Full Reveal: 11-06 45th Road

We last checked in on 11-22 45th Road a/k/a 11-06 45th Road back in March scaffolding had been erected on the building.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that construction crews had taken down all scaffolding and fencing to reveal the facade, as seen in the photo below.

Here’s more details about the site from New York YIMBY:2

Plans were filed on Friday for 12 two-family townhouses at 45-35 11th Street, a couple blocks from the Court Square subway stop. They’ll replace a series of one- and two-story factory buildings that stretch from 46th Avenue to 45th Road and occupy roughly half the block between 11th Street and 21st Street. Every four-story home will have a cellar and a duplex on the first two floors, topped by a triplex. The construction floor area of each house will be 4,470 square feet, according to permits, and the whole development will span 140,272 square feet.

11-06 45th Road

A view of 11-06 45th Road

11-22 45th Road

Rendering for 11-22 45th Road


SculptureCenter developing plans to install Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit

SculptureCenter, located at 44-19 Purves Street, is developing plans to move forward with Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit, which is currently scheduled to open on May 9. SculptureCenter has been shuttered since March 12 as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“In many ways it feels like a precarious time, especially for our artistic community, but this period has also been a humbling reminder of the importance of cultural institutions as centers for dialogue,” director Christian Rattemeyer said in an email. “SculptureCenter is moving forward with that in mind. We are continuing with our exhibition plans and our commitment to artists, and will find ever-evolving ways to help them find the support and resources they need.”

SculptureCenter is finding a way to deinstall their current exhibitions, Rafael Domenech: Model to exhaust this place and In Practice: Total Disbelief and working closely with the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles to transport Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit to New York.

“We are strategizing creative ways to make these upcoming exhibitions safely accessible to the public, either in person or through digital platforms,” Rattemeyer said. “Of course, the timing of all of this could change, but we are monitoring the situation closely and will communicate exhibition developments as they become available.”


GoFundMe started for LIC’s Yoga Room, Workout Factory, PilatesWorks

The cornoavirus pandemic has shuttered many businesses as major cities like New York City have attempted to stem the spread of the disease.

That has led many in the service industry to suffer, including those in fitness. Local fitness studios The Yoga Room, The Workout Factory, and PilatesWorks are among the business who have shut down during the past week, and owners Martin Kerestes and Zhana Galijasevic have started a campaign to help pay instructors and support staff while their doors are closed.

“With the closure of all our studios, we have all lost a place to practice and work out, and our staff have lost their livelihood,” Kerestes wrote in an email. “While we as a small business are suffering greatly, we are determined to fund our losses and persevere until it is safe to reopen. But many of our staff have gotten into an even more difficult financial situation as all their income has ceased.”

The GoFundMe campaign has a targeted goal of $30,000, and nearly $5,000 has been raised so far. All of the proceeds will be donated to staff, on a case by case basis, based on urgent financial need.

“We thank you in advance for your support,” Kerestes said. “We are sure we will get through this crisis together as a community and we get to rebuild soon.”

The Yoga Room


10th annual Queens World Film Festival to stream online beginning March 19 at 7 p.m.

The coronavirus will not stop the 10th annual Queens World Film Festival from happening.

Though QWFF will not be at its physical venue at Museum of the Moving Image, which was forced to close among many other cultural institutions as part of restrictions put in place to combat the spread of the virus, the films will be streamed online via DISCOVERED.TV.

“The show must go on,” QWFF executive director Katha Cato said. “Expect to be delighted by cinematic treasures presented in thematic blocks from filmmakers residing all over the globe, yet all engaged in similar conversations.”

More than 200 films from over 30 countries will be released beginning Thursday and will continue through March 29. The festival begins at 7 p.m. with a block of six short films approrpriately titled “Tales of Connectedness” exploring stories of “how we come together.”

A full screening list can be found on the QWFF’s website.