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Anti-Gentrification Panel Discussion in Long Island City Tonight (12/4)

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The Queens Anti-Gentrification Project and Progress Queens will be hosting an event tonight called “Money, Power and Politics: Queens Democrats Examined.” The Queens County Democratic Party is also known as “The Queens Machine.” According to a press release for the event, “activists will participate in a panel discussion on the upcoming New York City Council speaker’s race, the influence of money on elected officials, and the impact on local Queens communities of legislation and policy favorable to the real estate industry.” The panel’s special focus on issues surrounding real estate development might make it of interest to community members here in Greenpoint grappling with changing landscape of the East River Waterfront.

What: Money, Power and Politics: Queens Democrats Examined

When: Tonight (12/4) 6:30-8:30pm

Where: LaGuardia Community College (31-10 Thomson Ave., Room E242)

Who: Anyone interested in local politics or community advocacy

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Long Island City Graffiti Artists Win Legal Battle With Developer Who Destroyed Their Work

5 Pointz

For years I used to love taking the number seven train through Long Island City just to see the amazing 5 Pointz building and its amazing graffiti. Some called it “The United Nations of Graffiti” because of the international artists who created the art there. Other people dubbed it “the world’s only graffiti museum.” The owner, Jerry Wolkoff, had given the artists’ permission to use the building as a canvas for “aerosol art” and the building was covered in multicolored murals and tags, making it a tourist mecca as artists and fans of graffiti art from around the world traveled to see the former industrial building in Long Island City that artists had decorated for two decades. Continue reading

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Thursday Spotlight: Louis Fratino, Embracing Tenderness

Louis in his studio. Photo: Ian Hartsoe

Louis Fratino’s Long Island City studio is part of the Artha Project artist residency program. Among the others in the shared studio space, I am quickly drawn to a long wall jeweled with multiple small paintings that hold snapshots of moments shared between Louis and those close to him.  A gentle stretch from an inversion, a simple sip from a cup, two figures nuzzling in bed, the paintings bolster warmth, solidarity, and peacefulness. His works are clearly intimate in both scale and subject. Each supple figure is cradled safely in its tight frame, yielding both tenderness and eroticism. His painting in progress hangs in the center of a paint speckled circle, warmly haloed by the brush strokes of preceding works. There is an intuitive desire to squeeze the juicy feet and bellies of his adoring figures. The dry and waxy rendering of paint invite a closer look into his inventive mark making techniques that create a diverse textural surface.

Greenpointers: When were you first exposed to art as a child?

Louis Fratino: My first experience with art was probably my amazement with various illustrations in children’s books as a kid. I used to hoard books and try to figure out how they could make the character look the same on each page. I made my own versions of books as a kid. We also lived not so far from Washington D.C., so I was able to go to the Smithsonian and the National Gallery of Art which was incredible. I always really loved drawing and don’t remember having a defining moment of figuring that out. It was just always something that I did. I would go through multiple reams of printer paper in a weekend. Eventually my parents noticed and heard from my teachers that I was very interested in art. I took art classes in high school where we had a very robust program. The art room was in the old gymnasium where six or seven people could be working on easels at one time. I have always made work about relationships and intimacy and love. In high school I was making paintings about my siblings, and when I was in a relationship I started painting the person I was with.

Dolphin Street, 2017, oil and crayon on canvas, 30 x 24 in. Photo: Greenpointers

Louis: I decided I wanted to study painting my freshman year of college. I was trying to entertain the idea of a dual degree in illustration right up until graduation. I made a manuscript for a children’s book and had done some editorial pieces. I decided it wouldn’t be possible to go all the way and do both at the same time. There are tons of artists who make publications and do things outside of painting when they’re older that I want to do, but I think right now it just demands too much to try to build both of those careers. Illustration in a way feels harder to me sometimes because you don’t get to just generate your own material. And maybe that’s why I’m ultimately a painter.

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Tour Local Relics & Architectural Marvels This Weekend During Open House NY! (10/14-10/15)

NY Sun Works' Greenhouse Project at PS84, Image Credit: Ari Burling
NY Sun Works’ Greenhouse Project at PS84, Image Credit: Ari Burling

This Saturday and Sunday, October 14 and 15, Open House New York will present a citywide celebration of architecture and urban design, for the 15th year in a row. One of the largest architecture festivals in the country, with more than 200 buildings and projects across the five boroughs, from historic to contemporary, will be opened up over the weekend for tours and talks with architects, urban planners, historians, preservationists, and city leaders.

The advance reservation tours are all sold out, but don’t worry—there are several unique locations you can still visit sans reservations (and for FREE) in North Brooklyn, as well as a couple not-to-be-missed in Long Island City. Check out the list below!

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NY Sun Works’ Greenhouse Project at PS84 | 250 Berry St
Saturday 10am-2pm
The rooftop greenhouse at PS84 serves as an urban farm and hydroponic science lab for K-8th grade students. The lab was developed and programmed by NY Sun Works, a non-profit that builds hydroponic science labs in urban schools to teach students and teachers about the science of sustainability. Continue reading

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Drink Unlimited Warm Cocktails & Winter Beers at the Spiked Mug Fest Holiday Bazaar (12/17-18)! Discount Code!

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Unlimited Warm Cocktails at the Spiked Mug Festival? Yes Please!

An assortment of festive cocktails like the “Kansas Christmas Cake” made with whiskey and allspice, hot buttered rum, mulled wine, warm cider, spiked hot cocoa plus winter beers like Coney Island Brewery’s “The Plunge” spicy Belgian-style ale and more are coming to The Factory (30-30 47th Ave, LIC) and you can drink them in unlimited quantities on Saturday, December 17 and Sunday, December 18 from 11:30AM-8:30pm!

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Just a few stops away on the G train, the Spiked Mug Fest and Holiday Bazaar is reppin’ Queens’ diverse eateries, creative vendors, and fun times with festive drinking, good eating, local shopping, and music. Tis’ the season so why not do them all at the same time and place?

Tickets start at just $39.00 per session for unlimited warm cocktails and winter beer tastings. Enter code GREENPOINT at checkout to get an additional 10% Discount Check this off your holiday list before it’s too late – offer expires this Monday, December 12th at midnight. Continue reading

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Hang On, Spooky: North Brooklyn Halloween Roundup!

For all you Halloweeners out there, here are our top picks for some fine spine chillin’ in North Brooklyn. Whether you’re in the mood to dance the night away with DJs, see rad costumed cover bands, freak out at scary movies, compete in a costume contest, take a zombie terrarium class or participate in a basement seance, our neighborhood has truly an abundance of choice this year.

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gifoween-bkbazaar-2016GIF-O-Ween at Brooklyn Bazaar
Sponsored by GIPHY and presented by Animation Block Party, GIFOWEEN is a Halloween-themed animation loop contest!
This party will feature the official launch of GIPHY PRESENTS: GIF DANCE PARTY, a fully immersive dance environment that allows you to finally become dance partners with all your favorite online characters at once!
Brooklyn Bazaar | 150 Greenpoint Ave.
8pm-12am, FREE, Costumes highly encouraged
RSVP on Facebook

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Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Expands to LIC!

greenpoint-fish-interior_lic_swallaceThough they’ve only been open two years, Greenpoint Fish & Lobster Co. (114 Nassau Ave) has become a vital part of our neighborhood. Their front cold case is one of the few places around for sustainably-sourced fish, the back bar serves up some our most delectable dishes, and it’s all done with the kind of friendly, welcoming vibe that turns random customers into regulars. The fishmongers know off the top of their heads where all of the incredibly fresh fish is from and are more than willing to help you figure out what to buy. And over Labor Day weekend, our neighbors to the north got their own Long Island City outpost with a full fish case, fun products, and ready-to-eat items, with lobster rolls and chowdah coming soon enough. Continue reading

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The LIC Flea kicks off this weekend!

LIC FleaThe ever popular LIC Flea & Food market right on the Long Island City waterfront is kicking off its fourth season this weekend. There you’ll find a variety of antiques, vintage wares, collectibles, art, crafts, and fashion. You should also come hungry to check out lots of delicious food vendors, and thirsty—again they’re hosting the All-Queens Beer Garden, which will be pouring beers from Queens-based breweries. Continue reading

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See If You Qualify For Affordable Housing in LIC

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

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The brand new Hunter’s Point South Living development, located in Long Island City,  offers affordable housing in one of the most desirable waterfront locations of Queens. There are nearly 1,000 apartments available with unique layouts, new appliances, and fantastic views, while the complex itself boasts a long list of amenities. You may not think you would qualify for an affordable unit at Hunter’s Point South, but there are actually a wide variety of living arrangements for various household sizes at multiple income levels. Those New Yorkers falling into upper income brackets — between a $55,200 and $224,000 yearly income — can still apply for affordable housing.

There are 738 apartments at Hunter’s Point South Living designated for moderate income families making between 130 and 205 percent of the area medium income. That means a single person making between $55,000 and $135,000 could apply, as well as a four person family making between $110,000 and $190,000. A family of six, making between $110,000 and $224,000, could also apply for a three-bedroom unit. Be sure to read through the specific income qualifications.

Apartments designated for moderate income families will remain rent stabilized after they move in. A single person in a studio will pay between $1,561 and $1,997 depending on their salary. One bedrooms are renting from $1,965 to $2,509; two bedrooms from $2,366 to $3,300; and three bedrooms from $2,729 and $4,346.

Applying for affordable housing, however, is a much different process than the traditional rental experience in New York City. Instead of working through a broker, all those interested in living at Hunter’s Point South must submit an application by December 15th, 2014. (You can either apply online or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018.) Then, a housing lottery will take place, and the city will begin notifying qualified applicants regarding their application starting in early 2015. The first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

Once moved in, residents will have access to public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both of the buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the two-and three-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the  Hunter’s Point South Living website.

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925 Affordable Apartments Available in Long Island City in Queens

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Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing offer a variety of moderately priced rent stabilized apartments.

All along the East River, in Brooklyn and in Queens, shiny new high-rise apartment buildings are going up. These towers boast deluxe amenities and stunning views. Those New Yorkers with limited incomes would be forgiven for thinking that an apartment in one of these buildings would be out of their reach. However, thanks to various government initiatives, many of these buildings are mixed-income developments that offer affordable housing options.

Hunter’s Point South Commons and Hunter’s Point South Crossing are the first two mixed-income residential buildings at Hunter’s Point South in Long Island City. All 925 units are moderately priced rent stabilized apartments. They are offering studio apartments for as low as $494 a month, 1-bedrooms for $689, 2-bedrooms for $835, and 3-bedrooms for $959. As you can imagine, the demand for these apartments is high, and qualified applicants should apply to be entered into the lottery.

You must submit your application by December 15, 2014, to be entered into the lottery system. Income restrictions apply for each unit, so make sure you read through their qualifications. The city will give a seven percent preference to mobility, hearing and/or visually impaired households, a 50 percent lottery preference to residents of Queens Community Board 2, and a five percent preference to current New York City municipal employees.

This brand-new complex offers 925 total apartments with a variety of layouts. The LEED Silver designed buildings feature public terraces, fitness centers, tech centers, bike storage, a community roof garden, party rooms, laundry rooms, and a parking garage. Both buildings will be fully staffed with 24-hour lobby attendants, as well as an on-site resident manager. The apartments themselves will include dishwashers, and each of the 2-and 3-bedroom units have in-unit washers and dryers.

You can apply through Housing Connect or by submitting a paper application via written request to Hunter’s Point South Living, 1357 Broadway, Box 308, New York, NY 10018. Applications must be submitted or postmarked no later than December 15, 2014, and you are only allowed to submit one application, which will then be entered in the lottery system. Qualified applicants will be notified of their housing lottery status in early 2015, and the first group of selected residents is expected to move in in the spring of 2015.

For more information on the buildings and application process, be sure to visit the Hunters Point South Living website.

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