December, 2012


Museum explores video game frontier in Astoria

Entering the new exhibition at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria is like warping into another dimension in time and space. A dark room on the third floor glimmers with arcade games and large projection screens, but they aren’t just there to behold. “Spacewar! Video Games Blast Off” celebrates the 50 years that have passed since the creation of Spacewar!, the first digital video game, following a timeline of 21 classic games that patrons are able to actively take on. Comment
Kew Gardens

City whisks off ‘Civic Virtue’ to Green-Wood

A towering Borough Hall statue was quietly loaded onto a truck by workers and carefully moved to its final resting place Saturday. Comments (1)

Youngsters learn flower making craft

Flushing Town Hall hosted a flower-making workshop as part of the Holiday House Tour. Comment
Long Island City

Elementary students take a LeAp into the arts

To commemorate their 11th annual student art exhibit, Learning through an Expanded Arts Program held a “milk and cookies” reception at the Citigroup Building in Long Island City earlier this month. Comment
Kew Gardens

Rally held to save ‘Virtue’

A group of Queens residents and politicians thinks the city could learn a thing or two from a lesson in civics. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

City to send Civic Virtue to Brooklyn

While the borough was cleaning up after Hurricane Sandy, a city agency approved a resolution to send a much-maligned statue packing to Brooklyn. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Boro Hall statue to be shipped to Brooklyn

Borough Hall is losing its civic virtue after a city agency ruling. Comments (1)

November, 2012


Hurricane inspires Douglaston potter

Hurricane Sandy changed a lot for the residents of Queens. From downed trees and power lines to destroyed homes, the importance and appreciation of craft has become more relevant than ever, according to one Douglaston man. Comments (3)

Vietnam War posters show tumultuous time

History, politics and art come together to help teach students and the public about one of the most turbulent and controversial eras in American history: the Vietnam War. More than 30 Vietnam War protest posters in addition to photographs and other archival materials are part of a new exhibit at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College now through Dec 21. Comments (1)

October, 2012


Queens Musem of Art thriving in hard times

The arts have always been an important part of New York City’s culture and New Yorkers’ lives and for years the Queens Museum of Art in Flushing Meadows Corona Park has served its communities in a big way, while extending its outreach efforts beyond the borough. Comment

Qns. group calls for senior arts initiative

In an initiative to make the city more livable for seniors, the city Departments of Aging and of Cultural Affairs created the Seniors Partnering with Artists Citywide, and the Queens Council on the Arts has begun taking applications for its SPARC 2013 initiative, which will continue until Oct. 31. Comment

Jacqueline Fogel, 83

Jacqueline Fogel died in Jamaica Sept. 22. She was 83. Comments (4)

Braunstein sponsors Halloween essay, drawing contest

State Assemblyman Edward Braunstein (D-Bayside) is sponsoring a Halloween essay and drawing contest. Comment

September, 2012

Kew Gardens Hills

Godwin-Ternbach shows Sigg works in new space

To commemorate its grand reopening, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College’s Kupferberg Center for the Arts will exhibit work from Swiss abstract artist Herman Alfred Sigg, better known as H.A. Sigg. Comment

JCAL celebrates 40th anniversary

The Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning celebrated its 40th anniversary with festivities at the Jamaica Performing Arts Center. Comment
Long Island City

End the summer at Noguchi

This weekend the Noguchi Museum will close up its current exhibit and hold its final Music in the Garden session for the summer. But at this space, dedicated to the work of 20th century artist and designer Isamu Noguchi, the end of one season promises the beginning of a new set of rich programming and explorations of the sculptor’s work. Comment

August, 2012

Long Island City

Socrates goes on tour for 25th

Overlooking the East River, with the Manhattan skyline as a backdrop, internationally renowned Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City boasts striking contemporary and innovative sculptures, along with wonderful community attractions, including outdoor entertainment. Comment

Hall members mark 150 years with expression

As it commemorates its 150th birthday, Flushing Town Hall has gotten its artist members joining in on the celebrating. Dozens of members of the Flushing Council on Culture and the Arts, which operates the Town Hall, have contributed works to this year’s members’ exhibition, all tied to the theme of “celebration.” Comments (1)

July, 2012

Kew Gardens

Vallone wants statue kept in Kew Gardens

A controversial Borough Hall statue that some have labeled as sexist might be moved from Queens to Brooklyn, according to an Astoria councilman who would rather the stone structure stay firmly planted in place. Comments (5)
No Holds Barred

Defending an artist

As The New York Times noted a few days ago, the knives are out again to cut up Fat Boy. Comments (3)
Kew Gardens

Tip of the week


Jamaica sculpture restored

About four decades after it was installed in an unassuming little park on Hillside Avenue, a unique example of abstract sculpture in Jamaica was restored to its original condition last week. Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans mural neglected

The mural that greets Long Island Rail Road passengers as they enter the St. Albans station has seen better days, and neighbors are trying to return it to its former glory. Comment

Art bears illuminate Sky View Center in Flushing

The Sky View Center just became a bear market. The largest retail space in Queens added an extensive new bear-themed art exhibit to its shops and restaurants in late June that will offer visitors some colorful visuals to feast their eyes on while they shop and eat. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz in plans to be replaced: Conley

Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley said the board is waiting to hear back from the city regarding developer Jerry Wolkoff’s plans to replace Long Island City’s graffiti mecca 5Pointz. Comments (1)

June, 2012


Discover the Caribbean world at Queens Museum

Coinciding with this month’s celebration of Caribbean American Heritage Month, the ambitious and comprehensive exhibition “Caribbean: Crossroads of the World” opened June 16 at the Queens Museum of Art as hundreds of art patrons from New York City and beyond viewed diverse works spanning more than 400 years of Caribbean culture. Comment

Artists examine nation’s big health care machine

The No. 7 train chugs past many different ethnic neighborhoods along its Queens route where cultural points of interest and venues offer ongoing, never boring, arts-related events. The 2012 Queens Art Express Festival kicked off an urban adventure last week, exploring visual and performance arts, music, theatre, dance and literature right here in Queens. Comment

Queens College unveils new face of Kupferberg Center

The head of Queens College predicted Monday that recently completed renovations on campus would usher in a new age of art and culture in the borough. Comment

Breathing life through art

A new art exhibition explores the origins of human life through abstract sculptures and paintings. Artist Dong Hee Lee’s new solo exhibition, “The Story of Life,” runs through July 1 at the Yegam Art Space at 196-50 Northern Blvd. in Flushing. Comment

Queens art festival to shape our world

What if artists were asked to solve some of society’s most vexing problems from housing and health care to fixing the economy? Comment
Long Island City

LIC opens to the arts

A powerful form of kinetic energy must exist in Long Island City, where 500 artists commune and create. Back in the glory days of manufacturing, the largest nabe in Queens was home to many large businesses. Since 1970, its genesis as a vibrant artistic and cultural hub — saturated with galleries, studio spaces and art venues — came about as droves of artists escaped Manhattan’s high rents, in search of work studios in the area. Comment

May, 2012


Being His Own Icon

Even a fuzzy cell phone connection couldn’t temper the unbridled enthusiasm for creating art that Bayside artist Nicholai Khan has in abundance. Comment

Ridgewood touts artistic sensibility during gallery crawl

The Queens Museum of Art wanted to make sure everyone on a recent gallery crawl knew which borough they were in. Comment

Queens College exhibit explores evil eye mysticism

Often when a tourist visits Turkey they’ll see an eye drawn on a door or knocker in the shape of a hand. This is the Nazar, a talisman against the evil eye, a curse directed at a person or thing the spell caster dislikes or envies. Now the evil eye is the subject of a fascinating art exhibit at Queens College Art Center. Comment

Flushing Town Hall marks 150 yrs.

A historic building in Queens has seen its fair share of events — a century-and-a-half worth, to be exact. Comment

Jamaica art peaks curiosity

A newly installed speed bump near the corner of Archer Avenue and 153rd Street has Jamaica commuters slowing down — with some even coming to a complete stop. Comment

April, 2012

Jackson Heights

Seeking slices of silence in a bustling Jax Hts.

In the old days, the garden community of Jackson Heights was considered a respite from stressful city life. Today, the high-density area is a veritable mixing bowl of cultures, where 138 languages are spoken. Comment

March, 2012

Long Island City

‘Uncanny’ space brings menagerie of arts themes

Vaudeville shows, craft nights and electronic music concerts. Not a bad lineup for what was a vacant wood-flooring showroom just a couple months ago. Comment

Vignettes through the Ages

Adventurous photographer and former Queens resident Audrey Gottlieb whose best-known images of multicultural America have been exhibited at the Smithsonian, the Jewish Museum and Ellis Island Immigration Museum, describes photography as her life force. Comment

February, 2012


Restaurant workers tell stories through Qns. Museum exhibit

Some 75 percent of Americans eat out at least once a week, though few get more than a passing glimpse into the lives of the people who cook, prepare and serve their meals, according to a new exhibit. Comment

Etchings highlight facets of human emotion, life

A two-person show, entitled Monoscape, opened at Yegam Art Space in Auburndale Saturday evening. The show features the etchings and drawings of Bruce Waldman and Joonhee Lee, who both focus on expressing human emotions. The exhibit is slated to run through March 11 at Yegam, at 196-50 Northern Blvd. Comment

Redefining the Queens art scene

Reinvention is no easy feat — not even for a popular 35-year-old cultural landmark and local international art space nestled in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and only a stone’s throw from the Unisphere. Comment
Long Island City

PS1 unveils otherworldly design for courtyard

Visitors to MoMA PS1 will be seeing stars this summer. The art institution announced on Feb. 8 that its courtyard will feature a giant star-shaped installation called “Wendy” as part of its annual Young Architects Program. Comment
College Point

Poppenhusen holds Feb. 25 fund-raiser

The Poppenhusen Institute has come close to shutting down after its state funding was eliminated a few years ago, but fund-raisers like the one planned for later this month have been keeping the College Point cultural institution afloat ever since. Comments (1)
Long Island City

PS1 welcomes public with flourish after construction

MoMA PS1, Long Island City’s longtime contemporary art institution on Jackson Avenue, cut the ribbon on its new entrance kiosk Monday. Comment

Kupferberg leaves legacy to the arts

Bayside philanthropist Selma Kupferberg, a longtime supporter of the performing arts and a major benefactor of Queens College, died last month at the age of 86. Comment

January, 2012

Breezy Point

Art from an Abstract Point of View in Rockaway

When the reviewer went up to the Rockaway Artists Alliance sTudio 6 at Fort Tilden last Sunday to see its latest exhibit, Abstract Point of View, the place was closed. There’d been a snowstorm the day before, so the powers that be at RAA just decided to keep the place shut for the weekend. Comment

Whitestone group raises money to repair Haitian church

Two years after an earthquake shook Haiti to its foundation, a group from Whitestone continues its efforts to repair the damaged buildings at the center of the island nation’s public life. Comment

Pastel work tops showcase

A pastel portrait entitled “Maria” by artist Diana de Santis was awarded first prize Sunday in the Bayside Historical Society’s 11th annual art show. Comments (1)
Kew Gardens

Kew Gardens’ artist Sandy Ryan finds inspiration from her marathon running and triathlons

Longtime Kew Gardens’ resident Sandy Ryan can sum up most of her days with three simple, if not exhausting, verbs: Run, paint, teach. Comments (3)

Jamaica kicks off Kwanza festivities

The Afrikan Poetry Theatre hosted its annual Kwanzaa celebration at MS 8 in Jamaica Friday, honoring the 45-year-old holiday with music, food and a reflective look back at African culture and tradition. Dozens of revelers in southeast Queens turned out for the event. Comment


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