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Image source: Times Ledger – Michael Capo of Capo Auction

The Times Ledger recently wrote about Capo Auction, a second-market auction house that opened about two years ago, located in Long Island City near Sunnyside (36-01 Queens Blvd – GMAP). They “run monthly sales of fine antiques, furniture, paintings, silver and other collectibles” – the most recent one was just this past weekend.

They are about the only business of its kind in Queens these days – apparently many of the 20-something second-market auction houses that were found throughout the city have shut down, “disappeared.” (more…)

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This week we checked out the opening reception of Carried Away, an art exhibit at Materials for the Arts in Long Island City (GMAP). On view are several colorful works that resemble Buddha heads and headless ancient Greek sculptures. The modern, down-to-earth twist is that they’re all made of plastic bags and other found and recycled materials such as bottles, spools of thread, and PVC pipes.

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11/20/12 2:00pm

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On Sunday, the Queens Museum of Art hosted an open house fundraiser event for the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance, an organization they chose because, not only has RWA contributed to urgent relief and recovery efforts since Sandy, but “they are smart, committed, and on the Rockaway Peninsula for the long haul.” The theme of the event – “Revive, Renew, Rebuild” – was carried out in creative ways by a collection of artists, businesses, museum professionals, and other community members.

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11/13/12 10:00am

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Image source: dakine kane on Flickr

Hurricane Sandy continues to make news, and the images we keep seeing from the Rockaways and other places wrecked by the hurricane are heartbreaking. Have you helped out with any hurricane relief? Volunteered? Donated clothing/goods/food? Helped out a neighbor? We’d love to hear your experiences. Leave us a comment here or via twitter at @queensnycity.

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons - Eisenhower signing of HR7786, June 1, 1954, this ceremony changed Armistice Day to Veterans Day

Today is Veterans Day. Usually there is a Queens Veterans Day parade held in Middle Village Queens around this time of year, but because of Hurricane Sandy and the repercussions from the storm’s wrath, this year the parade has been cancelled. Instead, they will be holding a relief collection for the victims of Hurricane Sandy – “water, canned food, toiletries, flashlights, batteries, extension cords, medical supplies, blankets, towels, toys, baby bottles, formula, and diapers” are all welcome by Monday, November 12 at 75-16 Metropolitan Ave (GMAP). (more…)

11/08/12 3:00pm

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Image source: WNYC

As we approach close to two weeks post-Hurricane Sandy, it’s is heartening to hear good news coming from the Rockaways area of Queens. CBS New York reports that there are “signs of life” in Broad Channel – the traffic light near the bridge is operational, and some stores have their lights on. The Rock N Roll Bagels is one of those and hopes to open soon.

In other good news, the Glendale Volunteer Ambulance Corps donated an ambulance to help the Broad Channel community get up and running. (more…)