New York City, your ships have come in. And leading the proud procession into New York Harbor on Wednesday was the USS Cole, a Navy destroyer that — like its port of call — was targeted by terrorists but could not be sunk. “People are interested in seeing the USS Cole because it has such a unique history,” said an excited Frank Iannazzo-Simmons, a Coast Guard petty officer 3rd class, who is based at Battery Park. Does it ever. A year before 9/11, Osama Bin Laden’s followers bombed the ship while it was refueling in Yemen, killing 17 sailors and carving a gaping 60 foot hole in the hull. The arrival of the Cole also marked the return of Fleet Week to the Big Apple after a year’s hiatus due to federal budget cuts. "Everybody I've spoken to in the Coast Guard, the Marines, the Navy, everyone's very excited to be back here,” Iannazzo-Simmons said. “It is a military tradition — and it's a … [Read more...] about Fleet Week back in New York City with impressive ships, enthusiastic sailors
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The battleship forged with World Trade Center steel is coming home Friday. The USS New York returns to the Big Apple for Veterans Weeks 2013 four years after the ship was commissioned into active duty — and 12 years after the terrorist attack on the twin towers. “This Veterans Week is a homecoming for us,” said Capt. Jon C. Kreitz, the New York’s commanding officer. “We all respect and cherish the connection we have with this amazing and resilient city.” Kreitz, in advance of the ship’s arrival, invoked its motto: “Strength forged through sacrifice. Never forget.” The ship rose from the ashes of the downed 110-story skyscrapers, with 7.5 tons of steel salvaged from the trade center used in its bow. The ship, commissioned on Nov. 7, 2009, will arrive by cruising up the Hudson River past Ground Zero before docking at Pier 88 on the West Side of Manhattan. The battleship will be open for public visits on Saturday and Monday 8 a.m.-4 … [Read more...] about USS New York returns to NYC for Veterans Week
Norfolk, Va. - It's the pride of the Navy - and it's finally heading our way.The New York, made with 7.5 tons of steel from the wrecked World Trade Center, is leaving its home port of Norfolk Naval Station on Thursday for its maiden voyage to New York City. "The excitement is huge," said Navy spokesman Chief Scott Boyle. "The ship and the crew have been building up to this point for a couple years." The ship, a San Antonio-class amphibious transport dock, has a crew of 360 - including dozens of New Yorkers. The ship's captain, Cmdr. Curtis Jones, is from Binghamton. "The New York ties and the emotions that come with this ship, it's almost like a homecoming for the crew," Boyle said. The bow of the $1 billion ship was forged with steel recovered from the rubble at Ground Zero. One of its main missions is to transport Marines - it can carry an entire battalion and their equipment, including a 38-ton amphibious assault vehicle, landing craft and an MV-22 Osprey aircraft. The New York will … [Read more...] about USS New York: Navy’s new ship, made with World Trade Center steel, to dock in city on Monday
ABOARD THE USS NEW YORK - They're from New York, sailing on the New York and watching the Yankees play in the World Series. "It doesn't get better than that," said Navy Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class Nathaniel Mitchell of Queens. Mitchell, 40, and several of his fellow sailors are making their way to the city from Norfolk Naval Station, Va., to commission the Navy's newest ship - an amphibious transport dock made with 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center. But they're taking a break to watch the Yanks try to win their 27th World Series title. "It's nice that the ship has the game on for us," said Master at Arms 2nd Class Angel Candelaria, 42, of the Bronx. "Being on the ship is hard, but having the game on takes away from the pressure." The die-hard Yankees fans are part of a 360-member crew on the ship, along with about 250 Marines. They gathered in the mess decks and in their berths Wednesday night to tune in to their heroes - and to offer a little advice to the … [Read more...] about Tons of WTC steel and pinstriped heart: USS New York crew hoping (Yankees champion)ship comes in
Aboard the USS New York - Mayor Bloomberg flew to the USS New York to watch the Yankees game with the troops Sunday night as they anchored in the Atlantic Ocean waiting to sail into New York harbor. The ship - made with 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel - makes it maiden voyage to the city today, with more than 500 sailors and Marines on board. Phillies. "Thank you for serving and taking care of us," Bloomberg told the troops. "New York really loved how much this country came to our aid and we'll never forget that." Bloomberg and his girlfriend, Diana Taylor, took a landing craft air-cushioned, or LCAC, a Marine hovercraft that parks in the well deck of the ship. Bloomberg handed out Yankees baseball caps and presented the ship's captain, Cmdr Curt Jones, who is from Binghamton, N.Y., with an official New York City flag that once flew over City Hall. "Forged in the fire of our hearts, this ship sails for freedom," the mayor wrote on the flag. "How cool is that that the … [Read more...] about Mayor Bloomberg watches Yankees on USS New York as it prepares for maiden voyage to NYC
ABOARD THE NEW YORK - Welcome aboard! The Navy's newest vessel - a $1 billion amphibious transport dock made with 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel - will sail up the Hudson Monday morning, going past Ground Zero to pay respects to the victims of the Sept. 11 attacks. On board the New York are 360 sailors and more then 200 Marines, who will line the rails. "I'm really excited," said Marine Lance Cpl. Eugene Marmantov, 27, of Brooklyn. "It's my city." The sailors and Marines are looking forward to getting a Big Apple greeting as they dock near the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum on Manhattan's West Side. Among those sailing the ship into New York is Lee Iepli, who lost his firefighter son, Jonathan, in the attacks. "This is probably one of the biggest positive things to come out of [the attacks]," he said of the ship. The ship, which will be docked here until Nov. 12, will be commissioned on Saturday. It's open to the public for tours. For more information on … [Read more...] about USS New York, built from steel from World Trade Center, set to dock in NYC after passing Ground Zero
The New York came to life Saturday, becoming the Navy's newest warship - and a proud symbol of fortitude. The $1 billion amphibious transport dock carries 7.5 tons of steel from the World Trade Center in her bow stem. "The New York will be a visible testament to our resilience," said Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as the first watch was set and hundreds of sailors and Marines ran onto the decks of the ship, a tradition signaling the official commissioning of the vessel. Cmdr. Curt Jones, a native New Yorker, took command during an emotional ceremony at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum attended by more than 6,000 people, including Secretary of State Clinton, Gov. Paterson and Mayor Bloomberg. "There is a lot of emotion that is associated with this ship for all of us," Jones said. "The steel that is in the bow of the ship, that motivates us literally every day in what we do." The ship, which has a crew of about 360 sailors, will be docked at Pier 88 until Thursday, when it heads … [Read more...] about USS New York comes to life; ship born of 7.5 tons of World Trade Center steel
1. Does every borough have a zoo? Answer: Yes 2. Is the Empire State Building on the East Side or West Side? Answer: West Side 3. Wave Hill is in what borough? Answer: The Bronx 4. The Sports Museum of America is located on the ground floor of Madison Square Garden: True or false? Answer: False 5. What is Staten Island Chuck's big day? Answer: Groundhog's Day 6. The treaty ending World War II was signed on the flight deck of The USS Intrepid: True or false? Answer: False 7. Is the Temple of Dendur located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History? Answer: Metropolitan Museum of Art 8. Junior's cheesecake first debuted in what borough? Answer: Brooklyn 9. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Answer: Practice, practice, practice 10. New York Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State Building: True or false? Answer: True Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Answers to our quiz: How well do you know New York City?
How well do you know New York City? 415 other residents took this quiz, and many didn't do very well. What kind of New Yorker are you?1. Does every borough have a zoo?2. Is the Empire State Building on the East Side or West Side? 3. Wave Hill is in what borough?4. The Sports Museum of America is located on the ground floor of Madison Square Garden: True or false?5. What is Staten Island Chuck's big day?6. The treaty ending World War II was signed on the flight deck of The USS Intrepid: True or false?7. Is the Temple of Dendur located at the Metropolitan Museum of Art or the Museum of Natural History?8. Junior's cheesecake first debuted in what borough? 9. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? 10. New York Skyride is located on the second floor of the Empire State Building: True or false? Join the Conversation: … [Read more...] about Take our quiz: How well do you know New York City and its landmarks?
Talk about a Red Scare. A Chinese restaurant chain will open its first U.S. eatery Monday on Fifth Ave., the ultimate symbol of American style and class. The chain has stolen the name of our national mascot, Uncle Sam. And its slogan, “Fortune Flavors the Bold,” is a foodie pun of the motto one borne by the USS Florida — an American warship. But that’s nothing compared to this foreign invader’s most aggressive act: It will dare to sell America’s iconic food, the hamburger. “That’s like me going to China and saying I can be a better Chinese chef,” says Queens construction worker Kevin Thomas, 35. He doesn’t know how right he is. After all, Uncle Sam’s is owned by Zhiming Bai, who has no background in feeding the masses. Rather, he made his millions in mining, cement manufacturing and real estate. But lest this burger battle begin a new Cold War, Bai has done his homework. The chain has hired Bellyfull … [Read more...] about Chinese burger chain Uncle Sam’s to open Monday in New York City