Don't get me wrong, I like some of the changes, despite the presence of the towering skyscrapers adjacent to Queens Plaza and the recent inglorious death of graffiti mecca Five Pointz. It's just that it kinda sucks being so far away from it all. From where I sit, LIC might as well be in Manhattan, or north Brooklyn at the very least.
|The Nesva Hotel|
There's a sweet summer flea market that started up last year, way out in the far end of LIC, near the park. It's a bit of a walk from the subway, but well worth it - they attract local vendors from around the area and it's given me a chance to sample restaurants I might not normally frequent. They recently announced that they're gonna expand into the lot of the world famous Kaufman Astoria Studios this summer.
There are also some nice coffee shops in LIC that I frequent, although their big drawback is that they close early - around seven. Sometimes I cafe-hop between LIC and Greenpoint & Williamsburg in Brooklyn. It's easy when you can walk over the Pulaski Bridge. The bridge is scheduled to undergo some changes in which bikers will have their own lane, separate from the pedestrians, and I can't wait. There's not a lotta room for both as it is now.
House portrays the life and career of film and TV costume designer and stylist Patricia Field, of Sex and the City fame, as seen through the eyes of the many friends, co-workers and peers who worked at her Greenwich Village boutique and salon, which was also a home for many LGBT kids who needed one. Field embraced a wide variety of these people, provided they did their fair share in helping to run the boutique, of course, and a number of them went on to achieve fame in fields ranging from art to fashion to music. They became a surrogate family, with Field as the matriarch who ruled more like a patriarch.
|'House' director Mars Roberge (third from left), w/friends|
Then there were the shorts. Seed Story tells the rise and fall of a miniature civilization centered around the growth of a single dandelion, using tiny figurines and created props in La Jetee-style still shots. Neat way to depict how simple ideas can be twisted and reshaped according to who's in charge... Rotkop, from Belgium, is about a bullied teen and his cancer-ridden mother. The protagonist isn't entirely sympathetic, but that's okay; that means it has gravitas without being too cliche... in Fe la Vida, from Spain, a clerical error sends a woman through a maze of bureaucracy. Couldn't tell if this was supposed to be satirical or not... An artist tries to recreate the image of the woman of his dreams, literally, in the wordless L'ombra Interior, also from Spain. Kinda surreal, yet poetic as well... and in a third Spanish short, Only Solomon Lee, a series of stolen laptops inspires a creepy loner to connect with people in disturbing ways. Very uncomfortable to watch, though in a positive way.