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The Annual City Island Art and Crafts Fair was a wonderful event to attend, if you happened to be fortunate enough to visit that charming community on this lovely weekend. Local residents and visitors enjoyed strolling along several blocks along both sides of City Island Ave. There was lots of interesting merchandise on display and also for sale, live music and as always, many local restaurants serving fresh and delicious sea food.
Jimmy Vacca is a life-long resident of the Bronx. He was born and raised in nearby Pelham Bay and educated in the New York City public school system, where he attended P.S. 71, J.H.S. 101, and then Christopher Columbus High School. Jimmy earned his bachelors degree from the State University of New York, and a Masters degree in Urban Studies from CUNY Queens College.
The two day City Island Fair was a success this year. The weather was fabulous and so was the attendance.
One of the people who enjoyed the event was NYC Council member Jimmy Vacca, who was accompanied by a higher ranking VIP. No it was not Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Cuomo, or President Obama. That attractive and delightful lady who arrived with our favorite councilman was none other than his proud mom.
Our nation's oldest baby boomers have begun turning 65 this year. While some have already retired and others will work for years to come, they stand to reshape retirement, just as they did every other stage of their lives. That's especially true when it comes to where to live: While the previous generation might have been happy to put aside careers and seek out an endless summer in Florida or Arizona, no single approach to retirement is going to work for this diverse bunch. This group has too much going on: They're educated; many love to travel; they're active, curious, and social. So as we went in search of the best place to retire, we recommend the city for the urban-inclined, a park side town for lovers of the outdoors, and a beach destination for lovers of the water and sun worshipers. After all, if baby boomers hate one thing, it's being boxed in. Now, even in their golden years, they don't have to be.
Retirees don't have to trade in fun in the sun and golf for life in the big city and the convenience of having stores and amenities in close proximity. New York City has seen an influx of the over-65 set. When it comes to city living, though, it's hard to beat City Island for its size, quality of life, culture, and abundance of outdoor activities. For those who want to continue to work, it's particularly ideal: The area is home to plenty of start-ups hungry for your business advice.
City Island is on the western end of Long Island Sound, just south of Pelham Bay Park, looks like the illegitimate child of Nantucket and Hunts Point Avenue. It contains what is probably the city’s densest concentration of yacht clubs, and seafood restaurants. The Nautical Museum is in a nineteenth-century building that used to be a public school. Many of the museum’s exhibits pertain to local nautical history. Oyster farming was invented on City Island, back in the eighteen-thirties. Later, the island’s economy was dominated by boatbuilding and sailmaking.
Watch and listen to The NY Botanical Garden come alive with the sounds, rhythms, and movements of flamenco. Flamenco: Inside/Out introduces this traditional Spanish art form using live music and performers from various ethnic, cultural, and artistic backgrounds. At the Conservatory Courtyard. Admission: All-Garden Pass - $20 adults, $18 students/ seniors, $8 children 2-12; children under 2 are free. 1-2-3 P
After several months of strong job growth, hiring slowed sharply in May, raising concerns once again about the underlying strength of the economic recovery, according to figures release by the US Department of Labor.
US added 54,000 non-farm payroll jobs last month, following an increase of 232,000 jobs in April. The unemployment rate has now increased to 9.1 percent from 9.0 percent the previous month.
Dr. Jack Kevorkian, the central figure in our nation's drama surrounding assisted suicide, died today in Mich.
He was 83 and had been hospitalized with pneumonia and a recurring kidney condition. Dr. Kevorkian, a medical pathologist who challenged social taboos about disease and dying, defied prosecutors, as well as the courts so he could help terminally ill patients end their lives at times of their own choosing.
The Hunts Point market is staying in The Bronx. Rejecting aggressive overtures from The State of New Jersey, the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative agreed to extend its lease for three years and to work on a long-term deal with the city... This is the largest such market with revenues exceed $2 billion dollars annually, more than any other Produce Terminal Market on earth.