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Apr 24, 2017
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This Exclusive adidas Originals NMD XR1 Is Available Now in the US

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Image via: Finish Line

Formerly available as a UK exclusive through JD Sports, this subdued colorway of the NMD XR1 from adidas Originals can now be purchased here in the U.S. Varying black and grey shades make up the dominant color palette of this modern street-style silhouette, featuring a breathable mesh upper resting on an all-black BOOST midsole. A shock of bright red on the heel loop adds the lone bit of color to the otherwise neutral design. Retailing for 0, the kicks are available now at select Finish Line locations, as well as online at finishline.com.

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Apr 24, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: NYC Parks Dept. has 43 projects stalled for 5 years or more


A bathroom reconstruction that took four requests for bids before a contractor was finally chosen.


A playground revamp grounded in the middle of construction because of a play mound whose design was too steep.


Security lighting around a play area with a history of gun violence tied up because of a sudden lack of funds.


Those are three of the 43 promised Parks Department projects that have been delayed for five or more years and counting, a Daily News review shows. Seven have been stalled since 2009.

Parks Dept. is keeping the promise to finish projects quicker


By contrast, it took a little more than 31/2 years to build both Yankee Stadium and Citi Field — and five years to complete the entire Verrazano Bridge.


With a capital budget of .2 billion, the Parks Department is involved in 505 projects ranging from bathrooms to swings, and 86% of construction gets done on time, according to the Mayor’s Management report.


But critics say those figures are misleading because it fails to take into consideration delays during the design and procurement phase.


“There is a real lack of accountability measures,” said City Councilman Mark Levine (D-Manhattan), chairman of the Parks Committee.

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“This is an enormous concern among virtually all of my colleagues,” added Levine, a Democrat who represents Morningside Heights and Hamilton Heights in northern Manhattan. “Some (Council members) are threatening to withhold discretionary funds because these delays are so egregious.”


The critics say the list of delayed projects points to Mayor de Blasio’s failure to keep his campaign promise to overhaul and streamline the Parks Department’s Capital Projects Division.


De Blasio named urban design expert Mitchell Silver — who helped create the “Harlem-on-the-River” park along the shoreline of the Hudson River when he worked in the City Planning Department — as parks commissioner.


Yet the Capital Projects Division — created by master builder Robert Moses in 1934 — has struggled to clear a backlog of projects.

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Among them is the Olmsted Center in Queens’ Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, which currently has a million price tag — putting it million overbudget, according to internal budget documents.


The Olmsted Center is used as office space for many of the Parks Department employees who work for the Capital Projects Division and are supposed to execute all the agency’s overhaul projects.


It’s long been a source of embarrassment for the department, which had to put out three requests for bids on the project before finding a construction firm willing to take on the building renovation.


That contractor, Rockmore Contracting Corp., has only completed 16.7% of the necessary repairs to the crumbling building since beginning work in May 2015, records show.

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The design portion of the project began in 2010.


Some planned projects remain stalled — often because of sudden design changes, or community stakeholders with divergent demands, or unforeseen environmental complications that require added regulatory approvals, according to the Parks Department.


Parks officials said their monthly “Red Zone” meetings have helped speed things up — but The News’ review shows many projects are languishing.


In the Bronx, parkland covers a lush 24% of the borough.

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But in some congested neighborhoods, residents are hard-pressed to find any green play areas.


A proposed playground in Soundview Park was supposed to address that shortage — but the still-incomplete project has been in the works for nearly a decade.


It was first announced in July 2007 — but then-Parks Department officials decided to make a mountain out of a molehill, agency records show.


A so-called “play mound” — a part of the terrain deemed too steep to grade properly — has been blamed for nearly 10 years of delays and costs overruns.

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Not far away in the Bronx, residents are similarly anxious for their long-awaited bathroom on Ferry Point Park — a project that’s been in limbo since it was proposed in 2006.


While it is still not complete, the city did manage to finish the 0 million golf course — run by Donald Trump — on the park’s eastern end.


Thousands of soccer players and parkgoers flock to the waterfront space alongside the President’s golf course — but they have nowhere to go when nature calls, advocates said.


“It’s very frustrating,” said Dorothea Poggi, president of Friends of Ferry Point Park. “It was 10 years ago they put up a sign and said a bathroom was coming.”


The Parks Department set aside million for the facility 11 years ago, but a contractor dropped out of the project in 2011 after unexpected environmental issues popped up, officials said.


Then Hurricane Sandy blew the bathroom plan off course again.


The current price tag is now at .6 million — and the bathroom will be completed by August, the Parks Department said.


“The Whitestone Bridge was built in a couple months and they can’t build a bathroom,” Poggi lamented.


Sandy was partly responsible for the most delayed Parks Department project in the city — the redesign of Peck Slip, a cobblestone street in lower Manhattan that for years was used as a parking lot.


The project to convert the spot just north of South Street Seaport into green space has gone through countless redesigns and structural roadblocks — many linked to Sandy damage — since it was proposed in 2006, records show.


Parks Department officials defended the Capital Projects Division and Commissioner Silver to The News. They said the average processing time for each project has dropped by six to eight months since Silver took over in 2014.


“During Commissioner Silver’s tenure, NYC Parks has taken on more projects and finished them faster,” said department spokesman Sam Biederman. “At any given time, NYC Parks has roughly 500 capital projects in development, and we’ll continue to work to bring New Yorkers better parks faster.”


The department has also increased the number of capital projects it tackles by 40% each year since 2014, he added.


The improved efficiency is at least partly due to a budget increase of million that allowed Parks to hire more than 100 new staffers for the troubled unit, city records show.


But that hasn’t helped a playground bathroom in central Harlem. The facility at St. Nicholas Playground North — surrounded by one of the city’s largest public housing projects — has been out of commission for 10 years.


Its 6,743 refurbishment was announced in 2009 — and the design phase alone took three years, records show.


Melissa Santiago, 35, said the lack of a bathroom makes her reluctant to bring her 5-year-old to the playground.


“I’m not comfortable coming here a lot,” she said.


After a series of bidding issues, construction on the project began in October. It’s expected to take a year to finish, Parks Department officials said.


Safety is the concern at the Harry Maze Playground in East Flatbush, Brooklyn.


The playground underwent a complete transformation that was finished last year, but security lighting at the site remains unfinished, records show.


A shooting at the park in June left five teens wounded.


“No other agency in the city has these delays,” said Geoffrey Croft, president of NYC Park Advocates. “They simply do not know what they are doing, and this administration refuses to address the issues. . . . It’s a runaway train.”


With Chelsia Rose Marcius and Edgar Sandoval

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Apr 24, 2017
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New Balance Debuts the 247 Breathe Pack

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Image via: New Balance

Designed with the “modern urbanite” in mind, the 247 Breathe pack from New Balance is tailor made for summer, featuring monochromatic colorways and a breathable mesh build. The shoe is essentially a modern adaptation of the New Balance 247 Sport, offered in Sherbet, Black, Mint Cream, Navy, White, Grey/ Blue and a women’s only Cosmic Sky. Details include an ultra-breathable mesh vamp, reflective “N” logo and neoprene sock construction. A REVlite midsole completes the look. Retailing for .95, the the New Balance 247 Breathe pack launches May 1st at newbalance.com and select NB retailers. 

Release Date: 5/1/17 (Monday) 

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Apr 24, 2017
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New Balance Debuts 247 “Breathe” Pack

Ahead of summer where comfort centric, breathable sneaker become critical, New Balance debuts their 247 centered “Breathe” pack.

Essentially an undated variation of the 247 Sport, the New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack consists of seven monochromatic colorways including Sherbet, Black, Mint, Navy, White, Grey/Blue and a women’s exclusive Cosmic Sky edition. Each incorporates ultra-breathable performance mesh vamping with summer in mind. Neoprene sock construction and REVlite midsole tooling provide a superior fit and supreme comfort.

Expect the “Breathe” 247 on May 1 at New Balance stores and online.

New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack

Release Date: May 1, 2017
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New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack
New Balance 247 "Breathe" Pack
New Balance 247 “Breathe” Pack

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Apr 24, 2017
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Kendrick Lamar Announces “DAMN.” Tour Dates

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Image via: Getty Images

Kendrick Lamar is currently riding high with his new album DAMN., which notched 603,000 total copies sold in its first week of availability, making it the year’s best-selling chart debut. It’s also his third straight No. 1 album, and in support of the effort, the Compton rapper is set to hit the road. Kendrick announced dates for the DAMN. tour this morning, which begins July 12th in Phoenix, Arizona, and end in Los Angeles, California, on August 6th. He’ll be joined by Travis Scott and D.R.A.M. Check out the dates below.

07-12 Phoenix, AZ – Gila River Arena

07-14 Dallas, TX – American Airlines Center

07-15 Houston, TX – Toyota Center

07-17 Duluth, GA – Infinite Energy Arena

07-19 Philadelphia, PA – Wells Fargo Center

07-20 Brooklyn, NY – Barclays Center

07-21 Washington, DC – Verizon Center

07-22 Boston, MA – TD Garden

07-25 Toronto, Ontario – Air Canada Centre

07-26 Auburn Hills, MI – The Palace of Auburn Hills

07-27 Chicago, IL – United Center

07-29 Denver, CO – Pepsi Center

08-01 Seattle, WA – Tacoma Dome

08-02 Vancouver, British Columbia – Rogers Arena

08-04 Oakland, CA – Oracle Arena

08-05 Las Vegas, NV – T-Mobile Arena

08-06 Los Angeles, CA – Staples Center

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Apr 24, 2017
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Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack Releasing in Japan

The continued presence of the Nike Air Presto grows greater with the return of its coveted “Safari” edition. This time around, though, four new colorways of Nike’s time-honored pattern are fixed upon the popular 2000’s silhouette.

The Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack will release as a Japan exclusive on April 27. Four colorways will don the famed print at the toe bumper, midfoot cage and heel. A Stateside release hasn’t yet been announced, but stay tuned to Nice Kicks for possible details.

Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack
Nike Air Presto "Safari" Pack
Nike Air Presto “Safari” Pack

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Apr 24, 2017
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Gatorade Player of the Year Michael Porter Jr. Won States in “Space Jams”

Over the course of the year, Michael Porter Jr. has been the biggest star in high school basketball. Winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors and also winning the Missouri State Championship, all his accolades have come in style. How so? We asked just which sneakers he was getting buckets in while on the road to success.

“This past season, I have been hooping in Jordans,” recalls Michael. “The Retro 13s and the Space Jam 11s. More importantly, I won the State Championship in the Space Jam 11s. Those feel pretty comfortable so that’s what I am rocking for now.”

See for yourself in the photos below and congrats to Michael on winning Gatorade Player of the Year honors and selecting Mizzou for his college career.

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Apr 24, 2017
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BRONX NEWS: Police union warns public of danger of pills, heroin


The city’s largest police union is starting a campaign Monday to educate Staten Islanders about the dangers of prescription pills and heroin.


The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association will mail 14,000 educational leaflets this week to people living on the South Shore of the island and people in the Bronx.


Prescription pill abuse has been a scourge in both boroughs, with a flood of overdoses, and then a corresponding wave of heroin deaths.


The PBA chose those areas for their “Community Safety Bulletin” because they suffer from the highest per capita rates of opioid-involved deaths in 2015 and 2016, based on city figures.

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“The PBA is reaching out to the neighborhoods that are hardest hit, because this crisis affects every New Yorker,” a union official said. “It’s only going to get solved at the ground level and by working together. PBA members will also distribute the leaflets by hand in the affected neighborhoods. Cops have saved more than 111 people using the drug naloxone, which revives people who have overdosed. Overdoses in the city are outpacing homicides and car crashes combined.


Gov. Cuomo said this year’s state budget includes 0 million for communities to fight heroin and opioid addiction.


“Government can’t solve this problem alone — the entire community must come together to increase awareness and promote safety on every corner and in every home,” he said in a statement. I commend the PBA’s efforts in taking the next step to tackle the epidemic, which will serve as a model for engaging the hardest-hit communities across our state.”

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Apr 24, 2017
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The North Face Helped Staple Celebrate Its 20th Anniversary With an Intimate NYC Event

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Image via: Jeff Staple

Last week on April 18th, The North Face teamed up with Staple to stage an intimate dinner at the former’s NYC showroom. The occasion was a celebration of Staple’s 20th anniversary, as well as a showcase for The North Face’s Fall 2017 Urban Collection and some of the brand’s upcoming collaborations. Luminaries in attendance included Jeff Staple, Lil Buck, DJ Clark Kent, Dao-Yi Chow and our own Dan Hwang. They enjoyed a multi-course meal prepared by Jeremiah Stone and Fabian Von Hauske of NYC’s Contra and Wildair. Check out a photo recap of the event in the gallery below.

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Apr 24, 2017
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DEAL Partners With Reebok for Color Blocked Instapump Fury

Reebok’s Allen Iverson inspired collaboration with Undefeated was a surprising jolt of retro-fitted modernism courtesy of the Instapump Fury. Today, the avant-garde silo is again at the center of another collaboration this time with China-based DEAL.

With an apparent nod to Chinese culture’s yin and yang, the DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi” comes color blocked in varying asymmetrical black and silver hues atop a partially specked midsole and branded heel. Neoprene and leather cascade across the body of the shoe slated to land at DEAL’s flagships and Shanghai’s WZK on May 6.

DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury "Tai Chi"
DEAL x Reebok Instapump Fury “Tai Chi”

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Apr 24, 2017
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DELUXE and Vans Give the Authentic a Checkered Update

Tokyo streetwear mainstay DELUXE continues their ongoing partnership with Vans with another stellar collaboration centered around the timeless Authentic silhouette.

Although the low-cut style remains relatively subtle, DELUXE updates the traditional skate silhouette with a graphic midsole unit followed by monochromatic black and white checkered print at both the tongue and heel. That same print finds placement at the branded insole while a translucent outer encapsulates more graphic illustrations. Black and blue colorways of the DELUXE x Vans Authentic will be available on April 29 for at the Tokyo-based brands webshop.

DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic
DELUXE x Vans Authentic

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Apr 24, 2017
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The Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo Is Finally Set to Drop

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Image via: Supreme

It’s been months since we got a first look at the Supreme x Nike Air More Uptempo, and the highly anticipated release has finally been assigned a release date. The ’90s-era basketball shoe is available in three individual colorways — black, metallic gold and red/white — featuring a nubuck upper with custom leather and reflective Supreme branding. Details include elastic gore detailing and custom Supreme x Nike Air sockliners. Check out detailed looks in the gallery below, and expect the kicks to launch April 27th at supremenewyork.com in the U.S. and Europe. (They won’t be available in stores.) Availability in Japan follows on April 29th.  

Release Dates: 
4/27/17 (Thursday) – Online in US and Europe
4/29/17 (Saturday) – Japan, in stores and online

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