The international megastar pianist Lang Lang will give a special one-night only concert, hosted by Emmy, Golden Globe and SAG Award-winning entertainer Alec Baldwin, at Carnegie Hall’s Stern Auditorium on Tuesday, October 30 at 6:30PM to raise funds for the Lang Lang International Music Foundation.Grammy Award-winning violinist Joshua Bell and Grammy and Tony Award-winning jazz artist Dee Dee Bridgewater and Danish singer-songwriter Oh Land will make special guest appearances along with other surprise star performances to be announced.Lang Lang will offer solo piano works by Frederic Chopin which are featured on his new Sony Classical recording “The Chopin Album,” available October 9, 2012. For the first time ever Joshua Bell will join him in a performance of the Grieg Sonata for Violin and Piano No. 3 in C minor, and Dee Dee Bridgewater will sing Broadway hits. Six child prodigies from three different continents, who have been supported by the Foundation in their music studies, will perform alongside Lang Lang.The program will be followed by a gala dinner. All proceeds from the event will benefit The Lang Lang International Music Foundation, which the celebrated pianist created to enrich the lives of children through a deeper understanding and enjoyment of classical music and to inspire and financially support the next generation of musicians.Since 2008, the mission of The Lang Lang International Music Foundation is to educate and inspire the next generation of classical music lovers and performers by cultivating tomorrow’s top pianists, delivering music education, and building a young audience through live music experiences. Lang Lang’s commitment to music education is at the core of the Foundation’s programs designed to cultivate tomorrow’s top pianists and build a young audience through memorable and exciting live music experiences. The vision of the Foundation is based on one simple principle: music is a universal language of the world.Lang Lang, the megastar pianist has played sold out recitals and concerts in every major city in the world and is the first Chinese pianist to be engaged by every top international orchestra. Lang Lang has appeared in Time Magazine’s annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. His 2008 Grammy’s performance was broadcast live to 45 million viewers worldwide. More than 5 billion people watched Lang Lang play at the opening ceremony of the Olympic Games in Beijing. His influence transcends the classical music world. His audience includes millions of young forward-thinking and ambitious people. His brand is associated with cutting-edge technology and social responsibility. He represents today’s open, fast and connected world.Source:PR Newswire
Young people taking part in the Team programme in Grimsby will have the honour of welcoming HRH The Duchess of Cambridge next month, on her first ever visit to a Prince’s Trust programme.Next month’s visit to the Grimsby will be one of The Duchess’ first public visits since announcing her pregnancy in December.The Duchess will meet young people who are turning their lives around on The Trust’s Team programme, delivered in partnership with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, at Grimsby’s Peaks Lane Fire Station.Unemployment hotspot Grimsby has one of the highest levels of youth joblessness in the country, with around one in three young people struggling to find a job.Martina Milburn, Chief Executive of The Prince’s Trust, said: “We are honoured that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge will be visiting The Prince’s Trust. This will be The Duchess’ first visit, where she will meet past and present young people from our Team programme in Grimsby, an area that has one of the highest youth unemployment rates in the country.”As well as meeting with the young people, The Duchess will also be introduced to the fire crews working at the station and shown the stations fleet of fire engines.The Trust’s Team programme is a 12-week personal development scheme which helps unemployed 16 to 25-year-olds build the skills and confidence they need to get a job.Jamie Morris, Prince’s Trust Team Leader of Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, said: “We are delighted that HRH The Duchess of Cambridge has chosen to honour Grimsby Team with her first visit to The Prince’s Trust.“This will provide a huge boost for the young people on the Team programme, which has been run from Grimsby Fire Station since September 2011 and has helped 65 young people from around the region in that time.”Humberside Fire and Rescue Service has been working in partnership with The Trust providing inspirational leadership and guidance to help disadvantaged young people in Grimsby since September 2011.The Trust’s Team programme is run in partnership with the Fire Service, as well as other partners, across the country.Young people on the scheme take part in a residential, a community project and a work experience placement over the course of 12 weeks, while developing team-building skills and CV-writing skills.As well as gaining valuable teamwork, communication and social skills, Teams make a great contribution to the community, undertaking refurbishment projects for community centres and local parks, and working with other groups such as disabled children.The Grimsby Team programme is also funded through a partnership with Grimsby Institute who provide support for young people to gain The Prince’s Trust Certificate in Employment, Teamwork & Community Skills.Source:Prince’s Trust
Earlier this week, Tony Bennett and his wife Susan Benedetto, hosted the 7th annual gala event for Exploring The Arts which raised more than $1M for arts education in public high schools in New York City and Los Angeles.Kevin Spacey attends Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto’s Exploring the Arts GalaGayle King, Co-Anchor of CBS This Morning and editor-at-large for O, The Oprah Magazine, hosted the evening with special performances from Kevin Spacey and Natalie Cole. The event honored Netflix Chief Content Officer and ETA board treasurer, Ted Sarandos who has led content acquisition for Netflix since 2000 and is seen as an innovator in film acquisition and distribution.The evening began with Kevin Spacey’s performance of “In the Wee Small Hours of the morning” and “All the Way”, followed by Natalie Cole singing iconic favorites including “Best is Yet to Come” and “Unforgettable”. To everyone’s delight, Tony ended the evening with “They All Laughed,” “Who Cares,” and “The Way You Look Tonight.” Students from the Professional Performing Arts School, which is an ETA partner school, also performed a rendition of “Get Happy.” Among the more than 400 guests who attended the event at Cipriani on Wall Street, were Allison Williams, Regis & Joy Philbin, Harvey Weinstein, Georgina Chapman, Uzo Aduba, Natasha Lyonne, and Russell Peters: Notorious.“2013 was a defining year for Exploring the Arts,” Tony Bennett commented, “In May, we expanded our programs outside New York to three public high schools in East Los Angeles. ETA’s main goal is to positively impact and change the lives of those involved in public school art programs across that nation and Susan and I are so thankful for the tremendous and continuous support year after year.”Exploring the Arts (ETA) was founded in 1999 by Tony Bennett and Susan Benedetto. Tony Bennett and ETA’s initial endeavor was the founding of, in association with the Department of Education of NYC, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts — a state of the art NYC public high school offering an extensive arts education curriculum located in Tony’s hometown of Astoria, Queens. ETA programs connect private funders, individual artists, and cultural institutions to Partner Schools to achieve greater equality of resources and opportunity for youth of all means and backgrounds. ETA transforms the lives of young people by working collaboratively with public high schools to help them build quality arts programs through strategic planning and funding support. Currently, ETA serves 14 partnering high schools throughout New York City’s 5 boroughs, benefiting more than 10,000 public school students, the majority of whom live below the poverty line. In May 2013, ETA expanded to support 3 public high schools in East Los Angeles.Source:PR Newswire
Kevin Nealon is to host a benefit concert for songwriter/musician Jeff Jones.For the past several years, Jeff has been battling both MS and Parkinson’s Disease. As of recent Jeff’s condition has progressed to the point where he can no longer earn a living writing and performing music.The concert will include performances by organizer Stephen Bishop and his friends Dionne Warwick, Howard Jones, British pop star Rumer, Micky Dolenz (The Monkees) backed by an all-star band and video tributes from One Direction, Michael McDonald, and more. Jeff toured with the Monkees and Stephen Bishop, amongst others, and has written songs for Art Garfunkel, Johnny Mathis, Stephen Bishop, Alabama, and Hurricane, to name a few.JAMMIN’ FOR JONES is a benefit concert created to raise funds to help Jeff offset large medical bills and living expenses while raising awareness about MS and Parkinson’s Disease.Date: Tuesday, April 28, 8:00 PM – Jammin’ for Jones Benefit ConcertLocation: Saban Theatre – 8440 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, CA 90211Ticket prices range from $50 to $175 (plus fees). Tickets are available at the Saban box office or through Ticketmaster.To simply donate, a Go Fund Me can be found here.
Eva Longoria will host her annual Eva Longoria Foundation dinner at her restaurant Beso in Hollywood.The Eva Longoria Foundation helps Latinas build better futures for themselves and their families through education and entrepreneurship. The Foundation helps Latinas excel in school and attend college. Additionally, the Foundation provides Latina entrepreneurs with career training, mentorship, capital and opportunity.WHEN: Thursday, November 5th, 2015WHERE: Beso Hollywood 6350 Hollywood Boulevard Los Angeles, CA 90028Find out more here.
Bid on an amazing once-in-a-lifetime experience to meet your favorite country singer Tim McGraw!Included in this auction is a pair of tickets to see Tim in concert on September 4th, at the Puyallup Fairgrounds at Washington State Fair in Puyallup, WA.Listen to Tim sing his old favorites as well as new songs from his current album Damn Country Music. Bring your camera and a pen to get an autograph because this auction also includes a up close meet and greet with Tim.Did we mention that airfare and a 2-night hotel stay is included in this package too! 100% of the proceeds benefit Point Hope, a non-profit organization that serves as a voice for forgotten children.The auction runs until Aug 6, and can be accessed here.
Twitter Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement At the event, Carter will open the Sustainable Production Forum at the Vancouver International Film Centre, where he will be a keynote speaker on the importance and future of sustainable production.This one-day event will focus on Vancouver as a destination for sustainable screen-based industry production. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment This year, the Vancouver International Film Festival will present its VIFF Industry Builder Award to the creator of the Vancouver-shot X-Files, Chris Carter.He’ll be presented with the award at a Greater Vancouver Board of Trade luncheon on October 7. This is the second year the award will be presented. Last year, the inaugural award was presented to Lionsgate Entertainment founder Frank Guistra.The paranormal investigation TV series, starring Gillian Anderson and David Duchovny, spawned two feature films as well as a 2016 TV mini-series. In addition, it helped establish Vancouver as one of the major film centres in North America. Login/Register With: Facebook
The band has also been nominated for the record of the year Grammy, along with five other nominations in other rock categories. Advertisement Nickelback has returned to the studio to work on a new album. The Alberta rockers behind hits like “How You Remind Me” and “Photograph” say they started working on their ninth album after signing a new global record deal with BMG. A release date hasn’t been set. The label says lead singer Chad Kroeger and his bandmates also plan to make a “major announcement” on Feb. 1. Facebook Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Nickelback has sold more than 50 million albums internationally. Twitter
LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: The Murdoch Mysteries DNA in Frankie runs deep: it is executive-produced by Shaftesbury’s Christina Jennings, and created by Murdoch Mysteries writers Carol Hay and Michelle Ricci. Cal Coons, the showrunner, is one of the original producers of Murdoch.Pinning the show together is Lauren Lee Smith (The Listener, This Life) who stars as motorcycle-riding detective Drake, for whom gender turns out to be her biggest advantage. The Star caught up with Smith to ask her about TV’s newest detective. Twitter Lauren Lee Smith, front, as detective Frankie Drake and Chantel Riley as her sidekick Trudy. (CBC) Advertisement Advertisement Advertisement Viewers will tune in because they’re going to expect perhaps something with the sensibility of a Murdoch Mysteries. Is Frankie Drake a female Murdoch?Murdoch has been so insanely successful. I think, certainly, they wanted a show that came after Murdoch to keep that viewership going and appeal to that same audience. But it’s really not a female Murdoch. It’s a completely unique show. I think in many ways it is a very different show. It’s set in a different time (30 years after Murdoch), and Frankie has a very different personality and skill set.READ MORE Facebook There are big hopes brewing for CBC’s Frankie Drake Mysteries.For one thing, the show, about Toronto’s only female private detective in the 1920s, is brought to you by Shaftesbury, the same production company behind the long-running Murdoch Mysteries.Murdoch (starring Yannick Bisson) is in its 11th season and executives hope that Frankie Drake (debuting Monday at 9 p.m.) will be the perfect complement for Downton Abbey-deprived Canadian and international audiences ever more receptive to shows set in turn-of-the-century Toronto.
There is a pervasive sense in Cardinal — the excellent detective drama that returns for a second season on CTV on Thursday Jan. 4th — of hidden things.In Season 1, a murder victim’s body was hidden in the ice of an inhospitable northern Ontario winter; in the second, set in summer, the forest obscures evidence of crimes and the people who commit them while a young woman’s amnesia clouds details of the gunshot to the head that she survived.There are also unexplored depths in the series’ main characters: detectives John Cardinal and Lise Delorme, played by American actor Billy Campbell and Quebec actress Karine Vanasse. Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitter Delorme is an observer, Vanasse says in a phone interview: “She doesn’t talk that much, but she really sees through people, through situations. . . . She doesn’t reveal herself entirely at first and I admire that.“That might be a way to protect her. It’s also what makes her a great detective.”Likewise Campbell, interviewed while shooting scenes in Toronto, says Cardinal’s depths attracted him to the role. Karine Vanasse and Billy Campbell star as detectives Lise Delorme and John Cardinal in CTV’s Cardinal. (BELL MEDIA) LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Facebook Advertisement Advertisement
Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment In a recent interview with French publication Le Parisien, 77-year old De Palma said the allegations of Weinstein’s sexual abuse and harassment will be the premise of his latest work. READ MORE Login/Register With: Facebook Twitter Advertisement HARVEY WEINSTEIN HORROR MOVIE TO BE SET IN TORONTOWriter and director Brian De Palma — best known for his direction on Carrie and Scarface — has decided that his newest horror movie will be “inspired” by the Harvey Weinstein scandal (Weinstein was arrested on charges of rape and criminal sex acts) and will take place during the Toronto International Film Festival.To the french media outlet La Parisien, De Palma said “I am writing a film about this scandal, which I am currently discussing with a French producer…it will be a horror movie, with a sexual aggressor, and it will happen in the film industry.” READ MOREBrian De Palma Says He’s Writing a Harvey Weinstein Horror FilmBrian De Palma became a horror movie icon when he helmed “Carrie” in 1976, and now more than 40 years later, he says he is returning to the genre to create a Harvey Weinstein horror film.
Advertisement Last month, Reyez shared a photo on Instagram of her frowning while sitting in the grass with a bag of ice against her leg.“Busted my knee giving my guitar away today,” the two-time Juno Award winner said with a hashtag for the Firefly Music Festival in Delaware.Reyez will have several weeks off to mend since her schedule is clear of tour dates until the Squamish Constellation Music Festival in B.C. (July 27), Osheaga in Montreal (Aug. 2) and Riverfest in Elora, Ont. (Aug. 16).Ottawa’s Bluesfest runs through July 14 with performances by the Killers, Wu-Tang Clan, Backstreet Boys and Alexisonfire.THE CANADIAN PRESS Twitter Facebook LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Jessie Reyez arrives at the MTV Video Music Awards at Radio City Music Hall on Monday, Aug. 20, 2018, in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP) Advertisement Jessie Reyez is sitting out a performance at this year’s Ottawa RBC Bluesfest as she heals from a recent leg injury.Organizers for the 10-day music event say Reyez has been told to stay off her feet after hurting herself last month at another music festival.The Toronto singer was originally booked to perform at Bluesfest on July 10 as part of a lineup that included American rapper Logic.“Unfortunately, Jessie Reyez was injured during a recent performance and has been advised not to fly or perform for the next few weeks in order to heal properly,” Bluesfest organizers said on Twitter. Advertisement Login/Register With:
APTN National NewsA housing group in Quebec is taking the road.They’ve formed a commission that will visit all 17 administrative regions in the province.Their goal is to get a broad understanding of the housing situation in the province.They’ve invited the Inuit from Nunavik to join them.APTN National News reporter Danielle Rochette has this story.
APTN National NewsOTTAWA–A First Nation Conservative says opposition politicians don’t believe First Nations people are good enough to make speeches in the House of Commons.During a debate Monday on a Liberal motion calling on the House of Commons to get rid of the Indian Act, Saskatchewan MP Rob Clarke, who is a Muskeg Lake First Nation member, said opposition politicians continue to take a “paternalistic approach” to dealing with First Nations people like him.“It’s the same paternalistic approach that the opposition always portrays on First Nations,” said Clarke, a former RCMP officer. “That we are no good to be able to provide speeches in the House of Commons.”Clarke made the statement after an NDP MP interrupted his speech arguing he was getting off topic.The debate on the motion, introduced by interim Liberal leader Bob Rae, comes on the heels of last Thursday’s debate on Clarke’s private members bill to repeal and replace sections of the Indian Act which has the full backing of the Harper government.The Liberal motion calls on the House of Commons to initiate a two year process to explore replacement of the Indian Act with new, nation-to-nation agreements between Canada and First Nations based on the inherent and treaty rights of First Nations.The Conservatives, who hold the majority of seats in the House, indicated they wouldn’t support the motion meaning it will be defeated on the eventual vote.“This motion does nothing to improve the lives of First Nations,” said Clarke. “While my bill takes incremental and concrete steps to get First Nations people out from under the Indian Act in its entirety.”Rae, however, said the Harper government’s approach to changing pieces of the Indian Act using Clarke’s bill doesn’t go far enough and he called on the government to support the motion and forge a new relationship with First nations.“The way we have to deal with this is get back to a fundamental fact,” said Rae. “There were people here before Europeans arrived, there were communities here before Europeans arrived…there were laws that existed before Europeans arrived…this land was not terra nullius.”Rae’s motion calls on the government to initiate direct engagement with First Nations within three months of the motions passing. The engagement would be “on a nation-to-nation basis,” says the motion.“The Indian Act is the embodiment of failed colonial and paternalistic policies which have denied First Nations their rights, fair share in resources; fostered mistrust and created systemic barriers to the self determination and success of First Nations,” says the motion.The motion calls for a new agreement to replace the Indian Act based on “the constitutional, treaty and inherent rights of all First Nations” and “the historical and fiduciary responsibilities of the Crown to First Nations.” The motion says the new agreement would also follow the standards of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, “including the principle of free, prior and informed consent.”The motion sets a two year process that would produce “a series of concrete deliverables for the government to act upon.”The Conservative government, however, unveiled its plan last Thursday to unravel and eventually replace the Indian Act beginning with Clarke’s private members bill.The proposed Bill C-428, the Indian Act Amendment and Replacement Act would strike down several sections of the Indian Act including those dealing with residential schools, wills and estates and band bylaws.The Conservative’s “path” to eventually replace the Indian Act was revealed in Clarke’s speech delivered during first debate on the bill Thursday evening. The path was dubbed by the acronym “ARRC,” which stands for amend, repeal, replace and consult.
APTN National News WINNIPEG–A bill requiring First Nations bands to publicly disclose the pay and expenses of their politicians is set to become law, Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt said during a press conference in Winnipeg.The First Nations Financial Transparency Act, also known as Bill C-27, has passed the Senate and will receive Royal Assent sometime Wednesday.“This legislation recognizes that First Nation members want no less than other Canadians when it comes to knowing how public funds are spent in their communities,” said Valcourt. “They want assurances that their governments manage resources to improve the lives of the people they serve.”The new law will impact about 580 First Nations under the Indian Act requiring them to publish chief and band councillor salaries and expenses on the Internet.The law will also require First Nations to publish their annual audited financial statements by July 29, 2014.AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo blasted the new law, saying it “would not support” accountability and gives “more power to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs.”Atleo said the AFN opposed the bill at every stage because it did little to change the broken relationship between Ottawa and First Nations people.“We do not support unilateralism that further entrenches us in a system that doesn’t work for our people or Canada,” said Atleo. “The answers lie in our communities and with our citizens, not with more control from Ottawa…Canada needs to listen and to act.”The genesis of the bill began in October 2010 when Conservative Saskatchewan MP Kelly Block introduced a private member’s bill aimed at increasing the financial transparency of First Nations governments. Block’s bill, however, died after the minority Harper government fell in March 2011.The Harper government, however, formed a majority following the federal election and in the Speech from the Throne indicated its plans to follow through with the aims of Block’s bill. The current version of the Act was introduced in November 2011.A report on by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation found that 82 band chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister’s $317,574 salary in 2008-2009. In Alberta, 47 chiefs and councillors made more than the prime minister that year.First Nations chiefs passed a resolution in 2010 agreeing to publish their salaries and expenses, but they blasted Block’s original bill, calling it “unnecessary” and “heavy-handed.”
APTN InFocus:Author John Ralston Saul asks why voters don’t question their government more about why they’re failing Aboriginal peoples so badly.In this edition Saul shares his perspective of the Canadian narrative where sympathy for Aboriginal issues somehow turns into blaming Aboriginal peoples for their own misery.Saul also argues that after Aboriginal peoples went from zero lawyers to two-thousand today, “as the Chiefs will tell you, since [the Canadian government] decided they were going to fight us tooth and nail in the courts on the treaties, we had to have lawyers. We could have had doctors. It was the government of Canada that forced us to have lawyers.”It’s all in his new book, The Comeback.And then filmmaker, Tracey Deer, tells us all about her new television series, Mohawk Girls, airing Tuesdays on APTN.
APTN National NewsJosh Skookum alleges he was brutalized by an RCMP officer seen in a video taken by an onlooker at a house party early Easter Sunday.The video was uploaded to Facebook minutes after the incident and has been viewed close to a million times.“I think it’s a good thing,” said Skookum, of Little Salmon Carmacks First Nation in the Yukon. “People deserve justice for not doing anything.”Skookum has a broken nose and two black eyes, but was charged with resisting arrest and assaulting a police officer.APTN’s Shirley McLean has the story.
Hello, Bluetiful.Crayola announced the name of its new blue crayon Thursday. Bluetiful was the top pick of fans during two months of online voting, beating out Dreams Come Blue, Blue Moon Bliss, Reach for the Stars and Star Spangled Blue.The Easton, Pennsylvania-based crayon maker received nearly 90,000 name submissions before narrowing it down to five.Bluetiful will make its debut later this year. It’s replacing the recently retired dandelion.Scientists at Oregon State University accidentally discovered the brilliant blue hue while experimenting with materials for use in electronics.Crayola is a subsidiary of Hallmark Cards Inc., headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri.
NEW YORK — The two communities that learned Tuesday they are about to become homes to a pair of big, new East Coast bases for Amazon are both riverfront stretches of major metropolitan areas with ample transportation and space for workers.But there are plenty of differences between New York’s Long Island City and Crystal City in northern Virginia.Set within eyeshot of the nation’s capital, Crystal City is a thicket of 1980s-era office towers trying to plug into new economic energy after thousands of federal jobs moved elsewhere.Rapidly growing Long Island City is an old manufacturing area already being reinvented as a hub for 21st-century industry, creativity and urbane living.Seattle-based Amazon, which set out last year to situate one additional headquarters, announced Tuesday that it was splitting its project into two.A look at the two communities:LONG ISLAND CITYIt’s already the fastest-developing neighbourhood in the nation’s most populous city, and Amazon could pump up the volume in this buzzy part of Queens.The addition of Amazon to the neighbourhood stands to burnish New York City’s reputation as a tech capital. Landing Amazon also cements Long Island City’s transformation from a faded manufacturing zone to a vibrant, of-the-moment enclave of waterfront skyscrapers, modernized warehouses and artsy-tech ambience across the East River from midtown Manhattan.“I joke that we’re experiencing explosive growth 30 years in the making,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership, a neighbourhood development group.But Long Island City also has been straining to handle its growth.Days before Tuesday’s announcement , the city unveiled a $180 million plan to address Long Island City’s packed schools, street design and a sewage system that groans in heavy rain. But those projects will just catch up with current needs, said area City Councilman Jimmy van Bramer.“I know that there are a lot of people cheerleading for this, but HQ2 has to work for Queens and the people of Queens. It can’t just be good for Amazon,” said van Bramer, a Democrat. After the announcement, he said Amazon had “duped New York into offering unprecedented amounts of tax dollars to one of the wealthiest companies on Earth.”Once a bustling factory and freight-moving area, Long Island City saw many of its plants and warehouses closed as manufacturing shriveled in New York City.The neighbourhood’s rebirth began in the 1980s, when officials broached redeveloping a swath of the waterfront, while artists were drawn by warehouse spaces, affordable rents and a building that is now the MoMA PS1 museum. Silvercup Studios — where such TV shows as “Sex and the City,” ”30 Rock” and “The Sopranos” have been filmed — opened in 1983.Long Island City gained a new commercial stature, and the start of a high-rise skyline, when the banking giant now called Citi opened an office tower there in 1989. But the area’s growth lately has been driven by residential building.Some 9,150 new apartments and homes have been built since 2010, more than in any other New York City neighbourhood, according to the city Planning Department . Thousands more units are in the works.The location identified by the state as the spot for Amazon’s new campus is currently a collection of low-rise industrial buildings and parking lots wrapped around a boat basin.New York has striven for nearly a decade to position itself as a tech hotspot.Venture capitalists poured $5.8 billion into New York-area startups last quarter, more than any other region except the San Francisco area, according to the consulting and accounting firm PwC . Established tech giants, including Google and Facebook, have been expanding their New York footprints.Still, landing HQ2 represents “incredible validation of just how far New York has come,” said Jonathan Bowles, executive director of the Center for an Urban Future think-tank .Waiting for a subway, Long Island City community board chairwoman Denise Keehan-Smith could envision Amazon benefiting the neighbourhood.“But I think we have to be careful about it,” she said.CRYSTAL CITYIf any place in America can absorb 25,000 Amazon jobs without disruption, it may well be Crystal City, Virginia, where nearly that many jobs have vanished over the last 15 years.The neighbourhood in Arlington County is bounded by the Potomac River and the nation’s capital on one side, by the Pentagon on another and Reagan National Airport on a third.Despite its prime location and abundant transportation options, the neighbourhood has been hit by a massive outflow of jobs. The Patent and Trademark Office began moving more than 7,000 jobs out of Crystal City in 2003. In 2005, the Defence Department announced plans to move roughly 17,000 jobs elsewhere as part of a base realignment.Arlington County has worked hard to bring in new employers, and had some success. The Public Broadcasting Service moved its headquarters to Crystal City in 2006.Still, large swaths of the neighbourhood remain vacant. Among other challenges, the area has fought to overcome a reputation for outdated architecture.Crystal City is populated by ’70s and ’80s-era office buildings. The buildings are connected by a network of tunnels populated with food-court style dining options, hair salons and newsstands. The tunnels leave the ground-level outdoor streetscape sometimes looking empty.Brookings Institution urban planner Jenny Schuetz suggested the buildings may require an upgrade, or even replacement. But she noted that while people often associate tech companies with converted lofts or state-of-the art workspaces, many big Silicon Valley tech companies actually work out of ’80s-era office buildings.For all the talk about antiquated architecture, people who’ve actually worked in Crystal City appreciate its convenience and its worker-friendly features, including the tunnels.“I loved it here,” said Christine Gentry of Greenbelt, Maryland, as she ate breakfast in a largely empty food court. She works for the Patent and Trademark Office and preferred the days when her office was in Crystal City.“Everything is accessible here,” she said. “When it was raining or snowing or sleeting, I never had to go out.”Perhaps no place better illustrates the vibe of Crystal City than the region’s only revolving restaurant, the Skydome atop the Doubletree Crystal City. Diners enjoy a panoramic view of the D.C. skyline, completing a full rotation every 47 minutes.Sam Getachew, the hotel’s food and beverage manager, said the restaurant fits the neighbourhood’s retro atmosphere.“It’s huge draw,” Getachew said. “People come for the curiosity of it.”The only downside, he said, is that “when customers get up to go to the restroom, they don’t know where they are when they come back.”When Amazon announced its plans Tuesday, it said its footprint will extend beyond Crystal City into the adjacent neighbourhoods of Pentagon City and Potomac Yard, which have collectively been dubbed “National Landing” by the region’s economic development officials.___Barakat reported from Arlington, Virginia.Jennifer Peltz And Matthew Barakat, The Associated Press
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – A 16-year-old girl is facing at least one charge after allegedly crashing a stolen SUV into a yard over the weekend.On Sunday at approximately 2:30 a.m., Mounties in Grande Prairie responded to a report of an SUV driving erratically in the area of Landing Drive.Upon arrival, officers discovered the vehicle had crashed into a residential yard, and that the home’s residents had taken the vehicle’s keys away from the female driver before police arrived. Police uncovered that the vehicle had been reported stolen earlier in the week, and the driver was arrested without incident.The 16-year-old, whose identity cannot be revealed under the terms of the Youth Criminal Justice Act, is facing a charge of possession of property obtained by crime and will appear in court in Grande Prairie on September 24th.