Author Archives: Michael Pantelidis

Denied liquor license, Long Island City strip club goes ‘Full Monty’


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A controversial Long Island City strip club is refusing to have its last dance — despite losing its fight for the right to party with alcohol. Show Palace, formerly known as Gypsy Rose, is slated to open on May 31 at 42-50 21st Street in L.I.C. — despite strong community opposition and having its request […]

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Injunction denied, new district lines are final


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Following the failure of a preliminary injunction against the state legislative map, no pencils can erase and redraw district lines. The injunction, which was requested by Democrats, was recently rejected by a judge – finalizing the lines for the upcoming State Senate and Assembly elections due to the lack of time remaining for a trial […]

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Gianaris to face GOP newcomer


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The Queens GOP has turned to an independent in hopes of unseating Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) Chair Michael Gianaris in the 12th District. The borough’s Republican Party announced its unanimous endorsement of Aurelio Antonio “Tony” Arcabascio for State Senate on May 5. Arcabascio, a senior level technology professional for 25 years, is also seeking […]

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Top honors for Queens high schools


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One Long Island City high school was recently named New York’s “valedictorian.” The Baccalaureate School for Global Education (BSGE), located at 34-12 36th Avenue in L.I.C., is the top high school in the state based on rankings released by the U.S. News and World Report. BSGE was also ranked as the 21st best high school […]

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Bike Share Comes to L.I.C.


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The city recently opted to “share” its bikes with the borough. The Department of Transportation (DOT) and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer announced on May 11 that “Citi Bike,” New York’s bicycle share program, will add 10 stations in Long Island City – building upon the locations currently planned in Manhattan and Brooklyn. “Citi Bike,” which […]

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Despite lawsuits, DOT work, off-ramp still unsafe


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A stretch of street – proven unsafe for cars, pedestrians and even storefronts – has “struck” again. Following three crashes in as many months in 2011, another car accident occurred on May 1 at the off-ramp of the Ed Koch-Queensborough Bridge, located on Queens Plaza South near Crescent Street in Long Island City. A taxi […]

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Western Queens will soon be more bike friendly


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Residents will soon have a greener, healthier way to beat the traffic around western Queens. The Department of Parks and Recreation is currently constructing the Queens East River and North Shore Greenway, a 10.6-mile, urban, multi-use trail intended to provide access to the borough’s shoreline and improve commuting options for people beyond motorized vehicles. The […]

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Hollywood in Queens? Kaufman Astoria Studios fighting to expand


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A second take on a review process is preventing Kaufman Astoria Studios from calling “action” on their planned expansion – a project which has already been green-lit once before. Senator Charles Schumer is urging the National Park Service (NPS) to authorize Kaufman’s proposal, which would create New York City’s first outdoor movie studio lot. Kaufman […]

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Piecing together life – one sculpture at a time


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The meaning of life is a puzzle many have devoted years to piecing together. Pondering the complexities of the universe, the origin of man and our purpose on the planet has perplexed even the world’s greatest thinkers. The best many can do is find some semblance of peace amidst the chaos and unnerving unknown. Chie […]

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LIC to get BID


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Industrial business in LIC may soon be “improving.” The city is progressing with its plan to launch Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), which are formal organizations made up of property owners who are dedicated to promoting business development and improving the quality of life in their area, in four industrial neighborhoods across the five boroughs – […]

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LIC Partnership Night Out


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LIC Partnership hosted its Neighborhood Night Out event on April 17 at Alewife, located at 5-14 51st Avenue. The annual affair provided LIC businesses with an opportunity to network and mingle – as well as share a beer and a laugh, as attendees followed up cocktails at the local watering hole with a show at […]

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No More Rotten ‘Apple’


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Photo Courtesy of Alma Realty

Long Island City’s “Apple Building” – currently eaten to its core – will soon be ripe again. The edifice, located at 30-30 Northern Boulevard and known for the large sign on its roof – left behind by the Apple Red Tag & Label company when it ceased operations in the 1970s – has been mostly […]

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Community Board 2 approves liquor licenses


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The Courier/Photo by Michael Pantelidis

Casa Enrique and the M. Wells Dinette inside MoMA PS1 Contemporary Art Center were both recently approved for liquor licenses by Community Board (CB) 2. The proprietors of the Long Island City establishments made presentations to the board members and community residents during an April 24 meeting, requesting the right to sell liquor inside their […]

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JetBlue sign will grace L.I.C. sky


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Following a year of cutting through red tape – and mulling a move to Florida – JetBlue has been given the green light to provide Long Island City with a “sign” that they are here to stay. The City Council voted unanimously on April 30 to approve a zoning amendment allowing companies to construct signs […]

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