04/12/13 4:07pm

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The Entrepreneur Space is running out of space! On April 11, the LIC-based food-and-business incubator received more than 20 boxes of cookware, silverware, bakeware, cutlery and just about everything else a kitchen could want, thanks to a donation from Princess House, a party-plan, direct-selling company that promotes female entrepreneurship. Located at 36-46 37th St., the E-Space is a 12,500-sq.-ft., NYC Economic Development Corporation-sponsored hub with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs can rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses. Consultant Kathrine Gregory (at right in photo with Princess House President and CEO Connie Tang) noted that this donation — valued at over $12,000 — will be put to extremely good use as the E-Space currently has roughly 170 clients who make everything from gluten-free baked goods to Greek garlic dip to designer marshmallows.

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When it comes to expansions, this group breaks the mold. On April 2, the SculptureCenter announced a renovation of its LIC facility that aims to improve the quality of the exhibition spaces and the visitor flow. The undertaking will create a 2,000-sq-ft. addition to the existing Purves Street facility, and the renovated facility will comply with all current building codes, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.

SculptureCenter will remain open during construction with some modification to its exhibition schedule and public hours. With an expected completion in fall 2014, the rehab includes the following:

  • 6,500 square feet of flexible interior exhibition space that will accommodate work of diverse
    forms and scale;
  • a 2,000 sq.-ft., one-story entrance lobby with bookshop, coatroom, seating area,
    and restrooms;
  • an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries;
  • a 1,500-sq.-ft. enclosed courtyard for outdoor exhibitions and events;
  • upgrades to electrical and mechanical systems; and
  • office and storage space improvements.

Seen at the groundbreaking ceremony are (from left) Queens Borough President Helen M. Marshall, City Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, SC Executive Director and Chief Curator Mary Ceruti, SC Board Chair Sascha S. Bauer and NYC Dept. of Cultural Affairs Commissioner Kate D. Levin.

03/06/13 9:00am

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See what happens when the mob world meets the publishing world! On March 7, the Queens Theatre will host the world premiere of HIT-LIT, a play that has been described as “a mistaken-identity screwball comedy in the tradition of Tootsie.” A satire of the publishing world, this original work tells the story of Phoebe Saint-Anne, an ambitious young editor who is searching for the next best seller. It was penned by Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and writer Robert Wuhl, who created and starred in the HBO series Arliss. His credits also include Flashdance, Bull Durham and Tim Burton’s Batman.

Queens Theatre
14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park
Thursday, March 7, until Sunday, March 17
Wed-Fri 7:30pm; Sat 8pm; Wed & Sat 2pm; Sun 3pm | $42 weekdays/$49 weekends

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02/01/13 9:00am

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Image Source: Scott Fetterman

According to the Chinese Lunar Calendar, the Year of the Snake begins on Feb. 10. And according to Chinese folklore, seeing a snake in your house means that your family won’t starve. Don’t expect many snakes at Flushing Town Hall in the upcoming months, but prepare to consume a wide array of new year-related art, music, dance and workshops. The festivities begin on Feb. 3 with a virtuoso concert by the Momenta Quartet. Feb. 10 features dance performances from China, Korea, Taiwan, India, Egypt, Colombia and America. Frederic Chiu takes over on Feb. 16, playing classical music for an interactive workshop. Later on, the master pianist tickles the ivories with Chopin, Liszt and Prokofiev music relating to travel and nostalgia for one’s homeland, followed by the works of Chinese composer Gao Ping and French composers Debussy and Ravel, integrated with poetry from the Tang and Song dynasties by Dr. Hsing-Lih Chou (pictured above). Other activities include workshops on print making and lantern making, more poetry by Chou and an exhibition showcasing printing techniques such as silk screen, linocut, intaglio, woodblocks, aluminum foil and digital printing.

Chinese Lunar New Year Events
Flushing Town Hall
137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing
Sunday, February 3, to Sunday, March 3
Times vary | Prices vary

01/23/13 9:30am

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Do you have something you just can’t keep to yourself about life in Queens? Do you have an event coming up, news about your neighborhood, or simply a strong opinion about such-and-such in the area? Then we want to hear from you!

We are always looking to hear about stuff going on all over the borough, so please – send it our way. Just contact us via email – text, photos, and video are all welcome. Rants and raves are, too. And you never know – you might just see your contribution here on the site.

01/11/13 2:00pm

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We’d like to introduce you to a new food blog as part of the Blankslate family – Chopsticks + Marrow, written by Queens-based food blogger Joe DiStefano. You may have known him most recently from his work on World’s Fare, the blog associated with Edible Queens. There, you might have seen posts about dumplings, sandwiches, and unusual snacks found in the borough, among other things. (more…)

11/08/12 2:00pm

We wanted to post our good news – the Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) and BlankSlate (the folks behind QueensNYC) have formed a partnership on QueensNYC. Here is the press release.

(Long Island City, N.Y.) – The Queens Economic Development Corporation and BlankSlate — a partially Long Island City-based company that helps web publishers thrive, including BrownstonerBrokelynDumboNYCBushwick Daily and Prince of Petworth — have formed a partnership on QueensNYC.com, a daily site about the happenings in New York City’s biggest and most diverse borough.

The site delves into the life, culture and changing landscape of Queens, focusing on the places, food and adventures in this unique borough, where more than 170 languages and dialects are spoken. While the site is primarily about Queens, it also makes relevant connections to the rest of NYC and other surrounding areas.

QEDC’s mission is to create and retain jobs through programming that grows neighborhoods, assists small businesses and promotes tourism and business development. As such, QEDC spearheads the Queens Tourism Council, which has its finger on the pulse of cultural, recreational, culinary and civic activities throughout the 80-neighborhood borough, which is home to more than 2.2 million residents and 45,000 businesses.  (more…)

10/30/12 9:00am

Flooding in LI City

 

Image source: JimmyVanBramer

Normally we highlight an event each morning, but this morning we are not going to go there. Last night there was crazy wind and serious flooding – tunnels and subways were inundated with sea water, and the airports were shut down, too. It is unclear when subway service will resume, which is one of the main ways folks get to events. NYC is way verklempt right now.

We hope you have weathered the storm with the least amount of stress and worry; we hope your property was spared and not damaged; and we hope you did not experience any flooding in your home. If flooding and damage happened to you, you have our condolences and we hope you will be up and running soon.

Please stay safe and out of harm’s way as we move through the lifespan of this storm. If by some reason things start to normalize by Wednesday, give our Halloween roundup events list a gander and perhaps Halloween partying can lift everyone’s spirits!

10/18/12 9:30am

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As you may have noticed, QueensNYC has gotten itself a new look! The typography (fonts) are new, things are placed in slightly different spots, and the site has a newer look and feel. It’s also compatible with desktop, tablet, and mobile widths (seriously, see how it changes as you narrow the window on your desktop).

We’d love to hear your feedback – positive and (constructively) negative. Leave us a comment here on the site – you can also email us with comments, too. We look forward to hearing from you!

 

09/13/12 9:30am

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QueensNYC is looking for an talented part time Assistant Editor with a passion for and deep knowledge of Queens to join our editorial team. Please take a look at our job listing if you are interested in applying.

We look forward to hearing from you!