The Neighborhood Yard Sale at Fort Tryon Park: Sell your old stuff and support a great park!

The Neighborhood Yard Sale

Half of the spots for the Neighborhood Yard Sale have been reserved!
Get yours now before they run out!

Reserve tables now at

Neighborhood Yard Sale:

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

11:00 am – 4:00 pm

Location: Stan Michels Promenade

Reduce, reuse, recycle: give your old things a new life in the hands
of a neighbor and make a few bucks while you are at it. Bargain
Hunters come from near and far to shop the yard sale on Stan Michels

Table rental is only $35. Rental includes a 6-ft. x 10-ft. space and
use of a 6-ft x 30-in. table. Limited tables available. Reserve a
table at
to sell your personal and household items.

This is a Community Yard Sale: Our permit stipulates that it is for
individuals to sell personal and household items only. It is our
policy not to allocate space at the Neighborhood Yard Sale to
organizations, artists, businesses etc. On the day of the event, any
commercial enterprises will be asked to leave and no refunds will be

Baker’s Bash

Don’t Miss a Great Live Kids Concert with the Bossy Frog Band and the
Garbage Men!

Bakers Bash:

Sunday, July 15th, 2012

11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Location: Linden Terrace

Enjoy a bake-off competition, breakfast buffet, face painter, with
live music from Bossy Frog Band as well as the Garbage Men. Breakfast
will be compliments of Coogan’s Restaurant.

The Bossy Frog Band <>
is a fun and funky musical experience for children, young and old.
Led by Jeffrey Friedberg, certified music therapist, on banjo, The
Bossy Frog Band creates a safe environment for children to let loose
and discover the world around them. Songs are composed specifically to
facilitate growth socially, personally, cognitively, and physically.
Children will dance, sing and immerse themselves in the Bossy Frog
experience. The witty and catchy tunes fully engage children while
providing them opportunities to grow and develop.

Five teens from Sarasota, Florida, are making music from garbage. The
Garbage-Men band <>
‘s instruments are made from recycled objects. The band started about
two years ago. Jack Berry�who was in eighth grade at the
time�decided to make a playable, homemade guitar. After some
trial-and-error, he ended up building it from a cereal box, a
yardstick and toothpicks. After Jack showed his creation to his friend
Ollie Gray, Ollie had the idea to form a band using other homemade
instruments as a way to promote recycling. “We want to show people
there is more to recycling than throwing things away in the bin,”
Jack, 16, told TFK. “You can actually reuse materials.”


Buy tickets now to check out these great live acts and other
activites. Tickets are $20 for adults and $5 for children under 12.
Tickets are available at
.. Space is limited.

*Bakers Bash Bake-Off*

Bakers! Fort Tryon Park needs you and your baking skills to enter the
baking competition and win great prizes. Entrants must provide a dozen
servings for each category they wish to enter. To enter the baking
contest please email stephanie.blaufarb
or call 212-795-1388×302 to let us know your name, email, phone,
address and what category you will enter.

All proceeds support Fort Tryon Park restoration, horticultural
supplies, maintenance staff, free programs, special events, volunteer
initiatives and improvements in the park.





* The governors of New York and New Jersey are trying to wrest control from Mayor Michael Bloomberg of events and other decisions at the 9/11 Memorial, including the annual ceremony marking the terrorist attacks, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* The U.S. Court of Appeals ruled that New York Citys taxi system complies with federal laws in a decision that rebuffs a class-action suit from disabled passengers, the New York Times writes:

*Almost one-third of state school districts will spend their cash reserves in less than two years, according to a new survey, the Times-Union reports:

* Bloomberg blasted the appeals judges who threw out a case against a Bronx teenager police arrested for possessing a loaded gun, the New York Post reports:

* Brooklyn District Attorney Charles Hynes did not work to extradite an alleged pedophile for prosecution despite his promises to the contrary, according to newly released documents the Times examines:

* State Sen. Adriano Espillats supporters want the Board of Election to investigate the slow pace of the election count that narrowed Rep. Charlie Rangels lead to just over 1,000 votes, the Times reports:

* The City Council overrode three Bloomberg vetoes, approved an Upper West Side zoning measure and signed off on a $68.5-billion budget in its last session before summer, the Journal notes:

* Bronx District Attorney Robert Johnson will expand an NYPD ticket-fixing probe resulting in indictments against 16 officers to include seven local and federal police agencies, the Journal writes:

* Police officers routinely downgrade crimes to lesser offenses and discourage victims from filling complaints to juke crime statistics, a new survey shows, but NYPD brass questioned the reports methodology, the Times writes:

*Former Rep. Anthony Weiner discusses the politics and future of the Supreme Courts health care decision with the New York Observer but refuses to answer questions about his resignation:


Summer on the Hudson: Fishing Festival with the NYC Urban Park Rangers


Date: June 30, 2012

NYC Urban Park Rangers connect you to the life living within the Hudson River. Equipment will be provided, but bring enthusiasm, good luck, and a friend!

Come for the fishing, and stay for river-related activities including fishy arts & crafts.

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 3:00 pm

Contact phone: 311

Location: West Harlem Piers Park

Summer on the Hudson: Fishing Festival with the NYC Urban Park Rangers
Thu, 28 Jun 2012 04:00:06 GMT


CONGRESSIONAL PRIMARY COVERAGE: Our online primary polls have Grace Meng, Nydia Velázquez and Hakeem Jeffries leading their respective primary battles, while Charlie Rangel and Adriano Espaillat are locked in a tight race. For on-the-scenes coverage of the actual races, check for updates all day on The Notebook as we blog from Brooklyn, Queens and Manhattan following the congressional primaries to their exciting conclusion:


* Campaign officials and political consultants predicted low turnouts in primary elections for House seats and in the lone statewide primary, the New York Times writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the City Council agreed on a $68.5 billion budget, restoring hundreds of millions of dollars in proposed cuts to after-school programs, fire service and libraries, the Wall Street Journal says:

* As Bloombergs third term comes to a close, City Hall is now starting to experience a phenomenon rarely seen in the loyal pastures of Bloombergland: an exodus, the Times says:

* New York taxpayers shelled out nearly $2 million last year to cover late bill payments by the state government, a 38 percent increase from the prior year, the Post reports:

* Brian Kolb, the state Assemblys top Republican, called a possible post-election deal to raise lawmakers pay in exchange for cutting their per-diem payments extortion, the Post writes:

* The states plan for hydrofracking in the Marcellus Shale might cause conflicts in municipalities where members of the town boards own land and could profit by leasing gas rights, the Democrat and Chronicle says:

* Gov. Andrew Cuomo believes a property tax abatement for hundreds of thousands of condominium and co-op owners in New York City will be preserved, despite his rejection of its renewal, the Times writes:

* A federal appeals court has returned to the New York state courts a dispute over whether the Shinnecock Indian tribe should be able to build a casino in the town of Southampton, the Times Union reports:




* Gov. Andrew Cuomo said he was aware of the challenges coming into his second session, and tackled priorities like redistricting and the budget early to strengthen his hand with the Legislature, the New York Times reports:

* Cuomo may require an end to the abused per diem reimbursement system for state lawmakers and mandate relief measures in exchange for a legislative pay raise after this falls elections, the Posts Fred Dicker writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a major donor to state Senate Republicans, is driving some of them crazy with his do-or-die pressure on issues like teacher evaluation disclosure, the Daily News writes:

* The state comptroller found that companies in the Bronx, Brooklyn and upstate misused or abused state funds for a $2 billion special education preschool program that relies heavily on private contractors, the Times writes:

* More than 50,000 New York City homeowners are appealing their property tax assessments this year, a near record, as bills rise and profits from home sales plummets, the Post reports:

* Lawsuits and interviews show the NYPD has an anti-snitching culture that makes it difficult for police officers to call the Internal Affairs Bureau about colleagues corruption or misconduct, the Times says:

* Facebook co-founder Chris Hughes and his fiancé, activist Sean Eldridge, are launching a campaign to push for publicly financed elections in coordination with Cuomo, the Times reports:

* Jerrys, an unassuming diner near City Hall, has emerged as the unofficial canteen for the citys political power brokers, the Wall Street Journal writes:


NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths

NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths

It’s not the most obvious hobby for school kids in Harlem but this week’s New Yorker is helping sixth graders learn the steps needed to change their lives and their communities.

NYer Of The Week: Sidney Grant Uses Dance To Teach Manners To Youths
Sat, 23 Jun 2012 01:47:02 GMT



* Gov. Andrew Cuomo declared his marijuana proposal dead, stamped out by state Senate Republicans who saw decriminalization as a declaration that Albany was soft on crime, the New York Times writes:

* Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration is lobbying heavily to kill an effort by Governor Cuomo and unions to limit the release of individual teachers’ evaluations, the Wall Street Journal reports:

* High-profile players in New York City’s restaurant and hospitality industries have joined forces to form a new lobbying group, citing frustrations with the city’s health department, the Journal says:

* A coalition of environmental groups plans to campaign against a proposal that Governor Cuomo is weighing to approve limited drilling for natural gas, the Times says:

* Under a proposal gaining traction in Albany, New Yorker drivers may soon have to get used to cameras that record the speed of a passing car and issue violations automatically, the Times reports:

* The MTAs target to bring the Long Island Rail Road into Grand Central Terminal is now August 2019, a date thats already been pushed back several times, the New York Post writes:

* With lawmakers set to leave town in two days, energy-infrastructure companies are making a last-minute push to lift the state’s ban on storing liquefied natural gas, the Ithaca Journal reports: