Paul Simon will play final show in Queens
by Shane Miller
Jun 20, 2018 | 247 views | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Paul Simon is coming home to Queens for one last show. The Forest Hills native announced that the final show of his farewell tour will take place in Flushing Meadows Corona Park on Saturday, September 22. “Homeward Bound – The Farewell Performance” will be the first major concert in the park in decades. "It seems more like fate than coincidence that I should do the final show on this final tour at Flushing Meadows Corona Park,” Simon said in a statement. “I could have ridden my bike from home to the park in about 20 minutes, when I was a kid. But this is less a goodbye than a farewell.” Ticket will go on sale on June 29 at 10 a.m. at axs.com. American Express card holders can begin buying tickets on June 25. Simon promises a unique performance, including the possibility of an appearance by Art Garfunkel, his former musical partner that he has known since middle school. Simon will be donating all personal proceeds from the event to a cause that will be announced at a later date.
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Don't blame lanes
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Dear editor, I am sorry to learn that Ben's Best will be closing on June 30. It's always sad to see a revered institution shutter its doors. However, I find Mr. Parker's assertion that the recently installed bike lanes are the cause of his business' decline implausible. I question his statement that 200 parking spaces have been lost due to the bike lanes. There aren't 200 spaces on his block of Queens Boulevard or even within two blocks. Besides, parking at the Rego Park Center across the street is ample and inexpensive. Ben's may have been able to negotiate a discount for customers with the parking facility owners if Mr. Parker wanted to solve the problem he says exists. There are many valid reasons for the decline in business, such as changing dietary habits and new demographics in the neighborhood. The world is changing. We need to encourage fewer car trips and encourage more physical exercise by walking or biking. Twenty-five years from now when the stand of trees called for in the Queens Boulevard upgrade plan are grown, we will be grateful that city planners conceived of once again making the boulevard a lovely place. Sincerely, Leila Zogby Rego Park
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Doing our job?
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Dear Editor, It goes without saying how inhumane the policy of taking children from their families is, but what bothers me as much, and something that needs to be discussed, are the guards who are doing the separating. People who are our neighbors are carrying out such a reprehensible policy. Growing up and reading about the Nazis I often wondered about how many people were involved in all the killing, in all the horrors. People saying that they were just following orders and just doing their jobs and going back to their families with no apparent sense of conscience. How are we no different? At what point do we say to ourselves, "I just can't do this, I can't be a part of this." How do our neighbors look at us, how do we look at them, when we know that horror happens when good people blindly follow orders and put their morals on hold. We are no different. This is not “The Sound of Music.” We are collectively responsible. We can't just "do our jobs" and we all have to stop it. Sincerely, Stew Frimer Forest Hills
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Plan off track
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Dear Editor, The Regional Plan Association proposal to create a new transit hub at Sunnyside Yards and a unified Metro New York commuter rail system would never work. The idea of Long Island Rail Road and New Jersey Transit trains providing passenger service in portions of each other's service territory has been periodically proposed for decades. It has never been implemented for good reasons. There is no way NJ Transit and LIRR can convert Penn Station to an intermediate stop. How could you maintain existing service and convert Penn Station over years at a cost of billions to implement this service change? Most LIRR and NJ Transit equipment is not interchangeable and can not run on each other's track as they obtain power from different sources. The same would be true with future Metro North service to Penn Station. You also have to deal with different unions along with accompanying union work rules, employee seniority and contracts. There are also different fare structures and fare collection systems. It would also cost billions to purchase compatible equipment and modify power and signal systems. Sincerely, Larry Penner Great Neck
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