December, 2017


Queens Council on the Arts announces open call for ArtHotel Residency

Hotel guests at the Paper Factory in Long Island City and at the SpringHill Suites LaGuardia in Corona will have the opportunity to interact with artists as they produce artwork for both hotels starting mid-February, according to the Queens Council on the Arts. Comment
Long Island City

CUNY Law School presents ‘Endangered Nature’ art exhibit in LIC

Artist Dennis Cady is presently exhibiting his art work, “Endangered Nature,” at the Long Island City branch of the CUNY School of Law. Comment

New pop album could be the soundtrack to your holidays

“Cassandra Kubinski is a rarity… very similar to the legendary solo artists of the early to mid-1970s… she proves that the genre [singer/songwriter] is not only alive and well, but that it is still capable of being transcendent.” – Billy Joel Comment
St. Albans

St. Albans photographer’s work featured on Jamaica kiosks

Elias Williams, a photographer whose work has been used by the Magnum Foundation and The New York Times, will be the second individual to have his work displayed on the LinkNYC kiosks throughout Jamaica, as part of the Art to the People series curated by the non-profit A Better Jamaica. Comments (1)

November, 2017


Exhibit explores eclectic housing in the World’s Borough through photographs

Across the globe are cities, towns, villages and hamlets in which people live and raise families. Some of the dwellings are quite old and even historic, while others are more modern. But the architectural style differs from place to place. Comments (1)
As two massive residential towers rise in Long Island City, on the spot where the 5Pointz graffiti mecca drew tourists from around the world, the cost could be moving higher for its developer. Comments (1)
It took nearly four years, but the 5Pointz artists who turned a sprawling Long Island City warehouse into a world renowned graffiti mecca only to see their murals whitewashed under the cover of night have finally tasted justice. Comment

October, 2017


LinkNYC kiosks showcase southeast Queens artists

It’s been two years since the launch of LinkNYC citywide and the free Wi-Fi connection service has truly been utilized by businesses in Jamaica, and now by local artists. Comment

West African art the focus of Queensborough Community College’s Art Gallery

Traditional African Art: The Liren Wei Collection opened at the QCC Art Gallery Oct. 18 and is running through Nov. 30. Comment
Long Island City

5Pointz graffiti whitewashing trial gets underway

A federal jury was empaneled Monday and began hearing testimony Tuesday as the 5Pointz trial got underwaythis week at the Brooklyn federal courthouse. Comment
Long Island City

Artists show off creative designs at LIC hotspot

Metamorphosis elevates the mundane at “Contemporary Reuse” – a dynamic group art show now on view at MFTA Gallery in Long Island City. Comment
What is a dwelling? Comment
Rego Park

Tiny house in Rego Park delivers big ideas

Big ideas dwell within Queens’ only tiny house. Comment

September, 2017


Never Built New York exhibition at Queens Museum shows what could have been

Have you ever started an ambitious home or work project that involved months of planning, labor and high expectations, only to find out you had to nix everything because of budgetary constraints or other factors? If so, you can probably relate to the interesting backstory behind how and why New York City looks the way it does. Comments (1)
Dozens came out last Friday to see the Social Justice Art Show’s second run at Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning presented by Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest). Comment

August, 2017

The Kaufman Arts District, home to Kaufman Studios, one of the oldest continuously used movie studios in the world, is a community of unique cultural institutions that support emerging artists. Comment

Social Justice Art Show coming to Jamaica in September

After the success of last year’s exhibit, Councilman Rory Lancman (D-Hillcrest) will host the second annual Social Justice Art Show, which will be extended to a two-week event. Comments (1)
Community leaders announced details about the upcoming third annual “Flushing Night Out.” Comment

Summer program showcases students’ artwork

The High School to Art School program — an annually, fully subsidized portfolio development program — opened its studio doors to the public, displaying students accomplishments from their summer program. Comment
Dutch Kills

Chocolate Factory Theater acquires permanent home in Dutch Kills section of Long Island City

The over-development of Long Island City south of the Queensboro Bridge has been displacing artists for more than a decade and Sheila Lewandowski was terrified her non-profit Chocolate Factory Theater was going to cease to exist when its current lease expired in May 2019. Comment
Forest Hills

Forest Hills’ newest hotspot pairs local artwork with eclectic menu

If you believe that enjoying a good cup of coffee and colorful artwork is great for the psyche, you should check out Forest Hills’ newest java hotspot, Pink Forest Cafe, which opened its doors to eager patrons last Friday at 72-01 Austin St. Comment

Elmhurst sculpture garden displays local artwork

A sculpture garden grows in Elmhurst. Comment

July, 2017


Jim Henson Exhibition opens at Museum of Moving Image

The much-anticipated Jim Henson Exhibition, featuring an array of more than 300 artifacts from his renowned film and television career, will permanently open to the public Saturday in the Museum of the Moving Image. Comment
Long Island City

City to bolster arts funding with comprehensive cultural plan

New York City’s first-ever comprehensive cultural plan, based on the feedback from nearly 200,000 residents in the past year, was released at Material for the Arts in Long Island City Wednesday. Comment

New York Hall of Science exhibit explores how artistic depictions of female robots have evolved over the decades

Robots come in all shapes and sizes. And whether we want it or not, they’re getting more and more human-like. Comments (2)
It has taken nearly a half decade to create, but the Museum of the Moving Image will open its permanent Jim Henson Exhibition Saturday, July 22, in the museum’s first gallery dedicated to a single artist. Comment

Queensborough Community College arts and design program gets world-class credentials

Queensborough Community College in Bayside announced its art program will soon carry accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design, joining the ranks of only 19 other community colleges in the nation to be recognized for excellence. Comment
City Councilman I. Daneek Miller (D-St. Albans) secured $700,000 in funding for 17 art institutions throughout Queens and visited some of them last week to learn about their projects for the summer and the ensuing year. Comment
The audience entered the St. Mark’s Church in-the-Bowery, a space that has supported an active artistic community since the 19th century. A hall that has hosted poets, sculptors and artists will now be the setting for Impermanent Landscapes, Valerie Green’s most important work to date. Comment

June, 2017


Flushing poet honored in Italy for poem sculpted in marble

Flushing poet Vincent J. Tomeo has given Monterosso Calabro – the bucolic, rustic town that inspired his most acclaimed poem “A View from a Tower in Calabria, Italy” — a place in the sun. Comments (3)

Council helps match artists with funding

If you’re a Queens-based creative looking for a way to connect to people in your neighborhood through your project-based work, it’s easier to get by with a little help from your friends. Comment
Richmond Hill

LeAp Public Art Program allows students to paint about issues their communities face

Two Queens middle schools showcased their original, large-scale public artwork last week as part of this year’s “A View From the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table,” LeAp’s citywide Student Exhibition. Comment

Material for the Arts offers recycled materials throughout NYC

If you are an art aficionado, Material for the Arts is having an art exhibit featuring work from Spring Artist-in-Residence Dianne Smith titled Twisted Woven Tied. Comment

Queens Arts Calendar

See what’s going on in Queens. Comment

May, 2017

Broad Channel

Therapist’s landscape artwork on display

For two months only, the artwork of Denise P. Levine is at The Jamaica Wildlife Refuge in Broad Channel. Comment
Forest Hills

‘Songs of Love’ dedicates song to Whitestone girl battling leukemia

First-grader Chloe Mitchell, a Whitestone girl who was diagnosed with leukemia in March, got a special performance from The Songs of Love Foundation Saturday. Comments (1)
Long Island City

Artists-in-residence share their craft at two Long Island City hotels

Two local artists have checked into a couple of hip hotels in Long Island City, and they’re inviting the public to drop by their studios and check out their art. Comment
There has always been a thin line between art and politics. For centuries, the two have been inextricably intertwined. Take the Renaissance Era, when works of art such as Michelangelo’s David and Donatello’s Judith beheading Holofernes, were highly charged with political symbolism. Comment
The 7th annual LIC Arts Open gets underway Wednesday and runs through Sunday at numerous locations around Long Island City. The free festival, billed as the largest event in Queens, invites visual artists, performers, musicians, designers and the public to celebrate creative expression together in one of the most vital arts districts in New York City. Comment

Queens Museum brings an Italian artist’s interactive exhibition to the borough

Queens Museum is showcasing the works of Italian artist Marinella Senatore in a multifaceted installation entitled “Piazza Universale/Social Stages.” Comment

April, 2017


Bangladeshis celebrate their culture at Jamaica arts center

The Jamaica Center for Arts & Learning was packed Saturday as people from all different backgrounds came out to celebrate the third installation of the Delightful Festival series, Bangladeshi Delights. Comment
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The Queens Museum unveils new exhibitions for the summer season

Queens Museum introduced several new exhibits on the main floor when it opened its doors Sunday. Comment

Helping Haiti through art

Friends of Haiti and fans of Haitian art will have a chance to support relief work on the Caribbean island while picking up some beautiful artwork this weekend at a fund-raising gallery show put on by From Here to Haiti in Whitestone. Comments (2)
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Long Island City

5Pointz lawsuit against developer heads to trial

The 5Pointz artists, who had their hearts crushed in November 2013 when the owner of the building that hosted them for more than two decades ordered their work whitewashed in the dead of night, will have their shot at revenge. Comments (2)

St. Mary’s gives activity center artful upgrade

St. Mary’s Hospital for Children in Bayside unveiled an art installation in an activity room used by the patients in the facility. Dan Colen, an artist who works through the non-profit RxArt, turned the somewhat bland space into a stimulating atmosphere for the children to interact with caretakers. Comment

March, 2017

Film Comment

Immortal words: Flushing poet to have his ode engraved in stone in Italian town

You don’t often hear about a former high school teacher from Flushing having his poem immortalized in marble by the patriarch of a prominent family living in Southern Italy. Comments (3)
St. Albans

Death of milkman on train tracks haunts poet’s memories of his youth

Nicole (Lucivero) Martini never met her grandfather Nick for whom she is named. Her brother Nicholas never met him either. Comments (15)

February, 2017

Fresh Meadows

Big Apple Circus set to return this fall

Big Apple Circus has been saved and will continue its mission of helping disabled children. Comments (2)
The Museum of the Moving Image has closed the anti-Trump exhibit called “He Will Not Divide Us” after the museum deemed it a public safety hazard because of violent threats and many arrests. Comments (4)

Renaissance man’s vision created A Better Jamaica

A Better Jamaica, a non-profit organization created to strengthen the southeast Queens region, celebrated its 10th year anniversary on Jan. 31. Greg Mays, 55, founded the organization to improve the bond between residents in the area. Comment

Jamaica rapper breaks the mold

Jamaica author and rapper Robert Torrez — a.k.a. Sabor Latino — doesn’t write about the stereotypical fare of rap lyrics. Comment
Long Island City

Two LIC hotels offer residency programs to artists

The Queens Council on the Arts announced an open call to all borough-based artists to apply for a new residency program in partnership with two Long Island City hotels. The newly established QCA Art Hotel Residency will provide space for two artists to work in spaces inside the Z NYC Hotel and the Paper Factory Hotel for three months. Comment

An ‘Om’ of your own

If recent presidential executive orders are causing hyperventilation, Manhattan’s Rubin Museum of Art — which celebrates the art and culture of the Himalayas and neighboring regions — is offering a way to slow down, take a deep breath, and say “Om.” Comment

Hollis born founder of WorldStarHipHop dies at 43

Lee O’Denat, the Hollis-born founder of the popular website WorldStarHipHop, died at age 43. Comments (1)

January, 2017


Flushing community prepares for Lunar New Year celebrations

The Flushing community is preparing to kick off the Year of the Rooster with Lunar New Year celebrations. Comments (3)

A bittersweet gingerbread giveaway

Children from all over the state came to the New York Hall of Science in Corona for the Gingerbread Lane Giveaway Monday. Comment

Bayside Council for the Arts to host ‘Literary Night on Bell Blvd’

What started out as a one-night writers’ showcase on Bell Boulevard got shut down by the snow Saturday. Comments (1)
Divisive and downright ugly from the first primary to the final tally, last year’s presidential election had supersized portions of the key ingredients one would expect to find in a meaty theatrical drama: conflict, contrast, and the quest for power. With these elements still very much in play after Nov. 8, the flabbergasted duo behind feminist theater company The Dirty Blondes had no question as to how they would answer the president-elect: Cancel the production booked for January and heed the call of an ominous new muse. Comments (3)

That’s ‘anOTHER’ story

A new play out of Queensborough Community College exploring what it means to be the “other” in America was selected to open the main stage performances at the regional-level Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival this week. Comment

Bayside Council for the Arts to hold Literary Night on Bell

The Bayside Council for the Arts will showcase readings from writers around the neighborhood Saturday. Comment



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