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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Friday: Overcast with rain showers. High of 64. Breezy. Winds from the NE at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 60%. Friday Night: Overcast with rain showers. Low of 57. Winds from the ENE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: NEA Jazz Masters

Join jazz legends Jimmy Heath, Barry Harris, Jimmy Owens, Christian McBride and others for an evening of blazing melodies and rhythmic vibes at Flushing Town Hall at 8 p.m. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYC Marathon considering alternate starting line

The government shutdown could mean a change to the starting line for the New York City Marathon. Read more: AP

NYC gets $2 million donations from NFL, Super Bowl committee for hosting duties

Hosting the Super Bowl will come with perks for New York City, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Thursday. Read more: New York Daily News

Bloomberg gets caught up in Mexico soda tax fight

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg is being drawn into the heated debate in Mexico over a proposed 8-cent (1 peso) per liter tax on soft drinks to fund anti-obesity efforts in a country with a growing weight problem. Read more: AP

Organization for the prohibition of chemical weapons wins Nobel Peace Prize

A chemical weapons watchdog has beaten Pakistani teenager Malala Yousafzai to the 2013 Nobel Peace Prize. Read more: NBC News

Obama, Republicans aim to end crisis after meeting, hurdles remain

President Barack Obama and Republican leaders appeared ready to end a political crisis that has shuttered much of the U.S. government and pushed the country dangerously close to default after meeting at the White House on Thursday. Read more: Reuters

Vince Lombardi to be honored at alma mater St. Francis Prep


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Photo courtesy of Pro Football Hall of Fame

The Pro Football Hall of Fame will recognize the late Vince Lombardi in a special ceremony at St. Francis Preparatory School on Wednesday, October 2.

A plaque honoring Lombardi will be presented at the school, where it will be permanently placed, as a part of the Hometown Hall of Famers program. Lombardi’s grandson, John, will accept the plaque on behalf of the Lombardi family.

The football legend attended St. Francis Prep and played on the football team until he graduated in 1933.

Lombardi is attributed for saying, “Winning isn’t everything, it’s the only thing,” and he certainly knew how to win.

He is best known as the head coach who led the Green Bay Packers pro football team to three straight and five total league championships, including the first two Super Bowls in 1966 and 1967.

The NFL’s Lombardi Trophy, the award for the winning team in the Super Bowl, is named in his honor. Lombardi was entered into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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morning roundup

TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Mostly cloudy with rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 82. Winds from the SW at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Monday night: Overcast with thunderstorms, then a chance of a thunderstorm and a chance of rain after midnight. Low of 73. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 60% with rainfall amounts near 0.2 in. possible.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Free screening of Juno at Astoria Park

The Central Astoria LDC presents Juno as the final film of its Monday night outdoor film series at Astoria Park. Free.  Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Correction officer from Queens arrested after shooting son

A teenager in Queens is in the hospital Monday, suffering from a gunshot wound. And the person accused of firing the shot is his own father, a correction officer at Rikers Island. Read more: ABC New York

Students in Bloomberg’s smaller schools have better on-time graduation rates: report

The new, smaller schools at the center of Mayor Bloomberg’s education reforms have boosted students’ chances of graduating on time, research to be released Monday shows. Read more: New York Daily News

Public advocate candidates clash on qualifications, seek to defend spotty voting records

The Democratic candidates competing for New York City public advocate argued about their qualifications for the job and several sought to explain their spotty voting records Sunday during an official debate on NBC 4 New York. Read more: NBC New York

Barclays Center in the spotlight for MTV Video Music Awards

Brooklyn was on the world stage Sunday night – perhaps like never before – with Barclays Center hosting the MTV Video Music Awards. Read more: CBS New York

Farmers’ Almanac: Super Bowl may be ‘Storm Bowl

he Farmers’ Almanac is using words like “piercing cold,” ”bitterly cold” and “biting cold” to describe the upcoming winter. And if its predictions are right, the first outdoor Super Bowl in years will be a messy “Storm Bowl.” Read more: AP

 

Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Clear in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High of 34F with a windchill as low as 9. Breezy. Winds from the WNW at 15 to 20 mph. Chance of snow 30%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow. Low of 25. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 15 mph. Chance of snow 30%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Making “Roots,” and Making TV History at the Museum of the Moving Image 

A discussion with four stars of the TV series “Roots,” Ben Vereen, Lou Gossett Jr., LeVar Burton and Leslie Uggams. “Roots,” which first aired in 1977, was one of the most influential and highest rated television events of all time; the final episode had more than 100 million viewers. Thirty-five years later, the series still resonates. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Queens merchants say frivolous city violations cost them big bucks

A couple of missing muffin labels could end up costing bagel shop owner Matt Davidov a whole lot of dough. Read more: New York Daily News

Former NYC Mayor Ed Koch to be laid to rest

Family, friends and dignitaries will gather Monday to say goodbye to former New York City Mayor Ed Koch. Read more: CBS New York

Cuomo seeking home buyouts in flood zones

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is proposing to spend as much as $400 million to purchase homes wrecked by Hurricane Sandy, have them demolished and then preserve the flood-prone land permanently, as undeveloped coastline. Read more: New York Times

Livery cab company hogs parking spots near his Queens garage

An ex-con cab-company owner who is awaiting trial in a $10 million insurance scam has another sin to answer for: hogging all the parking spots outside a church near his Queens garage. Read more: New York Post

Power goes down for over half and hour in middle of Super Bowl

The Super Bowl was halted because of a power outage Sunday, plunging parts of the Superdome into darkness and leading to a 34-minute delay in the biggest game of the year. Read more: CBS New York

Reid predicts Congress will pass immigration legislation

The top Senate Democrat on Sunday predicted that Congress will pass and send to President Barack Obama legislation overhauling the U.S. immigration system, saying “things are looking really good.” Read more: Reuters

Recipes for your Super Bowl party


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When the big game rolls around, you want to make sure you have everything ready to go so you can focus on the action. Prepping in advance for watch parties and tailgating means you don’t have to worry about last-minute details. And while standard watch party fare may be enticing, game day snacking guilt can set in once the day is over. Avoid snacking guilt by serving up flavorful, better-for-you dishes that will still please the party palates of your fellow fans.

For example – instead of nachos topped with cheese, sour cream and more cheese, opt for a flavorful spin on nachos-as-usual. This recipe for Mediterranean Nachos incorporates the savory and fresh flavors of Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus and Roasted Red Pepper Hummus, as well as tomatoes, Greek olives, fresh mozzarella, zucchini and pepperoncini. Likewise, the Hummus Deviled Eggs are sure to score big points with your watch party crowd, and can be made in advance, or while your nachos are in the oven.

Try this  flavorful, better-for-you dish at your game day watch party; whether your team wins or loses, you’re sure to get an M.V.P. mention. For more game day recipes, visit www.Facebook.com/Sabra.

Mediterranean Nachos
Makes: 4 servings
Time: 25 minutes

4 cups pita chips
2 tablespoons Sabra Roasted Garlic Hummus
2 tablespoons Sabra Roasted Red Pepper Hummus
8 to 10 grape tomatoes, cut in half lengthwise
1/4 cup chopped zucchini, cut into 1/4-inch chunks
2 tablespoons chopped Greek olives
2 tablespoons chopped pepperoncini
1  1/2 cups shredded mozzarella

Preheat oven to 375°F.

Place pita chips in a 9- to 10-inch skillet or other oven-proof pan or baking dish. Top with small spoonfuls of hummus. Sprinkle tomatoes, zucchini, olive and pepperoncini over the chips. Top with shredded mozzarella. Bake 15 to 20 minutes, or until cheese has melted and edges are beginning to brown. Serve warm.

Transform your traditional tailgating menu into a crowd-pleasing feast that will have your game day friends thinking you’ve gone gourmet. Whether you’re rooting for the home team or away, you can serve up these savory dishes for friends around your backyard grill or with fellow fans at the field.

To up your gourmet game, fire up the grill and fix this quick and easy chipotle marinated Grilled Skirt Steak.

A Roasted Corn Salad embodies the fresh and zesty flavors of the season to keep you at the edge of your seat. Add lime juice to a mixture of corn, tomato, red onion, basil and avocado. Then shake in as much Tabasco brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce as your taste buds desire for a smoky finish.

To find these and more recipes that will take your tailgate to the next level, visit www.TABASCO.com.

Grilled Skirt Steak with Roasted Corn Salad
Makes 4 servings

Skirt Steak:
1/3 cup Tabasco® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1 tablespoon ground cumin
1 large garlic clove, crushed
1 1/2 pounds skirt steak, cut into 4-inch pieces

Corn Salad:
4 ears corn on the cob, shucked
2 large tomatoes, chopped
1 small red onion, diced
1 ripe avocado, peeled, pitted and diced
2 tablespoons fresh chopped basil
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 tablespoon Tabasco® brand Chipotle Pepper Sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt

Prepare skirt steak: In large bowl, combine chipotle pepper sauce, cumin and garlic; add skirt steaks. Toss to mix well; cover and refrigerate at least 30 minutes or overnight.

Prepare corn salad: Preheat grill to medium. Grill corn about 5 to 10 minutes, turning frequently, until tender-crisp. When cool enough to handle, cut corn from cob. In medium bowl, combine corn, tomatoes, red onion, avocado, basil, lime juice, olive oil, chipotle pepper sauce and salt; toss to mix well.

Preheat grill to high. Grill skirt steak about 5 minutes, or until of desired doneness, turning once.

To serve, plate steak with corn salad.

At-home entertaining is a great way to bring friends and family together, but it can be challenging to find unique and inspiring dishes to serve up. Let flavorful, versatile pork come to the rescue as your entertaining hero.

Boneless pork loin is perfect for party dishes, as it can be roasted whole, cut into pork chops or stuffed with complementing ingredients. Put a casual spin on get-togethers and serve up Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders, an easy-to-prepare favorite that will keep party-goers munching and mingling. The spice-infused pork loin adds a fun twist to a classic recipe and, paired with a Dijon remoulade, it’s guaranteed to spice up any soiree.

For more inspiration and party-perfect recipes, visit the National Pork Board at www.PorkBeInspired.com, www.Facebook.com/PorkBeInspired and www.Pinterest.com/PorkBeInspired. Also, be sure to follow @allaboutpork on Twitter for timely recipes and tips.

Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin BLT Sliders with Dijon Remoulade

Makes 24 slider, 12 servings
Prep time: 20 minutes
Contributors: Jenny Flake of Picky-Palate.com and Amanda Green Bottoms of KevinandAmanda.com

Dijon Remoulade

1 cup low-fat mayonnaise
3  tablespoons Dijon mustard
3 tablespoons dill pickle relish or finely chopped dill pickle
3/4 teaspoon garlic powder
3/4       teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Spice-Rubbed Pork Loin

1 2-pound boneless pork loin roast
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2  teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

24 dinner-sized rolls, such as Hawaiian or potato
2 cups packed baby arugula leaves
3 to 4 plum (Roma) tomatoes, cut into 24 rounds
12 bacon slices, cooked (see Note), each cut into quarters to make 48 pieces

To make the remoulade, mix the ingredients together in small bowl. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

Preheat the oven to 400ºF.

Combine cumin, smoked paprika, thyme, salt and pepper together in small bowl. Rub all over the loin. Place on a rack in a small roasting pan. Roast for 10 minutes.

Reduce oven temperature to 350ºF. Continue roasting until an instant-read thermometer inserted in the center of roast registers 145ºF, 50 to 60 minutes. Let stand for 10 minutes before carving.

Carve roast crosswise into thin slices. Divide the slices in to 24 portions.

Spread each roll with a generous tablespoon remoulade. Fill with equal amounts of pork and arugula, and top with a tomato round and 2 pieces of bacon. Serve warm.

Note: To cook bacon, arrange the slices in a single layer on a large rimmed baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 375ºF oven until crisp, about 20 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain.

 

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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Super Bowl Street Talk

BY ROSA MICHAELS & MAGGIE HAYES

 

I’m going to sit in my living room with my family eating pizza and buffalo wings. During the Super Bowl we get very loud.
Daniella Sumair

I’m going to watch the game.
Michael B.

I’m staying at home and watching the game.
Peter Morales 

Well, I don’t really know the game very well, but I sit with friends who like it and ask questions so I learn about the sport.
Danny Sumair

I’m hanging out with family.
Angel Caban

I’m going to go out and enjoy watching the game.
Mario Salazar

I’m watching the game at home.
Salah Almarashi

I’m having all the boys over to my place and I’m ordering a pizza so I don’t have to cook.
Sandy Mounsey

 

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Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BY ANTHONY O’REILLY

While the Harbaugh brothers try to coach their teams to victory in the “HarBowl”, you can enjoy the game at one of Queens’ many bars, offering various drink and food specials throughout the night, along with free giveaways.

Bourbon Street, Bayside

For $45 per person, enjoy a hot and cold buffet, unlimited mixed drinks, bottled and tap beer, wine and soda during the game. Raffles and prize drawings will also be held during the event, which starts at 6 p.m.  Reservations and deposit required.

Bohemian Hall & Beer Garden, Astoria

“The Biggest Tailgating Party in Astoria,” offers free admission, free hot dogs, wing specials and $10 pitchers on select beers and the game is played on a 200-inch high-definition screen. The event will start at 6 p.m.

Studio Square NYC, Astoria

Starting at 4 p.m., enjoy unlimited draft beers, red & white sangria, loaded lemonade and red stag iced tea as well as an in-game buffet from the garden grill and shot specials during the game. Auction on past Super Bowl memorabilia and several raffles will be held for the chance to win an 80” led screen. Watch the game on more than three dozen 60” flat screen TV’s. Tickets are $40 online (studiosquarenyc.com) and $45 at the door.

Austin’s Ale House, Kew Gardens

For $50 per person enjoy bottled beer, top-shelf cocktails, half-time buffet and raffles & prize drawings. Order wings by Feb. 1.

Resorts World Casino, South Ozone Park 

Watch the game on a huge 16’x28’ flat screen TV, along with several other screens around the circular bar. Two packages are available. $25 per person gets you six wings and two domestic draft beers. The VIP package, priced at $60 per person (must order 25 tickets for a grand total of $1500), gets you 150 wings and 50 draft domestic beers.

Play, Elmhurst

Starting at 5 p.m., guests can enjoy a five hour open bar and watch the game on one of 16 flat screen TV’s for $25 per person. A mechanical bull, billiards, bowling and ping-pong and more also available. VIP tables are also available by calling 718-476-2828. VIP options include a bottle of liquor of your choice and two food platters or a la carte food and beverage service. After party will be held until 4 a.m. Tickets are required. Visit play.ticketleap.com to order.

 

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Plans for first Northeast Super Bowl announced


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Photo by Spencer T. Tucker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

But that potential is alongside several firsts for the championship:

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

 

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Queens’ Morning Roundup


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TODAY’S FORECAST

Monday: Partly cloudy with a chance of snow in the morning, then overcast with a chance of snow and a chance of rain. High of 37 with a windchill as low as 21. Winds from the WSW at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of snow 50%. Monday night: Overcast with a chance of snow in the evening, then partly cloudy with a chance of snow. Low of 25 with a windchill as low as 12F. Winds from the SSW at 5 to 20 mph shifting to the West after midnight. Chance of snow 50% with accumulations up to 1 in. possible

EVENT OF THE DAY: Tongues Untied, True Tales Told: African-American Women Changing the Picture in Film and Television at the Museum of the Moving Image

Barbara Montgomery, a veteran actress-turned-director, will screen excerpts from her upcoming film Mitote, which shares the stories of three African-American women who live in New Mexico, circa 1900. Each has a story to tell, based on a unique historical incident. Following the screening will be a wide-ranging discussion with Barbara Montgomery and her featured cast members, S. Epatha Merkerson (Law and Order, Lincoln) and screen legend Ruby Dee, about the untold stories and missing representation of African-Americans. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Ambulance collides with  car, crashes into Queens house 

Police say an ambulance on its way to a call of an unconscious person in Queens collided with a car and ended up crashing into a home Sunday afternoon. Read more: NBC New York

Queens cab driver fatally injured by SUV in Manhattan

A yellow cab driver from Queens died Sunday morning after an SUV crashed into his taxi on the East Side of Manhattan. Read more: NY1

Former Mayor Ed Koch back in the hospital, but doing well

Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch is back in the hospital for the third time since September, but a spokesman said the former mayor is doing well. Read more: CBS New York

Obama inauguration speech sets stage for battles

President Barack Obama has prepared a second inaugural address that broadly lays out his vision for the country’s future, setting the stage for looming debates over taxes, guns, immigration and other issues while leaving the details for another day. Read more: ABC New York

CBS News hires former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as a contributor, and network bosses say she will take part in inauguration coverage on Monday

Former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has joined CBS News as a contributor — just in time for inauguration coverage. Read more: New York Daily News 

Harbaugh brothers take 49ers, Ravens to Super Bowl

This Super Bowl will be filled with firsts — and one significant last. The Harbaughs, San Francisco’s Jim and Baltimore’s John, will be the first pair of brothers to coach against each other in the NFL title game. Read more: ABC News

 

 

Top Headlines From Around the Web


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Graphic by Jay Lane

House of horrors in Queens: Couple charged with kidnapping, beating disabled woman

A disabled Queens woman was locked away in a house of horrors for more than a year by a couple who delivered daily beatings while denying her food and medical care and stealing her money, prosecutors say. Patrick Donovan, 42, and Mae Washington, 63, face kidnapping and assault charges for the yearlong siege that ended Thursday when cops found Maureen Murray huddled on the floor of a barren Rockaway Park apartment that had no mattress or bed. Read More: Daily News
Suspected bombers arrested after ‘mass suicide attack’ foiled

Afghan intelligence officials arrested 16 people after an apparent mass suicide bombing attack was foiled in Kabul, according to reports out Tuesday. Some 11 suicide bombing vests were also seized from inside Afghanistan’s defense ministry, according to security officials, cited by news website Khaama Press. A number of the suspects were members of the Afghan National Army, the security sources added. Read More: New York Post

 

Jets coach throws his weight behind Sanchez

Jets coach Rex Ryan threw his weight behind Mark Sanchez Tuesday morning, but he did not let his starting quarterback weigh in on the decision to trade for Tim Tebow. One day after the Jets introduced Tebow as the team’s backup quarterback, Ryan expressed his support for Sanchez, saying the quarterback would have received an extension regardless of who the team acquired. Read More: New York Post

 

Supreme Court begins second day of arguments in Obamacare case

The US Supreme Court was hearing oral arguments Tuesday on the central issue in the challenge to President Obama’s health care law: whether the US Constitution permits the federal government to require citizens to buy health insurance. Tuesday’s hearing marks the second of three days of arguments scheduled over Obama’s signature piece of legislation in what could be a landmark case on the scope of the federal government’s power to regulate interstate commerce. Read More: New York Post

 

Madam’s accomplice glares at media circus outside court

The gorgeous accused accomplice of alleged “Hockey Mom Madam” Anna Gristina wore a purse-lipped frown and glared into the middle distance as she was swarmed by reporters and news photographers at a routine court appearance today. Jaynie Mae Baker is not ready for her closeup, her defense lawyer explained to his client’s scrum of some two dozen media pursuers — so many, that a pack of ignored Occupy Wall Street protesters began heckling sarcastically from the sidewalk of Manhattan Supreme Court, “Ooooh, a big story!” Read More: New York Post

 

 Group Protests Peninsula Hospital Closure With Sit-In

Staffers, local residents and elected officials are holding a sit-in today at a financially struggling Queens hospital that will soon be closing its doors. The State Health Department has ordered officials at the 104-year-old Peninsula Hospital to submit a shutdown plan. Peninsula has struggled financially and last month the state shut down its lab for failing to meet standards. An investor stepped in last year to try to revive the hospital’s finances but was unable to turn things around. Read More: NY1

 

Police Release Name Of Man Wanted In Fatal Subway Brawl

Police say they have identified the man involved in a fight last week at a Brooklyn subway station that left another man dead. Investigators say Ryan Beauchamp was drunk when he got into a fight with Joshua Basin, 20, Friday night. The two fought at the L train stop at Bedford Avenue and both men wound up falling on the tracks. Basin was hit by the train. Beauchamp got back onto the platform and escaped. Read More: NY1

 

MTA On Track To Purchase New Subway Cars

Some of the city’s oldest subway cars could soon be headed off the rails. The Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s transit subcommittee has approved a plan to buy 300 new subway cars. They’ll replace older cars primarily on the C line, which has some subway cars that are nearly 50 years old. New cars will also be ordered for the J and Z lines. It would be the first purchase of new subway cars in about three years. Read More: NY1

 

Giants ticker tape set to fly downtown


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Giants ticker tape set to fly downtown

Rabid Big Blue fans will flood the Canyon of Heroes today to watch Eli Manning and the Super Bowl champion Giants march up Broadway — and a lucky 500 will get to attend an exclusive City Hall ceremony afterward. Officials doled out 250 pairs of tickets after holding an online lottery for New York residents. More than 50,000 people had entered. The winners were notified at 2 p.m. and had six hours to rush to Midtown to claim their prize. Read More: New York Post

 

Queens Man In Custody Following Wife’s Death

A Queens man whose wife was found dead last week is now in police custody. Sources tell NY1 Jordan Hawes, 32, was picked up by police in Connecticut for driving a stolen car. Sources say he is being held in a psychiatric ward in a Connecticut hospital and has not yet been charged with any crime. His wife, Tara Hawes, 33, was found dead in the couple’s Astoria apartment Thursday night. Investigators say she died of blunt force trauma to the head. Read More: NY1

 

 Former EMS Chief Passes Away After Battling Brain Tumor

The city Fire Department is mourning a longtime Emergency Medical Services chief. John McFarland passed away Monday from complications related to a brain tumor. McFarland began as an EMT in 1983 and served in many positions, including chief of the academy and Queens Borough commander. The father of five is remembered as an advocate for patients who embraced technological advances in the field. Read More: NY1

 

Cemetery workers plunge into open grave

They wound up 6 feet under — and lived to tell about it. Four workers at a Queens cemetery plunged yesterday into a deep grave — on top of a freshly laid casket — leaving one of them injured. Raimundo Rodriguez, 49, had been working in a crew of four on the Harper family plot at the Lutheran All Faiths Cemetery in Middle Village when the freak accident occurred, workers said. The men had been removing the apparatus used to lower caskets into the ground at around 12:50 p.m. when suddenly, all of them “vanished.” Read More: New York Post

 

Dopey rob victim busted

Always tidy up before calling the cops — it’s a lesson that Michael Cokley learned the hard way. Late last year, he called 911 to report a gunpoint home-invasion robbery. As he described the ordeal to them at his Far Rockaway, Queens, apartment, cops smelled the distinctive aroma of marijuana and saw heroin out in the open, police say. After getting a search warrant, the cops allegedly discovered 34 grams of heroin, 91 glassine envelopes, four marijuana grinders and an electronic scale. Read More: New York Post

Bettor days for Aqueduct

Horse betting is up at Aqueduct following the opening of the new racino next door. The total handle on races is up 6.6 last month, compared with January 2011, according to figures compiled by the New York Racing Association. That includes bets made off premises. Wagering increased to $117,842,942 last month from $110,556,714 the prior period — or an increase of more than $7 million. Most of that increase was from off-track betting. The total on-track handle was up 1 percent — to $23,428,941 last month compared to $23,190,785 in the prior period. “We’re pleased with the increase in handle on and off the track,” said NYRA spokesman Dan Silver. Read More: New York Post

Astoria Giants fans pack bars to watch Super Bowl victory


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Astoria, known for its booming nightlife, did not disappoint for the Super Bowl. Locals filled area bars hoping for a cold drink and a Giants victory.

Dan Drazka cozied up to the bar at Sissy McGinty’s, nursing a frosted Coors Light and dressed in a crisp Victor Cruz jersey—support for his favorite player.

“I hope [Victor Cruz] catches a lot of passes so I can learn to dance like him,” said Drazka.

Drazka’s girlfriend Veronica came out to watch the game, bringing along her parents.

Margaret Smith from Astoria was also watching the game at Sissy McGinty’s, along with several of her friends.

“I hope they kick Patriot ass,” said Smith.

Down the street at Tu Casa, Giants fans crammed themselves around the bar in the front room to catch the game.  Jonathan Franco, a Giants fan who came to Tu Casa to support his team, was hopeful for a Giants win.

“The anticipation and the duration, it’s definitely exciting,” said Franco.

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Giants upset Patriots again for fourth Super Bowl title


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Graphic by Jay Lane

Giants upset Patriots again for fourth Super Bowl title

At the end, Tom Coughlin did not need to push and prod his Giants, did not need to preach “All In” any longer, did not need to insist and demand and plea for his players to please, please, just “Finish.” All he needed to do was watch the confetti fall after his quarterback, Eli Manning, did it again and Justin Tuck and his defense did it again, did it to the Patriots, to Bill Belichick and Tom Brady again, incredibly, impossibly and, in some strange way, naturally. “This is the finish line for this year, yes it is!’’ Coughlin exclaimed. Photos, Videos, and More @ New York Post

 

3 slain in 12 hours

Three people were murdered in separate incidents during a 12-hour spate of violence in Queens over the weekend, police said. The bloodshed first erupted at around 5:45 p.m. Saturday, when career criminal George Portillo, 31, got in a fight with an unknown gunman on 95th Street and 31st Avenue in East Corona. Portillo was shot in the chest and died at Elmhurst Hospital. Police said his rap sheet included arrests for rape, assault, DWI and drugs. Another slaying occurred at 1:16 a.m. yesterday in South Jamaica, when 20-year-old Cody Kahn was fatally shot in the chest. Cops did not know what sparked the killing. Read More: New York Post

 

Seizure horror at Howard Beach school show

An elementary-school talent show turned tragic in Queens after a parent suffering a violent seizure accidently punched a man who was trying to help him — and the good Samaritan later died, cops said. Students had been performing at Ave Maria Catholic School in Howard Beach Thursday evening when strobe lights fired and a man was stricken by a seizure, a witness told The Post. The man, who later identified himself to The Post only as Mario, “was biting his tongue, foaming from the mouth,” the witness said. A grandparent, identified as Paul Trinchese, 61, of Howard Beach, tried to help Mario, who has a history of seizures, the witness said. Read More: New York Post

 

New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman traps alleged stalker Louise Neathway with volley of text messages

Yankees general manager Brian Cashman helped net his accused stalker with a final blistering volley of text messages that lured her out of her Tribeca apartment and into the hands of waiting investigators. The crafty Cashman and authorities set the trap for Louise Neathway in the hours before she was arrested on Feb. 1. “What will it take to make this go away, I can’t believe you’ve done this,” Cashman, 44, wrote in a text sent to his alleged mistress at 4:25 p.m. under the direction of cops. “We have to talk,” Neathway, 36, replied, “where is up to you.” Read More: Daily News

 

Dream come true for slain cop’s girls

Two of slain hero cop Peter Figoski’s daughters lived it up and rubbed elbows with A-listers during the trip of a lifetime yesterday as the Giants’ guests of honor at Super Bowl XLVI. Corrine, 14, and Caroline, 16, made the journey with mom Paulette courtesy of Giants co-owner Steven Tisch and movie honcho Harvey Weinstein. The girls, huge fans of Big Blue, would watch games with their dad before he was killed in December. Read More: New York Post
Watch this year’s Super Bowl ads – and read expert reviews

Sunday’s spots included a Clint Eastwood pitch for Detroit, Volkswagen revisiting its successful ‘Star Wars’ theme, a car duel between Jerry Seinfeld and Jay Leno, and a look at Ferris Bueller, a quarter-century after Matthew Broderick popularized the character on the silver screen. Companies paid an average of $3.5 million for a 30-second spot for this year’s Super Bowl. Some of those commercials were worth the cost. Others … not so much. Read More: New York Post

Woman murdered in Queens


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Woman murdered in Queens

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

 

East Side ‘rape’ bust

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

CUNY Law shielding bad grads from bar

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

Where to watch the Super Bowl in Queens

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

 

Mike $laps Komen

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

Daytime Burglaries Rattle Queens Community

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