LIC nonprofit Local Project turns to Kickstarter to survive


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Images courtesy of Local Project

After having to move out of the building that housed 5Pointz, one nonprofit is turning to Kickstarter to help stay at the site it has called home for the past few months.

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Nonprofit Local Project, Falchi Building seek artists for site-specific installation piece


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One landmark Long Island City building is calling all artists to come and create.

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Star of Queens: Carolina Peñafiel, founder and director of Local Project, co-owner of Fancy Fox


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Photo courtesy of Jason Artiga

COMMUNITY SERVICE: Ten years ago Carolina Peñafiel founded Local Project, a nonprofit arts organization. It has housed its headquarters and gallery space inside the warehouses of 5Pointz in Long Island City. Local Project gives back to the community by showcasing local artists and holding events with local groups. “It is a very welcoming space, it’s […]

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After a decade in Long Island City, Local Project searches for a new home


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At the edge of Long Island City, where warehouses haunt like rusty fossils of an industrial past, obscured by the elevated subway tracks, street art fights for survival. Encircled in graffiti-wrapped sarcophagi, the low brow legacy of Local Project and 5Pointz await doomsday, untouched by the sterile glass high-rises that erupt from the ground almost […]

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LIC nonprofit reaches Kickstarter goal


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Photos Courtesy Local Project

One Long Island City nonprofit will be able to keep its home after a successful online campaign.

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LIC plumber uses tools of the trade to create unique art pieces


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Photos by Orestes Gonzalez

When Long Island City resident Cristian Torres is on the job as a plumber, he sees more than just pipes and pressure gauges.

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Star of Queens: Cheryl Swiatkowski, Girl Scouts of Greater New York


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COMMUNITY SERVICE: “My community service is really for the Girl Scouts of Greater New York. I started volunteering in September of 1980 at St. Adalbert’s in Elmhurst, and after 1990 I continued on to take on additional roles with the Girl Scouts. I was asked if I could become a trainer, which was a volunteer […]

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Star of Queens: Alberta Crowley, volunteer, Bricktown Community Garden


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COMMUNITY SERVICE: The Community Garden on 106th Avenue and 173rd Street in southeast Queens has become a second home to Alberta Crowley for the past five years. Crowley, 70, volunteers at the garden, planting any and every kind of vegetable. She additionally works with a group of developmentally disabled individuals, helping them harvest their own […]

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Star of Queens: Harriet Krasnoff, head of the Outreach Program, Alley Pond Environmental Center


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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Harriet Krasnoff is the head of the Outreach Program at the Alley Pond Environmental Center (APEC), a program in which animals are brought to hospitals, nursing homes and hospices to let residents there interact with them. Before she started doing this with APEC, Krasnoff was in charge of the same program at the […]

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Arts nonprofit raises funds for new space as 5Pointz set to be demolished


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Photos courtesy of Carolina Penafiel/Local Project

As the wrecking ball gets closer to 5Pointz, one nonprofit that calls the graffiti mecca home is now looking for help to fund their new space once it’s time to move out. For the past five years, Local Project, a nonprofit arts organization, has housed its headquarters and gallery space at 45-10 Davis Street in […]

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Artists, residents voice outrage over 5Pointz demolition


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5Pointz will soon be gone, replaced by two high-rise apartment buildings. At a public hearing hosted by Community Board (CB) 2 on Wednesday area residents packed the MoMA PS 1 lobby to discuss the special permit application by thee Wolkoff family, owners of 5Pointz for decades, to build the complex. The plan looks to demolish […]

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Local artist spotlight: The ever ethereal Donna Levinstone


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In a place divided by opposites — old and new, natural and artificial, solid and ethereal — pastel artist Donna Levinstone finds balance. A universe at odds take shape in the fine lines and smudges of chalky clouds and smooth sunsets, juxtaposed against steel and glass. “I’ve always been fascinated with the dichotomy between what’s […]

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