Sunday, September 30, 2007

Mets Complete Collapse, Phillies Take NL East

After blowing a big September lead in the NL East, the New York Mets missed the playoffs Sunday when Tom Glavine was tagged for seven runs during the first inning of an 8-1 loss to the Florida Marlins in the regular-season finale.

New York's loss coupled with Philadelphia's 6-1 win over Washington gave the division title to the Phillies and sent the stunned Mets home for the winter wondering how they squandered a seven-game cushion over the final 18 days of an excruciating season.

Now, David Wright, Carlos Beltran, Pedro Martinez and the rest of this talented team will forever be remembered alongside the 1964 Phillies and other famous failures for skidding to one of baseball's most monumental collapses.

No major league team had owned a lead of seven games or more with 17 to play, or been up by at least seven on Sept. 12 or later, and failed to finish in first place


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Saturday, September 22, 2007

'Ninja Burglar' Strikes Again

The most wanted man on Staten Island
broke into a Todt Hill home on Flagg Place Thursday night. But he
didn't stick around very long. The homeowners, a dentist and his wife,
scared him off. The hooded thief became known as the "Ninja Burglar"
after more than a dozen North Shore break-ins. Residents are so on
edge, our Glenn Schuck says one man answered the door Saturday morning
holding a baseball bat.

The hooded thief is suspected in more than a dozen burglaries on Staten Island since last Spring.

In one incident earlier this month, a man claimed he stabbed the burglar after confronting him in his Donagan Hills home.

Anyone with information about the 'Ninja Burglar' is urged to call the NYPD's CrimeStoppers hotline at 1-800-577-TIPS.


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Thursday, September 20, 2007

The World's Fastest Limo?

Now here's something very much out of the ordinary. This unique black Ferrari 360 Modena carbon fibre stretch limousine will undoubtedly spin heads when it's unveiled at the European Limousine and Chauffeur Show in the UK this month. The fastest limo in the world according to owner Dan Cawley, the 23 feet long, 400bhp vehicle achieves 0-60mph in less than six seconds and has a top speed of 170mph.

Dan, of Style Limousines in Manchester, commissioned Carbonyte UK to build this outlandish vehicle spending over £200,000 on the modifications. Foregoing the mini bars found in other limos, the Ferrari has been equipped with an extra six seats and nine foot gull-wing doors so it can carry eight passengers in total.

Carbonyte UK is the pioneer of HotFusion Composite Manufacturing Technology that was used on the McLaren SLR Supercar.




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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

NYC Taxi Drivers Sue to Stop Installation of GPS Units



MANHATTAN (AP) -- A group of cabbies sued city regulators Wednesday in an attempt to block a new requirement that all taxis be outfitted with global positioning systems and software that will record where they drive.

The move comes two weeks after thousands of cabbies went on strike for two days to protest the rule, which some have blasted as an invasion of privacy.

In the suit, the drivers argue that the city overstepped its authority and acted unconstitutionally when it mandated the units.

The suit also makes an unusual claim that the GPS devices will give away trade secrets by disclosing the cabbies' driving patterns.

Most hacks, it explained, cruise routes of their own design that they believe lead to the most lucrative fares. "Each taxi driver regards his or her own pattern as proprietary,'' the suit said. Tracking those patterns would cause the drivers to give up their competitive edge, the suit claimed.

Officials at New York's Taxi and Limousine Commission referred calls to the city's law department, which said it was reviewing the suit.

The GPS units are among several pieces of new technology being phased into cabs this year, including credit card machines, a text messaging system and television screens for passengers.

Taxi drivers and fleet owners are divided over the new equipment. Some have embraced it. Others have criticized it as costly and unnecessary.

A faction of drivers, led by the Taxi Workers Alliance, struck for two days last month to call attention to the dispute. The Alliance also organized the lawsuit, which was filed at a federal court in Manhattan.

The drivers are asking the court to block enforcement of the new technology requirements and reimburse drivers for the cost of installing any equipment already in place. It also seeks an injunction blocking the first round of enforcement of the rules.

Cabs that don't have the technology will start failing city inspections as of Oct. 1. Within the past few weeks, the city has also begun fining cab owners who haven't yet signed contracts to install the equipment. Owners have also been threatened with suspensions for failing to comply.



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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Tonylimo Sept 18

ASTORIA, I ADORE YA'

AFFORDABLE, FAMILY-FRIENDLY QUEENS AREA SEES ITS OWN CONDO BOOM


WITH numerous new developments and loft conversions - not to mention a slow but steady influx of new restaurants, bars and residents - Long Island City has generated the lion's share of buzz about Queens. But just north of that emerging district lies Astoria, an area that's long attracted a diverse mix of immigrants (Greeks, Italians, Arabs) and, in recent years, a steady stream of Manhattan rent refugees - young professionals drawn in by affordable prices, great restaurants and a quick commute to Midtown.

And now, a new trend is emerging in Astoria: shiny, new condo developments.

New construction is transforming this renter-friendly neighborhood into the city's latest, greatest 'hood for luxury residential buildings. Currently on the market are the Astoria Windsor at 30-80 21st St., with one-bedrooms with home offices starting at $530,000; the Ionian Condo, at 32-70 41st St., with three 923-square-foot one-bedrooms with balconies remaining for $516,544 and up; and Hoyt Terrace, at 25-47 23rd St., an eight-unit building with apartments starting at $259,000 for a 751-square-foot studio.

And many more are on the way. Developers are eyeing the formerly industrial buildings across from Socrates Sculpture Park and the area along the East River waterfront. TTW Realty is converting the former Sohmer & Co. Piano Factory - and, more recently, the home of the Adirondack Furniture Co. - to residences, while other projects (including a building designed by Karl Fischer) are in the works.

It all smacks of great things for the future. But with its busy commercial thoroughfares (Broadway, 30th Avenue, Steinway Street) packed with ethnic restaurants, supermarkets, fishmongers, green grocers and major retailers like the Gap and Victoria's Secret, Astoria already functions as a convenient, family-friendly neighborhood.

Unlike Long Island City's Hunters Point - where a hipster community is growing along Vernon Boulevard - Astoria is a sprawling, established area with a distinct personality of its own.



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Hands on: Getting down to iWork '08

Can Apple make even a spreadsheet cool? Our reviewer examines the new office productivity suite for the Mac.

September 17, 2007 (Computerworld) -- With iWork '08, the latest generation of its office suite, Apple has given Mac users a powerful alternative to Microsoft's Office for Mac. This new version finally offers an alternative to Excel called Numbers, a spreadsheet tool unlike any that has come before it. It also adds some great new features to iWork's other two applications -- the presentation program Keynote and the word processor Pages -- including a few that many users felt were lacking in previous releases.

For example, all the iWork applications now present a contextual Format Bar that displays only the controls or commands relevant to a selected item. This makes it easier to locate specific image effects, text styles or even spreadsheet functions based on what you are working with. In many cases, the Format Bar brings up commands that were always commonly needed but used to be buried somewhere in one of the tabs of the Inspector palette


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Sunday, September 16, 2007

Simpson Arrested in Connection with Vegas Robbery

Bonds' No. 756 ball generates more than initial estimates

Rodriguez Is Worth a Few More Wins, but Not $30 Million

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Marc Jacobs


Marc Jacobs, originally uploaded by tonylimo.

Marc Jacobs


Marc Jacobs, originally uploaded by tonylimo.

Marc Jacobs outside the Mercer Hotel where he is living on 9/13/07

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Yellow cabs celebrate 100 years


All hail the taxi: 2007 marks the 100th anniversary of the metered cab.

City officials yesterday marked the centennial by unveiling the
first yellow cab decorated with panels painted in floral patterns by
schoolchildren.



"What better way to celebrate the New York taxi's centennial than to
emphasize the creativity of our children and to display that creativity
for the enjoyment of millions of people every day," said Taxi and
Limousine Commission Chairman Matthew Daus.


It's the latest look for the iconic New York City yellow cab, which
originally was red. Businessman Harry Allen in 1907 assembled a small
fleet of 65 shiny red French Darracq cabs, equipped with meters, and an
industry was born.


Allen launched the business after becoming incensed when a hansom
cab driver charged him and a female companion what he saw as an
excessive amount of money - $5 - for a three-quarter-mile trip in
Manhattan, according to taxi historian Graham Hodges, author of "Taxi!
A Social History of the New York City Cabdriver."


"One hundred years of New York City wreaks many changes in our
lives," Hodges said yesterday. "The taxi driver and his cab are
enduring symbols of New York for tourists and denizens alike. Times may
change, but the hackmen, their virtues and their problems go on
forever."



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Is a Third N.Y. Baseball Team Feasible?

Imagine a baseball playoff race involving the Yankees, the Mets, and another team anchored in northern New Jersey. The Mets or Yanks would battle with the third team, sort of like the Dodgers and Giants of the Golden Era of New York baseball a half-century ago. Those two teams played their last New York City home games exactly 50 years ago this month and then departed for California. One present-day owner thinks that it is time for baseball to rectify its mistake and get a third team in the area.


The National League abandoned New York and squelched any plans for the Cincinnati Reds and the Pittsburgh Pirates
to take the Dodgers' and Giants' place. Indeed, the league had no plans
to return to New York until plans for a rival league, the Continental
League, were unveiled in the late 1950s. In October 1960, after there
was some congressional pressure put on the separate entities of the
American and National Leagues, the NL expanded into New York and Houston.







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Wednesday, September 12, 2007

AirPort Extreme Base Station with Gigabit Ethernet

Apple has made fast even faster. The AirPort Extreme Base Station (4.5 mice), in its first incarnation, achieved unprecedented speeds for Wi-Fi network transfers, topping 90 Mbps of actual throughput in ideal circumstances. Even in less-than-perfect conditions, the Extreme—with a recently updated draft version of the 802.11n standard—beat its 802.11g predecessor.

Apple has refreshed its previous Base Station by upgrading Ethernet from 10/100 Mbps to 10/100/1000 Mbps, offering Gigabit Ethernet in parity with the speed found on almost the entire Mac lineup. The lack of Gigabit Ethernet was our biggest carp in our last review



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NYC Health Officials: Rise in HIV Infections

NEW YORK (AP) -- Infection rates for AIDS rose over the past six years among gay men under 30. The New York city Health Department says new diagnoses of HIV among gay men under 30 increased by 33 percent during the past six years, from 374 in 2001 to 499 in 2006.

Gay males aged 13 to 19 also saw an increase in H-I-V rates: from 41 new cases six years ago to 87 in 2006.

The majority of new cases were among black and Latino gay men.

Every borough except Staten Island saw an increase in infection rates.

The health department did not offer explanations for why rates among young gay men under 30 or teens between the ages of 13 and 19 have increased.


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Remembering The Lost on Sept 11.

Victims' families huddled under umbrellas Tuesday in a park on the
sixth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks in the first remembrance
ceremony held away from ground zero, an event that failed to evoke the
same emotions as the hallowed ground of the World Trade Center site.

"I guess they mean well, but I really wasn't happy,'' said Sal
Romagnolo, whose son, Joseph Romagnolo, worked in the trade center's
north tower. "I never got my son back. That's the only place we have,''
he said of the site of the fallen towers.


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Tuesday, September 11, 2007

In 3 Months, iPhone Sales Top a Million

Apple Inc. has sold its millionth iPhone less than three months after the device’s debut, allaying investor concerns that demand had slowed.

Last week, the company, which had set out to sell a million iPhones by the end of this month, cut the price of the handset, which doubles as an iPod music player, by a third, to $399.

It took almost two years for Apple to sell a million iPods, the chief executive, Steven P. Jobs, said in a statement yesterday.

“As far as dispelling the fears that the iPhone was off to a bad start, this should help that,” said Gene Munster, an analyst at Piper Jaffray in Minneapolis.

Yesterday’s announcement showed that the price cut was strategic, he said. “It’s not anything wrong with the phone.”

Last Wednesday, Apple stock fell more than 5 percent in trading after the price cut, which analysts said suggested that orders had stalled. Mr. Jobs said last week that the discount would increase sales in this winter’s holiday season. He is counting on the phone to be Apple’s third main business alongside Macintosh computers and iPods.

Shares of Apple, based in Cupertino, Calif., jumped $4.94, or 3.8 percent, to $136.71.

Mr. Jobs said last week that Apple would give a $100 store credit to customers who paid $599 for the iPhone when it came out June 29. Customers sent hundreds of e-mail messages complaining about the price cut so soon after the phone’s debut, he said.

Demand for the iPhone has increased since the price cut, a UBS analyst, Benjamin Reitzes, said yesterday in a research note.



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Monday, September 10, 2007

ROSIE AND TRUMP 'SLUG' IT OUT AGAIN...

ROSIE O'Donnell isn't done with The Donald. Page Six has
obtained pages from her new book, "Celebrity Detox," hitting shelves
Oct. 2, in which she calls Donald Trump "a torn scarecrow" and "a slug."

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Sept. 11, 2007 Events & Ceremonies



NEW YORK CITY
World Trade Center Site Memorial Ceremony
Tuesday morning, September 11
Zuccotti Park -- Adjacent to World Center Site at Liberty Street.
First responders will read the names of victims this year

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey Interfaith Remembrance Service
St. Peter's Church, Barclay and Church streets in Lower Manhattan
2 p.m., Tuesday, September 11
The service will honor the 84 Port Authority employees who were killed on September 11, 2001, in the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, as well as the victims of the 1993 WTC bombing.

NY Disaster Interfaith Services Co-Sponsors Buddhist's 9/11 WTC Interfaith Memorial
Floating Lantern Ceremony
Annual 9/11 Commemoration on the Water in Lower Manhattan
Tuesday, September 11, 6 p.m. at Pier 40
On the Hudson River at West Houston and West Streets
Free and Open to the Public

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

New Ipod's , iTunes changes highlight Apple Event


Appearing before the press today at San Francisco’s Moscone West expo hall, Steve Jobs took the wraps off an entirely revamped iPod line, highlighted by the addition of the iPod touch. Like the iPhone, the widescreen iPod touch is driven by a touch interface and features wireless networking capabilities. Apple also unveiled its new iTunes Wi-Fi Store and a custom ringtone maker for the iPhone. Get all the details in our live coverage of Steve Jobs’s presentation.

Apple did it , There Here New IPODS




The first look at the Nano's from Apple.....live from the Moscone Center West

NEW IPOD NANO'S HIT THE MARKET !!!!!

This is the first look at the new Apple Nano's that Steve Jobs is talking about now at Moscone Center West. "It's incredibly tiny, this is the new nano, it's incredibly thin. It's REALLY nice." Huge applause. "Let me show you some bigger pictures of it... comes in beautiful colors. So what's the...

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Who Founded Facebook? A New Claim Emerges

PALO ALTO, Calif., Aug. 29 Mark E. Zuckerberg is considered the founder of Facebook, the popular social networking Web site estimated to be worth upward of $1 billion. A screenshot of Aaron Greenspan's college project, FaceNet. Three Harvard classmates, the founders of ConnectU, have long...

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Fox News Anchor Slips Up and Says Blow Job on Air

While talking about J. Lo and her acceptance in her home town.

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Prostitution Targeted on CraigslistGARDEN CITY, N.Y., Sept. 4 The eight wo

GARDEN CITY, N.Y., Sept. 4 The eight women visited Long Island this summer along with vacationing families and other business travelers, staying in hotels and motels in commercial strips in middle-class suburbs like East Garden City, Hicksville and Woodbury. Their ages ranged from 20 to 32....

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Monday, September 03, 2007

Fatal Shooting at Queens Subway Station in Astoria

Police are looking for a group of four or five men seen running from the Brooadway train station in Astoria, Queens, where a 19-year-old man was shot in the head and killed. Police say the shooting was reported at 1:15 a.m. Monday. Police are questioning a number of people who were at the train...

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Sunday, September 02, 2007

Original Macintosh User Manual with Pictures.

Thoughts on (and pics of) the original Macintosh User Manual... One of the more striking things was how every chapter is introduced with a full-color photo of Macintosh being used. Here they are (click on them to see bigger sizes)...

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Saturday, September 01, 2007

Battle at Kruger

Family of Water Buffalo fight for their baby back...

NYC Traffic Cam