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NEW YORK — A small chemical explosion occurred Monday in the corporate headquarters of News Corp., which houses the FOX News Channel, in midtown Manhattan.

The mid-morning incident happened on the building’s 45th floor, which houses mechanical systems, and was reportedly caused by a chemical reaction between two agents.

Three floors were evacuated, but the explosion did not affect the FOX News Channel, which continued to broadcast without incident.

One person was injured, officials said.

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Queens: a diverse community!!

December 17, 2007

The county of Queens is one of the original counties in New York City. It was created on November 1st, 1683. Not many people know what to do or where to go in Queens because it’s a fairly huge borough. However, it was literally three times it’s present size and it extended all the way into Nassau and Suffolk. Originally governed by the Dutch, Queens became ultimately “English” when the British took over in 1664. Queens is known for its many neighborhoods, diverse communities and original foods. Some of the neighborhoods you can find are:

  • Astoria (good food and Hookah/Shisha)
  • Bay Terrace (visit the Bay Terrace Shopping Mall or go to the movies)
  • College Point (movies, shopping and more)
  • Douglaston (just a long stroll in a park might be good enough)
  • East Elmhurst (diverse foods and much more including the popular Queens Center Mall)
  • Flushing (good Asian food and home of the annual US Open, Flushing Meadows Corona Park)
  • Jamaica Estates (known for some of the nicest houses in Queens)
  • Jamaica Avenue (shopping and more shopping)
  • Roosevelt Avenue (food and one of the hugest Indian and Mexican communities along with tons of shopping.
  • …and much more

Here are some events you can attend in and around Queens:

Kwanzaa Crafts: Adults create African-American traditional crafts
Monday, December 17 at 6:00pm
Queens Library at Flushing
41-17 Main Street at Kissena Boulevard in Rooms A&B
718-661-1223

– A Christmas Carol Holiday Performance
December 21 – December 22
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
www.flushingtownhall.org

– Holiday Beaded Ornaments. A Crafts Workshop for Adults
Saturday, December 22 at 3:00pm
Queens Library
Whitestone Branch, 151-10 14 Road

718-767-8010

– Hands-on-History: Winter Holidays
Saturday, December 22 from 1:00pm- 3:00pm
New York City Department of Parks & Recreation
Rufus King Park, 150th Street & Jamaica Avenue
718-206-0545
www.nycgovparks.org

– FINAH MISA KULE: VOICE OF THE KING PRESENTED BY BANDENYA
December 28, 2007, 8pm
Badenya
Community United Methodist Church 81-10 35th Avenue, Jackson Heights
Reservations 888 286 5557
www.badenya.org

– College Roundtable
December 29 from 10-2

Epsilon Pi Omega, the Queens
Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority
144-04 Rockaway Blvd. South Ozone Park
718-479-0279

Along with some awesome things to do, you can also visit some awesome places. For example;

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If you are a native New Yorker, you get off the subway or the LIRR and you are handed the daily AM NY paper. Even more helpful is the AM New York website. They cover everything such as: NYC Real Estate, New York City News, Entertainment, etc.

You can subscribe to a number of the topic blogs.

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You can also chose to download the daily issue in a .pdf form, if you are trying to stay GREEN.

If you are are visiting New York, you might want to pick up a copy of AM New York for what the natives are doing. There is an excellent roundup of news and events every day.

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Disney Loves NY

It’s that time of year again when all the tourists come to NYC to see some of the famous shows and decorations we have to offer for the holidays. This year seems to be the most tourist flocking season yet as everyone crowds around popular areas so tight that the locals are moving only an inch per minute. However, there are so many things in this city that’s worth seeing and should not be missed. So here are just some of the highlights of the holiday spirit that shines throughout the city.

Skating at The PondBryant Park has just about everything. Feel free to shop at the quaint holiday village, dine at an indoor/outdoor restaurant that provides outdoor heating lamps, take pictures of their grand Christmas tree and ice skate at The Pond right by the tree and restaurant with the Empire State Building overlooking the park. Admission to the ice skating rink is free. To rent skates is about $7 and an extra $3 for a lock for the lockers. This is the one area where people can spend their whole day in the heart of NYC.

Grand Central Terminal light showAlso, within the area you should visit is Grand Central Station. They also have their holiday market, perfect for holiday shopping on the go. The food courts below the main station have a variety of cultural foods ranging from American to Indian, from fast food to sit in, along side with newsstands, bakery and much more. But around this time of year, people come racing to grand central for two reasons: 1) to take the train home to see their families for the holidays and 2) to see the newest Kaleidoscope show grand central station puts on. Year after year Grand Central Terminal has had laser light shows on the ceiling. But within these last two years, they have expanded the light show from the ceiling to beautiful moving images on the walls all coordinated to holiday music. The show is every half hour from 11am to 9pm and it’s free to the public.

Lord & Taylor Holiday WindowFrom 42nd Street you can either go up or down along 5th Avenue. If you go down along 5th Avenue, you will come across Lord & Taylor on 5th Avenue. That’s a building you can’t miss due to the entire building being lit up with Christmas lights. Once the well-lit building allures you, hop on line to see the elegant Victorian Holiday window display. This year’s window shows the holiday spirit around the world during the Victorian era.

Macy’s Holiday WindowIf you go a little further down, before you know it, you are on 34th Street, a great spot to take pictures of the Empire State Building displaying the colors of the holiday season. You can take the tour and then continue onwards to Macy’s, the department store that set the standards as far as holiday celebrations. View their well-known window displays featuring this year’s theme of Santa’s journey around the world in one night. After that, feel free to shop inside and find numerous sales. As for those that have restless kids, don’t forget to treat them with a visit to Santa land and be able to meet Santa himself. If Macy’s and all of 34th street gets too crowded, journey a little further down to Union Square and their holiday market as well as their farmers market. The crowd intensity is much more subdued and you can still shop for your loved ones with a little bit more peace of mind.

Saks Holiday WindowIf you are traveling uptown along 5th Avenue from 42nd Street, you will be hitting the most popular and famous of all attractions in New York City. Walking along 5th Ave. from 42nd street, there’s not much to see visually until you hit Saks 5th Avenue. There you can view this year’s window display of “Snow People” from a children’s holiday book. Also, Saks is now notoriously known for their LED dancing snowflakes on the building. Go across the street from Saks to best view the snowflakes. Also across the street from Saks 5th Avenue is the famous Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. Walk around the promenade to view the lighted angels and a closer look at the new LED lit Christmas tree. You can also take the time out to ice skate around the ice rink under the beautiful tree and right by the golden statue. Also within Rockefeller Center area are tours to the NBC Studios & Store, Top of the Rock and Radio City Music Hall where the Christmas Spectacular show is currently playing.

Bergdorf Goodman Holiday WindowHoliday sights and attractions don’t end there. If you still walk north of 5th avenue, you can still see stores like Cartier, Fendi, Disney and Bergdorf Goodman with their holiday window displays and lights that make 5th Avenue looks like it’s been covered in glittering diamonds. Also along 5th Avenue is the famous UNICEF crystal snowflake that hangs in the middle on the intersection on 57th Street. And on 59th Street on view is the 5th Avenue menorah right by the Plaza Hotel. On the west side of 59th Street is Columbus Circle where there is a holiday market as well as a visit to the Time Warner Building with their stars that light and change color to music. Also a few blocks north of the Time Warner/ Columbus Circle area is Lincoln Center. Currently playing at Lincoln Center is the holiday show “The Nutcracker” ballet as well as many other operas and shows currently playing. Also, Lincoln Center is showcasing their holiday spirit with a beautiful blue Christmas tree right by the fountain with snowflakes and music instrument ornaments on the tree.

Time Warner Building Holiday Stars

Hopefully this will help you on your holiday journey in and around our Christmas town. Maybe all the decorations will help you get more into the holiday spirit if you haven’t been feeling that much into the season. In any case, may every local and tourist have a great Holiday Season and much joy and prosperity to you in the upcoming 2008. Happy Holidays!

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Keens Steakhouse

December 14, 2007

72 West 36th Street, Manhattan
212-947-3636

Tucked amidst the hustle and bustle of discount shopping and commuter lunch joints that line the midtown stretch between Penn Station and Herald Square, an inviting bit of Old New York is waiting for you to discover it.

Keens Steakhouse, on 36th Street near the corner of 6th Avenue, is the last surviving remnant of what once was the regaled theatre district of Herald Square.  A former playground of the famous and infamous, Babe Ruth, Will Rogers and Teddy Roosevelt, among other notables, were all regulars of Keen’s members-only “Pipe Club”.  The “Gentlemen’s-Only” club might still be going strong today, if not for the efforts of actress Lillie Langtry, who in 1905 took Keen’s to court in protest, and won.

Lucky for us she did.  My father first introduced me to Keens as a teenager, and it still holds a magic for me that few NYC restaurants can muster. Stepping into the heavy oak doors is like stepping through a portal in time.  The main dining room, with its stark wooden booths, bathed in a kerosene glow, is the perfect atmosphere by which to enjoy Keen’s top-notch steakhouse fare.

Keens famous Mutton Chop is still on the menu, as well as a dizzying selection of house-aged prime cuts of meat.  Selections from the raw bar or lobster tank are also on hand, and doled out by black tied waiters who’s sometimes gruff demeanor only further enhance this quintessential New York dining experience.

While dinner in the main dining room can be pricey, Keens best kept secret is its delightful Pub Room, which offers not only more in warmth and charm than the main dining room, but a decidedly more affordable Pub Menu, with smaller cuts of steak, as well as an ample selection of raw bar choices, sandwiches and salads (try the prime rib hash – at $16.50, it just may be the best value in Manhattan).  The full dinner menu can also be ordered in this fireplace-lit room.

After dinner, sojourn into Keens wonderful bar, where a mural of the siren-like “Miss Keen’s” beckons you to enjoy a perfectly made classic cocktail.  As far as I am concerned, there are only 2 places in New York that can perfectly make a gimlet, and Keens is one of them.

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Skate For Free at Wollman Rink

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 8:30am – 9:00pm
Location: Wollman Ice Skating Rink in Prospect Park (Enter Park at Lincoln Road & Ocean Ave., Parkside & Ocean Aves., or Flatbush Ave. & Empire Blvd)
Cost: Skating is Free, skate rental is $6

Just in time for the holiday season comes the opening of the Wollman Rink in Prospect Park. And in honor of that opening today, there will be free skating all day long! I’m sure that most of you don’t own skates, so skate rental will cost ya 6 big ones!

More things to do in Prospect Park:

  Park Activities
  Bicycling
  Birding
  Boating
  Dog Walking
  Drumming
  Fishing
  Horseback Riding
  Ice Skating
  In-line Skating
  Picnic/BBQ
  Running
  Tours

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Various Galleries in Williamsburg
Cost: Free

Growing up in Philly, First Friday was kind of a tradition ingrained in me from a very young age. So I’m glad to be telling you Williamsburg’s Every 2nd Friday. This month you can hitch a ride across the river to BK from when the Art Bus, a moving video art exhibition will run its shuttle route between the Chelsea Museum and the Williamsburg galleries (shuttle runs at 6pm and 8pm). Once in Williamsburg head to Oulu (170 North 4th) and pick up a WagMag gallery guide to help you find your way around town! Then at 9pm head back to Oulu for an art crawl after party.

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The Good Foot

Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: The Royale (508 5th Ave, P’Slope)
Cost: Free

Park Slope was very sad in November when they were deprived of their monthly (and possibly only) dose of dance party. Have no fear though Good Foot is back and better than ever! Tonight, DJs Morsy, Jess Jubilee and Cousin Cole take to the tables at The Royale. Should be a fun night, so stop by and say hello!

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Date: Friday, December 14th
Time: 10:00pm
Location: 66 Water Street, DUMBO
Cost: $5 with RSVP
Open Bar: Heineken 10:00pm – 12:00am

The Taste Crew is at it again, this time with we get a taste of circus life! Hidden Circus pops up their big top in Dumbo tonight with burlesque, hula hoops and body painting. Plus of course musical stylings from DJ Equal, Dhundee, Stimulus, and Jamin. It is $5 with RSVP but that gets you two hours of free Heineken!

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Are you a chocoholic? Unfortunately, it would be the hardest disease to cure in my opinion, but don’t be disappointed. Here’s a solution; go to “Max Brenner” and get some really good chocolate!
“Max Brenner” is just off Union Square, on 14th street and Broadway. The first time I went there, I was disappointed. I was walking around Soho with my friend who loves chocolate so much, but just couldn’t pass the chocolate-filled shop. After much persuasion from my friend, I stepped into the shop. Upon seeing some of the price tags on the chocolates; I thought it was way too expensive, so I stepped right out. To me, it was just chocolate. However, I know to many; it’s NOT just chocolate.

The second time I visited, I didn’t even notice that we were in the “chocolate factory” on 14th street. Why didn’t I notice? Here’s the reason; it’s a unique combination of restaurant and chocolate shop; which I missed the last time because I was too engrossed with high priced chocolates. The first impression was good and comfortable, or should I say the second impression? It was little noisy, but not enough to disturb the riveting conversation I was having with my friend. Personally, I’d rather that kind of hustle and bustle. It shows me that the restaurant is a busy one, which in turn means the food is good. Since we had already had dinner, we ordered a Chocolate Fondue set. To my surprise, when they approached with the fondue set, it was this huge dessert! (In the end, we ate it all and even cleaned the dish.) When the fondue is ordered, you have three choices, chocolate; two out of three among Black, Milk or White. We chose black and white with caramel, and it is served with strawberries, marshmellows and bananas. Doesn’t it sound yummy? They’re known as the best combinations to be paired with chocolate. (When we saw those condiments with chocolate, we were screaming, we were so excited!)

If you are from an Asian culture and go there with only one of your friend, you would be worried about being tired of chocolate, much less eating the entire fondue by yourselves. However, we were not worried at all.  As I said before, we completely devoured the entire thing!
They don’t have a lot of lights, but use candles for lighting in the restaurant, which sets a very romantic mood. For that reason, many couples come here just for a light meal or a light dessert, or perhaps to set the mood for something extra special. However, it’s also very active and energetic, never missing a beat in the downtown area. In addition, there are pipes filled with chocolate running throughout the entire establishment. For that reason, I think children will definitely like Max Brenner because it’s kind of like, “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory!” Actually, I would like to add, “who doesn’t like chocolate? 🙂 ” Of course, they do not sell only chocolate; but many other dishes such as French toast, pancakes, etc, so you need not be worried about eating only chocolate.

I haven’t tried any of their other dishes, but I am really dying to have a taste because I’ve heard everything else is really good; just as much as the fondue! Why don’t you come into the chocolate world with me? Visit Max Brenner, you won’t regret it.

Monica Kim (Korea)

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