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Angelina Ballerina was there. Donatello, too. Even an Oompa Loompa. Joining them and scores of other generally recognizable characters were an estimated 500 revelers from near and far, as the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach hosted the neighborhood’s 28th annual Halloween parade. Kicking off at 159th Avenue on Saturday, the event transformed a six-block-long strip down the middle of Cross Bay Boulevard into a colorful wonderland, complete with police escort and punctuated by hundreds of high-flying black and orange balloons. — Mark Lord
Angelina Ballerina was there. Donatello, too. Even an Oompa Loompa.
Joining them and scores of other generally recognizable characters were an estimated 500 revelers from near and far, as the Kiwanis Club of Howard Beach hosted the neighborhood’s 28th annual Halloween parade. Kicking off at 159th Avenue on Saturday, the event transformed a six-block-long strip down the middle of Cross Bay Boulevard into a colorful wonderland, complete with police escort and punctuated by hundreds of high-flying black and orange balloons.
Since few expected the Rangers to go very far in the NHL playoffs, it’s easy to rationalize their five-game loss to the Los Angeles Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. That’s cold comfort, however, to both Rangers players and fans, who will undoubtedly ruminate on three overtime losses preceded by blown third-period leads and punctuated by questionable referees’ calls.
Two particular referee calls may have been the turning points in the series.
When the former consul general of Israel in New York, Alon Pinkas, speaks at the Reform Temple of Forest Hills on April 27, he will mark a return to a scene of his youth.
It was in Forest Hills, in fact, where he developed a love for the New York Yankees and the New York Giants. “That’s what happens when you spend some years of your childhood surrounded by Mets and Jets fans,” he explained with, one would think, tongue planted firmly in cheek.
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Councilman Costa Constantinides (D-Astoria) took the oath of office Sunday before a packed auditorium of jubilant and optimistic community members and politicians at Long Island City High School.
A native of the district where he lives with his wife, Laurie, and son, Niko, Constantinides is the first Greek-Cypriot American to hold elected office and is the first councilman who is not of the Vallone family to hold the position in more than 30 years.
The City Council gave its final stamp of approval to the rezoning of 530 blocks in South Queens Tuesday. The unanimous vote puts the plan into motion immediately,
There was little opposition to the plan, which aimed to protect the characteristics of residential homes in the neighborhood.
The Queens Republican Party re-elected Chairman Phil Ragusa to another term leading the borough’s warring party at a meeting Friday that Ragusa’s opponents called a sham and appeared to only exacerbate the years-long divide in the party.
Queens Republicans, battered after years of infighting, held the reorganization meeting at 12:30 p.m. on Friday at the Reception House on Northern Boulevard in Flushing. At the meeting, Ragusa was re-elected chairman of the party by a resounding margin over former Rep. Bob Turner, who stood as the choice of the anti-Ragusa faction that has been led by Councilman Eric Ulrich (R-Ozone Park) and former Councilman Tom Ognibene, who attempted to wrestle control of the county organization out of Ragusa’s hands in 2011.
For the last three months, the white dome that stood like a punctuation mark at the end of Beach 94th Street — the main route into the Rockaways from the Cross Bay Bridge — has been sort of a town epicenter for this section of the peninsula devastated less than nine months ago by Hurricane Sandy.
The structure, called the VW Dome 2, was built by MoMA PS 1 and is a replica of a similar dome that had been at the museum’s Long Island City facility. The museum constructed it as a gift to the storm-ravaged community. The dome opened in late March at the end of the parking lot between Beach 94th and 95th streets, just steps from the beach. It has played host to community meetings and arts events throughout the spring.
Sunday’s performance of “Ragtime the Musical” by the Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group was inspiring.
There were the same number of people in the audience as there were on stage — 60 in each— and you could tell everyone was there because of love of theater and love of family — on the part of the actors’ many family members were there for support.
Set at a time when the regentrification process began to change the look and tone of Harlem, Black Spectrum Theatre’s current offering, “Bubba’s Fish Market,” totally immerses its audiences in the period. From the well-coiffed Afros that announce the arrival of several cast members to the decor of the main set — the fish market of the title, complete with enviable prices on the chalkboard — to the musical soundtrack that punctuates each scene, the entire piece is a throwback to a time that now exists only in memory.
Written by the late Marlene Carole Chavis, a longtime member of the Spectrum company who passed away shortly after the play’s completion, the play would be hard to classify. It offers plenty of laughs, but it’s not an outright comedy. It deals with several serious issues, but it ends on a happy note, so it wouldn’t be called a tragedy.
Although it was created 17 years before the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, the Songwriters Hall of Fame has never gotten the attention from the entertainment media and the public that it deserves.
Part of the problem is that the Songwriters Foundation has never gotten the funding to build a permanent home in a city (it now occupies a wing in LA’s Grammy Museum) the way Cleveland stepped up for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. It’s a shame because New York, with its rich music publishing and theatrical history, would be a natural fit to pay tribute to the greatest tunesmiths of all time.
Groups of all genres will fill the postage stamp-sized Sergeant Collins Park in Woodside with music every Thursday of July and a couple days in August.
As the sun starts to go down at 7 p.m. the neighbors start to file in for the concert series dedicated to Louise McKenna, a community member who was involved in past concerts. Some residents donated funds in her name for the outdoor productions.
At a meeting with reporters in early February, then-Knicks head coach Mike D’Antoni was asked if he worried about his star players getting enough “touches” — hoops parlance for chances to shoot the ball. D’Antoni replied that he was only concerned with players taking the best shot they could and claimed that he didn’t sweat it if his star players’ stats were not as high as they’d like them to be.
I followed up D’Antoni’s statement by asking if there are any NBA coaches preoccupied with assuaging the egos of their star players at the expense of the overall good of the team. “Duh! Yeah!” he replied sarcastically. I responded, “Of course a lot of fans and reporters feel that way but it’s surprising to hear an NBA coach say that about his peers.” Mike quickly retorted, “In the end, though, those coaches always get fired.”
It’s funny how perceptions can rapidly change in the NFL. On Dec. 18 the conventional wisdom was that Giants head coach Tom Coughlin was certain to be dismissed at the end of the season after the team’s loss to the Washington Redskins at MetLife Stadium.
At the time the Jets seemed New York’s better bet to make it to the Super Bowl. When the Giants handily beat the Jets on Christmas Eve, the two teams’ fortunes reversed. The Jets would go on to lose their final game to the Miami Dolphins and begin an off-season of finger-pointing. Offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer submitted his resignation (read: was fired) while anonymous sources criticized QB Mark Sanchez’s work ethic.
The Queens Center mall last week opened up its doors to match up stores that need help for the coming holidays with people looking for work.
Twenty-four retailers set up shop at the food court on the mall’s lower level. The line of job seekers at noon ran the length of the interview area, extended up to the second floor and wound around three sides of the escalator bank.
Jim Bouton, the former Yankees pitcher who is best known for writing the 1970 bestseller, “Ball Four” which debunked numerous sacred baseball myths, once said about his avocation, “You spend your whole life gripping a baseball when in fact it is the other way around.”
When Terry Collins was named manager of the Mets, sportswriters took bets on how long it would take for him to publicly blow his stack. For the most part, Collins has rightfully understood that his team is not that talented, and he has been generous with praise for their efforts even when their execution on the field has been poor. As Mets fans are painfully aware, that has been more often than not.
Last Thursday afternoon, the Washington Nationals overtook the Mets in the standings by completing a four-game sweep at Citi Field. They punctuated their successful trip to Flushing by slamming the Mets by a score of 10-1. At his post-game press conference, Collins accused his team of playing as if they were packing it in even though there were still two weeks left to go in the season.
After three decades in business, J&B Home Improvements still specializes in windows, roofing and siding, but the firm’s most important quality is satisfying customers. Owner Jeff Bershad of Howard Beach grew up watching his father, Bernie, run the business, and says that because of his love for construction and his desire to help other people, he’s still happy with what he’s doing today. The results show on every job site.
J&B recently added masonry, countertops and painting to its list of specialties. In the past five years, due to the change in the economy, Jeff has had to adjust his daily operations to keep providing excellent service.
“Feet together. Starting with the right. One, two, one, two, three, together ...”
And with those simple words from Areti Tsiola, an instructor at the Greek Cultural Center, her folk dance class is off and dancing.
Last autumn, Jay Parker thought he was ready for his close-up. Almost.
Following a selection process, producers of the popular Food Network program “Diners, Drive-ins and Dives” tapped Ben’s Best, Parker’s iconic Rego Park eatery, to be featured in an episode titled, “From Crepes to Kreplach.”
Last autumn, Jay Parker thought he was ready for his close-up. Almost.
Next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the passage of Title IX, which forced colleges to equally fund men’s and women’s sports teams — much to the chagrin of the NCAA at the time. I doubt that the architects of Title IX would have envisioned a women’s college basketball game being the marquee match when the respective men’s team is in action the same day, but that will be the case next Wednesday at Madison Square Garden.