MORNING BUZZ (4/18): Racist spitter arrested, Police seek serial robber & Weekend events

The NYPA award-winning Morning BUZZ: In 3 minutes – top 20 news items in 20 words or less at 8 a.m. daily.

Friday, April 18

Alternate side parking rules are suspended for today.

Weather
• Partly Cloudy with a high of 55.

Top Stories
• A deranged man in Washington Heights laid on the tracks, cackling wildly in the face of death at 175th St. station as other straphangers tried unsuccessfully to save him despite himself; miraculously, he survived an A Train passover unharmed.

• Toronto Mayor Rob Ford, famous for his booze-fueled rants and admission of crack use,has announced his bid for reelection.

• Four-way talks between top diplomats from Russia, Ukraine, US and EU have begun.

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Taste of Ridgewood – Thurs. Apr 24th 6:30-9:30PM Join us for our 2nd Annual Taste of Ridgewood event. Enjoy great food, music & networking. Ridgewood YMCA 69-02 64thStreet, Ridgewood To purchase tickets: http://www.ymcanyc.org/ridgewood/pages/taste-of-ridgewood  

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Queens News
• Police have a grainy photo of a serial robber who has been operating in Flushing – sometimes violently – since November.

• Man identified as the alleged racist spitter on the Q88 bus arrested and charged.

• As Flushing Meadows Corona Park prepares for looming 50th and 75th anniversary celebrations, a group of painters painstakingly restores the World’s Fair Pavilion.

Entertainment
• X-Men director Brian Singer accused of sexually abusing underage boys in exchange for movie roles.

• Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Nobel Laureate and literary icon, has died at 87.

Opinion
• NY Times e-board reaches across borders to urge Chinese citizens to stop smoking.

• amNY gives Basil “Patterson” a worthy send-off.

• Juan Gonzalez of the Daily News sides with Stringer, arguing that Galante should open the books and show the city where the money is.

Scoreboard
• Mets face the Braves in Atlanta at 7:10 p.m. after a 5-2 win against the Diamondbacks.

• Yankees continue their series against the Rays at 7:10 p.m. in Florida following  10-2 win yesterday.

• Nets to face the Raptors tomorrow at 12:30 p.m. in their first game of the playoffs.

• Rangers to face the Flyers Sunday at noon in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

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Celebrate Easter at O’Neills Sun, April 20th Special Easter Menu. Easter Brunch:10AM-1PM  Full Dinner: After 1PM   O’Neill’s 64-21 53rd Drive, Maspeth 718-672-9696

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Real Estate
• Latest news- Just over $1.25 million was allotted to the Locust Manor family for affordable housing as part of a $95 million-dollar, state-wide incentive program.

• For sale – Bayside - Bayside Terrace, two-bedroom co-op, lots of closet space and windows, formal dining room, parking included, large rooms, over 1,000 sq. ft. school district 26. Asking $218,000.
Lou Pastorini
• For sale – Jamaica - Detached one-family on a large 40×100 lot, three bedrooms, private driveway, finished basement with bath, short walk to trains, schools and stores. Asking $349,000.
Lou Pastorini

• Sold - Flushing - A one-bathroom, 600 sq. ft. studio apartment at 6474 Saunders St. sold for $300,000.

Help Wanted
• Delivery person for Laundry Supplies in NY & LI, vehicle provided, clean CDL (Type C OK), Hazmat Cert. Pref. F/T M-F. Some inside work and heavy lifting. Call (718) 429-1700.

Arts and culture/Restaurant reviews
• As Illmatic turns 20, NY rappers reflect on what the album meant to them.

• Pulitzer prizes in arts and journalism for 2013 have been issued.
Restaurant ABC’s 
Grade: A – Kew Gardens Hills - Barone Pizza
Grade: B – Flushing - Szechuan Gourmet.
Grade: C – Ozone Park – Medina Fried Chicken & Indian Food.

 

Events

• Little Neck - 8 a.m. - Spring Break Holiday Trips with the Samuel Field Y. 58-20 Little Neck Pkwy.

• Arverne - 11 a.m. - Queens Library celebrates re-opening of Sandy-damaged branch. 312 Beach 54th St.

• LIC - 3 p.m. - MicroChip fundraiser to benefit Sidewalk Angels pet foundation. Camp Bow Wow, 47-16 Austell Pl.

• LIC - 7 p.m. - Queens Beer Week event at Alobar Restaurant, 46-42 Vernon Blvd.

• Astoria - 7 p.m. - Queens Beer Week Event at Crescent & Vine, 25-01 Ditmars Blvd.

Weekend Events

SATURDAY
• Astoria - 9 a.m. - Clear Channel Radio, JetBlue and the New York Restoration Project come together to celebrate Earth Day with their 7th annual One Thing that’s Green event. Playground at PS 151 Mary D. Carter School, 5-05 31st Ave.

• Flushing - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Free with admission. QueensZoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

• Jamaica - Noon to 5 p.m. - Annual East Egg Hunt. St. Alban’s Memorial Park, Sayres Ave. & 173rd St.

• Jamaica - Noon to 4 p.m. - Primitive Christian Church Community Easter Egg Hunt.Free. Highland Park, Jamaica Ave. & Elmont St.

• Flushing - Noon to 1:30 p.m. & 2 to 3:30 p.m - Spring Egg-Stravaganza. $5 plus admission. Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main St.

SUNDAY
• Flushing - 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt. Free with admission. QueensZoo, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

• Forest Hills - 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Forest Hills Ascension Presbyterian Church’s Easterfest. $5. 2 Russell Pl.

• Middle Village - 2 to 4 p.m. - Lunch with the Easter Bunny and egg hunt. $10. St. Margaret, 66-10 80th St.

• Corona - 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. - Easter Egg Hunt. $20, preregister here. USTA, Flushing Meadows Corona Park

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