Their teams have names like Sister Sex Wolf, Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers and Funkle Todd, and they have no idea what they are going to do next. The Queens Secret Improv Club is a curated comedy collective comprised of invited indie squads and auditioned house teams. They aim to please… spontaneously. They also hang out at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. In fact, they will perform there on November 28th, 29th and 30th, followed by various shows during December. Sometimes they go on for hours. Other times, they invite the audience to join in.
Details: INDIpak Chopra and QSIC at Heart, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, LIC, November 28th, 7 pm and 9:15 pm, $5. Each show is a rotating indie improv showcase that features four teams of new and veteran talent. There will be a mixer between blocks from 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm during which anybody can perform. Click here for other QSIC shows.
Gaze in wonder upon the fabled Newtown Creek of the 21st century, as a tug of the Poling and Cutler towing organization wrestles a fuel barge in a westerly course toward the East River past the Vernon Blvd. Street end in Queens (right) and the Manhattan Avenue Street end in Brooklyn (left).
A phrase I routinely offer boldly states that “in the late 19th and early 20th century, Newtown Creek carried more commercial traffic than the entire Mississippi River.” This statement often causes listeners to roll their eyes.
It is inconceivable, given the modern appearance of the Creek and its banks, to believe this statement. Some ask me whether or not tugs and barges can even be observed operating along the Newtown Creek in this dystopian future we have all found ourselves living in. (more…)
One of the many corporate giants which distinguished Long Island City at the start of the last century was known as Waldes Koh-I-Noor.
Located at the corner of Anable Avenue and Creek Street (which is the modern day 27th Street and Austell Place), the firm was a manufacturer of dress fasteners (snaps, zippers and the like) and was known to produce all sorts of metallic devices — including war munitions, during times of national crisis. The building offers about 200,000 square feet of space and hosts multiple truck loading docks.
Henry Waldes New York has leased the factory of the Klndel Bed Co Anable Avenue and Creek Street Long Island City NY comprising a four story reinforced concrete structure for the establishment of a new plant for the manufacture of small metal specialties The lease is for a term of years and aggregates $350,000.
Jason Sagebiel was sent to Iraq to make war, but he still found time to make music. While on assignment, the Marine Corps scout sniper befriended a few Iraqi musicians, who taught him how to play the oud, a pear-shaped, stringed instrument common in the Arab world. In other encounters, Sagebiel sustained a serious brain injury. Once home, the Houston native retaught himself guitar, and in the process, regained his cognitive and musical abilities. In 2012, he founded Sage Music, a Long Island City music school where he teaches guitar and oud with a specialty in music therapy. (He also conducts the NYC Guitar Orchestra and performs with the folk band Mappa Mundi.) This Sunday, Sagebiel will perform The Iraqi Book, a concert featuring two string quartets, two Iraqi songs and a solo oud jam, at The Secret Theatre in LIC.
A good meal starts on the farm. And in this case, it ends there too. On October 6th, Edible Queens and Brooklyn Grange — a rooftop urban farm in Long Island City — will launch Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series, which will happen sporadically during the warm weather months. For the first supper, Will Horowitz, chef of Ducks Eatery in Manhattan’s East Village, will sling fresh oysters, followed by a crab boil. The seafood will be enhanced by wine from Bedell Cellars on the North Fork of Long Island, suds from Queens Brewery and music by celebrated DJ and saxophonist Neal Sugarman of Daptone Records. Dinner will be served on a massive, reclaimed white oak communal table, covered by butcher paper. For future meals, other accomplished chefs will prepare dishes using victuals from Brooklyn Grange, which grows more than 40,000 pounds of organically cultivated produce every year, most of which ends up in local restaurants.
Details: Butcher Paper Dinner: Farm-to-Table Dinner Party Series (sponsored by Douglas Elliman Real Estate), Brooklyn Grange’s rooftop, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, LIC, $80, October 6th, 3 pm, limit of 65 people. Click here for tickets.
I have an annoying habit of assigning nicknames to people and places, but what can I say, I grew up in Brooklyn and currently spend all my time in the past. One of my neighbors in Astoria is “High Pitch Richie,” another is “Weird Tony,” and there’s the “man with no soul” who lives on my block (automatic supermarket doors do not open when he approaches — it’s very odd).
The “Empty Corridor in Long Island City” is a term of my own invention — the rest of you know it as 50th Avenue. Once upon a time it connected with the 50th Avenue which transverses the residential section of Hunters Point and continued all the way to the East River, but that was before Robert Moses and the Long Island Expressway came to town in 1939. (more…)
As many will recall, there used to be a gas station in Queens Plaza, one which has been shuttered for at least a couple of years at the time of this writing.
I’ve probably been walking past this sign for better than a year. Never actually took the time to notice it, let alone grab a shot or two. A casual glance caused me to register its message and delightful usage of the English language, and froze me in my tracks. You’ll notice a lot of signage in usage around Western Queens which betrays the fact that for the signmaker, English is their secondary tongue.
Joyce O’Leary started playing the violin at age two-and-a-half. Roughly six months later, she performed a Bach minuet at Dublin’s National Concert Hall. Ruth O’Leary was the family’s late bloomer. She started with the violin at age six, and followed a similar trajectory as her sister, eventually studying at London’s Guildhall School of Music. Now adults, the O’Leary sisters comprise Sephira, an international musical phenomenon which combines exhilarating violin duets with captivating harmonies and a palpable sibling stage connection. On September 14th, Sephira will offer a special, one-night-only concert at the New York Irish Center in Long Island City.
Details: Sephira, NYIC, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, LIC, September 14th, 7:30 pm cocktails with 8:30 pm showtime, $27, but $15 for students, seniors and the unemployed. (more…)
Set in the 1950s, A View from the Bridge tells the tragic story of Eddie Carbone, a longshoreman who lives with his wife and orphaned niece, Catherine, in Brooklyn’s Red Hook. As the play develops, Eddie’s overprotective crush on Catherine turns into an obsession. Two cousins — Marco and Rodolpho — arrive illegally from Italy, and Catherine falls in love with the effeminate Rodolpho. A desperate Eddie calls the immigration bureau in a failed attempt to get Rodolpho deported, prompting a fight during which Marco fatally stabs Eddie over his betrayal of family and the Old Country. On September 12th, the Secret Theatre launches an eight-show run of this Arthur Miller play in its Mainstage auditorium, an intimate setting where theatergoers will feel like they are inside the Carbones’ apartment, living the family’s drama.
Details: A View from the Bridge, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, LIC, September 12th to September 21st, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at 8 pm with 3 pm show on Sunday (September 15th) and Saturday (September 21st), $18.