Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

MEGHAN TRAINOR TO PERFORM LIVE IN HUNTERS POINT PARK TONIGHT

Live from the Oval, it's...

Live from the Oval, it’s…

Brexit quickly took a backseat and I put Soros on hold early this morning upon receiving a text from a reader containing the photo above.  They were informing me that there was a stage being set up for the July 4th preshow for this year’s Macy’s Fireworks.  According to the LIC Post Meghan Trainor “is expected to arrive at the park at around 5pm with taping planned to take place in the early evening.”

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THE WEEKEND IS HERE LIC

Negroni me

Negroni me

Beautiful weekend, why waste it reading the snooze?  Well for one thing Continue reading

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THE RIVERHEAD GENTLEMEN’S CLUB – THE LAST OF A DYING BREED

Either you were there, or you weren't

Either you were there, or you weren’t

Recently, I accompanied a group of intrepid explorers from Hunters Point on an expedition to the Riverhead Gentlemen’s Club.  Though this segment of Vernon Boulevard is occasionally traversed in daylight hours, once the sun goes down it’s a no-mans land.  With the Riverhead the sole establishment open for business, its neon temptations act like a beacon for sailors1, wary or not.  Yet despite its proximity, few from the South have ever strayed into this barren wasteland …or at least none have admitted to it. With that as a background and a belly full of grog from a local watering hole, these men set off to see whether they would qualify as gentlemen in the 21st Century.

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THE BEST WEEKEND OF THE YEAR

Where all the horror begins

Where all the horror, and joy, begins

Every year at this time, I write that this week is the best one of the 52 to be a New Yorker1 and to live in Long Island City.  In 2015, it all collapses into a one-two punch weekend: Halloween on Saturday and the marathon on Sunday.

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SCHOOL’S ON, THEN OFF, THEN ON, THEN…

Across from da school is da library

Across from da school is da library

Tomorrow is the first day of school for NYC public school students.  After putting in a solid three days, those kids will then get a 4-day weekend due to Rosh Hashanah.  Then it’s back to the grindstone for three days, only to have yet another 3-day school week in week three of the school year due to Yom Kippur and the newly added Eid Al Adha.

Back when I went to school, all these holidays would have been a blessing.  Not because of their significance, but due the work and school mantra: a bad day on the golf course (or playground), is better than…

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AUGUST DOINGS IN LIC

Or you can just hang in Queens Plaza

Or you can just hang in Queens Plaza

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing happens in August.  Not in LIC anyway.  Free Music, Free Yoga, + when you have a park like ours along the waterfront, who needs the beach?  Then after sunset head up to Astoria for some of the best food on the planet, or to LIC Flea or Smorgasburg in Court Square.  Here’s a rundown for the rest of the summer: Continue reading

TORN ASUNDER, BIEROCRACY, & HOT TIPS

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

As the streets of Vernon Boulevard are torn asunder this summer, we got a query from a reader about the development across from the 7-trains entrances on that street.  LIC resident Andy G. asked:

Nothing has happened on the site at 49-18 Vernon Boulevard for a couple months now.  Meanwhile, it’s been a huge pain in the butt for pedestrians in the always-crowded Vernon/Jackson area.  The initial green fence wasn’t bad as it didn’t impede the sidewalk, but then it was moved outward on both streets and we’ve had street blockage—and an eyesore–for months now with no progress whatsoever.”

Though I was clueless as to why, our friends at The Court Square Blog dug for the answer and shared with Andy that they received a “Stop-Work” order from the city on May 19, and it was just partially rescinded this week.  Phew, it’s the weekend so let’s move on to the good stuff. Continue reading

PREPPING FOR THE BIG SHOW

Twirlers resting between sets

Twirlers resting between sets

Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?
Gimme five, I’m still alive, ain’t no luck, I learned to duck.
Check my pulse, it don’t change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my

The porta potties and news vans have arrived, now all they need is the raw material to confirm their existence.  The LIC Fourth of July festivities kicked off last night in Hunters Point Park with a, …well I wouldn’t quite call it a concert, more like a Continue reading

QUEENS MUSEUM IN ’15

Who needs Manhattan, it's all about Queens in '15

Who needs Manhattan, it’s all about Queens in ’15

Special Guest Post by Lakshmi Reddy, mother, friend and avid advocate of Long Island City:

“Central Park”, “The MET”, “MOMA”. These are all things that you may hear an LIC parent say when asked where they are going on Saturday afternoon.  Many of us have started to venture out to Brooklyn to places like the Botanical Gardens and we have all learned that there is no better play area than our very own Gantry Park.  But did you know that we have a lot more to offer including world class contemporary art?   I had the chance to join a class trip with PS 78 to the Queens Museum and I was blown away.  Not only is the space spectacular and the exhibits breathtaking, but a feature installation is the Panorama http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/10/30/panorama-of-the-city-of-new-york/  of New York City.  This one-of-a kind experience (and it is quite an experience) was Continue reading

RISQUE PARTY AND SEX TOYS FOR HALLOWEEN

Are you ready for your anatomy lesson?

Are you ready for your anatomy lesson?

Tonight’s MoMA PS1′s Halloween party is bringing back from the dead the downtown club scene from the 80′s and 90′s.  Looking over the “hosted by” list, I vaguely recognize a lot of the names, many of which have a euro-trashy pronunciation and an avant garde connotation indicating that once the umm, …digestifs kick in, there should be a lot of nudity.  Entitled “HalloQueens,” the invite requests “all guests come dressed for a royal celebration of all things Queens” such as Royal Queens, Queens of Mean, Rock Queens, Queen of Hearts. etc.  That theme, combined with the fact that it’s only fifteen bucks to attend and within stumbling distance of most readers homes, gets my vote for Best Halloween Party option of 2014.

Now onto sex toys. Continue reading

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