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Image source: Noguchi Museum

DNAinfo reports on the state of the artworks at the Noguchi Museum – many pieces made it through the storm with flying colors, but others did not. First, the good news. According to the museum, “The permanent collection of roughly 360 works — installed by the artist himself in the museum and sculpture garden he created for them — was unaffected.” The Noguchi staff spent time protecting the art by either covering or moving it.

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Image source: 11-15 Broadway

11-15 Broadway – one of the big luxury apartment buildings by Socrates Sculpture Park that has been in construction mode for many months – is now open and looking for people to start renting there. According to the Criterion Group website (they invest in and manage real estate), this development is an 8 story, 80 unit residential tower, containing 15 studio, 50 one-bedroom, and 6 two-bedroom apartments.

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Image source: Wikimedia Commons

Recently DNAinfo reported about the small service increases for the Q103 bus, but State Senator Michael Gianaris (who worked to get this initial service increase in place) wants it increased even more, “due to a developing arts corridor along the bus route and an expected increase in traffic from the construction of the Cornell-Technion Applied Science campus on Roosevelt Island.” The bus line also serves people in far western Astoria, who are further away from the N/Q subway line, and it is one of the few transit options they have.

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Down near the edge of Western Queens, where Astoria meets Long Island City at the waterfront, sits The Noguchi Museum, dedicated to the work of Isamu Noguchi (1904-1988), a major figure of mid-century art and design. His iconic sculptures, akari lamps, and that biomorphic glass coffee table – mere examples from his full œuvre – endure in their influence and significance. And you can take home some of his designed pieces at the The Noguchi Museum Shop.