Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

JESSICA LANG STUDIO A NO-GO, CRABHOUSE TIP

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

THIS news is about two months old for any parent who signed up for a class, as for the rest of us it’s brand new: the Jessica Lang Dance Center that was supposed to open in LIC earlier this year, has been scrapped for it’s original location.  Per a note sent to parents on November 4:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have withdrawn our plans to locate at 5-39 46 th Avenue. We remain committed to our mission of opening the Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City and hope to announce plans for an alternative site in the future”

Looks like all the hopeful ballerina’s, fly-girls, and other hoofers will have to find a new avocation …or location in 2017.

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THANKSGIVING 2016

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

WITH the huge bag of Halloween candy still half full and the Christmas lights on Vernon Boulevard having been up for a week, Thanksgiving’s presence can seem a harried affair.  Especially given the abbreviated work-week and expectations of crowded getaways.

Nevertheless, let us take a moment to remember all we have to be thankful for in Long Island City. Short commutes.  World-class parks.  Two brand-new schools.  A soon-to-be-completed library that’s a masterpiece. Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN IN LONG ISLAND CITY – WHAT’S HOT IN 2016

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”

THOUGH it comes on the very last day of the month, as any parent knows, Halloween dominates October.  Equally all-consuming and frequently changing up to the last moment, is the decision as to what a child shall ‘be’ for the holiday.  Fortunately, this year’s hot costume is a classic: Continue reading

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FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND ON THE WATER TOO IN LIC

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

WARM weather notwithstanding, all signs point to Fall.  The days are shorter, the sun is positioned lower, and come the weekend the weather will get in line.  Of course in addition to the Autumnal Equinox officially telling us it’s so, in LIC there’s another sign: UN Week and all the police boats flashing their blue lights at night on the East River.  Yeah, we’re pretty important people to be receiving all that security.

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THE END OF AN ERA?

Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue  Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast

The group portrait above was taken at the closing of the Jeffrey Leder Gallery last week.  The event was also Continue reading

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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.”

Now before you get too excited Continue reading

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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.

And what did they find? Continue reading

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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.

Adding to the excitement, this year Continue reading

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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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