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I’ve been missing 5Pointz something fierce lately, so after meeting some friends from the City for lunch nearby Astoria Park recently, we paid a visit to the Welling Court Mural Project. There is a LOT of street art going on here, and there has been since 2009, when the Ad Hoc Art group began the project.

Welling Court can be found here, btw.

There’s a lot of terrific stuff here. The comic guy in me loved Fumeroism’s Yellow Hulk.

As mentioned, this is a curated project which is in its fifth year of installation.

From Ad Hoc Art’s Facebook page:

The Welling Court Mural Project began in 2009 when Ad Hoc Art was invited by the community of Welling Court to slay some aesthetic blights in their neighborhood. The first project debuted in May 2010 with over 44 murals, fitting for the diverse and lively inhabitants. Each year since, spectacular crews of legendary and groundbreaking artists have come together to transform the neighborhood into a creative celebration and public art experience.

Many, many more images and lots of commentary after the jump.

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Street artists Chris Stain and Billy Mode collaborated with a local youth organization to create a mural for the side of the six-story rental building rising at 267 Pacific Street in Cobble Hill. Instead of leaving an 80-foot-tall blank wall facing Smith Street, developer Tim Quinlan of Quinlan Development Group and Lonicera Partners invited youth arts group Cre8tive YouTH*ink to design an evocative, community-based work to fill the space. Stain and Mode helped 12 young, aspiring artists design and execute the 50′ by 50′ mural at the organization’s Industry City headquarters.

The result, “Sign Language,” depicts a little boy climbing on top of the street sign at Pacific and Smith. The spray painted and stenciled mural is based on a photograph taken by famous street photographer Martha Cooper as part of her “Street Play” series. It’s gradually being installed while the building finishes construction.

Click through the jump to see a rendering of what the piece will look like when it’s completed.

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New Yorkers like to complain about litter, graffiti, and noise

We love maps here at QNYC and were pretty enthused about checking out this one via io9 called “What do New Yorkers complain about?” You can see block by block what was reported on the issues of litter, graffiti, and noise throughout the city. We noticed a few things: there’s a big pink section in Queens just west of Flushing Meadows Corona Park in the Corona neighborhood that is red (graffiti). Also, the southeastern part of Queens is pretty blue; Forest Hill and Rego Park seem to be more concerned about noise, too. The data for this map was culled from 311 calls from 2010-2012.

CUNY’s Graduate School of Journalism weights in on the potential QueensWay

The subject of the abandoned rail line that could be the QueensWay (Queens’s own high line?) or turned back into a working rail line (Rockaway Beach Branch), has manifested itself into another website, The Line. From the About page:

The Line is a reporting project by Craft I students at the City University of New York’s Graduate School of Journalism. We hope to show all sides of the debate, explore what’s at stake and present the key players who want to create the next stop for the Rockaway Beach Branch rail line in Queens.

This is a site worth keeping an eye on, especially if you are interested in hearing both sides of the argument.

Queens has great street art in LIC, Astoria, and Ridgewood’s neighbor Bushwick

Street art charms us, was must admit. Random, pointless, scribble scrabble graffiti doesn’t, but the street art in this article is not about that. But anyway, ArtInfo has put together a list and accompanying slideshow on where to see great street art in NYC. We were happy to see that 5 Pointz in LIC (GMAP), Welling Court in Astoria (GMAP), and almost-in-Ridgewood but Bushwick 5 Points (GMAP) were all included. Not far from the Ridgewood border – again, in Bushwick – is the art on Vandervoort Place between Flushing Avenue and Thames Street (GMAP) and Gardner Avenue between Flushing and Johnson Avenues (GMAP).

We’ve visited Welling Court (and nearby streets), and the art there is really fantastic. And anyone taking the 7 train through LIC sees the amazing aerosol art at 5 Pointz. Walking from the Jefferson L stop toward 17-17 Troutman in Ridgewood – home to many artists of all kinds – you’ll also see some pretty incredible art. Definitely take some time to check it out.

The origins of the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center

Watch and listen to former Borough President Claire Shulman talk about how she got the Flushing Meadows Corona Park Aquatic Center to happen – “she used $8 million from the United States Tennis Association and a “birthday present” from Mayor Giuliani to build a state of the art and incredibly popular swimming pool and ice skating rink in Flushing Meadows Corona Park.”

[vimeo http://vimeo.com/43901820]

Rockaway Rises – a different side to the Rockaways

We love this new site, Rockaway Rises, which is “a community for sharing and enjoying the positive aspects of life on our fair peninsula.” Visions of the destruction are not to be submitted here, just shots and artwork of the beauty of the peninsula. A beautiful change of pace.

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Image source: Meg Cotner – Welling Court Mural from 2011

ArtInfo has put together a list and accompanying slideshow on where to see great street art in NYC. We were happy to see that 5 Pointz in LIC (GMAP), Welling Court in Astoria (GMAP), and almost-in-Ridgewood but Bushwick 5 Points (GMAP) were all included. Not far from the Ridgewood border – again, in Bushwick – is the art on Vandervoort Place between Flushing Avenue and Thames Street (GMAP) and Gardner Avenue between Flushing and Johnson Avenues (GMAP).

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Last week, a colorful new mural was completed under the Hell Gate Bridge at Steinway Street and 23rd Road. Located next to Olympia sports bar, it depicts Ancient Greek gods and goddesses and other mythological scenes. According to the Queens Chronicle and DNAinfo, it’s the work of students from Frank Sinatra School of the Arts and local street art celebrity, Lady Pink.

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The Ad Hoc public mural project in the Welling Court neighborhood, an immigrant community in western Astoria, showcases murals by international and local artists with the goal of cleaning up ugly graffiti and decorating the neighborhood with colorful street art. Ad Hoc Art, a Brooklyn-based design house, started as an art gallery and community space in 2006 and has since become a hub of social change through art.

According to a recent post by Ad Hoc, Willing Court has 90 spots with paintings by over 70 artists. In June, mural painting turned into a neighborhood event with bike races, BBQ, and a dance party.