Life In Motion
Take a look at this excerpt from writer Daniel Prendergast’s NY Daily News story, “Comedian Steve Hofsteller opening comedy club in Long Island City.” We can’t wait for Hofsteller’s Laughing Devil Comedy Club, soon to be at 4738 Vernon Blvd!
That’s why he’s opening The Laughing Devil Comedy Club – the latest, and smallest, addition to the city’s comedy scene – in the heart of the up-and-coming Queens neighborhood.
‘The general idea is to make it a very intimate show where every seat is a fantastic seat, where the back row is the front row,’ Hofstetter said.
The 760-square-foot space on Vernon Blvd. is set to open in December and seat about 50, making it the smallest club in the city, if not the world – a fact Hofstetter plans to contest with the Guinness Book of World Records.
It would also be the only full-time comedy club in the city outside of Manhattan.
Despite the club’s diminutive size, Hofstetter expects it to draw big talent to Queens.
In addition to being a comedian, Hoffstetter, 32, is the chief operating officer of Paragon, a company that has a stake in three other comedy clubs around the country and has worked with comedians such as Margaret Cho and Dave Attell.
‘We have some great connections,’ he said. ‘Since I’m a comedian myself, a lot of these guys are buddies that came up at the same time as me.’”
Yesterday, The Daily News featured a story about the new exhibit, “Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City,” which opens tomorrow at The Noguchi Museum, and features four artists and their ideas on the future of our neighborhood. A gret piece!Read excerpts from the article…
From: “Noguchi Museum and Socrates Sculpture Park exhibit artists’ vision of Long Island City’s future” BY Clare Trapasso, The Daily News
“Two cultural hubs in Long Island City are taking an artistic approach to preserving and improving their neighborhood.
The Noguchi Museum and the Socrates Sculpture Park will unveil the ideas of four artists on the future of the community in the exhibit ‘Civic Action: A Vision for Long Island City.’
The show, which opens Thursday at the museum, features everything from giant models of a proposed waterfront promenade to renderings of streets repaved with grass that cars can drive over.”
“The artists were commissioned to select a team of architects, urban planners and writers and come up with visions for the burgeoning neighborhood.
‘The community needs relief from being blocked from the river,’ said artist George Trakas, 67, who came up with the idea for a promenade. ‘Everyone wants to come sit by the water.’
He would like to see a roughly 1-mile shoreline walk built from 36th Ave. to Socrates Sculpture Park along properties occupied by Con Edison and Costco.
Artist Mary Miss, 67, said she wants to establish a zone where ideas can be tested, such as putting plants on empty scaffolding and using truck trailers as mobile art studios.
‘This is an amazing opportunity,’ Miss said. ‘We’d like to develop ideas here and then they’d be exported to the rest of the city.’
Other proposals included erecting a community kitchen and placing solar panels on building awnings.
Large-scale models of the projects will be placed in Socrates Sculpture Park this spring to encourage community dialogue.”
With its rooftop views of the Manhattan skyline, beautiful interiors, and inexpensive mini bar (now come on, that’s a novelty!), we love the Z Hotel near our condos in Long Island City. And New York Daily News loves it too! Read these excerpts from today’s article by Jason Sheftell, and you’ll understand what all the fuss is about.
“When hotel owner Henry Zilberman looks at the streets of New York, he doesn’t see what’s there now. He sees what will be there five years from now.
So when he checks out the neighborhood around his newly opened Z Hotel New York City, three blocks from the East River on 43rd Ave. in a quiet industrial section of Long Island City, he sees galleries, nightclubs, restaurants and boutiques. He sees artists at cafes and young people from Korea, Germany, China and Canada drinking at bars and looking at art. He sees life.
His Z Hotel, a 100-room super-chic boutique property with restaurant space, free limousine rides to Manhattan and a rooftop bar, has helped bring a new level of style to this neighborhood that always seems on the verge of the big time. Rolex, Jet Blue, city agencies and a United Nations facility are in or coming to the area. More than 10,000 new day workers are expected in the next three to five years. With the mixed-use affordable and market-rate residential neighborhood Hunters Point West slated to begin construction soon, more than 5,000 new residents will be living in the area.
‘It’s shocking Long Island City isn’t more popular than it already is,’ Zilberman says. ‘It’s an incredibly cool place and it gets cooler every day. We’re much closer to Bloomingdale’s and midtown than people in the West Village or Harlem. It’s not expensive. It’s quieter than Williamsburg. Cheaper and safer than Bushwick. It’s all about proximity and you can be in the city or the airport in less than 15 minutes. This is the next place to be. It’s the place to be now.’ ”
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves!
Sheftell also writes, “Decorated by Andres Escobar, who has done numerous Manhattan and borough condominium projects, the hotel has a feel that’s downtown, upscale, edgy and arty. The roof deck, which will soon close for the winter, has vintage couches and serves pizza, beer and signature cocktails while DJs spin records.”
A great article!