Publicolor, a nonprofit that works with young people to transform their schools into welcoming and student-centric environments, selected August Martin High School in South Jamaica for its next project. Through the Publicolor program, August Martin students will repaint the interior of the school — you can see some examples of students transforming their public schools through paint and design right here. This particular project will be funded by Eight O’Clock Coffee. Pictured above, the school held a ribbon cutting held last week in celebration of the partnership.
Next week Community Board Two will hold a public hearing in regards to a zoning change needed for a 12-story residential development at 11-55 49th Avenue. LIC Post shares all the details on this coming build: “Maddd Equities, a Floral Park firm, plans to start construction on the 140 apartment (28 to be affordable units) complex later this year. The development will also include 10,000 sqf. of ground-floor commercial/retail space and 100 accessory parking spaces.” The area, on the corner of 49th Avenue and 21st Street, is now used as a parking lot. The lot has a FAR of 5 on one portion and a FAR of 2 on another portion; the developers want to change the FAR to 5 across the entire site. To do so, the developers must go through a ULURP application, which includes a public hearing with the community board. After the board makes a recommendation, the proposal will go on to the Queens Borough President, the City Planning Commission and then finally the City Council for a vote.
If you’re interested in attending the hearing, it’s on Wednesday, March 19th, 6:30pm at the Academy for Careers in Television auditorium, 1-50 51st Avenue.
A cooperative of 40 to 60 Willets Point businesses signed a lease to leave Willets Point and relocate to Hunts Point in the Bronx, reports the Wall Street Journal. The group — which calls itself the Sunrise Cooperative — is mostly made up of auto body and repair shops. It’s the largest group to leave Willets Point, and in a relocation agreement with the city will be eligible for $2,000,000. Two thirds of 130 Willets Point businesses accepted city benefits to relocate (the city stopped offering any benefits at the end of January), despite many businesses opposing the city’s relocation deal.
Now around 50 businesses remain in the area, still refusing to leave. The city hopes to vacate Willets Point by spring in order to make way for a mega-mall development as well as 2,500 units of housing.
Since 2006, the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center’s Lab Residency Program has nurtured more than 50 artists and organizations. It’s time to celebrate. From March 26th through April 2nd, this incubator for creative types will host the Rough Draft Festival to showcase work by residents and offer a window into their artistic processes. Attendees can enjoy plays, the spoken word and even theatre workshops followed by interactive Q&A sessions with the creators. The schedule follows:
March 26th, Built For Collapse Workshop, 2:30 pm, Main Stage Theater, a series of exercises explaining the five bio-energetic structures and their relationship to emotional storytelling through performance.
March 26th, New Play Development Reading, 7 pm, Little Theater, Babies Just Roll by LPAC resident Kathryn Hathaway.
March 27th, Visual Storytelling through Physical Performance, 10:30 am, Dance Studio, theater-making via developing tools to create original work and applying them to bodies in space.
March 27th, New Play Development Reading, 7 pm, Little Theater,Christina Martinez by LPAC Resident Dan McCabe.
March 28th, Unstaged: A Playwriting and Performance Experiment, 3 pm to 9 pm, co-curated by Audrey Dimola and Tyler Rivenbark, ten playwrights will be paired with small groups of performers to write, rehearse, and stage individual short plays on the spot.
March 29th, RED WEDNESDAY, Work-in-Progress, 7 pm, Little Theater, inspired by the controversial story of Sadegh Ghotbzadeh, Iran’s Foreign Minister during the 1979 hostage crisis, and written by his great-niece, this play unpacks core issues between Iran, the U.S. and global interests.
April 2nd, Writing Workshop with New Play Development curator Francine Volpe, Little Theater, 2:30 pm. Volpe is a playwright, screenwriter and dramaturge who received her B.F.A. from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts in Dramatic Writing and was later the recipient of a two-year Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwriting Fellowship at The Juilliard School.
Bonus detail: Rough Draft Festival Kick-off event featuring site-specific performances, live DJ and interactive social media installations done in collaboration with HOLOCENTER (Center For Holographic Arts), Clocktower Building, Queens Plaza North, Long Island City, March 27th, 9 pm to midnight. For reservations, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
This one-bedroom condo is up for sale in Forest Hills, in the Wainwright building at 99-34 67th Road. It’s a prewar building, so there are some prewar features in the apartment, but it looks mostly modernized with built-in bookcases and recessed lighting. The best part about this pad is that it’s large for a one bedroom, coming in at 920 square feet. There’s a breakfast alcove off the kitchen as well as dedicated living and dining areas. So what’s the asking price? $419,000.
A magnificent and somewhat unique example of mortuary sculpture found at First Calvary Cemetery here in Queens is the Lynch monument. The screeds engraved on it indicate the presence of several generations of the family, and the quality of the stone work indicates that the Lynches were notable figures during their time.
A problem, however, presents itself when one is searching for information on individuals with a “common” name (particularly a common Irish surname) – and things can get a little hazy. There have been a lot of folks, both famous and infamous, named “James Lynch” who lived and died in New York City over the centuries.
Members of Community Board Two are complaining that the neighborhood has become “a too-popular backdrop for production crews in recent years,” reports DNAinfo. CB2 wants the city to decrease the number of approved permits for film and TV shoots — one day last year, there were five different shoots happening in the neighborhood at once. The community complains that the crews block stores and take up parking spaces, particularly in areas around Vernon Boulevard, Borden Avenue, 11th Street and 48th Avenue.
The city routinely evaluates the “frequency and size” of film shoots taking place thoroughout the city, and it’s possible they may put a temporary shooting restriction in the neighborhood. As CB2 chair Joe Conley told DNAinfo, “We certainly want them, but we want a rhyme and reason to it.”
Yesterday, the MTA Bus Time feature officially launched in Queens and Brooklyn. Bus riders can now receive real-time bus tracking for every route in both boroughs by smartphone, text or the web. (Here’s an app designed to compliment bus time tracking.) As NY1 says, “The expansion adds more than 9,000 bus stops to the MTA Bus Time system, bringing the total to more than 15,000 citywide.” Nice! Life just got much easier for bus riders in Queens.
Over the weekend, a number of LIC residents posted photos of continued protest at 5Pointz, the graffiti mecca which is not long for this world. The artists gilf! and BAMN worked together to hang the yellow banner, which reads “Gentrification in Progress,” around the building on Saturday night. The building owners whitewashed the warehouse in November in the face of protest and resistance from 5Pointz artists. And after the whitewashing, six people were arrested for allegedly tagging the building with markers. Demolition started at the infamous graffiti site earlier this month; the warehouse will be replaced with two condo towers.