In May of 1997, Elliott Glick opened up the Starving Artist Gallery on City Island, New York. That original venue on City Island Avenue featured his own handmade jewelry, and the fine art / fine craft work of local artisans. This included handmade boxes, pottery, paintings and photographs.
In February 2004, Glick decided that there were another group of artists - music-artists - that needed a venue. A singer-songwriter himself, he wanted to create a space to provide a forum for that art form. So he kept Starving Artist on City Island and moved it down the street a block - in a space where he could have more room for tables and chairs, and for these musicians and songwriters. Since that 2004 opening, there have been hundreds of performances by songwriters, blues musicians, jazz performers. There have also been cultural and other celebrations - for Chinese New Year and Mardi Gras, of Renaissance music - as well as young musicians nights where Glick encourages teens and young adults to pursue their musical talents and dreams.
In mid-March 2018, the Starving Artist launched the start of its new performance-based phase, as we transformed away from food to a focus on the stage: the music shows that have been our standard for a decade and a half, and now other showcases and theater, including owner Elliott Glick’s own play.
Ticket and other detail information will be posted for each show on this website and our Facebook page. There will be a $10 house cover (admission) per person for each show, unless otherwise noted. [Changes to the house cover are typically noted in the weekly emails announcing the show, and on site when you arrive.] Light refreshments only will be available for separate purchase, including Jenny's Sweets, but there is no minimum purchase required at any show. We continue to access a freewill additional contribution for the musicians / performers / performances (appreciation box).
On July 29, 2018, the birthday of Elliott Glick, the focus on the "show" was validated by the opening of an official stage at Starving Artist -- now The Artist.
In this phase where "It's All About The Show," as in all phases, the invitation from Glick remains always:
Come in, and live right.
We are located at 249 City Island Avenue (two-and-a-half blocks past the third traffic light on City Island Avenue; look for the maroon awning between Carroll and Schofield Streets). Reservations are suggested for performances. You can call (718) 885-3779 or e-mail us.