Johnny Carson once remarked that he was great in front of 10 million people but not so good in front of just 10. The same can be said for the late Godfather of Soul, James Brown, based on what we see in the new biopic, “Get On Up.” Throughout the film we see Brown (Chadwick Boseman) disrespecting the women in his life, his loyal band and his longtime best friend, Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis), yet he is a tour de force when he gets on stage as large audiences go into a frenzy when he breaks into his “hardest working man in show business” persona as he sings, knocks the microphone stand back and forth, and dances in such a way that it looks as if he is defying gravity. The fact that he is lip syncing Brown’s vocals doesn’t detract.
(BPT) - The outlook for small business is up with many business owners feeling good about the future of the economy, their financial positions and their plans for growth, according to Capital One’s Spark Business Barometer. But for many business owners looking to secure capital to either start or expand their enterprise, the process can be challenging, particularly for those with a limited or negative track record, or poor personal credit. Fortunately, there are a variety of products and programs designed to help address those challenges and enable business growth, one of which is offered through the U.S. Small Business Administration (or SBA).
(BPT) - Back-to-school season has thousands of college students packing their childhood rooms into cars, vans and moving trailers to transport into dorms and off-campus apartments. While college students usually don’t have a lot of belongings that need to be moved, the process can be exhausting and overwhelming.
(BPT) - Helping your child ease into the school year sets them up to succeed both academically and socially. But making the transition from the lazy days of summer to the hectic pace of back to school can be overwhelming, for you and your kids. Between school supply shopping, extracurricular activities, homework, and the daily lunch box routine - where’s a busy parent to start?
(BPT) - Your children are getting older and with each new grade level they want more independence. You’re OK with that, but you still get a little worried when you think about them getting to school safely each day. Whether they drive themselves, ride in a carpool or they take the bus, safety is paramount.
(Family Features) For everything from paying for lunch to paying the water bill, a checking account is the primary tool many Americans use to make day-to-day financial transactions. But for many consumers free checking is becoming a thing of the past as banks notify their customers that “free” accounts are being discontinued.
(Family Features) From simple storage solutions that freshen up messy rooms to projects that enliven a space, do-it-yourself options are a popular choice among many homeowners. Try out some of these ideas to make every room in your home feel new again, without having to empty your pocketbook or call a handyman.
(BPT) - More than 382 million people around the world suffer from diabetes—a staggering number that continues to climb. The impact of the disease, however, can’t be fully realized without considering the psychosocial effects on those living with diabetes and the family members, caregivers, and health care providers who support them.
Attention Forest Hills and Rego Park. There’s a new sheriff in town.
After two years under the watch of Capt. Thomas Conforti, command of the 112th Precinct has been handed over to Capt. Judith Harrison after Conforti took the same job at the 109th Precinct in Flushing.
Few musicals have had the universal appeal and undiminished popularity of “Fiddler on the Roof,” based on stories written by famed Yiddish author Sholem Aleichem.
And this summer, it is being given a full-voiced and deeply affecting rendition at the Theater at the Immaculate Conception Center in Douglaston.
“Otogizoshi-Bokusai,” by Shoko Kazama. Ink on paper calligraphy, telling stories of 13th-century Japan that have been passed down verbally among children. Showing thru Thurs., Aug. 7. Mon-Fri., 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sat., 12-5 p.m. Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City.
To coincide with the 30th anniversary of longtime Forest Hills resident Geraldine Ferraro’s historic vice presidential nomination, which made her the first U.S. woman to be nominated on a major party presidential ticket, her filmmaker daughter, Donna Zaccaro, has produced a documentary about the woman who became a trailblazer without forgetting where she came from.
On Monday night, St. John’s University hosted a screening of the film, “Geraldine Ferraro: Paving the Way,” which has been chosen as a selection at several film festivals and is now being broadcast on Showtime.
The National Park Service released four proposed options last week on what to do with West Pond in the Jamaica Bay National Wildlife Refuge, and is asking the public to comment on what they would like to see done.
The formerly freshwater pond just west of Cross Bay Boulevard was destroyed when Hurricane Sandy tore a breach at the south end of the basin that opened up a deep channel into Jamaica Bay. Saltwater filled in the pond and a large permanent canal was cut.
Many of the union workers and affordable housing activists who have rallied against the Astoria Cove development plan in recent weeks took to Borough Hall en mass as the controversial proposal came before Borough President Melinda Katz last Thursday.
One by one, those opposed to the plan in its present state called on Alma Realty to provide guarantees that the project will provide well-paying, safe construction jobs with benefits, in addition to demanding a higher number of affordable housing units than Alma laid out in its most recent proposal to Community Board 1 last month.
One of the biggest fears many Elmhurst residents had regarding last month’s conversion of the Pan American Hotel into a homeless shelter was a potential increase in crime throughout the area.
In the seven weeks since homeless families began occupying the building, the 110th Precinct and area officials say that worry has gone unfounded.
This past Friday, Japanese calligraphy artist Shoko Kazama made her New York debut at Resobox, a simple yet elegant art gallery dedicated to the promotion of Japanese culture. Nestled in the heart of Long Island City amidst tall, new condominiums and the hustle and bustle of trains and traffic, the gallery brings a taste of Japan to the Big Apple.
And with her exhibition, “Bokusai,” Kazama brings to Queens a bit of medieval Japan in particular. The exhibit aims to tell the tales known as Otogizoshi — stories passed down verbally from the Muromachi era, 1392 through 1573 — and bring awareness of both the well-known Japanese tales and the art of calligraphy to New Yorkers.
For weeks, community leaders opposed to a new homeless shelter in Elmhurst and plans for another in Glendale have been urging residents to call city Comptroller Scott Stringer to make their opinions known.
Well, it’s working.
Councilman Donovan Richards (D-Laurelton) fought for years alongside others to get city officials to pay attention to flooding that has plagued some portions of Southeast Queens for decades.
But in recent months, he has been fighting instead to convince flood-weary residents that action finally has begun to replace words.
The Glendale branch of the Queens Library is set to undergo a substantial facelift over the next three years.
Preliminary plans for the $2.8 million overhaul of the 79-year-old building at 78-60 73 Place were presented to Community Board 5 on July 9 by representatives from Matthew Baird Architects, with extensive renovations planned for nearly every section of the library.
Bocce is back at Juniper Valley Park. The ribbon was cut on the new $850,000 bocce courts in Middle Village on Wednesday. Enthusiasts of the old world game have three new courts to play completely with new shade structures, seating areas and fencing. Queens Parks Commissioner Dottie Lewandowski, top left, joined Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley, Assemblywoman Marge Markey, Queens Parks Chief of Staff Joanne Amagrande and Community Board 5 Chairman Vincent Arcuri to cut the ribbon on the park before taking a few shots themselves. Middle Village resident Steve Fisher and his sister Maxine, of Forest Hills, at right with Lewandowski and Ashley O’Brien, NYC Parks playground associate, along with Steve’s wife Rosanna, donated bocce balls that were owned by Steve and Maxine’s father Norman, a longtime Middle Village/Maspeth resident who recently passed away. O’Brien will use the bocce set to teach kids the sport.
Bocce is back at Juniper Valley Park.
The ribbon was cut on the new $850,000 bocce courts in Middle Village on Wednesday.
Enthusiasts of the old world game have three new courts to play completely with new shade structures, seating areas and fencing.
As cats continue to disappear, people from around the world are demanding something be done.
Astoria7 was founded by Mary Witty, an Astoria resident and cat caretaker after seven of the feral cats she had been feeding disappeared.
The Boys & Girls Club of Metro Queens received a big donation from one of its neighbors last week as the organization prepares to welcome the public into its new expanded space.
The organization was presented with a $25,000 check from Resorts World Casino New York City last Wednesday.
Artists and residents from all over Queens marveled at the whimsical treasures of the Apollonia Gallery as they slurped down Blue Point and Little Neck clams and sipped on champagne during its opening party last Sunday.
The concept behind the gallery, located at 48-14 Skillman Ave. in Sunnyside, is a fantasyland crossed with a curiosity shop, inspired by the movie “Amélie.” The shop features work by photographers, painters, jewelry makers, as well as a cosmetics brand and ceramics.
A Muslim-Jewish interfaith dialogue took place Monday at the Central Queens Y, a Jewish organization. The sold-out event of about 125 people was planned before the outbreak of hostilities in Gaza.
First, no pre-event interviews were granted. Then no media were allowed at the event.