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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The 106th Precinct welcomed 16 new officers to its command last week, as the communities covered by the precinct saw a spike in auto thefts and grand larcenies last month.
The precinct’s commander, Deputy Inspector Jeffrey Schiff, said he is glad to have the officers to bolster his crime-fighting efforts.
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.
Resorts World Casino New York City celebrated its second birthday on Tuesday, and has not failed to make news.
Earlier this month, the casino began running bus service to and from Manhattan. The coach buses, above on Woodhaven Boulevard, are free and run on three routes: an East Side line that starts at E. 96th Street and Lexington Avenue; a West Side line from W. 96th Street and Columbus Avenue and a Midtown line that starts at Avenue of the Americas and W. 50th Street.
More than 1,300 workers at Resorts World Casino New York City will see a major pay raise after an arbitrator ruled in favor of the union representing them in a case against the gaming facility.
The Hotel Trades Council said under the new labor contract, wages will rise from an average $10.15 an hour to an average of $19.91 immediately with the average wage hitting $28.54 an hour by 2016. In the final year of the agreement, a majority of workers will make over $60,000 a year.
Howard Beach gets into spirit — and costume — for annual parade. Over 1,000 people, including 600 kids, marched and area businesses stepped in with donations including 10 pizza pies each from Sophia’s, New Park, Lenny’s and Gino’s; chicken nuggets from McDonald’s for the kids; gift bags from T.D. Bank; pumpkins from Ragtime; candy from Met Foods and the Ozone Park C-Town; juice from Western Beef and the Richmond Hill C-Town; hot dogs from Durso Key Food; drinks from Almonte Key Food and extra funds from Resorts World Casino New York City.
The MTA’s project to install an elevator at the Ozone Park-Lefferts Boulevard A train station has been delayed due to design issues, but it is expected to get off the ground early next year.
The plan, which includes a complete overhaul of the station’s staircases and platforms, will also see an elevator installed at the station on the north side near Liberty Avenue and Lefferts Boulevard. It has been delayed for months due to design changes with the elevator shaft, according to Joe Raskin, the MTA’s assistant director of government and community relations
The New York Racing Association says it isnít planning on closing Aqueduct Race Track despite a report in the Aug. 29 Albany Times-Union that said the horse-racing organizationís financial oversight board suggested shuttering the track to save money and the fact that area officials arenít exactly opposed to the idea.
At a meeting of the cash-strapped entityís reorganization board in Saratoga Springs, closure of the South Ozone Park track ó one of three NYRA runs ó was brought up, according to the Times-Union article.
The New York Racing Association says it isn't planning on closing Aqueduct Race Track despite a report in today's Albany Times-Union that said the horse racing organization's financial oversight board suggested shuttering the track to save money.
The best gaming spots in the world all have more in common than slot machines, poker tables and glitzy shows. Travel to Atlantic City or Las Vegas or Monte Carlo and you’ll hear a lot about the food.
In fact, food and gaming go together like, well, steak and potatoes.
RW Prime, Resorts World Casino’s New York-inspired steakhouse.
Feelin’ groovy? Want to loose some weight? Or just looking for some activity for your children to do? South Queens has no shortage of places to learn how to dance, and have some fun doing it.
TKO Dance Studio has grown so big in its mere five years in existence that it was forced to open a second, larger, studio several blocks away from its original location at 95-12 101 Ave. in Ozone Park.
Twenty months after opening for business, Resorts World Casino New York City has opened its link to the New York City subway.
The enclosed skybridge that was built in 2011 also opened for business this week, directly connecting the casino to the Aqueduct Racetrack station on the A line.
A Manhattan-bound A train arrives Tuesday at the Aqueduct Racetrack station in Ozone Park, which now is a full-time station connected to Resorts World Casino New York City via an enclosed skybridge.
“Queens Surface” photography exhibition, Aug. 10-28, weekdays, Flushing Queens Library, 41-17 Main St. Free. Information: Michelle Cheikin, email@example.com, (917) 669-0877.
Officials at Resorts World, the casino located at Aqueduct Racetrack, last week confirmed last week that they are preparing to construct a bus stop and waiting area for casino patrons on Sutphin Boulevard at the Long Island Rail Road complex.
“Resorts World New York has received the necessary permits and is finalizing agreements with the Greater Jamaica Development Corp. and LIRR to begin construction immediately and open the space by late summer/early fall,” Resorts World spokesman Stefan Friedman said in a statement issued last week.
Michael Speller, the president and CEO of Resorts World Casino New York City who led the gaming facility through its founding, construction, opening and first 18 months, will step down from his duties to oversee all of Genting’s — Resorts World’s parent company — projects in the United States.
Resorts World announced the personnel change in a press release on Monday.
It’s been almost three years since the flea market at Aqueduct Race track, a southern Queens staple for decades, was forced to close due to the construction of Resorts World Casino New York City.
But if you thought that meant the end of good deals and quick finds, you’d be wrong. The flea market is still alive — and growing — just across the border in Brooklyn in a new site with a new, though recognizable, name.
President Obama, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, Queens Congress members Meng, Crowley, Israel, Jeffries, Maloney and Meeks, along with other state and municipal elected officials, could have learned a great deal by having read your special section “Saluting the job creators 2013” (June 27).
Virtually all the companies and organizations you profiled, including New York Construction Company, JetBlue, Dress for Success, Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios, NYDesigns, Resorts World Casino, the organic food incubator, Claudine & Co., J&J Super Star Deli and Good Temps, along with thousands of others based in Queens, are role models to emulate. They have all already assisted our community which faces an 8 percent unemployment rate, with 7 percent more who have given up looking, along with many working part-time or minimum wage jobs, seeking better-paying full-time jobs. Don’t forget the thousands of vacant storefronts.
Many of these firms provide work for construction contractors and their employees. They also collectively continue providing thousands of jobs and more for suppliers. All pay taxes and are our neighbors.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from millions of small businesses such as the ones featured in your issue, without the assistance of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars.