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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.

Local Project, a nonprofit arts organization, has offered exhibitions, mentoring programs, classes, co-working space, residencies for artists and much more since starting in 2003. It previously had its headquarters and gallery at 45-10 Davis St. in Long Island City inside the warehouse of the graffiti mecca.

After the property’s owners decided to sell the location to construct two high-rise apartment buildings, members of Local Project were left wondering where to go and were excited when they found a new location at 11-27 44th Rd.

Local Project’s new location at 11-27 44th Rd. (Photo by Carolina Peñafiel)

However, after having to deal with a 50 percent rent increase, the nonprofit needs help raising money to pay two months of rent in order to continue being part of the community.

“It’s a New York problem, paying rent,” said Carolina Peñafiel, founder and director of Local Project. “We’re hoping to be able to breathe. We didn’t expect it to be so hard to get back on track. ”

The organization started a Kickstarter “Buy a Brick” campaign Thursday with a goal to raise $6,100 by July 12. As of Friday afternoon, $1,045 has been raised.

Supporters will receive gifts after donating on Kickstarter including a personalized brick on Local Project’s supporters’ wall, with a $25 pledge or more.

“It’s a new location, it’s a different crowd, there’s no 5Pointz in here that can back us up,” Peñafiel said. “Now we’re building this up again. Everyone that comes in lives in the area and they appreciate what we are doing.”

Once Local Project meets their goal Peñafiel said the organization would then be able to have time to create a strategic plan and put it into place to ensure it thrives for more years to come.

Future plans for Local Project include year-long exhibitions, events, a co-working space, mentoring for new curators and artists, a continuing partnership and student internships with the Information Technology High School in Long Island City and MoMA, and creative affordable workshops.

“We’re looking at this very positive,” Peñafiel said. “The horizon looks awesome and there are all of these opportunity and all of these great things we want to get back to work on.”

To donate to the Kickstarter, click here.



American Folk Art Museum opening LIC annex

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The Long Island City art scene will soon welcome a new neighbor, according to published reports.

The American Folk Art Museum, located at 2 Lincoln Square in Manhattan, is looking to open a 17,000-square-foot annex in the western Queens neighborhood near the LaGuardia Performing Arts CenterThe New York Times reported.

It will contain the museum’s collection, library and provide additional room for exhibitions, with a 2,000 square-foot exhibit hall, the publication said.

“We think it’s a real opportunity to share pieces for which we often get inquiries,” Anne-Imelda Radice, American Folk Art Museum’s director, told The Times. “And Queens is a great location for us.”

The museum’s annex, expected to open in early 2015, will share the neighborhood with many local art institutions including Socrates Sculpture Park and MoMA PS 1.

This is not the first time the American Folk Art Museum and the Museum of Modern Art have shared the same area. The museum was formerly located next door to MoMA in Manhattan, until it had to reportedly move due to financial issues, and MoMA purchased the building in 2011 to create a 100,500-square-foot expansion to its complex.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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Tuesday: Overcast with a chance of a thunderstorm and rain showers, then thunderstorms and rain showers in the afternoon. High of 75. Windy. Winds from the South at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 40 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 0.6 in. possible. Tuesday night: Overcast with thunderstorms and rain showers, then thunderstorms after midnight. Low of 64. Windy. Winds from the SSW at 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 50 mph. Chance of rain 90% with rainfall amounts near 1.3 in. possible.

EVENT of the DAY: Free Electronic Etching 

Please join Senator Joe Addabbo and  officers from Transit District 33 and the 104th Precinct, and register your cell/smartphones, iPads, iPods, laptops, portable video games and more to help protect against theft. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Heavy winds, rain threaten tri-state

The mild weather tri-state residents enjoyed over the last three days is expected to deteriorate Tuesday as heavy winds, rain and possible thunderstorms move over the region, meteorologists say. Read more: NBC New York

Queens residents weigh in on Willets Point plan

Queens residents packed the auditorium at the Our Lady of Sorrows Church Monday to voice their opposition to a plan to redevelop Flushing Meadows Corona Park. Read more: NY1

Long Island City’s business landscape evolves as it reinvents its industrial past

Long Island City, once an industrial area known for its large manufacturing plants and hulking waterfront warehouses, is becoming a neighborhood of choice for entrepreneurs and businesses looking to expand. Read more: New York Daily News

Construction underway for Sunnyside dog run

After trying for 10 years to make the neighborhood more dog-friendly, construction is underway in Sunnyside for its first dog run, located in Lou Lodati Park. Read more: NY1

Close to 200 Arrested as OWS marks 1-year anniversary with marches, rallies

Dozens of protesters have been arrested as Occupy Wall Street marks its first anniversary with rallies and marches throughout New York City. Read more: CBS New York 

Munch’s ‘The Scream’ going on view at MoMA in NYC

Edvard Munch’s “The Scream,” which sold for nearly $120 million at auction, will go on view at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. The museum announced Tuesday that the iconic image will be on display from Oct. 24 to April 29. Read more: Fox 5 New York 

Romney looks to steady shaky campaign

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney is trying to steady a shaky campaign as President Barack Obama, enjoying a burst of momentum, heads to New York for a celebrity fundraiser with Beyoncé and Jay-Z and a star turn on David Letterman’s couch. Read more: AP

Queens artist ties the knot

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Photo courtesy of Nicholas Ruiz

Dapper, dashing and debonair, the notoriously sophisticated bow tie has acquired an artistic injection from a Queens creative.

Nicholas Ruiz constructs imaginative bow ties from found objects, fashioning his original accessories from everything from pills to newspaper, film negatives to wine corks.

Originally from Florida, Ruiz attended college at Drexel University in Philadelphia, where he studied merchandising and design. After graduating in 2010, he moved to Forest Hills and got a job in the Special Programming and Events department at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA).

A chance meeting with singer Janelle Monáe in November, 2010 sparked Ruiz’s idea to create bow ties.

“She wears this fantastic bow tie in her music video ‘Tightrope,’” said Ruiz. “I started looking for a similar one in N.Y.C., but couldn’t find anything, so I decided to just make one myself.”

Ruiz revealed his first bow tie, made from colorful guitar picks, at the opening of “Picasso: Guitars 1912-1914” on February 8, 2011. Each bow tie created thereafter was inspired by exhibition openings and benefitted events Ruiz worked on during 2011 at MoMA.

“They were all created during different moments in my life in 2011, so each bow tie represents that unique moment of time,” said Ruiz.

Ruiz created the LEGO bow tie to wear to a party following The Armory Show, a modern art fair held every March in Manhattan, featuring a performance by British singer, Kate Nash. The chanteuse took a liking to Ruiz’s unique accoutrement and asked him to make a similar one for her to sport in her hair. Delighted, he obliged, and decided to define the project, assuming the challenge of designing and hand-crafting nine more bow ties.

In his spare time, Ruiz can be found spinning records at events around New York City as DJ Bow Tie Boy.

During the summer of 2012, The Bow Tie Collection (2011) will be showcased at a gallery in Fairfield, Connecticut and several of the 11 total bow ties will be available for purchase.

Ruiz also has a new collection in the works.

“My future bow ties will include tie-able forms hand stitched from cloth, denim, suede and other unique materials,” said Ruiz. “They will offer more classic looks for the office as well as zany prints if you want to spice up your style, and also more modern dapper looks for red carpets. I would absolutely love to design custom wedding bow ties for someone’s special day.”

Recently, Ruiz was asked by the Virgin Company to design an exclusive bow tie, constructed from one of their signature red balloons.

While the bow tie has long since been considered a distinguished accessory, Ruiz enjoys taking something “elitist” and creating it out of everyday objects.

“I want people to see the bow ties and feel inspired and wear them and feel confident,” said Ruiz. “The bow ties allowed me to express a bit of myself without saying a word.”

Ruiz plans to launch an online shop sometime in the fall of 2012, called www.NicholasTee.com and has since launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for it. Fans can purchase handmade bow ties made of recycled and traditional materials while browsing future collections.