Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

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.

Adding to the excitement, this year Continue reading

  1. Boy I used to really be a decent writer.  I also once had a life.  What happened? []

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…

Now though, Continue reading

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

HAVE NO FEAR, HALLOWEEN IS NEAR

Dining Scene?  You can also cook at home with fresh vegetables from the stand at LIC Flea

Dining scene? You can also cook at home with fresh vegetables from the stand at LIC Flea, and get a pumpkin.

“Enjoy every sandwich”  Warren Zevon1

So the news desk has been getting a lot of queries from new LIC mothers regarding trick-or-treating and other local Halloween events for kids.  Fear not, because as veteran parents in the neighborhood know, everything is rolled up into one during the Annual Kids Halloween Parade along Vernon Boulevard.  Where/when/how will it occur? Continue reading

  1. Letterman asked Zevon if his condition (terminal cancer) had taught him anything about life and death. ”How much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich,” Zevon answered.

    Weeks later, Letterman was still struck by the reply. ”Here’s a guy looking right down the barrel of the gun,” he said. ”And if a guy wanted to indulge himself in great hyperbole in that circumstance, who wouldn’t forgive him? But that was perfect, the simplicity of that. If this guy is not a poet, who is?” []

DISCO DREAMS, REAL ESTATE REALITIES

 

After 37 years, Tony Manero came back over the Queensboro Bridge to disco

After 37 years, Tony Manero came back over the Queensboro Bridge to hit the disco

Friday night was a typically perfect early fall evening on the waterfront.  As luck would have it, the Silent Disco was held.  Thanks to the tireless efforts of the initiator and promoter, Jimmy Van Schrager, throngs of locals turned out and the event was a stellar success.  In fact, I could not help but think that the President of Lincoln Center, Jed Bernstein, who kicked off the party, would have sincerely liked to Continue reading

THE BEATLES PLAY QUEENS, AND THE WORLD IS NEVER THE SAME

Everything was a little blurry 50 years ago

Everything was a little blurry 50 years ago

On this day 50 years ago, The Beatles played Forest Hills Stadium.  While their date at Shea a year later would garner a lot more press, something very interesting occurred after their first Queens date that very well may have had a bigger influence on their music and on the 1960′s.  After the show, they were introduced to Bob Dylan for the very first time back at their hotel.  In addition to supposedly mocking their then sappy lyrics, which they very much took to heart, that night he also Continue reading

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