1) Playland's boardwalk, heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy, will reopen before schedule Friday after repairs were performed more quickly than expected. County Executive Rob Astorino and several others will be on hand late Friday morning to open the boardwalk. The park opens for the season on May 11.
2) The Stanley Cup playoff series between the Rangers and Capitals returns to Washington, as the Blueshirts look to gain the upper hand. On Wednesday night, Carl Hagelin had a goal and two assists in a 4-3 victory, as the Rangers tied the series at 2-2.
3) Workers building a new Tappan Zee Bridge start construction Friday on a temporary platform that will allow them to dredge the river bottom from the Hudson instead of the shoreline. The installation of the 1,000-foot platform on the Westchester side of the bridge in Tarrytown will require some pile driving, possibly as soon as Friday afternoon. The construction of the platform is not expected to cause traffic delays.
4) Will film crews become a regular presence in the rivertowns now that Fox has picked up "Sleepy Hollow," a show named after the Westchester County village and the famous story set there? The show puts a modern spin on the classic, placing Ichabod Crane in the present day. With the greenlight by Fox, the producers are set to film and produce the pilot episode in time for the fall season.
5) It's a tale of two superstars: Amar'e Stoudemire of the Knicks and Derrick Rose of the Bulls could both return to action in the second round of the NBA playoffs after long absences. Stoudemire said he expects to return to the Knicks for game three of the team's series against the Indiana Pacers on Saturday, marking his first time on the court since March 7. But for Rose, it's been more than a year -- the star point guard was injured last April in a playoff game against the Philadelphia 76ers, and analysts and fans alike wonder whether Rose can shake off the rust and become a factor against the Heat if he plays Friday night.