2017’s art has left Socrates Sculpture Park

Today I watched that head in Socrates park, an installation by Tanda Francis, called “Take Me With You,” get taken away. 


And not just the head, but the whole body of work that graced the park since October 1 is out of the park, from what I could see. The next installation will be Virginia Overton’s solo-set called “Built.” According to the website, “The show’s largest piece is a crystal-shaped sculpture made of industrial architectural truss systems and angle iron spanning 40 feet.”

Politics and news below…

A few notes: 

  • Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer launched his 2021 campaign for Borough President last night with a fundraiser at a private residence in Long Island City. 
  • Both JVB and Councilman Costa Constantinides are backing Jessica Ramos for state senate, who is challenging incumbent Senator Jose Peralta, a member of the breakaway Independent Democratic Committee.
  • JVB, along with CB1’s Florence Koulouris and WBLS’s Bob Lee, put shovels in for the new 3 million $6.25 million park house at Queensbridge Park.

  • More than half the city council, including JVB and Constantinides signed a letter to Councilman Daniel Dromm, who chairs the finance committee and Speaker Corey Johnson calling for reduced priced Metrocards for New Yorkers below the poverty line.
  • The death of Sharef Graham, 25, last weekend represents the third murder at Queensbridge in one year since the streak of no gun violence was broken in March, 2017.
  • The Astor Room at Astoria Kaufman Studios is now George’s a throwback to a movie star-clad era of the original Paramount Pictures commissary of the 1920s and 30s.
  • Aaron Randolph, 31, lives in a van in Long Island City, the Post reports. Looks like he’s situated on 12th Street by the Voice Charter School. 
  • Renderings have been released for 29-37 41st Avenue, which could be the tallest building in Queens, at Queens Plaza, The Architect’s Newspaper says.
  • Streets Blog goes after State Assemblywoman Aravella Simotas, saying she did not go on the record to support congestion pricing.
  • The city saw its largest increase in tuberculosis since 2003, with Western Queens among the worst hit areas.
  • A former cop was given 14 years for extorting businesses in Astoria, QNS/Courier reports. 
  • The Central Astoria LDC will host its second Spring Break Fun in the Park at Dutch Kills Playground on April 4.



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