June 7, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez
Long Island City will be the site of several musical and dance performances for one long day this summer as part of a citywide celebration of music.
The free events, organized by the non-profit Make Music New York, are held in the five boroughs every year on June 21, marking the summer solstice and longest day of the year. For its 12th year, the non-profit has organized over 400 events featuring more than 5,000 musicians and artists.
Six events have been planned in Long Island City this year at art centers, book stores, public streets, bars, and more.
The neighborhood’s first event will be a 3:30 p.m. pop and indie-rock performance at AlterWork Studios, located at 30-09 35th Ave., followed by music from a punk and electronic artist wrapping up at 5:30 p.m.
At Book Culture LIC, musicians will showcase a track made with live ambient sounds from city neighborhoods for a 4 p.m. performance.
The largest event will be the near four-hour block party on Dutch Kills Street at the intersection of Jackson Avenue, directly under the Queensboro Bridge ramp. The block party begins at 5:30 p.m., and features three musical acts ranging from hip-hop to funk, jazz, and Latin. Food and beverages will also be available at this event.
Other events in the area include dance and music performances at Socrates Sculpture Park beginning at 6:15 p.m.