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he Unisphere is a beautiful, giant steel globe that sits in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, New York. It is a famous sight in central Queens and is visible to drivers on the LIE, the Grand Central, and Van Wyck, as well as to airline passengers arriving and departing from LaGuardia and JFK. The Unisphere is the best symbol of the borough and also one of the largest globes ever made.

A landmark restaurant T he Unisphere is Q ue en s C ount y ’s biggest landmark... or is it? Lenny’s Clam Bar is a Howard Beach seafood institution, and many would argue a venerable landmark.

Who is Lenny? Joseph DeCandia, was born in Bari, Italy and came to America in 1956 at the age of 18. He took odd jobs as a dishwasher,

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a baker and a butcher. In 1958 he took a job at “Lenny’s Pizza” in Brooklyn on 86th Street where he star ted to learn the pizza business. A year later he went to work at “Lenny’s Pizza” on Nostrand Avenue which he later was able to purchase in 1960. In 1969 DeCandia decided to further expand and open “Lenny’s Pizza” on Cross Bay Blvd. and 160th Avenue. DeCandia wanted to reach out for even more grow t h a nd in 1973, on a h a nd shake he purchased Er nie’s Bar loc ated at 161-03 Cros s Bay Blvd. He took t his small bar and developed it into “Lenny’s Clam Bar” which opened o n J a n u a r y 11, 1974. Ta lk a b o u t t h e A m e r i c a n d re a m. P a t ro n s h a v e b e e n flocking to Lenny’s for succulent Seafood, It alian Specialties, Past a, BBQ, Steaks, Ribs, Chicken all from it ’s famous Grill. Cr unchy gourmet s alads are of fered as well. The shrine to seafood is now run by Joe Jr. who want s to match his fat her’s energy and build on his father’s life work. “ We c ont inue to us e a ll t he f ine s t ingredients and highest qualit y products with the same recipes, traditions and values

that Lenny’s was built on. Sadly, my father passed away in 2002 but today “Lenny’s Clam Bar” is still operated by his loving and dedicated family.”

Not only clams Seafood lovers, Celebrities and foodies have been descending on the restaurant and just can’t get enough of it’s food and atmosphere.

Real portions for real appetites “Delicious! We ordered the seafood Fra Diavlo with lobster tails,” said Karen from Forrest Hills, “My boyfriend said he felt like it was a “Man vs Food” segment because the por tion was so large. The sauce was sweet and spicy.  We also had baked clams and they were cooked to perfection. I can’t wait to go back.” So if you have the urge for some delicious ocean dwelling creatures, cast your rod over at Lenny’s Clam Bar where you are guaranteed a great catch.

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The Cathedral of Cannoli’s Caffé Palermo Voted #1 in New York City 2012

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ew Yorkers are very savvy and especially picky when it comes down to food choices. But when it comes down to seeking out and finding a particular Italian pastry... things can get down right Pazzo. But, if you are someone in the know... you know exactly where to go. Caf fé Palermo is not just a fine desser t shop, it’s a Little Italy Institution. Although it ser ves up a select ion of delect able delicacies, the focus is on that one special darling with the crispy shell and the mouthwatering sweet creme filling inside, that’s been making patrons smile with satisfaction since 1973. Proprietor and Cannoli Ent repreneur John, “Baby John”, DeLutro was born and raised on Mulberr y St. and Italian pastr y pumps through his ever y vein. “Caf fé Palermo is the per fect place to come and have a coffee and dessert after a good meal. We have all types of Vino too and best of all we have some of the best people-watching in the cit y.” And boy do they. The Cannoli canteen’s brick walls are adorned with photos of the famous enjoying themselves there both past and present. From the late Jerr y Orbach (God rest his

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Roma View: Catering at its Finest

“Dear Maria and Staff, I want to thank you for a wonderful communion party. Everything was just perfect and now I have many beautiful memories I will never forget. The food was delicious and the service was very good.” —Thank you, Gabriella

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hat’s the message from just one of the many satisfied customers speaking of this family-run catering hall that has become a staple in the Howard Beach section of Queens. Roma View Catering, located on 16005 Cross Bay Boulevard, boasts over 20 years in the par t y biz and is ready to host your events. Any event. There are three different party rooms available for any sized celebration. There is the Empress Room which can accommodate 50-85 guests. There is the Bayview Room which can accommodate 85-125 guests. There is the Rhapsodie Room which can accommodate 125-250 guests. This ornate family and corporate Event Hall overlooks the scenic water front. “We handle any and all t ypes of events,” says co-owner Joseph DeCandia, “Weddings, Engagements, Anniversaries, Bridal & Baby showers, Family Gatherings, Bar & Bat Mitzvahs, Communions, Corporate Events and any thing else that a fun space can cook up.” The menu is customized for your event,

with a strong emphasis on contemporar y Italian cusine. The DeCandia watches over every detail, so patrons palates are pleased and appetites kept palpitating for more, with a wide range of delectable desser ts to follow.

“Maria, thank you for making our engagement party so special. Everyone is raving about the food and service. Everything was beautiful. We look forward to seeing you soon.” — Daniella & Anthony

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Specialists, Highlights, Keratin Treatments, Seamless Extensions, Make-up Artists, Eye Lash Extensions and Full Ser vice Waxing, Manicures and Pedicures on site!!!

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Owner, Michael Mor tensen, has been in the business for 25 years, and is especially known for his commitment to Brides on their Special Day. “I have been working with Brides for over 20 years,” said a beaming Michael, “I pay at tention to detail and see to it that their day is stress free!” The Visage Bridal team is a highly skilled team of hair and make-up ar tists that will travel to any location in the tri-state area for a Wedding. There is no Bridal par t y too big or too small. Along with Michael is his bridal par tner Pat ti, who specializes

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eep your home improvement projects simple and organized. You can never go wrong with making home improvements that add value and convenience to your home.

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Contractors When working with a contractor to do large jobs such as renovations or extensions, plan t he entire project and stick to t hat plan. Changing designs can slow down the process and can often leave the job looking piecemeal.

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get there. Eye Emporium Inc. of fers the best in professionalism and at tention to detail; no mistakes, helpful advice and a great sense of what will look best, and the latest improvements in lenses.” Eye Emporium Inc. also offers the latest digital free form, available in single vision, The Sydney Opera bifocal and no line progressive multifocal. We welcome walk ins and handle all t ypes of cont act lenses. This includes: Eye Empor ium Inc. boa st s a wide Cosmet ic, ast igmat ic and mult i-foc al. range of st yles to choose from — from basic frames to fashionable must haves Dr. Anne Rafal, a licensed optometrist, like Judith Leiber, Christian Dior, Marc h a s b e e n w i t h S t e p h a n fo r ove r 27 Jacobs, Lafont, Silhouet te, Persol, and ye a r s a n d p rov i d e s a c o m p l e t e e ye more. Each frame can be matched with exa minat ion to deter mine t he he a l t h any prescription and the exper ts at the and vision of your eyes. A lso, Sher i, Eye Emporium Inc. look to meet any S t e p h a n’s w i f e, b r i n g s a w o n d e r f u l sense of fashion to help you wit h your challenge. Here is a quote from Julie M – Staten s ele c t ion of eye we a r. He r inpu t i s a t remendous as set. Island: So whatever your optical needs, come “I’ve been going to Eye Emporium Inc. for my gla s ses for many years, down to the Eye Emporium Inc. at 2334 even af ter I moved from Brooklyn. It’s Ralph Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11234 or hard to find the kind of ser vice you’ll call us at (718) 531-0350. problems arise, I can usually, do the repair, and turn it around that ver y day. Hey, let’s face it, they are your eyes, and I am a per fectionist.”

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Jumping for Joy:

The ups and downs of Skydiving

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arachuting, or skydiving, is the action sport of exiting an aircraft and returning to Earth with the aid of gravity while using a parachute to slow down during the terminal part of the descent. It may or may not involve a certain amount of free-fall, a time during which the parachute has not been deployed and the body gradually accelerates to terminal velocity.

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Vicolo Ristorante Volare, oh oh Cantare, oh oh oh oh Let’s fly way up to the clouds Away from the maddening crowds We can sing in the glow of a star that I know of Where lovers enjoy peace of mind Let us leave the confusion and all disillusion behind Just like birds of a feather, a rainbow together we’ll find 56

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erry Vale may have been singing Volare but he may really have been thinking Vicolo. Why would he think that do you ask? Well, if you want authentic southern Italian food that overshadows the lyrics, but is not a dream, run don’t walk to this Brooklyn pasta palace. Vicolo is the per fect place for a family out ing or a f irst date. T he decorat ive interior and the ex tensive menu is the dream child of t wo cousins, Mario and Dominick Abitino. The proprietors have painstakingly created an atmosphere that makes you feel like you are in beautiful Naples without Vesuvius. Except for the eruption of flavor. The 2nd generation duo have brought old world flavors back from Italy...literally: We have authentic Burrata cheese that is shipped in directly from Italy each week,” said Mario, “We also have our own delicious Pizzas with fresh ingredients that are a huge hit with regulars and drop ins too.” The smell of fresh past a and s auce permeates the dining room as you are promptly seated for an unforgettable dining experience. Yes...this Bay Ridge enoteca

really delivers. Just ask some locals. “This place is great, they have so much on the menu that my wife and kids always leave full and happy,” says Frank from Mill Basin, “It makes me feel like a proud papa.” “I have to admit it is true,” said Donna from Huntington, “Vicolo has t he best vegetarian pizza bar none. It’s so wor th the trip.” “As a repeat customer, I was energized to write a review on my blog and twitter to let everyone I know that Vicolo is the place to go. I’ve had both dinner and lunch there a bunch of times and I must say everything I have ordered has been soul gratif ying!” said Greg, “I had the oppor tunity to chat with the owners and get a lit tle histor y of what they were about and it shows in their food! If it’s your first time there you have to go backstage and check out the guys making the pizza which is an experience unto itself.” So if you crave true southern It alian food and want a great environment for your family and friends...don’t stroll... run to this Pizza and Pasta Haven.

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A Healthy Diet for Anti-Ageing

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Colorful fruits and vegetables. T he ant ioxidant s in color f ul veget ables and fr uit s, such as leaf y greens, deep red tomatoe s, blueber r ie s, a nd c a r rot s, help s t o p u n s t a b le mo le c ule s f rom d a m agin g healthy cells. You cannot feel it when some cells are damaged or dying, but you can see it in t he signs of aging, such as wrink les. So at each meal, f ill about half your plate with fruits and vegetables. Your goal is five to nine ser vings a day. Three par t icular ant ioxidant s — vit amin C, zinc, and bet a-c arotene — help protect yo u r v i s i o n f ro m m a c u l a r d e g e n e r a t i o n, t he le ading c au s e of blindne s s in adul t s 65 and older. If you already have macular d e g e n e r a t i o n, e a t i n g f o o d s w i t h t h e s e nutrients may slow its progress. Dark green leaf y veget ables — spinach, kale, collard, and must ard greens — help t he most. But you also help your eyes when you eat brightcolored produce, including cor n, peppers, oranges, and c ant aloupe. A power ful antioxidant in grapes and red wine, called resveratrol, helps reduce your risk

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Whole grains. Eating whole grains rich in fiber — oats, quinoa, barley, wheat, and brown rice — lowers your chance of developing t ype 2 diabetes. A healthy diet that contains whole grains also keeps blood ves sels in peak condition. Your goal is three servings of whole grains a day.

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are their business. Located at 53 New Dorp Plaza, the shop is the be-all, end-all of product and professionalism. For you discriminating homeowners in need of complete remodeling and full ser vice design, Kitchens N’ Things is your solution. The company has been designing kitchens, bathrooms, home of fices, home libraries and beyond, for families in t he New Yor k Cit y arena. While some companies only ar ticulate their commitment to qualit y in a timely manner, these guys actually deliver on their promise. The remodeling schedule is centered around your needs… not theirs. Just listen to the accolades. “I put my trust in your company and knew I made the best choice,” said Anita from Brook lyn, “my s at isfact ion wit h your work and the beaut y of my kitchen exemplifies the honest y and integrit y of your company along with the per fection of your craf t. You will always have my

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James says, “I’m definitely not one of those guys who will tell you that ever ything new has to look new… but it can.” His boutique firm allows James to be intimately involved wit h ever y project. James is a stickler for ef ficiency, and he really sweats the details. James likes to say, “Great design ideas only work when we do,” and he explains that translating the big ideas into materials and details is a major par t of this work. James likes a challenge, and he has even been known to say, “Your design challenges are my delight.”   James and his highlytrained staff are masters at making difficult tasks look easy.  They enjoy the complexity of squeezing central air conditioning into pre-war apartments, coordinating complex systems and assemblies and getting visible changes made in landmark districts. The firm maintains strong relationships with contractors all over the city. James and his staff like to work alongside contractors in a team-oriented approach all the way

t hrough const ruction to guarantee t he satisfaction of their clients. James earned a Master of Architecture from Princeton University in 1992 where he also taught construction technology. James also holds a graduate-level Advanced Profes sional Cer tific ate in Real Est ate Development from New York Universit y. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Design from the Universit y of Pennsylvania where he graduated cum laude. James is a member of the American Institute of Architects and is registered in New York and Illinois. In addition to his architectural practice, James has served as an adjunct professor of architecture at the Parsons School of Design in New York Cit y and has been featured on the HGTV programs KidSpace and Selling New York. So, if you are looking to add, upgrade, remodel or just want to discuss future design plans, please don’t hesit ate to contact James Koster Architect for ideas, and answers. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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The 12th Street Bar & Grill

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hen I was traveling through London a decade ago, I kept coming across these wonderful traditional seeming pubs with a twist: They were Gastro-Pubs, and they were the lastest craze. Ser ving up all types of Beer, Wine and Spirits in the most pub like manner but with Moroccon Lamb Sausage or some delightful hearty salad with a seafood ingredient. Upon my arrival back to my home town I was eager to see what Gotham was representing, in order to keep up with the times. To my absolute glee... it was... I mean it is! Welcome to the 12th Street Bar & Grill in the hear t of Park Slope. The est ablishment h a s a n ex ten si ve b a r w i t h a s ophis t ic ate d libat ion menu. T he pub, a for mer c a r r iage hou s e, h a s be en a round for over a dozen

years and has been keeping loc als content w i t h t a s t y food a nd grog. “ We love t his neighbor hood a nd a re s o happy t hat we have become such a par t of t he c ommuni t y,” s a id ma nager Ela ina, “ To be embraced by not only hipsters but loc al familie s too ha s been absolu tely t hr illing.” Plus may I add, the rest aurant has a kid-

friendly menu to accomodate the ever growing Brooklyn f a mil y populat ion. T he “G r ill” h a s be c ome a loc a l f avor i te a nd ha s be en drawing foodies like a magnet. “We just love this place from t h e v i b e t o t h e a m b i a n c e,” s a i d A l l i s o n f r o m D U M B O, “and it’s great to have a place t h a t i s g o o d f o r g ro w n-u p s a nd k ids to be toget her.” B u t b e w a r e , “A f t e r t h e dinner crowd, t he place get s rock in,” s aid a jubila nt Pam f rom F or t G re en, “I met my fiance here and we are walking down t he aisle t his summer.” “ We l c o m e t o t h e 12 t h S t r e e t B a r & Grill says management and you do feel welc ome d like you a re one of t he f a mil y. The atmosphere is rela xed but the vibe keeps you feeling as youthful as the kids running around having a blast of a t ime.

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Da Nico Ristorante Traditional Italian “spaghetti” that withstands the test of time

“When the moon hits your eye like a big pizza pie that’s-Da Nico.”

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uh? Yes if old Deano was alive he would be singing the praise of this shrine to culinary goodness. A s you pedest r ianly s aunter dow n Mulber r y S t. you sor t of crave Old World flavor, and then maybe some tor tellini to tickle t he t aste buds. But where should you go? There are so many restaurants and cafes to chose from. Well, one trat toria stands out as the bench mark of delectible cuisine both nor thern and southern. Da Nico’s has been around for over 20 years. It’s presence on a block, literally littered with competition only goes to show you that good food and good service, not to mention good cheer, will withstand the test of time as well as the test of trends. The duplex eater y boasts a massive

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outdoor dining area that on a warm day, upon first seeing it whether you speak Italian or not you say “Al Fresco!” The extensive menu has everything that you could want that comes from the Boot. Traditional dishes are of fered, along with robust and savor y pizzas (trust me I had one... yummy) and an eclectic array of new favorites.

Above and Beyond All Rivals “Uptown they call it Pasta, here we call it Spaghetti!” says owner Nick. “Our place is your place, we welcome ever ybody to come down and have truly authentic Italian eat s. It is our pride and joy. My great grandmother did not make the oven but some of the bricks from her own oven are right over there.” Nostalgic Nick gestures towards his fier y coal brick oven. The restaurant is available for par ties

and wants patrons to know that things will always feel the same... like home... from the exposed brick to the table cloths to the professional waiters. When you walk in you can chose a Neapolit an feel or maybe Florentine vibe or maybe Rome is your destination. Hold on let me give that some thought. Af ter gorging on my Pizza Margherita I could not but wonder why there are not many more of these places around...But there are, this is the real New York, This is the real Lit tle Italy! Upon leaving Da Nico, this native New Yorker glanced back at not just a meal but a New York experience. One that will remain with him, because it is a reminder of things that have gone by, that have changed, that have passed, but... wait a second... I perked up immediately...Da Nico, is not going anywhere... They’re dug in.

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Il Forno Di Marco is a fusion of Lebanese and Italian food, two countries so far apart, yet so close together joined by one Mediterranean Sea. This is where you meet to enjoy both dishes under the same roof. Let us reward you for what you already love. Amazing food blended together to create a unique experience for your taste buds. This fusion of food was coming it just was a matter of time.

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A Healthy NY Starts in Astoria It’s 36 year mission continues at the Astoria Sports Complex

Our soccer field features a N.Y. State exclusive, F.I.F.A. approved astroturf by LIMONTA, imported from Italy.

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o be a leader in health and fitness you need determination and dedication. Those traits are on display at a facility that is as New York as it gets. It’s huge and has everything. If you can’t find it here... they don’t make it.

What’s in a name? Astoria Sports Complex should really be called Astoria Sports Community, because that is what it is: a place that strives to serve and service it’s residents. The massive complex is a labyrinth of “Everything Sports Related.” The familyfriendly facility boasts the gamut of athletic options. There are: swimming pools, free-weights, cardio, state of the art fitness classes, batting cages, basketball courts, indoor soccer fields and much, much more. Astoria Sports Complex also provides: fitness trainers, swimming lessons and intramural leagues along with all full service gym amenities. In addition to complete Party Packages for birthdays or any other celebration, Astoria Complex Catering is about to open in our 4th floor penthouse — a luxurious, fine dining facility with amazing views of Queens and Manhattan, luxurious Crystal 74

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chandeliers, marble floors, full bar and a full kitchen. They will cater anything from Baby/Bridal showers, to weddings. We call it the Waldorf Astoria of Queens, without the Manhattan prices. The entire facility has indoor parking on the premises and is secured with a highly trained staff that is both courteous and professional. Astoria Spor ts Complex should really be called Queens’ own Madison Square Garden because that is what it is: a name that has untarnished pride & reputation, a place that strives to ser ve and ser vice its beloved communit y residents.

Looking out for the community They have a saying over here “Your Health is your Wealth”. Just ask proud owner Steve Poliseno, “We

started Astoria Sports Complex over 36 years ago when the site was a former ice house. My family and I love Astoria and wanted a safe and healthy environment for the community. We make improvements each year so that folks here have the most up-to-date equipment on the market.” Our soccer field, Installed by Domenick Carapella, has F.I.F.A. approved astroturf by LIMONTA imported from Italy. We are the only indoor facility in the state of NY with this tu rf system. To go along with the largest hot Jacuzzi in Queens, and his or her saunas, Astoria Sports Complex is looking to expand by adding 4 levels to the existing complex: An indoor ice skating rink; a regulation size indoor soccer field — complete with upper deck stands; and two restaurants, a l l in the near future. You want to go swimming and spend the afternoon doing aquatic sports? You don’t have to go to the Bahamas... they come here. So come on down to the Astoria Sports Complex, it is like going on an all-inclusive dynamite vacation right in the heart of Queens. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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Eating Smart To Age Gracefully

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t seems we’re all trying to find the “magic bullet” that delays the natural aging process. Put an antiaging label on most any product, and it flies off the shelves. Yet if you’re trying to look your best without going under the knife, a secret ingredient might be right under your nose. Some exper ts say one answer to aging gracefully can be found in the grocery store -- in fruits, vegetables, green tea, and a host of other healthful foods that are rich in antioxidants and other potentially age-deterring compounds.

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believe are capable of unlocking the key to longevity. Phytonutrients, which are members of the antioxidant family, gobble up “free radicals” -- oxygen molecules that play a role in the onset of illnesses such as heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, and Alzheimer’s disease. As we age, we become more susceptible to the long-term ef fects of oxidative stress (a condition where the body basically has too many free radicals) and inflammation on the cellular level. The theor y is that antioxidants and other age-defying compounds help cells

“Age-related changes may be reversed by consuming foods and beverages that are rich in a variety of compounds, including antioxidants, and are anti-inflammatory, such as cold-water fish and richly colored fruits and vegetables,” he says. On the other hand, foods classified as proinflammatory can accelerate aging, Perricone says. If “we eat large amounts of saturated or trans fatty acids, sugars, and starches, insulin levels surge and trigger an anti-inflammatory response and accelerate t h e a g i n g p ro c e s s,” s a y s Perricone. While the benefits to eating healthy are many, Perricone 6. Beans and lentils notes that diet is certainly not 7. Hot peppers the only factor that affects the 8. Nuts and seeds aging process. 9. Sprouts 10. Yogurt and kefir “Stress, hormones, ultraviolet light, and a we a kened immune sy s tem also contribute to aging,” he says. Still, making smart lifestyle choices are within your control, and are among the best things you can do to help prevent disease and ret ard aging.

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Of course, the signs 1. Acai fruit of agin g in c lu de n ot 2. Allium vegetables: garlic, onions, leeks, scallions, chives, only wrinkles, but also and shallots memory loss, decreased 3. Barley brain function, and an 4. Green foods, such as increasing risk for wheatgrass chronic diseases such 5. Buckwheat, both seeds and a s he a r t dise a se, grains osteoporosis, and c ancer. Healthy aging is also defined as living a l o n g e r, h e a l t h i e r life. And many studies have documented t he link bet ween a healthy diet and prevention of age-related or chronic For Acai Berry, anti-oxidents, diseases. vitamins, and other health related Adopt ing a he a l t hy supplements, contact Wayne McLean lifest yle t hat includes A healthy diet and lifest yle at wayne@wmac500.com. regular physical activity, m a y i m p ro v e y o u r h e a l t h adequate rest, avoiding and keep you feeling young tobacco, and a diet full but don’t expect wrinkles to of healthy foods and beverages can be the ward of f damage f rom f ree radic als and disappear. The impact of diet on reversing minimize the impact of aging. best defense against aging. signs of skin aging is overrated, says AtlantaB e y o n d a n t i o x i d a n t s , s o m e o t h e r based dermatologist, Kenneth Ellner, MD. “Dietar y choices are critical to delay the onset of aging and age-related diseases, and compounds in foods can af fect aging. They Skin aging is related primarily to genetics the sooner you start, the greater the benefit,” can be classified according to their impact on and exposure to the sun,” he says. “If you says Susan Moores, RD, a spokesman for the inflammation at the cellular level, experts say. want to age gracefully, stay out of the sun, “All foods fit into three categories: pro- use sunscreen, don’t smoke, eat a healthy American Dietetic Association. inflammator y, neutral, or anti-inflammator y,” diet, and drink plent y of water.” says dermatologist and best-selling author, To do your best to ward of f aging, exper ts Nicholas Perricone, MD. agree that a healthy lifest yle that includes Perricone says you can help to slow aging regular exercise, wearing sunscreen, avoiding at the cellular level by choosing foods that tobacco, regular sleep, and a nutritious diet Some foods and beverages contain powerful are anti-inflammatory and rich in antioxidants. is the answer. substances called phytonutrients that some

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Dumor: Passion for Real Estate I love building spaces: architecture, furniture, all of it, probably more than fashion. The development procedure is more tactile. It’s about space and form and it’s something you can share with other people. — Donna Karan

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he City of New York is known for its iconic skyline. The metropolis is world famous for architecture and is America’s flagship city. It is also the Real Estate Capital of the World. When under taking any real estate transaction, be it as a buyer or seller, you need the most qualified Real Estate Broker to help you navigate through what can be a confusing and at times painstaking process if you go it alone. As the Real Estate market begins to rebound from the housing and mor tgage crisis of the past seven (7) plus years, there are many new and significant challenges for banks, buyers and sellers in all transactions. Dumor Realty is the answer to all your Real Estate needs to successfully complete your transactions as ef ficiently as possible. The Brooklyn based, “boutique firm”, is uniquely qualified for any of the new and significant challenges that this new emerging Real Estate Market presents. This is a great advantage for Dumor’s clients because of the harsh realit y facing Big Apple buyers and sellers in today’s new Real Estate Market. “We handle every type of real estate transaction imaginable,” said Dumor owner Ben DiCostanzo, “I have been in the real estate business for over 40 years. It is one (1) thing to like the house or other property you want to buy, but you also must do all your due diligence and homework

to make it a successful transaction.” Dumor Realt y’s licensed professionals are highly trained in all aspects of real est ate transactions and will guide you through the entire process, from the first showing of a proper t y to the closing. This includes but is not limited to assisting, when necessary, with referrals of other qualified professionals needed to complete the transaction such as architects, at torneys, builders, contractors, engineers, exterminators, mor tgage lenders, sur veyors, title insurers, etc. that Dumor has successfully worked with for many years. “Our fiduciary duties are to the client,” said DiCostanzo, ”Honest y and integrit y are the cornerstones of our business. We are aware of all the pit falls because we have cut our teeth in this town and have learned from our many years of experience in closing literally thousands upon thousands of transactions.” Dumor also has a vast amount of new listings to choose from, both proper ties for sale and for rent. No matter what type of real estate transaction you are pursuing, it is smart business to hire a qualified broker. Don’t get lost in the shuf fle of a big high profile firm concerned with only numbers and quotas that will treat you that way. Instead, choose Dumor Realt y, a highly qualified, hands on, “boutique firm”, that has your best interest s at hear t and will treat you with the at tention, care and respect you deser ve for your par ticular transaction.


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Choose Wisely, My Friend

From mild to wild, Brooklyn Car Audio Security looks good & sounds right

“The Right Choice...” That seems to be the mot to and end result at t his Brook lyn based auto s a lo n t h at a im s to ple a s e a nd a l w ay s succeeds... Brooklyn Car Audio & Security, located at 1683 Ut ic a Ave. (bet ween Avenue H & Avenue I) in t he Flat lands, is t he c ar af fecionado’s U topia. If you love your ride you will want to r un...I mean speed to t his det ailing dynamo for t he above ment ioned End Result. “ We love a ny t hing on w he els,” s a id owner William Sullivain, “Whatever your n e e d s, w e c a n a c c o m m o d a t e. E v e r y vehicle t hat comes t hrough our shop is t reated like it ’s one of t he family.” Brooklyn Car Audio & Security specializes in a variet y of dif ferent ser vices: ever y t hing from in-dash navigation systems, remote st ar t s, b a c k-c a m e r a s, c e l l p h o n e a d a p t i o n s, 86

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Met Living’s Fabulous Transformation Get inspired with easy and affordable makeovers for every room of your house, from the bathroom to the kitchen. BEFORE

Home Exterior When the homeowners purcha s e d t his F ayet te, Mis sis sippi, home six years ago, it was uninhabitable. The homeowners raised the structure into the air to repair the foundation and inst alled new plumbing and insulation. The couple also rebuilt both chimneys and added a handcrimped aluminum roof.

Children’s Bedroom The homeowners converted this second story into sleeping quarters for their grandchildren, adding a bathroom to the larger of the t wo rooms. In the girls’ room, linens by Simply Shabby Chic for Target dress trundle beds by Young America; the lamp is from Target. The boys’ Young Americ a beds sport Americana Collection quilts from Dillard’s; the crocheted mushroom ottoman is from Anthropologie.

Bright Idea! For a purposefully casual display, hang artwork with clothespins clipped to a length of fishing wire.

Staircase Though the rot ted floor in the hall had to be replaced w i t h re c la ime d he a r t pine, t he homeow ner s were able

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to restore this staircase using all of its original components. T he homeowners found t he s p i n d l e s, n e w e l p o s t, a n d banister in the offices of a local preservation organization. The hall is decorated with a highlow mix: A custom tiger-maple table pairs with bargains like a terrarium from T.J. Maxx and ar t work scored on eBay.

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Dining Room Outdated wallpaper and cur tains accented this dining room. A wallpa per s wa p — and some savvy catalog shopping—dramatically changed the tune of this space in no time flat. Schumacher’s Chenonceau paper feels both moder n a nd old-fa shioned, w i t h a p at te r n reminis c e nt of t radit ional paper-cut t ing. A round table by Ballard Designs sof tens t he room’s right angles; Crate & Barrel’s white bentwood chairs provide contrast. The old curtains were the home-decor equivalent of a dowdy skirt that hits midcalf; new floor-length, linen drapes give the room elegance

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Bedford Funding Financing your way to your dream home

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of the “kid kazaam” will be handled by a knowledgable and upbeat staf f. “It wa s my t wins bir t hday and we needed a place with extra space,” said Ar thur from Cobble Hill, “We had it at Moxie Spot and the party went great. It’s a Utopia for kids and a great way for them to make friends.” Those sentiments were echoed by Carol Anne from Park Slope, “The place is terrific and so reasonable, the owner Nate and his staff know how to throw a par ty for kids, and parents too.” So if you are looking for some family fun and some serious good eats, there is a joyous joint right in the heart of Brooklyn. Relax and mingle with other parents as your kids run around burning of f energy in fun and educational activities. Don’t worry grown-ups... we serve beer and wine as well. w w w. m e t l i v i n g m a g a z i n e . c o m


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La Strada Restaurant Carrying on a Family Tradition...

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Clothes make the man That st ylish slogan is the mot to of B e n s o n h u r s t ’s G a r a g e C l ot h i n g B i z loc ated at 1909 S t ill well Avenue in the hear t of Brooklyn. With a gigantic selection of men’s designer suits and haberdasher y there is no other place you need to check out. The venerable fashion institution prides itself on offering a vast range of men’s clothing for all shapes and sizes. Whatever you need... they will find, alter, and deliver so there

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The Kettle Black Brooklyn’s Best Wings

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re you tired of lemon infused, organically sourced sage root appletinis or ‘vertical’ food that looks more like modern art than dinner? If so, there’s an old school bar in South Brooklyn serving up real pub food and cold beer with a whole lot of smiles. The Ket tle Black opened in 2004 to rave reviews and has developed a loyal following by insisting guest s “enter as strangers and leave as friends”---a mant ra fixed prominently above their beautiful, antique A mer ic an f lag painted mahogany bar. T h e ex p o s e d b r i c k interior, floor to ceiling windows, and elaborate spor t s and A mer ic ana memorabilia tell you this saloon is comfor table in it’s own skin. The Kettle has been ser ving up Brooklyn’s Best Wings on t he corner of 87t h Street and 3rd Avenue since 2004 and is proud t o h ave b e e n n a m e d one of the Top 5 Wing Joints in America for the second year in a row by Kate Krader of Food and Wine Magazine. Expect long waits on We dne s day night s when ever y one of their wings — all 13 f lavors!--- are only 50 cents each. “It’s crazy,” says co-owner Tom Casatelli, who is also involved in the incredibly popular Bay Ridge taco joint Ho’Brah and the for thcoming American beer garden Lock Yard. Tom and his par tners have been a big par t of the recent revit alization of Bay Ridge’s restaurant scene and as lifelong Bay Ridge residents are proud of their contribution to Brooklyn’s true, original Restaurant Row. “People wait t wo hours

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to eat these wings and I love that I not only see familiar faces ever y week but that I get to meet new people who are tr ying us for the first time. It’s refreshing to see Bay Ridge again becoming the food destination we’ve been in years past,” says a beaming Casatelli. If the 50-cent wings aren’t enough to convince you to try the Kettle, there is also occasional live music and an incredible

and domestic draught beer. “People want us to add the impor ted craf t beers to the brunch special but we haven’t gotten around to doing it yet,” says Casatelli. The craft beer list is as eclectic and impressive as any mid size beer hall in NYC and a direct product of par tner, cousin, and beer impresario Chris King’s knowledge and love of all things beer. “ We a re fo c u s in g o n d o in g a fe w

Two for One Burger ever y Tuesday and $1.50 sliders on Thursdays. Weekend Brunch shows the bar’s diversit y as cit y workers, teachers, singles, newly weds, grandparents, the local Mommy and Me Club, the Shore Road Striders, and bar sponsored sof tball, football, and hockey teams jockey for tables in the enclosed outdoor café overlooking bustling 3rd Ave or in the comfor table back dining room. The hear t y brunch is a steal and includes complimentar y mimosas, bloody mar ys,

things well,” says Casatelli. “When we first opened we tried to be ever ything to ever yone menu-wise and over the years we realized it just couldn’t work. Now we concentrate on what we do well; custom mixed burgers that Patty’s Meats grinds for us daily, homemade chili, a few really good mac n’ cheeses, fish and chips, some fresh chopped salads, and of course, the wings.” The always crowded bar and restaurant would indicate that these true blue Brooklyn boys are doing something right.

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Have a great lamp or fixture that has stopped working? Don’t throw it away! Come to Lamp Warehouse, the last great repair shop in New York. We can make it like new and make it work. We fix almost any kind of lamp or fixture. 1075 39th Street, Brooklyn NY 11219

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olf is a precision club and ball sport in which competing players (or golfers) use many types of clubs to hit balls into a series of holes on a course using the fewest number of strokes. It is one of the few ball games that does not require a standardized playing area. Instead, the game is played on a golf course, generally consisting of an arranged progression of either 9 or 18 “holes”. Each hole on the course must contain a “tee box” to star t from and a “put ting green” with the actual hole, and there are various other standardized forms of terrain in between such as the fairway, rough, and hazards, but each hole on a course and indeed among vir tually all courses is unique in its specific layout and arrangement.

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as “skins” games are also seen in televised events. Other forms of scoring also exist. While the modern game of golf originated in 15th century Scotland, the game’s ancient origins are unclear and much debated. Some historians trace the spor t back to the Roman game of paganica, in which participants used a bent st ick to hit a stuf fed leat her ball. One t heor y as ser t s t hat paganic a spread throughout Europe as the Romans conquered most of the continent, during the first century BC, and eventually evolved into the modern game. Others cite chuiwan (“chui” means striking and “wan” means small ball) as the progenitor, a Chinese game played bet ween the eighth and four teenth centuries. A Ming Dynast y scroll dating back to 1368 entitled “The Autumn Banquet” shows a member of the Chinese Imperial cour t swinging what appears to be a golf club at a small ball with the aim of sinking it into a hole. The game is thought to have been introduced into Europe during the Middle Ages. Another early game that resembled modern golf was known as cambuca in England and chambot in France. This game was, in turn, expor ted to the Low Countries, Germany, and England (where it was called pall-mall, pronounced

“pell mell”). Some observers, however, believe that golf descended from the Persian game, chaugán. In addition, kolven (a game involving a ball and cur ved bats) was played annually in Loenen, Netherlands, beginning in 1297, to commemorate the capture of the assassin of Floris V, a year earlier. The modern game originated in Scotland, w here t he f ir s t w r i t ten re c ord of gol f is James II’s banning of t he game in 1457, a s a n unwelc ome dis t rac t ion to le a r ning archer y. To many golfers, the Old Course at S t. A ndrew s, a link s c our se dat ing to before 1574, is considered to be a site of pilgr image. Golf is documented a s being played on Musselburgh Links, East Lothian, Scotland as early as 2 March 1672, which is cer tified as the oldest golf course in the world by Guinness World Records. The oldest surviving rules of golf were compiled in March 1744 for the Company of Gentlemen Golfers, later renamed The Honourable Company of Edinburgh Golfers, which was played at Leith, Scotland. The world’s oldest golf tournament in existence, and golf’s first major, is The Open Championship, which was first played on 17 October 1860 at Prest wick Golf Club, in Ayrshire, Scotland.

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n 1988, HE OPENED a simple corner pizzeria called La Sorrentina. To d a y, i n a c l a s s i c B r o o k l y n immigration success stor y, Giovanni Mazzola, who hails from Palermo, Sicily, occupies almost every storefront between 65th and 66th Sts. along Bensonhurst’s 11th Ave. A huge green and white awning dominates one whole side of the street boasting the name: La Sorrentina. But it all comes back to a really good slice. A nd L a Sor rent in a h a s always made an excellent slice — t hin, crisp crust, fresh cheese, top tomatoes, and specially impor ted olive ol. Add a fair price and a genuine smile and you have spun yourself a damned good American life. For in Brooklyn, word of a good pizzeria — or “bit zeye-oh” as we used to call them — spreads faster than juicy neighborhood gossip. “I worked 18 hours a day and the pizzeria became so popular I had to expand into a second storefront,” says Mazzola “Then into a full restaurant, also called La Sorrentina.” People who swore by his pizza stood on line to get into the restaurant. Hardworking neighborhood families, smooching young lovers on first dates, local priests, doctors, knockaround guys and their lawyers sat side by side eat ing in La Sor rent ina. Politicians, reporters, and radio hosts like Joan Hamburg came to La Sorrentina to mangia because of the high qualit y food, re a s o n a b l e p r ic e s, a n d f a mil y-t o u c h atmosphere. “Eating in La Sorrentina is like going to your grandmother’s house on a Sunday for a big dinner,” says Roger Califano, who has been a regular customer since the pizzeria days. Business was so good, people star ted

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asking if they could rent out the place for private par ties. “But that upset our regular customers who couldn’t come to eat,” says Mazzola. “So I bought another building, and I opened a par t y room in that storefront.” Then Mazzola bought an 85-year old brick oven baker y on the corner so he

could make his own bread by night and brick oven pizza pies by days. “I still didn’t have enough party rooms,” he says. “So I rented two more storefronts. Today I have the restaurant and three par t y rooms for catering. And the two-storefront pizzeria.”

From word of mouth, to words over the airwaves. When Joan Hamburg star ted plugging the place on the radio, people flocked from beyond the neighborhood for dinner and wound up booking catering rooms for christenings, anniversaries, graduations, retirements, bir thdays, holiday par ties. But it wasn’t always so easy. “I came to America in 1972 and worked in a food distributor,” says Mazzola. “I was

20 years old, searching for my American dream. When my brother came over, we opened a pizzeria together in Manhat tan, Pizza Express, on 36th Street and Sixth Ave. It was hard work, but we did pret t y good – until the rent went from $2,000 to $6,000 a month. Then, we decided to go to Brooklyn.” In those days, before t h e y up pie s t a mp e de, Brooklyn was still a sane alternative for hardworking immigrants with an entrepreneurial d re a m, a b o r o u g h o f 2½ million hungr y big mouths where pizza was most people’s favor ite fast food. Ma z zola opened a place on Bay P a r k w a y, w o r k i n g 18 hours a day. That didn’t make it. Another stab at a s a nd w ich shop a ls o failed. Mazzola had since mar r ied and had t hree kids and decided to take one last shot at pizzeria. “My American dream came true on 11th Ave.,” he says. His wife, Rose, son, Joseph, and t wo daughters, Marina and Christina, all worked grueling hours to realize that dream. “We use nothing but top qualit y products,” he says. “We make our own mozzarella cheese [and] Italian sausage by hand, we bake all our bread, we impor t our own olive oil brand and tomatoes from Italy. But to make it in Brooklyn you need t wo more things: reasonable prices and a family atmosphere.” Giovanni’s son, Joseph, started working at La Sorrentina, when he was 13 – busing tables, washing dishes, learning to cook. “Today, my son runs the whole operation with me,” says Mazzola. But Giovanni never loses sight two things he owes his success. “A good slice of pizza and the good people of Brooklyn.

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Sahara Restaurant

Exotic taste from a Brooklyn landmark family restaurant 27 years ago by Yahya By reason of the Isikli, from which it grew and grew over the sweet smiles of the years with his smar t investments of time, labor and love. And, now together with salt seller of her his son John it has become eight times mouth, blood flows bigger than that original footprint, and is of the largest Turkish restaurants in from the heart as from one the continental US. Ever y time you walk into Sahara a salted kebab... — Abu Ishiq of Shiraz R e s t a u r a n t y o u a r e g u a r a n t e e d t h e 16th Century Poet of Food welcoming smile of the owners and staf f.

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Sahara cuisine runs the gamut from street food (Ful Medames) to a Sultan’s Pilaf (rice and golden chickpeas) from Topkapi Palace. You can’t find bet ter Turkish food anywhere in the world with the exception of I s t a nbul: f rom Ad a n a keb a b s a nd other carnivore delights through fantastic vegetable dishes to honeyed pastries by

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l cibo è così buono in questo ristorante che dovrebbe essere illegale...That translates into the food at this restaurant is so good it should be illegal. Where is t his shrine to gast ronomic goodness? Do I have to jump on a plane and head to Roma or Florence? No you do not...you just have to make your way over to the borough of St aten Island to s a mple s ome re a ll y a u t h e nt ic I t a li a n cuisine.

Hard work makes dreams become reality Il Sogno is a northern Italian restaurant located at 26 Jefferson Boulevard in the fabulous neighborhood of Annadale. The cathedral of fine eclectic cuisine would def initely be t he pride and joy of any owner. Just ask Pedro, t he permitee, who af ter emigrating from Lima, Peru in t he mid-eight ies, and toiling in several of new Yor k’s top tier kitchens can finally call this p l a c e h o m e...I mean his...Il Sogno translates into “The Dream” and that is what this proprietor was always lusting a f t e r, a p l a c e t o c a l l h i s o w n. “ I l Sogno was my dream when I came

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to t he United St ates, to live a bet ter life and bring happines s to my family,” Pedro says proudly. Don’t worr y Pedro, t he food you are ser ving is generat ing a buz z and bringing happines s to loc al foodies as well. How can you go wrong w i t h s u c c u l e n t d i s h e s l i k e: Lo b s t e r ravioli, Pot ato encr usted Chilean sea bas s, Veal Chop ala Giambot t a, Kobe por k Chop, Bone in Filet Mignon and s t u f fe d Rig ato ni ju s t to n a me a fe w. The s avor y s aloon c an accommodate all t ypes of par t ies and has a special Ga zebo for smokers so t hat ever ybody i s a l w a y s w e l c o m e j u s t l i k e t h e y ’re i m m e d i a t e f a m i l y. T h e k i t c h e n s t a f f t hrives on execut ing t he f inest cuisine for t he most discer ning clientèle.

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A: 450 B.C., B: 1050, C: 1791, D: 1942

A: Solids, B: Liquids, C: Gases, D: All are the same

2) In 2004, what was discovered on the island of Flores in Indonesia?

7) Which of the following means “rain” when added to a cloud’s name?

A: A living dinosaur, B: Remains of a hobbit-sized human species, C: A tribe whose members commonly live over 150 years, D: A plant with a mammal-like brain

A: Alto, B: Nimbus, C: Strato, D: Cirrus

3) An ear thquake that measures 8 on the Richter Scale would be how many times stronger than an earthquake that measures 4 on the same scale? A : 2 ti mes stro ng e r, B : 4 time s stronger, C: 1000 times stronger, D: 10,000 times stronger

8) What is the longest river in the world? A: Amazon, B: Nile, C: Congo, D: Chang Jiang

9) How many brains did a Stegosaurus have? A: One, B: Two, C: Three, D: None

10) What instrument is used to measure wind speed?

luminescence, D: Luminary Effervescence

13 ) Unlike most other fish, sharks have no _ _ _ _ _ _? A: Liver, B: Gills, C: Heart, D: Bones

14) What human organ cleans fifty gallons of blood ever y day? A: Liver, B: Kidneys, C: Heart, D: Stomach

15) What illness accounted for 40 percent of U.S. military casualties during World War I? A: Gangrene, B: Smallpox, C: Syphilis, D: Influenza

16) What living animal has the heaviest brain? A: African Bush Elephant, B: Black Rhinoceros, C: Sperm Whale, D: Human

17) What is the scientific term for an apparent “throwback” characteristic of an organism that reveals a trait of an earlier ancestor? A : A t a v i s m , B : D o r m a n c y, C : Meiosis, D: Commensalism

18) Which of the following has more bones? A: Baby, B: Teenager, C: Adult, D: All are the same

19) Which of the following has the longest recorded life span? 4 ) What is t he gest at ion per iod of an Hippopotamus? A: 4 months, B: 8 months, C: 12 months, D: 16 months

5) What physicist discovered that a wave’s frequency changes when the source and the observer are in motion relative to one another? A: Max Planck, B: Christian Doppler, C: Enrico Fermi, D: Albert Einstein

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A: Anemometer, B: Barometer, C: Altimeter, D: Fanometer

11) What is the most common element in the human body? A: Carbon, B: Hydrogen, C: Oxygen, D: Calcium

12 ) What is the scientific term for the production of light by living organisms? A: Syzygy, B: Photosynthesis, C: Bio-

A : Te r m i t e , B : C h i m p a n z e e , C : I n d i a n E l e p h a n t , D : F re s h w a t e r Oyster

2 0 ) What was the first genetically engineered organism? A: Corn, B: Tobacco, C: Sheep, D: Rat

A N SW E R S : 1.A 2.B 3.D 4.B 5.B (1803-1853) 6.A 7.B 8.B 9.A 10.A 11.C 12.C 13.D 14.B 15.D 16.C 17.A 18.A 19.D 20.B

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States?

A: Asia, B: Africa, C: Europe, D: Antarctica

A: Colorado River, B: Mississippi River, C: Missouri River, D: Rio Grande River

2 ) What razor-thin countr y accounts for more than half of the western coastline of South America? A: Ecuador, B: Chile, C: Peru, D: Bolivia

12 ) What state is bordered by Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming?

4) What country is home to Kangaroo Island? A: Australia, B: France, C: Japan, D: Great Britain

5) What continent is located at Latitude 90° S Longitude 0.00° E? A: South America, B: Asia, C: Australia, D: Antarctica

6) What is the largest countr y in South America? A: Columbia, B: Argentina, C: Brazil, D: Peru

7) What is the tallest mountain in the world?

17) Pierre is the capital of what U.S. state? A: Montana, B: Wisconson, C: South Dakota, D: Rhode Island

A: Idaho, B: Missouri, C: Texas, D: Colorado

18 ) What is the tallest mountain in the United States?

13) Death Valley is located in what U.S. state?

A: Mount Hood, B: Mount Ranier, C: Mount McKinley, D: Mount Rushmore

3) What river runs through Baghdad? A: Tigris, B: Euphrates, C: Karun, D: Jordan

A: Lake Michigan, B: Lake Huron, C: Lake Erie, D: Lake Superior

A: Nevada, B: Utah, C: Califor nia, D: Texas

14) What U.S. state boasts the following rivers: the Guadalupe, Trinit y, Rio Grande, Brazos, and Colorado? A: Califor nia, B: Oklahoma, C: Texas, D: Colorado

15 ) Which of the following states does NOT border the Great Lakes? A: Ohio, B: Michigan, C: Iowa, D: Illinois

16) Which of the Great Lakes is located entirely within the U.S. border?

19) Lake Okeechobee is located in what U.S. state? A: Wyoming, B: Florida, C: Oklahoma, D: Texas

20) What is the smallest U.S. state? A: Delaware, B: Maryland, C: Rhode Island, D: Maine

A nswer: 1. A 2 . B 3. A 4 . A 5. D 6.C 7. D 8 . D 9.C 10. B 11. C 12 . D 13.C 14 .C 15.C 16. A 17.C 18 .C 19. B 20.C

A: Aconcagua, B: Qogir, C: Mount Kilimanjaro, D: Mount Everest

8) What cit y is the capital of Australia? A: Perth, B: Melbour ne, C: Sydney, D: Canberra

9) Riyadh is the capital of what MiddleEastern countr y? A: Iraq, B: Syria, C: Saudi Arabia, D: Yemen

10) Which of these African nations is NOT landlocked? A: Niger, B: Congo, C: Chad, D: Burkina Faso

11) What is the longest river in the United

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KC and the Sunshine Band

July 29 - August 11 Caesars Atlantic City

August 24: Tropicana Showroom

C ome v isi t C ae s a r s Circ u s M a x imu s T heater, and see A mer ic a’s most-loved brother-sister performers share five decades of enter taining in a non-stop, 90-minute show of live music, singing and dancing. Donny and Marie feature some of their c h a r t-t o p p i n g h i t s, i n c l u d i n g: “ P u p p y Love,” “Paper Roses,” “Morning Side of the Mountain,” “I’m Leavin’ it (All) Up To You,” and “Soldier of Love.” This showcase of unmatched harmonies continues today with their recent #1, “A Beautiful Life,” from the new duet album, “Donny & Marie” (2011).

KC and the Sunshine Band is still thrilling crowds, and has since the 1970s, when they emerged as a leader in f unk. A lt hough primarily labeled as a funk band, they have tapped into all different styles of genres, including disco, dance and R&B. Concer t tickets are always in high demand when KC and the Sunshine Band steps on stage

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Diana Ross August 18: Borgata Events Center

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award. She won several American Music Awards, garnered t welve Grammy Award nominations, and won a Tony Award for her one-woman show, An Evening with Diana Ross, in 1977.

Jim Gaffigan August 24: Borgata Spa & Resort

One of the top touring comedians on the road today, Jim Gaf figan is a critical and commercial success who has earned the respect of not only his legions of fans but other comedians as well. You are in for a treat when you book tickets to see comedian Jim Gaf figan per form his comedy routine live onstage

John Mayer is considered one of the most recent talented artists to enter the musical stage. And many of his fans continuously Diana flock towards him. Now Mayer is Ross one of the big superstars of today and it is mostly because of his dedication to music. He always puts on a lively and energetic show.

Russell Brand September 13 Borgata Hotel Casino & Spa

Brand is noted in the British media for his eccentricit y and for controversies such as his dismissal from MT V after he dressed as Osama bin Laden, and prank calls he made to actor Andrew Sachs on The Russell Brand Show, which led to major changes to the BBC’s policy. He is also widely known for his shor t marriage to Kat y Perr y which ended in 2012.

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Las Vegas / Reno / Lake Tahoe Casinos David Spade August 16 to August 17 The Venetian

He’s made you laugh for years on “Saturday Night Live,” “Tommy Boy” and “Joe Dirt” with his quick wit and signature sarcasm. Utilizing some of his famed characters his SNL days — the “buh-bye” airline steward and Dick Clark’s “And you are?” receptionist — with real-life situations that happened to him, Spade crafts jokes that are extremely funny and a bit sarcastic … in other words, exactly what you’d expect from him.

Whoopi Goldberg August 30th and November 15th Treasure Island Theatre

Co-host of “The View” on daytime TV, her incredible talents as an actor and comedian has put her in elite company as one of only five enter tainers to receive an Oscar, Tony, Grammy and Emmy awards. Whoopi is a truly unique crowd pleaser.

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Ron White August 31 Mirage Hotel

T h e c ig a r s mo k in g, s c ot c h d r in k in g funnyman from the “Blue Collar Comedy” phenomenon has two Grammy nominations, a Gold Record, two of the top rated one-hour specials in Comedy Central histor y and a book that appeared on the New York Times Best Seller List, 10 million units.

making music! Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music in Sesame Street Live “Elmo Makes Music.” Jenny, an enthusiastic new music teacher, arrives on Sesame Street only to discover that her instruments are missing. Jenny’s new Muppet friends quickly come to the rescue and discover ‘instruments’ they never knew existed.

Daniel Tosh October 11 Mirage Hotel

Host of the Comedy Central show TOSH.0, Tosh was named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” in 2005, Tosh has earned the admiration of his audiences and peers with a unique brand of comedy that has made him one of the most requested headliners in the countr y.

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October 19: Mohegan Sun Casino

American Idol Live! returns this summer for another hit tour to showcase the season’s talented top Finalists and stops in Uncasville, CT for a Saturday evening per formance. Finalists will per form favorite moments from the season as well as never before seen per formances. The American Idol season Finale will air on FOX on May 16th but this season’s fan-favorites will continue on with the 2013 Live! Tour.

Selena fans have been in a frenzy since she premiered the single “Come & Get It” from her for thcoming album and made her debut television performance of the song live on the 2013 MTV Movie Awards. Selena has already sold more than 10 million singles in the U.S., along with three RIA A-cer tified Top 10 debuting gold albums, and three #1 Billboard Dance Singles.

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HeadlyEntertainment here For This Guide Story Here Met Living’s 102 Fast Facts 1. Thir t y five percent of people who use personal ads for dating are already married. 2 . Men can read smaller print than women; women can hear bet ter than men. 3. Only one person in t wo billion will live to be 116 or older. 4 . If NASA sent birds into space they would soon die; they need gravity to swallow. 5. Men who kiss their wives in the morning live five years longer than those who don’t. 6. Sex burns about 360 calories per hour. 7. It is physically impossible for pigs to look up into the sky. 8 . It would take more than 150 years to drive a car to the sun. 9. The average person will go on a date at least 100 times before they finally marr y. 10 . T here are about 255 babies bor n worldwide ever y minute. 11. You forget 90% of your dreams. 12 . The world’s tallest man reached 8 feet 11 inches at 21. 13. Babies cry but they don’t produce tears until one to three months af ter bir th. 14 . You share your bir thday with at least 9 other million people in the world. 15. People with blue eyes are bet ter able to see in the dark. 16. Men laugh longer, louder, and more of ten than women. 17. Babies that are breastfed are more likely to be slimmer as adults than those that are not breast fed. 18. Americans will spend more on cat food this year than baby food. 19. A hard working adult sweats up to 4 gallons per day. 20. 90 percent of women who walk into a department store immediately turn to the right. 21. Americans did not commonly use forks until af ter the Civil War. 22 . A person will create enough saliva to fill t wo average size swimming pools during his lifetime. 23. The chances of you dying on the way to get your lottery tickets is greater than your chances of winning. 24 . Most lipstick contains fish scales. 2 5. Chewing gum while peeling onions will 162

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3 9 . We a r ing he adphone s for a n hour increases the bacteria in your ear 700 times. 40. Our eyes are always the same size from birth, but our nose and ears never stop growing. 41. Ever y time you sneeze some of your brain cells die. 44 . It takes up to 70 years for a banana peel to fully decompose in Antarctica. 4 5. Couples usually wait until six to eight dates before they are willing to enter into an exclusive relationship. 46. In Quitman, Georgia, US, it is illegal for a chicken to cross the road. 47. Hot water can freeze faster than cold water. 48. 78% of students pretend to concentrate in the class so that their teacher won’t ask them a question. 49. Only 55% of Americans know that the sun is a star. 50. To have your picture taken by the ver y first camera you would have had to sit still for 8 hours! 51. Tigers can see 6 times bet ter at night than humans. 52. Staying awake for 17 hours is the same for your body as drinking 2 glasses of wine. 5 3 . Quick naps not only improve your aler tness, but they also help in decision making, creativit y and sensor y perception.

#48. 78% of students pretend to concentrate in class so that their teacher won’t ask them a question.

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#68. Petting a cat helps lower blood pressure, not just for humans, but for the cat also.

54 . Having sex can make a woman look younger and more at t ract ive due to t he release of estrogen and collagen. 55. Human hair and fingernails continue to grow af ter death. 56. If your stomach didn’t produce a new layer of mucous ever y t wo weeks, it would digest itself. 57. US Dollar bills are made out of cot ton and linen. 58 . Couples are known to fight the most about money. 59. 1 in 5 singles has had a relationship with someone they met on a website. 60. Having and orgasm at least 3 times a week reduces the risk of dying from hear t disease. 61. Realit y and dreams have t wo dif ferent meanings of life; Reality shows the facts about life, and your dreams are just an imagination moment. 62. True wisdom comes to each of us when we realize how little we understand about life, ourselves, and the world around us. 63. Cuddling before bed relaxes the brain, reducing the process of overthinking, making it easier to fall asleep. 64. According to research, Monday morning is so depressing that on average, humans don’t crack a smile until 11:24 am. 65. An average woman stares at the mirror at least 38 times a day. 66. If you put headphones into your nostrils

and open your mouth, if forms instant speaker. 67. Writing down your worries just before taking an exam can boost your scores. 68. Petting a cat helps lower blood pressure, not just for humans, but for the cat also. 69. Studies show that people who overthink tend to create problems for themselves that weren’t even there to begin with. 70. According to Alber t Einstein if honey bees were to disappear from ear th humans would be dead within 4 years. 71. Humans star t lying by the age of 4. 72. 80% of teenagers check their cellphone before brushing their teeth in the morning. 73. In 75% of American households, women manage the money and pay the bills. 74. 4 years after a car crash a man claimed that the crash turn him gay. He sued the other driver and won. 75 . During the day, if someone sings a song around you, there is a 90% chance you will find yourself singing it sometimes during the day. 76 . “Swag” is an acronym created by a group of gay men in the 60’s that means “secretly we are gay” 77. Even though hand sanitizer kills 99.9% of germs, only 1% of germs actually gets us sick. 78 . There is an awk ward moment when your sarcasm is so advanced people actually think you are stupid. 79.” Whatever” has been voted the most

annoying word in the world. 8 0. The average person tends to look at their cell phone over 300 times in a 24 hour period. 9 0 . Each year approximately 250,000 American husbands are physically at tacked and beaten by their wives. 91. The pinky promise originally indicated that the person who breaks the promise must cut of f their pinky finger. 92 . 54% of women would rather be hit by a truck than be fat. 93. School for 12 years, college for 4 years, then you work until you die. “ Great “. 94 . 62% of people tell an average of 2-3 lies every minute; 91% of people lie regularly both at work and at home. 95. Marriage is the number one cause for divorce. 96. People who exercise live longer. 97. Over thinking is one of the top causes of depression. 98. People say bless you when you sneeze because your hear t stops for a millisecond. 99. Facebook is like jail — you sit around, waste time, have a profile picture. Write on walls and get poked by guys you don’t really know. 100. A chicken who just lost its head can run the length of a football field before droping dead. 101. Apples, not caffeine, are more efficient at waking you up in the morning. 102 . Like fingerprints ever yone’s tongue print is dif ferent. M e t r o p o l i ta n L i v i n g

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Entertainment Guide Broadway Annie

Motown: The Musical

The plucky redheaded orphan and her scruf f y mut t Sandy make their way in D e p r e s s i o n - e r a N e w Yo r k from a dismal orphanage to the home of billionaire Daddy Warbucks. The Tony Awardwinning musical includes the s o n g s “ To m o r r o w,” “ L i t t l e Girls,” “Easy Street,” “NYC” and “You’re Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile.” Palace Theatre

The musical brings to life the true stor y of barrier-shat tering Motown Records and its founder Berry Gordy, who fights against improbable odds to t ur n his dream into a realit y. Lunt-Fontanne Theatre

Big Fish Motown: The Musical

Mamma Mia! Mamma Mia! collects a group of hit songs by the Swedish supergroup ABBA and shapes them around the stor y of a single mother coping with her young daughter’s marriage on a picturesque Greek isle. While the daughter plans her future with the love of her life, her mother is haunted by three different men who may or may not be her daughter’s father. Among the songs are such familiar ‘70s staples as “Dancing Queen,” “Knowing Me, Knowing You,” “S.O.S.,” “Take a Chance on Me” and “The Winner Takes It All.” Winter Garden Theatre

First Date Ever been on a date and wondered what the other person was thinking? This new musical comedy lets you peer inside the ner vous and busy minds of t wo wouldbe lovebirds, Soho ar tist Casey and Wall Street trader Aaron, on their first date. How can they know if they’re right for each other when old boy friends, ex-fiancées, assor ted friends, relatives, and even the waiter keep of fering unsolicited advice? This relationship may just have a chance

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— if only they can get their inner voices to shut up! Longacre Theatre Opening 04 Aug 2013

Kinky Boots Charlie Price is forced to step in and save his family’s shoe factory in Northern England following the sudden death of his father. Help comes from the unlikeliest angel, a fabulous drag per former named Lola. Together, this improbable duo revitalize the failing business, while stepping out from their fathers’ shadows and transforming an entire communit y through the power of acceptance. Al Hirschfeld Theatre

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

Will, the son of the charismatic Edward Bloom, is frustrated by his father’s fant astic t ales of epic adventure. A s Edward’s final chapter approaches, Will embarks on his own journey to find out who his father really is. Neil Simon Theatre Opening 06 Oct 2013

Newsies Set in New York City at the turn of the century, the musical is the tale of newsie Jack Kelly, who dreams of a better life far from the hardship of the streets. But when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst raise distribution prices at the newsies’ expense, Jack finds a cause to fight for and rallies his army of newsies to strike. Nederlander Theatre

Rock of Ages

The arachnid-bitten superhero, familiar from comics and the movies, learns that with great power comes great responsibility a s v illa ins te s t not onl y his phy sic a l strength, but his strength of character.

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a smalltown girl met a big-cit y rocker, and in L.A.’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the ‘80s. This arena-rock love stor y is told through the mind-blowing hits of Journey, Bon Jovi, Poison and many more.

Foxwoods Theatre

Helen Hayes Theatre

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Met Living TV Trivia 1) Who killed Laura Palmer on Twin Peaks? 2 ) Who’s Eric Car tman’s father?

W hat t wo movies does t his act r ess appear in? ( Hint see quest ion #6)

3 ) Which character f rom Beavis and But thead has their own show? 4) How long were Jerr y Seinfeld and his pals sentenced in the series finale? 5) On Beverly Hills 90210, how did Scott (David’s best friend) die? 6) Which actress was in the T V movies: The Oddyssey, and Merlin? 7) Marge Simpson has the same maiden name as a former First Lady. Name the former First Lady 8) What show did Claire Danes get her star t on? 9 ) On MT V’s Blame Game what is the name of the Judge? 10) In Home Improvement what are the names of t he t hree boys? Who is t he youngest? 11) On Happy Days, what was the name of the make out place? 12 ) Which famous female enter t ainer per formed on the love boat from 1985 to 1986?

16) What floor did the Evans family live on? 17 ) In Roseanne who was Roseanne’s gay boss/employee? 18 ) In Beast Wars what is t he name of the Ma ximal Ship? 19) What make and model of car does Nash Bridges drive? 2 0 ) On The Simpsons, Who shot Mr. Burns?

15) On a ski trip 16) 17th floor 17) Leon, First at Rodbells then at the lunch box. 18) The A xalon 19) A 1971 Plymouth Barracuda conver tible. 20) Maggie Simpson. Maggie and Mr. Burns were wrestling for her lollipop when Mr. Burns’ gun fell out of his holster and went of f.

15) On One day At A Time, How did Julia and Max meet?

TV Trivia Answers

7) Jackie Kennedy. Both Marge Simpson and Jackie Kennedy had the maiden name of Bouvier. 8) My So-Called Life 9) Judge Reed 10) Mark Taylor, Randy William Taylor, and Bradley Michael Taylor 11) Inspiration point 12 ) Dionne War wick 13) 3 (Carol, Emily, Rachel) 14) Janet

14) Who was David from 8 Is Enough, married to?

A N SW E R S 1) Her father, Leland Palmer. 2 ) His mother. You see, she’s a hermaphrodite, figure it out. 3) Daria 4) One year 5) He accidently shot himself. 6) Isabella Rosselini. She was Athena in the Odyssey, and she was Merlin’s love in Merlin.

13) How many women does Ross divorce on Friends?

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Index of Advertisers Arts

Garage Clothing 

& Entertainment:

Suzanne’s Fashion Corner 177

Basset 

26

Raising The Bar 

64

Il Fornetto 

73 37

106-107

Knights Of Columbus 

Media Magic Ent 

103

Staten Island Furrier

34

Camz Creations 

St. George Theatre

183

Munchkins & Monsters 

51

Bay Ridge Manor 

E Squared Production 8 2-83

Eye Emporium 

Moxie Spot 

Stewar t Optical 

94-95

109

121

Bardi Catering 

113 120

41

Eye Glass Direct 

65

Luncheonette 

Brilliant Strokes 

41

Emerly’s Bridal 

11

Roma View 

Oh Baby 

170

2

Tommy’s Auto 

143

Empire 

119

Sal’s Transmission 

126

Nacmias & Sons 

129

Manfredi 

184

Signature Auto Group

31

Star Subaru 

72

Park Ave Leasing 

81

Brooklyn Car Audio 

86-87

Good Year 

126

Major Auto Show 

126

Diamond Auto Leasing  128 Quality Auto 

135

All In One Leasing  140-141 Back Cover

Plaza Auto Leasing  Interstate Batter y 

47 142

Fashion / Apparel:

Cabo 

Sports & Equipment: Panda Spor t  115 Astoria Sports Complex 74-75 Staten Island Mini Golf  41

152

Viccolo 

56-57

Angelina’s 

92-93

La Strada 

100-101

Sahara 

130-131

Buckley’s  Lenny’s Clam Bar 

Viks Fine Jewelr y  Jewelr y Ex  Unique Goldmine  Mathew’s Jewelers 

62 12-13 21 181

Cornerstone Group  Bedford Funding 

10 90-91

Food And Drink Deli’s And Catering:

146 35 8-9

Villa Monte 

65

Il Forno Di Marco 

73

Kettle Black 

110-111

The Roof top 

103

La Sorrentina 

Finance:

Vegas Diner  Il Sogno 

117-118 145 154-155

Delmar 

173

Nucci South 

145

Sancho’s 

177

Bakeries:

Riviera 

42

Vito’s 

Camz Creation 

37

Villabate Alba 

19

A&S Pork Store 

166

Rimini Baker y 

46

Beny’s Delice 

142

84

Pizza Park 

167

Always A Bridesmaid 

51

Dair y Maid 

136-137

M e t r o p o l i ta n L i v i n g 

153

La Villa 

Jewelers:

I’ll Be Seeing You 

180

Jimmy’s Famous 

22-33

Resturants & Bars:

King Auto Group 

Manfredi 

44-45

7Th Ave Gourment 

38-39

Sk ydive Ranch 

Auto Sales & Services:

133

118

Paneantico172

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West End Bakeries 

177

Liquor Store:

Salons & Spas:

28-29 20 11 138

Medical:

Dr. Gadi  151 Genesis  81 Care Pharmacy  121 Vivian Botero  69 Skin Beauty  43 Dello Russo  48-49 V V Medical  112 Oceanside Animal Clinic  123 Gym:

& Doors 

145

Harbor Fitness 

3

Home Improvement Contractors/ Renovations:

7

Jm Synthetic Grass 

14

Universal Renovation 

30

Tully Spagnoli 

50

Granite Design 

97

Richmond Tile And Bath 

98

Pell Floors 

102

Einstein Plumbing 

102

Paradise Stone 

103

Ajc Renovation 

104

Colonel Clean 

122

RGM Signs 

122

Island Sewers 

142

Midwood Matteress 

147

Brooklyn Elevator 

148-149

Abco Contracting 

170

Decorators:

Robb Decors 

18

Amsterdam Interior 

108

Lamp Warehouse 

113

Wild Flowers 

73

Ave J Florist 

65

Bay Decorators 

96

360 Interior Concepts  109 Architects:

Marcus Marino 

151

Appia Marble & Granite  52-53

Steve Savino 

139

Fox Floors 

James Koster 

Bella Cucina  Kitchen & Things 

54-55 59 60-61

Clean Sweep 

69

Bilotti Brother 

77

CRC Plumbing 

85

Cam Energy 

85

All Home Improvement  142

66-67

Pools:

Best Quality Pools 

167

New Wave Pools 

176

Legal Services Costello & Costello  Alatsas & Taub 

Bus Service: Golden Ring 

Empire State Development  89

Health & Beauty

Dun Rite 

144

4 Season Windows

5L’s 172

Visage  Faces  H3 Hair Salon  By Limor 

Capital Paint 

63 105

123

Schools & Camps: Mill Basin Day Camp Bath Beach 

97 124

Real Estates:

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Funeral Homes:

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