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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.
“Loves,” a Participatory GumHearts Installation, by NY-based artist Niizeki Hiromi, the Center at Maple Grove Cemetery, 127-15 Kew Gardens Road, Kew Gardens, now thru Saturday, March 29, 2-5 p.m. RSVP to Bonnie Thompson Dixon: (718) 709-0390, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Juniper Valley Park was known as the treacherous “Great Swamp” in the 19th century. It was made up of underground streams and quicksand, and only useful for raccoon and possum hunting and mining peat, the dark vegetable matter formed by partial decay of plants in wet ground.
Many developers believed dirt is dirt and land is land. However, any geologist will quickly tell you this is not always true.
Sports fans are well aware of the number of can’t-miss top draft picks in baseball, football and basketball who were never able to live up to expectations, much to the chagrin of the teams that signed them to lucrative contracts and the fans whose hopes were dashed. As former Mets star Rusty Staub famously quipped, “Potential means that you haven’t accomplished anything yet!”
The pop music world is littered with artists who looked like big hit makers but for one reason or another failed to light the charts on fire. “American Idol” fans can recite the names of most of the past winners as proof.
(StatePoint) In anticipation of this season’s music and dance festivals, musicians and DJs are gearing up across the country. And if trends continue this year, festivals such as Electric Daisy and Ultra will be more jam-packed than ever.
(NAPSI)—Recent headlines have described a series of dramatic movements in the financial markets. While many of those movements impact stock prices, as well as what we pay for groceries, gas or loan rates, not everyone really understands how it all works.
Borough President Melinda Katz on Tuesday called on the Queens Library to implement several reform measures in light of the controversy over its executive director's salary, benefits, office renovations and outside employment. ... After the board meeting, the library put out another statement from Taussig, saying the members had initiated several reforms, including the elimination of a component in Galante's contract, called the "evergreen clause," that saw it renewed it every year for the next five years.
Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35 Ave., Astoria. 25 Years of Madden NFL video game exhibition. Five versions of the groudbreaking game on view and available to play now thru Sunday, Feb. 23. Indie Essentials: 25 Must-Play Video Games, Exhibition of 25 playable, independently produced games, through March 2. Museum hours: Wednesdays-Thursdays, 10:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; Fridays, 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m.; Saturdays-Sundays, 11:30 a.m.-7 p.m. $12 adults, $9 seniors over 65 and students with ID, $6 children 3-12, under 3 free.
So often do extraordinary occurrences get touted as proof of a higher being. Choosing not to go to work on the day your train crashes or surviving a topple off a building are instances of surviving the unsurvivable.
“The Unlikely Ascent of Sybil Stevens” attempts to decipher the meaning of survival when the meaning of life isn’t so obvious.
(Family Features) From taking a food tour through the Mediterranean to infusing everyday recipes with exotic herbs and spices, home chefs are eager to explore the world through culinary adventures.
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.
(StatePoint) As skiing and other outdoor activities take the world stage this month, many will be embarking on their own winter adventure to the freshly groomed slopes and snow packed trails. In fact, Americans have made on average, 57.5 million visits to ski slopes per season since 2002-2003, according to the National Ski Areas Association.
Finding the right Valentine’s Day present for someone special is never an easy chore. Here are some gift ideas that should add a touch of romance not just for February 14 but for anytime of the year.
You cannot think of Valentine’s Day without thinking of flowers, and it’s hard to think of flowers without thinking of 1-800Flowers, the company founded and still run by Woodside-native Jim McCann. While floral arrangements are still the company’s main source of income, it has expanded its lines to include food gift baskets and oversized teddy bears.
The two outdoor NHL games at Yankee Stadium involving the Rangers and their two local opponents, the Devils and the Islanders, this past week certainly drew big crowds despite the bone chilling cold of what seems to be an immobile polar vortex. The National Hockey League wisely made the games a de facto part of the NFL Super Bowl Week undercard.
It’s funny how the media has been in a frenzy about what the weather conditions will be like this Sunday at MetLife Stadium ever since the NFL announced that the 2014 Super Bowl would take place in our area, yet there was nary a word about the tundra conditions that fans would have to endure when the NHL announced this Stadium Series last year.
Queens is full of different cultures, ethnicities and social groups, and the art produced in the borough reflects that.
African-American theater, film and music venues have become major contributors to the borough and help tell the stories of nearby artists and artists from around the world.
Legendary Mets pitcher Ron Darling autographs a book for a youngster during a signing session at the Queens Baseball Convention. Darling signed items such as bobbleheads, jerseys and posters for about an hour for dozens of eager fans of all ages on Saturday. The 1986 World Series champion said he would attend every such convention in the future.
Though they specialize in stand-up, the guys at Laughing Devil hold a special place in their heart for films. The venue, located in Long Island City, already hosts movie nights, screening some of the biggest comedies in recent years, but it is also home to the annual Laughing Devil Short Film Festival.
The decision to show shorts as opposed to full-length features is — at least in jest — so that the audience will stay interested.
It’s film festival season, and while there are plenty of promising venues screening indies throughout the city, the First Look series at the Museum of the Moving Image is one not to be missed.
To kick off the week-long film fest, dozens crowded into the museum’s theater last Friday to watch the U.S. premiere of Alexandre Rockwell’s “Little Feet.”
Overall, the ambience of the Museum of the Moving Image is minimalist. The white walls and floors allow for visitors to focus solely on the exhibits in front of them.
However, walking up the sleek white steps to the third floor, one would be under the impression that an arcade had replaced one of the exhibits and in a way, it has.
You can make the argument that putting a titan of business at the head of a government is a risky proposition, with all the opportunities for cronyism and undue influence that person would have at his disposal.
Or you could make the argument that an extremely wealthy individual is a good choice for a position of political power because he could hardly be bought off by interest groups whose resources pale in comparison to his own. And that someone who rose to the very top of the private sector would do well in the public sector too.
(Family Features) The advancements in technology, including devices such as smartphones and tablets, offer users a customized experience based on their own preferences and taste. Today's technology provides us with a world of information and entertainment options to make life easier.
The air is cleaner, the food is healthier and the environment is greener than ever before in the modern era in New York City. And the credit for that goes to Mayor Bloomberg more than to any other individual.
Bloomberg, whose very name suggests an unspoiled environment — it means “flower hill” in German — has from the start of his administration done everything possible to encourage or outright force people to live healthier lives, while at the same time making the world around them healthier too.
(StatePoint) Sometimes it can be hard to convince kids that learning is fun. While parents can’t necessarily control how exciting the school day is, they can make off-hours learning more fun and exciting -- especially when it comes to a potentially hands-on subject like science.