December, 2013

New Voices

Queens Museum exhibit showcases provocative artwork

For the next month, the Queens Museum will host the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective’s yearly visual arts exhibition, titled “A Bomb, with Ribbon Around It.” The name refers to a critique of the works of Frida Kahlo, whose artistic style and complex identity flew in the face of her contemporaries. Comment
Kew Gardens

He draws on his experience to create

While many artists are inspired by the images they see, Kew Gardens resident Matthew McDonnell has created five works of art based upon what he has heard and researched. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Colors of Mexico focus of exhibit

Ask artist Rodolfo J. Caballero and he’ll tell you that maybe Mexico has a lot of color because it is a gift from the gods. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz’ Meres One moves across river

The longtime curator at 5Pointz has packed up his aerosol spray cans and taken his iconic “Bright Idea” light bulbs across the East River to Manhattan. Comment

November, 2013

South Ozone Park

Artists race to bring their craft to ‘Big A’

The grandstand walls of the Big A are getting a face-lift. Comment

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Long Island City

Eatery offers walls to 5Pointz artists

One Long Island City restaurant will open its doors and walls to the artists from 5Pointz. Comment

Obliterated Art

New York finds itself in the perpetual balancing act of bolstering its income through commerce without sacrificing the public benefits of artistic endeavors. Comments (1)
Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti covered over at night

5Pointz was whitewashed overnight. The graffiti that covered the iconic warehouse in Long Island City was covered with white paint by an army of workers under the cover of darkness Monday night. “I went in there and painted it all at once,” said property owner Jerry Wolkoff, “It’s like taking medicine, get it over with all at once. Now it’s done, the torture is over.” Comment

Christmas comes early to Corona

Like a lot of people itching to get into the holiday mood, Jon Lovitch often pops “Miracle on 34th Street” or “It’s a Wonderful Life” into the DVD player, then cranks up the air conditioner to combat the heat and humidity. Comment

Bring the Public to Queens Museum

The renovation of the Queens Museum is a welcome addition to the borough, which is rapidly honing its reputation as an important cultural destination for the city. Comments (3)
Long Island City

Judge rules demolition of 5Pointz can begin

A federal judge has decided against issuing a permanent injunction that would stop the demolition of 5Pointz in Long Island City. Comment
Long Island City

Judge rules 5Pointz can be torn down for residential towers

A federal judge has decided against issuing a permanent injunction that would stop the demolition of 5Pointz in Long Island City. Comment
Long Island City

Astoria photographer turns destruction into works of art

Astoria resident Jean-Marie Guyaux, a commercially successful photographer who has a studio in Long Island City, has taken photos that have appeared in some of the most popular publications in the country as well in theatrical posters and advertisements. Comments (2)

Introducing the new Queens Museum

Although it dropped the word from its name, art remains the focal point of the new Queens Museum as it reopens after an eight-year, $69 million renovation project Saturday. Comment

October, 2013


Banksy bids farewell to city in Sunnyside

British street artist Banksy’s last day in New York City ended in Sunnyside with a couple of arrests and a plea to save 5Pointz. Comment
Long Island City

Artists get new demolition delay at 5Pointz

The 5Pointz artists in Long Island City are marking another small victory in the lawsuit against G & M Realty and the planned demolition of the graffiti mecca. Comments (2)

Officials hold Queens Museum ribbon cutting

The Queens Museum celebrated its $69 million expansion with a ceremonial ribbon cutting Wednesday. On Saturday, Nov. 9, the Queens Museum officially reopens to the public. Comment
Rockaway Park

Artists mark Sandy anniversary with new exhibition

In the first moments after Hurricane Sandy made landfall in the Rockaways, the churning seawater rushed ashore, headed straight up Marina and Kevin Callaghan’s street and completely flooded their basement, where it destroyed Kevin’s art studio and much of his work. Comment
Long Island City

Artists sue to save 5Pointz

The artists at Long Island City’s 5Pointz will not go away quietly. Comment

Graffiti artist Banksy creates mural on Woodside wall

After work Monday, Flatbush resident Ten Sodeinde opted to take the long way home from Manhattan so he could make an artistic pilgrimage to Woodside. Comments (2)

Graffiti artist Banksy makes an art stop in Woodside

Although at its core the nature of Banksy’s work is temporary, he probably hoped his Queens piece would last more than a day before being vandalized. Comments (3)

TimesLedger starts A&E blog

From Astoria to Woodhaven, Queens offers a world of diversity in food, culture and entertainment. Comments (1)

Flushing BID hosts photo contest to capture essence of downtown

The Downtown Flushing Transit Hub Business Improvement District is hosting its second Flushing Photo Contest, which started Aug. 31 and will run through the end of December 2014. Comment

September, 2013

Belle Harbor

TimesLedger editor makes cut in Sandy photo contest

TimesLedger Newspaper Photo Editor Christina Santucci’s work has been selected for an exhibition titled Rising Waters: Photographs of Hurricane Sandy. Comments (1)

Astoria turns into one big performance

For the next couple of weeks, the public can take a break from all their worries and ride the N or 7 trains to the 2nd Annual Astoria Arts Festival. Comment
Jamaica Estates

New York stories: Just add water

The history of New York City’s waterfront includes both palatial summer homes and anonymous pine caskets buried in a potter’s field. Comment
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum receives $1.6M for renovations

Borough President Helen Marshall announced Aug. 15 that the city Office of Management and Budget approved the $1.6 million renovation of the sculpture garden at the Noguchi Museum. Comment
Jackson Heights

He’s got the whole world in his lens

Jackson Heights resident Sam Oppenheim’s passion for travel photography means he is one of a select group of people in the world who can say he has visited more than 30 countries on six continents. Comment

World’s Fair collections coming together

Nearly two decades before Walt Disney envisioned Tomorrowland for his amusement park in Los Angeles’ suburbs, thousands stood on line daily to get a glimpse of Futurama at the 1939 World’s Fair in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Comments (1)

Art project blooms at NY Hospital Queens

A garden grows in Flushing. Comment

August, 2013


Queens Museum to get $18M

As it moves into the last full month of a major expansion project, the Queens Museum learned Tuesday it will receive another monetary boost from the city toward paying the bill. Comment
Long Island City

Affordable workspace for artists opens in LIC

A modern dance troupe broke in a new, affordable performing arts workspace in Long Island City earlier this week with a dance number for Mayor Michael Bloomberg, and in turn hizzoner did a little performing of his own. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens Hills

‘America’s Got Talent’ to film at Queens College

A panel of celebrity judges will make its way to Queens College Wednesday for a taping of the television show “America’s Got Talent” on the campus quad. Comments (2)

Photographer captures borough’s stories through her lens

In a city as richly steeped in history as New York, every neighborhood has a story to tell. In Queens, where you can experience the world in a nutshell by riding the No. 7 train, a Sunnyside photographer, compelled to focus her lens on “the Queens of yesterday and today,” captured local images that she says “depict serene moments and initiate a feeling of a lost time.” Comment

July, 2013

Kew Gardens

Public paid to repair statue of Civic Virtue

Taxpayers shelled out $100,000 to clean the exiled Triumph of Civic Virtue statue and help move it from its perch outside Borough Hall to a private cemetery in Brooklyn late last year, city contracts show. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Bridge and tunnel art show

Where artists go, transformation follows. Comments (1)

Students design Sunnyside map

Three students at LaGuardia Community College helping to put Sunnyside on the map were honored by the college and community organizations last week as top finalists in the Sunnyside map project. Comment

Afrikan Poetry puts spotlight on arts scene

During the day, downtown Jamaica is jam-packed with young people shuffling to and from York College or shopping on Jamaica Avenue, but come nighttime the area doesn’t exactly have the cultural cache neighboring boroughs can claim. Comments (1)

June, 2013


Museum of Moving Image unveils brand new courtyard

Elected officials and representatives from the Museum of the Moving Image gathered Tuesday at a celebratory dedication ceremony for the museum’s newly completed outdoor courtyard, named in honor of George S. Kaufman, the chairman of Kaufman Astoria Studios and a MoMI trustee. Comment
Little Neck

Little Neck art students to be featured in Douglaston show

A group of young artists from Little Neck will have their work prominently displayed by the National Art League this month, their teacher said. Comments (1)

Weekend block party welcomes newest neighbor to Astoria

It’s a Queens-centric event and you’re invited. Comment

East meets West in Flushing

Queens resident Simon Xianwen Zeng is what the Chinese call “a person of talents.” Comment
Long Island City

CB 2 rejects 5Pointz plan for rental apts.

Community Board 2 voted down 5Pointz owner David Wolkoff’s special permit application to develop the graffiti-covered warehouse in Long Island City into two high-rise luxury apartments last week, a decision that was well-received by artists and supporters of the building. Comment
Long Island City

LIC-based artist creates mixed-media collages

When one looks at any of Preston Trombly’s mixed-media collages from his “Sonatas” series, one gets the idea the artist had a very frustrating piano lesson, broke apart the piano with a hammer and then decided to put the parts of the instrument back together in an undefinable collection of bits and pieces. Comment

May, 2013

Forest Hills

Queens Museum of Art shuts down to complete renovation

If a trip to the Queens Museum of Art is on your summer agenda, you better find something else to do. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz owner meets with criticism in building project

The future of a graffiti-ridden warehouse in Long Island City does not seem like the type of project that warrants contentious meetings packed with raucous residents — unless that warehouse is aerosol art haven 5Pointz. Comment

Bayside pupils showcase their art in MS 158’s annual show

Students and their families stood back and admired the artwork on the hallway walls of Bayside’s MS 158 Marie Curie last week. Comment

The art of friendship

Near the end of Queens College Art Center’s new exhibit hang six photographic images that at first glance seem pretty unfriendly. Comment
Long Island City

LaGuardia photographers take aim at all of Queens

LaGuardia Community College recently opened a student photography exhibit called the “Astoria Project” that focuses on people and places that make up the cultural diversity of Astoria. Comments (1)
Long Island City

LIC Arts Open offers creativity up close and personal

For five days next week the center of New York’s art world won’t be found in Chelsea or SoHo or Tribeca. Instead it will be right here in Queens. Comment

April, 2013

Little Neck

An artistic view of reality

Elinore Schnurr refers to herself as “a contemporary representational painter” who paints real scenes of people living in the everyday world. Viewing herself as a subjective painter, Little Neck resident Schnurr has painted six different series of paintings throughout her career that not only imply her feelings toward her subjects but exhibit her development as an artist as she adds more complex elements into her paintings. Comment

Bayside BID to display high school students’ artwork

The Bayside Business Improvement District will host its fourth annual arts and crafts festival Saturday. The fair will showcase the work of 30 Queens artists and for the first time several students from Bayside High School’s arts program. Comment
Long Island City

Home is where the art is

Your home is an expression of who you are, so whether you’re tidy or sloppy, a minimalist or collector, fashion conscious or not, your intimate space reflects your personality. Comment

Queens Council on Arts moves to new Astoria site

The Queens Council on the Arts has a new home in Astoria, where it will be strategically located near several other arts powerhouses in the borough. Comment
Rockaway Beach

Rockaways recovery adds an artistic flourish

The view for those strolling along Rockaway Beach just became a bit more rounded, thanks to a new cultural center established overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Comment
Long Island City

Evolution of Music Videos

Music videos are not often viewed as influential art, but that may be about to change. Comment

March, 2013


Artistic beat heard in all corners of the borough

Here’s something to look forward to during the final weeks of this bleak winter: Queens’ arts festival season starting in March. Combining culture, community, commerce and good times, these events connect residents and visitors to every facet of the arts, while celebrating local talent and giving small businesses a much-needed boost. Comment

Qns Museum of Art trims name amid preparations for expansion

Though it plans to expand, the Queens Museum of Art will shrink its name in half, the institution said. Comment
Long Island City

Diego Salazar gallery offers inspiring glimpse

Whether you are an art aficionado or just want insight into the creative process of professional artists, the Diego Salazar Art Gallery in Long Island City should be your hangout spot for the next two Saturdays. Comment
Long Island City

Noguchi Museum digs deep into stone carving artistry

Stone sculptures and the process of creating them will be the focus of the Noguchi Museum’s final Artist in Residence Weekend of the season this weekend. Comment

February, 2013

Forest Hills

Forest Hills biz offers art with organic foods

There is an organic foods store in Forest Hills called “The Organicworld” where customers can purchase natural organic foods, vitamins and supplements, personal skin care products and household cleaning items. When you walk into the store, however, you realize the merchandise is a backdrop to various works of art beautifully displayed among the products. Comment

January, 2013


‘Good Land’ exhibit opens at Yegam Art Space

A solo exhibition of work by Young Ae Song entitled, “Good Land,” opened at Yegam Art Space, located at 196-50 Northern Blvd. in Auburndale. Comments (4)

Bayside Historical opens art show at Fort Totten

The Bayside Historical Society held an opening reception for the annual art show Sunday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Emerging Artist Fellowship encourages sculptors to take risks

A 1965 Ford Mustang with braided racing stripes. A transparent Buddha floating just off the shore in the East River. The Virgin Mary cast in bird seed. These are just a few of the intriguing works a visitor will encounter while strolling through Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City. They are part of the organization’s latest Emerging Artists Fellowship Exhibition, an annual program it holds each year to spotlight some of the most creative and compelling emerging sculptors working. Comment
Long Island City

Put 1% of city budget to cultural groups: Van Bramer

At MoMA PS1, one of Long Island City’s several artistic meccas, City Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) announced Tuesday that he and 245 organizations were calling upon the city to increase funding to arts and cultural institutions. Comment
Long Island City

Exploring money and hardship

With a fresh perspective on creating and presenting art, No Longer Empty’s new Long Island City exhibit offers an escape from the ordinary. Comment
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