Bike Share Comes to L.I.C.
Bike Share Comes to L.I.C.
News Michael Pantelidis 5/15/2012 at 3:35PM

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 [...]

Joel Shapiro Receives LIC Arts Open Lifetime Achievement Award
Joel Shapiro Receives LIC Arts Open Lifetime Achievement Award
News Michael Pantelidis 4/06/2012 at 1:15PM

World-renowned sculptor Joel Shapiro was honored with the inaugural LIC Arts Open Lifetime Achievement Award. Shapiro, whose work has been on display in galleries across the globe, was born in Sunnyside and has a studio in Long Island City. “[Shapiro’s] work is iconic,” said Richard Mazda, director of the LIC Arts Open. “There is something [...]

New park unveiled in Dutch Kills
New park unveiled in Dutch Kills
News Michael Pantelidis 4/05/2012 at 11:13AM

The city has reinvented “parking” in Dutch Kills. Elected officials united on April 4 to officially unveil a new park in the community, Dutch Kills Green at Queens Plaza – which was a former John F. Kennedy Airport commuter parking lot. The space, which is one-and-a-half acres large, extends along Queens Plaza North and Queens [...]

Court Sqaure station reopened
Court Sqaure station reopened
News Michael Pantelidis 4/02/2012 at 12:25PM

Court Square station is ready for riders again. After being closed on January 21 in order to facilitate a substantial rehabilitation project, “7” trains resumed making stops at the Long Island City station on Monday, April 2. The revitalization plan included platform and windscreen replacement and the enhancement of accessibility features – which will make [...]

Fresh Direct feasts on tax deal
News Steve Mosco 2/14/2012 at 12:29PM

A sweet tax subsidy deal for an online grocer is leaving some with a bitter taste in their mouths. After an announcement that seemed to imply an agreement was in the bag, the city is taking some heat for its deal with online food retailer Fresh Direct – which will receive more than $100 million [...]

Give Al Bundy His Brew & Dancer
Penner's Pen Larry Penner 2/09/2012 at 1:14PM

After a long hard day at work, Al Bundy just like many other hard working New Yorkers should be able to enjoy a brew along with an adult dancer.  He would object to elected officials such as NYC Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer and others who opposed the Gypsy Rose Cabaret from obtaining a license from the State Liquor Authority need [...]

‘Framing’ an Institution
Arts & Music Alexa Altman 2/08/2012 at 5:29PM

MoMA PS1 has a brand new “frame.” Congregated in the brand new entryway at MoMA PS1, members of the art community and local officials came to celebrate the unveiling of the very vestibule in which they stood. The new entrance “kiosk,” located on Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, is approximately 140-square-feet of artfully-designed concrete [...]

FreshDirect leaving Long Island City for the Bronx
FreshDirect leaving Long Island City for the Bronx
News Steve Mosco 2/07/2012 at 4:16PM

After flirting with a move to New Jersey, a Queens produce supplier has accepted a fresh offer – and will most likely relocate to the Bronx. FreshDirect, an online fresh food grocer, will uproot from its operations in Long Island City and leave the borough for larger facilities, according to a joint statement from Governor [...]

Short-term parking announced in Long Island City
Short-term parking announced in Long Island City
News Steve Mosco 1/30/2012 at 3:38PM

Fed up with commuters using their neighborhood as a parking lot, residents and community leaders of Long Island City banded together with the Department of Transportation, (DOT) and announced the reduction of 12-hour parking meters. The new meter regulation, which accounts for 39 spots where Vernon Boulevard meets Borden Avenue, one block from the No. [...]

Local immigration office opens in Long Island City
Local immigration office opens in Long Island City
News Steve Mosco 1/23/2012 at 6:11PM

In an effort to increase accessibility and convenience for its customers, the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) officially opened to the public with help from elected officials, as well as immigration service representatives. The new USCIS Queens center, located at 27-35 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, will serve up to 500 customers from [...]