Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

MACY’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS BACK IN LONG ISLAND CITY IN 2018

Place barge here

Place barge here

CONFIRMED!  Also Kelly Clarkson will be there

Those holding the strings have held out long enough, so now Continue reading

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MANHATTANHENGE AND MOMA PS1 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENTS = SUMMER

Vernon B

Vernon B

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan
YES, yes yes, the MoMa PS1 Warm-Up Schedule and ManhattanHenge dates were publicized this week.  While the substance of these two announcements might be considered news on their own, what they really herald is the arrival of summer.  Which coming ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend is apropos.  News or not, I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth like a one-hit wonder 70′s rock band putting out a Greatest Hits Vol. II cd. Continue reading
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LIC FLEA STARTS SATURDAY & GOES TO ONCE A MONTH SCHEDULE

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

The sixth season of the LIC Flea begins this Saturday and it will be the only weekend in May to attend the Flea as it has gone to a once-monthly schedule as opposed to every weekend in previous years.  Here it is: Continue reading

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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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