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LIC welcomes new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park

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Photos courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Fido now has a new place to run free, all while enjoying the view of the Manhattan skyline.

A day after celebrating National Dog Day, the Long Island City community came together Thursday morning to officially open a new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park — filled with amenities that will make any pooch and its owner enjoy their time at the park even more.

Located at Center Boulevard and 46th Road, the dog run features a beach pebble surface, a multi-user drinking fountain, sustainable hardwood seating, a stainless steel mesh fence mounted on a concrete curb, and a perimeter landscape buffer. There are also dog waste bags provided on site.

“The addition of Gantry Plaza State Park’s new versatile dog run provides Long Island City’s growing population of dog owners with increased access to open space in a park that has become one of New York City’s top destinations,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “As Long Island City continues to grow, it is important that we continue to provide families with the quality amenities they can enjoy for years to come in a great neighborhood that cherishes the companionship of its furry little friends.”

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation worked with developer TF Cornerstone to design the $750,000 dog run and once going through community review, the project, which is funded by the Queens West Public Infrastructure Fund, began last spring.

The dog run, which is open 24 hours a day, replaces an area of the park previously used by dog owners but that featured no amenities for the owners or their four-legged friends.

“This revitalized area of the park provides a welcoming place for patrons to bring their pets to safely run around and enjoy the park. This new amenity addresses a need within the community and will benefit all park patrons by offering a maintained and aesthetically pleasing area for dogs,” Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said.


Top five most expensive luxury listings in LIC

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Modern Spaces


Over the past decade, Long Island City has evolved into one of the most sought-after neighborhoods in the city. The influx of new bars, lounges, specialty shops, flea markets and restaurants was met with the demand for more condominiums with unique amenities.

Eric Benaim, founder of real estate brokerage Modern Spaces, shared his top five most expensive listings for luxury living in LIC.

The Corner
47-28 11th St., #3C

This newly built, seven-story luxury building features 22 modern, high-end apartments, each outfitted with the latest amenities, including professional-grade Bosch kitchen appliances, Grohe finishes and hardwood oak floors throughout.

Marvel at the Manhattan skyline while reclining on the rooftop deck, or take advantage of the on-site fitness center or residents lounge. Located minutes away from Long Island City’s hottest cafes, nightspots and cultural centers, such as MoMA PS1, The Corner offers both convenience and relaxation amid the vibrant streets and avenues.

A 5-minute ride on the 7 train will whisk residents to the heart of Midtown. Leisurely travelers can opt to take the East River Ferry and take in the stunning water views of the city.

The Powerhouse
2-17 51st Ave., #801

With its spacious three bedrooms and two full baths, the aptly named Powerhouse is a major star on the Long Island City real estate landscape. Built on the site of the former Pennsylvania Railroad Power Station, the condominium features soaring ceilings, an open-concept kitchen, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors and more than 1,000 square feet of outdoor space on the private terrace. Italian marble floors line the master bath while the second bath comes equipped with a deep soaking tub.

The building also features a fitness center, aqua grotto with full-service spa, common rooftop terrace, children’s playroom and a 24-hour concierge.

The View
46-30 Center Blvd, #205

This luxury unit offers unparalleled breathtaking views of the East River and Manhattan skyline from the comfort of a spacious, sun-drenched living room. The three-bedroom gem is surrounded by floor-to-ceiling double panel windows and features an open-concept living and kitchen area outfitted with the latest Viking appliances, Subzero refrigerator, a special wine cooler and hardwood flooring throughout.

All of the spacious, three full baths include deep soaking tubs set against a backdrop of the finest white marble.

The Foundry
2-40 51St Ave., #1E

This modern Hunters Point duplex is bathed in sunlight courtesy of its vast windows and 17-foot vaulted ceilings. The modern open-concept chef’s kitchen features a Viking range, KitchenAid French door refrigerator, Bosch dishwasher and dramatic black Caesarstone counter tops. This two-bedroom unit includes a luxury en-suite full bath in the upstairs master bedroom with both a soaking tub and standing shower.

The second bedroom also comes with its own bath and, like the master suite, access to a private terrace.

5-46 51st Ave.


This rare, six-family brick brownstone blends old-world charm with contemporary elements to create a truly unique habitat in the heart of Hunters Point. Built in 1930, original design elements such as the bowed-front facade, woodwork and decorative plaster moldings mingle with updated, modern amenities. Each unit features its own electrical meter, as well as upgraded wiring throughout.

This three-story gem is convenient to local markets, subways, playgrounds and dog parks, and would make the perfect nest for young families.


Late LIC parks advocate to be honored with plaque at Gantry Plaza State Park

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Photo courtesy of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

The Long Island City community will come together on the waterfront Saturday afternoon to honor the life and work of a longtime park advocate and community leader who died earlier this year.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy announced Friday they will be having a ceremony to honor its former president, Bill Bylewski, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the garden at Gantry Plaza State Park.

Bylewski, who died in February at the age of 53 after battling with cancer, was one of the founding members of the community group Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks and dedicated countless hours as a volunteer gardener and leader to preserve Gantry Plaza State Park’s beauty.

After Hunters Point South Park was constructed and opened, Bylewski sought to see one “friends group” be formed dedicated to the needs of both parks. He then took the initiative to make sure the community came together to for the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

During Saturday’s ceremony, the group will unveil a plaque in memory of Bylewski. And local elected officals and leaders are expected to attend.

“Bill may no longer be with us but his commitment to our parks and the community will continue to live on and inspire us,” said Rob Basch, current president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

Attendees to the ceremony are asked to enter the park at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard. There will be light refreshments after the unveiling.


VIDEO & PHOTOS: Thousands flocked to LIC waterfront for Fourth of July fireworks

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rafael Gonzalez/Video courtesy Mike Graver, IG: @jacksonheightsny

The Long Island City waterfront exploded with life this past weekend as thousands of people from near and far traveled to the neighborhood to catch the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

This year the fireworks — the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display — were launched from two locations in the East River: in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district.

As the light show made its return to Queens, Hunters Point South Park was used as Macy’s private viewing and NBC’s broadcast compound.

Although Hunters Point South Park was closed off to the public, spectators filled Gantry Plaza State Park to watch the fireworks light up the sky over the East River.

The big day also brought in big business for local establishments in Long Island City, as some venues — such as Penthouse 808, Riverview Restaurant/Lounge, Z NYC Hotel, and Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar — held events and specials to celebrate the Fourth of July.

The LIC Flea & Food also ran a Night Market, extending its house from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., where visitors were able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden and purchase food from vendors.

“The Fourth of July is a day for family, friends and fireworks. It is also a day to celebrate the freedoms we have earned through our commitment to the Declaration of Independence that promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to every American,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Let us also rejoice in the special knowledge that in this nation each and every one of us is entitled to equal opportunity and equal protection under the law.


Where to celebrate the Fourth of July on the LIC waterfront

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Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

With the Fourth of July just two weeks away, here is some information that will make that day even brighter with your family and friends.

As the light show makes its return to Queens, a few local venues in Long Island City are holding events and specials for the big day including:

1) LIC Flea & Food will run a Night Market extending its hours from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. where visitors will be able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden and purchased food from over 80 vendors.

2) Penthouse 808, 8-08 Queens Plaza South
4th of July ROOFTOP Bash, festivities begin at 2 p.m.
Dress code: upscale/casual
General admission: Standing room only and includes a gourmet barbecue fare by executive chef Seth Levine, music and entertainment by special guest DJs
For more info call 718-289-6118 or visit www.ph808.com.

3) Riverview Restaurant/Lounge, 2-01 50th Ave.
4th of July fireworks spectacular: Four star buffet including oyster and shrimps
$170 per person plus tax and tip., top shelf open bar from 6 to 10 p.m.
For more info call 718-392-5000

4) Z NYC Hotel: 11-01 43rd Ave.
“Red, White and View” Package and Rooftop Tickets

Views from the roof top of The Z Hotel (Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman)

Views from the roof top of The Z Hotel (Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman)

Rates start at $925 for a 2-night stay excluding tax and service charge.
Package includes two-night accommodations in a guest room overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Fourth of July picnic featuring American Fare on the Z Roof (from 4:00 – 8:00), complimentary access to Z Roof during the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, two complimentary Fourth of July-themed cocktails, and daily breakfast.
Package available to book now through July 3 www.zhotelny.com and use code ZFIR or call 212-319-7000 and mention Red, White and View.
For rooftop access only tickets are $175 per person plus tax and service and includes rooftop access, rooftop picnic and two cocktails.
Children between the ages of 13 to 20 are welcome at $75/child and under 12 is complimentary. Roof opens at 3:00.

5) Cruise 2015 aboard the Starstream sails from the World’s Fair Marina
125-00 Northern Boulevard, off the Grand Central Parkway, Flushing Bay
$125 per person, for tickets call 516-623-5823.

6) Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar, 27-05 39th Ave.
4th of July Rooftop BBQ
Doors open at 8 p.m., $65 includes entrance fee and food, $20 for children under 12.

Vista Sky Lounge

Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar view

With the LIC waterfront being a prime location to catch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, there are also parking restrictions and an increase in security expected for the holiday.

According to Captain John Travaglia, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, residents with vehicles who live from 44th Drive to 54th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to the East River are highly suggest to relocate their vehicles in advance to July 4.

In preparation to the event, police will be towing vehicles within the zone after 12:01 a.m. and the parking restriction will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. on July 5.

It is also suggested that people should avoiding using vehicles in the LIC area on July 4 and police are expecting to be at capacity at all points west of 11th Street by 6 p.m. Latecomers and last minute arrivals should avoid anything west of 11th Street.

Travaglia also added that any residents within those boundaries who are expecting guests for the Fourth of July should encourage them to arrive before 3 p.m. and suggest they carry any party invitations with an address and contact info of the person hosting the part, allowing police ensure people get where they need to go.

In regards to where to view the fireworks on the waterfront, Hunters Point South Park will not be open to the public as it is being used as Macy’s private viewing and NBC’s broadcast compound.

However, Gantry Plaza State Park will be opened and people are encouraged to arrive there no later than 3 p.m. Entry points to the park and Center Boulevard include 48th to 46th avenue from Vernon Boulevard. There will be no access from 49th Ave to Borden Ave on Vernon Blvd. The New York State Park Police will be monitoring the volume of people on the piers in Gantry State Park and when the maximum occupancy is reached the piers will be closed. The same will be done for the remaining areas of the park

Those entering the waterfront from 44th Drive to 49th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to the East River should expect to have their bags and personal items checked and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Gantry Plaza State Park.

“Being center stage for this event is a huge honor for Long Island City. But with this honor comes monstrous responsibility and concerns. Safety and security are paramount,” Travaglia said. “I can not thank the Long Island City community enough for their cooperation up until this point and their future cooperation. The community is a co-producer with the police in the safety and success of this event.”


Handouts inform dog owners of LIC waterfront rules

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Images courtesy of DOG LIC

Two Long Island City groups have come together to help spread the word to dog owners visiting the waterfront parks on how they can help keep the neighborhood as a safe and responsible dog-friendly community.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and DOG LIC, made up of local dog owners, have started to hand out postcards in the western Queens neighborhood informing people of “The Rules of the Road for Dog Owners.”

“Hunters Point Parks Conservancy was very pleased to partner with DOG LIC to help educate and promote proper dog ownership,” said Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “As stewards of both Hunters Point Park and Gantry Park, we recognize the need to clarify where dogs are allowed.”

In these postcards, which the groups have printed out over 5,000 copies, dog owners are advised where their furry friends are welcome along the waterfront and where they are not permitted.

For example, dogs are allowed at Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park, Gantry Plaza State Park Pier #1, Gantry Plaza State Park Garden, and the Anabel Basin Inlet along North Basin Road. However, they are not permitted at Gantry Plaza State Park north of Pier #1, the turf field and sandbox in Hunters Point South Park, Gantry Plaza State Park Piers #2, 3, and 4, or on the Community Sports Park Turf Field on Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

“We’re really trying to be responsible and help get the message out to the community,” said Jessica Masters, DOG LIC co-founder. “We thought if we could organize and get together this flier that we could start spreading the news of responsible dog ownership to keep the waterfront beautiful and a nice place for everyone to enjoy.”

Masters added that these postcards might help incoming residents who are new to the neighborhood and might be used to more dog-friendly rules found in other parts of the city.

The postcards, which were passed out during an event called “LIChenge” in May and can be found at local businesses, also remind dog owners that their pets must remain on a leash at all times and they must clean up after their dogs.

Pet owners are also advised of the locations of local dog runs where they can take their four-legged friends such as the Hunters Point South Dog Run, Vernon Boulevard Dog Run, Murray Playground Dog Run and New Dog Run.


Taste of LIC celebrates 10th anniversary

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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Rain and clouds didn’t stop foodies from heading down to the Long Island City waterfront to get a taste of the booming neighborhood.

The Chocolate Factory Theater celebrated its Tenth Annual Taste of LIC, a community-wide festival highlighting Long Island City’s culinary and cultural accomplishments, on Tuesday night at Gantry Plaza State Park.

This year marked the event’s 10-year anniversary and featured food and beverage tasting from a record number of about 60 local restaurants and establishments.

To honor the anniversary, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who was a “Chocolate Lover Honored Guest,” presented a Citation of Honor to Sheila Lewandowski, executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, proclaiming June 2 as Chocolate Factory Taste of Long Island City Day in Queens.

“Long Island City is moving and shaking, but as we move and shake and as people want to come here and spend their money, let’s remember that at our core, we are a community and a neighborhood of families—and people growing right here in Long Island City and we are proud of that,” Katz said.

For the first time, and to celebrate a decade of fun, the Taste of LIC recognized 10 honorees for their contributions to the community and The Chocolate Factory Theater. Each honoree received a chocolate-colored hoodie featuring a nickname for each individual and a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Each of these people did something very special at some time where they intersected with us,” Lewandowski said about choosing the honorees.

Honorees included Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation; Icema Gibbs, jetBlue; Paul Januszewski, Rockrose Development Corp.; the late John Kocan; choreographer Juliana May; Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan; Martha Sherman, Audience Queen of Dance in NYC; Rebecca Trent, The Creek & The Cave and LIC Eats; playwright Mac Wellman; and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

“I love The Chocolate Factory. I love Long Island City. I love being your City Council member and champion of the arts in New York City,” said Van Bramer, who was also the master of ceremonies for the event. “It’s my honor and privilege. I will always support The Chocolate Factory and will always be there for Long Island City.”

All of the event’s proceeds will go toward The Chocolate Factory Theater, located at 5-49 49th Ave., and its season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances.


LIC community celebrates groundbreaking of Hunters Point library

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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

After 15 years, the wait is finally over for the Long Island City community, which worked hard to bring a new waterfront library to the neighborhood.

On Saturday, local elected officials, community leaders and residents gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Queens Library at Hunters Point, which will be located at Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue, right next to Gantry Plaza State Park.

“Hunters Point is a rapidly growing community of young families and has a demonstrated need for a library community hub,” Queens Borough President Melinda Katz said. “The Hunters Point Library will be a modern and green facility that will serve as a center of learning, literacy and culture for residents of all ages.”

The state-of-the-art library, expected to be completed by the fall of 2017, was designed by architect Steven Holl. Its main interior circulation route will be cut into the west façade, opening up views to the East River and Manhattan skyline.

The 22,000-square-foot facility will feature a reading garden, a rooftop terrace, reading rooms for all ages, a gallery, a performance space and a children’s area.

Rendering courtesy of Queens Library

Rendering courtesy of Queens Library

“There’s a famous saying that it takes a village to raise a child. In this case, it took a village to raise a library,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, who has been working on the project since 1999 and allocated $4 million for the library. “We are here because no one gave up on the project. I was never ever going to let this fail. It was too important. This community deserves a state-of-the-art community library that will be the envy of the entire city and now you have it, you’re going to get it.”

Mark Christie, president of the group Friends of the Hunters Point Library, has been working on the idea of the library since 1998 and during the groundbreaking quoted former President John F. Kennedy.

“This will be a building that brings our community together,” Christie said. “Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country — and you will see what a big difference just coming together will make in each and every one of our lives.”

Along with the construction of the library, the project will also include the construction of the permanent 1,260-square-foot ranger station at Gantry Plaza State Park. The building will include a reception area, a park manager’s office and bathrooms for the public.

Saturday’s groundbreaking celebration also featured a street fair where members of the community enjoyed carnival games, entertainment, family-friendly activities and food.

Until the Hunters Point library is constructed, a mobile library will be parked each Saturday at Gantry State Park from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. to offer books and other material for all ages. The Friends of Hunters Point Library are also supporting a “pop-up” library on Saturdays offering reading and activities starting at 11 a.m.


Developer TF Cornerstone to be honored for role in transforming LIC  

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Photo courtesy of TF Cornerstone

TF Cornerstone has been one of the main faces in the real estate development boom currently occurring in Long Island City.

Recently, the real estate firm completed its 10-year, $1.4 billion Center Boulevard project, which includes six residential towers on the LIC waterfront with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline that provide a high-quality living space for a community of more than 6,000 people.

TF Cornerstone was also selected to develop two residential towers for the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South affordable housing project, further bringing more residential opportunity to the neighborhood. The buildings will have 1,193 apartments, 796 of which will be affordable. The towers will also feature a gym, rooftop gardens and decks, and an on-site senior recreational center.

Because of these investments in the neighborhood, the Long Island City Partnership, an organization that focuses on fostering economic growth in the community, will honor the founding brothers of TF Cornerstone, K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan, at its 27th annual luncheon on Nov 13.

“We’ve come to love this community as we’ve watched it grow and, for that reason, receiving this award is truly special,” the Elghanayan brothers said. “We’d like to thank the Long Island City Partnership for this honor, and we’re looking forward to many more years of partnerships with groups and individuals in LIC as we begin our next chapter of development in Hunter’s Point South.”

Aside from constructing towers, TF Cornerstone has played a major role in building the community aspects of LIC through supporting local events and institutions, such as the LIC Flea, LIC Arts Open and P.S. 78 and developing Gantry Plaza State Park.

“They’ve been part of that revolutionary vision of what LIC can be as a residential neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “People who were attracted to the dollar value now want to stay here for the community value, and that is a testament to the Elghanayans and TF Cornerstone.”

Hundreds of attendees are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be held at Astoria World Manor.

Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development, will give the keynote speech and Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley will receive the William D. Modell Community Service Award.


Queens ‘Zombie Ride’ to encourage safe biking

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Photo courtesy of Kidical Mass NYC

Wheels big and small will be going round and round this weekend through western Queens.

Advocacy organization Kidical Mass NYC will be hosting its third family bike ride and the first in Queens on Saturday, Oct. 25, through parts of Long Island City and Astoria.

The event, called “Zombie Ride,” will be a five-mile bike ride starting at the waterfront at Gantry Plaza State Park at the intersection of Center Boulevard and 47th Avenue.

The ride is open to intermediate-level bike riders or children ages 7 and up with good street-riding skills. Children in baby seats and on cargo bikes are also welcome to be a part of the event. 

“[We want to] make an opportunity to get kids to go around a city you walk, ride buses and drive in. It’s another way to get around,” said Hilda Cohen, one of the co-founders of Kidical Mass NYC.  “A lot of parents want to do this but are intimidated about it. It’s really a great way to see your city.”

The ride, which is named in the spirit of Halloween, will then continue through the Long Island City neighborhood and make its first stop at the rooftop garden Brooklyn Grange. After taking a rest stop at coffee shop COFFEED, the group will pass the Museum of the Moving Image and head back toward the waterfront to finish the ride at Socrates Sculpture Park, which will be hosting its Fall Festival. 

The young participants will also receive “spooky” treats such as zombie tattoos. 

“The name [of the event] has nothing to do with anything dangerous,” Cohen said. 

Kidical Mass NYC, which is the New York-based branch of the original Kidical Mass founded in Oregon, pays tribute to the national cycling event called Critical Mass.

Since starting in August, rides have taken place once a month in Brooklyn and Manhattan, bringing together about 40 participants, including adults and children. Now organizers have expanded the reach into Queens, hoping to attract residents from the other boroughs.

“Queens is the next big borough,” said Cristina Furlong of the organization Makes Queens Safer, who is helping Kidical Mass NYC organize the Queens event. “Queens is starting to get noticed.”

Members of the 108th and 114th precincts will also be in attendance on Saturday to provide extra security for the riders. 

“By being visible, I hope we influence some people that might be considering [cycling with their children] and show them that it’s safe,” Furlong said.

According to Cohen, although the event aims to show families that biking through their neighborhoods is a safe alternative to driving, the main goal of the day is to have fun. 

“We’re trying to make everything fun and exciting, which is exactly what biking is and it shouldn’t be something dangerous,” Cohen said. “This is just a means to enjoy our city with our kids.”

The “Zombie Ride” will begin at 10 a.m., with riders beginning to gather at 9:30 a.m. Cohen encourages those interested in participating to RSVP via the group’s Facebook page in order for every participant to receive their Halloween treats. Helmets are required for children 13 years old and under by law, and are recommended for everyone else, according to organizers. 

For more information visit www.facebook.com/kidicalmassnyc.


New Yorkers brave rain for LIC Instagram meetup

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Photo via @jnsilva/Instagram

Even through the downpour, Instagrammers flocked to Long Island City for an early morning celebration this weekend.

Just two days before Instagram’s four-year anniversary, members of the photo-sharing app met up in different cities around the world on Saturday to snap mobile photos and share stories for the 10th Worldwide Instameet using the hashtag #WWIM10.

According to organizers, about 70 Instagrammers from the tri-state area put on their rain boots, got out their umbrellas and met up bright and early Saturday at the Pepsi Sign in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Photographers David Krugman and Jose Silva captured the moment on their separate Instagram profiles. Both accounts also feature short videos of the day.

“Torrential rain couldn’t hold us down,” wrote Silva in one photo showing the group of Instagrammers standing in the rain at Hunter’s Point South Park, right next to Gantry Plaza.

For more photos check out Krugman and Silva on Instagram.


Instagrammers to celebrate 4th anniversary at LIC meetup

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Screenshot via Instagram

Instagrammers from all over the world will be capturing a special moment this weekend as they come together for the 10th Worldwide Instameet — and you can be a part of it.

Days before Instagram’s four-year-anniversary on Oct. 6, members of the photo sharing app will meet up in different cities around the world to snap mobile photos of surrounding communities and share stories via the app using the hashtag #WWIM10.

This year, Instagrammers from New York City will be meeting up in Long Island City on Saturday with mobile photographer David Krugman for sunrise at 6:30 a.m. The meeting point, rain or shine, is the Pepsi Sign in Gantry Plaza State Park.

Anyone interested in attending can email Krugman at davekrugman@gmail.com or direct message him with any questions on Instagram at @dave.krugman or @jnsilva.


Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Pier 1 at Gantry Plaza State Park in Long Island CIty


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.