Today through this Sunday, MoMA PS1 is holding its first annual stoop sale. Up for sale are books, magazines, DVDs, vinyl records, CDs and T-shirts up to 75 percent off. PS1 is arranging its goods on the courtyard steps — on the bottom are the $1 bargains, near the top you’ll find higher-priced, but still discounted, items. Both credit and cash is accepted. If it rains, the sale will move into the Magazine Store, off the main entrance of the museum.
As it has for the past five years, Queens will be left in the dark during NYC’s 2013 Fourth of July celebration. The Macy’s fireworks will again shoot over the Hudson River, making the best viewing spots in Manhattan and even New Jersey. So the best chance to see an illuminated Queens sky is at Citi Field tonight (July 3rd) after the Mets game against the Arizona Diamondbacks, which starts at 7:10 pm. However, the borough offers so many other fun activities over Independence Weekend that nobody will miss the pyrotechnics. On July 4th, the Louis Armstrong House Museum launches its summer concert series with Bria Skonberg, a fast-rising trumpet star, and her jazz band at 2 pm. An hour later, the Z Hotel’s rooftop party gets started with a live deejay on this 300-capacity roof, which offers breath-taking views of Midtown Manhattan, the East River, the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and Queens. On July 6th, Ridgewood Social will organize a huge, family-friendly potluck picnic at Grover Cleveland Park from noon to 3:30 pm. Participants bring food, drinks, creative supplies and silverware, and they enjoy painting, drawing, knitting, crochet and the opportunity for youngsters to slay a dragon. Also on July 6th, MoMA PS1 will hold its second nine-hour Warm Up Series jam with the doors opening at noon. On July 7th, The Inner Roots Band will bring its unique style of reggae to the Queens Central Library at 3 pm. Formerly known as “Ryddim Kings,” this group takes audiences on a journey through Jamaican music with ska, dance hall and vintage classics by Bob Marley.
It’s U-shaped, surrounded by tall concrete walls and within earshot of the 7 train — and it’s the place to be. On June 29th, this former schoolyard will host the first MoMA PS 1 Warm Up 2013 party of the summer. Every Saturday until September 7th, roughly 5,000 hipsters, party animals and international tourists will flock to the MoMA PS1 courtyard for cutting edge music (dance hall, juke, dubstep), modern art and out-of-the-box fun. The above-ground kiddie swimming pool, imported sand and chaise lounges are nice too. Now in its 16th year, Warm Up combines elements of outdoor rave with gallery show and street fair, but to regulars, it’s just another Saturday with friends. Details: Warm Up 2013, MoMA PS1, 22-25 Jackson Ave., LIC, Saturdays from June 29 to Sept. 7, 3 pm – 9 pm but doors open at noon, $15 in advance/$18 day-of. Click here to buy tickets.
If you’ve visited PS1 in Long Island City recently, you might have noticed work going on at the corner of 21st Street and 46th Avenue and wondered what was happening. Turns out it’s a five-story, eight-unit residential project that’s actually been in the works for six years, although DOB only issued a permit for the new building this spring. In all, there will be about 5,500 square feet of residential space and another 1,150 square feet of commercial space. GMAP
The condo-zation of Long Island City has been touted mostly as a success. The transformation of the industrial neighborhood into an oasis of gleaming towers and manicured amenities has planted a new community in a formerly desolate place. Waterfront development, a Bloomberg priority, has chugged along.
But 5Pointz is different. Its graffiti-covered walls have given authority to the neighborhood’s status as an artistic center. Tourists and locals flock to the distinct destination. It has enjoyed a certain real estate idealism, with landlord David Wolkoff giving local artists his blessing in the form of free rent.
That charmed existence ended on Wednesday, when Wolkoff fielded public comments in advance of his planned demolition of 5Pointz, which he plans to replace with two towers of roughly 1,000 units. Artists reacted with sadness and anger, as the Observer reported, and perhaps Wolkoff experienced some regret in entangling himself with a tenant base that turned against him so publicly.
But the reality is that New York rents and New York prices have climbed stratospherically, and Long Island City is prime for redevelopment. And redevelopment is not so much immoral as amoral, dealing more with financing, opportunity and return on investment than societal good.
“We allowed the art to be programmed in this particular site not because it was a right of the artists, but because we, as the owners, really enjoyed the work that was being done,” Wolkoff said at the hearing. “But things do progress…and we are looking toward the future.”
The developer said that he still plans to support art in 5Pointz’s future incarnation through loft spaces inside the new development. The 5Pointz of today, however, appears to be doomed, barring something dramatic. In that vein, Wolkoff might be served to look at his neighbor, MoMA, which owns PS1. In the face of criticism, the museum said that it would look at saving the American Folk Art Museum, which it had planned to demolish, after a public outcry.
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.