Developers hope to draw artists back to Queens’ 5Pointz

By Christine Chung, THE CITY This story was originally published on July 2, 2019 by THE CITY. The developers who whitewashed the street art at the legendary Queens graffiti hotspot 5Pointz want to paint over bad feelings and lure artists back to the site. The owners are vying to capitalize on the Long Island City property’s colorful history — […]

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Ridgewood tenants plan weekend march against landlord over ‘predatory’ violations

Long after partners with Silvershore Properties made the 100 “Worst Landlords List” from the city Public Advocate’s office, Ridgewood renters are planning an April 13 march against the company and demanding universal rent control. The Ridgewood Tenants Union claims that people living in the property 1708 Summerfield St. experience poor conditions in apartments and failure […]

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CreArt Music Festival offers unique take on classical music

By Tammy Scileppi He was once dubbed “a six-and-a-half-foot tall scowl,” appearing somewhat cold and aloof. Few people know that he had a passion for fast cars and speedboats – which didn’t really go with his personality. That he married his first cousin in Russia, had two daughters, and lived in sunny Los Angeles, where […]

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CreArtBox’s classical music festival heads to Long Island City

A Queens-based music organization wants to broaden the classical music fan base, starting with Long Island City. From Aug. 31 to Sept. 2, CreArtBox is launching a classical music festival in collaboration with Long Island City Artists (LIC-A) and The Plaxall Gallery and supported by the Queens Council on the Arts. According to Guillermo Laporta, […]

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Judge rules in favor of 5Pointz artists

By Bill Parry The leader of the 5Pointz artists is hailing the federal judge in Brooklyn who ruled in their favor Monday, forcing developer Jerry Wolkoff to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous graffiti mecca in November 2013. In his 100-page decision, Judge Frederick Block awarded the maximum […]

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