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Walls are Going Up, Up, Up… Construction Update 10/09/2019

 
Team QCA: Kate, Gianna, Willie & Angela

Team QCA: Kate, Gianna, Willie & Angela

 

Good news for the Maximilian residents! Willie says the ductwork noise will probably end in a day or two, tops.

“What do you think?” Kate frowned at the half wall by the gaping hole in the back which will eventually be the service door. “The width is wrong and will eat into the black box space.

“It will have to come out,” said Willie nudging the wall with his foot. I am still trying to picture this ramp to the door.

 
Walls of the offices and artist-in-residence space

Walls of the offices and artist-in-residence space

 

Thinking about soundproofing options for the conference room & the offices as well as options to enclose the ceiling.

We have decided to keep one of our artist-in-residence spaces open with the potential to put up walls in the future. It sits midpoint in the space and can function as another gathering space for people. Me, personally, I like the openness and the break it provides people moving from one end to the other.

 
Gianna, trying to put the GoPro camera together

Gianna, trying to put the GoPro camera together

 

“Look, I got this whole thing together with this piece to stick to the window,” Gianna maneuvered the pesky little pieces into place. “Madonna! I left that new SIM card in the restaurant.”

 
Jannick and Stanley

Jannick and Stanley

 
 
Gianna & me

Gianna & me

 

The hole in the wall is still there, pending a further discussion about the ramp.

There is a pile of cinder blocks where our black box theatre is supposed to be.

We’ll be back in a few days for a site visit with one of our funders who will be giving us money for theatre lighting.

“Oh, and I’ll coordinate with the boom truck guys to get the condensers on the roof,” Angela looked up from her notebook with a grin. “I like saying boom truck.”


Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.

You can find her here:

hoongyee.com 
Instagram @hoongyeelee
Twitter @hylkrakauer


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Who Knew a Hole in the Wall Could Be So Funny? Construction Update - 10/01/2019

 
Travis, Kate, Willie & Angela

Travis, Kate, Willie & Angela

 

Yes, we are all just fine. 

There are different levels on the floor on our side and on the other side but Angela is going to check with management to see if we can create some kind of ramp. Just another construction detail.

“The width of the gym floors is different so you’ll see how we had to fit them together,” Willie tapped the floor with his boot. “Nice wood, maple.”

 
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“Weren’t the condensers in the front of the space last time we were here,” asked Hoong Yee.

“Let’s check the roof,” Angela started walking to the back of the space with Kate.

 
Don’t try this at home

Don’t try this at home

 

“Nope, no condensers up here,” Angela called down. Kate was already on the roof snapping pictures. 

“The HVAC guys should be done by tomorrow and they’ll get them up there, one, two, three,” said Willie. I think he was more amazed that Angela could actually get down the ladder in heels than getting the condensers up on the roof with a crane.

 
Facing 47th avenue

Facing 47th avenue

 

On the right side, Willie has the areas for the office, kitchen area, one artist studio and the bathrooms blocked out. The walls should be up by our next meeting.

“We’re going to have our next board meeting in here,” Hoong Yee gestured to the open conference room area where the last of the gym flooring was being pieced together. “Do you think I should get hard hats for everyone?”

 
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I think that’s a yes.


Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.

You can find her here:

hoongyee.com 

Instagram @hoongyeelee

Twitter @hylkrakauer

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The Stories of Our Space: Construction Update - 09/23/2019

 
Kevin, Matilda & Masud

Kevin, Matilda & Masud

 

Willie and his guys are piecing together pieces of not one, but two, different gym floors.

I like that.

And the story behind it, and the stories that will be built upon it.

This will be a space for working artists, for the creative process, for people walking down 47th avenue to see people making things in the street level window galleries. 

“You want that feeling of building something from nothing. Putting stuff together in a quirky creative way. Isn’t that what artists do?” Enrica poked the slats with her shoe. The guys started drilling. 

 
Our team is growing

Our team is growing

 

I couldn’t agree more. There is something deeply satisfying about giving new energy to a floor that lived a full life in a different form. How a choreographer will be placing dancers on the same wood that basketballs once bounced on. How high school seniors will gather cross legged with their sketchbooks open to practice life drawing skills where countless teams of young gym students practised their full court press drills.

Speaking about stories, here’s another one:

Kevin, pictured with his colleague, Matilda, is a High School to Art School alum who went to art college, graduated and runs his own graphic design company, For Good Measure.

He won the bid to do the branding and marketing work for Queens Council on the Arts, a project generously funded by the Altman Foundation. 

How cool is that? 

What a pleasure it is to see his future forming, his career coming together and for us to be on the receiving end of his maturing talent. 

 
Piecing together the floor

Piecing together the floor

 

Just like the gym floors, his work will become part of the evolving, unexpected, curious, crazy quilt story of our new space. 


Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.

You can find her here:

hoongyee.com

Instagram @hoongyeelee

Twitter @hylkrakauer


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QCA Construction Update: And We’re Off! - 09/11/2019

 
Me, Gianna and Masud in our new space

Me, Gianna and Masud in our new space

 

A father, a James Bond lookalike and a restaurateur walk into an empty space.

I can see that eye roll forming as you read this. Oh, great, another bar joke.

What am I getting myself into?

Let me get to the point. 

It is Monday, September 2, 2019, and we are standing in a cavernous place on the ground floor of The Maximilian/Rose NYC, a property of O'Connor Capital Partners.  It is a 12-story full-service luxury rental building in Long Island City that boasts a French bakery on the corner where you can pick up a quelque chose and munch on that as you walk to the waterfront, and the future home of the Queens Council on the Arts.

“Hey, can we get someone from management down here? How about Angela? Did anyone speak to Izzy?” asks Mark, our architect and young father of 2, and spokesperson for our team on the ground. We have our architects, engineer, and contractor here coordinating schedules with the building management people. Finally.

It has taken us just about a year of many meetings, many designs, many disappointments and many weeks of waiting for approvals to get to this point where we can say to Willie, our Irish contractor who bears a startling resemblance to Daniel Craig, the English actor who plays James Bond in Firefall, “We’re good to go!”

Like one U.S. president who was not known for leadership expertise but was reknown for having a brilliant Cabinet, I am very clear about what I don’t know anything about. In this case, construction.

Which is why I have the best team. 

 
The team

The team

 

This is our kick off meeting. We will be on site every week for a construction pow wow from now until January 1, 2020, our scheduled completion date.

Permits will be pulled, the wood flooring we salvaged from a school gym will be set up and work on the door is going to start, all this week. All of us will get lots of meeting recaps and updates.

Gianna, our board president and owner/chef of Manducatis Rustica, a country style Italian restaurant just around the corner on Vernon Boulevard, has already scoped out a place to mount a Go Pro camera to run continually throughout the construction.

 
The space

The space

 

As we were leaving, I turned to Willie and asked, “Does this space look smaller to you than the last time we were here?”

Masud, our development manager, said, “Actually, I think it looks bigger.”

“That is why we are in charge,” said Daniel Craig in that great brogue and with a grin, looking up from the plans.

My perception, of space and construction, is about to be shaken and stirred.

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HoongYee Lee Krakauer is the Executive Director of the Queens Council on the Arts.

You can find her here:

hoongyee.com

Instagram @hoongyeelee

Twitter @hylkrakauer


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