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Save Astoria’s Cultural Heritage

Rite Aid

I’m very upset that a lovely and historic piece of architecture in my hometown of Astoria, NY, is under threat of destruction.  This terra cotta decoration on 36th St. and Broadway features Neptune and other symbols of the sea, as many decades ago it used to be a Childs Restaurant.

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Later it became a Rite Aid, and now it’s a Deals store.  According to the Greater Astoria Historical Society, they’re planning on destroying this whimsical work.  Astoria has been undergoing massive gentrification lately, but that’s no reason to destroy one of the few architectural gems we have.  Please see the Historical Society’s Facebook page for more information.  Apparently they’re trying to give it landmark status, but it’s a difficult process.  They recommend contacting Council Member Costa Constantinides‘ office.  Please help get the word out to protect Astoria’s (and NYC’s) historic and unique architecture!

Addendum

Please consider sending the following message to Councilman Costa Constantinides at costa@council.nyc.gov.  We need all the help we can get!

Dear Mr. Constantinides:

It has come to my attention that the beautiful and historic terra cotta decoration on the former Rite Aid on 36th Street and Broadway is in danger of being destroyed. This architectural detail is part of Astoria’s cultural heritage and has delighted generations of Astorians, myself included. Built as a Childs Restaurant in the 1920s, this building deserves landmark status. Astoria has undergone massive gentrification in recent years, but that is no reason to destroy one of the few architectural gems we have in this neighborhood.

Thank you,

[Your Name]

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Selling My Photographs on Fineartamerica.com

I put some of my photographs up for sale on fineartamerica.com. I don’t expect to make much (or any) money off of it, but I want to be able to share my photos with others who might appreciate them – and if I can make a few bucks, so much the better. I’ve uploaded what I think are my best shots from Asia, Europe, and America. You can find my profile here.

My profile on fineartamerica.com

My profile on fineartamerica.com


I chose fineartamerica because it’s free to list your art, as long as you keep it under 25 pieces. More than that and you have to pay. You can set how much money you want to make off of each sale (in my case a few bucks), the company charges their fee for production/ printing/ framing/ shipping/ etc., and the total of that is what the customer sees. Easy!

What are your experiences with selling your photographs?

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The Astoria Renaissance

A vibrant arts scene has cropped up in my hometown of Astoria, New York, across the river from Manhattan. Sponsored by Ad Hoc Art, the Welling Court Mural Project is in its fifth year and brings together some of the best street artists in the world. Here’s a sampling of their work:

Links about the project:
http://weheartastoria.com/2014/05/the-5th-annual-welling-court-mural-project-is-here-june-14/
http://streetartnyc.org/blog/2014/06/15/ad-hoc-arts-fifth-annual-welling-court-mural-project-part-1-cekis-alice-mizrachi-john-ahearn-icy-sot-lmnop-kingbee-and-toofly/

The murals are a few blocks away from Socrates Sculpture Park, a cultural mainstay of the neighborhood.

Scenes from Socrates Sculpture Park:

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