For the third time in Citi Field’s six-year history, the Mets have altered their ballpark’s dimensions. This time a good chunk of the right field wall was brought in an average of 10 feet.
While moving in the fences would seem counterproductive to a team that lives and dies by its pitching, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson believes the changes will yield a net benefit to the Mets. Apparently his thinking is that Mets pitchers can shut down opposing hitters in even a bandbox while the visiting teams’ mediocre pitchers have looked like the second coming of Cy Young against our Flushing heroes because of the spaciousness of Citi Field.
Those masters of frugality, the New York Mets, surprised the baseball world by becoming the first Major League Baseball team to sign a name free agent as they inked veteran outfielder Michael Cuddyer to a two-year, $21 million contract last week.
Normally this kind of signing spells trouble. Cuddyer will be 36 years old when the 2015 season begins and he missed most of 2014 because of a combination of shoulder and hamstring injuries. He is also a defensive liability.
Queens College recently released the results of a student survey gauging community opinions on how to utilize the vacant land surrounding the 3.5-mile, long abandoned Rockaway Beach Rail Line. The Friends of the QueensWay commends these students for their hard work, and we were delighted to see the results provide additional support for the QueensWay.
The QueensWay is a community-developed plan to turn this blighted land into a 47-acre linear park that will provide safe, easy access to Forest Park; new recreation opportunities for the 322,000 people living within a mile; a boost to local businesses; and a high-profile showcase for the most culturally diverse borough of New York City.
The 2014-15 NBA season is only two weeks old, so it’s obviously impossible to forecast any long-term trends but our local NBA teams appear to be serious works-in- progress.
My gut feeling is that the Knicks and Nets will be battling each other for the eighth and final playoff spot in the NBA Eastern Division. Frankly, I wouldn’t be surprised if both teams wind up on the outside looking in on the postseason come mid-April.
Among the outstanding designs at Glendale’s recent Halloween parade was this tribute marking the 13th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The moving design, one of two that took top honors in the family category, was constructed around the wheelchair of 11-year-old Joseph Fremgen, by his brother Larry, who seeks to join the FDNY. The Fremgens lost family at the World Trade Center on that day 13 years ago.
Growing up an Italian boy in 1940s Glendale, a heavily German neighborhood, wasn’t easy for Vincent Arcuri Jr.
Old German women threw rocks at his mother over her nationality and called her a Gypsy because she had seven children.
The NYC Marathon has always had a paradoxical quality. It’s the world’s largest and most prestigious road race (yes, I know that some folks in Boston and Chicago will disagree with the latter) and yet there is little hoopla in the mainstream sports community in the days leading up to it. You rarely hear anything about it on WFAN or ESPN New York and even the coverage in the local dailies is scant at best.
One reason is that Americans rarely win either the men’s or women’s race. Meb Keflezighi, who was born in Eritrea but emigrated to the U.S. at the age of 12 with his family, won the race in 2009. You would have to go back 27 years before that for your last American winner, Alberto Salazar.
Ordinarily, the Stop & Shop parking lot on Myrtle Avenue in Glendale is filled with customers toting their groceries, but Friday night, it was overtaken by hundreds of unlikely characters, ranging from Scooby Doo and the Cat in the Hat to Dracula and Thomas the Train.
Scores of residents from the immediate area and beyond turned out for the annual Halloween parade and costume competition, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale. Making their way from 68th Street to the judging area in front of the food superstore, the participants were greeted warmly by spectators, with everyone enjoying the cool evening air.
Keeping up a tradition that dates back to when they hired Casey Stengel as their first manager roughly 53 years ago, the Mets have once again picked up another Yankees discard, signing Kevin Long to be their next hitting coach after he was dismissed by the Bombers from that very same position two weeks ago.
This doesn’t mean the Mets are making a mistake. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman, who made the decision to part ways with Long, basically admitted that he is a fine hitting coach but someone has to be a sacrificial lamb for the Yankees’ missing the playoffs for the second consecutive year.
Re: “With eye on terror, Schumer seeks fed law on trespassing” (Quick Hits, Oct. 16).
Ebola is arriving at our airports daily (three patients have already been identified as such) from West Africa and the first, a Liberian named Duncan, died in Texas. His nephew is now suing the U.S. for discrimination. His uncle wasn’t treated properly, it seems, because he was black. Duncan, it seems, lied to get out of Liberia, lied again to get into the U.S. regarding his condition and cost the U.S. taxpayer $500,000 for his medical bill. Obama might as well have placed a sign at all U.S. entry points saying “the streets of America are paved with gold … come and get it.”
In response to Ebola and enterovirus D68, which has already killed one child and sent hundreds of others to hospitals, our senior senator, Chuck Schumer, has once again risen to the challenge of keeping New Yorkers safe.
Our Mexican border is open to illegal aliens bringing in diseases the U.S. made obsolete generations ago and who knows how many Muslim terrorists and members of ISIS along with them. So Schumer just announced a bill that would make putting a flag up on the Brooklyn Bridge or new World Trade Center a
federal crime. Five years in prison, he claims, should send a message to such “wrongdoers” and “pranksters.” Meanwhile, illegal alien prisoners due to be deported were freed from federal prisons because the government claimed it couldn’t afford to keep them.
What Schumer is in effect saying is if you illegally cross our borders, rob, rape, run over or kill Americans, you get a free ride, but if you climb up “critical infrastructure” while the watchman is asleep on the job and plant a flag, you’ll get five years in prison. Trespassing on “critical infrastructure” is a serious matter. The NYPD’s John Miller agrees.
The people of New York can rest easier tonight knowing Chuck Schumer is looking after them. What would New York do without him? I don’t know, but it sure would be nice to find out.
According to his family, the NYPD and city government, Police Officer Robert Ehmer personified every trait that makes someone a hero.
His sister, Annette Ehmer, in between bursts of tears, said her brother was humble and courageous.
A “larger than life” fire marshal who died of a heart attack two years ago was remembered Sunday at Fort Totten with the dedication of a playground in his honor.
Martin “Woody” McHale, 50, died of a heart attack on Christmas Eve, crashing his car into a neighbor’s tree a block from his own home in Hollis Hills.
On Saturday, the International Association of Fire Fighters held its annual Fallen Fire Fighter Memorial in Colorado Springs, Colo. to honor the heroes who have made the ultimate sacrifice in the line of duty, including one from South Queens.
More than 1,200 firefighters from across the United States formed the honor guard as the families of 168 fallen firefighters were presented with the ceremonial union flag. This is the 28th year that the IAFF has conducted this ceremony. It is a time of reflection for many families as they remembered their loved ones who answered their last alarm.
RIchard Pearlman’s old Scout troop raises a special flag in his honor at ceremonies commemorating the World Trade Center attack in 2001, where he died at age 18.
At the 9/11 Remembrance held at the Forest Hills Volunteer Ambulance Corps last week, Vietnam veterans, firefighters, EMTs, elected officials and Auxiliary Police stood, saluted, and silently watched as Boy Scout Troop 106, the same unit Richard Pearlman belonged to, lowered the American flag.
Richard Pearlman, an 18-year-old EMS volunteer from the FHVAC, was at Police Plaza when the planes struck. The last photograph of him shows him helping a bloodied woman out of the World Trade Center.
When the World Trade Center collapsed, New York City and the rest of the nation were permanently shifted.
“Post 9/11, this world changed dramatically — [our world] didn’t feel as safe,“Dorsky Gallery curator, Marie Mathews-Berenson, said, “Artists all over the world, not just the United States, faced many more cataclysmic effects [after this].”
When Queens residents Patricia Workman, Joe Ramondino, Christian Foggy and John Licato awoke from their slumbers 13 years ago today, little did they know that war would be waged against their city and their country that sunny late-summer morning.
For these four responders and thousands more just like them throughout the New York area, a different kind of war has raged on internally in the years since the attacks of Sept. 11.
St. Michael’s Cemetery will be hosting its annual “Remember Me Run” on Saturday, Sept. 13.
The special event is normally held to commemorate those who responded to Ground Zero on 9/11, but this year, the run will be a little different.
Runners at last year’s Remember Me run at St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst to honor first responders killed on 9/11 at the World Trade Center.
Memories of the terrorist attack on the World Trade Center 13 years ago still run deep in Queens. The borough lost an estimated 283 people and they will not be forgotten.
Events in Queens to commemorate the anniversary will begin on Sunday and run through Saturday, Sept. 13.
A Howard Beach teenager is one of fewer than two dozen winners of a national scholarship awarded to children of law enforcement and firefighters who were killed or injured in the line of duty.
The National Law Enforcement & Firefighters Children’s Foundation announced Taylor Moss of Howard Beach as a recipient of the NLEAFCF Scholarship.
It was late 2011.
John Morabito and his wife Laura were anticipating welcoming a new life and a new future in Howard Beach. It was just 10 years after the New York City firefighter had nearly lost his own at the World Trade Center.
Wayfinding: 100 NYC Public Sculptures by Bundith Phunsombatlert, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, located on the lawn between the Unisphere and the Queens Museum, on view thru November.
The Mets went into the All-Star break by winning eight out of 10 on their long homestand, pushing ahead of the Phillies and Marlins into third place in the National League East. Aside from the much-needed wins, Mets general manager Sandy Alderson had to be thrilled from the contributions of three players on whom he has bet a lot of chips: catcher Travis d’Arnaud, centerfielder Chris Young and first baseman Lucas Duda.
Young and d’Arnaud were complete busts the first three months of the season while Duda was continuing his career as the poor man’s Adam Dunn/Dave Kingman by belting home runs but striking out all too often. As the calendar turned to July, however, both Young and d’Arnaud were getting big hits while Duda proved that he could be a contact hitter.