Queens Taste 2013 took place at the Caesars Club at Citi Field on Tuesday, May 14. Close to 50 food and drink purveyors offered samples of their products for free in a festive atmosphere full of Queens residents and business people.
Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 63. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 52. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Queens Taste 2013
Queens Taste 2013 will take place at the Caesars Club at Citi Field Tuesday at 6 p.m.. Close to 50 food and drink purveyors will offer samples of their products for free in a festive atmosphere full of Queens residents and business people. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
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Now that surviving Boston bombing suspect Dzhokar Tsarnaev has been captured and charged with using a weapon of mass destruction resulting in death, some of the motivations behind the attack are becoming clearer.
Other questions about security and how to prevent future attacks at similar events are under heated debate.
“Thinking about the football season starting or baseball, I don’t think [security is] going to change dramatically,” said David Kearn, an assistant professor in government and politics at St. John’s University.
Sporting venues such as Citi Field and the National Tennis Center are contained locations, he added.
“If you have to go through doors, you can have metal detectors, you can have people doing pat downs, you can have different types of devices to make sure that people aren’t bringing in things that you don’t want them bringing in,” Kearn said.
But he added that an event like the Boston Marathon has large areas that are “virtually unprotected.”
Security measure that Kearn said officials could use in areas where people congregate include mandatory check points.
The JFK 5k Runway Run, an annual race at John F. Kennedy International Airport, already uses similar security measures.
Runners and spectators must pass through security in accordance with the airport’s standards, said Rudy Auslander of the JFK Rotary Club, the event’s sponsor.
He said while they do not have to remove their shoes, all entrants are screened. Buses take runners out to the runway, and spectators are kept in an area near the line where the race both starts and finishes.
Other races in the city are designed differently, with spectators throughout the route, making similar security measures difficult.
The New York Road Runners (NYRR), who organize races including the ING NYC Marathon throughout the year, implemented enhanced baggage security following the Boston attack.
Runners who want to check their bags at one of the races must place them in a clear plastic bag and leave them in a designated zone that participants cannot enter. NYRR also has the right to search any bag in or outside the baggage area at any time, and an unattended bag can be confiscated.
“The safety and security of all New York Road Runners’ races is and will always be our top priority,” the group said in a statement. “A number of significant measures have been put in place in recent years, and we will work closely with the NYPD over the coming days and weeks to further evaluate security at races. We will continue to work hand in hand with the City of New York and the NYPD as we plan for all upcoming events.”
Kearn said these security measures would “draw more resources and more man power. You might be able to have volunteers do some of that stuff in terms of just checking bags, but you will have to have more folks checking and looking around in the future.”
The 2013 MLB All-Star Game, at Citi Field on July 16, will feature a slew of events throughout the city in the week leading up and will be spread throughout the borough.
Citi Field was cited as a potential venue for the mid-summer classic since opening in 2009, with the rumor becoming official last May. This marks the second All-Star Game the city’s hosted in the last five years.
All venues attached to the game are expected to have a $191 million economic impact for the city this July, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said.
Although the game and tournaments, like the Home Run Derby, will be held in Flushing, a significant amount of All-Star fanfare will be in Manhattan – much like when the Yankees hosted the game in 2008.
Chevrolet’s Red Carpet Parade will again go through 42nd Street, with MLB Executive Vice President Tim Brosnan calling it one of the marquee events for fans. Baseball lovers, from New York or afar, will get to come within 10 feet of the game’s premier players.
Met alumns like 1986 World Series champ Mookie Wilson and late 90s legends Eduardo Alfonzo and John Franco are team ambassadors for the All-Star Game. Wilson, known for his bloop single through Bill Buckner’s legs in Game 6 of the World Series, said while he never played in an All-Star game he’s excited to represent the team during the festivities
“I’ve always enjoyed the festivities that go into it,” Wilson said. “I’m not a native New Yorker, but I feel as if I am. I can’t wait to get this All-Star game started.”
Managers this year will be San Francisco Giants Skipper Bruce Bochy and Detroit Tigers’ Jim Leyland.
The game’s logo was revealed last August, mainly resembling the traditional Mets logo and is worn on the team’s sleeve throughout this season.
Bloomberg said the city has become “the sports capital of the world,” and proceeded to list all the major events, past and future, the city has hosted.
On security, the mayor has no worries the NYPD will be successful in keeping the city safe as fans worldwide pour into the five boroughs for the game.
Ballots for the American League and National League were also released:
For Met fans:
First base: Ike Davis
Second base: Daniel Murphy
Shortstop: Rueben Tejada
Third base: David Wright
Catcher: John Buck
Outfielders: Mike Baxter, Lucad Duda and Kirk Nieuwenhuis
For Yankee fans:
First base: Mark Teixeira
Second base: Robinson Cano
Shortstop: Derek Jeter
Third Base: Kevin Youkilis
Catcher: Chris Stewart
Outfielders: Curtis Granderson, Brett Gardner and Ichiro Suzuki
Wednesday: Partly cloudy. High of 68. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 45. Breezy. Winds from the SW at 10 to 20 mph shifting to the WNW after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Neighborhood Street-Ups – Queens Edition
Do you care about safe streets? Of course you do! Come join us for the launch of our meet and mingle bar events: Neighborhood Street-Ups! Hosted by Transportation Alternatives. Don’t miss out on an exciting opportunity to connect one-on-one with like-minded New Yorkers and become more involved with the issues that matter most to you. There will be food and drink specials available throughout the evening. The Queens event will be held at 7:00 p.m. at Gleason’s Bar in Astoria. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own
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It looks like Citi Field has been “shut out” from an outdoor NHL game next season.
The Sports Network (TSN) reported the league plans five outdoor games on top of the traditional Bridgestone Winter Classic – slated between the Detroit Red Wings and Toronto Maple Leafs on New Year’s Day, 2014.
NHL officials first have to ink a deal with the teams before anything is made official.
Yankee Stadium will host two games in New York, TSN reported, with the Rangers facing off against the New Jersey Devils on January 26, and Rangers vs. Islanders on January 29, nearly coinciding with Super Bowl XLVIII, to be played just across the Hudson on February 2.
The Blueshirts played in the 2012 Winter Classic against the Philadelphia Flyers at Citizens Bank Park.
Citi Field is slightly smaller than Yankee Stadium, with the latter able to hold nearly 9,000 more spectators. The home of the Amazin’s can hold 41,800; the Bronx Bombers’ stadium can fit 50,287.
But some Queens officials are already calling the NHL off-sides if Citi Field, which opened the same year as the new Yankee Stadium, is iced out of the plan.
Rob MacKay, director of public relations, marketing and tourism at the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC), said he was disappointed the league shot for the Bronx, but is still leaving an open net for a future outdoor game.
“So as the biggest Queens fan on this planet,” he said, “I am a bit disappointed that the NHL chose a different, more remote borough for these games, but I still welcome them. Hopefully we’ll see them in Queens soon, as it would be good for the NHL executives, the players, the fans and of course our hospitality sector.”
Queens hotels will already be stacked because of overflow from the Super Bowl, MacKay said, although the game is at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. QEDC is still looking forward to the revenue these additional games could bring to the borough.
There was talk roughly five years ago of the Islanders coming to Willets Point before the team eventually settled on the already-built Barclays Center last year.
Fan group and clothes manufacturer We Bleed Blue – specializing in Rangers gear – is excited just to have outdoor hockey in New York. Founders Brendan Gebert and John Rizzo, while cheering for the same hockey team, vary in their baseball loyalties. Gebert is a Met fan; Rizzo is a Yankee fan.
Regardless, the duo told The Courier any sort of outdoor game within the city will drive more people to hockey and allow for more games of the sort in the area.
“Getting mad at the location would be like getting mad at Jay-Z for having a concert at Yankee Stadium,” Rizzo said.
“Plus we’re willing to bet that if this goes as planned, this won’t be the last time we see something like this in the area. Guess you gotta just ‘save something for tomorrow,’ and the next go around, I’d like to think Citi would get the next one.”
A smartphone tracking app played a key role in arresting an alleged cell phone thief within 30 minutes of the crime, police said.
Jordan Osborne, 19, allegedly fled in Flushing after grabbing an iPhone 5 out of the hands of a 28-year-old woman, according to the 109th Precinct. The victim was walking on Main Street and 41st Avenue around noon on April 15, police said.
A witness attempted to chase Osborne and then called 9-1-1.
Police then used a tracking device on the victim’s phone to locate Osborne on the No. 7 train near Citi Field. The MTA stopped the train so officers could go car to car, police said.
Cops found the phone ringing in Osborne’s hand. He was arrested immediately.
The suspect has been arrested for assault three times.
Community Board 7’s Land Use Committee told developers of Willets Point they need to return with more answers on the proposed project before the board makes a decision.
Committee members particularly want more information about parking, traffic flow and transplanting the plethora of small business owners within the Iron Triangle.
Chuck Apelian, first vice chair and committee head, told development and city representatives things had to be done about existing infrastructure around the area, especially roads and sewers.
The joint venture, between Sterling Equities and Related, needs to go through a Uniform Land Use Review Process (ULURP) for a special permit to move Citi Field parking to Willets Point in order to construct a shopping center, dubbed “Willets West.”
Without the permit, the project could essentially not go through.
Since the massive shopping center next to Citi Field was added to the project, board members found a number of changes from the 2008 plan. To build Willets West, the Parks Department would amend its lease with Queens Ballpark Company, which would be mediated by the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC).
NYCEDC promised it would work to help retrain workers and relocate businesses on the 23 acres on now mostly city-owned land.
CB 7 chair Eugene Kelty had an issue with how NYCEDC was moving workers and the small businesses out of the area. Kelty said he needed more answers on the relocation, or he would vote against the plan.
“The money they make there, fixing those cars, feeds their families,” he told representatives.
Kelty said EDC told CB 7 five years ago that tenants would be relocated before the properties they rented were sold to the city.
But Thomas McKnight, an executive vice president for NYCEDC, now said the city cannot legally relocate renters without first buying the property from owners.
David Quart, senior vice president of development for NYCEDC, said the agency is working to help move tenant and partnering with The Cornerstone Group, a non-profit workplace training program, to re-educate workers.
CB 7 must give a recommendation on the permit application, followed by Borough President Helen Marshall. From there it goes to the Department of City Planning and then voted on by the City Council.
Should the joint venture make it through the ULURP, the developers can only go so far in development until new exit ramps are built for the Van Wyck Expressway.
The city has promised to foot the bill for the ramps, which would go up between 2021 and 2024 with an estimated $50 million cost at today’s rates. If the city does not hold up its end of the bargain, under any circumstance, affordable housing and other components of the plan will not go through, said Jesse Masyr, one of the lawyers representing the joint venture.
“If you’re asking what remedies we as a developer have if the city doesn’t build the ramps, the answer is none,” he said.
“We have confidence that the city will build the ramps. It’s part of the overall risk the joint venture is taking.”
CB 7’s Land Use Committee will meet with representatives next on Thursday, April 25.
Tuesday: Partly cloudy. High of 63. Breezy. Winds from the SSE at 10 to 25 mph. Tuesday night: Overcast with a chance of rain, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 54. Winds from the South at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the WSW after midnight. Chance of rain 40%.
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Mets starter Johan Santana could miss the entire 2013 because of a re-tear in his left shoulder, General Manager Sandy Alderson announced Thursday during a conference call.
Santana, originally staying in Florida on the disabled list, flew to New York today where he was diagnosed with the new rip, Alderson said.
“Johan will remain in New York over the easter weekend to decide on the next steps,” he said. “A second surgery is a strong probability.”
The 34-year-old southpaw missed the entire 2011 season with the same injury, but returned for a shortened 2012 season in which he threw the team’s first-ever no hitter. After the June 1 spectacle however, Santana had a string of poor performances before he was shutdown in August.
Entering the final year of a large contract, Santana might have thrown his final pitch as a Met. His contract promises him $25.5 million this year with a $5.5 million buyout for next year.
Another surgery is an option, but there’s no time table on when that could happen or if the recovery time will be longer than in late 2010.
But there are still few facts known, including when the new tear started.
“We don’t know when this occurred,” Alderson said. “I think Johan would probably be the best person to shed some light on any time.”
Mets skipper Terry Collins said during spring training he was disappointed Santana did not show up at Port St. Lucie in pitching shape.
Alderson said the front office isn’t looking to trade for another starter at this point as they expected Santana to start on the DL.
“We had expected that Johan would be on the disabled list at the beginning of the season so our rotation has been set with that in mind,” he said. “We are not terribly deep right now with Santana out. On the other hand, we do feel that we have some not just depth in the system, but exceptional talent coming through the system.”
Zach Wheeler, projected to be one of the Amazin’s promising pitchers, will not be called up early in light of the news.
“When he’s ready, he’ll be here,” Alderson said. “But until that time we will address this situation and other needs in our rotation.”
For the first time since 1964, Major League Baseball’s All-Star game will take place in Queens. In the days leading up to the event, the MLB will host a variety of events for the Mid-Summer Classic.
Culminating with the 84th MLB All-Star Game on July 16, the All-Star fest will feature a variety of events for visitors to enjoy, from Friday, July 12- Tuesday, July 16.
All attractions are free with the price of admission. Tickets are $35 for adults and $30 for senior citizens, military personnel and children 12 and under. For the price of admission visitors can enjoy exhibits from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, take a swing at the batting cages and free autograph sessions with former Mets and MLB legends and Hall of Famers.
Fans will also be able to purchase single game e-tickets to the All-Star Sunday event. Admission to the event includes the SiriusXM All-Star Futures Game and the Taco Bell All-Star Legends & Celebrity Softball Game. The futures game will feature minor league prospects, which in the past has included currents Mets players Wilmer Flores, Zack Wheeler, Matt Harvey and David Wright.
The celebrity softball game will feature stars from the film music and television industry, teaming up with participants from the futures game.
The home-run derby will take place on July 15th.
For more information and updates on future events and to purchase tickets you can visit AllStarGame.com or call 1-888-FanFest.
Thursday: Partly cloudy. High of 41. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 25 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 27 with a windchill as low as 16. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 10 to 20 mph.
EVENT OF THE DAY: Totem by Cirque du Soleil
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