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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.”

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Hunters Point Parks Conservancy announces waterfront movie lineup, asks for suggestions


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Images courtesy of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

What better way to end a summer day than to catch a classic film on the Long Island City waterfront?

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy announced Wednesday the lineup of its waterfront movie series which includes films such as the original “King Kong,” “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” “E.T.” and “When Harry Met Sally.”

“Outdoor movies are a great way to bring the community together and there is not a better location, anywhere, in which to enjoy a cinema classic,” said Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy. “Many of us have been to a drive-in movie but this is most scenic location for a ‘walk-in’ movie.”

The group’s movie series, which began in mid-April with “Frozen” and is sponsored by the real estate company Nest Seekers, brings a 26-foot inflatable screen to Hunters Point South Park and is placed adjacent to the East River with the Manhattan skyline in the background.

Movies start at about 8:45 p.m. and although the slots have been filled, community members will have the opportunity to send suggestion for the final film of the series expected to be shown on Sept. 19. Suggestions must be rated PG and can be sent to NestSeekersLIC@gmail.com.

LIC Landing by COFFEED, which is located within Hunters Point South Park, will provide food and beverages available for purchase during the movie.

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The schedule for the series is as follows:
June 25: King Kong
July 23: Breakfast at Tiffany’s
Aug. 7: E.T.
Aug. 20: When Harry Met Sally
Sept. 19: TBA

For more information, visit cinemalic.com.

Hunters Point South Park joins numerous other Queens parks this summer serving as venues where residents and visitors can catch a movie under the stars.

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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.

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Come play the piano on the LIC waterfront


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Photo by Rob Basch

Visitors to the Long Island City waterfront this month will be able to bring some music to neighborhood.

The community group Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and LIC Landing by COFFEED have come together with Sing for Hope to get a piano to Hunters Point South Park as part of the nonprofit’s public art installation which brings colored pianos to parks and public spaces throughout the five boroughs.

For two weeks, the pianos, which this year totaled up to 50 and are created by different artists or designers, are placed at the sites and the public is invited to play the instruments.

The piano at Hunters Point South Park was designed by artist Christopher Beckman and is located at LIC Landing by COFFEED, a 2,000-square-foot outdoor event space and outdoor café, from sunrise to around 10 p.m. through June 21.

After the two weeks, the pianos will then be donated to a local community organization.

Along with Hunters Point South Park, Sing for Hope brought six other pianos to Queens this year including at Flushing Town Hall, the Jackson Heights Post Office, Kaufman Arts District, Rockaway Park: Boardwalk 86th, Roy Wilkins Recreation Center and the Unisphere at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

For more information, visit singforhope.org.

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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.

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Astoria and LIC among Queens stops recommended for East River Ferry expansion


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Photo Courtesy of the East River Ferry

Queens could be the big winner from an expansion of the East River Ferry service if the city can find a spare $80 million to expand existing infrastructure and a private ferry company willing to pony up $10 million a year to run it.

The New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC) released its preliminary 2013 Citywide Ferry Study earlier this week, in which it considered 58 potential new ferry stops, including some based on community recommendations, for the East River.

In the end, the NYCEDC recommended 11 possible spots. The areas in Queens include Astoria Cove, Long Island City North, and Beach 108th and 116th Street in the Rockaways, according to the report. Ferry service was also recommended looked into for LaGuardia Airport.

“In the span of only a few years, ferry service has become an integral part of the City’s transportation infrastructure, serving millions of passengers and providing momentum for continued development along the City’s waterfront,” said NYCEDC President Kyle Kimball.

According to the report, these new routes would require “considerable capital and operating subsidies” and an expanded new network featuring the East River Ferry and the additional routes would require “an annual subsidy for weekday service of close to $10 million.”

The potential new stops would also require additional capital investment to construct docking stations which feature shelters, ticketing machines, benches, bike racks, and two-slip or single-slip barges.

Following the recent study, the possible ferry service expansion proposal will now be reviewed by local elected officials, leaders, private ferry companies and the community at large in order to discuss the specific new routes and how to fund them.

Currently the only East River Ferry stop in Queens is by Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City between 54th Avenue and 2nd Street.

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