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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Generally cloudy. High 72. Winds SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday Night: Considerable cloudiness with occasional rain showers. Low 57. Winds E at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Big Apple Circus

The Big Apple Circus will be at Cunningham Park through June 15. Times vary. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police release video of driver wanted in Astoria hit-and-run

Cops are looking for the driver involved in an Astoria hit-and-run on Saturday that left a 21-year-old man injured. Read more: The Queens Courier

Queens man in LIRR skimming case gets 2-6 years in prison

A Queens man who pleaded guilty to his involvement in a credit card skimming scheme at several Long Island Rail Road stations was sentenced Tuesday. Read more: CBS New York

After a year’s absence, Fleet Week returns to NYC

Fleet Week is returning to New York City after a year’s absence, officials announced Tuesday. Read more: NBC New York

Bus countdown clocks see influx of cash from lawmakers

Countdown clocks at bus stops are so popular, two City Council members have allocated $420,000 of their own funds to get more installed. Read more: am New York

Cuomo’s lead over Astorino will shrink if Working Families runs candidate

Gov. Cuomo’s huge lead over Republican challenger Rob Astorino would drop to 13 percentage points if the Working Families Party puts up its own candidate in the governor’s race, a polls shows. Read more: New York Post

Macy’s initiative to boost funds for two Queens parks


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THE COURIER/Photo by Melissa Chan

This month, Macy’s shoppers can spend some green to keep Queens green.

Two parks in the borough — Cunningham and Queens Botanical Garden — have been selected for the major department store’s “Heart Your Park” fundraising initiative that raises money for upkeep and improvement projects.

More than 550 parks in the nation were chosen for the program.

From March 7 to March 31, customers can make donations at three Macy’s locations in Flushing, Douglaston and Queens Center Mall.

Macy’s will match the total up to $250,000 and give the proceeds to the city’s Parks Department.

“I’m ecstatic,” said Friends of Cunningham Park President Marc Haken. “We’re constantly improving the park.”

Haken said his parks support group, which is funded through City Council and state assembly grants, has spent at least $100,000 over the last few years to maintain the Fresh Meadows park.

The much-needed help from Macy’s would go toward cleaning up hiking trails and fixing many eroded parts of the park, Haken added.

“It’s like owning a house,” he said. “There’s always stuff to do, equipment to be purchased.”

 

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‘Snow day’ at Juniper Valley Park Saturday


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Updated 4:00 p.m.

Just because Mother Nature has dropped a few inches of snow, doesn’t mean you can’t put on your snow boots, get the sled and, go out and have some fun.

Keeping in mind to stay safe and bundle up, the Department of Parks and Recreation has declared an official snow day for Saturday, January 4 at five parks across the city. The snow day will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

In Queens, the Parks Department will hold a snow day at Juniper Valley Park, at 78th Street and Juniper Valley North in Middle Village. During the snow day, free organized activities include supervised safe sledding, snowman building contests, best snow angel contests, friendly snowball fights, music, and complimentary hot chocolate.

For more information, please call 311 or visit the Parks Department website for updates.

Even though Juniper Park will be the only park in the borough to include free activities in the case of a snow day, here are other local parks you can visit for some fun in the snow and suggestions for sledding spots, courtesy of the city’s Parks Department. But remember to stay warm and be safe!

Astoria Park, Astoria, 19th Street between Shore Boulevard off Ditmars Boulevard

Bowne Park, Flushing, Small hillside on the 155th Street side of the park

Cunningham Park, Oakland Gardens

Crocheron Park, Bayside, 35th Avenue opposite Golden Pond

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Forest Park, Mary Whelan Playground at 79th Street and Park Lane South

Hermon A. Macneil Park, College Point

lower Highland Park, Jamaica Avenue & Elton Street

Kissena Park, Flushing, Eastside of Lake: enter Metcalf and 164th Street

 

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Free senior fitness classes at Queens parks


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This fall, the CityParks Seniors Fitness program will offer free yoga instruction and tennis lessons at four Queens parks.

The activities, which are open to New Yorkers 60 and older, begin the week of September 23 and will take place twice a week at each park through November 1.

All equipment and instruction is free. Sessions are one hour long, except tennis lessons in Astoria Park and Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which are two hours.

Here is where and when the classes will take place:

Astoria Park
Tennis – Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. – Tennis Courts at 21st Street and Hoyt Avenue S

Cunningham Park
Tennis – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 a.m – Tennis Courts at Union Turnpike and 193rd Street
Yoga – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 a.m – Tennis Courts at Union Turnpike and 193rd Street

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Tennis – Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 a.m – 11 a.m – Tennis Courts at Meridian Road

Roy Wilkins Park
Tennis – Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 a.m – Tennis Courts at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street
Yoga– Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 a.m – Tennis Courts at Baisley Boulevard  and 177th Street.

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule visit: www.cityparksfoundation.org/sports/seniors-fitness.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with a chance of rain. High of 81. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 15 mph shifting to the NNW in the afternoon. Chance of rain 20%.Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 70. Winds from the ESE at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: “Kinky Boots” at Cunningham Park 

Take advantage of the longer days and warmer nights of summer with free outdoor movies in parks across Queens. Thursday night check out “Kinky Boots” at Cunningham Park at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Councilman: NYC park crimes spike 27 percent

A city councilman says he’s concerned about a nearly 27 percent spike in park crimes since last year, but the Parks Department insists that the city’s parks remain mostly very safe. Read more: NBC New York

NYPD whistleblower dodges gag order requested by hospital that allegedly held him in psych ward under order of vengeful bosses

NYPD whistleblower Adrian Schoolcraft won’t be silenced. Jamaica Hospital asked a judge to issue a gag order barring Schoolcraft from talking about his $50 million lawsuit against the facility and the city. Read more: New York Daily News 

De Blasio surges ahead in latest mayoral race poll

After taking over as the front-runner earlier this month, Public Advocate Bill de Blasio now has a double-digit lead over his mayoral primary opponents, according to the latest Quinnipiac University poll. Read more: The Queens Courier

Overcrowding issue at ‘Mumford and Sons’ concert

There are some furious music fans that attempted to attend a concert in Queens, but were turned away from the show even though they had tickets. Read more: ABC New York

Republican mayoral candidates get into the issues during debate

The three Republican candidates for mayor fielded an assortment of questions Wednesday night, on issues ranging from stop-and-frisk and public housing to the city’s free condom program. Read more: CBS New York

President Obama on brink of military action in Syria over alleged gas attack

U.N. experts investigating purported poison gas attacks left their Damascus hotel Thursday, but anti-regime activists said the team’s destination was not immediately known. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 95. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%. Thursday night: Partly cloudy with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 82F with a heat index of 93. Winds from the West at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook

At 7:30 p.m come to Cunningham Park for Mitch Kahn Celebrates the American Songbook to enjoy a wonderful evening of free music. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Businessman enters NYC mayor’s race as independent

A millionaire tech businessman on Wednesday entered the race to replace Mayor Michael Bloomberg, saying the current group of candidates would take the city backward. Read more: NBC New York

Schneiderman: some nonprofits holding storm donations

New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman said that many nonprofits are withholding donations from the very people they are supposed to be helping. Read more: Fox New York

Mayor Bloomberg to obese NYers: Take the stairs

After nudging New Yorkers to stop smoking and cut out large sodas, Mayor Bloomberg now want them to move more. Read more: NBC New York

US court ruling in NY favors anti-terror law

A federal appeals court in Manhattan has revived enforcement of a law that permits the indefinite detention of people suspected of supporting terrorists, saying a lower court mistakenly ruled for plaintiffs who opposed it. Read more: AP

Rolling Stone Magazine under fire for putting Boston bomb suspect on cover

Rolling Stone, the iconic New York-based magazine that positions itself as an arbiter of things cool and tastemakers in the world of rock & roll, has sparked outrage by putting Boston Marathon bomb suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev on the cover of its new issue. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers. High of 84. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.3 in. possible. Thursday Night: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain. Low of 72. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the North after midnight. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: New York Philharmonic Concerts in the Park

The New York Philharmonic and Music Director Alan Gilbert leads a free concert featuring Principal Cello Carter Brey in Cunningham Park at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYC officials, foes testify on Willets Point plans

A $1 billion shopping mall planned for the parking lot of the New York Mets’ stadium would spearhead a major transformation of a blighted neighborhood, developers testified Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

Prices for co-ops, condos and houses in Queens soared 11% over last year, Douglas Elliman says

Queens real estate is on the up and up. Sales are up, and prices are, too. Read more. New York Daily News 

FAA new rules: Co-pilots must have more flight time to be certified

The FAA has announced new rules will soon require co-pilots to have more flight time before they can be commercial pilots. Read more: NBC New York

Average New York City rent tops $3,000 per month

The fact that renting an apartment in New York City is expensive is as obvious to most people as the fact that the sky is blue. Read more: CBS New York 

$100K Reward for info in Swiss-NY airline money theft

The FBI is offering a $100,000 reward for information leading to the recovery of $1.2 million that disappeared at JFK Airport and to the arrest of those responsible. Read more: Fox New York

Boston bombing suspect pleads not guilty

His arm in a cast and his face swollen, a blase-looking Dzhokhar Tsarnaev pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the Boston Marathon bombing in a seven-minute proceeding that marked his first public appearance since his capture in mid-April. Read more: AP

Christmas tree collection to begin today


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The presents have been opened, the stockings unstuffed and the time is coming to take down the decorations and dispose of your Christmas tree.

Beginning Wednesday, January 2, the Department of Sanitation will collect the Christmas trees that have been placed curbside.  All trees should be removed of tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands. The program will run through Saturday, January 12.

The trees must not be placed into plastic bags.

The trees will be chipped and turned into compost and spread throughout the city in parks, ball fields and community gardens. More than 140,000 are “tree-cycled” each year.

“The department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service.  Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will also hold a Mulchfest on Saturday, January 12 and Sunday, January 13. Residents can bring their trees to one of the 80 designated locations around the city — 11 in Queens — for mulching. New Yorkers who drop their tree off at the event will also be able to pick up free mulch.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest 2013, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation, www.nycgovparks.org or call 3-1-1.

Here is a list of Queens Mulchfest locations:

Astoria Park* (19th Street & Hoyt Avenue)

Brookville Park* (Brookville Boulevard between 144th Avenue & Caney Road)

Cunningham Park* (Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street)

Forest Park Bandshell* (Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard)

Juniper Valley Park* (80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South)

Kissena Park (164th Street at Underhill Avenue)

Land Restoration Project Compound* (Queens Plaza South & 10th Street)

Oakland Gardens/Playground 203* (Springfield Boulevard at 56th Avenue)

Rockaway Beach (Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street)

Roy Wilkins Park (Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards)

Travers Park* (78th Street at 34th Avenue)

* Free mulch will be provided

Free senior fitness classes at NYC parks


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This fall, the CityParks Seniors Fitness program will offer free yoga, tennis and fitness walking classes in parks across the five boroughs.

The classes, which are open to New Yorkers 60 and older, begin the week of September 24 and last for seven weeks.

All equipment and instruction is free. Sessions are one hour long and take place twice a week.

Here is where and when the classes will take place in Queens:

Astoria Park

Tennis: Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 a.m., tennis courts at 21st Street and Hoyt Avenue

Cunningham Park

Tennis: Tuesdays/Thursdays at 9 a.m., tennis courts at Union Turnpike and 193rd Street

Yoga: Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 a.m., tennis courts at Union Turnpike and 193rd Street

Flushing Meadows-Corona Park

Tennis: Mondays/Wednesdays at 10 a.m., tennis courts at Meridian Road

Yoga: Mondays/Wednesdays at 11 a.m., tennis courts at Meridian Road

Roy Wilkins Park

Tennis: Tuesdays/Thursdays at 10 a.m., tennis courts at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street

Yoga: Mondays/Wednesdays at 9 a.m., tennis courts at Baisley Boulevard and 177th Street

 

NOTE: Schedule subject to change. For most up to date schedule visit: www.CityParksFoundation.org. For more information about City Parks Foundation’s free Seniors Fitness programs, please call the Sports Department at 718-760–6999.

More than 300 come out for 4th Annual IRI Walkabout


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Part of the idea, organizers said, was to show how the developmentally disabled people of Independence Residences, Inc. (IRI) are really capable of many things.

More than 300 people came out for the 4th Annual IRI Walkabout and Picnic at Cunningham Park on Saturday, July 28, to walk, eat and show their support.

“It’s a great event,” said Assemblymember Mike Miller, who has attended the event every year. “We started with a few people the first year and you saw how big it was this year. Pretty soon we’re going to outgrow the park.”

IRI executive director Ray DeNatale said he modeled the event after the Australian ritual of “walkabout,” a time of self-evaluation and renewal.

The late Florence D’Urso, wife of the founder and president of Key Food, was memorialized at the event for the supermarket chain’s dedication to supporting IRI. Walk organizers said the store has provided free food every year IRI has had a picnic. Cooking was done by the Glendale Kiwanis Club, said Miller, who is also a member.

This year IRI celebrates its 25th anniversary as an incorporated organization. In that time, the group has helped a number of disabled people find jobs and shared apartments.

State Senator Joseph Addabbo was named an honorary grand marshal for the day, along with Miller. IRI’s ability to help the disabled was an inspiration to elected officials, Addabbo said, and in turn it was their duty to ensure IRI and other organizations continue to get funding.

“What I want to center on is to protect funding for early intervention,” he said. The walk and picnic’s growing turnout spoke to the abilities of the organization and those who use it, said DeNatale, who has been with IRI for more than 11 years.

“Today was a great day,” he said. “I’m very, very thankful for all the people who came up and show support for us.”

 

Christmas Tree Collection to Begin January 3


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After the presents have been unwrapped, the stockings unstuffed and the new year has passed, comes the time to take down the decorations and discard the Christmas tree.

Beginning Tuesday, January 3, the Department of Sanitation will collect the curbside Christmas trees that should be removed of tinsel, lights, ornaments and stands.  The program will run through Saturday, January 14.

The trees must not be placed into plastic bags.

The trees will be chipped and turned into compost and spread throughout the city in parks, ball fields and community gardens.  Compost is a natural fertilizer and is a soil enrichment that promotes the growth of plants and grass.

“The department is very pleased to offer this special recycling service.  Providing collection and recycling options for residents is environmentally valuable and benefits our neighborhoods,” said Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty.

The city’s Parks & Recreation Department will also hold a Mulchfest on Saturday, January 7 and Sunday, January 8.  Residents can bring their trees to one of the 70 designated locations around the city — 10 in Queens — for mulching.  New Yorkers who drop their tree off at the event will also be able to pick up free mulch.

For more information on Christmas tree collection and recycling and/or Mulchfest 2012, visit www.nyc.gov/sanitation or www.nyc.gov/parks or call 3-1-1.

Here is a list of Queens Mulchfest locations:

  • Astoria Park* (19th Street & Hoyt Avenue)
  • Brookville Park* (Brookville Boulevard between 144th Avenue & Caney Road)
  • Cunningham Park* (Visitor Parking Lot & 196th Street)
  • Forest Park Bandshell* (Forest Park Drive, west of Woodhaven Boulevard)
  • Juniper Valley Park* (80th Street between Juniper Boulevards North & South)
  • Kissena Park (Sunday Only*) (164th Street at Underhill Avenue)
  • Land Restoration Project Compound* (Queens Plaza South & 10th Street)
  • Rockaway Beach (Shore Front Parkway & Beach 94th Street)
  • Roy Wilkins Park (Park entrance at Merrick and Foch Boulevards)
  • Travers Park* (78th Street at 34th Avenue)

* Free mulch will be provided