04/15/14 4:00pm

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Socrates Sculpture Park is preparing for its spring exhibition, which will open on May 11th. Last week they broke ground on the largest installation in the park’s 28-year history — according to Socrates, it’s “a 250-foot-long, thirteen-foot-high kinetic pathway composed of 200 stainless steel, mirrored poles connecting energetic slopes of silver Mylar ribbon overhead.” The work, titled Scarecrow, is by the LIC-based, Lithuanian-born artist Zilvinas Kempinas. This is the artist’s first outdoor installation in the United States. You can read more details about the sculpture here, and also see photos of the installation process happening now at the park at the Socrates Facebook page. Also beginning in May, the park will provide a free weekend shuttle service to and from nearby cultural attractions.

01/22/14 4:00pm

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Socrates Sculpture Park is hosting its first Manhattan exhibit in over two decades. It’s called Fact of the Matter and features sculpture work from nine different artists; five art pieces were specifically created for this exhibit. According to Socrates, “Fact of the Matter is a special exhibition that explores the intimate and, at times, difficult relationship that is forged between material and artist.”

Because of the recent snow, the opening reception was pushed back to Tuesday, January 28th, 6 to 8 pm at the 1285 Avenue of the Americas Art Gallery. The gallery is free and open to the public daily from 8 am to 6 pm. This particular exhibition will be on view through May 16th, 2014. Find all the details here.

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Until Tuesday, January 7th, Socrates Sculpture Park is accepting proposals for the 2014 Emerging Artist Fellowship and for Folly 2014. Socrates’ fellowship is an annual program that selects 15 artists for a $5,000 production grant and the opportunity to produce and exhibit a large scale site-specific sculpture or installation in the park. The residency lasts from May 2014 to September 2014, with the exhibit debuting in September 2014. More details on the Emerging Artist Fellowship here. Folly 2014 is an annual opportunity where Socrates selects one architect, designer, or team for a $5,000 production grant to develop, build and exhibit a full-scale project around the theme of an architectural folly. The residency lasts from March to May of 2014, with an exhibition opening at the sculpture park in early May 2014. More details on Folly 2014 here.

Photo by DRodino

09/20/13 9:00am

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Crain’s reports that Socrates Sculpture Park just received a gift of $300,000 — the largest gift the 4.7-acre park has received in its 27-year history. Socrates will distribute the money over a three-year time frame, and it will go towards some exciting new park additions. Socrates plans to start up a shuttle service from the Queensboro Plaza subway stop during peak months, considering the park is about a mile away. The nonprofit park also plans to build an enclosed structure within the park to use for educational purposes. This will allow the park to expand its arts programming to serve as many as 12,000 students. Finally, the park will upgrade its bathroom facilities. The port-a potties will be replaced by a trailer with lights, running water and toilets. The donors, Donald and Shelley Rubin, are known for their work in the arts — they founded the Rubin Museum of Art in Manhattan, and have also donated to the Queens Museum and the Bronx Museum of the Arts.

Long Island City Park Gets Record Gift [Crain's]
Image via Socrates Sculpture Park

08/12/13 1:00pm

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There’s something for just about every artistic taste at Socrates Sculpture Park this week. On Aug. 14, the eight-week long Film Forum Festival continues with The Gleaners & I, a documentary which tracks a few “gleaners” who spend their days hunting for food and knicknacks in the French countryside. With a healthy portion of wit, the film comments on the consumer society and the role of creativity in survival. Immediately after the screening, the Brooklyn-based rock noir band Elysian Fields will perform. Very popular in Europe, the two-person group is an underground success in the United States. The front woman sings in Aramaic, Arabic, English, French, Greek, Ladino and Spanish while the musician plays acoustic instruments, mostly guitar, piano, bass and drums, but he sometimes uses eastern instruments, classical strings and subtle electronics. Plus, Delirious Dances, a troupe that merges theater with dance, will be at Socrates creating a work-in-progress on weekday mornings before performing the finished product on Aug. 17.

Details: The Gleaners & I and Elysian Fields, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Aug. 14, 7 pm, free.

Bonus details: Delirious Dances, Socrates Sculpture Park, 32-01 Vernon Blvd., Long Island City, Aug. 12-16, 10 am with performance on Aug. 17, 3 pm, free.

Photo: Socrates Sculpture Park/FB

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A fun piece of public art made its debut in Court Square at the end of last month. Dubbed “Parting,” the wood and steel sculpture by NYC artists Jerome Haferd and Brandt Knapp is a joint venture between Socrates Sculpture Park and Rockrose Development which is developing several residential buildings in the area, including the massive Linc LIC across the street. It’s also right next door to the future M. Wells restaurant, a photo of which is on the jump. You can read more about the project on LIC Post.
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06/24/13 1:00pm

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A shipwreck, a conspiracy, magic, monsters and love at first sight. The Hip to Hip Theatre Company kicks off its summer season with The Tempest, Shakespeare’s romantic thriller about a deposed duke. After 12 years on a deserted island, the duke uses magic to raise a storm at sea while seeking revenge on the foes who purloined his dukedom. Hip to Hip will present The Tempest and Love’s Labor Lost at 10 Queens venues — Crocheron Park in Bayside, Cunningham Park in Fresh Meadows, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park’s Unisphere, Gantry Plaza State Park in LIC, Lost Battalion Recreation Center in Rego Park, O’Donohue Park in Far Rockaway, Socrates Sculpture Park in Astoria, Sunnyside Gardens Park, St. Albans Park and Voelker Orth Museum in Flushing — over the next two months. Founded in 2007 by Queens-based actors Jason and Joy Marr, Hip to Hip strives to provide fantastic theater at accessible locations. Its name comes from a phrase in Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. Details: Free Shakespeare in the Park, first show on July 24, O’Donohue Park, vicinity of Seagirt Boulevard at Beach 17th Street, Far Rockaway, 7 pm. (more…)
01/04/13 1:00pm

Here are the properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – two condos and a co-op in Astoria, LIC, and Forest Hills, all under $750K.

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2-17 51st Ave. #319, Long Island City, NY, 11101 (GMAP) - This 1 bed/1 bath condo in The Powerhouse is priced at $670,000. The sleek kitchen has upscale, stainless steel appliances. There are hardwood floors throughout and lots of closet space. The building has a fitness center, roof garden, and a full service spa. It is very close to the East River Ferry dock and about 3 long blocks to the Vernon-Jackson stop, which is close to shops, services, and restaurants.

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11/30/12 3:00pm

Now that we are in the final stretch of 2012, the “best of” lists are starting to come out. Time Out New York has put together their list for the top attractions in Queens, and here are the winners (with our own descriptions):

Image source: David Berkowitz on Flickr

CitiField – This is a great stadium to see a ballgame, and we prefer it to Yankee Stadium, also a new ballpark. The views from all over the stadium are great and it feels like it was created on a very human scale. Their food is also excellent – Shake Shack and Blue Smoke come to mind immediately. Congrats again to R.A. Dickey of the NY Mets, for his Cy Young Award this past year.

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