Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK PHASE 2 TO OPEN LATE JUNE

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

TWO of my writers were poached by The New Yorker this month so I’ve had to rely on my own faculties to dig up scoops.  Fortunately in a quick perusal of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy’s newsletter I caught a recap of their community meeting last night which revealed that Phase 2 of Hunters Point Park South will open in late June according to a presenter at the meeting from the EDC.  This is the southern portion of the park, past the volleyball court/LIC Landing, which is supposed to be more “contemplative” and which will NOT include a playground for older kids.  As a consolation the HPPC newsletter also reported that The Wizard of Oz will be the first movie they present at the Oval this year on May 18.

//MORE real estate news for you RE junkies, and in my mind this one’s a big one. Continue reading

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SPRING EVENTS IN LIC TRUMP NEWS

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Here’s my science project teach’

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

After comprehensively collecting all the data, painstakingly putting it to paper while trying to figure out the complex instructions in order to conform to regulations, and finally staying up late into the night to meet the deadline, the yearly crush is now over! Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN ’17

 

Even Spiderman paints pumpkins on Halloween

Even Superman paints pumpkins on Halloween in LIC

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

Don’t let the fabulous October weather play a trick on you, Halloween is upon us.  Yet this year in LIC there will be a little twist for the youngsters and their parents, or maybe more of a mash-up of the monster-kind.  That’s because the Annual LIC Halloween Parade has merged with the PS78Q PTA Fall Festival1 to create a mammoth one-day extravaganza! (1-day, thank goodness!)

It’s this Sunday, October 29 and the fun starts at noon with Continue reading

  1. Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co. represented the Parade while Goldman Sachs and Moelis & Co. advised the PTA []
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ALL SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK, ALL SATURDAY

Live at the Apollo

Live at the Apollo, where magic happens

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing

Socrates never set foot in his namesake park, but you can!  Walk among the immortals this Saturday, when numerous Continue reading

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DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert Continue reading

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
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THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY GETS ITS OWN NEW FACTORY

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Chocolate Factory Theater has scored a golden ticket and secured a permanent home for $3.8 million with financial help from the NYC government according to The New York Times.  Currently located on 49th Avenue in Hunters Point, the theater will be moving into a 7,500 SF single story brick building at 38-29 24th Street in Dutch Kills, for now the home of Earth Stone Design Inc., a stone supplier, for the 2018-2019 season.  I imagine acquiring a new home will allow the Chocolate Factory to largely stay the course in terms of avant garde programming, which leaves only two questions lingering: Continue reading

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FREE SHAKESPEARE, YOGA, PLASTICS & SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

While you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

FREE Shakespeare!  No it’s not a protest movement, but literally a free fully-casted play on the waterfront.  Two actually, no make that four if you count identical shows the following night at Socrates Sculpture Park.  This Saturday and Sunday and next, at 7pm on Saturday at the field on Gantry Plaza State Park and 5pm on Sunday at Socrates, the Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company will perform Measure For Measure and Henry IV.  Check the schedule below for full information and here are my earlier thoughts on this great program.

//FREE Yoga, free movies, so much going on in LIC this week.  Alas my two week “residency” at Les Caves du Roy is in mid stride and I’ll be missing Anne Bancroft taming the shrew in ‘The Graduate’ tonight on the oval.  The following morning The Yoga Room will be holding a free yoga session by the Oval and will continue to do so every Saturday in August from 10am – 11am.

//READING the local and non-local articles in the last week on the Water’s Edge developer announcement was like watching Continue reading

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WONKA

 

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend!  (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend! (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

WONKA – one word brings back pre-cable memories of multiple viewings.  Why?  Well in addition to the namesake, most of the tertiary characters are legendary (and metaphorical): Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Slugworth, Oompa-Loompa’s.  So when asked earlier in the week by a single friend about getting out and seeing live music, I responded that sadly my summer entertainment highlight would be watching Willy Wonka at my local park. Continue reading

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WAITING FOR J.LO

J.Lo's playground with Marcus' restaurant in back

J.Lo’s playground with Marcus’ restaurant in way back

 

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery that mediocrity can pay to greatness – Oscar Wilde

ALL of LIC is eagerly awaiting the arrival of J.Lo tonight.  Not only does it re-confirm our town as the center of the universe, but it’s also the start of the biggest weekend of the year here – not to mention the weekend in general.  In that manner, might “J.Lo” be a metaphor for life?

While Jennifer Lopez is a huge star and a consummate professional, that can’t necessarily be said for a select few in the Continue reading

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J.LO PERFORMING LIVE AT OVAL IN LONG ISLAND CITY FRIDAY NITE

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Dress rehearsal for J.Lo’s back-up dancers

 

J.Lo, the artist fka as Jennifer Lopez, will be performing live at the Oval in Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City this Friday Night in a taping for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

In addition, Charlie Puth and Hailee Steinfeld will be performing tonight at the Oval for a taping, and Brad Paisley, Lady Antebellum, and Sheryl Crow will be performing live there on July 4.

Most importantly, we have the link to get you free tickets to get into these events.  Continue reading

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