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Area youngsters get a tennis lesson and set a record for the most participants during a session at the U.S. Tennis Association’s celebration of World Tennis Day at Flushing Meadows Park.
It was shortly before 10 a.m. Sunday that a new Guinness World Record was set when the United States Tennis Association brought together 406 youngsters from various local youth organizations for the “largest tennis lesson” in history.
It took place inside the Billie Jean King National Tennis Center at Flushing Meadows Park, kicking off the celebration of World Tennis Day and thousands of USTA Play Events throughout the month of March. They are intended to encourage families and children to give the sport a try.
Mets general manager Sandy Alderson generated headlines when he told fellow team executives that he expects the Mets to win 90 games in 2014. Alderson’s remark generated understandable guffaws from even optimistic types because the Mets have come closer to losing 90 games in a season the last five years than they have to winning that many.
Even if Sandy knows he’s just blowing the kind of smoke now legal in Colorado, I can’t really fault him. Frankly, I’m surprised he didn’t guarantee a parade down the Canyon of Heroes in late October or early November. The name of the game this time of year is to energize the Mets fan base, which has been understandably lethargic. Having five straight losing seasons, and going into this one with what Metsblog.com is reporting as the seventh-lowest payroll in the majors, will tend to depress ticket sales even among the diehards.
The combination of the press conference for pitcher Masahiro Tanaka and Derek Jeter’s announcement that this will be his last season certainly put the spotlight on the Yankees last week. That may be one reason why news of the Mets’ refinancing of a massive loan did not get a lot of play. Nonetheless it is a big story with plenty of troubling implications for Mets fans.
Bloomberg.com sports financial correspondent Kavitha Davidson wrote in her Feb. 6 article that the Mets were on the verge of delaying repayment of a $250 million loan issued by Bank of America for another seven years. Davidson cited New York Post financial columnist Josh Kosman’s Jan. 30 article saying the massive balloon payment was due this spring. Davidson took pains to point out that Kosman wrote that the new loan agreement did not restrict the Mets payroll the way the previous financial agreement did. It’s that aspect of the original covenant that raised my eyebrows.
If you had been saving up to rent a unit in Long Island City’s largest luxury building, it’s too late.
According to Cornerstone, the developer of the property at 45-45 Center Blvd., the 41-story, 820-unit waterfront property is 100 percent leased.
Ralph Kiner’s passing brought out an emotional response from Mets fans that has understandably been missing since the team moved into Citi Field five years ago. I can vouch for the general consensus that he was a gracious and classy man. Ralph was always receptive to talking baseball and he did not check to see if you were a sportswriter from a big outlet to decide whether a conversation was worth his time. Trust me, that’s not how it is with a lot of broadcasters and sportswriters these days.
Barry Lyons, a third-string catcher on the 1986 Mets, told me one of his greatest thrills as a player was to be a guest on the Mets’ long-running postgame show, “Kiner’s Korner.” When any substitute player got a chance to be the hero of the game, and thus merit an appearance on the show, it was like being inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame for a day.
The expansion of the Meadow Park Rehabilitation Center, the removal of the T-Building at Queens Hospital Center and the state of the water supply were a few of the items on the agenda for last week’s Community Board 8 meeting.
Residents started the meeting with the public participation, where a number of locals raised concerns about a 12-story hotel to be built at 61-27 186 St., in a residential neighborhood. [See separate story.]
After decades in business, the Pan American hotel at 79-99 Queens Blvd. in Elmhurst is no more.
The hotel’s website says that the business is just “closed for renovations,” but reports say that the building shuttered its doors for good on Jan. 7 in preparation for its impending sale.
(BPT) - A new year often brings with it the desire to make improvements in your life, and kick old habits to the curb in the pursuit of healthiness. But for most Americans, resolutions fail within the first few months because goals are too ambitious, intimidating or unrealistic in nature. If you’ve resolved to be healthier this year, the good news is that successful, positive change – whether it be spending more time with friends and family, being more physically active, or choosing healthier foods – is more achievable than you think. It’s important to think positively, stay focused, and take baby steps versus one giant leap towards a lofty goal.
The Associated Press female Athlete of the Year has been chosen. The winner? Tennis player Serena Williams. Among the other top vote-getters were a basketball player, a golfer and a skier.
Hmmm, I seem to remember a woman named Diana Nyad doing something that might have made her worthy of receiving this award. Oh yes, now I remember: she swam from Cuba to Florida. From Cuba to Florida! Almost three days in the water. Water infested with sharks and jellyfish! And did I mention she was 64 years old?
A woman who is in the prime of her life, runs back and forth and hits a tennis ball is awarded the female Athlete of the Year Award, yet a woman who swims from Cuba to Florida gets one “write in” vote? What a complete travesty! The voters should be ashamed of themselves! What a disgrace.
Then again, Tiger Woods has won the award previously. And what amazing feat did he accomplish? He strolled around the countryside for four hours hitting a ball with a little stick. Granted he did do this four days in a row. How strenuous.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
From the perspective of many north and northeast Queens residents, 2013 was a good year for developers and not so great for the average citizen, who had to put up with increased airplane noise, overcrowded schools and more from College Point to Little Neck.
Like any year, 2013 brought many changes, but the overriding story here is Flushing Meadows Park, which has been bombarded on all fronts with some unpopular projects as the New York State Pavilion from the 1964 World’s Fair continues to suffer from neglect.
In a city the size of New York, politics and crime are often the biggest newsmakers, as was the case in 2013.
There was no shortage of political headlines this past year, an election year at that. Queens elected a new borough president while Forest Hills and Rego Park opted to bring back Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) for another term. Area politicians made their collective voices heard throughout the year, filling the Chronicle’s pages for months.
(NAPSI)—A new generation is getting involved with gyms and fitness programs in record numbers—the baby boomer generation. The 78 million Americans who make up this generation are savvier and better versed in fitness than any other aging generation seen before as exercise has been more ingrained in their culture and daily routines.
Driving along in Astoria, it’s easy to miss Triborough Bridge Playground-A — named for the bridge it sits under.
It’s barren. Cracked cement and crumbling handball courts make what could be a popular hangout spot into an eyesore.
The uncertainty remains over a plan to build a high school on the site of a former country club in Whitestone as this year draws to a close.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) said in October that he had learned the School Construction Authority was seriously looking into the former Cresthaven Country Club site at 150-33 Sixth Ave. to build a much-needed high school. But area residents oppose the plan, saying the site floods and lacks public transportation and sewers.
Carbon fiber has received quite a bit of attention lately, primarily due to its extensive use in Boeing’s high-tech, lighter weight 787 Dreamliner airplanes. But most Americans likely will experience this modern material in a more down-to-earth vehicle, now that automakers increasingly are turning to carbon fiber when planning and building new cars.
A rendering of what Arthur Ashe Stadium will look from ground level once the retractable roof is constructed. Additional improvements to the National Tennis Center include the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium and larger pedestrian concourses.
Construction of a new, state-of-the-art retractable roof planned for Arthur Ashe Stadium as well as other extensive renovations at the US Open venue will begin early next year.
The proposed remodeling of the US Open site primarily focuses on the addition of a $100 million retractable roof for Arthur Ashe Stadium, funded by the United States Tennis Association, as well as the construction of a new Grandstand Stadium across the tennis center.
Former Mayor David Dinkins inscribes a copy of his memoirs and exchanges pleasantries with Donna Bernstein of Long Island at the National Tennis Center last Friday.
Former Mayor David Dinkins was instrumental in securing the National Tennis Center and the US Open as fixtures in Queens.
And it was there that Dinkins attended a meet-and-greet last Friday prior to a book signing of his new memoir.
Borough President-Elect Melinda Katz on Wednesday released the outlines of a nine-point economic development plan she said she will implement to create jobs and sustainable development in Queens while also rebuilding areas damaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The former city councilwoman and state assemblywoman said her experience in government will be key in getting the job done.
Even though he spent the first four years of his life on an Air Force base in West Germany, John McEnroe is arguably the greatest athlete in Queens history.
The hot-tempered Douglaston resident won his first Grand Slam singles title at the 1979 US Open, defeating his good friend Vitas Gerulaitis in straight sets. At just 20 years old, McEnroe became the youngest player to ever win the tournament’s singles championship. He would go on to win 27 singles and doubles titles that year, an open-era record at the time.
Two parks in Springfield Gardens and another in Flushing have received approval for $1.5 million in capital improvement money.
The funding, set aside in Borough President Helen Marshall’s annual capital budget, was just approved by the city’s Office of Management and Budget.
That tall Lincoln-esque figure seen on the Queens College campus for the last 11 years will be leaving at the end of the year to return to teaching.
James Muyskens, 70, president of the CUNY school in Flushing, has announced his retirement as of Dec. 31. He will become a professor of philosophy at the CUNY Graduate Center in Manhattan.