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Street closures for the Five Boro Bike Tour



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On Sunday bikers will occupy the city streets for the annual Five Boro Bike Tour. It is expected that about 32 thousand cyclists will participate. The event begins at 7.30 in the morning. The participants will bike through all five Boroughs of New York along the car free streets. If you ever wanted to see the city without cars, feel free to take part in this wonderful event.

This is a charitable event the goal of which is to collect finances for bike educational programs for adults and children.

The event will start in Lower Manhattan at Franklin Street and Church Street and will finish on Staten Island. The length of the route is about 40 miles.

Naturally, since the tour will go through five boroughs there will be a lot of streets closed. So make sure you are prepared and plan your route accordingly.

Here is a list of streets from all boroughs that will be closed this Sunday:

Staten Island
Bay Street between New York Avenue and Hylan Boulevard
Hylan Boulevard between Bay Street and Edgewater Street
Edgewater Street/ Front Street btw Hylan Boulevard and Hannah Street
Hannah Street between Front Street and Bay Street
Bay Street between Hannah Street and Richmond Terrace
21st Street between Queens Plaza South and Hoyt Avenue North
Queens Plaza South between 21st Street and Vernon Boulevard / Alternate Route
Hoyt Avenue North between 21st Street and 19th Street
19th Street between Hoyt Avenue North and Ditmars Boulevard
Ditmars Boulevard between 19th Street and Shore Boulevard
Shore Boulevard between Ditmars Boulevard and Astoria Park South
Astoria Park South between Shore Boulevard and14th Street
14th Street between Astoria Park South and 31st Avenue
31st Avenue between 14th Street and Vernon Boulevard
Vernon Boulevard between 31st Avenue and 44th Drive

44th Drive between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street
11th Street between 44th Drive and Pulaski Bridge
Pulaski Bridge (Brooklyn bound)
McGuiness Boulevard between Pulaski Bridge and Greenpoint Avenue
Java Street between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street
Greenpoint Avenue between McGuinness Boulevard and Franklin Street
Franklin Street between Java Street and Kent Avenue
Kent Avenue between Java Street and Williamsburg Street West
Williamsburg Street West between Kent Avenue and Flushing Avenue
Flushing Avenue between Williamsburg Street West and Navy Street
North Elliot Place between Flushing Avenue and Park Avenue
Navy Street between Flushing Avenue and York Street
York Street between Navy Street and Gold Street
Gold Street between York Street and Front Street
Front Street between Gold Street and Old Fulton Street
Old Fulton between Furman Street and Prospect Street
Cadman Plaza West between Prospect Street and Tillary Street
Tillary Street between Cadman Plaza West and Adams Street
Brooklyn Bridge Promenade between Tillary Street and Centre Street
Furman Street between Old Fulton Street and Atlantic Avenue
Joralemon Street between Furman Street and Atlantic Avenue
Atlantic Avenue between Furman Street and Columbia Street
Columbia Street btw Atlantic Avenue and BQE West Entrance Columbia Street
BQE/Gowanus Expressway btw BQE West Entrance Columbia St and Verrazano
Verrazano Bridge Lower Level (Staten Island-bound)

Peter Minuit Plaza between State Street and South Street
Whitehall Street between South Street and Water Street
State Street between Whitehall Street and Battery Place
Greenwich Street between Battery Place and Morris Street
Trinity Place between Morris Street and Liberty Street
Church Street between Liberty Street and Canal Street
Chambers Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Worth Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Canal Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
6th Avenue between Franklin Street and West 59th Street
West 59th Street between 6th Avenue and 5th Avenue
Grand Army Plaza between West 59th Street and East Drive
East Drive between Grand Army Plaza and Center Drive
Center Drive between 5th Avenue and East Drive
East Drive between Center Drive and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard
Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard between West 110th Street and West 135th Street
East/West 135th Street btw Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Boulevard and Madison Avenue
Madison Avenue between East 135th Street and East 138th Street
Madison Avenue Bridge (Bronx bound)
Harlem River Drive / FDR Drive (Southbound Lanes Only) btw 3rd Avenue Bridge
and East 116th Street
East 116th Street between FDR Drive and Pleasant Avenue
Pleasant Avenue between East 116th Street and East 114th Street
Harlem River Drive / FDR Drive (Southbound Lanes Only) btw 116th Street and 63rd
Street Exit
East 63rd Street between FDR Drive (Southbound Lanes Only) and
Queens Borough Bridge Exit

Queens Borough Bridge Exit between East 63rd Street and East 60th Street
Queens Borough Bridge Upper Level (Manhattan bound)
Battery Place between State Street and West Street
Washington Street between Battery Place and Morris Street
Morris Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
Rector Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
Cedar Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
Liberty Street between Broadway and Greenwich Street
Dey Street between Broadway and Church Street
Vesey Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Barclay Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Warren Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Reade Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Duane Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Thomas Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Leonard Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Franklin Street between Broadway and West Broadway
White Street between Broadway and West Broadway
Walker Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue
Lispenard Street between Broadway and 6th Avenue

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New York Chinese Lantern Festival improves walkways, offers indoor entertainment




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When you drive by the New York State Fairgrounds at night this week, it will be glowing.

But it won’t be the Ferris wheel. There are more than 1,000 Chinese lantern sculptures – from warriors and pandas to massive lotus archways. They will glow six nights a week through the beginning of July.

The New York Chinese Lantern Festival is back, starting Friday. The event runs Tuesday-Sunday through July 1.

This is the second year for the event, sponsored by Advance Media New York, the parent company of

Organizers have made several changes to improve the show.

The set up has been made easier for people with wheelchairs, walkers and strollers. Instead of a crushed gravel path, the entire walkway is paved. It is now near and inside the International Pavilion and Horticulture Building (you can sneak a peek at the new building while you’re there)

The stage for all of the acts is inside the International Pavilion instead of outside, to deal with Syracuse’s unpredictable spring weather. There are also more places to sit down. And there are three shows Fridays and Saturdays, instead of just two.

Beer and wine are available and all of the restrooms are indoors this year.

The lanterns are from Tianyu Arts in Zigong, China. The company brings 30 craftspeople with the show to assemble and maintain the lantern sculptures.

The majority of the artists come from Chengdu, the capital of China’s Sichuan province. The region is known for its spicy food and giant pandas. Lantern making is a family tradition there.

Lanterns were first used in China thousands of years ago, during the Eastern Han Dynasty, to celebrate Buddha’s ability to bring light in times and places of darkness. Later, the lanterns were used to celebrate spring.

The performances this year include traditional Chinese acrobatics, plate spinning and face changing.

Tickets are less if you purchase them ahead of time online: kids (5-16) $12.50; seniors (60 and older) $14, adults (17 and older) $15.50. Parking is free. The parking lot opens at 5:30 and the gates open at 6 p.m. The festival is through Gate 2 at the fairgrounds.

There is no wheelchair, scooter or stroller rental available at the event.


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The 2018 Billboard Music Awards paid tribute to the students and teachers affected by recent deadly shootings in Texas and Florida, while the night also featured show-stopping performances by iconic singer Janet Jackson and K-pop group BTS.

A tearful and emotional Kelly Clarkson, who hosted the awards, opened the show in honor of the 10 people who died Friday at Santa Fe High School, barely able to speak as she urged the audience and the world to do more to prevent deadly shootings from happening. She said she was asked to hold a moment of silence, but chose instead to call for “a moment of action.”

“Once again we’re grieving for more kids that have died … I’m so sick of moment of silences … it’s not working,” she said Sunday, almost in tears. “Mommies and daddies should be able to send their kids to school.”

Shawn Mendes and Khalid were joined onstage by the Marjory Stoneman Douglas Show Choir for the song “Youth,” a performance occurring three months after 17 people were killed at the school in Parkland, Florida.

Mendes and the choir members wore sweaters that read “Youth,” while Khalid’s shirt read “Protect Our Guns Children” with “Guns” crossed out.

The show wasn’t all somber though: Jackson rocked the Billboard Awards with an energetic and powerful performance of her past hits in an epic week that included her 52nd birthday and the 25th anniversary of her groundbreaking “janet.” album.

In a glittery gold sweater-dress and thigh-high boots, Jackson sang “Nasty,” ”If” and “Throb” as audience members such as Ciara and Tyra Banks danced along at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Bruno Mars made a surprise appearance to introduce the singer, who earned the Icon Award.

Jackson used her speech to pay tribute to powerful women.

“Women have made it clear that we no longer will be controlled, manipulated or abused. I stand with those women and with those men equally outraged by discrimination who support us in heart and mind,” she said onstage.

Another highlight came when BTS, who won top social artist Sunday night, performed onstage.

Clarkson sported huge, puffy earmuffs as she introduced the K-pop group, who easily earned the loudest applause from the audience throughout the night. Whenever their name was mentioned, or when the camera panned to the band members, the audience erupted — some even holding fan made signs.

The seven-member group danced slickly onstage as they sang “Fake Love,” the single from their album “Love Yourself: Tear,” released Friday.

Ed Sheeran, who didn’t attend the show but performed from Dublin, won the night’s biggest honor — top artist — besting Mars, Drake, Kendrick Lamar and Taylor Swift.

But Swift didn’t leave empty-handed: She won top female artist and top selling album for “reputation.”

She said that before she created “reputation” she “felt really misunderstood by a lot of people.”

“Thank you for making me feel understood again,” Swift said to her fans.

Luis Fonsi was passionate when he picked up top Hot 100 song for “Despacito,” the biggest hit of the last year which also included Daddy Yankee and Justin Bieber.
“Thank you, guys, so much for embracing a mostly Spanish song,” he said. “This goes out to my Latino brothers, the immigrants … to all of those when they say ‘Speak English,’ this goes out to you.”

Before presenting the award to Fonsi, the Chainsmokers and Halsey remembered Avicii, the DJ-producer who died last month at age 28. The Chainsmokers also paid tribute to Avicii when the duo won top dance/electronic artist.

“We want to dedicate this award to Avicii,” said Andrew Taggart, adding that the Swedish musician “inspired all of us, influenced our music.”

“He will be missed,” Taggart said. “I hope you found peace.”

Camila Cabello won the chart achievement award and also won over the crowd with her performance of “Havana,” as audience members Mila Kunis and Rebel Wilson sang along and danced happily.

Cabello’s former Fifth harmony bandmate, Normani, was fierce as she performed “Love Lies” alongside Khalid; Grande followed Clarkson’s emotional words with an energetic performance of “No Tears Left to Cry”; and John Legend’s performance ended with a photo of his new baby boy displayed on the large screens at the arena.

Salt-N-Pepa closed the show with high-energy, performing the hits “Push It” and “Whatta Man” alongside R&B group En Vogue and even Clarkson.


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Americans fete royal wedding in pubs, hotels and homes




meghan markle marry prince harry

From pubgoers in pajamas to merrymakers in finery at a posh hotel, Americans cheered and teared up Saturday as they watched Meghan Markle marry Prince Harry in a royal wedding with trans-Atlantic resonance.

People gathered at wedding watch parties — some before dawn — at a Hollywood pub and New York’s swanky Plaza hotel, in oceanfront towns in Florida and spots in the Rocky Mountains, to see an American of mixed race heritage become part of Britain’s royal family.

If the U.K. and the U.S. have long enjoyed a “special relationship,” this gave it a whole new meaning.

“It was a real-life fairy tale,” said Erin Massa, 34, who watched at a Minneapolis pub. “If someone my age from America can suddenly become a princess, essentially, anything really is possible.”

About 1,000 miles (1,600 kilometers) away at a home in Burlington, New Jersey, Paula Jackson gasped when Markle emerged from the Rolls-Royce that brought her to St. George’s Chapel in Windsor, the British royals’ longtime home.

“I’m just so happy for her,” said Jackson, dressed in a jeweled blazer and tiara. “She will be an example for our young, African-American women.”

At gatherings around the U.S., viewers admitted Markle’s beauty and naturalness. But they also marveled at the boundary-breaking union between the 33-year-old prince who has been open about how grief shadowed his life for decades after the 1997 death of his mother, Princess Diana, and the 36-year-old American actress who has spoken out about coming to terms with her biracial identity as the daughter of a black mother and white father.

Some viewers wiped away tears as they watched the wedding from Immaculate Heart High School in Los Angeles, Markle’s alma mater.

“It’s all my family can talk about,” said 15-year-old sophomore Daniella Bueno, who got up at 3 a.m. to join dozens of students, parents and staffers for the event. “She’s representing our school in such a beautiful way.”

Across the country, Varinda Missett and Ellen Polkes donned hats, gloves and bejeweled high heels and went to the Plaza early in the morning because they “wanted to see a California girl become a princess,” Missett said.

A crowd in fascinators and tiaras gathered for the storied hotel’s first royal wedding viewing party, which came complete with deviled eggs, black pudding, Earl Grey tea butter biscuits and cake pops with champagne and flower liqueur.

“We love a great love story,” said Maureen Farley, the hotel’s director of hospitality. “This surely is one of the best.”

If there was a certain historical irony in Americans celebrating British royalty nearly 242 years after the Declaration of Independence, it had little sway Saturday over Americans who say they were simply rallying around love.

“I think this is a wonderful new way to be royal,” said Ralph Campbell, 67, who donned a three-piece dark suit and bow tie for a watch party at Brit’s Pub in Minneapolis. He called the ceremony “a global wedding” and added: “I think it will only help the cause of peace in the world.”

Another guest at Brit’s Pub, British native Victoria Rylee, had no problem with an American marrying a British prince. After all, “I married an American,” Rylee, 71, said with a laugh.

At a pajama-and-viewing party at the Cat & Fiddle Pub in Hollywood, California, British-born actor Craig Young was happy to watch a woman from his adopted hometown join the royal family in his homeland. It was something “we never thought would happen, and which we’re very excited about,” said the actor, 44, who wore a bathrobe and Prince Harry mask.

For Meghan Woods, who was at the Plaza’s fete in New York, the takeaway was simple.

“There are so many terrible things going on in the world that when there’s something like this— love bringing people together, a reason to celebrate,” she said, “why not?”



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