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Spring is springing: 6 things to do this Sunday in Long Island City

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LIC things to do

Warren Lewis Sotheby’s International Realty is pleased to offer the following tips for explorers considering living in Long Island City.

Come to our Rental Open House at The Fusion
42-51 Hunter St.
2:45 to 3:45 pm

Loft-like living with deluxe finishing touches is yours at the Fusion. This 1,240-square-foot 2BR/2Bath is within eye-shot and minutes of mid-town Manhattan –N,Q,R,E,M,F,G and 7 trains get you everywhere!

And then you can…

Have brunch at LIC Market
21-52 44th Dr.
(Just west of 23rd Street)
Brunch: 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Hit the LIC Flea

5-25 46th Ave.
(Outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue)
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
(Photo by  Dominick Totino Photography) 

Visit MoMA PS1

 22-25 Jackson Ave.
(At the intersection of 46th Ave.)
King Britt presents MOONDANCE, A Night in the AfroFuture
12:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Walk along the East River at Gantry Plaza State Park

4-09 47th Rd.
8:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Take in the Whitewash 5Pointz exhibit at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery

21-37 45th Rd.
12 to 6 p.m.

Want to know more about living in LIC?  Ask a local.  Email Michael@warrenlewis.com

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Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Plentiful sunshine. High 24. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph. Friday Night: Mostly clear. Low near 15. Winds light and variable.

EVENT OF THE DAY: International Painting NYC III 

The Jeffrey Leder Gallery presents an expansive exhibit that will occupy two floors of the gallery. International Painting NYC III features work from over 20 painters from 10 countries. The Jeffrey Leder Gallery is located at 21-37 45th Road, LIC. Through March 23. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

NYPD unveils 7-step new training protocols

The New York Police Department unveiled new, “common-sense” training protocols aimed at improving relations with communities that feel alienated by the police stop-and-frisk practice. Read more: ABC New York

Parents outraged by de Blasio barring 3 charter schools from public space

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s administration has blocked three charter schools from using space inside public school buildings, reversing a decision from his predecessor and making good on a campaign promise to rein in the influence of private education providers. Read more: AP

Bratton bucking St. Patrick’s Day parade boycott

Police Commissioner William Bratton says he will march in the nation’s largest St. Patrick’s Day parade. Read more: New York Post

New nutrition labels would highlight calories and sugar

Those “Nutrition Facts” labels that are plastered on nearly every food package found in grocery stores are getting a new look. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Arctic front brings record-breaking cold, howling winds

Record-breaking cold and howling winds froze the tri-state overnight as temperatures dropped to 10 degrees in New York City and and below zero in at least one suburb, with wind gusts making it feel even worse. Read more: NBC New York

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 permanent and what’s changing,” she said.

The artist, who calls her work “painted photo realism,” has always worked in the realm of pastel landscapes, craving the forgiving and spontaneous nature of the medium, how every stick contains little particles of light so they almost read it. The ease at which a hot pink streak ignites an eggplant sky was fascinating.

“Clouds are really hard,” Levinstone said. “You would think it’s easy but it’s like any composition. I never want it to look too stiff. It’s kind of like a dance, which is true of any composition.”

While her work captures something seemingly conventional, Levinstone believes the job of a true artist is to take something lacking in interest and make it interesting.

“An artist’s mind has the ability to take something real and change it into ten different things,” Levinstone said.

She recently released her first series inspired by Long Island City. She loves the architecture dotting the horizon and the light that shimmers around the high rises – a light that’s changed in the years since she began working in LIC.

Levinstone has fostered a lifelong love affair with the sky. As a kid, she rode in the backseat of her father Martin’s convertible, hands in the air, the sky at her fingertips. Last year, as Martin, 92, lay on his deathbed, she made him a promise.

“I’m going to paint you in my clouds,” she said.

His death brought the element of the afterlife and what’s beyond the clouds into Levinstone’s work.

Observers tell Levinstone her work is ever-changing. In rich amber skies and wispy clouds, they see endless possibilities. A 17-year-old boy once described her work as “artistic shorthand.” She thought that was the best feedback she’d ever gotten.

“It really comes from the soul. There’s something people feel when they look at the work.

As much as my work is about the sky, it’s more than that. It’s about what’s beyond there. We look at it and it looks back at us, we discover things.”

Levinstone isn’t afraid to let her work go towards the dark side. When the American landscape changed on September 11, 2001, her art dove into a deep emotional crevasse, abandoning bright colors for black, white and charcoal grey – the color of the collapsing towers’ smoke. Her most recent collection spurred from the devastation of Superstorm Sandy, the havoc and the mess it left behind.

“It’s interesting the role ones mental state effects [one’s work],” she said.

Levinstone uses her work to help others. She runs workshops and teaches classes at a creative center for people battling cancer. She visits students in their homes and helps them craft a portfolio for art schools or showcases and visits homebound elderly residents, painting and drawing. Art provides escapism and serenity, she said, similarly to watching a movie. Some of the people she works with have never created art before, but watching their moods brighten is an amazing process.

Levinstone also recently began teaching at the Queens Paideia School, an addition she says has added endless meaning to her life. She calls the experience symbiotic, stating it’s not just the teacher teaching, but her students who enrich her life every day.

Levinstone’s latest show can be seen at the Jeffrey Leder Gallery, beginning Friday, March 29.