Life In Motion
Once again, we’re traveling the streets of Long Island City, talking to shop owners and fellow patrons, watching city dwellers enjoy the sunshine on their lunch breaks, and exploring the life right outside The Industry’s doors. Step outside to 44th Drive (our home), and the Citigroup tower, The Secret Theatre, and Brooks Restaurant are all a stones throw away, plus the LIC Courthouse, food trucks, and plenty of shops and subway stops. Here’s a taste of LIC:
See it yourself:
One Court Square (Citigroup Building) – Bustling during the workday, the food shops inside are welcome to all and shaded park benches outside provide a lovely retreat.
Brooks 1890 Restaurant (24-28 Jackson Ave) – A relaxed atmosphere, American cuisine focused on steak & seafood, and an homage to the simpler times – stop in for a beer or a meal. Need we say more?
The Yoga Room (10-14 47 Road) – Yoga, pilates, massage, acupuncture, workshops, and teachers training – they have it all!
Little Oven - if only our Easy Bake Ovens could make treats this good! Specializing in macaroons, this French bakery screams quaint.
What are your favorite spots in LIC? Let us know – we’re always looking for more shops to peruse and food to enjoy!
As the culmination of a week of puppet-making workshops for children and adults, last night’s puppetry performance, “Odysseus at Hell Gates,” did not disappoint. Here is an excerpt from Melena Ryzik’s piece about the event in The New York Times:
“The one-night-only performance, ‘Odysseus at Hell Gate,’ was created by Alex Kahn and Sophia Michahelles, artists who specialize in processionals, parades and puppetry: they also create the Day of the Dead skeletons and Kabuki flying baby moths, among other creatures, for New York City’s Halloween parade. Their other projects include a walking opera and a three-act movement along a bridge, and as part of their mission, they use volunteers in the building (“puppet-raising”) and performance of their works. Involving the community, they said, makes the pieces better.
‘What we like to do is take that genre of parade that everybody knows, and try to deconstruct it,’ Mr. Kahn said. ‘We really see parade in the way that it is in carnivalesque cultures, as a real way of storytelling through multilayered, complex visuals.’
For ‘Odysseus at Hell Gate,’ Mr. Kahn and Ms. Michahelles, a couple from Red Hook, N.Y., who are artistic directors of a nonprofit group called Processional Arts Workshop, researched the history of the sometimes forgotten spaces that dot the East River, like Hart Island, a potter’s field; North Brother Island, home to the hospital that quarantined Typhoid Mary; and Hell Gate, a traditionally treacherous maritime passage and the site of the 1904 burning of the excursion ship the General Slocum. They found many parallels in these stories to those in ‘the Odyssey.’”
A great time had by all!
After perusing many NYC shops in search of unique women’s clothing that doesn’t break the bank, I felt hopeless. Of course there are chains like American Apparel and Urban Outfitters, as well as high end stores and promising small boutiques (that, alas, have price tags with one too many zeros for my taste). Hunting through Manhattan, Brooklyn & Queens for the alternative to these shops is a daunting task.
Enter Ethereal, a charming women’s boutique on Vernon Blvd in Long Island City. With shelves of vintage handbags, chiffon & silk dresses for under 70 bucks, and one-of-a-kind beaded, buttoned and bedazzled vests, it’s certainly a place to poke your head into as the season changes. Pink walls, white chandelliers, framed photographs of Audrey (no last name required) – we love it! Also, if you’re thinking about trendy feather hair extensions (you too can pull them off, we promise), make an appointment at the boutique – it’s only $25 and the piece is handmade and applied by the artist (she also designs feather earrings).
Ethereal restocks it’s merchandise every Thursday, and after three and a half years, owner Adriana Ron continues to fill about 50% of her shelves with local designers; the remainder is split between vintage pieces and new arrivals. Take a look:
Bottom line: whether inspired by Betty Draper or Carrie Bradshaw, Ethereal Boutique has something for you.
Stop by & tell them The Industry LIC condos sent ya!
And if you’re looking for a bigger closet to house all of your marvelous finds, we have one here for you at The Industry – stop by for an open house this weekend or contact our sales team!
Ethereal LIC . 47-38 Vernon Blvd . 718-482-8884
www.etherealnyc.com or Ethereal Boutique on Facebook & EtherealLIC on Twitter
Since many of our posts have mentioned Socrates Sculpture Park, we thought it makes sense to feature the park itself. This is not a review or schedule of events, but rather an ode to the park, complete with a few pictures that capture its spirit.
Socrates Sculpture Park is at the very center of Long Island City’s cultural life, an outdoor space that serves many functions while remaining grounded in its philanthropic roots. Until 1986, the space was used as a landfill and dumpsite; it was then transformed by a group of artists led by painter and LIC resident Mark di Suvero. Open every day of the year, free of charge, Socrates Sculpture Park is a staple of the community’s artistic life, featuring work throughout of the year of up-and-coming artists – as well as providing a home for student groups, exercise gurus, movie buffs, thespians, and lovers of organic foods, beautiful crafts, and the small charms of the bustling big city. There’s even an adjacent “beach,” a space for kayakers to end their journeys up the East River (kayakers, check out Long Island City Boathouse for trips: www.licboathouse.org).
Currently at the park, artists for the Emerging Artist Fellowship Exhibition are in the middle of constructing their unique designs (in one space, an artist has begun using furniture to construct a larger piece – the eventual structure is still an exciting mystery), using various materials on a very large scale.
Walk inside the park, and you immediately feel the energy of Long Island City, the sense of community, and the respect for craftsmanship and the environment within the “concrete jungle” of New York City.
Socrates Sculpture Park . 32-01 Vernon Blvd . 718 956 1819 www.socratessculpturepark.org
We thought we’d post on Thursday this week so you have ample time to plan your weekend festivities. Here are a few ideas for how to make this weekend special in Long Island City (besides coming to an open house at The Industry, which we strongly suggest):
Free Concert @ LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (31-10 Thomson Ave. 718-482-5151)
Come at 7PM to listen to the sounds of acclaimed Latin and jazz pianist and composer Jon Urrutia and drummer/percussionist Mauro Satalino. To check out their music: http://www.myspace.com/jonum and http://www.myspace.com/oruamusic
Friday at 6:30PM is the opening reception for a new exhibit at Flux Factory, artists Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko’s “Cheap Paradise of Familiar Tasks and Places.” The show will run on Saturday & Sunday (from noon – 5PM), and will present the viewer with new, stimulating ways of looking at and interacting with everyday objects, and of understanding our world and consumer culture. As Flux Factory’s website asserts, “Through installation, painting, drawing, and video, Yana Dimitrova and Angela Washko portray the mundane patterns and structures of everyday experience and consider models of living that exist outside of our “to-buy-is-to-gratify” mentality.” The concept is sophisticated (probably not suited for the youngins) and sure to make for a thought-provoking afternoon.
Kayak from Anable Basin to Hallets Cove with The LIC Community Boathouse from 11AM – 1PM. The trip is designed to be relatively easy, suitable for those with little paddling experience and is only one-way, ending at the beach of Socrates Sculpture Park. A volunteer activity at the Park is encouraged afterwards. See the website for info and a description of what to bring: http://www.licboathouse.org/index.php/calendar/
LIC Community Boathouse . 46-01 5th St
Saturday & Sunday
Museum of the Moving Image – Jim Henson’s Fantastic World
Bring your child to celebrate the magic of the muppets at this family workshop. Here’s LIC Partnership’s description:
“Find out how Foley artists create sound effects for movies and television shows. Participants will watch a clip of The Muppet Movie and learn how the sounds in the film were produced. Afterward, they will have the opportunity to create new sounds for the action on-screen using a variety of materials and props.” Sounds like it is sure to delight!
The workshop is at 3pm on both days. Cost: Museum Admission + $5
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35 Avenue Astoria
Come to Socrates Sculpture Park for a variety of interactive performance art. Check out the flyer for this Sunday’s schedule:
And as always, don’t forget about MOMA PS1′s Warm-Up Series, and GrowNYC, LIC’s Saturday farmers market in Socrates Sculpture Park. Grab some delicious, natural summer produce before the season ends. And while you’re out-and-about exploring the neighborhood, come say hello to us at The Industry. We have open houses on Saturdays & Sundays from noon-3PM, and would love to here about your weekend! Rather come during the week? Our sales office is open Wed – Fri, 10AM-5PM.
There are many spots in Manhattan that play outdoor movies during the summer months, but it’s Socrates Sculpture Park in Long Island City that offers the best of all worlds: an enchanting film that captures the culture and cinematic spirit of its nation, screened in front of the gorgeous Manhattan skyline. For free. Every Wednesday night in the summer, Queens residents as well those of other boroughs come out to the Epix Movie Free-For-All series, in collaboration with The Museum of the Moving Image and Rooftop Films, to watch acclaimed international films.
Here’s how Socrates Sculpture Park describes its Wednesday nights:
“Come to Socrates Sculpture Park and sample regional cuisine from neighborhood restaurants, picnic on the grass as the sun sets over the city, enjoy performances by local musicians and dancers and, as the sky darkens, see exceptional international films on a large-format screen – all set against the spectacular backdrop of the Manhattan skyline.”
Sounds like a perfect summer recipe, especially as the rain stops for a cool night tomorrow. Here are the last two events of the summer:
8/17 – BIUTIFUL (Spain, 2010 – Directed by Alejandro Ganzalez Inarritu and starring Javier Bardem)
8/24 – SILENT FILM FESTIVAL (Backyard Band/with puts on the event with its simple recipe: silent films, live music and homemade pies. “Enjoy a themed evening of unique silent films and imagery set to original, live scores by local musicians. The pie portion of the evening depends on you: it’s a potluck! Share your favorite recipes and discover new taste sensations.”)
Outdoor cinema – just another reason we at The Industry love Long Island City!
Socrates Sculpture Park . 32-01 Vernon Blvd . 718-956-1819
The weekend forecast calls for Saturday sun and Sunday showers, so whether you plan to enjoy the heat or stay indoors, here are a few ideas for how to spend the next couple days in Long Island City.
All of August: Kids Bowl for Free @ Astoria Bowl
Fill out your information, receive the email coupon, and head to the lanes: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/center.php?alley_id=5910. There’s also a sports lounge and casual dining for the adults. Join a bowling league, throw a birthday party, or just play a friendly game with the kids – Astoria Bowl is a great place to escape the summer heat.
19-45 49th St . 718-274-0910
Friday - Irish Movie Night @ New York Irish Center, 8PM (doors open at 7:30)
Feature film: My Left Foot
Short Film: Pentecost
Saturday – Gantry Park Gardening
Come join in with other community members as we beautify the park – pruning, weeding, and refreshing the soil. All tools will be provided. Gantry Plaza State Park, 10Am
Waterfront Walking Tour - Greater Astoria Historical Society and Forgotten New York @10:30AM
From LIC Partnership: ”The three hour, 2 mile walk will include former taverns, churches and the Pennsylvania RR Powerhouse; the beautiful new Gantry State Park and the classic Pepsi Cola neon billboard; classic police precinct buildings and firehouses; the soon to be rehabilitated 1890s Terra Cotta Works office in the shadow of the Queensboro Bridge; and Queens’ one and only landmarked brownstone block.
Participants will meet at Pedestrian Plaza, center of Vernon Boulevard between 50-51st Avenues.”
RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org / 718-278-0700
Every summer Saturday through Sept 3rd, PS1 hosts their highly anticipated and popular Warm Up series, featuring music from both local and traveling bands and DJs. Come for a unique music experience, to socialize with the vibrant crowd, to dance, drink and be merry.
Black Dice / Paw Tracks / New York, NY
His Name is Alive (DJ set) / Midnight Cowboy / Detroit, MI
oOoOO / Tri Angle Records / San Francisco, CA
Clams Casino / Tri Angle Records / Nutley, NJ
Ayshay (DJ set) / Tri Angle Records / Brooklyn, NY
Water Borders / Tri Angle Records / San Francisco, CA
MOMA PS1 . $15/Free for LIC residents & MOMA members . 22-25 Jackson Av
Don’t forget about Saturday’s farmers market!
Sunday - Second Sundays @ The Noguchi Museum, 3PM
From LIC Partnership: “Every second Sunday of the month, the Noguchi Museum assembles renowned experts in various fields of the arts, architecture and design to engage in dialogues that complement the Museum’s mission and exhibitions. Events, varying from panel discussions to musical performances and poetry readings…”
Hope you can stop by one of the many events happening in Long Island City this weekend! And between the market and concert, walking tour and museum, make sure to come to the OPEN HOUSE at The Industry, every Saturday & Sunday 12-3PM!
Today at the food truck court at 43-29 Crescent St., LIC-ers came out in packs to check out the highly anticipated lunch-time grub. Through the rain people waiting for a taste of 4 different trucks: cupcakes, Indian, dumplings, and pizza. Check out the pics:
Sit at the blue picnic tables, stand and chat, walk across the street to a park bench, or bring back to the office – matter where you eat, these are cheap, delicious, home-made meals that will surely produce even longer lines in the coming weeks.
Check out another local joint, The Burger Garage, just a block from our LIC condos. With a large selection including ice cream floats, grilled cheeses, turkey and portobello veggie burgers, and plenty of toppings, there is something here for everyone.
The restaurant’s moto: “Repair Your Appetite.” It’s clever (tires hang on the walls inside), but also speaks to The Burger Garage’s use of fresh, high-quality ingredients; this isn’t your average fast food chain or diner. There are whole wheat and gluten-free buns, along with an entirely gluten-free menu. As well as burgers and hot dogs, all fries – Idaho potato, sweet potato, cheese, chili, and potato skin – are cooked in a gluten-free fryer, and all toppings are made gluten-free.
So for those with dietary restrictions, or just those looking for an old fashioned burger and milkshake, head to this neighborhood favorite. Feeling lazy? Order in!
The Burger Garage . 25-36 Jackson Ave . 718-392-0424
We thought we’d break down a few key hot-spots for a cup of coffee (with plenty of iced options to survive the NY heat) – either on its own, or accompanied by a pastry or meal. Best thing about LIC is that these shops aren’t chains (not talking about Starbucks here, folks), but rather quaint local joints full of character and hospitality. The type of places you have a relaxing brunch with friends, bring a laptop for some inspired writing, or especially with Cranky’s Cafe’s plush sofas, curl up with the newspaper or a good book. Here’s to dining, drinking, and caffeinating in charming LIC!
Now this is good, quality coffee. The most unique drink on the menu: “Iced Rocket Fuel,” cold brewed coffee with chicory and maple syrup. Along with flavorful blends are freshly baked pastries – a variety of scones, muffins, cookies and cakes. We recommend Sweetleaf especially for those looking for a quiet space for laptop-ing, crossword-ing, or recharging.
In a free-standing building, renovated from it’s original 1950s structure as a mechanic’s garage, Breadbox Café is an airy, relaxed restaurant with wood and green accents. Good coffee, friendly people, great food. Take out or dine in, you’ll find plenty of delicious and fresh salads, sandwiches and wraps (including vegetarian & vegan options). Plus coffee of course. Come to BreadBox with friends, family or just yourself – but we recommend that you come hungry, the menu is too good to pass up!
Vegan Quinoa Salad
BreadBox Café . 4711 11st St . 718-389-9700
French music plays softly through the space, a shelf is stuffed with board games and books, people sink into couches or sit at tables around the room – this is Cranky’s Cafe, where the walls are appropriately sea foam green, relaxed yet elegant. A little bit of France in Long Island City, plus American influences like the chocolate, vanilla and red velvet cupcakes. Cranky’s also serves crepes, paninis, sandwiches, salads, entrees, and yes, teas and coffees. We recommend their chai latte – hot or iced, it hits the spot.
Cranky’s Cafe . 48-19 Vernon Blvd . 347-738-4921
TGIF! Here are a few events to keep in mind when looking for things to do in Long Island City this weekend (8/5 – 8/7):
Fri. 8/5- 8/13: The Two Gentleman of Verona
Come see this Shakespeare classic at The Secret Theatre, performed by acclaimed comedy troupe Face Off Unlimited.
Shows: Fri @8pm, Sat @3pm/8pm, Sun @ 5pm. $18
44-02 23rd Street
Sat.- Popolopen/Peekskill Festival and Fireworks Trip
Here’s a blurb from LIC Boathouse: “We will head 3-4 miles up river and explore Iona Island, go past Bear Mountain Pier, under Bear Mountain Bridge into Popolopen Gorge. Four bridges converge there so it’s great for photos. Plus, there’s a beautiful waterfall and natural 20′ deep pool beckoning to you at the end. This is the best swimming spot on the Hudson!”
Sounds like an amazing summer event! For more info: http://www.licboathouse.org/index.php/2011/07/22/popolopenpeekskill-festival-and-fireworks-trip-saturday-8611/
Sat. – Head to Grow NYC’s farmers market in Socrates Sculpture park for some locally grown, organic, and delicious grub!
Sun. – Steinway Partnership Street Fair
Furnishings, antiques, clothing, jewelry, electronics, and more!
On Steinway btwn 28th & 34th Streets. 12-6pm
Sun. – Astoria Park Shore Fest
Food stands from local restaurants, live music, children’s activities, and fitness programs. Sundays in August from 1-7pm – this Sunday is “Kids & Family Fun”
Sun. – The FLOAT: Field of Dreams exhibition begins at Socrates Sculpture Park
Hope you enjoy some of these community events, and stop by an open house for The Industry LIC, every Saturday & Sunday, 12 -3 PM!
Have a great weekend!
Just a few blocks from The Industry is Silvercup Studios, New York City’s largest production facility. Founders Stuart and Alan Suna bought the main building with their father in 1981, and it is now a staple of the LIC community, home to TV shows, films, and commercials. The Suna brothers are also the developers of The Industry, and like Silvercup, their luxury condos speak to the vibrancy and history of Long Island City.
Here is an excerpt from a Time Out NY article about Silvercup:
“No matter the project, the raw talent generated at Silvercup is a testament to New York’s reputation as another film and television capital—so much so that industry insiders have nicknamed our city “Hollywood East.” On a stroll through the 260,000-square-foot main lot, you may find a clique of sexy Upper East Side socialites plotting dating fatwas as Gossip Girl tapes its fifth season. Elsewhere, Liz Lemon might be grimacing as she listens to Tracy Jordan’s latest rant on the set of 30 Rock. And even behind the scenes—within the rented offices, wardrobe closets, set and prop rooms—there’s a continual hum of energy as crew members and executives hurry from one space to the next. Gossip Girl co-executive producer Amy Kaufman loves the “collegial and communal feeling” among different casts and crews. “There was a day when 30 Rock shot on one of our sets, and we tried to get some of our actors over there as a gag,” she says with a laugh.”
Check out the New York Times video about Silvercup:
Just a quick walk from our LIC condos, you’ll find Manetta’s Ristaurante, a family owned Italian haven busy with both new customers and loyal veterans. The restaurant first opened its doors 19-years-ago and today is a staple of LIC’s vibrant community. For lunch and dinner, Manetta’s menu is full of traditional thin-crust pizzas, home made pastas, fresh fish and tender meats. With the bill comes a selection of bite size (or two, depending on how long you savor the delicious treat) desserts. Each customer has their favorite, a topic discussed between tables of dining regulars.
Have a meal at Manetta’s to experience some good ol’ Italian food - right by the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Ave 7 train stop. A great LIC restaurant!
Some of the delicious desserts – including a mound of home-made chocolate-covered pastry puffs.
Manetta’s Fine Foods . 1076 Jackson Ave . (718) 786-6171