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L’Arte del Gelato opening factory, first Queens spot in LIC


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Photo Courtesy of Jamestown

Long Island City is getting a taste of “la dolce vita.”

L’Arte del Gelato, which has three locations in Manhattan, has stationed a cart outside The Food Box located in the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave.

The cart will be serving 12 flavors of gelato on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be offering a buy one, get one free gelato deal every Friday. Nine of the popular flavors will stay the same and three flavors change every Monday.

“I think this is an upcoming area,” said Francesco Realmuto, owner of L’Arte del Gelato, about deciding to open up a spot in Long Island City, the first in Queens. “I think the building is great. There are a lot of people in the area, there is a lot of new construction. I think the next couple of years we’ll see a stronger community.”

L’Arte del Gelato products are made from recipes brought from Sicily, where Realmuto is from, and feature all-natural ingredients found in either local markets or imported from Italy.

“We’re a really authentic product,” said Realmuto, a Ridgewood resident. “We’re a great product.”

The gelato cart will be in front of the Falchi Building as long as weather is permitting, according to Realmuto, and will come back in the spring.

In the next couple of weeks, Realmuto also said he plans on opening a gelato factory inside the Falchi Building. The factory will make gelato to sell to supermarkets such as Dean & DeLuca.

The Food Box is a 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair located on the ground floor of the five-story, 657,660-square-foot, multi-tenant and mixed-use building.

Vendors within The Food Box include Karu Café, ReCaFo, Made from Scratch and Mrs. Soupy & Friends.

Last year, Jamestown announced the multi-million dollar repositioning and capital improvement program at the Falchi Building, built in 1920 as a warehouse and distribution facility. This program includes façade and lobby renovations, furniture upgrades, art installations and the introduction of food purveyors, such as L’Arte del Gelato and Artisanal Cheese.

Other Falchi Building tenants include jewelry manufacturers, government and medical offices, and media, technology and engineering companies.

 

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Five stories and one happy ending


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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BRADLEY HAWKS 

One of the most promising new developments in Long Island City is the revitalization of the five-story space known as the Falchi Building, located at 31-00 47th Ave. in Long Island City. Occupying over 600,000 square feet formerly used as a warehouse by the late great Gimbels department store, and named after the famous Brazilian handbag designer, the Falchi Building is not far from the heart of LIC or the nearby student population of LaGuardia Community College. The hope of Jamestown, the developers of the Falchi Building — as well as 1250 Broadway and Chelsea Market in Manhattan — is that the food-focused ground level concourse will serve as a drawing point for the building’s employees, as well as visitors and neighbors from all over the city.

Recently, we stopped by with an empty stomach to sample some of the savory morsels they are currently offering.

Presently, a pop-up food counter called the Food Box is home to a handful of vendors who are serving unique, handmade, gourmet goods on weekdays. Offerings range from a Paraguayan empanada and pastry stand serving pastry pockets filled with seasoned meats and vegetables, alongside guava jam-stuffed cake rolls. A Jamaican barbecue counter serves up piquant plates of jerk chicken and rice, while down the row is a DJ who makes pies in glass jars (called Made from Scratch) and serves chocolate-coated strips of bacon. Creamy cups of cheesecake can be blended with any of an assortment of toppings.

There is even a stand for the Vendy Award-winning Khao Man Gai NY, serving some sweet variations of Thai iced tea, as well as traditional rice and chicken, and now a special brothless version of Tom Yum Noodles.

The rice noodles are generously tossed in a spicy Thai chili mixture, and loaded with slices of fish cake, like little seafood meatballs. The khao man gai itself sounds deceitfully simple, but each tray packs one of the most savory punches around. The jasmine rice soaks up the chicken fat from the poaching liquid, and the dish sings of cilantro and pandan leaves, creating a fascinating umami bouquet.

While the United Nations uses the upper floors for administrative purposes, and the Juice Press readies its space for an opening in the near future down below, Artisanal Premium Cheese is in the process of making the Falchi building its own slice of heaven.

Much of the building is still available for potential occupants, and sun-drenched rooms and hallways fill the loft-like spaces with promising offices and studios ripe for new entrepreneurs. It is an exciting time for Long Island City, and the Falchi Building is a lovely marriage of the old with the new, offering a space for both.

And knowing that we can now enjoy our favorite Thai street foods during the weekdays as well as at the flea, well that’s reason enough alone to pay the Falchi a visit.

For more information on the Falchi and all of its opportunities, visit falchibuilding.com.

Food Box
Falchi Building
37-00 47th Ave., Long Island City
Open weekdays for lunch

 

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Teens graduate from LIC watchmaker program


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

A group of city high school students is using time to their advantage.

Luxury watch retailer Tourneau recognized seven students, the third group of kids to complete the company’s Watchmaker Program, during a graduation ceremony Thursday at its headquarters within the Falchi Building in Long Island City.

During the eight-week “Art of Watchmaking” program, students are given the opportunity to learn the skills needed to possibly begin a career as professional watchmakers.

The Tourneau Watchmaker Program was started last year by Terry Irby, a third generation watchmaker and Tourneau’s technical director. With more than 600 watches in need of repair coming into the western Queens site, an aging staff and the number of American watchmakers dropping almost 90 percent since the 1950s, Irby was keen to get the younger generation involved in the trade.

“Watchmaking is a skill that most often stays in families, because it takes a long time to learn,” said Irby. “As a kid, I loved it – I couldn’t wait to help my father. Now, my career is about passing those sills on. These students can take what they learn with them and support their families.”

The company has since collaborated with Manhattan Comprehensive Night and Day School, which in partnership with Comprehensive Development Inc. (CDI) selects students at the school to take part in the program.

Before entering the program, each student is interviewed by Irby who tests their skill and gets a look at their interest in watchmaking. Once accepted, students learn the history and mechanics of watches, take apart watches, examine every piece and then reassemble watches and clocks.

“What we’re looking for are real opportunities for students to be exposed to the world of work and hopefully learn some skills,” said Margaret Aylward , associate executive director for CDI. “The idea is that at least it hooks them in in a way that keeps them engaged and learning.”

Two Queens students were among the graduates during the June 12 ceremony. Ayushi Pant, 18, who was born in Nepal and about four months ago moved to the United States and now lives in Jamaica, and 19-year-old Frank Kwarteng from Corona, both received diplomas and white lab coats for completing the program.

“I really feel blessed and really happy,” Pant said. “I like taking things apart and putting them back. Patience is one of the most important things of being a watchmaker. I learned how to be patient, how to solve problems and not panic. This is how we’re going to succeed in the end.”

Some of the graduates will take the skills they learned and apply it to their future careers, while others will continue their work with Tourneau being accepted into full-time internships.

“I want to try to continue watchmaking and see how far I could go with it,” Kwarteng said. “It’s the best program. I learned a lot about watches and I never thought I would get into watches like this.”

The next group of students are expected to begin the Watchmaker Program in the fall.

 

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Thursday: Abundant sunshine. High 58. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph. Thursday night: Mainly clear. Low 49. Winds SSW at 15 to 25 mph.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Cheese & Wine 101 “Hard Hat Series”

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Rendering Courtesy Jamestown Properties

One landmark Long Island City building is calling all artists to come and create.

Nonprofit arts organization Local Project and the Falchi Building, located at 31-00 47th Ave., have come together to look for artists to collaborate on a site-specific installation piece in the 20-by-40 feet glass vitrines of the five-story location.

“I’m super excited. It’s a great opportunity for artists to show their work in a new environment,” said Carolina Peñafiel, founder and director of Local Project.

Artists can submit proposals presenting collaborations in any media and inter-borough groups are welcomed, with at least one of the artists in each proposal from Queens.

“We are definitely looking for artists to collaborate from borough to borough,” Peñafiel said. “We’re pretty open to see what’s out there.”

The temporary or semi-permanent pieces selected to be displayed inside the Falchi Building will investigate the everyday movement through a diverse city and the projects will receive a stipend, according to Jamestown Properties, which owns the building.

The Falchi Building went through a recent lobby renovation and upgrade, which brought a 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair, known as The Food Box, to the site.

The deadline for the proposals is March 15 and artists can expect to be notified no later than March 20. An opening reception is scheduled for April 12.

For more information, visit here. Artists can submit their proposals to info@localproject.org.

 

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Food Box opens in LIC building


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Rendering Courtesy of Jamestown

Long Island City residents can now think “outside the box” when it comes to dining.

Inside the Falchi Building is a brand new 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair, known as The Food Box.

It is located on the ground floor of the five-story, 657,660-square-foot, multi-tenant, mixed-use building, located at 31-00 47th Avenue.

“The Food Box at Falchi features a curated collection of artisanal foods that caters to the needs of tenants who want a highly amenitized ground floor and creates a place that serves the surrounding community of Long Island City,” said Michael Phillips, COO of real estate investment and management company Jamestown Properties.

There are currently four vendors participating in The Food Box and Jamestown is looking for a fifth. A rotating trial will also be offered to vendors who would like to see what The Food Box has to offer.

One of the vendors includes the 2013 Vendy Awards’ Best Market Vendor, Khao Man Gai NY. This vendor specializes in a Thai chicken and rice dish, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients.

The other three vendors include ReCaFo, Real Caribbean Food, offering traditional Jamaican cuisine; Jessy’s Pastries selling Peruvian empanadas and sweets, and The Kolache Co., who will offer a modern take on a Czech pastry.

ReCaFo, Jessy’s Pastries and Khao Man Gai participated in the outdoor LIC Flea & Food market this past summer.

Khao Man Gai NY and Jessy’s Pastries can also be found this month on the weekends at the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market,located in a warehouse next to the former outdoor LIC Flea market at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.

In October, Jamestown announced the multi-million dollar repositioning and capital improvement program at the Falchi Building, built in 1920 as a warehouse and distribution facility. This program includes façade and lobby renovations, furniture upgrades, art installations and the introduction of food purveyors, L’Arte Del Gelato and Artisanal Cheese.

Other Falchi Building tenants include jewelry manufacturers, government and medical offices, and media, technology and engineering companies.

 

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