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It’s going to be wheelie fun. The annual LIC Bike Parade will roll through Western Queens on June 6, starting at 3 pm. But the multi-faceted fun will begin inside Socrates Sculpture Park at around 11 am, when racers can repair their rides for free with RECYCLE-A-BIKE and get free helmets from the NYC Department of Transportation.

At the same time, artist-led workshops will help participants decorate their rides and there will be a bicycle swap. Meanwhile, from noon to 2 pm at nearby Rainey ParkBike NY will offer a riding class for beginners. The parade will take off from the main entrance to Socrates and go along Vernon Boulevard to Queensbridge Park for a waterfront celebration that lasts until 5 pm.

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This 530-square-foot studio condo in Long Island City is part of a newer building built in 2015. The ceilings are 11 feet high which adds some space and also allows the windows to be bigger, bringing in lots of light throughout. The kitchen has new granite countertops and stainless steel appliances, including a dishwasher.

Plenty of transportation options are nearby — the E/M, N/Q/R, 7, and G trains are all within walking distance. There are parks and dining options in the area, and the East River is a couple blocks away. The sale is listed as $560,000 with an estimated monthly mortgage of $2,106.66. Click through for more photos.

42-37 27th Street, #5 [Wonwoo John Change, Realtor] GMAP

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Good things come in threes. On the third day of May, the SculptureCenter will unveil simultaneous art exhibitions by Erika Verzutti, Magali Reus, and Michael E. Smith.

This will be the first solo show in New York City for Verzutti, a Brazilian artist who will present Swan with Stage. Working between synthetic and organic materials, she creates hybrid objects and situations that interrogate relationships between forms and bodies.

The centerpiece — a 12-foot-tall abstract swan sculpture — functions as monument, character, and stage. It is enclosed by a group of black and white photographs, including images of an actor (above) and the swan snapped in various moments of drama and comedy.

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Since the weather has warmed up, I’ve found myself walking through and around Queens Plaza quite a bit of late. The construction boom under way in this section of Long Island City is staggering, and you’d be hard pressed to turn your head in any direction and not see cranes and concrete trucks at work. The biggest change to the horizon is actually over in Manhattan, with 432 Park Avenue now visible from everywhere in western Queens and possibly the entire eastern seaboard.

The City people always have to show off, don’t they? 1,396 feet, really? An apartment building 150 feet taller than the Empire State? Woof.

More after the jump.

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It first hit the literary scene in 1962, when arguments about deinstitutionalization were raging. The book’s author, Ken Kesey, researched the subject by interviewing patients while working as an orderly in a mental health facility in California. (He also claimed that he took a variety of mind-altering drugs as part of his research.)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest tells the story of life at a psychiatric ward via narration by a huge, Native American inmate who is believed to be deaf and mute. The head nurse, Mildred Ratched, rules with an iron fist, but she constantly butts heads with the ever-rebellious patient Randle Patrick McMurphy, who faked insanity to avoid prison for various crimes.

This week, Cuckoo’s Nest comes to Queens. More information and another image are on the jump page.

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It all began in 14th century France, when the Black Plague was raging. A desperate monk decided that the best remedy was to “let them die laughing,” so he jaunted through devastated villages with a red-nosed group known as “God’s Zanies,” providing his version of sacred relief.

This Peter Barnes play, Red Noses, was first produced by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 1985. This month, it comes to Queens, but Nicu’s Spoon Theater Company will set this Olivier Award-winning drama in modern day New York City with a score featuring contemporary music.

Directed by Stephanie Barton-Farcas, performances will begin with a special opening night gala on April 8th at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City, and they will continue through April 19th. More information and another dramatic photo are on the jump page.

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Most don’t survive their third year, but the 5th Annual Queens World Film Festival is about to begin its six-day run on March 17, and it keeps growing and growing. A total of 116 flicks — of all imaginable lengths, themes, and languages — will screen at various venues in Astoria, Jackson Heights, the Kaufman Arts District, and Long Island City this year. But beforehand the organizers are going to hold a special night to introduce some of the filmmakers, festival directors, and special guests as well as show 10 trailers of selected movies. More information and another photo on jump page.