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.
Though I do wish that I had been invited to the diplomats bash at Four Freedoms Park Wednesday night, at least the live band echoed perfectly across the water. Which spun me into a fantasy land where I imagined wearing a dashiki and carrying my high school French phrase book to share bon mots with young attaches from Cote D’Ivoire and other people with complete immunity.
And so it was in my receiving a note and a press release announcing a Peace Lanterns Festival coming to Gantry Plaza State Park. It’s this Sunday, September 25 from 2:30-8:30, open to everyone, and best of all the invite comes with the patina of the United Nations stamped all over it. In addition to a keynote speech by Ambassador Anwarul K. Chowdhury, High Representative to the U.N.1, other notable diplomat-ish attendees include Alejandro Laguna, Imam Shamsi Ali, Bhante Homagama Kandanna Bhikku, and Rev. TK Nakagaki.
The actual lantern festival, where they release a whole bunch of small candle-lit boats on the water, starts at 7:30 pm. Prior to that, in addition to speeches and meditation, there will be lantern decorating, painting, and public paddling by the gantries. Hmm, sounds pretty spiritual and kinky – count me in.
Peace Lantern Festival Agenda – brought to you by NYC’s Harbor Lab, peace
MoMA PS1 is Going ‘Back to School’ for it’s Gala – looking for something else to do this weekend? Though it’s highly unlikely there will be any diplomats attending, there will be spanking and a workshop with professional sex educators featuring products from Überlube. You want more, then how about an open bar and nostalgia inspired snacks such as PBJ’s and corn dogs from the likes of M. Wells and others
Even More Details About MoMA’s Benefit – wow, lotsa thought went into this, get ready to go back to the future
Stylish Bibliophiles Swarm MoMA PS1 for Book Fair – this is the NYT’s review of last week’s adventure in local high brow action, w/ pics
This Italian Model’s Jaw Breaking Beauty is Taking Fashion by Storm – oh, and she lives in, not Dumbo or Tribeca, but LIC. No stalking
You Can Rob LIC Landing Every Night – not sure I agree w/ everything here, but he’s passionate and attuned to LIC
Hyatt Hotel Facade Installation Imminent – ok, it’s actually a Hyatt Place, but it’s also 16 new stories in the heart of Court Square
11-39 49th Ave Reaches Midway Point – 194 rental units coming in back of L Haus
Large LIC Warehouse Hits Market for First Time in 40 Years – that’s the trend here in 2016. 265K Sq ft will go for between $70-110 mil. How can you not?
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