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Library services coming to Gantry Plaza State Park this summer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Book lovers will be able to enjoy reading at Gantry Plaza State Park this summer.

Queens Library and the Friends of Hunters Point Library have announced a special series of library services coming to the waterfront Long Island City park all summer long.

On May 31, a kick-off of the series will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 pm. and will feature the Volunteer Library Brigade hosting reading hour, book giveaways and more. All activities are free.

“The Hunters Point community deserves a world class library and we are very much looking forward to seeing that vision become a reality,” said Mark Christie, president of the Friends of Hunters Point Library. “While we wait on the bricks and mortar we are so pleased to have the Mobile Library service and excited to bring this sun and volunteer fueled pop-up library service.”

A mobile library will be parked every Saturday, rain or shine, at Vernon Boulevard and 48th Avenue from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and offer books and materials for all ages for loan as well as digital downloads onsite and special library offerings.

The Friends of Hunters Point Library will be supporting a “pop-up” library on Saturdays, weather permitting, offering reading and activities starting at 11 a.m. with children’s story hour.

In partnership with Urban Libraries Unite and Food Cellar, a mini-library will be placed at the Food Cellar in Long Island City. It will be modeled on “take a book, leave a book.” Wi-Fi will be available at the site and there will be a free downloadable digital library.

There will be no service on July 5.



Linc LIC officially opens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Allen Ngai / Below photos courtesy of Rockrose Development Corp.

Linc LIC is bringing luxury living to residents of Long Island City.

Rockrose Development Corp., a family-owned and operated real estate company, gathered on November 25 with local elected officials, community leaders and residents to celebrate the official grand opening of the residential rental complex known as Linc LIC, located at 43-10 Crescent Street.

“Our goal is to enrich the vibrant core of the growing Long Island City residential community,” said Justin Elghanayan, president of Rockrose Development Corp. “I believe that Linc LIC, by virtue of its top-level design standards and its exceptionally convenient access to Manhattan, is one of the best places to live in all of New York City.”

The 42-story pet-friendly building features 709 apartments, ranging from 450-square-foot studios to 1,400-square-foot three bedrooms.

Linc LIC’s “signature centerpiece” is the 31st floor’s duplex lounge which opens onto a landscaped lawn with a view of the Manhattan skyline. The other rooftop amenities include barbecue grills, misting sprays, a gazebo, and a separate outdoor “Resident Parc” for reading and meditation.

The apartments feature oversized windows, granite-clad kitchens, stainless steel appliances and elegant baths. Most have balconies, in-unit washers and dryers, and floor-to-ceiling windows.

In addition, the luxury building features a second lounge and furnished screening room, each with full kitchens, a children’s playroom, on-site parking, a bike room, basketball and squash courts, and a 5,650-square-foot fitness center with state-of-the-art equipment. The retail space on the ground floor will also house a brand new Food Cellar supermarket.

Linc LIC was designed by Avinash K. Malhotra Architects, with interiors by Moed de Armas & Shannon, and exterior work from landscape architect Matthews Nielson.



Former consultant launches handcrafted cocktail mixer line in LIC

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Alexander Abbott Boyd

As you take your first sip of a drink made with a Cocktail Crate mixer, you enter a world of fresh ingredients, one-of-a-kind combinations and hours of dedication that bring the term “hand-crafted” to a new extreme.

Cocktail Crate is the creation of 24-year-old Queens native Alexander Abbott Boyd, who started off working as a management consultant, yet after one year decided that life was not for him.

“I was absolutely not enjoying it,” said Abbott Boyd, who then took his love for beverages and knowledge of the industry and came up with the Long Island City handcrafted mixers.

For Abbott Boyd, the secret to great mixers is sourcing the best ingredients.

“When I get really passionate about a beverage, I love taking trips to meet the people and production methods behind it,” he said. “During college, I rode my bike from Chicago to Kalamazoo, Michigan just to visit one of my favorite breweries and see how they were making such great beer. Last year, I visited Darjeeling, India so I could learn more about tea cultivation and production as well as organic farming. These trips gave me a real appreciation for good ingredients, and now I incorporate both teas and hops into my mixers.”

After deciding to leave his consulting position, Abbott Boyd took to Kickstarter last November, a crowd funding website that connects creative and entrepreneurial projects with potential backers.

“Kickstarter allowed me to test how others would react to my vision for cocktail mixers handmade with fresh ingredients,” he said. “After getting positive feedback from about 80 people, I decided to go for it and start turning Cocktail Crate into a real company.”

By February, Cocktail Crate was on the move and mixers were being produced, bottled and sold. The line of mixers are made by Abbott Boyd and his roommate Louis Songor at the Organic Food Incubator, a Long Island City based kitchen that hosts close to 30 developing and established food companies.

Coming up with flavors involves spending hours in the kitchen surrounded by all possible ideas, inviting friends to come over and give feedback and then fine tuning the ratios of different ingredients. Once a recipe is perfect, Abbott Boyd heads to the incubator where after a day of dicing, boiling, bottling, and hand labeling the mixers are ready to be carried to store shelves.

“I think it’s a lot of where the good flavor comes from,” said Abbott Boyd about the hand-crafted method. “The flavors are original and reflect my personal interests. And knowing that they were a part of someone’s fun night with friends is wonderful. It’s a really rewarding job!”

Presently, Cocktail Crate features three distinct flavors: the honey and ginger combination of “Ginger Bee;” the pine smoked tea with floral citrus of “Smoky Hops;” and the cinnamon and orange peel of “Holiday Old Fashioned.”

With spring in bloom, Abbott Boyd will be replacing “Holiday Old Fashioned” with a zest more in tune with the season. He hopes to have the new flavor available in the weeks to come that will include jasmine tea along with fresh lavender from the Brooklyn Grange, a rooftop farm in Long Island City.

Cocktail Crate is available at about 20 different stores in New York City, including Food Cellar and Communitea in Long Island City, and Astoria Beer and Cheese. You can also shop for these innovative mixers at cocktailcrate.com.