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Giants lineman pleads guilty to DUI in Queens court


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This was definitely not in the playbook.

New York Giants offensive lineman David Diehl, who crashed his vehicle in Astoria in June 2012, has pleaded guilty to operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Diehl will be under court supervision for six months and must complete other court-imposed requirements prior to sentencing.

“Queens has a strict and very successful alternative sentencing program that emphasizes treatment and supervision of DUI offenders in order to prevent reoccurrences of unacceptable conduct,” said District Attorney Richard A. Brown.

“However, if the defendant, who is a first-time offender, fails to comply with all the requirements imposed by the Court, then we will seek more severe sanctions.”

According to the charges, Diehl was observed at approximately 8:20 p.m. on June 10, 2012, in the vicinity of 31-31 35th Street in Astoria, by a police officer from the 114th Precinct responding to the scene of a motor vehicle accident involving a 2011 BMW and two parked vehicles. Diehl was observed by the officer to have a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, bloodshot and watery eyes, slurred speech and to be unsteady on his feet.

Diehl admitted to police that he had been driving the BMW, which had damage on its front right side. An intoxilyzer test showed a blood alcohol content reading of .182 percent – which is more than twice the legal limit of .08 percent in New York.

Diehl, 32, of New Jersey, was released on his own recognizance at the time of his arrest. He pleaded guilty this week to one count of aggravated driving while under the influence and one count of driving while impaired.

The plea is conditioned on Diehl continuing in the NFL substance abuse treatment program, that he wear a SCRAM (Secure Continuous Remote Alcohol Monitor) bracelet for 90 days, pay up to $1,200 in restitution to the owners of the two vehicles he damaged, participate in a Victim Impact Panel (an awareness program for first-time DWI offenders in which they hear from victims whose lives have been impacted by a drunk driver), and not drive or apply for a driver’s license until sentencing, which has not yet been scheduled.

Diehl is scheduled for the first of three compliance conferences on April 19, with the other two occurring at two-month intervals. After six months, if he has successfully complied with the sanctions and conditions imposed, then the aggravated DWI charge will be dismissed and he will be sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge on the driving while impaired charge.

 

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Plans for first Northeast Super Bowl announced


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Photo by Spencer T. Tucker

Frigid temperatures and an on-going bus strike can’t stop Super Bowl fever.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced yesterday plans for Super Bowl XLVIII — slated for February 2, 2014 — including a slew of festivities in the week leading up to the big game.

Despite hosting the Super Bowl at MetLife Stadium in East Rutherford, New Jersey, the city is expected to see a boost in tourism from the thousands of fans and media that come for the football championship.

Broadway will be renamed “Super Bowl Boulevard” for the festivities, as many of the week-long celebrations will be hosted in Manhattan. The epicenter with the celebrations will include nightly concerts, the Vince Lombardi Trophy display and, among other things, past and present football greats.

“New York City is already the nation’s Super Bowl champion of tourism destination and next year around this time hundreds of thousands of fans from across the country and around the globe will converge on our region to see the NFL’s best,” said Bloomberg at a press conference — flanked by NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell. “All these activities are going to show our city’s best face to people from around the world and will make being in New York for the Super Bowl truly memorable,” he continued.

“For the New York/New Jersey Super Bowl, we’ve embraced the opportunity to create plans that are as big, bold and unique as New York City and the surrounding region itself. While we can only fit 80,000 fans into MetLife Stadium for the game in East Rutherford, New Jersey, we look forward to hosting hundreds of thousands of people at different attractions and events during Super Bowl Week, throughout all parts of the area,” said Goodell.

Bloomberg has promised next year’s match up will be a hometown rivalry between the stadium’s two tenants: the New York Giants and the New York Jets. Both teams, however, failed to make the playoffs this season.

But that potential is alongside several firsts for the championship:

“Super Bowl Boulevard and the events of Super Bowl Week will complement our growing legacy,” said Jets owner Woody Johnson. “Which includes being the first game hosted by two NFL franchises and by two states, the first in the Northeast, and the first in an open-air venue in a cold-weather city.”

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear. High of 66. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Monday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 57. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: Free Ballroom Dancing 

Every Monday evening the Queens Library Forest Hills branch offers free ballroom dancing lessons from Jing Chen, a skilled instructor who studied dance with internationally-acclaimed dancers. Everyone from  beginners to advanced students are invited to come. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two Queens men die in small plane crash off Long Island

A small plane crash off the coast of Long Island on Saturday claimed the lives of two men from Queens. Read more: NY1

Long, difficult road to justice at Guantanamo Bay trials of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and cohorts

Queens resident Merrilly Noeth says she’s willing to wait for justice for her son Michael, a Navy artist killed at the Pentagon on 9/11. Read more: New York Daily News

No bomb found at Times Square subway station

A suitcase that was thought to be suspicious was discovered on the mezzanine level of the Times Square subway station at around 9 p.m. on Sunday. Read more: ABC New York

Fan hospitalized after falling off escalator at MetLife Stadium

A football fan was fighting for his life late Sunday night, after falling at least 21 feet from a MetLife Stadium escalator. Read more: CBS New York

Candidates seek foreign policy edge in 3rd debate

Still neck-and-neck after all these months, Barack Obama and Mitt Romney head into their third and final debate with each man eager to project an aura of personal strength and leadership while raising doubts about the steadiness and foreign policy credentials of the other guy. Read more: AP

Lance Armstrong stripped of Tour de France titles

Cycling’s governing body has agreed to strip Lance Armstrong of his seven Tour de France titles and ban him for life. Read more: ABC New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 82. Winds from the ENE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the South in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 73. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%.

EVENT of the DAY: Fashion’s Night Out

Thursday is the fourth annual Fashion’s Night Out, where clothing, shoe and accessory stores throughout the city have special events and stay open late for shoppers. In Queens, six stores are participating. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Police allege woman stabbed partner to death

A 38-year-old woman is in custody after police say she stabbed her partner to death in Queens. It happened on 145th Street in South Ozone Park around 6 a.m. Wednesday. Read more: NY1

Woodhaven house of horrors puts community on edge

A grimy Woodhaven building that hosted a fatal party last year continues to be a house of horrors, neighbors said. Read more: New York Daily News

Queens native Ogletree too much for Giants to handle

Queens native Kevin Ogletree had the night of his entire life Wednesday night in the Cowboys’ shocker of a 24-17 victory over the Giants at MetLife Stadium. Read more: New York Post

Asian-American vote could be key in battle for 16th State Senate District seat

The reconfigured 16th State Senate District now represents a population in Queens that is more than half Asian.Read more: New York Daily News

Blind man narrowly escapes death on subway tracks

A blind, New York jazz musician is lucky to be alive after taking a fall onto a train track and being unable to climb back out on Wednesday morning. Read more: CBS New York

Excluded from Democratic Convention list, Liu tours Asia

Two months ago, John C. Liu, New York City’s comptroller, said he was “heartbroken” that the state’s top Democrats, skittish about a federal investigation into his campaign fund-raising, had excluded him from their delegate list to the Democratic National Convention. Read more: New York Times

Bill Clinton fires up Dems before Obama’s speech

God is back in the Democratic platform and people rooting for President Barack Obama hope the dazzle is back in him. Read more: AP

 

Giants star Victor Cruz makes Queens Center Mall appearance


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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence M. Cullen

Giants star player Victor Cruz drew hundreds of football fans to Queens Center Mall, where some waited more than three hours to meet the wide receiver during his July 20 book signing and meet-and-greet.

“He’s the best player in the NFL right now,” said fan Jordan Nichols, 16, of Jamaica. “And he’s going to put New York back in the Super Bowl — again.”

The first 500 fans received a printed photo with the breakout rookie, as well as a free autographed copy of Cruz’s new memoir “Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue,” which details his personal story of overcoming numerous setbacks.

“It’s just been amazing,” Cruz said. “It feels good to know that [people] admire me and they admire my story.”

The 25-year-old pro athlete shattered the Giants record for receiving yards (1,536) and played a key role in leading Big Blue to its fourth Super Bowl championship last year.

“New York is just full of energy and full of life,” Cruz said. “People from New York demand a lot out of these sports teams and we look to deliver.”

The book signing is the second event hosted by Time Warner Cable as part of the company’s “Enjoy Queens Better” campaign. Last week, Cruz participated in an interactive discussion with audience members at Queens Theatre.

— With additional reporting by Terence M. Cullen

Victor Cruz meets and greets fans in Queens


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

It was a giant day for football fans.

New York Giants receiver Victor Cruz stopped by the Queens Theatre on July 13 for an interactive discussion about his new book and to spread the message that he’s just an ordinary guy from Paterson, New Jersey.

“I was a small town kid just like some of these kids are and I strived and I fought tooth-and-nail to get where I am today,” Cruz said. “It’s not far-fetched, it’s not out of reach, you just have to work hard and understand what you want in life.”

This time last year many fans had no idea the 25-year-old, undrafted player was on the team.

But after a breakout rookie season, where Cruz shattered the Giants record for receiving yards (1,536) and led Big Blue to its fourth Super Bowl championship, he was immediately promoted from the bottom to the top of the NFL caste system.

“There is no better role model to have here today to speak to you than Victor Cruz,” said Assemblymember Francisco Moya, who opened the meet-and-greet. “This man is somebody who really fought adversity.”

Devotees in attendance received a free bag of goodies that included a copy of the new book, “Victor Cruz: Out of the Blue,” written by Peter Schrager.

However, many fans were thrilled to just meet the man who turned the Giants season around and made salsa dancing as trendy as ice cream on a hot summer day.

“It was a crazy experience meeting Victor [Cruz],” Giants fan Obi Wilson said. “I mean I’ve heard about him. I’ve seen him on TV. This is a guy that completely changed our season.”

Hundreds of kids hugging footballs, fans sporting blue and white number 80 jerseys and supporters waving Puerto Rican flags in the auditorium erupted when Cruz took the stage next to NY1’s Budd Mishkin.

Mishkin and Cruz spent an hour talking about the wide receiver’s personal challenges, including dodging negative influences in Patterson, tragic moments of how his friend died and flunking out of college twice. There were also lighter memories such as getting respect from opposing players and how salsa dancing became his signature touchdown celebration.

The fan-favorite dance move was born after a quarterback coach approached Cruz at a practice before his first start and told him to create a move that represents his culture if he scored.

“I was like ‘coach I don’t know if I can go in there and make a pot of rice and beans,’” Cruz recounted to laughter from the audience. “Five yards away from the end zone the first thing I thought of was not ‘this is my first touchdown,’ but ‘man I got to do this dance now.’”

After the one-on-one interview, Cruz fielded questions from fans in the audience and even brought a kid to sit near him on stage, fulfilling the child’s dream to meet the pro footballer.

The meet-and-greet with Cruz is the first of a pair hosted by Time Warner Cable. At the second meet-up on July 20, Cruz will sign copies of his book near the Time Warner Cable store in Queens Center Mall.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Four Dems vying for congressional seat face off in debate

The four Democratic candidates vying for the 6th Congressional District seat will face off on Thursday at a debate sponsored by the Juniper Park Civic Association and the Daily News. The forum starts at 7:45 p.m. at Our Lady of Hope School Auditorium, 61-21 71st St. in Middle Village. Read more: [New York Daily News] 

Woman, 32, slain in apt.

A Bronx woman was stabbed to death in her ex-husband’s apartment building last night, police sources said. Luz Paulino, 33, was repeatedly knifed about 8:50 p.m. in the hallway of the seventh-floor Elmhurst building. She died at Elmurst Hospital. Read more: [New York Post]

City’s High School Grad Rate Flatlines, Data Shows

After years of gains, the city’s high school graduation rate flatlined last year. Data released by the state Monday show 60.9 percent of students in the city graduate in four years, a slight decrease over the 2010 rate of 61 percent. Read more: [NY1]

Flushing merchants worry Macedonia Plaza will hurt business

Local business owners are concerned that a mixed commercial and affordable housing project going up on a Flushing parking lot could hurt struggling shops. The 14-floor Macedonia Plaza, which recently received the funding it needs to move ahead with construction at 37-08 Union St., is not expected to include parking — a provision that worries nearby merchants in congested downtown Flushing. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Giants lineman David Diehl released after arraignment on drunk driving charge

New York Giants star David Diehl was so blitzed when he sideswiped parked cars with his BMW while leaving a Queens bar on Sunday that he couldn’t walk unaided, a witness said. “He was totally obliterated. He couldn’t even function,” said Al, 48, who didn’t want his last name published. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Woman, 64, raped in Qns.

 A 64-year-old woman was raped on a Queens street, cops said last night. The victim was walking on Rockaway Beach Boulevard near Beach 91st Street at 5:30 a.m. Sunday when the man forced her to the ground before sexually assaulting her. Read more: [New York Post]

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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Councilman Peter Koo going ahead with controversial memorial

City Councilman Peter Koo is moving ahead with his controversial proposal to honor Asian comfort women and mulling several Flushing spots for a possible street-renaming and memorial. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Teachers, parents urge city to remove Rockway Park middle school principal

Teachers and parents of students at a Rockaway Park middle school are trying  to convince the city to replace the school’s embattled principal. Staffers at Middle School 318 allege that Principal Linda Munro mismanages school resources and routinely bullies teachers by yelling at them in front of students and issuing poor ratings. Read more: [New York Daily News]

Giants tackle busted for DWI with .18 blood-alcohol level: police

Giants starting left tackle David Diehl was busted for DWI in Queens last night — with his blood-alcohol level allegedly more than twice the legal limit — after smashing into parked cars, police sources said. Diehl, 31, a member of both of Big Blue’s recent Super Bowl teams, was driving his black BMW when he struck two vehicles on 35th Avenue near 31st Street in Astoria at around 8:20 p.m., the sources said. Read more: [New York Post]

Field-rushing fans get boot from NYC stadiums – but disguises get ’em back in


Baseball cap: check. Mets jersey: check. Fake moustache: check. That’s the pre-game ritual of Craig Coakley, 32, of Bayside, Queens — better known in Mets nation as the streaker who slid into second base at a game during Citi Field’s inaugural season. Read more: [New York Post]

Yankees Sweep Mets In Subway Series

The Yankees are kings of New York for now, as they swept the Mets in the Subway Series, finishing off the Amazins with a 5-4 Sunday win in Yankee Stadium. In the bottom of the seventh inning, Mets were up 3-0 when Russell Martin lined one just over the right field fence to bring the Bronx Bombers within 1. Read more: [NY1]

Liu’s campaign treasurer busted in ‘straw donor’ scheme


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Liu’s campaign treasurer busted in ‘straw donor’ scheme: feds

Embattled city Comptroller John Liu’s campaign treasurer was busted today on charges she helped funnel illegal political donations into the Queens Democrat’s war chest. Jia “Jenny” Hou conspired to help wealthy Liu backers evade a $4,950 limit on individual contributions by using “straw donors” to pass along their money, according to the feds. Hou, 25, was allegedly caught offering to reimburse a crooked donation during a series of computer “instant messages” on July 14, and allegedly instructed campaign volunteers on how to make the contributions look legit. Read More: New York Post

 

Third student dies from Ohio high school shooting

The death toll rose to three Tuesday in the shooting rampage in an Ohio high school cafeteria as schoolmates and townspeople grappled with the tragedy and wondered what could have set the teenage gunman off. The teenager under arrest in Monday’s attack, T.J. Lane, faced an afternoon hearing in juvenile court. Shaken residents offered condolences and prayers to the families of those killed and wounded at 1,100-student Chardon High School in suburban Cleveland. All three of the dead were students. Read More: New York Post

 

Waitress claims veteran NYPD detective took advantage of her at Washington Heights restaurant

A waitress says her boss gave her $200 to party with some cops, protested when one put the moves on her in a back room, and then got her underwear back the next day. The 36-year-old woman, whose allegations prompted the NYPD to assign four cops to desk duty, thinks a veteran detective took advantage of her at the Washington Heights restaurant where she worked. But she admits she can’t remember it – because she blacked out. Read More: Daily News

 

Manningham ups odds to ’50-50′ he stays with Giants

Mario Manningham last week, back home in Ohio, was quoted in the Youngstown News that he believes there’s a 75 percent chance he will leave the Giants in free agency and sign elsewhere. Tuesday morning, he refuted that claim. “I didn’t say that,’’ Manningham said on WFAN. “You know how rumors get spread, I didn’t say anything like that.’’ Manningham then increased the odds of him staying with the Giants. Read More: New York Post

 

Ex-Girl Scout finance director gets 3 to 9 years for swiping $310K

The former finance director for the Girl Scout Council of Greater New York was sentenced today to three to nine years behind bars after she failed to return a large chunk of the $310,000 she allegedly embezzled over the course of two years. “I apologize for the situation,” said Yaasmin Hooey, 35, during her sentencing hearing in Manhattan Supreme Court. Prosecutors said Hooey stole the money by cashing or depositing into her personal bank account a series of 65 checks written off the Girl Scouts’ payroll account. Read More: New York Post

 

Names Of NYPD First Responders Added To Cancer Study

The names of tens of thousands of New York City POlice Department uniformed officers and civilian members who worked at the World Trade Center are now at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine. Mayor Michael Bloomberg handed over the names of 39,921 people, along with their job title, age, race, and gender on Monday. This comes after the city initially refused to turn over the information, because of privacy concerns. Mount Sinai is treating the first responders. Read More: NY1

Giants celebrate Super Bowl victory at ticker-tape parade


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Almost one million New York Giants fans lined the Canyon of Heroes to party like it’s 2008.

After defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 in a rematch of Super Bowl 42, the Giants paraded down the Canyon of Heroes to celebrate the team’s second championship in four years.

The parade began at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11:00 a.m. on Tuesday, February 7 and continued northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade was followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, at which Mayor Michael Bloomberg presented the champion Giants with keys to the city.

As hundreds of thousands of supporters converged on downtown Manhattan, fellow followers of the team were stuck at work and class.

“I wish I was at the parade, unfortunately I couldn’t get out of work,” said Queens resident Jake Hendrickson. “I celebrated on Sunday.”

“I went in 2008, and it was a lot of fun. I skipped class that day, but today I had a test,” said Darren Adler. “It’s a great day for a parade.”

Those that were able to successfully play hookie from work and school were rewarded with a clear, sunny 47-degree day.

[Click here for all the photos from the parade]

The mayor who called Big Blue’s victory an “incredible win for our city,” said the parade would bring in between $19 to 38 million while costing the city nothing thanks to the parade’s sponsors.

The Giants super-win capped a run that featured the team going from 7-7 to Super Bowl champs, a feat that impressed Governor Andrew Cuomo.
“I congratulate the New York Giants on beating the odds and winning Super Bowl XLVI,” the governor said. “After nearly missing the playoffs, the Giants have made history by becoming the first NFL team to win the Super Bowl after going 9-7 in the regular season. I look forward to celebrating this victory with all New Yorkers.”

The game — a rare sequel that was just as good as the original — was still in the balance in the last minute.

“The game was amazing; how they won, beating New England, Eli [Manning] beating [Tom] Brady, everything,” said Giants fan Mario Guzman.

The Giants weren’t the only winners on Sunday — local politicians also cashed in on the win. Congressmember Gary Ackerman won New England clam chowder and clam rolls from Congressemember Mike Capuano. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand will also be chowing on some chowder courtesy of Massachusetts Senator John Kerry.

Big Blue’s victory also scored four lucky New Yorkers an all-expense paid trip to Boston compliments of Boston Mayor Thomas Menino.

Ticker-tape parade planned for Tuesday to celebrate Giants Super Bowl win


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New York Giants fans are getting ready to party like it’s 2008.

After defeating the New England Patriots 21-17 in a rematch of Super Bowl 42, the Giants will parade up the Canyon of Heroes to celebrate their Super Bowl championship for the second time in four years.

“Big Blue gave us a game to remember, and on Tuesday we’re going to give them a parade to remember,” said Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

The parade will begin at Battery Place and Washington Street at 11:00 a.m. and continue northbound up the Canyon of Heroes to Worth Street. The parade will be followed by a ceremony at City Hall Plaza, at which the mayor will present the champion Giants with keys to the city.

The win capped a run that featured the Giants going from 7-7 to Super Bowl champs, a feat that impressed Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“I congratulate the New York Giants on beating the odds and winning Super Bowl XLVI,” the governor said.  “After nearly missing the playoffs, the Giants have made history by becoming the first NFL team to win the Super Bowl after going 9-7 in the regular season. I look forward to celebrating this victory with all New Yorkers.”

Following the game, which was the rare sequel that was just as good as the original, many local politicians took to social media to congratulate the team.

Councilmember Dan Halloran tweeted, “Giants Win!!!!! Go New York – Big Blue!!!!!!”

The Giants two-time Super Bowl MVP inspired Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer to tweet, “Eli Manning does it again. Amazing win. Congrats @Giants#goblue #SuperBowl #manning #manningham.”

Woman murdered in Queens


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Woman murdered in Queens

A 33-year-old woman was found murdered last night in a Queens apartment building, police said. The victim, whose identity was withheld, was slashed across the throat and found at 8:30 p.m. by her in-laws in a second-floor apartment at 26-80 30th St. in Astoria. It was unclear how long she had been dead. The medical examiner’s office will perform an autopsy. Detectives are looking to speak with the woman’s husband, cops said. Read More: New York Post

 

East Side ‘rape’ bust

A maintenance worker has been busted for allegedly raping a woman after breaking into her Manhattan apartment while she slept. Alberto Delgado, 37, of Queens, was arrested Tuesday on rape charges for allegedly assaulting the 24-year-old woman in her apartment on East 30th Street near Third Avenue, police sources said. The attack occurred in the early-morning hours on Dec. 16 after the victim attended a party at another apartment in the building, the sources said. Read More: New York Post

CUNY Law shielding bad grads from bar

Anxious CUNY Law School administrators are urging struggling students not to take this summer’s bar exam in an apparent bid to boost the school’s sagging pass rates, irate students charged. The administrators even offered a handful of students a grant in the fall that’s normally reserved for those taking the July exam if they would agree to postpone sitting for the test until February 2013. Students say an associate dean has pulled at least six classmates in for a one-on-one sales pitch advocating for the delay — even though the February exam is reputedly more difficult. Read More: New York Post

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens

It won’t be just Giants and Patriots fans hitting the bars to watch the Super Bowl on Sunday, February 5 — more than 110 million people watched last year’s game.  Bars and restaurants throughout Queens feature food and drink specials for Giants fans and anyone else that wants to take in the Super Bowl 42 rematch.  Here are a few places to watch the games in Queens… Read More: Queens Courier

 

Mike $laps Komen

Mayor Bloomberg rode to the rescue of Planned Parenthood yesterday, pledging up to $250,000 for the organization after the Susan G. Komen for the Cure breast-cancer foundation yanked funding for screenings. “Politics have no place in health care,” Bloomberg said in a statement. “Breast-cancer screening saves lives and hundreds of thousands of women rely on Planned Parenthood for access to care,” he said. “We should be helping women access that care, not placing barriers in their way,” he added. But Bloomberg refused to say whether he would cut his own ties with Komen. Read More: New York Post

 

Service disruptions on 7-line could put damper on Flushing Lunar New Year parade 

Queens’ massive Year of the Dragon celebration may be hindered by MTA subway disruptions, several elected officials and business owners fear. Saturday’s Flushing Lunar New Year Parade — one of the city’s largest celebrations — coincides with the ongoing 7-train rehabilitation that cuts service between Times Square and Queensboro Plaza. The lack of a direct link from Manhattan to Flushing could stifle the flow of attendees, which usually tops more than 100,000 people, said parade organizer Peter Tu. Read More: Daily News

 

Louis Armstrong House Museum in Corona gears up for Black History Month

Louis Armstrong was already an international jazz icon when he stepped out of a taxi in front of a Corona house in 1942 that his fourth wife, Lucille, had just picked out. After growing up in poverty in New Orleans, owning even a modest home in a middle-class Queens neighborhood was almost inconceivable. “He couldn’t believe he owned this house,” said Al Pomerantz, a volunteer at Satchmo’s Corona home that is now the Louis Armstrong House Museum. “It wasn’t until Lucille actually answered the door that he let [the cabbie\] drive away.” Read More: Daily News

Daytime Burglaries Rattle Queens Community

Some Indian New Yorkers think their Queens community is being targeted by thieves. “I turned the lock, and I was like, ‘wait a second, I locked the door when we left that morning,’” said Lea Balgobin, a burglary victim. She did, but someone had broken into her home after she left with her husband Rohan to run errands. The burglar only took cash and gold. “Every piece of jewelry we had, they took,” said Rohan Balgobin. Those items were worth over $50,000 according to the police report . The Balgobins say it’s common for Indians from Asia and the West Indies to keep large amounts of jewelry in their homes because people often give gold as gifts and the jewelry is passed for generations. Read More: NY1

Cop survives bullet to head


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Cop survives bullet to head

An NYPD cop is lucky to be alive after he was shot in the base of the skull last night while chasing a murder suspect through a Brooklyn housing project, authorities said. “This was a miracle,” Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said at Bellevue Hospital, where Officer Kevin Brennan had been rushed. “He’s one lucky young man.” Mayor Bloomberg said he spoke to Brennan about the cop’s 6-week-old daughter, Maeve. “He understood he was hit and he said he was in a lot of pain, but we joked about his daughter,” Bloomberg said. The harrowing incident unfolded when Brennan responded, along with two other plainclothes cops, to a report of shots fired at the Bushwick Houses at about 9 p.m. Read More: New York Post

 

Three-week-old daughter gives Giants’ Cruz Super strength

I don’t want to pinch myself, so I can stay in the moment and soak it all in. It’s been an amazing journey for me, and I don’t want it to end. Yesterday was a whirlwind with Media Day. It was exciting to see what it was all about. They got me to dance the salsa, of course, that was pretty cool, and a TV lady from Azteca Sports asked me to put on a sombrero and say hi to everybody in Mexico — saludos a Mexico! I signed a deal with IMG, which was huge for me to have someone like that market my off-the-field stuff and all the ventures I want to do and a lot of stuff I’ve dreamed about doing. It’s the start of something special. Read More: New York Post

 

Department of Education probe bungling saved ‘ogle’ teacher

Department of Education bureaucrats bungled the city’s best chance to rid itself of its notorious $100,000-a-year rubber-room teacher by failing to secure the testimony of a series of students who accused him of creepy behavior, documents obtained by The Post show. Typing instructor Alan Rosenfeld has received full pay without setting foot in the classroom in more than a decade — even after six junior-high-school girls accused him of leering at them and making inappropriate remarks. The case was botched because of the DOE’s inability to produce required documentation — such as attendance records — for four of the six student witnesses at his 2003 disciplinary hearing, records show. Read More: New York Post

 

DWI kid killer dodges prison

A drunken driver got a slap on the wrist from a Queens judge yesterday for drunkenly slamming his car into a 6-year-old girl who later died from her injuries. Kent Lowrie, 53, of Jamaica, was sentenced to five years’ probation. He had pleaded guilty last month to the vehicular manslaughter of Zhaneya Smith, who darted into the street toward an ice-cream truck and was struck by Lowrie’s car last June 28. Read More: New York Post

 

Club PO’d at P-Funk

Legendary funk master George Clinton and his band Parliament Funkadelic have been slapped with a lawsuit claiming they failed to perform at a Queens nightclub — and then kept a $15,000 deposit anyway. Owners of La Boom New York also allege in their Queens Supreme Court suit that Clinton, 70, and the band performed at another venue the same August 2011 night they were contracted to play the Woodside club. But Clinton’s agent, Jeff Allen, said, “La Boom chose to cancel the show. [The club] said there was no show and wanted the money back — it doesn’t work that way.” Read More: New York Post

 

Officials Seek Steeper Fines For Illegal Dumping

Jamaica Avenue has seen better days. At the intersection of 123rd Street, garbage is piled high. An oversized box for a flat screen TV and plastic bags filled with Christmas tree remains clog the path to a public garbage can. Trash bins are meant to collect litter from pedestrians, not hold garbage from someone’s home or work. “Businesses do it because they are trying to avoid paying private pickup. I have no idea why private people do it. Maybe they are too stupid to figure out when their pickup day is or maybe they are just too lazy,” said Queens City Councilman Peter Vallone Jr. New Yorkers living in illegal apartments may also be adding their trash to the pile. They may think putting garbage on the curb outside their home will draw unwanted attention. Read More: NY1

Local businesses benefit from Giants’ championship run


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As Big Blue heads to Indianapolis, New York is seeing green.

After their teeth-clenching defeat of the San Francisco 49ers in overtime, the Giants are set for Super Bowl XLVI — and local companies are experiencing an upswing in business as fans flock to retailers and restaurants teeming with team spirit.

Shoppers stormed Modell’s within minutes of the NFC Championship Game’s end, scouring racks and shelves for coveted Giants gear. A spokesperson from the store’s College Point location divulged that the “Locker Room Tee” and the “Roster Tee” are two of the hottest items flying off the shelves, as well as the “always popular” hat adorned with the official Championship logo.

At the Modell’s in Ozone Park, patrons arrived as early as 7 a.m. on Monday, January 23 to be the first to score Championship duds. The store had been receiving shipments of merchandise intermittently throughout the day. According to a store spokesperson, five tables were set aside to hold Giants merchandise.

Athletic apparel outfitters were not the only businesses suddenly stricken with Super Bowl fever. At Strawberry’s Sports Grill in Douglaston, fans enjoying the Championship game were thrown into a frenzy when the Giants scored the final points.

“The place went nuts,” said Strawberry’s General Manager James Scholz. “It was amazing.”

According to Scholz, guests packed the restaurant, taking up every reservation slot and filling up the waitlist. Several Giants diehards have already cemented their Super Bowl Sunday plans at Strawberry’s, making reservations nearly two weeks in advance.

Stefan Friedman, a spokesperson from Resort’s World Casino, said the complex’s Bar 360 was jammed “wall to wall” with Giants supporters during the penultimate match. Friedman said the room’s post-win energy was “euphoric.” Resorts World is planning a special party for February 5 to celebrate the Super Bowl.

Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Super Bowl Bound: Giants Nip 49ers In OT To Set Up Title Rematch Vs. Patriots

For the second time in five seasons, Big Blue is going to the big game. The New York Giants recovered two mishandled San Francisco kick returns, the last one setting up the game-winning field goal in sudden-death overtime, as Big Blue defeated the 49ers 20-17 in Sunday’s NFC Championship to advance to the Super Bowl for the second time since 2008. Sunday’s win sets up a Super Bowl rematch with the New England Patriots, whom the Giants defeated in Super Bowl XLII to claim the franchise’s third Super Bowl title and ruin the Patriots’ pursuit of a perfect season. Read More: NY1

 

 

‘Headless Body in Topless Bar’ killer seeks release from prison

The maniacal murderer who spawned the famous New York Post headline “Headless Body in Topless Bar” is trying to get sprung from prison, The Post has learned. Charles Dingle, 53, will ask a three-person parole panel this week to free him from the upstate Wende Correctional Facility near Buffalo. But if his 1983 psychotic rampage and ensuing pathetic prison record are any indication, his chances are questionable. The convict’s infamous blood-drenched spree is considered one of New York’s most notorious crimes. Read More: New York Post

 

‘I tried to stop cop suicide’

The devastated fiancée of the suicidal cop who blew his brains out on the job last week revealed to The Post yesterday how she had desperately tried to talk him out of it in a phone call only seconds before he pulled the trigger. “We weren’t fighting,” insisted Maria Stuart, 28, who was planning to marry NYPD Officer Terrence Dean, 28, on Aug. 18. “All I was trying to do was tell Terrence he needs help.” Stuart said she had admitted to Dean during the frantic Thursday-night call that she had just phoned his Queens precinct house and made vague warnings about a suicidal officer. Read More: New York Post

 

MTA scuttles free-shuttle plan

MTA officials have proven again that they excel — at taking service away from desperate riders. Brass at the cash-strapped agency have incredibly rejected an offer of a free shuttle bus — financed in full by a local lawmaker — for 7-train riders slammed by 11 straight weekends of service outages. City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer offered to pay for the $250,000 direct, no-transfer bus from Long Island City to Grand Central while the MTA worked on the signal system under the East River. The money would have come out of his own discretionary funds. Read More: New York Post

 

Two People Injured In Queens House Fire

An investigation is underway into a house fire in Jackson Heights, Queens that injured two people early Sunday. More than 100 firefighters responded to 37-39 90th Street around 1 a.m. and fire officials said two people were pulled from the home. One of the victims is said to be okay, and the other one was taken to Elmhurst Hospital with serious injuries. Read More: NY1

 

Former Penn State Coach Joe Paterno Dies

Family members announced that former Penn State coach Joe Paterno died Sunday at age 85, after suffering from complications from lung cancer. A native of Flatbush, Brooklyn, Paterno attended Saint Edmund Elementary School and Brooklyn Preparatory High School and gave up a career in law to coach football. He coached the Nittany Lions for 46 years and won 409 games, more than any other coach in major college football history. Among the former Penn State athletes coached by Paterno is New York Giants offensive tackle Kareem McKenzie, whose team played in Sunday’s National Football Conference Championship game in San Francisco. Read More: NY1