04/27/15 1:00pm

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Good things come in threes. On the third day of May, the SculptureCenter will unveil simultaneous art exhibitions by Erika Verzutti, Magali Reus, and Michael E. Smith.

This will be the first solo show in New York City for Verzutti, a Brazilian artist who will present Swan with Stage. Working between synthetic and organic materials, she creates hybrid objects and situations that interrogate relationships between forms and bodies.

The centerpiece — a 12-foot-tall abstract swan sculpture — functions as monument, character, and stage. It is enclosed by a group of black and white photographs, including images of an actor (above) and the swan snapped in various moments of drama and comedy. (more…)

04/27/15 11:00am

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Yesterday, I was invited to come along on the Newtown Historical Society’s walking tour of Ridgewood Reservoir, which actually straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Now, I’m sort of known for my explorations of a very different part of this border — Newtown Creek — so this was terra incognita for me.

Having never visited the spot, nor the New York City park, Highland Park, which surrounds it, attending this event was a no brainer. Lots of photos after the jump. (more…)

04/24/15 4:04pm

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The Long Island City hotel boom just echoed again. Today, the Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View opened for business.

Located just north of Queens Plaza at 29-21 41st Avenue, this new property boasts 183 guest rooms, four meeting rooms with about 1,410 square feet of space, and a presidential suite with views of the Midtown Manhattan skyline. According to statistics provided by LIC Partnership, this is the area’s 25th operating hotel and it brings the guest room count to more than 2,500.

Plus, another 25 hotels are planned for the neighborhood.

Photo: Hilton Garden Inn New York Long Island City/Manhattan View

04/24/15 1:00pm

Funny

Three female comedians walk onto a stage…and the joke is on everyone…and thanks to a special discount offer, it only costs $10 to watch this hilarity. On Sunday, the Kupeferberg Center for the Arts will host Funny Girls: TV Boomer Babes Tell All, a kind of panel discussion with stand up and Q&A features as well as plenty of Girl Power.

Yael Kohen, the author of We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy, will moderate this unique event with three writers who worked on extremely popular TV shows: Marilyn Suzanne Miller from Saturday Night LiveCarol Leifer from Seinfeld; and Sybil Adelman from The Mary Tyler Moore Show. (more…)

04/24/15 12:00pm

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This two-bedroom co-op in Astoria has a lot of space, high ceilings, and a lot of light throughout. The building, part of Acropolis Gardens Development, was built in 1923. There isn’t much counter space in the kitchen, but there’s room for a table or a kitchen island.

The N and Q trains are a quick walk down the street, and there are plenty of dining options nearby. There are also multiple grocery store options in the area, and the Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden is a ten minute walk away. The ask is $309,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $1,162.43. Click through for more photos.

21-58 35th Street, #5 [Keller Williams Landmark II] GMAP (more…)

04/24/15 9:45am

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The Orange Hut at Broadway and 54th Street still carries the outlines and contours of its former life as a White Tower hamburger chain restaurant. The last White Tower closed in Toledo, Ohio, in June 2008; the chain originated in 1926. There were about 230 White Towers at the chain’s height in the 1950s.

The restaurants have operated in at least 14 states, including New York, Illinois, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, Virginia, North Carolina, and Florida.

The interior of the Orange Hut still contains some hints of its origins, such as swivel stools adjoining a counter. Here it is in its original incarnation, below. Pretty spiffy looking.

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Outdoor, nighttime marketplaces are very popular throughout the Asian world, so it only makes sense that one is about to open in Flushing Meadows Corona Park this Saturday. The Queens International Night Market will launch in the New York Hall of Science’s parking lot (above) at 6 pm with special music and dance performances. Vendors will sell a diverse array of culturally authentic street food (arepas, crepes, dumplings), art, and merchandise. This is the grand opening, but the founder, John Wang, plans to operate the bazaar on Saturdays throughout the spring and summer.

Photo: Queens International Night Market

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Choreographer and performer Jessica Lang was described as “a master of visual composition” by Dance Magazine. Her company has been credited with transforming classical ballet into a contemporary genre that emphasizes harmony between movement and music. Lang constantly integrates new technology and sound with innovative lighting, costumes, set design, and video art, such as a cinematic backdrop of roving ink blots. This weekend, the troupe makes its Queens Theatre debut with two Saturday shows and a Sunday matinee.

Details: Jessica Lang Dance, Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, April 25 at 2 pm and 8 pm, April 26 at 3 pm, $25-$42.

Photo: Jessica Lang Dance