Friday, September 23, 2016


Coast Guard In Hunters Point South

The Coast Guard in New York City for the General Assembly at the United Nations, parks right outside our building in Hunters Point South. Never a dull moment here living on the water with the best views of Manhattan.


Jean Shafiroff With Cherie Blair

Philanthropist Jean Shafiroff was photographed at her home with Cherie Blair, wife of former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair. The two women discussed the far reaching work of the Cherie Blair Foundation. The Foundation helps over 130,000 women in 90 countries by empowering them out of poverty.



Story By: James Edstrom

Kegs Of Beer Outside Tonight

You know, I am disgusted with the 108th police department in Long Island City. Why I bother to even report a crime to them is beyond me.

Crime has been a problem in Hunter's Point South Park. We have had a rape reported at Gantry Park located next door, there was a attempted child kidnapping a few weeks ago that the nanny did not report because she was scared. Endless amounts of graffiti are being painted all over the park and the great park employees attempt to clean up every day. Broken bottles are everywhere along with blunt wraps to smoke weed. I could care less if anyone drinks and smokes weed, but I do care when they vandalize the park.

First of all the park is supposed to be closed at 10pm which is not enforced. Second of all, it is disgusting the mess created by LIC Landing Restaurant.  The garbage outside the restaurant, the food, the kegs, bottled water and soda. It is disgusting. 

First of all, it is illegal to store food outside. LIC Landing Restaurant does this. I have witnessed many nights the rats chewing at the tomatoes, potatoes and onions as well as the garbage. Second it is illegal to store alcohol outside where minors can have access. This is done as you see by the photo above. I am sure they will say they are empty kegs, but I picked them up, some are empty, most are full. This is a state liquor authority violation. 

I have been told the owner is a nice guy. He may be, but I am shocked he would allow his restaurant to operate like this. It is a mess outside and it's created by his restaurant. It is really disgusting to go to a beautiful park and then have to look at the mess outside the restaurant.

Food Stored Outside Recently

But lets get back to the 108th police department. Every night people go to the restaurant and steal food and beer as well as water and soda. Since I am outside smoking my cigarettes as I live in a non-smoking building, I see it all. A few weeks ago I called the police, underage kids were stealing kegs of beer. They arrived fast, but the kids must have seen me on the phone and ditched the kegs. The next day the parks department told me they found two kegs in the bushes. The sad fact was, the police were questioning the kids and did not even take out a flashlight to look in the brush, this is where the kids hid the kegs. So I decided not to call anymore and besides the owner of the restaurant should not be storing anything outside in the first place.

Now tonight. A car pulls up and drives down the one way street, turns around and pulls out a shopping cart. They go to the restaurant and start loading up. I call the police and by this time the trunk is almost full. They were back at the restaurant for another load when the police came. I point the police to their car and they walk like little old ladies to the restaurant and bring back two guys. They make them open the trunk and see the loot. I was in shock when they made the two crooks bring everything back to the restaurant and let them go. Why did I even bother, I don't know.

Every night people come with carts and boxes and load up on goods. I am very surprised the owner does not know this is happening. At this point, I do not care. We live in a beautiful neighborhood with beautiful neighbors. This is the home I always wanted and I will just ignore these petty crimes.

 I am though very surprised the Hunters Point Conservancy would allow this restaurant to operate like this. The restaurant expanded their outside tables because they do so much business, I at least hope more rent is being collected, because this took away space from the public. If anything, they should make the restaurant build storage and charge more rent for the space. But most of all the restaurant should be made to keep the place clean.

I love our community, but I do not have time nor the desire to be calling the police 5 times a night. They need to patrol and enforce the laws. Plain and simple. They can start with the stop signs, no one stops and someone will get killed. But they will ignore till that happens, then the 108th will be the ones to blame because they were told.

One last comment, The workers in the park are to be commended. They clean up the mess every morning and they work so hard in all kinds of weather to make the park beautiful. All day long they prune the gardens, pick up the litter and clean up the graffiti. I have never seen such a great staff who really are proud and care for the park and the community. I just love them all!

Thursday, September 22, 2016


Tony Bennett

The Bennett Family

We are a little late with this, but we wanted to show you how great legend Tony Bennett looks at 90 years young last week in the Big Apple.

Tony Bennett and family were snapped at The Tony Bennett Celebrates 90: The Best Is Yet to Come at Radio City Hall in New York City. This was one birthday to remember.


Behati Prinsloo And Adam Levine

This may not be too surprising, but Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo's baby girl is beautiful.

E! News previously reported that the celeb couple welcomed their first child together, a daughter named Dusty Rose Levine, and now we find out a few more intimate details about the lovebirds' bundle of joy—including which famous parent the little one resembles most.

"Adam was in the delivery room holding Behati's hands. They both cried when she was born. Both families are there now," a source tells E! News. "She is beautiful. She looks like Behati."

Aw, a model baby! What a lucky guy Adam is. The insider adds, "They are both speechless on how this moment feels as new parents. Dusty is healthy, sweet and happy baby!"

The pair first announced their pregnancy in March, and just a month later, E! News confirmed they were expecting a little girl. "She knows what she's having and she's very excited," a source told us at the time.

The next week, E! News' Sibley Scoles caught up with The Voicecoach to chat about the happy news in person. "It's awesome. I'm going to be a dad. S--t, I'm excited," Levine said. "I'm going to be a f--king dad. I'm going to spoil [Behati]."

We bet he's going to spoil both of his beauties. Congrats again to the happy couple!



Pete Wentz

Pete Wentz at Empire State Building And Global Citizen Lighting Ceremony To Celebrate The 2016 Global Cotizen Festival at the Empire State Building today in New York City.


Jean Shafiroff

Philanthropist, author and socialite Jean Shafiroff attended The NYC Ballet Gala wearing a one-of-a-kind cherry-red ball gown designed by Victor dE Souza.

The NYC Ballet performance featured the fashion design work of Jason Wu and a number of other fashion designers. The Gala and performance which took place at the David Koch Theater at Lincoln Center, raised $2.5 million for NYC Ballet. 

Photo By: Patrick J. McMullan


Mark Boone Jr.

Garcelle Beauvais

Gabrielle Union

Armie Hammer

The Los Angeles premiere of Fox Searchlight Pictures 'The Birth of A Nation' at the Cinema Dome yesterday in Los Angeles, California, brought out the stars.


Josh Turner

Englewood, New Jersey – Bergen Performing Arts Center located at 30 North Van Brunt Street in Englewood, New Jersey presents Josh Turner with Special Guest Drew Baldridge-Friday November 4, 2016 at 8PM.

Josh Turner

Multi-platinum MCA Nashville recording artist Josh Turner, is one of country music’s most recognizable hit-makers. With a rich, deep voice and distinctive style, Turner has sold more than 12 million units, is a disciple of traditional country music and one of the youngest members of the Grand Ole Opry. From his 2003 Platinum-selling debut Long Black Train to his most recent 2012 Billboard No. 1 release Punching Bag, Turner has garnered multiple GRAMMY, CMA, and ACM nominations. Turner’s hits include “Your Man,” “Why Don’t We Just Dance,” “Firecracker,” “Would You Go with Me,” “All Over Me,” and “Time Is Love,” the most played country song of 2012.

Turner has also added author to his list of accomplishments. His first book, Man Stuff: Thoughts on Faith, Family and Fatherhood was released in 2014. The Hannah, S.C. native has been songwriting and performing since he was a young child, and in support of music education, created The Josh Turner Scholarship Fund to assist students interested in pursuing a future in arts and music. As a high school student, Turner had very little access to music education, therefore realizes first-hand the importance of arts education in schools.

Drew Baldridge

A contemporary country artist whose polished, upbeat music embraces elements of pop and R&B as well as more traditional flavors, Drew Baldridge was a fan of both country and pop, enjoying Brooks & Dunn and Eric Church as well as Michael Jackson and the Backstreet Boys, and he quickly became a fixture at talent shows in and around his small hometown. After seeing Josh Turner when he was 18, Baldridge made the decision to make a career out of country music. Turning down an athletic scholarship to college, Baldridge moved to Nashville and honed his skills as a performer and songwriter.

Dirt on Us In 2013, Baldridge signed recording and publishing deals with THiS Music, releasing his first single, "B.Y.O.B.," in late 2013. Two more singles followed, "All Good" in November 2013 and "She's Taken" in April 2014, before he released his first EP, the four-song Crossing Country Lines, in December 2014. A second EP, Crossing Country Lines, Vol. 2, came out in April 2015, and featured two songs that soon became fan favorites, "Dance with Ya" and "God's Front Porch." "Dance with Ya" developed enough traction that the track was issued as a single in May 2015; in November 2015 Baldridge signed a new record deal with Cold River Records, and his first release for the label was the Dance with Ya EP, which featured the title song along with four new numbers. In June 2016, Baldridge released his first full-length album through Cold River Records, Dirt on Us. The album once again included "Dance with Ya" as well as 12 other tracks, including a duet with Emily Weisband ("Rebound") and a gospel number sung with his brothers Mike Baldridge and Doug Baldridge.


30 North Van Brunt Street

Englewood, NJ 07631
(201) 227-1030

 Photo Courtesy Of: Bergen PAC

Tuesday, September 20, 2016