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Epitath To An Era:  Whitewash In LIC | whitewash lic 5 points lic meres marie lic 5 points artists lic loses heart & soul 5 points queens nyc
Epitath To An Era: Whitewash In LIC

Epitaph To An Era: Whitewash In LIC

Long Island City Loses A Bit Of Its Heart & Soul

Jeffrey Leder Art Gallery Showcases Demise Of 5 Pointz Through Artwork Of Its Circle Of Graffiti Artists

April 5, 2014 / Art In Queens / Long Island City LIC Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. Saturday evening I made my way into Long Island City to attend the opening night of the Whitewash art exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery. Whitewash is an exhibit of the art works of a collection of the 5 Pointz graffiti artists. These artists recently lost their artistic and spiritual home – the 5 Pointz building in LIC - and the exhibit opening was part funerary rites and celebration of a new beginning. The photo to your right shows one of the paintings on exhibit at the Whitewash art exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery in LIC.

As I got off the #7 train, I decided to swing by the building to witness its whitewashed walls. I took a couple of photos of them, recalling prior visits to the outdoor art gallery, where every five to ten feet, in vivid living color, one could witness the creation of a local graffiti artist. The outdoor gallery exhibits would change, piece by piece, week by week, month by month and year by year. There always seemed to be a few artists working the walls. The 5 Pointz building is southeast of the Court Square subway stop, and for drivers it’s just across from PS1 MoMA on Jackson Avenue between Crane & Davis Streets.

jeffrey leder galleryAs I shot photos of the walls and loading dock area, I could still see in my mind, the outdoor parties of the past. I recalled the art exhibits that had been thrown over the years, with music emanating from somewhere. Intellectually we all know it was within the building owner’s rights to whitewash his own building. And it isn’t hard for anyone to understand why the building owner would want to reap a huge profit by razing the building and erecting a new structure from which the cash will flow. I reckoned we were lucky to have had the years we had, to enjoy the beauty and the beat of the graffiti on the street, seen from the windows of the subway train as it snaked its way through LIC.

So with these thoughts, I headed onto 45th Road, to the Jeffrey Leder art gallery to witness and participate in the Whitewash art exhibit opening night reception. Click here to read our report about Whitewash art exhibit / 5 Pointz in LIC.

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Hanukkah in Queens

Hanukkah Celebration in LIC

Menorah Lighting Symbolizes Continued Good Acts

December 10, 2012 / Long Island City LIC / Queens Buzz. On Sunday I attended the Chabad LIC Menorah Lighting in Gantry Park. The event was preceded by donut making and latkes; and a trumpeter, Anna Garcia, played a few pieces which were celebrated by the gathering.

Rabbi Zev Wineberg had organized the event, which he told me had started as a celebration of an historic victory thousands of years ago. Every Friday Orthodox Jews light candles in the privacy of their homes, but on Hanukkah, they light them in a public space.

The first night proclaims the miracle of the historic event, when after the victory, an small amount of oil lasted eight days. It also symbolizes one act of doing good, when the light [good] sends the darkness [bad] away. The second night symbolizes a second act of goodness, when light returns and sends darkness away, because the darkness always returns. The multiple acts of goodness, no matter how small, help banish evil.

And so the lighting of the Menorah will continue through next Saturday evening. The next public lighting by Chabad LIC will take place tonight along Vernon Blvd. Happy Hanukkah.

Dance Entropy - Dance Celebration in LIC Queens | dance & theater in queens the performing arts in queens lic astoria sunnyside woodside jackson heights flushing jamaica performing arts queens
Dance Entropy - Dance Celebration in LIC Queens

Dancing In The Ether

Dance Entropy Explores The Continuum of Time & Space

February 21, 2013 / Dance in Queens / LIC Neighborhood / Queens Buzz. I received a rare treat on Wednesday morning when I went to preview the dance performances planned for this weekend at Green Space in LIC. The weekend celebration includes five dance pieces, three of which are being premiered and two of which have been performed and perfected.

I was one of only a handful of people in the audience, as the dancers did one last rehearsal before their opening performance Thursday evening February 21, 2013. The photo above was taken at the dress rehearsal performance of Skimming the Surface by Dance Entropy at Green Space in LIC.

Click here for a short description of each performance and a slide show of Skimming the Surface by Dance Entropy at Green Space in LIC, as well as a bit longer exploration into one of the new pieces. The report also includes a couple of interviews with the dancers.

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LIC Partnership - Networking Event

LIC Partnership Networking Event

Changing of the Guard, New Store Coming To Queens Plaza, New Restaurants in Dutch Kills, Jason Sheftell's Death & more at the Foundry in LIC

August / June 2013 / Long Island City / Queens Business / Queens Buzz. On August 14th, the LIC Partnership held a farewell and thank you party for Gayle Baron, Executive Director of the LIC Partnership.

Unfortunately I didn't make that event, but on June 20th I attended a Spring Gathering hosted by the LIC Partnership at the Foundry on 13th Street in Long Island City where I learned that Dan Miner was about to leave the LIC Partnership.

This report is primarily about the Spring Networking event at the Foundry. Shown in the photo to your right are Gayle Baron, Gary Kesner and Dan Miner at the LIC Partnership Networking event at the Foundry in LIC.

Dan Miner Departs For Manhattan Position

The weather was perfect as I made my way to the Foundry in LIC. The sun had headed west and down behind the Queensboro Bridge and NYC skyline. I entered the Foundry some time after the networking party was in full motion and began to mingle.  One of the first things I learned was that Dan Miner, the Sr. VP of the LIC Partnership, was moving onto greener pastures in Manhattan. Dan will become the District Manager of Community Board 6 in that borough.

Click here to read more about the changing of the guard at the LIC Partnership and general news bits from the Long Island City neighborhood.

The Play For Rent - Dance & Theater in Queens | dance & theater in queens the performing arts in queens lic astoria sunnyside woodside jackson heights flushing jamaica performing arts queens
The Play For Rent - Dance & Theater in Queens

The Play For Rent Runs This Week

New Theatrical Production at LaGuardia in LIC

October 22, 2012 / LIC Neighborhood / Dance & Theater in Queens / Queens Buzz. I attended one of the dress rehearsals of For Rent last week at LaGuardia Community College in LIC. It was the second time I had seen the play and it gets better with each viewing. The play is a working project of the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center.

The play is set in modern day Istanbul, the thriving capital of Turkey, and quite possibly one the next members of the European Union. Istanbul has become the New York of its country - where extreme wealth resides side by side with extreme poverty. Rather than ignore or hide these people's plight, this play dives right into their midst; with all the violence, sex and fragility that permeates their impoverished lives. In the photo to your left is Sadik, the boss, with Ferhan the cheat in For Rent at LPAC in LIC.

Click here to read more about the limited engagement of For Rent at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center in LIC

Theatre 167 in Queens - Pirira | theatre 167 in queens pirira original theater in queens
Theatre 167 in Queens - Pirira


A Moving Performance Of Four People's Lives

November 5, 2013 / Long Island City LIC Neighborhood / Theater in Queens / Queens Buzz. I had an opportunity to experience the play Pirira just before it opened on October 10th. The original script production is being performed at the Chain Theater in LIC through this weekend, ending November 10th.

It's rare when a play draws tears to the ducts, providing a sort of cathartic release - very much in response to a command performance, as well as from the emotional grist buried beneath the surface in our own lives. Actress Flor De Liz Perez is shown in the photo above right performing in the dress rehearsal of Pirira.

The play is staged in two locations, halfway around the world. One of the locations is in a flower shop in New York, while the other is in the backroom of an American charitable organization in Malawi in Africa. The actors are ... click here for a full review of the play Pirira produced by 167 Theatre.

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Doctors in Queens Astoria LIC & Sunnyside

Finding Dr. Right - Doctors in Queens

Doctors and Healthcare in LIC, Astoria, Sunnyside, Woodside & Queens

February 16, 2012 / Long Island City / Queens Buzz. I attended a community lecture put on by Mount Sinai Queens entitled Finding Doctor Right. It was hosted at the Avalon Riverview, which is located down on 2-01 50th Avenue near the East River in LIC.

When I arrived, I took note of the audience demographics which had a female / male skew of about two to one; and the ages ranged from starting a family to planning retirement. Our speaker was Dr. Nierman, VP of Medical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer, and one of the people responsible for hiring doctors at Mount Sinai Queens.

Click here to read our report and view photos about finding Dr. Right – doctors and healthcare in LIC and Queens.

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Places To Watch The NYC Marathon In Queens

NYC Marathon CANCELLED In Queens & LIC

November 2, 2012 / Long Island City Neighborhood / Queens Sports / Queens Buzz.


The announcement was made by Mayor Bloomberg in a press conference, where he took some heat for waiting to make the decision to cancel it. Many runners who had already arrived in NYC were disappointed with the announcement.

The NYC Marathon is Sunday, November 4th.

Here is a link to our photo coverage in 2011. We found a number of good places to watch the NYC Marathon in Queens. Here is a link to our NYC Marathon in Queens section, providing you with photos and reports in prior years.

Click the photo to your left for a map showing the NYC Marathon route through Queens & Long Island City LIC. Or click here for a report on the best places to watch the NYC Marathon in Queens.

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LIC Boathouse - Kayaking In The East River - LIC Astoria Queens

Kayaking On The East River

Queens NY / Summers in LIC. We joined the LIC Boathouse on Sunday morning in their weekly summer ritual of providing free kayaking for Queens denizens of all stripes. We started with them between 11.30 am and noon in Long Island City where a core group of volunteers [new comers welcome] meet to load and haul the kayaks and safety gear up to Hallets Cove just north of Socrates Sculpture Park. Click here for the rest of the story of kayaking in Queens with the LIC Boathouse on the East River.

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PS1 Warm Up Party - LIC Queens

PS1 Warm Up Party

PS1 Warm Up Parties - LIC Long Island City Queens

Summers in LIC / Long Island City / LIC / Queens. PS1, a modern art museum in the Long Island City LIC neighborhood of Queens NY hosts Warm Up Parties during the summer season. The PS1 Warm Up parties are thrown Saturday evenings starting in the mid to late afternoon and run until sundown.

Click here to read our full report on PS1 Warm Up Parties.


Shopping LIC - Long Island City Shops | This is a map of the Vernon Blvd Shopping District in Long Island City neighborhood of Queens NYC. It is easily traveled to via the #7, E, F, G, R, V, N and W subway lines from Manhattan and all points in Queens. Use our site search engine or use the business directory for a partial listing of the businesses that can be found on Vernon Blvd or the neighborhood of Long Island City in Queens NYC.
Shopping LIC - Long Island City Shops

LIC Shops - Shopping In Long Island City

Long Island City Neighborhood LIC / Queens Buzz. LIC has emerging retail and restaurant areas along Vernon Blvd, the waterfront and Jackson Avenue. This section contains stories about shops and shopping in the area as well as maps and advertisements by local merchants.

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LIC Real Estate & Business - Long Island City LIC

LIC Real Estate & Business - Long Island City

Real Estate, Realtors, Condos, Apartments, Prices & Market

March 23, 2011 / Long Island City LIC Real Estate / Queens Real Estate / Queens Buzz. This is the Long Island City Real Estate section of the site.

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