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Bayside tattoo artists donate $1,300 to veteran charity

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THE COURIER/Photo by Eric Jankiewicz

Life, liberty and tattoos for a cause!

Following the Super Bowl, the owner of Mean Street Tattoo in Bayside raised $1,300 for the Wounded Warrior Project to help war veterans.

Tom Murphy, the owner of the Bayside tattoo shop, enlisted the aid of dozens of friends in the tattoo business to turn helmets into works of art that were then sold during a Super Sunday fundraiser for the charity organization.

“We had a really good turnout,” Murphy said. “It’s great we were able to get everyone together and do this thing for veterans.”

Tattoo artists from England, Canada and across America answered Murphy’s call to use their skills for charity. In total, they sold all 21 helmets and raised $1,300. The artists that Murphy recruited were told to draw or paint whatever they wanted. The helmets fetched as much as $200 each. Many of the helmets depicted military-themed subjects like “Full Metal Jacket” while another artist represented a demon with real deer antlers screwed into the helmet.

The success of the fundraiser inspired Murphy to continue organizing events that bring people and art together. To mark Cinco de Mayo, a party will be held at Mean Street Tattoo. Murphy will try to get as many artists as possible to paint something related to the historical date commemorating Mexico’s victory over France during a battle in Puebla.

“We’re opening our doors to the community,” Murphy said. “Anyone is invited to come.”


Where to watch the Big Game in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Play in Elmhurst and Break Bar and Billiards in Astoria


With New Year’s Eve a distant memory, it’s time for Americans to consider their Super Bowl Sunday plans. With which best friends, in what atmosphere, and with what booze and grub specials are you planning to maximize the winner-take-all extravaganza? Feb. 1 is creeping up on us all, so here are a few locales in Queens we deem nothing short of awesomely appropriate for the game.

Break Bar and Billiards
32-04b Broadway, Astoria • 718-777-5400 • break-ny.com
This self-proclaimed “adult playground” includes foosball and the truly novel vintage arcade. A rotating selection of 18 beers on tap, along with signature comfort food and 10 HD television displays comprise the other attractions. The ambiance is defined by the 7,000-square-foot space’s classic exposed brick.

Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
29-19 24th Ave., Astoria • 718-274-4925 • bohemianhall.com
One of the only beer gardens to survive prohibition, the Bohemian Hall’s Brouczech beer on tap and classic beef goulash would have already made the cult establishment a prime Super Bowl destination. However, $10 Stellas, Hoegaardens and Abita Ambers, $5 Bushmill shots, and appetizer specials for the big game day make it irresistible. As always, no cover charge at this joint. Festivities begin at 4 p.m.

Bourbon Street
40-12 Bell Blvd., Bayside • 718-224-2200 • bourbonstreetny.com
Laissez les bon temps roulez! That’s “Cajun cuisine at its best,” the tried-and-true philosophy of this Bell Boulevard institution. Seafood lovers rejoice: there are hot and cold buffets, including the signature bayou mussels and blackened crab cakes. Those who love unlimited drinks should rejoice even harder with the Super Bowl promotion of all-you-can-drink beer, wine, mixed drinks and soda. Kickoff on the big screens is at 6:25 p.m., and raffles and free giveaways abound. $45 reservation and deposit required.

C.J. Sullivan’s
213-10 41st Ave., Bayside • 718-224-0060
This burger joint’s customary bargain drink specials are the stars of the show on this Sunday, but they are accompanied by a free hot and cold buffet, including chicken francese and sausage and peppers. The five big TVs make the large dining area seem intimate.

77-17 Queens Blvd., Elmhurst • 718-476-2828 • play-ny.com
Billiards, bowling, ping pong, air hockey and a mechanical bull will help the pre-game hours fly by. For the main course, 30 large screens, including six mega screens and one at the end of each lane, will be firmly set on NBC for the showdown. A 72-foot illuminated stainless steel bar is worth noting as well, with imported beers on tap.

Tap House
72-07 Austin St.  Forest Hills • 718-997-0500
This under-the-radar gem in the heart of Austin Street is for the hyper-casual fan who likes to let loose, and loves a huge selection of wings. Featured are 10 HD flat screens and 20 beers on tap, along with notably prompt and pleasant waitresses and bartenders.  The Super Bowl Sunday special is a $50 open bar and buffet. Raffles and other drink specials will be decided before the game, and based on its already reasonable pricing toward younger crowds, you can swing by with a light wallet.

The Garden at Studio Square NYC
35-33 36th St., Astoria • 718-383-1001 • studiosquarebeergarden.com
This may be the closest you’ll feel to actually being at the University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1. The mega sports party haven offers more than 30 screens throughout its 30,000-square-foot complex, which also includes two indoor areas and a cobblestone courtyard. Enjoy open beer from their advanced tap system, wine, sangria and unlimited wings from 4 p.m. until halftime. Tickets are $30-40 depending on how early you reserve them. 21 and over.


Bayside tattoo artist brings some color to Super Bowl celebrations

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THE COURIER/Photos by Eric Jankiewicz

This isn’t the Super Bowl half-time show. A tattoo artist in Bayside is holding a fundraiser on Super Bowl Sunday for the Wounded Warrior Project. And he’s enlisted tattoo artists from around the country to paint helmets to be sold at the fundraiser.

“It’s a good kickoff to a Super Bowl party,” said Tom Murphy, who owns Mean Street Tattoo, where the fundraiser will be held. “And we’re just trying to raise money for soldiers.”

Tattoo artists from England, Canada and across America used their tat skills to make paintings on helmets. Murphy is hoping to sell the helmets for $500 each and he has a total of 21 inked helmets made by 18 artists.

Murphy thought of the idea after he noticed his neighbor was a Vietnam veteran and he began to think about the new generation of veterans coming home from Iraq and Afghanistan. He also thought the idea would be a good way to bring the tattoo artist community together.

“I want to grow a community,” he said. “And if we could bring a splash of color to the boulevard that would be great.”


Murphy contributed to the collection by drawing an American flag with the Purple Heart on a helmet. Some artists took a more expansive view on the soldier theme and drew things like a helmet from Stanley Kubrick’s Full Metal Jacket.

Others strayed from the soldier theme altogether, with one artist drawing what Murphy described as an Elvis Geisha. Another helmet depicts a demon and the artist attached two deer antlers to the helmet.

“We hope this snowballs and the helmets sell,” Murphy said. “It’s for veterans, that’s all that matters.”


Vote to see Astoria man’s commercial air during Super Bowl

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Photo courtesy of Doritos

An Astoria actor is trying to “crash” one of the most watched television events of the year.

Alex Pepper could see his commercial, filmed at his Astoria home, air during this year’s Super Bowl, but he needs your vote.

The 25-year-old is one of 10 finalists in the Doritos Crash the Super Bowl Contest. Two finalists’ commercials, one chosen by fan votes and the second by Doritos, will be shown during the Big Game. The commercial that receives the most fan votes will win $1 million and a chance to work as a contractor for a year at Universal Pictures in Hollywood.

The contest was started nine years ago, and after seeing the commercials on past Super Bowls, Pepper decided he wanted to enter.

“I am more of an actor/artist than a sports fan so to see what people bring to commercials is incredible,” he said.

With only a couple weeks to go until the deadline, and the help of his girlfriend and pals, he shot the commercial inside his Astoria apartment and on the building’s roof.

The concept came from his performance experience — the actor, who has done a national tour of “South Pacific” and background work for television, is also a dancer.

“Being a male dancer, it’s your worst nightmare to drop your partner. So I took that idea and raised the stakes a little bit,” he said.

The commercial, called “What Could Go Wrong?” features Pepper in his apartment talking to a friend who is eating a bag of Doritos. His friend convinces him to talk to “the hottie from 3B,” who is on the roof, by telling him to bring the bag of chips and saying, “What could go wrong?”

But something does go wrong. He entices the hottie (played by his friend’s girlfriend) with the Doritos and she asks Pepper to dance with her. Then, after lifting her in the air “Dirty Dancing” style, he slips on the bag and the girl falls off the roof.

She seems to have survived, shouting out, “Really? ” at him. But before sneaking off the roof, Pepper makes sure to grab his Doritos.

Though he dropped the girl in the commercial, Pepper insists he’s never dropped a dance partner in real life.

The commercial cost only about $80 to make and was shot on point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras. Though he has edited videos before, Pepper was still somewhat of a novice before tackling the Doritos ad.

PepperHeadshot copy

Photo by Sarah Linn Reedy

“I was not expecting anything to come from this,” he said about being a finalist in a contest, which he said includes filmmakers with more experience than he has.

Out of almost 4,900 submissions, 29 semifinalists were selected, which were then narrowed down by a panel of judges consisting of Doritos executives, advertising professionals and actress Elizabeth Banks, to 10 from around the world. Six are from the U.S., and Pepper is the only finalist from New York City.

When Pepper found out he was a finalist, he got a personal call from Banks. He will also get to sit with her at the Super Bowl in a private suite. All the finalists won a trip to the Feb. 1 game in Arizona, and a guaranteed $25,000. The commercial chosen to run by Doritos receives $50,000.

The winner will not be announced until the commercial airs.

If he gets the big bucks, Pepper hopes to give back to the arts organizations that have supported him, including his hometown dance studio, Dee Buchanan Studio of Dance, which is helping him get votes through YouTube. He would also like to upgrade his camera equipment.

But Pepper isn’t focused on the million dollar prize.

“I think the job and having people see your work is more exciting than the money.”

To vote for Pepper’s commercial, visit www.doritos.com. Voting is open through Jan. 28.


Street Talk: What are your plans for the Super Bowl?

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


I will be staying home with my family and watching the game.
Ryan Arboleda

I plan on throwing a party at my house.
Erick Alvarado

I plan on throwing a party and having some drinks with my boys.
Wilfredo Zelaya

My plans are not too exciting. I’m going to be on a concert gig.
Jeremy Arnold

Unfortunately, I’ll be working for the Super Bowl.
Brad Crandell

I’m going to a local bar with some friends.
Manny Lalonde

I’ll be staying home watching the game with some appetizers, beer and friends.
Bridget Cronin

I’m going to my friend’s house in Brooklyn for a party to watch the Super Bowl as well as celebrate my 60th birthday.
Lou Gittler




Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Cloudy early with peeks of sunshine expected late. High around 40. Winds WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy early followed by cloudy skies overnight. Low near 30. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The Best of Tango 

Thalia Spanish Theatre presents the most popular tango and milongo classics in music, song and dance. Show starts on Friday, Jan. 31 lasts until March 23 with Friday and Saturday shows at 8 p.m. and Sunday performances at 4 pm. $30 to $35. 41-17 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, www.thaliatheatre.org.

Convicted criminal who escaped from Queens psychiatric facility caught in Tennessee

A convicted killer who escaped from a Queens Village psychiatric facility by swapping clothes with a friend was captured in Memphis, Tenn. Thursday night. Read more: The Queens Courier

De Blasio to weigh in on ‘independent’ cop monitor

The investigator nominated by Mayor de Blasio to keep the city government in check revealed Thursday that Hizzoner will have a big say in appointing what’s meant to be an “independent” NYPD watchdog. Read more: New York Post 

Mayor Bill de Blasio won’t attend Super Bowl

New York City is co-hosting the Super Bowl this weekend but its mayor will not attend the nation’s biggest sporting event. Read more: AP

Food safety inspections in NY lagging, staffing below recommended levels: audit

New York’s food inspections have been lagging, allowing 5,000 manufacturers, supermarkets, wholesale bakeries and other businesses to operate last year without updated inspections, state auditors reported Thursday. Read more: NBC New York

Federal prosecutors to seek death penalty against Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev

Federal prosecutors on Thursday announced they will seek the death penalty against 20-year-old Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in the Boston Marathon bombing, instantly raising the stakes in what could be one of the most wrenching trials the city has ever seen. Read more: CBS New York/AP


Former Super Bowl champ Franco Harris visits St. Mary’s Hospital for Children

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of St. Mary's Hospital for Children

As the New York City area gets ready for Sunday’s big game, a former Super Bowl champion paid a special visit to a Bayside’s St. Mary’s Hospital for Children.

Four-time Super Bowl winner and Pro Football Hall of Famer Franco Harris, along with business partner and former Penn State teammate Lydell Mitchell, and former Giants linebacker Brian Kelley were at the facility Wednesday to take a tour, and greet patients and staff.

“We are very thankful to Franco and Lydell for choosing St. Mary’s as the benefiting charity for their prestigious and distinguished dinner.” He shared. “Their support for New York’s sickest children is inspirational, and on behalf of the entire staff and the patients I invite them to return for another visit,” said Dr. Eddie Simpser, interim CEO and president of St. Mary’s, who led the tour.

The three men also distributed autographed caps to the children and took photos with medical staff and their patients.

Harris and Mitchell have named St. Mary’s the beneficiary of their 17th Annual Immaculate Reception and Dinner, a star-studded, sold-out event held in the Super Bowl host city, according to St. Mary’s. This year’s dinner will be held tonight in New York City.



Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre


Still looking for a place to go to watch the Super Bowl? With Feb. 2 quickly approaching, the time to make that decision is now. Here is a list of different hot spots around Queens where you can go on Game Day.

Buffalo Wild Wings (Forest Hills):

This new venue is equipped with 89 different televisions, ranging from 60” to 80”, as well as two projector screens, for your viewing pleasure. They will operate on a first-come, first-served basis for the Super Bowl. You can visit them at www.buffalowildwings.com.

Austin’s Ale House (Kew Gardens):

This bar has one of the best Super Bowl deals in Queens. For $50 you get microdrafts, bottled beers, or top shelf cocktails (not shots or cordials), along with a halftime buffet. You can also enjoy watching the game on any of its 50 televisions or 2 projector screens. Reservations are being accepted. Check out more on www.austinsteakandalehouse.com.

O’Neill’s Restaurant (Maspeth):

Yes, the famous O’Neill’s of Maspeth has re-opened. With its 60” HD flat screen televisions and top-quality sound system, one can only imagine how great the atmosphere will be. There will also be a VIP party room where, for $125 each, you and your party get a five-hour open bar, choice of appetizers, and a sit down dinner. Call O’Neill’s at 718-672-9696.

Bar 43 (Sunnyside):

Known for its atomic wings, Bar 43 is always a hot spot. This Sunnyside establishment has a perfect setup for a smaller crowd of Super Bowl viewers, with its 11 televisions and projector screen.  You can find more about them at www.bar43.com.

Katch (Astoria):

For the Super Bowl, Katch is planning to open up it newly renovated outdoor heated section. Now patrons will be able to watch the game in heated tents outside, while enjoying a BBQ and pig roast. There will also be Coors Light models making their way around the bar during the game. Reservations of at least six or more are being accepted. Visit www.katchastoria.com.

C.J. Sullivan’s (Bayside):

$12 Bud Light pitchers are a special for the Super Bowl. While you’re there you can also enjoy a free buffet at halftime, along with giveaway prizes.  There are 5 televisions around the bar and one large one in the dining area. Call them at 718-224-0060.

Bohemian Hall Beer Garden (Astoria):

Super Bowl Sunday is sure to be good at this century-old establishment. There will be no cover charge and a slew of beer specials. Starting at 4 p.m. there will be $8 pitchers of Beck’s Oktoberfest, $10 pitchers of both Hoegaarden and Stella, halftime shot specials, and appetizer specials. Check out more at www.bohemianhall.com.

Z NYC Hotel (Long Island City):

Although Super Bowl XLVIII is taking place in New Jersey, one Queens hotel is offering an “over-the-top” package to make sure you have everything you need for the big game, without leaving the borough.

The Z NYC Hotel, located at 11-01 43rd Avenue in Long Island City, announced it will be offering a SB 48 Package “for a day of football filled with friends, food and fabulous cocktails.”

The group package includes two nights, Saturday February 1 and Sunday, February 2, in a guest room overlooking the Manhattan skyline; a Breakfast of Champions on Super Bowl Sunday in the hotel’s private function space featuring an omelet station, steak and eggs, waffles, french toast, and more; access to the tailgating party on the Z Roof, weather permitting, from 4 p.m. until game time; a private viewing of the game with an open bar, unlimited buffet and VIP waitress service; and Monday morning breakfast in the hotel’s private function space or in the guest room.

The package is a group package fitting 11 guests in total to 11 guest rooms. It costs $22, 159.28 or $2,014.48 per person. The rate does not include tax or gratuity.

For those who do not want to book the package but would still like to have the Breakfast of Champions, the Z NYC Hotel is offering the meal for $25.95 including a pre-set football breakfast and unlimited beer, bloody marys and mimosas.

For more information visit www.zhotelny.com and to book a hotel package call 212-319-7000.



Two charged in counterfeit Super Bowl ticket operation

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Photo courtesy of Queens DA/Ticket photos courtesy of NYPD

Two men have been charged with running a counterfeit operation in Queens and elsewhere, allegedly manufacturing and selling tickets to the Super Bowl and NFL playoff games, District Attorney Richard Brown and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton announced Tuesday.

The pair is accused of peddling the forged tickets to individuals on the streets of New York as well as across the country through the Internet.

They were also allegedly selling fake Super Bowl tickets to the NFL Commissioner’s Party at the Waldolf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan, the NFL Honors Party at Radio City Music Hall, and parking passes close to New Jersey’s MetLife Stadium where the Super Bowl is being played Sunday.

“The defendants are charged with not only running a lucrative illegal operation that allegedly ripped off the National Football League and sports fans alike by manufacturing well-crafted counterfeit tickets using state-of-the art equipment but creating a security nightmare for the NFL and the vast army of local, state and federal enforcement law agencies handling security operations at this Sunday’s Super Bowl by allegedly selling fraudulent parking passes to the MetLife parking facilities. Beyond that, individuals who bought tickets or passes through the Internet may be in for a rude awakening on game day,” Brown said.

Damon Daniels, 43, of the Bronx and Jamaica, Queens, and Eugene Fladger, 32, of Philadelphia are presently awaiting arraignment in Queens Criminal Court on charges of forgery, criminal possession of a forged instrument, criminal possession of a forgery devices, criminal possession of computer-related material, trademark counterfeiting and conspiracy, according to Brown. If convicted, they each face up to seven years in prison.

Their arrests come following an investigation that began in December 2013 when the NFL’s Security Division notified the NYPD’s Organized Crime Investigation Division of an alleged counterfeit football ticket production operation, the district attorney said.

During the investigation, Daniels and Fladger were allegedly observed getting together right before an undercover officer, posing as a ticket buyer, met with Fladger in Queens, and bought tickets from him, Brown said.

The investigation also led to a search of Daniels’ girlfriend’s Jamaica apartment, where, according to prosecutors, police recovered a computer, a printer, a package of photo-grade paper, two tickets to the Super Bowl printed on the same photo-grade paper and a bag of half ripped, incomplete, first draft tickets which appeared to be printed on normal stock paper.

The fake tickets allegedly bore the official NFL logo and a bar code designed to be a replication of computer data that had been duplicated in order to fool stadium scanners, Brown said. The tickets, however, allegedly had defects— the printing on the tickets was washed out, there was a misprint on the back, the cutting of the tickets was not properly aligned, and various security features were missing. The parking passes and party tickets also allegedly featured washed-out printing and were not properly aligned.



MTA service for Super Bowl week

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of MTA

Dubbed the “first mass transit Super Bowl,” the MTA is encouraging people attending the big game on Sunday, Feb. 2 as well as related festivities this week to use its subways, buses, and regional railroads.

The MTA will be providing additional service on the Long Island Rail Road and the Metro-North Railroad, and NYC transit will also be providing full service.

Super Bowl Boulevard will be covering Broadway from 34th Street to 47th Street beginning this Wednesday, Jan. 29 at noon. Super Bowl Boulevard consists of a 7-story Toboggan Run and endless possibilities for autographs and pictures for die-hard fans.


Wednesday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Jan. 31:

NYC Transit

The B,D,F,M,N,Q, or R trains will take you to 34th Street-Herald Square, the N,Q,R,S,1,2,3 or 7 trains will drop you off right at Times Square- 42nd Street, and the A,C, or E, to 42nd Street-Port Authority Bus Terminal.

Long Island Railroad

The LIRR will be adding extra late afternoon and evening trains on four branches (Babylon Branch, Ronkonkoma Branch, Port Jefferson Branch, Port Washington Branch) starting Jan 29th.

Babylon Branch:

Four extra Penn Station-bound trains will be departing Babylon Ronkonkoma Branch.

Ronkonkoma Branch:

An extra Penn Station-bound train will be departing from Ronkonkoma. Three Ronkonkoma-bound trains will be departing Penn Station.

Port Jefferson Branch:

Three extra Penn Station bound trains will be departing Huntington.

An extra Huntington-bound train will be departing Penn Station.

Port Washington Branch:

Three extra Penn Station-bound trains will be departing Great Neck

For more details, click here.

Metro-North Railroad

The Metro North Railroad will be running four extra trains per day.

Harlem Line:

An extra train will be departing Southeast, and arriving at Grand Central

Hudson Line:

An extra train will be departing Poughkeepsie, and arriving at Grand Central.

New Haven Line:

An extra train will be departing New Haven and arriving at Grand Central.

An extra train will also be departing Grand Central, and arriving in New Haven


Saturday Feb.1:

New York City Transit

New York City Transit will be running an extra 1 train. The S train on the 42nd Street Shuttle will be having rush-hour level service providing 3 extra trains

Metro-North Railroad

The Metro North Railroad will be providing 16 extra trains on the New Haven Line and two extra trains on the Hudson Line.

Long Island Rail Road

The Long Island Rail Road will be running six extra Babylon Branch Trains.


Super Bowl Sunday, Feb. 2:

Fans holding tickets to the Super Bowl will be able to take trains, Fans Express busses, and charter buses to the country’s first Mass Transit Super Bowl. Fans will be required to bring the ticket to show at the Secaucus Junction before being allowed to connect the MetLife Stadium shuttle train.

Ticket holders may also catch NJ transit to trains to Secaucus for a short shuttle train ride to MetLife Stadium.

Penn Station buses; M4, M7, M20, M34, M34A, and Q32

In addition, Fan Express buses will depart for the game form six points in Manhattan, and the MTA is a great way to get to all the departure points

  • Battery Place (4,5 to Bowling Green)
  • 6th Ave (A,C,D, and F to W. 4th St.)
  • Madison Square Park (N,R to 23rd St.)
  • Grand Central/45th St. (4,5,6,7, and S/Metro-North to Grand Central)
  • Waldorf Astoria Hotel (6 to 51st /E to Lexington Ave)
  • Time-Warner Center (1, A, C, D to 59th St-Columbus Circle)


After the game:

The Long Island Rail Road  will be running two extra trains from Penn Station.

A Babylon bound train will depart and a Huntington-bound train will depart.

For more details, click here.


MTA to suspend track and road work:

New York City Transit is suspending Manhattan weekend track work during Super Bowl weekend, Feb. 1-2, with the exception of the long-term Sandy recovery project to restore the R train through the Montague Tube. MTA Bridges and Tunnels will closely monitor all routine construction at its crossings Super Bowl week, particularly at the bridges and tunnels leading into Manhattan. All routine construction will be suspended at MTA crossings on Super Bowl weekend. The Bronx-Whitestone Bridge will maintain three lanes heading to the Bronx all weekend.

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Mostly sunny this morning then becoming cloudy during the afternoon. High 19. Winds NW at 10 to 15 mph. Tuesday Night: Cloudy. Low 17. Winds WNW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tuesday Morning Music Club of Douglaston

Pianist Hannah Wang plays two compositions by M. Ravel and two compositions by C. Debussy. Expect a guest artist and post-concert sandwich lunch. Starts at 11 a.m. at the Douglaston Community Church, 39-15, Douglaston Pkwy., 516-466-4034.

Reports critical of MTA

Three recent reports on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority including an audit by the NY State comptroller show mostly bad news for customers using Metro North, LIRR and the subways. Read more: Fox New York

Comptroller Scott Stringer urges Albany to let NYC set own minimum wage

New York City should have the power to set its own minimum wage, city Comptroller Scott Stringer told legislators in Albany on Monday. Read more: CBS New York

Pols hold hearings to stop hooker trade at Super Bowl

The Super Bowl is a “sex-trafficking magnet,” a congressman leading the fight against such exploitation warned at a House hearing Monday. Read more: New York Post

NBC News poll: Pessimism defines the state of the union

As President Barack Obama enters his sixth year in the White House, 68 percent of Americans say the country is either stagnant or worse off since he took office, according to the latest NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll. Read more: NBC New York

Folk singer, activist Pete Seeger dies in New York

Buoyed by his characteristically soaring spirit, the surging crowd around him and a pair of canes, Pete Seeger walked through the streets of Manhattan leading an Occupy Movement protest in 2011. Read more: AP

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Rain and snow showers mixed for the afternoon. Temps nearly steady in the mid to upper 30s. Winds N at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies. Low 32. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page  

Space Choreographed: Noguchi and Ruth Page” is an exhibit of the Noguchi drawings of avant-garde American dancer and choreographer Ruth Page. This series includes ink wash paintings that abstract the human form. The Noguchi Museum is located at 9-01 33rd Road in LIC. For more information call 718-204-7088. Through Sun., Jan. 26.

De Blasio open to pre-K class endorsement in charters

Mayor de Blasio is leaving the door open to supporting pre-K classes in charter schools, even though he has previously been hostile to the expansion of the privately run schools. Read more: New York Post

Super Bowl security plan: 4,000 police officers

The game plan for security at this year’s Super Bowl will include deployment of nearly 4,000 local police and private security officers, airport-style screening for those entering MetLife Stadium and a host of other measures visible and invisible to the average fan, law enforcement officials said at a briefing on Wednesday at the stadium. Read more: NBC New York

 $18M settlement for RNC arrests lawsuits in NYC

New York City has agreed to pay $18 million to settle dozens of lawsuits filed by protesters, journalists and bystanders who said they were wrongly arrested at the 2004 Republican National Convention and held for hours in makeshift holding cells, lawyers said Wednesday. Read more: NBC New York

3 new deputy commissioners appointed to NYPD

The NYPD on Wednesday announced the appointment of three new deputy commissioners – including one for a new collaborative policing post. Read more: CBS New York

‘Devil baby’ prank terrifies New Yorkers

A marketing agency promoting the new horror movie, ‘Devil’s Due,’ apparently thought it would be funny to freak out New Yorkers by rigging a stroller with a remote-controlled demonic baby. Read more: Fox New York

Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Thursday: Sunny. High 31. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Thursday night: Partly cloudy skies this evening will become overcast overnight. Low 26. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: D.B. Rielly at Winegasm 

Come join award-winning singer/songwriter D.B. Rielly at Winegasm at 9 p.m., where he will perform a wide-ranging collection of Americana music, spanning several genres including roots, blues, and country. Winegasm is located at 31-86 37th Street in Astoria. Admission is free, for more information visit www.dbrielly.com.

Con Edison sets new winter records for gas, electric usage

The extreme cold in recent days has led to a new winter one-day record for national gas and electric service use by Con Edison customers. Read more: CBS New York

NYC urging parents to get flu shots for children

New York City health officials are urging locals to get flu shots, especially for their young children. The Health Department said vaccination levels are rising but remain below the goals set by the federal government. Read more: Fox New York

Cantor may launch charter school probe against de Blasio

Mayor de Blasio’s anti-charter school pronouncements could get him investigated by Congress before he even moves into Gracie Mansion. Read more: New York Post

MetroCard machines randomly dispensing super bowl-themed cards 

MetroCard machines are now randomly dispensing Super Bowl-themed cards as a way to promote the championship game at MetLife Stadium next month. Read more: NBC New York

Dennis Rodman apologizes for comments in North Korea, admits drinking

Dennis Rodman apologized Thursday for comments about captive American missionary Kenneth Bae in an interview with CNN. Read more: AP


Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Friday: Generally cloudy. High 48. Winds SW at 10 to 15 mph. Friday night: Partly cloudy this evening. Fog developing late. Low 43. Winds SW at 5 to 10 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: The David Leonhardt Trio

The David Leonhardt Trio, an internationally acclaimed jazz group will have fingers snapping and toes tapping as they present a winter holiday concert of cool jazz and hot rhythms at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

School bus company to shut down; NYC seeks alternative

While most parents should be relaxing during the Christmas break, many in New York City are now going to have to try and figure out how to get their kids to school. Read more: Fox New York

Super Bowl Monday possible if storm comes to Northeast: organizers

Super Bowl organizers say they’re prepared to deploy thousands of trucks and tons of salt to prevent snowy weather from interfering with the biggest football game of the year. Read more: NBC New York

MTA launches new apps for LIRR, Metro-North riders

Some new apps may help Metro-North and Long Island Rail Road customers avoid an extra long wait for the train. Read more: ABC New York

9/11 victims OK to sue Saudi government

Victims of the 9/11 attacks will have another chance to sue the Saudi Arabian government after a federal appeals court ruled Thursday that the original dismissal of the case was an “error of law.” Read more: New York Post

Target data breach leaves customers angry, frustrated

Potential victims of credit card fraud tied to Target’s security breach said they had trouble contacting the discounter through its website and call centers. Read more: AP


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Friday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 61. Winds from the WSW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday night: Overcast with a chance of rain. Low of 37. Winds from the WNW at 5 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Fall Festival: Free Film Screening and Community Health Fair

Come to a free community health fair and film screening of “A Place at the Table” with special guest Joel Berg Harvest Room in the Jamaica Market from 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring canned goods for a Thanksgiving Food Drive. Snacks from the Jamaica Farmers’ Market will also be provided! Sponsored by the Neighborhood Hunger Network. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Mayor Bloomberg: Mayor-Elect de Blasio to get balanced budget

For the first time in decades, an incoming New York City mayor will not face a budget deficit. Read more: CBS New York/AP

NYPD asks bars to not serve ‘SantaCon’ participants

There may be a little less “jolly” in Santa’s sleigh this year, at least if the NYPD has its way. Read more: ABC New York

Weprin goes to bat for Mariano Rivera street

At least one candidate for council speaker is going to bat for Yankee great Mariano Rivera. Read more: New York Post

NFL embraces possibility of snowy Super Bowl

Instead of shrinking from the possibility that football’s ultimate game could be played in a blizzard, organizers of the first outdoor, cold-climate Super Bowl have decided to embrace the snow as the game’s unofficial theme. Read more: NBC New York

JFK assassination remembered 50 years later

Fifty years after President John F. Kennedy was assassinated in Dallas on Nov. 22, 1963, thousands will mark the day with a solemn ceremony in Dealey Plaza, through which the president’s motorcade passed when shots rang out. Read more: AP