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Tightrope walker re-creates Twin Towers feat in East Hampton

Philippe Petit walks a high wire during the

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On Aug. 7, 1974, French tightrope walker Philippe Petit made headlines when he walked fearlessly between the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.

Exactly 40 years later, Petit, now 64, brought past and present together at the LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton with a stunning re-creation of the famous endeavor.

The sun was just beginning to set on Thursday when Petit, dressed in black,...

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Autistic Great Neck runner, Alex Schneider, closer to magazine cover

Alex Schneider, 22, of Great Neck, at the

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Alex Schneider has pulled away from the pack.

The 24-year-old Great Neck resident who is competing for the cover of Runner’s World has earned a spot on the leader board.

Schneider is one of the roughly 1,700 runners vying to be on the cover of the national magazine’s December 2014 issue, and as of Monday morning, online voters had put him in the 15th place, with more than 1,800 votes. 

“It’s...

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Long Islanders compete for Runner's World cover

From left, Long Island runners Alex Schneider, of

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Long Island athletes are vying to be on the cover of Runner’s World.

Among them is Alex Schneider, 24, of Great Neck, who finished the 2013 New York City Marathon at 3 hours, 14 minutes and 36 seconds, which was a personal best.

He developed his love for running as a teen when he joined the Rolling Thunder Special Needs program. Schneider has autism.

It was there that he developed...

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Islip Terrace friends seek Guinness record after drinking at 1,000 bars

Brian Cutaia, left, and Robert Walter of Islip

(Credit: Brian Cutaia/Robert Walter)

Brian Cutaia and Robert Walter were having drinks at Five Points Cafe in Sayville on July 5, 2013, when Walter posed a challenge: to visit and have a drink at 1,000 bars in one year.

"Idiot," was Cutaia's response.

One year, an estimated $20,000 and one hospital visit later, the Islip Terrace friends and fellow East Islip High School graduates have reached their goal and now hope to...

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