Cinco de Mayo fiesta w/ a cause, bikes shut things down, other things…

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A fiesta in the Ravenswood area wasn’t just a Cinco de Mayo celebration. The party on 11th Street by Saint Rita’s Church was a fundraiser to help rebuild a church that was destroyed by the September 2017 earthquake in Mexico. Several of the attendees, Corner was told, are from Chila de la Sal, a town in Puebla, Mexico.

The Five Boro Bike Tour came through Queens and shut down 21st Street, Vernon Boulevard and other streets in Long Island City and Astoria. I didn’t catch it but saw these cops standing in a huge group on 34th Ave and Vernon.

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New art up at Socrates Sculpture Park

The next exhibit at Socrates Sculpture Park, a solo piece called Built by Virginia Overton, doesn’t open until next Sunday, May 6. But by last I saw earlier today, some pieces have gone up!

Says the park website: “In succinct, elegant forms, often accompanied with wry humor, Overton addresses concepts of labor, economics, and the land in today’s society.

There will be a tour of the exhibit on opening day at 4pm.

A few notes

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  • A funeral was held at Most Precious Blood Church for the baby that was found in a garbage can at Dutch Kills Playground. The baby was given the name, Dutch James Hope. 
  • Flor de Azalea Cafe on 34th Avenue and 9th Street in Ravenswood is hosting an open mic on Saturday, April 28 from from 5-7pm.
  • The Steinway Astoria Partnership is hosting the International Culture Fest on Steinway Street on Sunday, April 29 from 12-5pm.
  • We Heart Astoria is throwing a party, which celebrates local businesses, with tickets starting at $45 on Thursday, April 26.
  • Also April 26, from 7-9pm the Boundless Tales Reading Series is on at the Local NYC in Long Island City. It’s free.
  • Suraj Patel gets a write-up in student paper, Washington Square News, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez gets featured in Salon.
  • New York YIMBY has renderings for a residential project on 44th Drive in Hunters Point.
  • There are free English language classes going on at the Jacob Riis Settlement. 

TV pilot filmed at Sixteen Oaks Grove

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A TV film crew at 16 Oaks Grove, the triangle park on 21st St. and 37th Ave.

A TV crew filmed a pilot today at Sixteen Oaks Grove, the usually desolate tree-lined park on 21st Street and 37th Avenue across from a string of auto-body shops. A crew member on the periphery told me the show was so-far untitled. A man knocking on a film-set trailer door on 36th Avenue told me he was filming two pilots in the area for NBC but not Get Christie Love, an ABC project set for filming on 36th Ave tonight and tomorrow. 

Get Christie Love film crew is coming to 36th Ave

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No-parking notices are up for a film crew set to arrive on 36th Avenue Tuesday night for Get Christie Love, an ABC reboot of a 1970s TV show. The original show is considered part of the blaxploition genre and is known as the first TV show starring an African American female lead.

36th Ave in Ravenswood gets plenty of film action. I’ve seen film crews here at least a few times in the last few years, including for Roxanne Roxanne, the biopic of the rapper who lived down the street at Queensbridge.

[UPDATE: Christie Love will be filming along 36th Avenue all the way from 12th Street to 24th Street, and apparently all day Wednesday.]