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Back in the day, before anyone knew what a caramel latte macchiato was, The Interlude coffee shop, tucked away by the Kew Gardens LIRR station, off Lefferts Boulevard, was a popular hangout, where locals schmoozed with their friends over a cup of joe and a slice of cherry pie.
It was a “folky” place for up-and-coming musical artists, such as Jose Feliciano and Al Cooper.
It’s rare that a free agent switches from one local ballclub to another. The only one who comes to mind is relief pitcher Pedro Feliciano, who left the Mets to join the Yankees in the fall of 2010. At the time, Feliciano was upset at how the Mets overworked him and then rewarded him by refusing to make him a reasonable offer. He never threw a pitch in a Yankees uniform because of injuries, and, ironically, rejoined the Mets as a free agent last year.
Feliciano now has company as a trivia answer, as recent Yankees outfielder Curtis Granderson has accepted a four-year, $60 million deal from the Mets. This is the Mets’ first marquee free-agent signing since their ill-fated deal with outfielder Jason Bay four years ago.
Director and screenwriter David O. Russell, who was the mastermind behind last year’s “Silver Linings Playbook,” has brought a good deal of his repertory company back (Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Robert De Niro) for his new film, “American Hustle,” which is inspired by some of the events from the late 1970s Abscam scandal. Abscam was an FBI sting operation that caught a number of congressmen taking bribes in return for questionable favors.
Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is that 30-something guy from the Bronx who owns a chain of dry-cleaning stores in New York City circa 1978. He is outwardly living the suburban dream married to a very attractive but somewhat neurotic woman, Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence), in a beautiful home 0n Nassau County’s North Shore.
Police have been cracking down on the ongoing party situation at the Rockwood Park Jewish Center.
According to NYPD sources, cops from the 106th Precinct issued two summonses to party organizers at 1:30 a.m. on Nov. 25 for not posting a liquor license and unlicensed sale of alcohol. The source did not say if the summonses were issued to the party promoters or the caterer, Crown Royale, but a member of the synagogue said it was not issued the summonses.
The first set of meetings between the groups leading the study of a proposed High Line-style park on the former Rockaway Beach rail corridor and the residents who live along the line started a little on the rocky side.
Before the conglomerate of organizations, led by urban park advocacy group The Trust for Public Land and the plan’s backers, Friends of the QueensWay, even began their short presentation in Woodhaven’s Emanuel Baptist Church on Nov. 12, they were shouted down by a handful of residents who thought the workshop was a public forum.
(NAPSI)—There is hopeful news for young people held in the adult criminal justice system. A number of states are beginning to recognize that youths have developmental differences from adults and in many cases still possess great potential for rehabilitation. In addition, many states are now taking these factors into account at sentencing.
(BPT) - As the medical community and many Americans come to accept the use of marijuana to treat a range of diseases and symptoms, state legislators are working to keep pace with laws concerning marijuana for medical use.
A key player in the alleged bribery scheme that has ensnared state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone) pleaded guilty for his role in the alleged conspiracy on Tuesday.
Former Bronx Republican Chairman Joseph Savino pleaded guilty to bribery, conspiracy and wire fraud, in federal court in White Plains according to court records obtained by the Chronicle.
A Queens Village pastor who has been employed by Home Depot for 22 years has been arrested in Nassau County on charges that he fraudulently received $111,000 from the company’s charitable foundation.
Alfred Williams, 57, was arrested last Thursday by Nassau County police for allegedly taking advantage of Home Depot’s gift-matching program, in which the company matches donations that employees make to charities and other nonprofit organizations.
John Gotti was born into a poor Bronx family in 1940, the fifth of 13 children, the son of a laborer who wasted a lot of his money gambling. Growing up in East New York, Gotti was resentful that his father was a poor provider, and he and his brothers were soon drawn to the quick buck promised by a life outside the law.
By the time he was 16, he was leading a street gang and had dropped out of Franklin K. Lane High School. His activities caught the attention of Charlie and Danny Fatico, two mobsters with the Gambino crime family, and he got into the organization through them, according to Mafia expert Jerry Capeci, who co-authored the Gotti biography “Mob Star” and writes a weekly column on organized crime at ganglandnews.com.
School safety was the top priority at the 113th Precinct Community Council meeting on Monday.
The New York Communities for Change youth council, led by Andrea Harris, addressed those in attendance. Each of the young people spoke about issues in their schools.
Well more than 100 people turned out Friday for a candlelight vigil held for Avonte Oquendo, the 14-year-old boy who has been missing since he ran out of his Long Island City school a week earlier.
The reward for finding Avonte, who has severe autism, is now $70,000. Along with police, family members and volunteers are making a "frantic search" for the boy, who cannot communicate verbally and has the intelligence level of someone half his age, according to his family.
In a world where terrorists attack the innocent in the name of either religion or a political cause, there is something perversely refreshing about the Somali pirates who have become infamous for taking over ships and kidnaping crew members. It's just business to them and a profitable one at that, according to the new film “Captain Phillips.”
On the other hand, while the marauders may not have anything personal against their victims, they can be as bloodthirsty as the most hateful member of al-Qaeda if they don’t get the ransom that they are demanding.
The proposed Jackson Heights-Corona Business Improvement District has been the subject of much controversy since it was announced in February as part of Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras’ (D-East Elmhurst) “New Deal” for Roosevelt Avenue.
With rallies and petitions against what the 82nd Street Partnership calls a “small business survival strategy,” supporters of the BID want to set the record straight.
Community Board 9 approved a proposed pedestrian plaza in City Line on Tuesday night.
The malls are planned for the south side of 101st Avenue between Drew and 78th streets and the small section of Drew Street between 101st and Liberty avenues.
Hundreds of people mourned Kevin Miller’s death and celebrated his brief life on Friday at the annual candlelight vigil organized in his memory by the group Embrace Ya Kidz. The march began at Campus Magnet High School, where Kevin was a student, and ended with ceremonies at a car wash at the street corner where he fell an innocent victim of gang violence.
Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, the new commander of the 106th Precinct, said he wants all his officers to be proactive in their efforts to reduce crime in the community.
Schiff cited the arrest last week of three individuals and the seizure of a large quantity of marijuana, assault rifles, handguns and ammunition by proactive 106th Precinct officers who were diligent and did a thorough investigation resulting in the arrests and seizure.
“Two new smoking bills may be voted on soon” (by Andrew Johnson, Sept. 19, multiple editions) will only result in organized crime taking advantage of this new opportunity if you raise the age to 21 for legal consumption of tobacco.
Organized crime prospers even more each time government adopts higher taxes on cigarettes. The underground economy continues making even more money selling tobacco products. New York State continues to lose tens of millions of dollars in uncollected tax revenues, on top of what is already lost on a yearly basis. This happens every time so called “sin” taxes on the legal purchase of cigarettes have been increased. Watch for an increase in the growth of street corner cigarette sales known as “loosies” two for $1.
Consumption of tobacco has been part of America for generations. That’s despite the best efforts of government to limit consumption via excessive taxes and smoking restrictions, just like alcohol prohibition in the 1920s — both have been total failures.
Creative entrepreneurs will always provide what the citizens desire, regardless of government approval. Consumers have voted with their dollars, making tobacco consumption a multibillion dollar enterprise today.
Our tax dollars would be better used if police and judges spent more time prosecuting those who commit real crimes against individuals or property than going after those who distribute “loosies.”
At 18, you are old enough to vote, be a parent, pay taxes, own a car, take out a bank loan, serve in the military and die for your country — but not consume tobacco? Makes no sense.
The U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York is upping the ante in his fight against political corruption in the state, telling the governor’s Moreland Commission that his office will start going after the pensions of public officials who are convicted of crimes.
And an unscientific survey of elected officials from Queens elicited that legal changes and legal challenges will be forthcoming.
Three volunteer emergency medical technicians with the Corona Community Volunteer Ambulance Corps were arrested for allegedly stealing thousands from the organization’s bank account.
While serving as a board member and treasurer of CCAC, Daniel Dominguez, 37, stole more than $300,000, according to state Attorney General Eric Schneiderman. The felony complaint goes on to say Dominguez used that money for jaunts to Walt Disney World and Niagara Falls, as well as purchases of luxury car service trips and fancy meals.
(BPT) - It’s the time of year when family schedules change and their daily routines reset. From coordinating calendars to handling additional demands such as homework and extracurricular activities, it can be a challenging, if not daunting, time for even the most organized family.
Anti-lock brakes and driver assist systems aim to help motorists avoid an accident, and when one occurs, a host of safety features, like airbags, activate to help minimize injury to the vehicle’s occupants. Cybersecurity for businesses functions much like those assist systems in your car, working to prevent a security breach of sensitive identifying data.
Parents who bring their young children to Astoria Heights Playground want something done about the broken glass, drugs, off-leash dogs and outdated play equipment and a slew of other issues that plague the small park.
“I found a bag of heroin two days ago,” said Brad Lunsford, parent of a 2-year-old and a 5-year-old. “There was also a man sleeping in a bathroom with his pants around his ankles.”