Category Archives: Arts and Entertainment

AMAZON PATS, LIC-CON, PRINCESS PARTICULAR IN LIC

Gantry Beach, just wade on in

NEWS about Amazon dominates the local media this week, but there’s not a lot of meat in the stories.  At least we have the Super Bowl this weekend …oh wait, the Patriots are playing in it – are they not amazonish?

Well then how about some other local things to dwell on? Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN PARADE AND FALL FESTIVAL WILL BE ON OCTOBER 28

Getting in the spirit

Getting in the spirit

The Star Chamber of Long Island City has passed down through their disciples that the LIC Halloween Parade on Vernon Boulevard will occur on Sunday, October 28 this year.  You know the drill: kids wear costumes and get candy from the local merchants.  In addition, Continue reading

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DANCING WITH THE STARS COMING TO LIC

No poutine here

Egg and ham but no poutine hoy

PULL that white 3-piece suit out from the back of the closet because Dancing With The Stars is coming to LIC on Friday, November 2.  It will take place at the Plaxall Gallery between 6-9pm and feature local residents competing in a fundraiser for the Floating Hospital and the Queensboro Dance Festival.  The glitz, glamour, and glory are sure to make this contest resemble Dirty Dancing and Footloose and not They Shoot Horses Don’t They.  Tickets include open bar and a buffet by Woodbines & M. Wells and an open dance floor after the show. Continue reading

THE TIDE IS HIGH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

El Malecon

El Malecon

Wish, I was back on the bayou
Rollin’ with some Cajun Queen
Wishin’ I were a fast freight train
Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans

IT wasn’t the wind and rain that made Hurricane Sandy so destructive to LIC and NYC, but the unusual surge of the coastal waters, which in our case meant the East River. In a small redux, we got a taste of that yesterday around 11am in Gantry Park per the photo above.  Unlike Sandy, this flooding occurred when the moon phase was not full, which traditionally causes higher tides.  Not to be alarmist, but you may want to get the rafts ready, or at least the skim boards.

//NEW music school opening in Long Island City. Continue reading

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JULY 4, WERE YOU THERE?

The circus is in town!

The circus is in town!

Woodstock ’69, were you there?  How about Gantry 2018 for July 4?  If you were you were among the masses as seemingly Continue reading

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MACY’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS BACK IN LONG ISLAND CITY IN 2018

Place barge here

Place barge here

CONFIRMED!  Also Kelly Clarkson will be there

Those holding the strings have held out long enough, so now Continue reading

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MANHATTANHENGE AND MOMA PS1 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENTS = SUMMER

Vernon B

Vernon B

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan
YES, yes yes, the MoMa PS1 Warm-Up Schedule and ManhattanHenge dates were publicized this week.  While the substance of these two announcements might be considered news on their own, what they really herald is the arrival of summer.  Which coming ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend is apropos.  News or not, I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth like a one-hit wonder 70’s rock band putting out a Greatest Hits Vol. II cd. Continue reading
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LIC FLEA STARTS SATURDAY & GOES TO ONCE A MONTH SCHEDULE

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

The sixth season of the LIC Flea begins this Saturday and it will be the only weekend in May to attend the Flea as it has gone to a once-monthly schedule as opposed to every weekend in previous years.  Here it is: Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK PHASE 2 TO OPEN LATE JUNE

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

TWO of my writers were poached by The New Yorker this month so I’ve had to rely on my own faculties to dig up scoops.  Fortunately in a quick perusal of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy’s newsletter I caught a recap of their community meeting last night which revealed that Phase 2 of Hunters Point Park South will open in late June according to a presenter at the meeting from the EDC.  This is the southern portion of the park, past the volleyball court/LIC Landing, which is supposed to be more “contemplative” and which will NOT include a playground for older kids.  As a consolation the HPPC newsletter also reported that The Wizard of Oz will be the first movie they present at the Oval this year on May 18.

//MORE real estate news for you RE junkies, and in my mind this one’s a big one. Continue reading

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SPRING EVENTS IN LIC TRUMP NEWS

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Here’s my science project teach’

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

After comprehensively collecting all the data, painstakingly putting it to paper while trying to figure out the complex instructions in order to conform to regulations, and finally staying up late into the night to meet the deadline, the yearly crush is now over! Continue reading

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