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Fans young and old come to gingerbread village giveaway at NYSCI


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It was a bittersweet feeling for Chef Jon Lovitch as he removed the first candy covered house out of “GingerBread Lane.”

Lovitch, a Bronx resident, is the creator behind the 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village known as “GingerBread Lane,” named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records.

The village, consisting of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park from November up until this past weekend.

Instead of throwing out the estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy, and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough, Lovitch decided the best thing to do would be to give away pieces of the village to fans of all ages.

“People are really attached to GingerBread Lane,” said Lovitch. “They can take a piece of it with them. It just seems like the best way to do this.”

Fans came to the Hall of Science on Sunday to wait in line for the chance to take home a piece of history. Along with the houses, the gingerbread village was made up of 65 candy trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, a carousel, trains and more.

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Before starting the giveaway, Lovitch made sure to let everyone know that although the houses are made out of edible materials, he does not recommend anyone consume the pieces because the different candy is months old, has been through a lot of touching and some have even fallen to the ground.

Cole, 7, was the first lucky fan to get his pick of the village and chose a gingerbread house with a roof covered in star shaped candy.

“This gingerbread village is so spectacular and my kids have fallen in love with it,” said Cole’s mother, Kam Wong, from Woodside, who also brought 7-year-old daughter Isabella to the event. “I love the holiday times and just to have a reminder of it during the year is fantastic.”

Isabella was not shy about choosing the horse-filled carousel.

Making sure each fan could enjoy having the gingerbread houses and other edible pieces for a long time, Lovitch also gave each participant instructions on proper preservation.

“If you do take that time to preserve it, it’ll last a long time,” said Lovitch.

Although last year’s “GingerBread Lane” has already been taken apart, Lovitch plans on starting to work on this year’s new village by the end of the month and hopes to go even bigger.

The 2014-2015 GingerBread Lane will be on display at the NY Hall of Science in the fall.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Sunshine to start, then a few afternoon clouds. High 39. Winds WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Some clouds this evening will give way to mainly clear skies overnight. Low 32. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: ReMake the Holidays

Build and animate a new version of the holiday season with workshops, demos, artist installations, ice sculpting and a screening of Bag It The Movie at the New York Hall of Science. Friday, December 27- Monday, December 30. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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NY Hall of Science gingerbread village sets record for world’s largest


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Photo Courtesy Andrew Kelly/ NY Hall of Science

A gingerbread village right in Queens has been named the largest in the world, just in time for the holidays.

“GingerBread Lane,” a 1.5-ton, 300-square-foot village, currently on display at the New York Hall of Science in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park  has been named the largest gingerbread village in the world by the 2014 Guinness World Records .

The village, consisting of 160 houses made completely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, was created by Jon Lovitch and has been on display since November.

GingerBread Lane includes an estimated 2, 350 pounds of icing, 400 pounds of candy and 500 pounds of gingerbread dough. It is made up of 160 gingerbread houses, 65 trees, four gingerbread cable cars, five gingerbread train cars, an underground candy subway station, a skating rink, candy trees, sugar signage and more.

Layout and composition of the village change yearly. Yet, GingerBread Lane always includes Eggnog Bay, Gum Drop Row, Peppermint Central Park, Candy Cane Place and Toffee Boulevard.

This year’s new additions include Ribbon Candy Ridge and “behind-the-scenes” windows, giving a peek into the makings of GingerBread Lane with ovens, models, and ingredients, made entirely from royal icing. Five two-foot-high nutcrackers, also made of royal icing, stand over the back of the exhibit.

Lovitch will lead a gingerbread house workshop on Saturday, December 28, and will give away all the GingerBread Lane houses on Sunday, January 12 as a grand exhibit finale. Fans will be able to take home up to two gingerbread houses.

The GingerBread Lane creator will also be shipping houses to children unable to attend the exhibit or giveaway due to health or other situations.

Visitors can come see the edible village until January 12 from  Tuesday through Friday from 9:30 am to 5 p.m., and weekends from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tickets are $11 for adults 18 years and older; and $8 for children two to 17 years old, students and seniors.

For more information visit the GingerBread Lane website, or check it out on Facebook .

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: A mix of clouds and sun. High 52. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Tuesday night: Some clouds. Low 38. Winds NNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: GingerBread Lane

Come to the New York Hall of Science to see GingerBread Lane, homemade gingerbread houses that took an entire year for chef Jon Lovitch to conceptualize and create. The 1.5 ton, 300-square-foot village is made entirely of edible gingerbread, royal icing and candy, is a contender for the Guinness World Record for the largest gingerbread exhibit. The exhibit also includes a behind-the-scenes window that gives a look at the makings of GingerBread Lane. Free with museum admission through January 12. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

De Blasio pushes pre-K plan to Assembly Democrats

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of snow and rain showers. High of 43. Breezy. Winds from the NNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 80%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 30. Breezy. Winds from the NW at 15 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Human Plus: Real Lives + Real Engineering

In this interactive exhibit at the New York Hall of Science, visitors can create and explore a range of high and low tech tools that extend human abilities. The exhibit features a simulated downhill mono-ski course; a DJ station built out of a wheelchair and controlled by the wheels; a touch panel that translates music into vibrations; a hands-free computer mouse, controlled through slight movements of the head, that allows the guest to type messages, edit photos or watch videos; and a neuroprosthetic limb that can be controlled by a person’s thoughts. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ridgewood musician kills himself, three others in Brooklyn shooting

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Amazon to deliver on Sundays via Postal Service

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Initial Obamacare enrollment estimates far short of targets: reports

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TODAY’S FORECAST  Thursday: Partly sunny with a breeze. High of 68. Winds from west at 13 mph. Thursday night: Clear. Low of 52. Winds from west at 3 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Galactic Drive-In

As part of the multimedia installation and outdoor theater presented by the New York Hall of Science, Empire Drive-In, celebrate campy science fiction and do-it-yourself merrymaking led by Captain Riterleff and the Flux Factory, a nonprofit Queens art organization. The evening’s featured film will be “Planet Nine from Outer Space.” Doors open at 6 p.m. Event starts at 7 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

U.S. Congress ends default threat, Obama signs debt bill 

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Cory Booker wins U.S. Senate special election in New Jersey 

Newark Mayor Cory Booker won a special election Wednesday to represent New Jersey in the U.S. Senate, giving the rising Democratic star a bigger political stage after a race against conservative Steve Lonegan, a former small-town mayor. Read more: Fox New York 

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‘Piano Man’ Billy Joel plays benefit show 

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Gamblers get free ride to Queens racino 

On Wednesday, the racino, which includes a race track, will be rolling out 12 buses that will run from Monday though Sunday from 10 A.M. to 12 A.M. every 30 to 45 minutes from central destinations, including Times Square, Rockefeller Center, Columbus Circle and several hotels. They will run continuously between Manhattan and Queens. Read more: Crain’s 

  

Multimedia installation to bring drive-in movie experience to Queens


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Photo courtesy of NYSCI

The drive-in-movie theatre is back. But this time, leave your car at home.

From October 4 through October 20 the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI) is hosting Empire Drive-In, a large-scale, multimedia installation and outdoor theater.

Made of 60 different cars and trucks reclaimed from a Brooklyn junkyard, Empire Drive-In serves as both entertainment and an art piece.

“The range of themes included in Empire Drive-In – car culture, technological obsolescence, creative reuse and nostalgia – illustrate that there is no limit to how science and technology can be presented in creative and engaging ways,” said Dr. Margaret Honey, president and CEO of NYSCI. “We know our community members will thoroughly enjoy such a unique installation.”

The audience will be allowed to sit inside or on top of any of the installation’s cars while watching the evening’s films, which will be projected on a 40-foot screen constructed out of salvaged wood.

The screenings offer something for every taste from silent films to a Bollywood movie and a double feature tribute to renowned B-movie producer Samuel Z. Arkoff.

Each evening will begin with a slideshow of late industrial images by photographer Stephen Mallon, and includes a sound program about cars and manufacturing, as well as live music and other performances.

On October 18, during a screening of bicycle-themed films, cyclists will be invited to bike to the drive-in.

Like the traditional drive-in, there will be plenty of food available for hungry moviegoers. A concession stand will feature “typical theatre treats,” including popcorn and candy, as well as hot beverages.

Tickets for Empire Drive-In shows cost $5 to $20.

For more information and to purchase tickets visit www.nysci.org/event/empire-drive-in.

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 66. Winds from the NE at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 55. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure

Charlie & Kiwi’s Evolutionary Adventure, a bilingual English/Spanish exhibition through January 12 at the New York Hall of Science, follows a boy named Charlie as he works on a book report about kiwis, a flightless bird found in New Zealand. Learn with Charlie how kiwis evolved by unraveling puzzles, playing games, and exploring computer interactives. Free with museum admission. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens native identified as alleged D.C. Navy Yard gunman

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Police: Man tried to sexually assault girl, 10, in Queens

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NYPD increases security after DC shooting

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LIRR ads target crossing-gate safety

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Bill Gates stays atop Forbes list of America’s richest

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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain, then thunderstorms and rain in the afternoon. High of 66. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain. Low of 59. Winds from the SSE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 70% with rainfall amounts near 0.4 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Design Zone Exhibit

Create a video game, practice your DJ skills, or build a roller coaster while exploring how each uses math and science. Find out how videogame developers, music producers, roller coaster designers and other creative problem solvers use math and science to meet their design challenges. Free with admission to the New York Hall of Science. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Woman’s body found in bag in car trunk in Queens

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Girl, 9, struck by van in Queens: FDNY

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Brooklyn Bridge reopens after it was shut down due to suspicious SUV

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Rockaway Beach is back . . . but for now, you’d better bring your own food

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Officials say new Statue Of Liberty security plan is risky

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Obama, NJ’s Christie together again in mutual aid 

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AUDIO SLIDESHOW: First annual Queens Kids’ Expo


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It was all fun and games – with an emphasis on families and education — at The Queens Courier’s first annual Kids’ Expo this past weekend.

Close to 1,500 people attended. Hundreds of children were able to play with games and interactive models at the New York Hall of Science while their parents absorbed useful information from 50 various vendors about summer camps, children’s health, deals, tutoring and fun activities and places, such as the Queens Zoo.

“You come here and you find a lot that you need as a parent,” said Laura Reyes of Forest Hills.

Reyes was talking to New York Life Insurance about setting up an account for her five-year-old daughter, LeAnna Baez.

“I get information, she has fun, it’s a win-win situation.”

Children indulged in cotton candy, face painting, airbrush tattoos, spin art and a photo booth provided by Frankie’s Carnival Time. There was also kite making and entertainment by a clown from the Big Apple Circus.

A live minion, the short, yellow creatures from the movie “Despicable Me,” and Snoopy from the Charlie Brown cartoon greeted kids as well.

The event was sponsored by EmblemHealth, Party City, jetBlue, Rapid Realty, the Big Apple Circus, Frost Valley YMCA, North Shore Animal Hospital, Fidelis Care, Happy Family Foods, Frankie’s Carnival Time, American Style Baby and Caliper Orthodontics.

Vendors had the opportunity to talk with parents and introduce their products and services.

The expo “is giving us great exposure,” said Morgan Chen, head trainer at Title Boxing Club. “We’re due to open May 1. We came out here to get our name out there and get some pre-registrants.”

Some attendees went home with raffle prizes including gift cards, gift baskets, a stroller, Big Apple Circus tickets and Broadway tickets donated by Queens businesses.

And there were grand prizes to raffle off as well. Sharon Seales won a five-day, four-night trip to Cancun, Mexico, donated by The Creative Group, while Nneka Wharton won an iPad donated by Rapid Realty and Shanae Barrett won a two-week stay at Frost Valley YMCA sleep-away camp.

One hundred percent of the raffle proceeds will go to Life’s WORC.

“I think what made the day so successful was the variety of vendors – everything from baby products to home improvement,” said Amy Amato, VP of Events. “We gave parents the opportunity to speak to experts and receive a lot of information under one roof while children had fun. The giveaways and prizes added great energy and excitement. Everyone left with a smile!”

-SLIDESHOW AND ARTICLE BY LIAM LA GUERRE  

 

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Overcast with rain. High of 41. Windy. Winds from the NE at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 80% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible. Monday night: Overcast with snow, then a chance of snow after midnight. Low of 34F with a windchill as low as 27. Breezy. Winds from the North at 10 to 20 mph with gusts to 30 mph. Chance of snow 70% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: BubbleMania 

From March 25 to March 31, at the New York Hall of Science, enjoy the humor and spectacular science of comic bubble-ologist Casey Carle, who has been featured on The Science Channel. See how science can turn the ordinary soap bubble into something extraordinary. Tickets will be sold on a first-come, first-served basis on the day of the show. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Spring storm heads towards New Jersey, Long Island

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N.Y. State Senate Holds Sunday Session To Advance Budget Bill

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Ellis Island Museum not likely to reopen in 2013

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NY Mayor Bloomberg predicts success for expanded gun checks

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the afternoon. High of 48. Breezy. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a chance of rain in the evening, then overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 32. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 30% .

EVENT OF THE DAY: Wreck-It Ralph in 3-D at NYSCI

From Walt Disney Animation Studios comes a hilarious, arcade-game-hopping journey in 3-D. Wreck-It Ralph longs to be a hero. So when a new game arrives, he sneaks into it with a plan to win a medal, but soon wrecks everything, and accidentally unleashes a deadly enemy that threatens every game in the arcade. Playing at the New York Hall of Science Friday, March 15 and Friday, March 22 at 5 p.m. $9 adults/$7 children, seniors and students with ID. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Man charged in Queens murders, brush fire due in court

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Former New York Gov. Pataki endorses John Catsimatidis for NYC mayor

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David Wright wants to rejoin U.S. Lineup; sore ribs a concern for Mets

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Critics wave knives and hockey stick at U.S. air safety hearing

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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 25. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Clear in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 25 with a windchill as low as 18F. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tony Hawk/Rad Science

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Major coastal storm could dump a foot of snow on tri-state by weekend

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Civic Virtue may be gone but not forgotten by Queens activists

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Worker rescued after getting stuck while inspecting Roosevelt Island Tram

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Boy Scouts of America expected to vote on ending on gay membership ban

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with snow showers in the morning, then overcast with snow showers. High of 28 with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 20 to 25 mph. Chance of snow 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast in the evening, then partly cloudy. Low of 18F with a windchill as low as 5. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Rockwell Blocks

Bring your budding builder, artist or inventor to the New York Hall of Science and set them loose among these oversized foam blocks. Kids of all ages can use the foam blocks to build structures and sculptures, tear them down, and then start all over again. Free with NYSCI admission. January 22 – 24,  10:30 a.m. – 1 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Snow, coldest air in 2 years for to tri-State area this week

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Sandy-battered Rockaway business robbed as owners try to rebuild

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Queens school damaged by Sandy finally reopens

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Tuesday marks 40 years since historic Roe v. Wade ruling

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Confident Obama lays out battle plan as he launches second term

A confident President Barack Obama kicked off his second term on Monday with an impassioned call for a more inclusive America that rejects partisan rancor and embraces immigration reform, gay rights and the fight against climate change. Read more: Reuters

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Overcast. High of 36 with a windchill as low as 14F. Winds from the NW at 10 to 15 mph. Wednesday night: Overcast. Low of 25. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: 3D Theater Presentation: The Last Reef

At the New York Hall of Science’s 3D Theater Presentation: The Last Reef fly across iridescent tropical reefs, brush through a cloud of a million jellyfish,and visit an alien world where the tiniest creatures support the greatest predators. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

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Thieves strike Howard Beach church twice

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City Council to DA: Sandy looters should be ‘sentenced in the most aggressive way possible given their disgraceful nature’

City Council members want lowlifes who took advantage of the devastation from Hurricane Sandy to commit crimes to pay a high price for their deeds. Read more: New York Daily News

New York City school bus strike averted, for now

New York City officials are breathing a sigh of relief after a school bus drivers’ union decided not to strike. Read more: ABC New York

New York area lawmakers lash House GOP leaders for inaction on Superstorm Sandy relief bill

New York area-lawmakers in both parties erupted in anger late Tuesday night after learning the House Republican leadership decided to allow the current term of Congress to end without holding a vote on aid for victims of Superstorm Sandy. Read more: CBS News

New York County denies request for names of gun permit holders

Authorities in a suburban county north of New York City said on Tuesday they will refuse to release names of local gun permit holders to a newspaper that has been publishing the identities of thousands of license-holding residents. Read more: Reuters

Christmas tree recycling begins Wednesday in NYC

The holiday season is officially behind us now, and it’s time to recycle that Christmas tree. Read more: CBS New York