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Citi Field to hold Ugly Sweater Run


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BENJAMIN FANG

Put on your ugly sweater and run to Citi Field this winter.

The home of the Mets will host the fourth annual Ugly Sweater Run on Dec. 20 at 11 a.m., run by the Colorado entertainment company Human Movement Management.

All participants of the 5K, whether runners or walkers, are encouraged to don their ugliest sweaters to celebrate the holiday season.

Throughout the 3.1-mile course, holiday-themed stations will serve hot chocolate to the runners. Other attractions include inflatables, photo stations and holiday music.

After crossing the finish line, participants over 21 can pick up two Samuel Adams beers to top it all off. All runners will receive a vintage knit hat.

Proceeds will go to Save the Children, an advocacy nonprofit that provides resources for young.

 

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Free Mets tickets for blood donors


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BENJAMIN FANG

Bayside Assemblyman Edward Braunstein is hosting a blood drive on Thursday, Aug. 14 from 4 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bay Terrace Shopping Center on 212th Street and 26th Avenue.

“Every donation helps to save up to three lives,” Braunstein said. “Our hospitals are in need of your help, so I hope you will take the time to share this lifesaving gift.”

Each donor will receive two Mets tickets by mail, thanks to the New York Blood Center.

To be eligible, donors have to be between the ages of 16 and 75, weigh at least 110 pounds and not have any new tattoos within the last year.

Donors are asked to drink fluids before arriving and to bring photo ID.

For more information, contact Braunstein’s office at 718-357-3588.

 

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90-year-old Mets fan, WWII vet honored at Citi Field


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky

BENJAMIN FANG

A veteran’s service to wounded soldiers earned him recognition with his favorite team.

Longtime Mets fan Leonard Merer, 90, was given a New York State Senate proclamation on the night of his birthday, Aug. 4, by state Sen. Toby Ann Stavisky. The Mets selected him as its Veteran of the Night.

Merer was a medic during World War II. His notable service included tending to the many casualties in Normandy after D-Day.

For his service, French President François Hollande recently awarded Merer the Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor.

 

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Watch ‘Sharknado 2’ strike Citi Field


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BENJAMIN FANG

Watch out Mets fans—the Sharknado is back and it’s hitting Citi Field.

Sharknado 2,” the sequel to the fictional made-for-TV movie about a whirlwind so strong it lifts man-eating sharks into the city, will premiere on the Syfy network on Wednesday at 9 p.m.

In the movie, swarming sharks attack humans next to iconic New York City sites, including Citi Field, home of the New York Mets.

As sharks fall out of the sky and water floods the city streets, Ian Ziering, who plays the protagonist, goes around town killing the deadly animals.

“Sharknado 2,” also features Tara Reid, Vivica A. Fox Vivica A. Fox, Mark McGrath and Judah Friedlander.

 

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July around Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Macy’s

Friday makes the 238th anniversary of the Declaration of Independence and, weather permitting, Queens residents can celebrate the country’s birthday with a boom.

The Macy’s fireworks extravaganza has moved back to the East River after a five-year hiatus, but the show is centered downriver in Brooklyn.

Still, there are many spots to view the fireworks — but not all of them are free.

Z Hotel in Long Island City is selling tickets to watch the fireworks show from their rooftop lounge. Tickets go for $66.56 for kids and $166.03 for adults.

On Center Boulevard, LIC Landing by Coffeed will be hosting an all-you-can-eat barbecue with a view of the fireworks for $100 a ticket.

The Starstream VIII, which sails from the Flushing Marina, is having a waterborne viewing party that includes dinner and a cash bar for $125.

Cheaper options include Resorts World Casino, which is hosting a free viewing event at Bar360 and on their sixth-floor parking lot.

Another free option is the Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island City on the East River.

And baseball fans will be treated to a fireworks display at Citi Field as the Mets host the Texas Rangers.

But the baseball may be a washout and the fireworks may fizzle as Hurricane Arthur took aim at North Carolina Thursday and is expected to impact much of the East Coast.

 

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Fan filming 1986 World Series Mets movie, running Kickstarter campaign


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy Heather Quinlan

It’s been nearly three decades since the Mets won a World Series championship. So why not make a movie?

A movie on the 1986 World Series Mets team is long overdue, according to long-time fan and filmmaker Heather Quinlan. That’s why she’s begun working on the project, hoping to have the documentary of the legendary team completed by fall of 2015 in time for the 30th anniversary the following year.

Quinlan, who has already spoken to key members of the team including Darryl Strawberry, Lenny “Nails” Dykstra, Dwight “Doc” Gooden, and people from the era such as former mayor Rudy Giuliani, is pitching it as the movie “Every Mets fan on Earth wants,” although the organization isn’t as thrilled about the 1986 team.

“The organization doesn’t celebrate that team,” she said. “As a fan, I don’t understand why. One of the reasons why I wanted to do this [documentary] is to show the Mets and MLB that this is a team that the fans still love.”

’86 Mets: Lords of Flushing, as the film is called on its trailer, has already collected more than $2,500 on crowd funding site Kickstarter. She hopes to collect $50,000 to fund travel, editing and production and rights to certain footage.

Quinlan grew up a Mets fan in Staten Island and was just 12 years old when the 1986 team won the franchise’s second World Series championship. But she believes it resonated with her more because she wasn’t an adult.

“When it happens to you when you’re a kid it’s like the greatest thing in the world,” she said.

Her hope is not only to tell the story of how the team won its second crown, but also catch up on players’ lives today and compare the 80’s to the modern game.

For example, Strawberry’s life as a pastor, Dykstra as a convicted felon, and even personal notes such as “Bill Buckner saying he would call Mookie Wilson if he didn’t see him for a while because he really missed him,” she said.

During the era comparison portion of the film, fans can expect to see how baseball itself has evolved, which Quinlan believes has changed the focus away from the game.

“Baseball has changed tremendously since 86,” she said.  “What I don’t love is now the spectacle that’s being made of the game. Let’s get back to the game.”

 

 

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Attend a Mets game to support the NYS Pavilion


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of New York Mets


The Mets are stepping up to the plate to help out one of their iconic neighbors.

In cooperation with People for the Pavilion (PFP) and to celebrate the 50th and 75th anniversaries of the World’s Fairs, a portion of each ticket purchased through a special online offer for the team’s Friday, August 1 game at Citi Field will help support the PFP’s initiative of preserving the New York State Pavilion in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

Purchasers will receive a Limited Edition Mets Pavilion t-shirt. Additionally, groups of 25 or more get welcomed on the Right Field Scoreboard and the group leader receives four tickets to the game of their choice (tickets subject to availability).

To buy tickets for the 7:10 p.m. game against the San Francisco Giants, click here.

 

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Forest Hills restaurant makes the pitch for Citi Field


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A Queens restaurant is vying against two other New York City businesses for a chance to serve food in Citi Field this baseball season.

Corfu Grill has been serving Greek flavor for 10 years in Forest Hills and the owner, Georgios Aspiotis, hopes to bring the food of his hometown of Corfu to Mets fans. Citi Field announced the competition on May 23 and anyone can vote for one of the three restaurants. The competition ends on June 6 and the winner will be announced before the start of the July 5 home game against the Texas Rangers.

“I’m a winner,” Aspiotis said while drinking iced Greek coffee­—a stronger version of regular coffee with the coffee grounds in the cup­—in his Austin Street restaurant. “People will be coming to the games just to eat my food.”

Having created the menu himself, Aspiotis is proud of all of the dishes but for a baseball game, the gyros and chicken kebabs are his dingers.

“Most people eat hot dogs at a game,” he said. “I’m going to give them something better and it’s still portable. Gyros are like hot dogs. You have the bread on the outside and the meat inside.

But there’s also so much more inside our gyros that people will love.”

Sports fans are not the only people to declare the food a hit.

“I’m a big fan,” said Millie Lloyd, a Forest Hills resident. “I love the food.”

Lloyd spoke as she ate a chicken kebab plate in Corfu Grill. The meal, Aspiotis said, is one of the best sellers and if he wins, he plans to put them on a skewer at a stadium concession stand that will be provided for him free of charge for the duration of this season.

Aspitotis’ confidence isn’t misplaced. He is currently leading the competition with 44 percent of the votes. Lady M Confections, a pastry shop in Manhattan, has 30 percent, and Ceetay, a sushi restaurant in the Bronx, wis in last place with 24 percent.

To vote, click here.

 

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Fresh Meadows middle school will walk to stop bullying


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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One Queens middle school is taking a stand against bullying with a walk-a-thon.

J.H.S. 216 George J. Ryan in Fresh Meadows is hosting its “Respect For All” walk-a-thon on Tuesday, May 13, on the school’s track, to celebrate diversity and discourage bullying.

“We are trying to get kids to stop name-calling, and do whatever we can to get this building the way it should be,” said Hal Fuchs, an academic coordinator in the school. “And something like this we feel could do that. It’s about respect. We want kids to have respect for each other.”

Three students from each homeroom, approximately 150 kids, will represent the school’s 1,400 students in the event. From 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. the participating students will lap the track four times, which is the equivalent of one mile, Fuchs said.

The New York Mets have donated tickets to the upcoming game against the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 21 for kids who take part in the walk-a-thon.

The school is also selling 800 “Respect For All” bracelets for $1 each. The proceeds from the event will be donated to an anti-bullying charity to be named.

Photo courtesy J.H.S. 216 

 

 

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Zip code analysis shows Queens baseball fans prefer Yankees


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

After a recent poll found that Queens baseball fans prefer the Yankees to their hometown Mets, a New York Times analysis by zip code shows the Bronx Bombers are the favorite team throughout the city.

Using aggregated data provided by Facebook, the Times’ The Upshot created a “geography of baseball fandom” across the nation.

The interactive map allows readers to examine top teams by zip code or county. It was “created using estimates of team support based on how many Facebook users ‘liked’ each team in a zip code,” according to The Upshot, then an algorithm was used to “smooth the data and fill in gaps where data was missing.”

Throughout Queens people preferred pinstripes, with the “one small Mets bright spot” being the area in the borough surrounding Citi Field, The Upshot said:

“Facebook users had the courtesy to prefer what some call the Evil Empire at a slightly reduced rate relative to its advantage elsewhere in New York.”

But in the Citi Field zip code, 11368, the map shows that there are still only 25 percent Mets fans versus 53 percent Yankees fans.

According to the analysis, in more than 98 percent of zip codes in the nation the Yankees were favored over the Mets.

 

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Secret Service threatened to shoot Mr. Met if came too close to Bill Clinton: book


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A Secret Service agent once threatened to shoot Mr. Met if he came too close to former President Bill Clinton, according to a man who once donned the outfit.

The incident is part of a new book called “Yes, It’s Hot in Here: Adventures in the Weird, Woolly World of Sports Mascots” by AJ Mass, who, in 1994, became the first person to wear the Mr. Met suit since the mascot was retired by the baseball team in the 1960s.

In an excerpt published on The Huffington Post Wednesday, Mass, who now works for ESPN.com, recalls the April 15, 1997 game at Shea Stadium.

During the game, a Secret Service agent who did not “see the humor,” in his Mr. Met routine gave the mascot a frightening warning, he wrote:

“We have snipers all around the stadium, just in case something were to happen,” he says. “Like I said, do whatever it is you normally do. Nobody will bother you. But approach the president, and we go for the kill shot. Are we clear?”

He pauses for a moment to let the words sink in, and it feels like he isn’t only looking into my eyes, but also into my very soul with his blank, unblinking stare. Then he says the same thing again, only a little bit slower this time, making sure I know his warning is not in any way to be misconstrued as some sort of gag. He’s dead serious, and if I don’t believe him, then I’ll be dead–seriously.

“Approach the president, and we go for the kill shot,” he repeats. “ARE–WE–CLEAR?”

 

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Mets roll back ticket prices for 50th anniversary of Shea Stadium


| lguerre@queenscourier.com

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Mets fans will have something to cheer about, at least when it comes to the cost of tickets.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the team’s former home, Shea Stadium, the New York Mets announced Sunday that it will roll back ticket prices for games this coming weekend.

A limited number of tickets will be available for $3.50, when the Mets host the Atlanta Braves from April 18 to 20. Shea officially opened on April 17, 1964, when the Mets hosted the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The team will also offer some baseline box seats for $19.64, with an eight ticket per person limit. Tickets must be purchased in advance over the phone or online at Mets.com/1964.

The offer will not be available at team stores, ticket windows or on game day.

 

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Astoria bar to host neighborhood’s first Battle of the Beards


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Image by Joe Byrne

One Astoria bar is calling for the best in beards to come and duke it out in a night filled with local music and drinks.

The Quays, a corner bar located at 45-02 30th Ave. for over 40 years, will host Astoria’s first Battle of the Beards on Tuesday, April 8. All types of face fuzz are welcome.

“We were trying to come up with something outside of the box,” said Tim House, who co-owns the establishment with Dee Flattery. “I was thinking, ‘Geez no one has done that in Astoria.’ It’ll give us something fresh.”

House said the idea for the battle came from an episode of “Wild West Alaska” in which a pizza delivery man donned an award-winning mustache.

“There are a lot of beards around, so I figured we could start in Astoria,” House said.

Participants can sign up for the battle by registering with the bartender the night of the contest or via Facebook. The night will begin at 7 p.m. with performances from local bands The Green Gallows, Homesick Hound Dogs and Robbie Cook.

Judging will follow the live music, and prizes for the greatest beards in the neighborhood include an aged bottle of Jameson whiskey, a golf bag and a pair of Mets tickets.

In the past 40 years, The Quays has been the backdrop for a scene in 1993’s “A Bronx Tale” and, most recently, the pilot episode of CBS’s “Elementary.”

 

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Street Talk: How do you think the Mets will end up this year?


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

street talk

They’re going to be horrible.  I don’t think they have enough hitting, so they’ll probably [win] about 70 games.
Lou Gittler

Hopefully they’ll do better; I haven’t lost hope. I’ve lived in Queens for 32 years, so I’m a big Mets fan.
Anna Fernandez

My guess is about 75 wins.  They have more questions now than they did before spring training.
Mike Ingordo

Unfortunately not well, but I do think they’re going to have an amazing 2015.
Steve Schawrtz

Horrible, they haven’t made much improvement. The improvement they made was minor – like minor league.
Nick Kara

I think they’re going to end strong. I’m pretty optimistic that they can keep it together.
Brandon Ilg

I think they’ll be about .500. I do think they’ll do better than they did last year, but I don’t think they’re a playoff team yet.
John Burkart

Due to organizational structure, the performance will be just like the management: terrible.
Carlos Riano

-BY HARVIND JAPRA

 

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De Blasio booed before throwing first pitch at Mets’ Opening Day


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Rob Bennett for the Office of Mayor Bill de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio helped open the Mets 2014 season Monday by throwing the ceremonial first pitch at Citi Field.

The Boston Red Sox fan managed to hurl a strike, but was loudly booed by the crowd when he was introduced, according to published reports.

Mayor de Blasio warms up before the first pitch.

When asked before the game if he would ever throw the first pitch at Yankee Stadium, the Massachusetts native said he would be ” happy to” if invited.

 

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