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 a reunion of his friends from the LIC area and represents the end of a time when many artists lived in the neighborhood and knew each other through the grapevine. With all the big and rapid changes occurring in the area, the artists are slowly fading away. The bleached look of the polaroid, combined with the older ages of the attendees and their pre-hipster attire, embodies the end of an era for Long Island City.
Nick McManus, Photographer – as seen above, Nick uses a Polaroid, and documents the closing of many NYC landmarks as well as other happenings, frequently w/ group photos
New Installation at Socrates Sculpture Park – Back in the 1980s, Socrates Sculpture Park was an abandoned lot that was being used as a dumping site until artist Mark di Suvero, whose studio was nearby, began a grassroots effort to clean up the space and make it a haven for artists and neighbors alike
Mitchell’s NY Takes 80K Sq Ft in LIC – this old school biz, publication delivery, doubles its footprint w/ this lease
US Concrete (USCR) Acquires NYCON Supply Corp – an old school LIC biz is sold to a national consolidator
Rockaway Brewing Opens Its Beachside Tap Room – in da Rockaway’s of course