, who make up a significant portion of the population in nearby Richmond Hill and South Ozone Park.
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.