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Queens’ Morning


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 43. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph shifting to the West in the afternoon. Thursday night: Partly cloudy. Low of 37. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Much Ado About Nothing

On opening night of Much Ado About Nothing at The Secret Theatre in LIC, patrons receive chocolates, a rose and two glasses of pink bubbly in a two-for-$30 deal. Show runs from February 14 to March 2. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Bloomberg to propose more electric  car parking, Styrofoam ban

On the eve of his State of the City address, Mayor Michael Bloomberg had a new ban in store, as well as a parking proposal that might drive some New Yorkers crazy. Read more: CBS New York

NYS audit finds MTA is sitting on $90M

A New York State audit finds that the MTA overlooked over $90 million sitting in various bank accounts. Read more: Fox New York

Queens officials request meeting with FAA to discuss noise created by new flight patterns

Queens elected officials are urging the FAA to redesign flight patterns to curb aircraft noise around its two airports. Read more: New York Daily News

Rebuilt Rockaway beaches need more than a big dose of sand, locals say

There’s a whole lot of sand coming to storm-ravaged Rockaway Beach this year, but locals are worried it’s not enough to stave off another attack from Mother Nature. Read more: New York Daily News

DOE to allow students to transfer out of public schools getting phased out

Department Of Education officials announced Wednesday that they will allow families to transfer their children out of 61 public schools deemed by city officials to be failing. Read more: NY1

American Airlines, US Airways announce $11 billion merger

American Airlines and US Airways say they’re merging in a deal they value at $11 billion, creating the world’s biggest airline. Read more: ABC New York

 

Star of Queens: John Cori, founder, Friends of Rockaway


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT: In September 2010, community activist John Cori started the group “Friends of Rockaway.” The volunteer-based organization focuses on protecting the Rockaway community, preserving and replenishing the “wonderful beach-going experience” for everyone. Cori works constantly with partner Eddie Pastore to get funds for preserving the area.

Cori is also a member of the Rockaway Beach Civic Association, and is running for president. He wants to revitalize the group, and get it even more involved in the community. Outside of the Rockaways, Cori has been active with the Big Brothers, Big Sisters of New York for roughly 26 years. To this day he keeps in touch with his “little brother;” the two are among the longest matches that the group has ever had.

BACKGROUND: Cori grew up in Rockaway Beach, loving the sun and sand as most Rockaway residents do. He enjoyed paddle boarding, surfing, body surfing and other water activities, as well as skateboarding. “I still skateboard,” laughed Cori. “I’m a big kid.” He also enjoys spending time with his two children, Christopher, 21 and Victoria, 18.

FAVORITE MEMORY: “Oh that’s easy, the most recent rally we had,” said Cori. The Friends of Rockaway frequently holds rallies, takes out ads and hits the pavement to talk to residents about what the peninsula needs, especially after Sandy. He believes the Rockaways need more rock jetties to protect the beach and the area behind it, and the most recent rally, “We’re Ready for our Jetties,” spread knowledge about just how that would be accomplished.

INSPIRATION: Cori’s inspiration for his tireless activism lies within “the love of the beach and protection for my neighborhood,” he said. “The beach, to me, is the greatest thing in the world.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Many of the committees, such as the Parks Committee and the local Community Board, don’t meet as often as Cori feels they should. “There’s a lack of support from the Community Board,” he said. “[They’re] the first vehicle by which we should have been able to get this issue any attention.”

He fears that if all committees are not working together, the community becomes a “reactionary body” instead of a “proactive body.” But in the meantime, Cori will continue his own work to get the Rockaways the recognition that he believes it deserves.



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Christmas tree collection to begin today


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

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

The trees must not be placed into plastic bags.

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

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

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

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

Here is a list of Queens Mulchfest locations:

Astoria Park* (19th Street & Hoyt Avenue)

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

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

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

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

Kissena Park (164th Street at Underhill Avenue)

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

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

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

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

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

* Free mulch will be provided

FDNY determines cause of Breezy Point, other Sandy fires


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Two months after Sandy hit, the FDNY has determined the cause of most of the serious fires that occurred during the superstorm, including the Breezy Point blaze that decimated 126 homes and damaged 22 others, Fire Commissioner Salvatore Cassano announced this week.

“A total of 21 serious fires occurred during the storm, destroying more than 200 homes and businesses across the city, and fire marshals have determined that most were sparked by sea water impacting electrical systems and components in and around these structures,” said Cassano.

Storm conditions also contributed to the severity of these fires because floodwaters made it difficult for authorities to reach and control them, and winds helped spread the fires, according to the FDNY.

The six-alarm Breezy Point blaze, which started around 8:30 p.m. on Monday, October 29, the night of the superstorm, started when water that came in contact with the electrical system of a one-story house at 173 Ocean Avenue. After it spread to over a hundred other homes, firefighters finally brought it under control at about 6:30 a.m the next day.

Authorities also had a difficult time responding to two significant Rockaway Beach fires during Sandy because of flooding and storm surge.

According to the FDNY, one of those blazes started when utility wires fell onto a three-story commercial and residential structure at 113-18 Rockaway Beach Boulevard during the storm, spreading to and destroying and 16 other buildings.

Another Rockaway Beach fire, at a Beach 129 Street home, was also caused by utility wires and destroyed 32 structures after authorities couldn’t reach it for several hours.

In addition to the 21 serious storm-related blazes in New York City, there were another 73 structural ones, said the FDNY.

Most of these blazes, 68, was electrical-related, 20 began because of an open flame, such as candles or a stovetop, and six started because of generators.

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 45. Winds from the NNW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 20%. Tuesday night: Overcast. Low of 32. Winds from the North at 5 to 15 mph.

Hurricane Sandy’s 21 most serious fires caused by sea water hitting electrical systems: FDNY

Most of the 21 serious fires that destroyed hundreds of homes during Superstorm Sandy were sparked by sea water coming into contact with electrical systems, the FDNY announced Monday. Read more: New York Daily News

Outer borough metered cabs head to NY’s highest court

This cab fight is going straight to the top. The city has received permission to bypass the Appellate Division and go directly to the state’s highest court — the Court of Appeals — to try to overturn a lower court ruling blocking a new class of 18,000 taxis that would be allowed to pick up street hails outside Manhattan. Read more: New York Post

A Christmas miracle: Queens baby miraculously survives despite mother’s rare condition

This is a Christmas full of special meaning for a young family in Queens. Read more: CBS New York

Winter storm barrels toward region

Forecasters are tracking a significant winter storm barreling toward the tri-state area, though it’s not clear whether the system will pummel the region with rain or snow when it arrives Wednesday evening. Read more: NBC New York

Report: FBI counter-terror agents investigated Occupy Wall Street

When the Occupy Wall Street movement was setting up shop in Zuccotti Park last year, the FBI was already using counter-terrorism agents to investigate it, according to a report. Read more: CBS New York

Ambushed NY firemen shot dead; two police killed elsewhere

A gunman, who spent 17 years in prison for murder, ambushed and killed two volunteer firefighters and wounded two others on Monday near Rochester, New York, as they responded to a house fire he deliberately set, police said. Read more: Reuters

2 actors we loved knowing, who seemed to know us

What a couple of mugs, sporting less-than-perfect physiques in the bargain. But was there anything lovelier than Jack Klugman or Charles Durning doing what they did for an audience? Read more: AP

 

Bloomberg says new boardwalks will be concrete


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Worries about splinters when walking barefoot in the Rockaways might be gone by next summer under Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s plan to restore the boardwalk. But others say rebuilding the span should not be priority number one.

The mayor told the editorial board of The Wave, the Rockaway’s local weekly newspaper, that it probably won’t be rebuilt by the summer. But when the boardwalk does come back, it probably won’t have the traditional wooden planks.

“I guess this settles the issue of wooden boardwalks versus concrete boardwalks,” Bloomberg told the paper. “There will be no more wooden boardwalks in Rockaway or anywhere else. I don’t know that we can reconstruct the boardwalk before this summer, but it will be done.”

Much of the planked walkway was destroyed by the strong waves of Sandy. Despite measures to protect it, many pieces were thrown from their concrete supports and up against beachfront apartment buildings, or carried by waves and flood waters north into the streets of Rockaway.

Some locals, however, feel the boardwalk focus is not the right thing to tackle first; rather, it’s storm prevention.

John Cori with Friends of Rockaway Beach, a peninsula-wide advocacy group, said the real focus should be wave-resistant structures on the beach, such as concrete jetties upon which boardwalks can then be constructed.

“You’ve got to build a sea wall first and then build a boardwalk on top of that,” he said. “To allow the Bloomberg administration to put concrete slabs on top of the skeleton of what was the boardwalk…[won’t] prevent this from happening again.”

Cori said there were certain spots of concrete boardwalk that would perfectly accommodate wave walls and prevent further damage to homes. But before any new boardwalks should be replaced, storm prevention should be examined before anything else.

“Let’s concentrate on how strong your house is going to be before you focus on your moulding.”

30 NYC schools looted after Sandy


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In addition to homes and businesses, 30 schools have reported looting in some of the most Sandy-damaged areas, the New York City Department of Education told NY1.

Looters took $100,000 worth of equipment from Scholars’ Academy in Rockaway Beach. According to NY1, the stolen goods included approximately 90 iPads, six to 10 iMacs and two automated external defibrillators.

Scholars’ Academy is still closed because of storm-related damage, and a recovery and relief fund has been set up to help the institution.

At other schools thieves have taken cameras, calculators and a projector.

The lifted goods are reportedly not covered by insurance.

The NYPD recently reported that most of the 226 Sandy-related arrests were burglaries, and has assigned extra police on extended tours of duty to the Rockaways, Breezy Point, Coney Island and Staten Island. Authorities also brought in light towers, police cars and helicopters to help illuminate those areas.

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Wednesday: Partly cloudy in the morning, then clear. High of 79. Winds from the SW at 5 to 10 mph. Wednesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 66. Winds less than 5 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Showcase Wednesday 

Come to Resorts World Casino New York City to watch Crossing Midnight. The first time they were on the Resorts World Casino Bar 360 Stage, they rocked the house. This time around, this soulful group will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

FAA’s stealth pilot program involving LaGuardia and JFK Airports was just plain wrong, locals say

A federal pilot program came in for a rough landing after local leaders were told it began and ended without them knowing. Read more: New York Daily News

Cops pack Queens courtroom to watch alleged cop shooter John Thomas’ arraignment

Police officers packed a Queens courtroom this morning to watch the arraignment of an accused trigger-happy cop shooter. Read more: New York Post

Rockaways residents glad to see sand moved from ‘fornication hill’ to Beach 90th Street

You could say one person’s nuisance is another person’s newly refined beach — at least in the Rockaways. Huge dump trucks started have moved 7,000 cubic yards of sand from Beach 121st Street to Beach 90th Street. Read more: CBS New York

 A Hooters in Queens is sued for racial discrimination

Hooters, the restaurant chain widely known for the skimpy outfits of its waitresses, has built its reputation in part on its fun-loving and mildly provocative spirit. But a Korean-American customer has accused a Hooters restaurant in Queens of taking that carefree ethos too far and has sued the company for racial discrimination. Read more: New York Times

Former Rudy Giuliani aide Juan Reyes sends mailing blasting primary opponent, Councilman Eric Ulrich, for having dinner with gay friends

Two GOP primaries for the state Senate — including a hotly contested race in Queens — have sunk into the gutter with gay-baiting tactics.Read more: New York Daily News

U.S. ambassador to Libya killed in Benghazi attack

The U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other embassy staff were killed in a rocket attack on their car, a Libyan official said, as they were rushed from a consular building stormed by militants denouncing a U.S.-made film insulting the Prophet Mohammad. Read more: Reuters 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain in the morning, then partly cloudy. High of 88. Winds from the WNW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Tuesday night: Partly cloudy in the evening, then clear. Low of 66. Winds from the NNW at 10 to 15 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Zumba on the Beach

This is the last chance of the summer to take an evening Zumba class at Rockaway Beach. This free Shape Up NYC class is a fusion of Latin, International and popular music dance that features aerobic, fitness interval training with a combination of fast and slow rhythms that tone and sculpt the body with easy to follow dance steps. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

LIRR worker fatally electrocuted in Queens

A Long Island Rail Road worker is dead after he came in contact with the third rail near the Queens Village station.The Metropolitan Transportation Authority says service was temporarily suspended around the area after the accident Monday morning. Read more: AP/Wall Street Journal

Drama brewing over axed arts program in Glendale

Encore! A coalition of parents, teachers and students are rallying behind a displaced Queens drama teacher to ensure this isn’t his curtain call. Theater teacher Evan Behlivanis, 31, was told in late July that his nine-year tenure at Public School/Intermediate School 119 in Glendale was coming to an end due to budget constraints. Read more:  New York Daily News

Tennis fans brave soggy start to U.S. Open

The U.S. Open is back up and running in Queens with scores of eager fans ready for action following a three hour and 15-minute rain delay earlier today. About 700,000 fans are expected to visit Billie Jean King National Tennis Center for the 20-day tournament. Read more: NY1

City has just one Parks Enforcement Patrol officer for all of Queens, union charges

The ranks of city Parks Enforcement Patrol officers are so thin that only one officer is available to patrol all Queens parks this summer, union officials charged. Read more: New York Daily News

New Yorkers want to throw Department Of Sanitation policy in the trash

New Yorkers are crying foul over a sanitation policy that they say needs to be trashed. “I think it’s crazy that without a warning or anything, it should have been a warning. Unless they’re trying to make money, which is what I think,” Raymond Jansson of Whitestone, Queens told CBS 2′s Hazel Sanchez on Monday night. Read more: CBS New York

Tropical Storm Isaac takes aim at New Orleans

Tropical Storm Isaac had nearly reached hurricane strength as it bore down on the U.S. Gulf Coast on Tuesday and appeared to be taking direct aim at New Orleans, almost seven years to the day since the Crescent City was devastated by Hurricane Katrina. Read more: Reuters

Republican National Convention enlists first Sikh speaker

An American Sikh is scheduled to speak Wednesday at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., the first time the party has invited a Sikh to speak at a national convention. Read more: New York Times

 

 

What to do with the kids this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Queens

Friday, August 24

12:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., Take a whale and dolphin watching cruise, leaving from Riis Landing in Rockaway. Reservations required.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come to an evening of dancing under the stars at Gorman Playground. There will be music, face painting for children, and a raffle drawing.

Saturday, August 25

11 a.m., Children between the ages of 6 and 11 at Central Library’s Science Lab will execute awesome experiments, learn something new, and enjoy an hour of educational fun at this wonderful weekly lab.

11 a.m. – 2 p.m., Children explore innovative art mediums and a variety of subject matter at Socrates Sculpture Park’s free Kids Sculpture Workshop, including paper making, bike decoration, mask making, and more.

Noon – 4 p.m., Children of all ages can participate in a free afternoon of crafts, games, music, inflatables, pony rides and more at Family Day at St. Albans Park.

4 p.m. – Midnight, Help renowned visiting Canadian artists Thomas+Guinevere transform Socrates Sculpture Park into a field of freestanding, larger-than-life, glowing, sculptural scarecrows.

Sunday, August 26

10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Engage with your children in discussions about art in The Noguchi Museum’s galleries, and work together or individually to make your own works of art. This program is for families with children ages 5-11.

Saturday, August 25 & Sunday, August 26

11 a.m. – 4 p.m., At the last New York Hall of Science’s Maker Weekend of the summer visitors can build a fort using cardboard, PVC pipes, fabric while collaborating with other museum-goers. Free with museum admission.

Around NYC

Friday, August 24 – Sunday, August 26

Sited on Madison Square Park’s expansive Oval Lawn, Pet Sounds will introduce a snaking network of vibrantly colored pipe railings creating new paths as they wind across the urban oasis. As these railings converge around a common seating area, each railing begins to grow into a unique fantastic form.

Saturday, August 25

Noon, Tykes will have a ball watching a slew of kiddie musicians at this J&R sponsored Kids Music Fest. Among the day’s featured performers are Bari Koral, Karen K and the Jitterbugs and Hot Peas ‘N Butter. Once they’ve gotten their musical fill, kids can participate in free activities from MoonSoup and the Craft Studio. Free. All ages.

4 p.m., Enjoy Key Wilde and Mr. Clarke at a free kids concert in Carroll Park.

Sunday, August 26

10 a.m. – 5 p.m., The three stages at the Brighton Beach Jubilee feature Russian entertainment, rock and roll music and dads competing in an arm wrestling competition for the title of the “strongest arm in Brooklyn.” Sandy the Seagull, the Brooklyn Cyclones’ mascot, will make an appearance, and children can take a spin on kiddie rides and get their faces painted. Free. All ages.

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Families are invited to the historic Brooklyn farmhouse to rewind time—and get their hearts pumping—with such fun throwback activities as potato sack races and spoon races. Free. Ages 5 and up.

Queens Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Thursday: Mostly sunny, with a high near 88. West wind 5 to 11 mph becoming east in the afternoon. Thursday night: Mostly clear, with a low around 74. South wind 6 to 10 mph.

EVENT of the DAY: Cowboys & Aliens at Rockaway Beach

Enjoy films, sand, waves and salty air at the same time in Rockaway Beach. The free movie starts at sundown (approx. 9 p.m.). Click here for more info or submit an event of your own

Prosecutors decline to prosecute cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice

Prosecutors said Wednesday they will not charge a cop accused of assaulting a Queens Supreme Court Justice during a homeless man’s arrest in Jackson Heights. Justice Thomas Raffaele, 69, says he was hit with a chop to the throat in June by an officer who thought he was part of a rowdy crowd and that a police sergeant then refused to take his complaint. Read more: Daily News

Mets shut Santana down with back inflammationJohan Santana can start contemplating 2013

The Mets left-hander is not expected to pitch again this season, after the team on Wednesday placed him on the disabled list with an inflammation of the lower back. The decision to shut down Santana came after Mets brass received the results of an MRI exam taken on Tuesday. Read more: NY Post

Obama fundraises with help of his NBA friends

President Barack Obama is comparing the presidential contest to the fourth quarter of a basketball game. Obama is fundraising in New York with the help of current and former National Basketball Association stars. He tells a small group of donors gathered at Alice Tully Hall in Lincoln Center that the campaign is like a hoops contest in the final minutes. Read more: NY Post

Explosive firsthand account on raid that killed Osama bin Laden coming from member of Navy SEAL team

A member of the U.S. Navy SEAL team that killed Osama bin Laden has written a firsthand account of the operation, triggering more questions about the possible public release of classified information involving the historic assault of the terror leader’s compound in Pakistan. Read more: Daily News

LL Cool J takes down burglar in his LA home

LL Cool J put his “NCIS: Los Angeles” training to good use against a burglar in his L.A. home early Wednesday morning. The 42-year-old rapper turned TV military cop left the would be robber with a broken nose and jaw in what police sources described to the LA Times as a”knock-down, drag-out” fight and detained him for police. Read more: Daily News

Two errors cited as cause for Second Ave. subway explosion

The mid-day explosion along the Second Avenue Subway zone might have been caused by two serious errors by the contractor, the MTA said today. Officials said that the blast appeared to be the result of too much explosives in one area. Read more: NY Post

Year after Irene, Rockaway Beach repairs press on

Efforts to repair some of the damage from Hurricane Irene are still under way nearly a year later, including the boardwalk at Rockaway Beach. NY1′s Roger Clark filed the following report. Workers were out on the Rockaway Beach boardwalk Wednesday repairing a portion damaged almost a year ago, and has some residents wondering why it’s been taking so long. Read more: NY1

Weekend events in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Friday, August 17

6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Both children and adults are invited to a fundraising event at the Forest Park Carousel to raise money for programs and services for those who have Alzheimer’s.

7 p.m. – 10 p.m., “Taxi Driver” at the Museum of the Moving Image: Martin Scorsese’s dark, dyspeptic view of New York, made all the more menacing by a brassy Bernard Herrmann score, is also a great visual love letter to the Big Apple.

7: 30 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Irish Movie Night at the New York Irish Center: “Eat the Peach,” Two young out-of-work Irish men are watching an old Elvis Presley movie in which a carnival cyclist performs an act called the Wall of Death. Transfixed, they decide to put together their own “Wall of Death.” The film is based on the true story of two brothers-in-law, frustrated by life in a small border town.

8 p.m. – 10:30 p.m., Rufus King Park movie series presents “Knocked Up,” a Judd Apatow film about a one-night stand that results in an unexpected pregnancy for entertainment reporter Alison (Katherine Heigl), who vows to be a good mom and keep her career on track by trying to make things work with the slacker (Seth Rogen) who knocked her up.

8 p.m. – midnight, The Laughing Devil presents a showcase of the best comics that New York City has to offer, featuring a rotating cast with a healthy mix of celebrities and the next-big-thing.  Tonight’s show features Steve Hofstetter.

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Back to the Future.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Saturday, August 18

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday is the last day of the fifth annual Summer Streets. About seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for running, biking, walking and playing from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. There will also be activities and giveaways, including rock climbing and free bike helmets.

11 a.m. – 3 p.m., FlyNYC 2012: Come fly a kite at FlyNYC 2012, a kite festival in Riverside Park. There will also be kite making, live entertainment and other activities.

11 a.m. – 5 p.m., South Queens Park Association presents its second annual collectible car show at Roy Wilkins Park.

5 p.m. – 10 p.m., First Annual Rockaway Beach Club Crawl: Get to know your boardwalk concessions at Rockaway Beach.

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., At the Alley Pond Environmental Center astronomer Mark Freilich will teach you all about the stars and the features of the moon with an outside viewing using a professional telescope.

10:30 p.m. – midnight, Playing with Reality’s Late-Night Sandbox Series: Three unplanned stories. three audience volunteers. one unforgettable show each month. Here’s your chance to step on stage with highly skilled inter-actors and become the star and co-creator of an entirely unscripted journey. Or, just sit back and enjoy. This one-of-a-kind sandbox is waiting for you. Fill your pail with enthusiasm, jump in and play.

Sunday, August 19

9 a.m. – 4 p.m., The 3rd Summer Craze Car Show & Blood Drive will have trophies, dash plaques, goody bags  and raffles.  All Donations will go directly to St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside.

1 p.m. – 7 p.m.Astoria Park Shore Fest: A Car-free celebration on Shore Boulevard adjacent to Astoria Park. It will include educational activities, live music, fitness programs and food-tastings with various neighborhood restaurants.

6 p.m. – midnight, Long Island City: Art, Graffiti, Infrastructure, and Sunset, One subway stop away from midtown Manhattan, Long Island City is undergoing its second makeover as its industrial landscape gives way to artists’ venues, the reuse of its daylight factory buildings, new condos and shorefront parks.

Restorations means Rockaway’s rocking


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Rockaway is rocking its way to a promising destination for beachgoers.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe ceremoniously cut the ribbon on Monday, August 6, at the completed $30 million restoration of areas of eastern Rockaway beach.

The restoration included a 15,700-square-foot skateboard park, handball and basketball courts, playgrounds, climbing wall, performance space, water play area, synthetic turf field and accessible comfort station, according to the mayor’s office.

“Rockaway Beach has been an iconic recreational destination for more than a century,” Benepe said. “Now, thanks to Mayor Bloomberg and PlaNYC, the Far Rockaway neighborhood has new parks, playgrounds and athletic facilities that make it like a mini Jones Beach for the 21st century.”

This is one of eight projects under PlaNYC, which works on making the city greener.

The mile-long span of beach was designed to accommodate the growing residential boom in the Rockaways, according to the mayor’s office. The renovations were also designed to withstand the effects of storms and waves.

Assemblymember Philip Goldfeder, who was present at the ribbon cutting, has also secured $8 million from the city to restore the bulkhead at Beach 108th Street in Far Rockaway.

“I thank Mayor Bloomberg for allocating the necessary funding to fix the bay wall,” Goldfeder said. “We cannot take chances on the safety and protection of Rockaway families, and I am glad the mayor heard our concerns.”

Goldfeder also noted that the same area had been restored five years ago, but was now eroding for undetermined reasons.

By restoring the wall, he said, it will help prevent flooding and bring more people and economic activity to the area.

“By revitalizing this site and repairing the deteriorated bulkhead, we can create a new economic engine to help put southern Queens and the Rockaways on track toward success,” Goldfeder said. “At the same time, through repairing part of the waterfront, we can shield the bay from contaminants and better protect the community from future flooding.”

What to do with the kids this weekend


| ctumola@queenscourier.com

QUEENS

Friday, August 10 

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Attend the Star Wars Reading Day at the Long Island City branch of the Queens Library for a chance to win prizes and receive Star Wars giveaways. This reading day will feature a Star Wars craft station and other activities.

5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Come for an evening of music at Grover Cleveland Playground. There will also be face painting for children, a raffle drawing and Latin dance instruction under the stars. All ages are welcome to participate. Seniors will receive a free gift while supplies last.

Saturday, August 11

8:30 a.m., The Family Adventure Race for parents and children at Flushing Meadows-Corona Park incorporates basic exercises and sports skills. Open to participants of all City Parks Foundation sports programs and their parents. The race course features 12 activity stations including a javelin throw and a basketball free throw.

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., The youth mentoring agency Stoked is celebrating the summer at Rockaway Beach. Come out for yoga and get your body stretched and ready for surf lessons and surfboard demos, supported by Global Surf Industries. Once you’ve mastered the paddling, kneeling, and standing on the board, enjoy some food and show off your skills in the ping pong tournament to close out a day of fun.

12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m., At this free family event, learn about the different animals that used to live at Rufus King Park. Bring your favorite stuffed animal and enjoy making a special craft for your animal.

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., The USTA SmashZone Mobile Tour will be part of the Jackson Heights Play Street at Travers Park in Jackson Heights on Saturday. SmashZone Mobile Tour engages audiences by introducing them to the game in a fun and interactive way by makings stops at fairs, festivals and air shows. Children will have the opportunity to play tennis games.

Sunday, August 12

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., The Myrtle Avenue Festival, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Glendale Queens and located on Myrtle Avenue between Fresh Pond Road and Forest Avenue, features food vendors, craft vendors, games, rides, Brooklyn Nets “Experience”, North Shore Animal League mobile pet adoption, FDNY Smoke House fire safety exhibition and more fun for the whole family.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., The Itty Biddies, a group that combines storytelling and song, will perform at LIC Bar this Sunday.

 

AROUND NYC & LONG ISLAND 

Friday, August 10

8:30 p.m., This outdoor movie series at Hudson River Park features family-oriented PG movies suitable for all ages. Tonight’s film will be “Rango.” Free popcorn will be provided.

Friday, August 10 / Sunday, August 12

11 a.m.-1:00 p.m., During the Kids & Rigs Sailing Adventure, children ages 3 to 14 and adult chaperones will set sail in style aboard an 80′ 3-masted schooner powered by the wind. This two hour educational sail will teach kids about sailing and marine wildlife. The last activity on board will be a crafting workshop led by Chef Paula of LilChefs.com. Advanced payment and registration required. Space is limited. The boat sails from Schooner Soundwaters in Port Jefferson.

Saturday, August 11

7:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Saturday is the fifth annual Summer Streets. About seven miles of New York City’s streets will be opened up for running, biking, walking and playing from the Brooklyn Bridge to Central Park, along Park Avenue and connecting streets. There will also be activities and giveaways, including rock climbing and free bike helmets.

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., Friends of the High Line and the Children’s Museum of the Arts are having their monthly drop-in art workshops for kids this Saturday. Using found objects and natural materials, kids can craft their own High Line-inspired masterpieces under the guidance of Children’s Museum of the Arts Teaching Artists.

11 a.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., See Pinkalicious at the Long Island Children’s Museum. The musical is about a girl, Pinkalicious, who can’t stop eating pink cupcakes despite warnings from her parents. Her pink indulgence lands her at the doctor’s office with Pinkititis, an affliction that turns her pink from head to toe – a dream come true for this pink-loving enthusiast. But when her hue goes too far, only Pinkalicious can figure out a way to get out of this predicament.

Sunday, August 12

12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m., Kiddie Cruise: A Princess and Pirate Adventure is an all inclusive fun-filled family event that sails for two hours on the Hudson River. Guests enjoy a puppet show, magician, face painting, arts and crafts, live music while soaking in the sights. All guests receive a healthy bagged lunch and unlimited juice and soda. Kids are encouraged to dress up as their favorite Princess or Pirate. The boat leaves from Pier #40 West Side Highway in Manhattan.

4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., SummerStage Kids is a day of jazz performances geared towards a younger audience as well as dancing, a double-dutch show, face painting and other fun activities.

Queens weekend events


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Saturday, July 28

Noon – 2 p.m.34th Annual Thunderbird American Indian Mid-Summer Pow Wow: New York City’s oldest and largest pow wow will feature three days of intertribal Native American dance competitions to which the public is invited. Over 40 Indian nations are represented at this spectacular event held in the apple orchard on the farm grounds. A large selection of quality Native American art, crafts, jewelry and foods are available.

6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Vertigo at the Museum of the Moving Image: Considered by many cinephiles the greatest of all films, Hitchcock’s peerless psychological thriller follows a San Francisco private detective who comes out of retirement to trail an old schoolmate’s beautiful wife, who appears to be haunted by a figure from her ancestral past.

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of Shakespeare’s classic, “The Comedy of Errors” on the bathhouse plaza at Jacob Riis Park.

8 p.m. – 10 p.m., The Wild Party at Secret Theatre: Secret Theatre Musicals is pleased to announce their production of Andrew Lippa’s THE WILD PARTY. With a book, music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa (You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown, John and Jen, The Addam’s Family), this exciting production is directed by Taryn Turney and will play a 3-week limited engagement.

1 p.m. – 4 p.m., Bucket of Junk at NY Hall of Science: Design and build anything your imagination can think of by combining interesting objects you’ll find in our Bucket of Junk. Free with NYSCI admission.

Sunday, July 29

11 a.m.World’s Fair Marina, located at Pier 1 in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, invites you to master your fishing skills while connecting with nature. Experienced rangers teach the ecology of the waterways as well as the principles of fishing. This event is free.

Noon – 2 p.m.Rockaway Beach Sandcastle Contest: Build sandcastles at this 17th annual contest with Urban Park Ranger activities and prizes for several age categories. Bring buckets and tools. No experience necessary.

1 p.m. – 5 p.m., Sung in French Haitian Creole to a background of African Rhythms, “Compa Music” is undeniably infectious, high energy and fun to dance to at Flushing Town Hall. Dousing FTH with the flavor of this rich and varied music is The Agoci Band led by Rolhans Innocent. The Agoci Band is a group of Haitian musicians that combine fresh Hip-Hop, Roots, and Calypso flavors.

4 p.m. – 7 p.m., SummerStage Kids Queens Family Day: An exciting event to inspire and engage children of all ages and their families, featuring Randolph Matthews, LuckyBob and Little Club Heads. Families will also have the opportunity to participate in face painting, craft workshops, free sports lessons including golf workshops, and a fun and exciting hip-hop dance class!

7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Come enjoy a summer night with the Bard. Queens-based Hip to Hip Theatre Company presents a free performance of “Hamlet” on the stage at O’Donohue Park.