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“You end up making a lot of words in the world of neon,” Krypton Neon Studio co-founder and artist Kenny Greenberg said as he sifted through a pile of discarded words in his Long Island City shop. Twisted white tubes that turn a spectrum of bright colors when plugged in lay on the concrete ground — “smile,” “come,” “the,” “a” and “extraordinary.”
The words come from broken signs and Broadway play displays. The “a” came from a neon piece for the traveling performance of “The Producers.” During the show’s travels they broke the “a” several times, and Krypton would have to ship a replacement to wherever they were. After several last minute Fed-Exes they decided to make a backup just in case.
The remnants of Queens history are strewn across the borough, in the expected forms of historic houses and landmarked sites.
But a bucolic stretch of the borough next to the Flushing cemetery is home to a living anachronism: a rural and thriving horse stable in an urban setting.
They’re going to need a bigger bus.
And because of that, bigger stops.
Jets fans, who are notorious for booing any player their team selects at the NFL Draft, broke into thunderous cheers at Radio City Music Hall Friday night upon hearing that Gang Green had chosen Geno Smith. The reason for this euphoria was the belief that beleaguered Mark Sanchez’s days as a Jet were numbered.
I hate to spoil the fans’ fun, but the Jets would be better off having Smith learn the NFL by watching the action and holding a clipboard this year the way that Aaron Rodgers, Tom Brady and so many other greats did in their first pro season.
Given the fact that his recording career spans over 55 years and that he has always enjoyed collaborating with other artists, it’s somewhat surprising that it has taken Paul Anka all this time to come up with his first album of performances with other artists. “Duets” consists of 14 tracks, most of which were recorded well in the past.
(BPT) - Vehicles are a big investment for families – usually the second highest valued item in a household after the home itself. While the purchase price for cars, trucks and SUVs keeps going up, the cost of maintenance is holding steady or even dropping for most vehicles. Better materials, sophisticated computers and other advances increase reliability and allow less frequent oil changes, tune-ups and other service.
In an effort to involve the community in planning the future of Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the Fairness Coalition, a grass- roots organization formed last summer and dedicated to matters of the park, along with the Pratt Institute Graduate Center for Planning, held a standing-room-only community visioning workshop on Monday night at the Queens Museum.
With more than 100 individuals in attendance representing the 19 community organizations and civic groups that comprise the Coalition, along with interested borough residents and others with concerns for the park’s future, the gathering was a clear indication that proposals for further depleting the park of open space do not sit well with many.
The Queens Museum of Art, the exhibit and education center located in what had been the New York City Building during the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs, is in the midst of an expansion that, upon completion, will double its size to 105,000 square feet.
Thomas Prendergast, who has served as president of NYC Transit for more than three years, has been tapped by Gov. Cuomo to be the next chairman and chief executive officer of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority.
Prendergast, a native of Chicago, began his career with the Chicago Transit Authority in 1975. He moved to the New York City Transit Authority in 1982 following a term with the U.S. Department of Transportation.
City Council Speaker and Democratic mayoral frontrunner Christine Quinn (D-Manhattan) has proposed mayoral control for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, as well as a number of potentially popular — but costly — additions to rail, bus and ferry service in the city.
“If we want to remain the economic capital of the world and continue to rebuild our economy, if we want to keep New York as a place for middle class and working families — then we need to rebuild a transportation system that serves the needs of the 21st Century,” Quinn said in a statement issued by the Council press office.
Officially the chairman of the Queens Republican Party is Phil Ragusa. But if what U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara says is true, that may come as a surprise to the borough party’s Deputy Chairman Vince Tabone, who was one of six people indicted in the scheme centered on state Sen. Malcolm Smith (D-Hollis) and Councilman Dan Halloran (R-Whitestone).
(BPT) - When it comes to making plans for retirement years, today’s younger workers are struggling to make heads or tails of all the resources and products available to them through work and personal investments. Younger professionals who fit into the Gen X and Gen Y categories also are not taking advantage of financial professionals, who can provide information and education on planning for a secure retirement, according to 2013 research by LIMRA, a research, consulting and professional development organization.
City Comptroller John Liu on Friday made an announcement of an announcement for his 2013 campaign — with every indication being that he'll throw his hat into the race for mayor.
The 300 year old Leverich family burial ground needs a cleanup.
The grassy Jackson Heights lot sits behind several residences facing Leverich Street and 35th Avenue at 71st Street. There is no public access and no visible gravestones, but people have found a way to throw trash into the only remaining relic of the prominent Newtown family’s homestead, which was part of the 17th century settlement of Trains Meadow.
Artist Tom Unger works on a commissioned piece of neon art at Krypton Neon in Long Island City.
(BPT) - When a home smells good, it makes a favorable impression on visitors. This is exactly what home sellers want when they put their house on the market.
The ongoing civil war between two factions of the Queens Republican Party is flaring up again — just in time for the 2013 city elections.
It all began when Queens Republican leaders failed to appropriately renominate Judith Stupp as the borough’s GOP commissioner on the Board of Elections by the Jan. 31 deadline. Stupp, a district leader from Bayside, is a key ally of Queens GOP Chairman Phil Ragusa.
To those in the community, she is known simply as CW, but activist Christina Winslow is now seeking a different title, that of city councilwoman for the 31st District, a seat occupied by Ruben Wills (D-Jamaica).
A single mother of four, Winslow, 43, has never run for political office before, but after being encouraged by community members to do so, she decided to go for it.