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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: A mix of clouds and sun during the morning will give way to cloudy skies this afternoon. High 58. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Cloudy with rain developing after midnight. Low 48. Winds ESE at 10 to 15 mph. Rainfall around a half an inch.

EVENT OF THE DAY: King Lear

Queens-based Titan Theater Company concludes its critically acclaimed, award-winning second season with its take on Shakespeare’s intimate family drama about an aging king and his three daughters. April 25–May 11 at the Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Thug gets 54 years to life after brutally stabbing 3 cops

A remorseless Queens man who “played” mental illness as a defense for repeatedly stabbing three NYPD officers — paralyzing one cop and taking out his eye in the attack — was hit with 54 years to life in prison Thursday as prosecutors played a call he made the day after his conviction in which the only sorrow he expressed was that he had not taken the cop’s other eye. Read more: New York Post

Carriage horse accident adds heat to debate

Protesters rallied against the city’s horse carriage industry Thursday in front of Central Park where one of the animals fell over the day before. Read more: am New York

Judge forced to strike down NY campaign finance limit

Well-heeled campaign contributors can now funnel millions of dollars of cash into political Super PACS after a federal judge Thursday struck down New York’s $150,000 limit on such donations as unconstitutional. Read more: New York Post

NASA technology could help predict sinkholes

Out of nowhere sinkholes can swallow up the earth, sometimes taking cars and people with it. Read more: CBS New York

Postal workers unions protest Staples program 

Postal workers around the country protested in front of Staples stores on Thursday, objecting to the U.S. Postal Service’s pilot program to open counters in stores, staffed with retail employees. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYS Pavilion recognized as ‘National Treasure’ on World’s Fair anniversary


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The New York State Pavilion, a surviving relic of the 1964-65 World’s Fair, was named a “National Treasure” by the National Trust for Historic Preservation on the 50th anniversary of the opening of the famed event.

Following the recognition on Tuesday, the Parks Department opened the Pavilion to the public for the first time for decades. The Pavilion recently received a fresh coat of paint from the advocacy group New York State Pavilion Paint Project, but its space-like structures have rusted over and it is in need of repair.

The hope is that the designation, which puts it among nearly 40 other historic places and buildings around the country, would help attract funds — estimated to be at least $43 million — to save it.

“For a long time the future of this building was a question mark,” said Paul Goldberger, a board member of the nonprofit group. “But in time it will not be a question mark at all, I think it will be a different piece of punctuation. It will be a great exclamation point in the middle of a resurgent Queens.”

In its heyday, the Pavilion featured the Tent of Tomorrow, three towers and the Theaterama, which is now the nearby Queens Theatre. When it was constructed, the Tent of Tomorrow had a $1 million map of New York State on its floor, made of 567 mosaic panels weighing 400 pounds each and colorful stained glass panels on its ceiling. Two of the towers had cafeterias for the fair, while the tallest, which stands at 226 feet, was used as an observation deck.

“It’s not what it was,” said Elaine Goldstein of Howard Beach, who visited both 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs. “It’s hurtful to see that it went into disrepair.”

Thousands of people from all walks of life, many of whom had a connection to the Pavilion, walked through the gates with hard hats to tour the aged structure.

“This is the greatest moment of my life,” said Natali Bravo, a resident from Rego Park, who was shooting pictures of the Pavilion with a 1964 Kodak World’s Fair Camera. “This is the first time I’m actually setting foot in here. To actually be photographing this event the way it was meant to be photographed with this camera is a very special thing.”

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Rain. High around 60. Winds S at 25 to 35 mph. Rainfall may reach one inch. Tuesday night: Rain early with snow overnight. Low 32F. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: 64 in 64

Organized by the Queens Historical Society, 64 photographs documenting the construction of the iconic New York State Pavilion, which consisted of Theaterama (today’s Queens Theatre), the Tent of Tomorrow and three Observation Towers. Runs through Nov. 2, open on Mondays from 11 am to 2 pm and Tuesdays through Sundays, 10 am to 6 pm. at the Queens Theatre in Flushing Meadows-Cornona Park. Free. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Stifling heat, heavy rains to hit NYC this summer

New Yorkers who have been praying for relief from this year’s brutal winter will soon be getting exactly what they wished for — in the form of an oppressive summer of stifling heat and humidity. Read more: New York Post

NYPD steps up security at Jewish facilities after Kansas shootings

The New York City Police Department is stepping up security at synagogues in the city after the fatal shootings of three people at Jewish-affiliated facilities near Kansas City over the weekend. Read more: NY1

Safe Act doesn’t disclose how many registered assault guns

The public may never know how many gun owners are complying with a strict law requiring them to register assault-style firearms. Read more: New York Post

EXCLUSIVE: Free ‘NYC’ condoms are being smuggled into the Dominican Republic and sold illegally for cash

Large numbers of the New York City-branded condoms that are distributed for free across the five boroughs under a city Health Department program are being smuggled into the Dominican Republic and sold for cash. Read more: New York Daily News

New charges for woman who allegedly threw shoe at Hillary Clinton

Federal authorities this past weekend lodged two criminal charges against a Phoenix woman accused of throwing a shoe at Hillary Rodham Clinton while she gave a convention speech at a Las Vegas Strip resort. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Cloudy with light rain developing this afternoon. High 58. Winds SSW at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Cloudy skies early, followed by partial clearing. Low 43. Winds WSW at 10 to 20 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: An Evening with Groucho

Award-winning actor Frank Ferrante recreates his highly acclaimed portrayal of legendary comedian Groucho Marx at Queens Theatre. The two-act comedy consists of the best Groucho one-liners, anecdotes and songs, such as “Lydia, the Tattooed Lady.” March 29 shows at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., March 30 show at 3 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Two fatally shot inside Ridgewood home

A man and a woman were shot to death inside a Ridgewood home Thursday night, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

MTA bus crashes into dump truck

An MTA bus driver rear-ended a dump truck on the 59th Street Ed Koch Bridge Thursday, tying up traffic during rush hour, authorities said. Read more: New York Post

Longer 911 response times bring dismay to pols at City Council

City ambulances are taking nine and a half minutes to get to the scene of life-threatening emergencies, new data show. Read more: New York Daily News

Sources: State lawmakers reach deal with demands on city for charter schools

The battle between Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo over charter schools has led to a tentative deal on a reform package from state lawmakers, sources told CBS 2 News. Read more: CBS New York

Poll: More Catholics say church is in touch since Pope Francis

Catholics appear to be feeling more of a connection to the church since the beginning of Pope Francis’ papacy, according to a new CBS News poll. Read more: CBS New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Sun and clouds mixed. High 28. Winds NW at 20 to 30 mph. Thursday night: Clear skies. Low 19. Winds WNW at 20 to 30 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Latin Dance Classes

Dance instruction at the Queens Theatre for all ages and all levels with renowned instructor Paul Ru Bao of Farrington Ballroom Dance School. After an hour lesson there is an hour of open dance. $10 single class/$45 for five classes. Skip the class and join open dance at 8 pm for $5. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Report: Homelessness on the rise in NYC

According to a new study, a record number of people stayed overnight at New York City homeless shelters in January. Read more: CBS New York/AP

East Harlem explosion, collapse leaves 6 dead, 69 hurt

Federal investigators are on the scene of an explosion and two building collapses at 116th Street and Park Avenue in East Harlem, while rescue crews search for those still missing. Read more: ABC New York

De Blasio wants judge to toss cop union challenge to profiling law

Mayor Bill de Blasio said the police unions’ legal challenge to a law making it easier to sue cops for racial profiling is destined for failure — and asked a Manhattan judge to toss the case. Read more: New York Post

State senate makes bid to undo anti-charter school moves

The state Senate will propose sweeping measures in its budget bill to undo Mayor de Blasio’s ­moves against charter schools, sources familiar with the plan said. Read more: New York Post

Teachers fleeing city schools to the suburbs is growing: union

Teachers are fleeing to the suburbs in one of the worst “brain drains” in the history of city schools, union president Michael Mulgrew said Wednesday. Read more: New York Daily News

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Partly cloudy. High around 40. Winds W at 20 to 30 mph. Friday Night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low 28F. Winds WNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Twelfth Night

Aquila Theatre’s superb cast presents Shakespeare’s timeless comedy with never-before-seen innovation, theatricality and modernity. Feb. 14- Feb 16 at Queens Theatre. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Winter storm wallops tri-state with double punch of snow

A nor’easter swirled over the tri-state and delivered a double punch of snow over a 30-hour period that topped 14 inches in parts of the area by the time it moved out Friday morning. Read more: NBC New York

Mayor de Blasio defends calling police following political supporter’s arrest

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is on the defense following a call he placed to the New York Police Department to inquire about the arrest of one of his political supporters. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Comcast buys Time Warner Cable for $45 billion

Comcast said Thursday it had agreed to buy Time Warner Cable for $45 billion in a deal that would combine the two biggest cable companies in the United States. Read more: CNN

American Dental Association: Brush with fluoride toothpaste before age 2

New guidelines from the American Dental Association say children should begin using toothpaste with fluoride as soon as they get their first tooth. Read more: CBS New York

Student’s Facebook page mocks NYC schools chief, goes viral

A Facebook page blasting schools Chancellor Carmen Farina’s call to send kids to class in a raging Nor’easter went viral Thursday – and made the 15-year-old Staten Island student who launched it an instant hero with peers, teachers and parents. Read more: New York Post

What to do in Queens when it’s cold outside


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Photo credit (From top left, clockwise): Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012; Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena; Photo by Dominick Totino; Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science

When the temperatures dip, our desire to stay at home can rise. But even during wintry weather there are plenty of indoor places to explore around the borough.

MAKE YOUR WAY TO A MUSEUM

Queens is full of museums for art lovers as well as science, history and jazz enthusiasts.

King Manor Museum
King Park, on Jamaica Avenue
between 150th and 153rd streets, Jamaica
718-206-0545
www.kingmanor.org
Hours: Guided tours of King Manor Museum are offered February – December (closed during January); Thursdays & Fridays, 12 – 2 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 1:30); Saturdays & Sundays, 1 – 5 pm, every 1/2 hour (last tour 4:30).
Suggested Admission: Adults $5; Seniors and Students $3; Children 16 and under Free; King Manor Members Free; Free tours are offered on “Hands-on History” weekends each month.
(File photo) 

Louis Armstrong House Museum
34-56 107th Street, Corona
718-478-8274
www.louisarmstronghouse.org
Hours: Tuesday – Friday: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.
Admission: Adults: $10; Seniors (65 and older), students, and children: $7; Group rate: $6; Children under 4: Free; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the Louis Armstrong House Museum)

MoMA PS1
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
718-784-2084
www.momaps1.org
Hours: 12–6 p.m., Thursday through Monday, closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.
Admission: Adults $10; Students + Seniors $5; Children under 16 Free; Suggested donation admission applies Monday all day, and Saturday and Sunday Noon—1:00 p.m.
(Photo courtesy of MoMA PS1/Elk Studios, 2012) 

Museum of the Moving Image
36-01 35 Avenue, Astoria
718-777-6888
www.movingimage.us
Hours: Wednesdays–Thursdays: 10:30 a.m.–5:00 p.m.; Fridays: 10:30 a.m.–8:00 p.m. (free admission: 4:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m.); Saturdays and Sundays: 11:30 a.m.–7:00 p.m.
Admission: $12 adults (18+); $9 senior citizens (65+); $9 students with valid ID; $6 children (3-12); Free for Museum members and children under 3.
(Photo Courtesy of the Museum of the Moving Image) 

New York Hall of Science
47-01 111th Street, Flushing Meadows=Corona Park
718-699-0005
www.nysci.org
Hours: September 1 – March 31: Monday Closed (Except Open Monday February 17, 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.); Tuesday – Friday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
General Admission: Adults (ages 18 & older): $11; Children (ages 2 – 17): $8 Children under age 18 must be accompanied by an adult; Students (with college ID): $8; Senior Citizens (age 62 & older): $8; Members: Free.
(Photo courtesy of the New York Hall of Science) 

Queens Museum
New York City Building, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
718-592-9700
www.queensmuseum.org
Hours: Wednesday through Sunday, 12-6 p.m.
Suggested Admission: $8 for adults and children over 12; $4 for students and seniors; Children under 12 attend for free.
(THE COURIER/File photo) 

The Noguchi Museum
9-01 33rd Road, Long Island City
718-204-7088
www.noguchi.org
Hours: Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.; Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.; Monday & Tuesday: Closed.
Admission: General admission: $10; Senior Citizens: $5 ; Students with a valid ID: $5; NYC public high school students with a valid ID: Free; Children under 12: Free; Members: Free; On the first Friday of every month year-round, Museum admission is pay-what-you-wish.
(Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum) 

CHECK OUT A CONCERT OR SHOW 

From a classical concert to a dramatic play, the local arts are alive at the borough’s concert halls and theatres. Here are some places to catch a local performance.

Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
718-463-7700
www.flushingtownhall.org
(File photo)

Kupferberg Center for the Arts
65-30 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing
Box Office: 718-793-8080
www.kupferbergcenter.org

Queensborough Performing Arts Center
Box Office: Library, 1st Floor
222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside
718-631-6311
M-F, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
www.qcc.cuny.edu/qpac
(Photo courtesy of Queensborough Performing Arts Center)

 

Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Box Office: 718-760-0064
www.queenstheatre.org
(Photo by Dominick Totino)

The Secret Theatre
44-02 23rd Street, Long Island City
718-392-0722
www.secrettheatre.com
(File photo) 

 

 

HIT AN ICE SKATING RINK 

Though you will still need a scarf and gloves, the temperatures will be warmer and there definitely will not be any snow at the borough’s indoor skating rinks.

City Ice Pavilion
47-32 32nd Place, Long Island City
718-706-6667
www.cityicepavilion.com
Visit www.calendar.cityicepavilion.com for the public ice skating schedule.
Pricing: $5 Monday through Friday; $8 Saturday & Sunday; $8 Holidays including all school vacation weeks; $5 Skate rental per person. (Must wear socks); $2 Helmets rental per person; Coin operated lockers available for $.75.

World Ice Arena at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park
Avery Avenue and 131st Street, Flushing
718-760-9001
www.worldice.com
Hours: Monday through Friday the rink is open from 9 a.m. until 5:15 p.m. On weekends it is open: 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday nights; noon until 4:45 p.m. and 8 p.m. until 9:50 p.m. Saturdays and noon until 4:45 on Sundays.
Admission: $5 for all ages on weekdays and $8 on weekends and holidays. To rent skates be sure to bring socks and an additional $5.
(Photo courtesy of the World Ice Arena)

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Clear in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 95. Winds from the NNE at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the SSE in the afternoon. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 81 with a heat index of 88F. Winds from the South at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the WSW after midnight.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Golden Dragon Acrobats

After an exciting extended run last summer, the Golden Dragon Acrobats return to Queens Theatre more thrilling and daring than ever before! Witness daring feats of balance, spine tingling contortionists and towers of jugglers as the talented acrobats straight from China leave you wanting more! If you missed them last year now is you chance to catch the show that everyone was talking about. Runs July 17-28. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Local business owners, city clash over plans for Willets Point

Just before the start of Major League Baseball’s All-Star game on Tuesday night business owners near Citi Field  protested the city’s plan to shut them down. Read more: CBS New York

Ex-NY Sen. Huntley’s friend gets busted for alleged $85K charity fraud

The president of a Queens, N.Y., nonprofit with ties to former state Sen. Shirley Huntley was charged Tuesday with stealing more than $85,000 in taxpayer money. Read more: New York Daily News 

Obama: Ray Kelly ‘well-qualified’ for DHS post

President Barack Obama says New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly would be “well-qualified” to run the Department of Homeland Security. Read more: Fox New York 

Rivera perfect, AL beats NL 3-0 in All-Star game

Mariano Rivera pitched a perfect eighth inning in his final All-Star appearance, Jose Bautista, J.J. Hardy and Jason Kipnis drove in runs to back a night of pulsating pitching, and the American League beat the National League 3-0 Tuesday night to stop a three-year losing streak. Read more: AP

GOP strategist files objection to Eliot Spitzer’s comptroller petition signatures

Eliot Spitzer is facing a challenge to his bid to get on the ballot in the city comptroller’s race, after a Republican strategist contested the ex-governor’s petition signatures. Read more: CBS New York/AP

 

Queens Theatre announces new managing director


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The Queens Theatre Board of Directors today announced the appointment of Taryn Sacramone as managing director. Sacramone comes to the Queens Theatre from the Astoria Performing Arts Center, where she served as executive director for eight years

“We are delighted that Taryn is joining the Queens Theatre as our new director. She possesses an exciting and remarkable vision for the future of arts programming in Queens. Her arts management experience will be invaluable in making our vision a reality”, said Frances A. Resheske, Queens Theatre President of the Board. “Taryn’s passion for quality and diverse programming is unwavering”.

Sacramone will begin her new position in August. “I have been invested in the advancement of the arts in Queens for a long time, and am honored and thrilled to have this new opportunity”, said Taryn. “I look forward to working with the Queens Theatre board of directors and staff to continue to grow one of the borough’s most exceptional cultural institutions.”

Taryn will lead the theatre by setting its vision and strategy, overseeing operations and fundraising and marketing. She will oversee the artistic work produced and performed at the theatre.

Sacramone is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Kenyon College in Ohio and studied abroad at St. Catherine’s College at Oxford University. After graduation, she came to New York to study acting at the Atlantic Theater Company in Manhattan. She resides in Queens with her husband and son.

-Queens Theatre 

 

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Actor Tony Lo Bianco to take Queens stage as Fiorello LaGuardia


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Photo courtesy of Tony Lo Bianco

Tony Award-nominated actor Tony Lo Bianco will transport a Queens audience back to 1945 and three–term mayor Fiorello LaGuardia’s last days in office.

Lo Bianco’s one-man show, “The Little Flower,” will take the stage at Queens Theatre on Thursday, June 20.

Lo Bianco has starred in an Academy Award-winning film and acted in television and on stage. “The Little Flower” marks an expansion of his directing and producing talents.

“The play is really a parallel about what is going on in our country today,” he said. “Many things that happened back then reflect what is going to happen.”

A TV version of the play previously won five daytime Emmys. It offers a historic look into the life and career of LaGuardia, who was mayor from 1934 to 1945. Lo Bianco, who discovered the play in 1984, described the mayor as a “man of sacrifice” because of his efforts for the poor and unfortunate.

“He was a very colorful character,” Lo Bianco said. “He really cared about the people, but he was fair and logical.”

The show takes audiences through important moments in LaGuardia’s life, shining a light on how he was able to help shape troubling times during the 20th century.

Lo Bianco now owns the play and has rewritten it to have broader appeal.

He hopes that along with entertaining audiences with its comedic elements, the play will move people to take action and become involved in their country and government.

“Every day is another scandal,” he said. “I think people are so busy dealing with their own problems that they are not paying attention to what is going to affect our future.”

The play is sponsored by mayoral candidate John Catsimatidis, who a spokesperson described as an admirer of LaGuardia.

“LaGuardia always used to say there is no Republican or Democratic way to pick up the garbage,” Rob Ryan said. “You run the city as a New Yorker.”

“The Little Flower” starts at 7:30 p.m. at Queens Theatre and has a running time of about 100 minutes. For ticket reservations, email queensjune20@gmail.com or call 917-628-5314.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST 

Friday: Overcast with rain. Fog early. High of 52. Windy. Winds from the East at 10 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 100% with rainfall amounts near 0.8 in. possible. Friday night: Overcast with a chance of rain in the evening, then mostly cloudy. Fog overnight. Low of 39. Winds from the North at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tango Lovers

On Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13, at the Queens Theatre, an ensemble of acclaimed dancers, musicians and singers present Tango Lovers,  a unique and extraordinary show conveying an array of emotions via tango. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Quinn proposes city takeover of MTA

City Council Speaker and mayoral candidate Christine Quinn said that the city should be in charge of its own mass transit system in a speech at LaGuardia Community College Thursday morning. Read more: NY1

NFLer’s La Guardia gun rap discharged

A defensive end for the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers made a deal with Queens prosecutors yesterday that will sack his gun charges for carrying a pistol through La Guardia Airport. Read more: New York Post

Police search for missing Jackson Heights teen

Police are looking for a missing 18-year-old resident of the Jackson Heights section of Queens who has a history of mental health issues. Read more: NY1

Judge questions legality of fee for New York City bike tour

A judge has questioned the legality of a fee for the cost of policing New York City’s largest bike tour. Read more: AP/ABC New York

New York Fleet Week to be scaled back

Fox 5 has learned that New York Fleet Week will be scaled back due to the recent automatic spending cuts in Washington. Read more: Fox New York

Kerry to North Korea: Don’t test missile

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivered a stark warning to North Korea on Friday not to test-fire a mid-range missile, while rejecting a new U.S. intelligence report suggesting significant progress in the communist regime’s nuclear weapons program. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Overcast with snow, then rain in the afternoon. High of 39 with a windchill as low as 21F. Windy. Winds from the North at 25 to 30 mph with gusts to 45 mph. Chance of precipitation 70% . Thursday night: Overcast with snow and rain, then snow after midnight. Low of 32 with a windchill as low as 21. Windy. Winds from the North at 20 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of snow 80% with accumulations up to 2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: World premiere of Robert Wuhl’s Hit-Lit

At the Queens Theatre on Thursday, March 7, world famous playwright Robert Wuhl debuts HIT-LIT, a mistaken-identity screwball comedy about an ambitious young editor who is searching for the next best seller. Runs until March 17. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Broken Muni-Meters are giving Queens drivers more headaches

Finding a parking spot in some Queens neighborhoods is a tough enough task. But now drivers say they are battling testy Muni-Meters that cheat them out of precious minutes and reject their coins and credit cards. Read more: New York Daily News

Sandy-damaged coastal communities prepare for flooding as winter storm approaches tri-state

Already-battered Tri-State Area coastal communities are dealing with another hit in the form of a winter storm packing rain, snow and high winds. Read more: CBS New York

NYPD sitting on cash for surveillance cameras in Rockaways, stakeholders charge 

A plan to install extra sets of police eyes in the Rockaways has been blinded by red tape, local stakeholders say. Read more: New York Daily News

Cranked-up earbuds next on Mayor Bloomberg’s health hit list

After launching campaigns against the Big Gulp, “big” salt and “big” junk food, Mayor Michael Bloomberg is embarking on a new target. Read more: CBS New York

Police suspect flying object spotted near JFK was model plane 

As the FBI continues to look into a report of an unmanned aircraft spotted near JFK Airport on Monday, police think it may have been a model plane. Read more NY1

NY police eye return of crash suspect held in Pa.

Police in New York were awaiting the return of a man arrested in Pennsylvania in connection with a gruesome car crash that killed a pregnant woman and her husband on their way to a hospital. Read more: AP

What to do with the kids this weekend


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QUEENS

Saturday, October 20

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m., At It’s My Park Day, New Yorkers volunteer and celebrate their neighborhood parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs by taking part in local volunteer projects and free family-friendly, cultural, fitness and arts events. Just find a local park that is hosting an It’s My Park Day activity and stop by. Times vary depending on location.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., Come to the Queens Childcare Network’s Fall Family Festival in Forest Hills for entertainment, games, face painting and to learn more about family daycare programs in Queens.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., At the free Halloween Harvest Festival at Socrates Sculpture Park, you can make costumes, enjoy live music, enter your dog in an annual canine costume contest, try harvest foods from local restaurants and more.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., Learn about the harvest, pick some fall vegetables and make a special autumn craft at the Kings Manor’s Hands-on History: Harvest Time.

2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Seamonsters, zombie surfers, mummy mermaids, a shipwreck treasure hunt, phosphorescent photo booth, seaweed serenade and more underwater fun at the Queens Museum’s Boo! An Underwater Halloween Spooktacular.

Sunday, October 21

1 p.m., 3 p.m., Bubble artist Casey Carle will perform a presentation of fog-filled bubble sculptures, blobs of helium-filled foam, bubble ping-pong, trapping audience members inside gigantic soap bubbles and filling the stage with thousands of bubbles at the Queens Theatre.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., At the 5th annual Rockaway Fall Festival there will be a pumpkin patch, pony, hayrides and more entertainment.

 

AROUND QUEENS

Friday October 19 – Saturday, October 20

6:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m., There will be a Halloween themed family sleepover this weekend at the Long Island Aquarium. At the Creatures of the Night Spooktacular, kids will get a rare glimpse into the nighttime habits of three new animals in the Creatures of the Night exhibit. You can also dress up in Halloween customers, and enjoy craft time and a screening of “Monster House.”

Sunday, October 21

10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m., 12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Come to the 2nd Annual Harry Potter Halloween Workshop with LilChefs.com, where children ages 5 to 14 and adults can visit with some of the animals featured in the Harry Potter series at the Center for Science Teaching & Learning in Rockville Centre. Afterwards, kids can make Halloween themed treats, such as crunchy cockroaches, wizard wands, chocolate covered frogs, acid pops and cauldron cupcakes. There will also be a sorting hat ceremony, costume contests, musical performances and more.

10 a.m. – 4p.m., At the third annual Havemeyer Sugar Sweets Festival, there will be sweets made by local bakeries and home bakers, a baking contest and live music. Every treat sold supports the Brooklyn not-for-profit community museum and civic organization The City Reliquary.

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.

What to do in Queens this Weekend


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Friday, March 2

At 8 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Daniel Bernard Roumain and The Mission, artists known for fusing classical music with a variety of sounds. They will be performing a piece called Civil Rights Reader, a musical story of figures from the civil rights movement. Tickets are $25 for non-members, $20 for members and $10 for students.

Saturday, March 3

At 1 p.m., Fort Totten Park, located at 212th Street and Cross Island Parkway, will be hosting a Historic New York Walking Tour of Fort Totten. Urban Park Rangers will take participants through a historic journey into the rich past of New York, explaining the mark left by our past and how it went on to shape our modern world. The Fort Totten tour is ideal for any military history buff and admission is free. For more information call 718-352-1769.

Ongoing from now thru March 4

The Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35 Avenue in Astoria, has extended their exhibit “Jim Henson’s Fantastic World,” Take a look inside the world of the famed puppeteer, filmmaker and TV innovator with more than 120 pieces of work from his career. Hours are Tuesday through Thursday 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday to 8 p.m. and weekends to 7 p.m. Admission is $12 for adults, $9 for students and seniors and $6 for children under 18.

Thursday, Feb. 23 thru Sunday, March 4

Wednesday through Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents the life of extraordinary superstar Ella Fitzgerald. Listen to the music of the “First Lady of Song,” and learn about her experiences performing with Louis Armstrong. Tickets are $42.

Tuesday, March 6

At 8:30 a.m., The Community Business Partnership Council of the Samuel Field Y/ Central Queens Y invites you to their annual breakfast, held at Douglaston Manor, located at 63-20 Douglaston Parkway in Douglaston. Honorees at this event include Dave Kerpen, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Likeable Media, Carrie Kerpen, Chief Operating Officer of Likeable Media and Deniz Gurcan owner of SJS Construction. Tickets for this event are $100. For more info call 718-225-6750.

Friday, March 9

At 8 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, is hosting The Queens College Orchestra. Lead by music director Maurice Peress, the classical music group will feature solos from violinist Alicia Bisha as well as music by Beethoven, Mozart and Wagner. This event has a suggested donation of $20 for non members and $10 for members.

Friday, March 9 thru Sunday, April 29

Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to experience nomadic life in Turkey through a display of handmade carpets and textiles from this exotic region. Beautifully crafted pieces of functional art will be on display, including two recreated dwellings. The textiles will also be joined by ancient ceramics, glassware and metal objects. Suggested admission for this event is $5.

Saturday, March 10

At 2:15 p.m. Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, invites you to enjoy “Goldilocks and the Three Bears,” a bilingual show presented in both English and Spanish. This family-friendly performance features the award-winning SEA Teatro, a group that has performed in New York, Florida and Puerto Rico for over 25 years. Tickets are $12 for non members, $10 for members, $8 for non member children and $6 for member children.

At 6:15 p.m., St. Josaphat’s Church, located at 210 Street & 35 Avenue in Bayside, will host an organ recital by David Crean of Manhattan’s renowned Juilliard School. Crean will entertain the crowd with music by Bach, Brahms, Strayhorn, Gabrieli, Boellmann and Widor. For more information, call 718-229-1663. All are welcome to attend and admission is free.

At 8 p.m., The LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Mainstage Theater, located at 31-10 Thomson Avenue in Long Island City, presents two acclaimed Asian music and dance groups – the Ahn Trio and the Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company – in a cross-cultural program. The artists will perform “Temptation of the Muses,” an imaginative piece that draws from poetry, drama, music and dance and brings an artful fusion of Eastern splendor and Western dynamism. The Nai-Ni Chen Dance Company fuses the freedom of American modern dance with the grace of Asian art. The three sisters who make up the trio – violinist, Angella, cellist, Maria and pianist Lucia – are known for performing a diverse set of genres, ranging from classical to popular music.

Wednesday, March 21

At 7:30 p.m., The Zucker Hillside Hospital’s Sloman Auditorium, located at 266th Street and 76th Avenue in Glen Oaks, presents “How to Work and Still Keep Your Benefits,” in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau. This program will teach attendees about how to hold a job while maintaining their benefits from a field expert, well versed in work incentives. The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Queens/Nassau is a non-profit organization that provides support, education and advocacy for families of residents suffering from mental illness. For more info, call 718-347-7284.

Wednesday, March 21 thru Monday, MarCH 26

The Nassau Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum located at 1255 Hempstead Turnpike in Uniondale, invites you to experience the magic of the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. This once in a lifetime event, called DRAGONS, celebrates the Year of the Dragon through astonishing feats and acts of bravery. Tickets range from $20 to $150. For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit www.Ringling.com or www.ticketmaster.com.

Friday, March 23

7 p.m., York College Performing Arts Center, located at 94-45 Guy R. Brewer Boulevard in Jamaica, presents James Spaulding, a jazz saxophonist and flutist who has established himself as a masterful soloist for ensemble performances. Originally from the Indianapolis, Indiana area, Spaulding is a modernist with solid roots in classical jazz. This performance has a suggested donation of $10.

Saturday March 24

At 2 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Queens Theatre, located at 14 United Nations Avenue South in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, presents Tom Wopat, the next installment in the theatre’s Celebrity Series. Wopat, a seasoned stage star whose credits include “Annie Get Your Gun” and “Guys and Dolls” and television credits include “Dukes of Hazzard” and “Cybill,” will perform a concert of Broadway hits and standards from the 40s and 50s. Regular tickets for this show are $44 and Producer’s Circle tickets are $60.

Thursday, March 29 and Friday, March 30

At 7 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents J.H.S. 189’s production of “Guys and Dolls JR.” Watch as a talented cast of young actors, singers and dancers performs this Broadway classic. Set in New York City, the show tells the story of gamblers and missionaries, love and adventure. This show is free to the public.

Saturday, March 31

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Make Mexican paper art with skilled artisan, Aurelia Fernandez, who will teach children and adults alike how to create animal hats from paper and found objects. Learn about instruments from Ecuador, Peru and Bolivia and get a chance to build your very own pentatonic panpipe, called a palla. Juan “Pepe” Santana, a skilled musician, will teach attendees how to play simple Andean melodies on their newly crafted instruments. No previous musical training is necessary!

Sunday, April 1

At 2 P.M., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents mirror of another world, textiles and costume traditions in early Central Asian photography. Look through scholar Andrew Hale’s archives, the largest private collection of 19th and early 20th century central Asian images in the united states. Hale will discuss how these photographs document Central Asian costume and textile trends. This event has a suggested donation of $5 for members and is free for students.

Sunday, April 15

From 2 to 5 p.m., Flushing Town Hall, located at 137-35 Northern Boulevard, presents Celebrate Spring, an interactive arts workshop open for all ages. Felipe Rengel will lead a fascinating workshop on the Puerto Rican tradition of Vejidante, a celebration using masks. Attendees will be allowed to create their very own masks as well as learn about the history behind them. There will also be a demonstration on colorful Mexican flowers and paper banners, typically used in weddings, holidays and other celebrations. This event is $10 for non-members and free for members.