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The SculptureCenter recently unveiled several new artworks as part of its fall exhibition.
Art of Ink in America, “Gesture and Beyond,” Godwin Ternbach Museum at Queens College, 65-30 Kissena Blvd., Flushing, Nov. 21-Dec. 30, Monday-Thursday 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; opening reception, Thursday, Nov. 21, 6-8 p.m. An East/West exhibition of contemporary calligraphy.
The grandstand walls at Aqueduct Racetrack will serve as canvasses for 11 contemporary urban artists who will transform the first floor of New York City’s only racetrack into a horse racing-themed street art show for “Aqueduct Murals,” opening to the public on Saturday.
“New York City is arguably the mecca of street art, and ‘Aqueduct Murals’ integrates horse racing with a celebration of this vibrant, artistic community,” said Paul Kelleher of the New York Racing Association’s corporate development department. “Aqueduct is New York City’s racetrack and this exhibit will be emblematic of the track’s wonderful, multifaceted environment.”
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to approve a school at the site of Keil Brothers Garden Center in Bayside Hills, despite the plan having being delayed and thought to be dead.
The Council approved the 416-seat school Thursday 36-2, with Council members Mark Weprin (D-Oakland Gardens) and Peter Vallone Jr. (D-Astoria) voting no. Vallone’s brother, Paul, is the councilman-elect for the district that includes portions of Bayside Hills.
A new school is coming to Woodside and elected officials and many members of the community couldn’t be happier.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer (D-Sunnyside) was joined last Thursday by Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker (D-Jackson Heights), representatives from the School Construction Authority and Woodside on the Move, Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley and PS 11 principal Anna Efkarpides to break ground on PS 399, a new school set to open in 2015.
Dorsky Gallery, “Artists’ Walks: The Persistence of Peripateticism, 11-05 45 Ave., Long Island City, Thursday-Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., thru Nov. 17. Contact: (718) 937-6317, dorsky.org.
In the last 50 years, few days have had more historical relevance than September 11, 2001. On that clear late-summer Tuesday, when terrorists flew hijacked airliners into New York City’s tallest buildings, nearly 3,000 died just a few miles from Queens. More than 200 of them were residents of the borough.
Among them was a firefighter and lifelong Long Island City resident who had only been in the FDNY for two months.
Councilwoman Elizabeth Crowley (D-Middle Village) isn’t satisfied with the success she’s enjoyed during her first term. She’s running for a second term because, quite simply, her heart is in her district.
“I look at my past five years since I was elected the first time and anytime I ran for office, I expressed a vision,” Crowley said. “My heart is here in Middle Village, Glendale and Maspeth. I want to stay here.”
Only a little more than six months after voting to co-locate a second junior high school at JHS 226 in South Ozone Park — on top of a special education school that is already there — the city Department of Education is proposing a high school for the location as well and may approve it next week.
The building, at 121-10 Rockaway Blvd., will play host to four different schools by September 2014 if the co-location is approved.
The City Council pulled discussion of a proposed elementary school in Bayside off its agenda this week, possibly killing the controversial plan entirely.
The Department of Education wants to site the new elementary school at the location of Keil Brothers Garden Center at 210-11 48 Ave.
For the first time ever, MoMA PS1 has dedicated the entire building to a comprehensive retrospective of a single artist’s work, and for Mike Kelley to be that artist could not be more appropriate.
Kelley, who killed himself by asphyxiation last year, had what some would call a sick sense of humor, and many of his pieces — usually those involving video — poke fun of and analyze the education system, making the halls of the old school an almost perfect venue.
In what seems to some to be a never-ending fight, parents of schoolchildren in IS 59 in Springfield Gardens are once again preparing to fend off the co-location of another school in their Ridgedale Street building.
This time the Department of Education is proposing to establish a Success Academy charter school in the building next September.
It was business as usual at the monthly meeting of Community Board 11 in Bayside on Monday night.
Members of the Transportation Committee reported that several relevant issues had been discussed their recent meeting, including a proposed speed hump on 36th Avenue between 218th and 219th streets members deemed “not a good idea” because it “would only divert the drivers to 38th Avenue.”
City Council Candidate Dennis Saffran, a Republican running for the District 19 City Council seat, announced Monday that if elected he will introduce legislation to further protect children from molesters.
At a press conference held at the Willets Point Playground in Whitestone, the candidate, an attorney, said he had won an appellate court victory in Nassau County that allows over 100 municipalities throughout the state to continue to bar registered sex offenders from living near schools, playgrounds, or their own victims.
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst, together with the Christopher Santora Scholarship Fund, held their second annual “Remember Me Run” last Saturday to help raise money for the children of those who died on Sept. 11, 2001 and subsequently, due to working on the remains at the World Trade Center.
There was a memorial service following the run in the All Souls Chapel. The “Remember Me Run” brought together elected leaders, FDNY and NYPD officials as well as families of lost loved ones.
With only a few months left in Mayor Bloomberg’s term, the city Department of Education is seeking to approve at least three more co-locations and extend one in borough schools at the end of October.
Two of the co-locations are for new Success Academy Charter School branches in Southeast Queens — one serving kindergarten through fourth grade in the August Martin High School building, the other at IS 59 in Springfield Gardens. The third new co-location is for a new district elementary school in Jamaica serving grades K through five in the same building as PS 40 on Union Hall Street.
W ith the change of seasons, Western Queens’ art galleries and museums gear up for their next slate of exhibitions.
MoMA PS1 will be dedicating the whole museum, something it has never done, to Mike Kelley’s brightly colored installations, including his well-known balls of stuffed animals. Kelley was an American artist who died last year.
The city Department of Education brought to a halt its plan to build an elementary school at a site now occupied by the Keil Brothers Garden Center on 48th Avenue in Bayside Hills last week and community leaders, who have being unyielding in their opposition to the plan since it was brought before Community Board 11 in the spring, took a cautious victory lap.
State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), along with Assemblywoman Nily Rozic (D-Fresh Meadows) and community leaders such as Henry Euler of the Auburndale Improvement Association, announced at a rally across the street from the site on Friday afternoon that a scheduled hearing at the City Council for the school, which may have ultimately led to its quick approval, would be postponed for at least a month.
Skillman Avenue, named for Thomas Skillman, who immigrated here in the late 1600s, starts in Long Island City at 26th Street and ends in Woodside at 54th Street.
The Queens Library and PS 11 are the last addresses on Skillman Avenue.
“Gravity of the Sculpture: Part II” will remain on display at The Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45 Ave., Long Island City, through July 3. Call (718) 937-6317, email email@example.com or visit dorsky.org.
Members attending the inaugural meeting of the Education Task Force convened by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras (D-Corona) last Thursday were asked to keep an eye out for lots and empty buildings that could be utilized to combat overcrowding in school districts 24 and 30.
At PS 142 students start lunch at 9:30 a.m. and only attend physical education four months out of the year, one parent said.
The sounds of saws, drills and jackhammers are not an uncommon occurrence in Queens. New construction and repairs of existing infrastructure make the borough a constant work site.
But when it’s time for bed, those sounds are not what people want to hear, especially close to their homes.
With chants of “save our centers” reverberating across the steps of Queens Borough Hall, hundreds of young students, representing various after-school programs and encouraged by their mentors and elected officials, made their voices heard at a rally on April 24 to protest proposed budget cuts that would leave many of them without a home away from home.
“How would you feel if your second home was gone?” 10-year-old Jessica Calvo asked the crowd as she stepped up to the podium.