Comedy Night at Central Queens YM & YWHA, lineup includes Jared Logan, Dennis Rooney, Eric Haft and KC Arora, 67-09 108 St., Forest Hills, Sat., Dec. 13, 8 p.m. $15 CGY members, $20 nonmembers. Complimentary babysitting available. Info/tickets: (718) 268-5011, ext. 151, cgy.org/tickets.
Riggan Thomson (Michael Keaton) is an actor who is facing a dilemma that frequently befell anyone who played a superhero in either film or television. The ability to find new work after you’ve completed your run seems to be inversely proportional to the popularity of the role that made you rich.
Rather than accept a life of appearing at one entertainment convention (such as the recent New York Comic Con) after another and making easy money by appearing on panels and autographing glossies, Riggan wants to be relevant and not remembered merely for playing a popular cinematic comic book hero, Birdman. To accomplish that end, he helps finance a Broadway show in which he’ll star, based on Raymond Carver’s short story “What We Talk About When We Talk About Love.”
Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but on Saturday community members sailed down the streets of Astoria for the Columbus Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens.
The parade started at Kaufman Astoria Studios and appropriately ended at the Columbus Triangle on Astoria Boulevard.
Christopher Columbus may have sailed the ocean blue in 1492, but on Saturday community members sailed down the streets of Astoria for the Columbus Parade sponsored by the Federation of Italian-American Organizations of Queens. The parade started at Kaufman Astoria Studios and appropriately ended at the Columbus Triangle on Astoria Boulevard. Hundreds of people turned out to celebrate Italian culture and the great explorer, who, despite his claim to fame, did not actually land in the present United States of America. — by Tess McRae
It’s no secret that New York City is a popular area to film in. From television shows to feature films, using the city as a backdrop is attractive to many directors and producers, and Queens has become a hotbed for production.
With Kaufman Studios in Astoria, Silvercup Studios in Long Island City and many other independent studios around the borough, the most diverse area in New York has been featured in some of the most popular shows and movies in recent years.
Whether it was a musical performance in Ozone Park or ceramic tea cup making in Flushing Meadows Corona Park, the first Queens Art Intervention was a hit throughout the borough.
According to event organizer Yvonne Shortt, director of the Rego Park Green Alliance, the boroughwide web of interactive art displays on Saturday that hooked hundreds of passersby was more successful than they ever could have hoped.
“Homeland [In]security: Vanishing Dreams” by Margaret Matthews-Berenson, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, exhibition thru Nov. 16; Info: dorsky.org.
“Japan — An Island Nation: 1870-1890,” Resobox Gallery, 41-26 27 St., Long Island City. Opening reception: Fri., Sept. 12, 7-9 p.m. Exhibition thru Oct. 10. Info: (718) 784-3680, resobox.com.
Hospital officials, community leaders and elected officials gathered for the topping off of the new building at Mount Sinai Queens located at 25-10 30 Ave. in Astoria.
The ceremony, held on Aug. 21, marks the completion of the steel construction phase of the $125 million expansion and modernization project.
After dozens of complaints from residents and Community Board 2 members, the city finally has issued a moratorium on filming in certain parts of Long Island City.
“I never thought it would happen,” Helen Gluck, 65, of Dutch Kills said. “It really is a nuisance but with all the exposure it brings to the neighborhood, I never thought the city would act on it. I’m happy something’s finally being done.”
The Quilter’s Showcase, NYC Parks “Arts, Culture & Fun” series, world-renowned, award-winning quilters display their cultural & creative works in an interactive showcase, Roy Wilkins Recreational Center’s Garden, 177-01 Baisley Blvd., Jamaica, Thurs., June 26, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. Free. Info: (718) 276-8686 or RSVP: email@example.com.
“Maldita Pared,” a photographic exhibition by Jacqueline Herranz-Brooks, Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning, 161-04 Jamaica Ave., Miller Gallery, on display thru July 26.
Kaufman Astoria Studios’ newest stage, Stage N, will be built just on the other side of the company’s new Hollywood-style entrance gate. The project is slated to be completed by 2016 and will be Kaufman’s 10th sound stage.
Kaufman Astoria Studios, the venue where hundreds of movies and television shows are filmed, will open a new 18,000-square-foot sound stage by 2016.
The project, called Stage N, will be the studio’s 10th stage and cost the company $20 million.
There’s a new district in town.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside), chairman of the Cultural Affairs Committee, announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District in Astoria.
The Queens World Film Festival proves that through tragedy comes triumph as what sprouted from a PR nightmare has now blossomed into one of the highest-regarded international film festivals in the borough.
Originally, the QWFF was called the Queens International Film Festival and in 2010, founder Marie Castaldo was convicted of scamming vendors, volunteers and venues as well as animal cruelty.
In Western Queens, 2013 was the year of development and affordable housing. Willets Point, Hallets Point, Hunters Point and 5Pointz became names commonly thrown around by politicians, community boards and civic groups throughout the area. There wasn’t a month that didn’t go by when residents, electeds and developers went head to head on major development projects, illegal apartments, a massive soccer stadium plan or even the possible closing of their neighborhood movie theater.
Perhaps nothing speaks more clearly to Mayor Bloomberg’s impact on the business community in New York better than the 11th-hour passage of the long-awaited Willets Point redevelopment plan.
It’s a great deal for the developers, the Mets’ Sterling Equities and real estate leader The Related Companies. They’re getting 23 acres of taxpayer-owned land for all of $1. They’re also getting more than $40 million in tax breaks, along with other public benefits, such as the new Van Wyck Expressway ramps that will let people access their planned retail and entertainment complex.
“I know they call us ‘Hollywood East’ but soon they’ll be calling Hollywood ‘New York City West’,” Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) joked in Kaufman Studio’s Stage K on Tuesday.
The senator, joined by founder George Kaufman, Kaufman Astoria Studios President Hal Rosebluth and city and state representatives, cut the ribbon on Kaufman Studios’ new outdoor lot — the first backlot ever in New York City.
“The Wiz,” “Hair” and “Orange is the New Black” have one thing in common: they were all filmed at a studio in Astoria.
As part of its newest exhibition, the Museum of the Moving Image is paying tribute to the legacy of filmmaking at the nearby studio, known today as Kaufman Astoria Studios.
Queens City Council members allocated $12,500 for the Queens Council on the Arts on Friday to fund services and programming that will help individual artists and arts organizations throughout Queens.
Council Members Leroy Comrie (D- St. Albans), Karen Koslowitz (D-Forest Hills) and Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) have been consistent supporters of the association for the past three years.
Astoria Performing Arts Center Executive Director Taryn Sacramone will step down from her position to join the Queens Theatre as managing director.
Sacramone, who began at APAC in August 2005, helped the organization increase its budget fourfold and expand programming to include an after school playwriting program at IS 10 and a performance program for senior citizens.
President Obama, Sens. Schumer and Gillibrand, Queens Congress members Meng, Crowley, Israel, Jeffries, Maloney and Meeks, along with other state and municipal elected officials, could have learned a great deal by having read your special section “Saluting the job creators 2013” (June 27).
Virtually all the companies and organizations you profiled, including New York Construction Company, JetBlue, Dress for Success, Kaufman Astoria and Silvercup studios, NYDesigns, Resorts World Casino, the organic food incubator, Claudine & Co., J&J Super Star Deli and Good Temps, along with thousands of others based in Queens, are role models to emulate. They have all already assisted our community which faces an 8 percent unemployment rate, with 7 percent more who have given up looking, along with many working part-time or minimum wage jobs, seeking better-paying full-time jobs. Don’t forget the thousands of vacant storefronts.
Many of these firms provide work for construction contractors and their employees. They also collectively continue providing thousands of jobs and more for suppliers. All pay taxes and are our neighbors.
The free enterprise system made our nation great. Economic growth and the creation of wealth comes from millions of small businesses such as the ones featured in your issue, without the assistance of “stimulus” taxpayer dollars.
Kaufman Astoria Studios revitalized 35th Avenue by turning empty buildings into filming stages and bringing dozens of tenants to a once desolate neighborhood.
Hal Rosenbluth is the president of Kaufman Astoria Studios, home to beloved Sesame Street characters such as Oscar the Grouch.