Queens Proclaimed As An Arts District

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Friday, western Queens officials and community members gathered outside of Kaufman Astoria Studios to announce the Borough’s newest designation as an arts district. In addition to the 94-year-old film studio that recently expanded as the sole outdoor lot for productions in the City, the arts district also includes the […]

Events In Queens For March 20-26

Events In Queens For March 20-26

Cirque du Soleil “Amaluna,” thru May 11, Citi Field (see below). FRIDAY 3/21 “IN BETWEEN THE LINES” Calling all writers! Queens Council on the Arts’ 3rd Space is proud to present “In Between the Lines,” an inaugural writing workshop hosted by Queens-based performance collective The In Between People. This workshop encourages lovers of the pen […]

Katz Welcomes New Director Of Cultural Affairs

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer On Tuesday morning, Borough President Melinda Katz introduced her new Director of Cultural Affairs and Tourism, Nayelli Valencia, to a room full of guests at the Queens Council of the Arts in Astoria. Katz said one of her top priorities as Borough President is to rebrand Queens as a major […]

Borough Board Presents Budget Priorities

Borough Board Presents Budget Priorities

Borough President Melinda Katz (left) sits at a task force meeting on the New York State Pavilion. Funding for the Pavilion was included in the Borough Board budget priorities. BY JOE MARVILLI Staff Writer Borough President Melinda Katz announced on March 12 that the Borough Board had unanimously approved a list of expenses that they […]

QCA, Knockdown Center Team Up To Find Residency

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer The Knockdown Center is teaming up with Queens Council on the Arts to find a potential residency for the Maspeth-based arts center. The Council has started a survey to determine how the Center can accommodate local artists and give them space to work on their projects. Lynn Lobell, managing director […]

QCA Dinner Takes Tour of Senses

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Queens Council on the Arts will host a dinner that mixes dance and food in the second Moveable Feast Artist Dinner Series, which will raise money for a stop gap scholarship fund. The dinner, “Senses Transports,” will take place on March 10 and will feature meals that focus on a […]

Mark-Viverito Named New Speaker

BY STEVEN J. FERRARI Editor-in-Chief Bill de Blasio stated a preference for City Council Speaker from the beginning, and on Wednesday, the new Mayor got his wish. While de Blasio was in Albany on Wednesday for Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s State of the State address, the City Council unanimously supported Melissa Mark-Viverito (D-Manhattan/the Bronx) as she […]

Kaufman Studios Expands With A Backlot

Kaufman Studios Expands With A Backlot

Sesame Street’s Grover joins elected officials and Kaufman Studios representatives at the backlot’s ribbon cutting on Tuesday. Photo by Ira Cohen BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer Astoria residents will see many more famous faces from Hollywood now that the newly-built outdoor backlot at Kaufman Astoria Studios is complete. To celebrate the occasion, many local and […]

De Blasio Appoints Three Queens Leaders To Transition Team

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last Wednesday, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio unveiled his 60-member transition team appointed to help select the City’s next administration. Among the names on the list are three prominent Queens leaders – York College president Marcia Keizs, Coalition for Queens founder Jukay Hsu and Queens Council on the Arts executive director […]

Sound Artist Visits QCA

BY TRISHA SAKHUJA Staff Writer A Queens-based sound and sculpture artist will share a sound piece on Nov. 22 at the Queens Council on the Arts during a monthly 3rd Space event, from 7 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. The sound piece, “Neural: Cleave,” will explore raw emotions and power conveyed and betrayed by the human […]