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Have you been to MoMA PS1′s dome in the Rockaways? – tinyurl.com/cdthbjz
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Image source: Gallerist
The WSJ writes about the geodesic dome that went up in the Rockaways at the end of last week, as part of MoMA PS1′s project EXPO 1: New York. It’s located between Beach 94th and Beach 95th streets, near what used to be the boardwalk (GMAP). It will serve as a cultural center and gathering space. It has a capacity for about 200 people and programming will happen under the dome.
Image source: Caracas Arepa Bar Facebook page – the beachfront shortly after Hurricane Sandy blew through
The Department of Architecture and Design at MoMA and MoMA PS1 have issued a call for submissions/proposals regarding idea for the creation of a sustainable waterfront in the Rockaways. This is part of “an effort to foster the creative debate on urban recovery after Hurricane Sandy.” The final date for submissions is March 15, 2013 by using this submission form.
Lunar New Year in 5 cultures
Joanna Eng tells us about Lunar New Year in five cultures – Chinese, Korean, Vietnamese, Tibetan, and Mongolian. And while Lunar New Year is February 10 this year, the big celebration here will be in Flushing on Saturday, February 16. You’ll get the chance to experience the Chinese and Korean takes in particular on this important holiday. Ways to celebrate are watching the parade, “wander from bakery to store to restaurant in Flushing, and order whatever they suggest for the holiday,” or head to Jackson Heights and enjoy some momos (one of the special foods for Losar, Tibetan New Year) in the neighborhood, which is increasingly moving from Little India to Himalaya Heights.
TONY discovers LIC, yet again
Time Out New York continues to have a crush on LIC, and posted a short bit on LIC cultural institutions, such as Gantry Plaza State Park, MoMA PS1, Chocolate Factory, and Oracle Club. Also, “Inevitably, however, regeneration brings the risk that some of the iconoclastic fringe element will be quashed—5Pointz Aerosol Art Center.” This institution is going bye-bye and new condos will be going up in its place.
The case of suspended weekend 7 train service – what exactly is the MTA doing?!?
Curious about what the MTA is doing while the 7 train languishes in LIC on weekends this winter? Well, one of the things they are doing is replacing old track with new track – the scene is pretty amazing, with these heavy, heavy section of tracks raised and lowered, and some parts of the track needing to be cut to accommodate the track swap. The MTA has posted photos of the process to their Flickr account and it’s pretty interesting. Definitely check it out to satisfy your curiosity.
Agenda for the next CB13 meeting is here – heads-up, Rockaways
The folks at Rockaway Emergency Plan posted the agenda on Facebook for the next Community Board 13 meeting on Feb 12. “Beach replenishment and stabilization” is on the schedule, which we expect will be of great interest to the surrounding community. About the meeting, REP says:
It’s been moved to a larger location, the auditorium inside Scholars’ Academy on Beach Channel Drive and Beach 104. We’ve reached out to the Army Corps with some of your questions posted here last month and we’ll publish a primer with hopefully some answers at the end of this week.
Yet your neon on, man
The guys who run Krypton Neon in LIC are holding some workshops where you, too, can learn how to bend glass tubes and create some neon art. These workshops are rare – maybe once a year – so if you’re curious, head on over and take a look-see on their site for class descriptions, timing, cost, etc. This could be exactly what you’re looking for.
CODA wins MoMA PS1′s Young Architects Program competition
We recently learned that CODA - who is also known as Caroline O’Donnell, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell in Ithaca, NY – is the winner of MoMA PS1′s Young Architects Program competition. She has created a project called Party Wall and incorporates environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. It will be installed in MoMA PS1′s outdoor courtyard and will be an “urban landscape” during Warm Up, the annual outdoor summer music series. Pedro Gadanho, Curator in MoMA’s Department of Architecture and Design, says it was selected because of its “clever identification and use of locally available resources—the waste products of skateboard-making—to make an impactful and poetic architectural statement within MoMA PS1′s courtyard.”
Pint Night at 5 Napkin Burger
The 5 Napkin Burger folks let us know about their Pint Night series. On Thursdays, starting tonight until March 7, between 7 and 11pm, enjoy a pint of beer for $5. Different breweries and one of their brews will be featured each week, including Singlecut tonight! Amber Ale, yum.
The Hunters Point CSA – lots of interest and potentially coming to LIC
The Hunters Point CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is in the works and may very well arrive in the Hunters Point section of LIC by next spring or summer. About 30 people are interested in organic/non-GMO produce, and they are currently working with Just Food to connect with a farmer. Exciting stuff!
Astor Room on Gilt City
The Astor Room in Astoria is a catch on Gilt City right now - the offer is dinner and wine for two for $63. There will be a special Gilt City menu, from which diners will enjoy two starters, two entrees, and one dessert to share, all with a house-selected bottle of wine (red or white). And even if you don’t participate in this offer, the Astor Room is a great place drop in for a delicious cocktail before or after a trip to the Museum of the Moving Image.
Queens Borough President Helen Marshall gave her last State of the Borough speech
On Tuesday night, Queens Borough President Helen Marshall stood up in front of hundreds of people at Queens College and gave her final State of the Borough speech. She will not run for a fourth term, as she is subject to term limits this year. She talked about her accomplishments (revitalization of many parks, libraries and neighborhoods in Queens, as well as development and rezoning in areas like Jamaica and LIC) and projects she wants to implement toward the end of her service (create a tech zone on the Queens side of the East River, spend $2 million on mobile science labs for the 30 Queens schools that do not have them).
Image source: Curbed
During this week of frigid weather, it’s nice to think about summer, and we have some summer news – MoMA PS1 has chosen a winner of their 14th annual Young Architect’s Program Competition. The winner is CODA, who is also known as Caroline O’Donnell, Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell in Ithaca, NY. She has created a project called Party Wall and incorporates environmental issues such as sustainability and recycling. It will be installed in MoMA PS1′s outdoor courtyard and will be an “urban landscape” during Warm Up, the annual outdoor summer music series.
Image source: Queens Tourism - New York City Councilman announces his support of the One Percent for Culture Campaign
On Tuesday at MOMA PS1, western Queens Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced his support for the One Percent For Culture Campaign, a campaign with the mission to demonstrate the value of culture to NYC by aiming to have the city to dedicate 1% of the budget to supporting the nonprofit cultural community. The Campaign spans the five boroughs and recognizes 1,200+ cultural organizations and individual artists throughout NYC who are dedicated to this message. The coalition has 245 members and is non-partisan, too.
Van Bramer’s support, “lends political clout to the rapidly growing coalition of cultural, business, civic leaders and artists throughout all five boroughs who recognize the vital role of the city’s 1,200-plus non-profit cultural organizations.” (more…)
Movies, books, and TV shows in Queens – how many have you seen?
A while back we wrote an article on the books set in Queens, and we’ve followed up with a list of movies and TV shows set in Queens. It’s pretty cool to see parts of Queens in these moving pictures. So check out our list and let us know if we’ve forgotten your favorite film or TV show. We’re always interested in learning more!
LIC Living is here
We Heart Astoria has posted about LIC Living, a new shopping spot in LIC at 5-35 51st Ave. They sell home decor, candles, women’s accessories, clothing, and kids stuff. It was started by Jillian Tangen and Rebekah Witzke, local LIC friends who shared a common vision when it came to what a boutique shop should be. They noticed there weren’t many shopping options in the neighborhood, so they opened up their own shop. It sounds like a fab place and we look forward to checking it out!
Getcher German grub at Gottscheer
Serious Eats recently visited Gottscheer Hall in Ridgewood – for Date Night, no less – and found an “irony free zone” and lots of delicious sausages (krainerwurst is our favorite) with classic accompaniments (spaetzle, sauerkraut). And beer. Glad to see them have some fun and enjoy one of Ridgewood’s oldest establishments.
Who’s reachin’ out to capture a moment? Everyone knows it’s Wendy
Wendy, the giant alien looking star structure that was living in the courtyard of MOMA PS 1 for Warm Up this past summer, made it onto the Best Buildings 2012 list by Architizer. Architizer is a database of architecture online, and they have a blog, where the list was published. There are 12 buildings total on the list with two others from the US, one from Australia, and the rest from Europe and Asia. As for the others on the list, we think Gardens by the Bay in Singapore is pretty spectuacular.
“Edible” sushi in Astoria – Chowhounds share their faves and what to forgo
Over on Chowhound there is a discussion on where to get “edible” sushi in Astoria. Not surprisingly, Linn has devoted fans – and we can attest to how delicious the sushi is – as does Watawa, which would probably win the People’s Choice Award of sushi (whereas Linn would win the Academy Award – it’s extremely sophisticated and of very high quality). We’ll let you read the list for the ones that are not recommended.
Wendy, spotted this summer during the Warm Up where Thom Yorke DJ’d the night away
Architizer, a database of architecture online, has compiled its Best Buildings of 2012 list and Wendy – MOMA PS1′s winner of their annual Young Architects Program (YAP) competition – has made the cut as best temporary building of 2012. It was designed by HWKN (Hollwich Kushner) and was installed for the 2012 Warm Up season at PS1.