MoMA PS1, the cultural anchor of the ever-more cultural Long Island City, always hosts terrific (or, at a minimum, terrifically interesting) events and exhibitions. But with the museum-wide Expo 1: New York, a festival of possible futures that opened last Sunday and is running through the summer, MoMA PS1 may have outdone itself. In terms of the welcome variety and admirable focus of the curation, as well as the quality, creativity, and surprise-factor of the individual pieces, Expo 1 is a true show-stopper. (more…)
Even after four years and at least a hundred strolls along this once-decrepit elevated railway, The High Line still manages to surprise and delight me most every time I climb those stairs and see what’s new. Sometimes it’s the foliage that’s changed, following the rhythm of the seasons.
There’s always good people-watching to be had, and photo-ops, as locals and tourists alike continue to flock to the space. And the other day I witnessed a well-choreographed marriage proposal in the “theater” near 17th Street looking out over 10th Avenue. And yes, she said yes. (more…)
Beginning tomorrow, May 10, and continuing through May 22, TF Cornerstone is co-sponsoring the Abandoned Angels 10 Years Anniversary Auction, which helps raise money to rescue abandoned dogs and then “re-home” them with caring foster friends and families. Although the non-profit Abandoned Angels focuses on Cocker Spaniels, founder Dolores Rodrigues says they will certainly help any dog in distress, no matter how sick or old. Read more in our exclusive Q-and-A with this excellent, animal-loving woman. (more…)
It’s been almost a year and half since Alobar opened its doors on LIC’s Vernon Boulevard, making it one of the pioneers on what has become a nice little restaurant row. As Long Island City TF Cornerstone residents know, although it’s great to have such easy access (via the G train) to the many dining delights of Williamsburg and Greenpoint, sometimes what you really need is a friendly neighborhood spot with some skill and love in the kitchen. And for that, Alobar is perfect.
Join us May 7th from 6-8pm for the TF Cornerstone Neighborhood Happy Hour at Alobar!
This is a great time to get to know your Center Boulevard neighbors and try out some amazing local cuisine. There will be delicious FREE snacks generously supplied by Alobar in addition to discounted Happy Hour cocktails, American Craft Beers, and the best whiskey list in LIC. Try out the High Rise, a specialty cocktail invented just for TFC: a pineapple & vanilla-infused tequila margarita!
There are always a hundred or so new and interesting things to do in NYC and every month there’s something new to see. Here are five somewhat random picks from the beautiful Bronx throughout Manhattan and out into Brooklyn – all happening in May: (more…)
The great outdoor market Brooklyn Flea first opened its imaginary doors in 2008, serving up a unique–and, as it turns out, insanely popular–combination of cool vintage items and antiques, local artisans selling their wares, and a carefully-curated selection of first-rate food vendors. The Flea was an instant hit, especially the food booths, which were attracting such long lines that organizers Jonathan Butler and Eric Demby split them into two separate days, and called the whole thing Smorgasburg.
There’s still plenty to eat at the Brooklyn Flea, but if your really want to gorge on an incredible variety of sweet and savory treats–there are nearly 100 different vendors here these days!–Smorgasburg is the way to go. THIS is communal picnicking as its finest, and a special treat for Downtown Manhattan and new LIC residents with that all-too-familiar spring fever. (more…)
For NYC rock climbers, and especially those of you who live in any of TF Cornerstone’s Long Island City residences, this is awesome news indeed: one of the biggest rock wall climbing gyms anywhere in North America is about to open right here in LIC, over on 44th Road.
Called The Cliffs at LIC (they have another Cliffs in Valhalla, up in Westchester) this state-of-the-art facility features a staggering 30,000 square feet of climbing space–including a 60-foot wall!–and can easily accommodate some 500 climbers at the same time. The goal is to open The Cliffs at LIC the weekend of May 4, and they’re already accepting memberships. (more…)
Yes, it is actually snowing right this second as I’m writing this, but still: Spring’s here! Kind of! Last Sunday marked the opening day of Coney Island’s recently rebuilt, redesigned, revitalized amusement parks: Luna Park proper; The Scream Zone, its high-tech, “high-thrills” offshoot; the world famous Cyclone roller coaster; and Deno’s Wonder Wheel Park.
And though the skies were gloomy on this celebration of Coney’s return for the summer, and temperatures never got close to 50, plenty of happy people turned up to check out the rides and games (the Wonder Wheel was free all day!), and, it seemed, scope out how this small but vital stretch of beach and boardwalk survived Sandy. (more…)
Contemporary art lovers, get ready to be completely overwhelmed! This week is once again NYC Armory Arts Week 2013. The Armory Show and related fairs around the city is one of my favorite end-of-winter rituals. The event welcomes thousands of artists, galleries, and art dealers from all over the planet to our beautiful city, bringing with them more art than you could possibly look at in a month, much less the two or three days you’ll likely be able to devote to the spectacle. And it’s all over town this year, with massive individual art fairs in Chelsea, Nolita, Soho, Hell’s Kitchen, and the Flatiron. What you need (or, anyway, what I need) is a plan. So here’s a look at my top four fairs going on during NYC Armory Arts Week 2013, in rough order of personal preference. (more…)
Taking over an old warehouse along Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Headscapes: A Brain Storm of Installations is a wonderfully energetic art show that asks that most elusive question: where within themselves do artists find their creative inspiration? And, most relevant, what does it look and feel like once they’re there? Of course, it’s an exhibition concept that could have a million different iterations, depending upon whom you ask to contribute. But when its a bunch of independent, self-organized young Brooklyn artists doing the answering, it looks like, well… it looks like THIS. (more…)