AMA, Japan: Whisper it, but tiny Japanese schoolgirl Misugu Okamoto looks to have become the host country's best hope to win skateboarding gold at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.A year from the start of the Games, the bashful 13-year-old screws her nose up at talk of making history when the hipster sport makes its Olympic debut - for fear of jinxing a sizzling run of form."If I listen to all that, I worry it will go to my head," Okamoto told AFP after practising."I don't want to get carried away - that's happened to me before and I'm scared it could happen again so I just try to block it out."Good luck with that. Having just topped qualifying for this summer's X Games, the teenager is hot property.At a shade under 1.42 metres tall, Okamoto makes skateboarding look ridiculously easy with her smooth-flowing technique, ice-cool temperament and the ability to bust out hair-raising aerial spins with an effortless grace.Less than a week before her 13th birthday, she won the Dew Tour park final … [Read more...] about X factor: Japan’s teen skateboard queen wary of Olympic jinx
Peter Parker's latest adventures in the new superhero blockbuster Spider-Man: Far From Home show him travelling to Europe on a class trip. But it is easy to see why the webslinger remains true to his home turf of New York. Here are the top highlights of Spidey's beloved home borough of Queens, inspired by the local hero himself, according to NYC & Company. TWA HOTEL Why you should go: This new hotel at the old TWA flight centre retains its Jet Age architectural splendour and includes such features as working rotary phones, a rooftop infinity pool with runway views, and a bar on an actual 1950s-era airplane. You do not have to spend the night to visit and discover what makes the place fun. MUSEUM OF THE MOVING IMAGE Why you should go: This institution is dedicated to the history of movies and television, and their continuing societal impact. It has got a big exhibition dedicated to The Muppets creator Jim Henson, costumes and props from decades of cinematic history, and a 15,000 sq … [Read more...] about Swing through Spider-Man’s home borough Queens
Defending champions City have the upper hand as they lead by a point knowing they only have to match Liverpool's result to become the first side in a decade to retain the title. Liverpool have not lifted the league since 1990, but could not have done much more to finally end that wait after posting a club record 94 points with one game to spare. Incredibly the Reds could post the third highest points tally ever in the Premier League with victory against Wolves and still miss out. "Both teams deserve the title. But it can be just one. The team that is going to lose can't have regrets because they have given everything," said City boss Pep Guardiola. Statistically this is the greatest Premier League title race of all-time, but AFP Sports looks at what rivals it for drama from the history books. 2011/12 - Aguero snatches the title It is rare for the title to be won on the final day, even rarer to do it in the final minute of stoppage time in the final game. Should City seal … [Read more...] about Man City v Liverpool: The best ever English title race?
By Jack Lakey The Fixer Wed., May 1, 2019 One of the best things about Ivan Forrest Gardens is the waterfall that cascades over a picturesque collection of rocks. But that was back in the good ol’ days — before the waterfall stopped working, leaving visitors high and dry and the city park without one of its defining features. Ivan Forrest Gardens, on Queen St. E. at Glen Manor Rd. in the Beach, is a local oasis and one of those unique places where the bustle and hum of the city seems to melt away as visitors stroll farther into it. The park is actually a ravine that winds north from Queen toward the hilly streets south of Kingston Rd., lined with upscale homes that make the Beach such a desired residential community. Local residents walk their dogs in the park and like to allow them a drink on a hot day from the tiny concrete pond at the base of the fountain, at least until it dried up. Article Continued Below Mark Winter, who lives in the … [Read more...] about Waterfall in Beach-area park could use some water
NEW YORK — The first issue of The City Record, on June 24, 1873, listed a procurement notice for a steamboat engine for the New York City Department of Charities and Corrections. A more recent notice, from 2017, listed the purchase of almost $4.4 million worth of condoms and lubrication packets as part of a city public health campaign. In between lies the vast history of the city and of The City Record, a bottomless trove of municipal minutiae and legally required announcements that calls itself the “Official Journal of the City of New York.” While most New Yorkers have never read, or even heard of, this city-published paper, it is indispensable to many city officials and to those seeking city contracts. “This is the bible of doing business with the city of New York,” said Eli Blachman, the paper’s longtime editor. “If you want to bid for a city contract, it’s like the lottery,” he said. “You’ve got to be in it to win … [Read more...] about News Selling Condoms or Pet Food? Inside New York’s Business ‘Bible’