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Astoria resident wins big on ‘Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris’

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Photo courtesy of Virginia Sherwood/NBC

Astoria resident Steven Tarca can see Kaufman Astoria Studios from his window.

On Tuesday, Sept. 29, Tarca was in the building as part of the studio audience for “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” a live variety show that debuted on NBC on Sept. 15. Tarca, a guest service supervisor at the Empire State Building, was asked through Facebook by show staff if he wanted to attend the show, and possibly get a chance to participate in a segment called “Get Lucky.” Tarca said he was chosen based on his active presence on social media.

During the segment, an audience member is picked at random to join Harris on stage and answer a number of questions pertaining to news and current events. For every question answered correctly, the participant receives a prize. Tarca said he read up on the news the week before his segment and also skimmed pop culture websites. His studying paid off and Tarca answered 6 out of 8 questions correctly.

“I had no idea that I was going to be picked but in the case that I did, I was very much reading up on the news for the week and keeping my eyes turned to social media for anything that’s been happening,” Tarca said. “[I’m in] complete shock. I’m still kind of recovering.”

Tarca decided against answering the bonus question, which could have resulted in his winning all 16 prizes, or possibly forfeiting the prizes he already won if he answered the question wrong. The contestant went home with $5,000 in cash, a bathtub full of Snickers bars, a hoverboard, tickets to the Broadway production of “Spring Awakening,” kitchen appliances from Cuisinart and a diamond necklace.

“My phone was off the hook the minute the show ended,” Tarca said.

Though he didn’t get to interact with Neil Patrick Harris after the segment, Tarca said the host told him he was doing a good job and shook his hand during the commercial break. The Astoria resident went to college in Staten Island, then moved to Brooklyn and later attended graduate school in Florida. But his favorite home has been Astoria.

“When I lived in Brooklyn I didn’t really have a sense of community and neighborhood that I get here in Astoria,” Tarca said. “It’s a completely different feel. The feeling of the community here is really incredible.”

To watch the full episode of “Best Time Ever with Neil Patrick Harris,” click here.


Fall fun at the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea Night Market

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Fall is finally here and although the summer sun has gone away, there is still time to enjoy some outdoor fun both in Long Island City and Astoria.

This weekend marks the last weekend to grab a drink during the LIC Flea Beerfest where you can enjoy Queens brewed beers for $2 from noon to 2 p.m. both Saturday and Sunday.

Breweries offering their selections include Big Alice brewing, Finback Brewery, SingleCut Beer Smiths, Rockaway Beer Company, Queens Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and LIC Beer Project.

HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will also return to the popular Long Island City market this weekend so visitors have the chance to stop by, shop one-of-a-kind refurbished furniture, get a chance to be on television and meet host Lara Spencer.

LIC Flea & Food is located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue and runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

Just a neighborhood over, people can also check out the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios. After a successful opening night last weekend, the market is back this Saturday night and offers great food, vintage finds, jewelry and much more.

Guests can also enjoy drinks at the all-Queens beer garden, which found its popularity at the LIC Flea & Food.

The Astoria Flea & Food Night Market will run Sept. 26 and Oct. 3 from 6 to 11 p.m.

Live music at both the Astoria and LIC markets are sponsored by car2go, who also have booths at both locations where guests can learn more about their services. Information can also be found here. The Inebriators will perform at the Astoria Flea this weekend.

For updates follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.



Welcome fall with Astoria Flea Night Market and LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jill Lotenberg of Jill Photography

Summer has unofficially bid us adieu, but there is still time to enjoy some outdoor fun in both Long Island City and Astoria.

This Saturday, Sept. 12, visitors from near and far can take a trip to Astoria to celebrate the opening of the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which announced it will be launching its all-Queens Beer and Wine Garden – which visitors have come to love at the LIC Flea & Food.

The night market will be open for three consecutive Saturdays in September including Sept. 12, 19 and 26. from 6 to 11 p.m. and will include the best in food and flea vendors, and live music.

This weekend also marks the start of fall at the popular LIC Flea & Food, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. There are only eight weekends left of the outdoor season so don’t wait to visit the market and meet some of the new vendors, while also enjoying favorites from the 2015 season.

Visitors can enjoy treats such as delicious fries from Bulldog Burgery and Crafty Cue BBQ’s pastrami Ruben. Pick up some fall duds from Dutch Kills Klothing, SM Designs and baubles from Scripted by Design.

Guests can also cool off at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.


Kaufman Arts District’s first luxury condominium hits market

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Image courtesy of Modern Spaces

A luxury condominium — the first of its kind in the newly designated Kaufman Arts District —has hit the market and seen instant success in just one week.

Real estate firm Modern Spaces has began sales for The Marx, located at 34-32 35th St. in Astoria, and in the first week 20 percent of the building has already been sold.

The Marx offers 33 one- and two-bedroom units at prices starting in the $600,000s and two-bedroom apartments priced under $1 million.

“The Kaufman Arts District is an established, dynamic neighborhood that gives people access to the best creative institutions the city had to offer. Living at The Marx presents a unique opportunity to move into a vibrant Astoria neighborhood that is rich with amenities, dining and service retail to serve the families that have long called the area home,” said Eric Benaim, CEO of Modern Spaces.

The building features homes with open layouts and hardwood floors, and many of the apartments have private terraces. Kitchens feature custom cabinetry, a breakfast bar and high-quality appliances. Master bathrooms include rainhead and hand-held glass-enclosed showers and heated towel bars.

Amenities at The Marx include a rooftop terrace with gas Weber grills, a private bike room, a fitness room, a virtual doorman security system and laundry facilities.

“We are very excited that The Marx has appealed to so many buyers. It’s the first luxury development that has opened since the area has been designated the Kaufman Arts District and shares the same streets where popular shows such as ‘Orange is the New Black,’ ‘Nurse Jackie’ and ‘Sesame Street’ are filmed. We think the building — like its entertainment neighbors — will be a big hit for many different types of buyers,” Benaim said.

The seven-story condominium, which is being developed by a joint venture between Kaufman Astoria Studios and Procida Companies, gets its name from the property’s history located on the site where the Marx Brothers filmed movies such as “Animal Crackers” and “Coconauts.”

The Kaufman Arts District, designated in 2014, includes institutions such as Kaufman Astoria Studios, Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts.

“We’re thrilled to bring even more life to this thriving and historic neighborhood. Hundreds of professionals visit and work in our studios, and many have fallen in love with Astoria and all it offers,” said Hal Rosenbluth, CEO of Kaufman Astoria Studios. “We’re delighted to offer the homes at The Marx to our regular constituents and newcomers alike.”


Neil Patrick Harris tours Kaufman Astoria Studios for new show

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Photo via Twitter/@ActuallyNPH

A new star is now calling Astoria home.

Actor Neil Patrick Harris tweeted a photo of himself in front of the gates of Kaufman Astoria Studios on Monday, where he will be filming his new show called “Best Time Ever.”

“Took my first tour of the @BestTimeEver studios. Very very excited for the fun to commence!” Harris tweeted.

The visit was first reported by the blog We Heart Astoria, which also shared news on how to get tickets to be part of the live audience of the show, which tapes Sept. 9 through November. Locals can also nominate friends to be part of the show by clicking here.

“Best Time Ever” is described as a one-hour variety show hosted and co-produced by Harris that will feature appearances by “A-list stars, stunts, comedy skits, mini game shows, audience giveaways and hidden camera pranks,” according to nbc.com.

The show premieres on Tuesday, Sept. 15, at 10 p.m. on NBC. To catch a sneak peek click here.


Astoria Flea at Kaufman Astoria Studios returns with Saturday night markets

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Photo by Pete Olsen

The Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios is back and with a new twist.

The popular market, which received immense positive feedback when it first launched last May, will open once again for a night market on Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 11 p.m.

The Astoria Flea & Food Night Market, a partnership between LIC Flea & Food — Queens’ largest outdoor market — and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate on the studios’ outdoor lot, the first of its kind in the city.

Visitors will be able to enter the lot from 36th Street either from 34th Avenue or through the grand entrance on 35th Avenue featuring a 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

“I’m thrilled to partner with Kaufman Astoria Studios and open their outdoor movie lot to the general public. It will be a fun and family-friendly destination to enjoy the remaining evenings of summer,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “Our first-class flea vendors offer the opportunity to discover unique items to buy and our food vendors serve up delicious eats you can’t find anywhere else.”

Kaufman Astoria Studios is currently the home of hit series such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Alpha House” and “Sesame Street.”

The Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which is in walking distance from the M, R, N and Q trains, will offer visitors the best from the LIC Flea & Food and will also feature new vendors selling exclusively at the night market.

Items for sale include everything from food, antiques, collectibles, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

Vendors who are interested in selling at the market can now visit www.LICFlea.com or email info@licflea.com to apply. For updates visit Facebook.com/LICFlea or follow @LICFlea on Twitter and Instagram.


Top five summer activities in Astoria Park

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation


Astoria Park is an outdoor urban oasis along the banks of the East River in northwestern Queens. The nearly 60-acre park, located on 19th Street off Ditmars Boulevard, is one of the largest outdoor spaces in the borough, with splendid waterfront views of upper Manhattan, as well as both the Triboro and Hell Gate bridges.

The park is the perfect staycation destination for day trippers, tourists and neighborhood regulars. Here are our picks for the top five best summer events and activities in the western Queens green space.

Astoria Pool
19th Street

This art deco, Olympic-sized swimming pool is the largest in the city, making it the perfect place for city dwellers to cool their heels on a hot summer day. Astoria Pool is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunbathers can soak up rays on the poolside deck while swimmers enjoy splashing around in the shadow of the Triboro Bridge. The pool offers aquatics programs and swimming lessons for youths and adults, as well as a smaller wading pool for beginners.


Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Special Early Bird and Night Owl swim hours are also available through the Adult Lap Swim Program, which allows swimmers to focus on fitness and swim technique. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to men and women who have completed the most lengths until Friday, Aug. 7. For more information or to register, click here.

New World Queens Festival
Astoria Park Great Lawn
Saturday, Aug. 29, noon to 9 p.m.


Photo via Astoria Music and Arts Facebook page

This free outdoor festival presented by Astoria Music and Arts will feature over 60 musical acts and visual artists with the goal of raising eco-awareness. Artists range from bossa nova, reggae, ska, R&B, rock, psychedelic, Americana, indie, funk, blue grass and Afro-Cuban bands. There will also be DJs, a pie-eating contest sponsored by Astor Bake Shop and Little Club Heads, a family dance party experience for children 1 to 12 years old, a dance tent featuring Sol Dance Studios, a puppet show by WonderSpark from Raising Astoria, and a giant Kaiju Big Battle Monster. There will also be an on-site outdoor exhibit featuring the work of over 30 visual artists, sculptors and painters. The event is family- and pet-friendly.

Pack a picnic 

Butcher Bar

Photo courtesy of Butcher Bar

Escape the concrete jungle for an afternoon without ever having to leave Queens. With its jaw-dropping views of the city and the East River, Astoria Park is the perfect, picturesque picnic spot. Picnic essentials include a large blanket or quilt, sunscreen, a Frisbee, a good book, cloth napkins and trash bags for post-picnic cleanup. The key to a well-stocked picnic basket is to start with locally made, handheld favorites. Stop by Butcher Bar and pick up the “PBLT” sandwich ($10.99), featuring grilled smoked pork belly, the Philly cheese brisket ($13.49) or its saucy, braised pulled BBQ chicken ($10.99) topped with coleslaw, onions and pickles. Pair these delectable sandwiches with one of its all-natural sodas, lemonade or famous Butcher Bar iced tea.

Movies on the Waterfront
Astoria Park Great Lawn

Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of Give Me Astoria

Photo via Give Me Astoria Facebook page

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and some ice cream and head over to the Great Lawn in Astoria Park this summer for the Monday night Movies on the Waterfront series organized by Central Astoria LCD. Check out “Frozen” (August 3), “How to Train Your Dragon” (Aug. 10), “Ghostbusters” (Aug. 17) and “The Incredibles” (Aug. 24) on a big screen under the stars. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn, located off Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool. The series is sponsored by nearby Kaufman Astoria Studios and admission is free.

Pop an ollie!
Astoria Skate Plaza
Hoyt Avenue at 19th Street

Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

This 21,500-square-foot skate park is located at the southern end of Astoria Park, directly under the Triboro Bridge. Astoria Skate Plaza features multiple levels with stairs, rails, banks and ledges of varying heights and sizes. The park was created by Who Skates, a leader in municipal, urban skate park design, and features an open design that allows for a free-form style of skating. Although an attendant will be provided during official hours of operation, skaters will need to sign a special waiver with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation before hitting the rails.




Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios to pop up again this summer

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Something is ready to pop up in Astoria this summer.

The organizers of the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which launched last year as the city’s first-ever backlot market, have announced that the market is expected to make its grand return.

The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first off its kind in the city.

This year, instead of running for a consecutive number of weeks, the Astoria Flea will be popping up at the studios’ lot on different dates.

Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

Visitors of all ages and from all over the city will be able to enjoy the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, arts, crafts, fashion and much more.

Anyone looking to be a vendor at the Astoria Flea can apply at www.licflea.com.


‘Money Monster’ starring George Clooney to film in Astoria on Thursday

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Photo via Instagram/tavernakyclades

Astoria, get ready: you might catch a second glimpse of George Clooney, this time on set of his new movie “Money Monster.”

According to signs taped along Broadway in Astoria, the film, starring Clooney and Julia Roberts, will be shooting scenes on Thursday in the neighborhood.

“Money Monster,” directed by Jodie Foster, is a thriller that follows television personality Lee Gates who stars in his show “Money Monster” giving Wall Street tips to viewers, according to published reports. However, things go south when one discontented viewer take Gates hostage while on air, and the whole scenario takes place as the cameras continue to roll.

It is not clear if the scenes filming on Thursday will include Clooney, but the award-winning actor had previously been filming at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The production of “Money Monster” has since left that location, according to sources.

Last month, Clooney was spotted enjoying some Greek food at Astoria’s Taverna Kyclades restaurant with Bill Murray, who the day before had lunch at the same eatery with Sofia Coppola, who directed “Lost in Translation.”

Photo via Twitter/@AstoriaBaker

Photo via Twitter/@AstoriaBaker


High school students record holiday songs at Kaufman Astoria Studios

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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

The holidays arrived early in Astoria this year for a group of high schools students with dreams of becoming professional musicians.

Members of the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts a cappella concert choir were invited on Monday to record two holiday songs at one of Kaufman Astoria Studios’ recording studios and one of the largest in the city, KAS Music & Sound.

The invitation came through Kaufman Astoria Studios and the nonprofit Exploring the Arts, which was founded by Tony Bennett, who also founded the high school.

The group of about 55 students, ranging from sophomores to seniors, recorded “Silver Bells” and an arrangement of “Deck the Halls.”

Joe Castellon, executive director of KAS Music & Sound, oversaw the recording and gave his tips to the young aspiring singers. Once he has finished editing the two songs, Castellon will give the music back to the school, which will then decide what will be done with it.


“We’ve done it twice before and it gets better every time,” said Castellon. “It’s great because you are seeing them just right at the beginning and their first exposure to it.”

He said that the students’ excitement is palpable: “With the students it’s great because you get to feel that.”

The high school’s concert choir teacher and one of the founding members of the school, Heidi Best, led the group during the recording and hopes this experience gave the students a taste  of what it really means to record their music at a professional studio.

“[Recording] is a very different animal,” Best said. “’[The students] are thrilled because they know this is a big deal, and it’s really good for them because they get to hear themselves and the things they don’t really think about and it gives them a keener sense of performing.”

For some of the students who participated last year it was a chance to return to the studio, but for others it was the first time they had walked into a studio and shared the same equipment that has been used by musicians such as Alicia Keys, Billy Joel, Elvis Costello, Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett.

“It was exciting because it’s something most of us haven’t done,” said 17-year-old Feyjon Cobos, a senior at the high school who first stepped into the studio two years ago with another choir at the school.

“It’s nostalgic but very thrilling,” said Bruce Jimenez, 16, a junior who has also recorded before. “It was very fun. I wish I could do it again.”

This was 17-year-old Paola Solis’ first time recording in a studio, and she said it was exciting to get the opportunity.

“I’ve recorded, but like on an iPod,” Solis said smiling. “It’s really amazing to be here in an actual studio.”

The group of students will be performing the songs at the MetLife Building in Manhattan next Monday and at the school’s winter concert on Dec. 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.


Offices at the Square begins marketing space above popular LIC beer garden

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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre

The new owner of events hall Studio Square in Long Island City is converting it into an office building, and has begun marketing space as Offices at the Square.

The building, which is located at 35-37 36th St., was constructed in 1930 and originally used as a factory, according to city records.

Emmes Asset Management bought the structure in June for nearly $30 million from S Hospitality Group, which opened Studio Square in 2009. S Hospitality paid $13.7 million for the property in 2008, city records show.

The popular beer garden, The Garden at Studio Square, on the ground floor of the building, will stay put, but Emmes is looking for new office tenants to fill the second to sixth floors —approximately 63,000 square feet — as S Hospitality Group moves out by July 2015.

Emmes is willing to separate the floors for a mix of companies or lease the full available space to one tenant, according to a representative of JRT Realty Group, which is handling leasing in the building.

As the land prices in Long Island City continue to rise, developers are turning to residential buildings to maximize profits, experts said, but Offices at the Square provides an opportunity for much needed office space for companies looking to expand or move into the area.

“Offices at the Square is no doubt an attractive alternative for office tenants, including high growth, emerging tech or creative firms getting priced out of the city,” said George Karnoupakis, asset manager of Emmes’ NYC Interborough Fund.

Each level in the building has been modernized within the past few years with polished concrete floors, and the fifth and sixth floors feature floor-to-ceiling windows with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, according to JRT Realty. But the former factory building retains its tall, exposed ceilings, and open spaces.

The roof features more views of the Queens landscape and city skyline as well as functions as a meeting space for companies.

The R, N, Q, and M subway lines are nearby Offices at the Square, and eateries such as a Dunkin’ Donuts, S Prime Steakhouse and the newly opened Mexican restaurant Tacuba are on the same block.

Visit the Offices at the Square website for more information.

Floor plan courtesy of Emmes Asset Management.

Floor plan courtesy of Emmes Asset Management.


Free event offers behind-the-scenes look at moviemaking in Astoria

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Pat Alvarado/Museum of the Moving Image


Forget LA — get a behind-the-scenes look at film production right here in Queens. The Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817 and Kaufman Astoria Studios is once again hosting New York on Location. The free, one-day event, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21 at the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot, will showcase up to 20 working movie trailers and trucks for the public to visit and include movie professionals that visitors can talk to about what goes into making a film. Visitors can also get a close look at stars’ dressing rooms, cameras, props, costumes and special effects machines.

“New York on Location is a fun and engaging way for families and kids to experience what goes on behind-the-scenes of their favorite movies and television shows and meet the people who make them possible,” said Hal Rosenbluth, president of Kaufman Astoria Studios.

There will be professional demonstrations revolving around the moviemaking process. They will include stunt performers from films such as “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” and “Dark Knight Rises,” showing visitors how to survive a high fall or a street fight, makeup artists and hair stylists on how to fake bruises, and special effects professionals on how to create rain or snow. Visitors can buy food from Treat Trucks, the vendors who supply food to movie sets, and use the Honey Wagons, which are restrooms that are usually reserved for the stars.

“New Yorkers have grown accustomed to seeing movie trailers and trucks in their neighborhoods. New York on Location will allow them to step inside and talk to the dedicated and talented men and women who work behind the scenes in the film industry; and showcasing the work is at the core of the museum’s mission,” said Carl Goodman, executive director of the Museum of the Moving Image.

During the event, all the galleries of the museum will be open to the public for free.

New York on Location will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 21, on the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot, at 36th Street between 34 and 35 avenues, and its surrounding streets. The Museum of the Moving Image is located at 36-01 35th Ave. in Astoria. A rain date for the event is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 28.



Mount Sinai Queens ‘tops off’ steel construction phase of $125M expansion

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THE COURIER/ Photos by Angy Altamirano

Mount Sinai Queens is one step closer to becoming the hospital of the future.

The Astoria hospital’s $125 million expansion and modernization project reached the completion of the steel construction phase on Thursday as a structural steel beam – signed by hospital, community and elected officials – was lifted into place, topping off the building’s frame.


“Mount Sinai Queens is transforming, and leading, health care in the 21st Century, and our new building represents the model hospital for the future of medicine,” said Dr. David Reich, president and COO of The Mount Sinai Hospital. “We are seeing the gold standard rise here before our eyes, and it is fantastic to see.”

The expansion, which broke ground last year and is expected to be completed in 2016, will feature a new, five-story building, an enlarged Emergency Department, new operating suites and multispecialty outpatient care.


New windows will be installed in the existing building and central air conditioning will be provided to all patient rooms.

“It is fitting that today we are creating a new chapter in Mount Sinai’s history right here in Queens,” said Dr. Kenneth L. Davis, CEO and president of the Mount Sinai Health System. “This area – where the hospital stands today – has been a healing ground and has provided healthcare services to the community for over 120 years.”

The entrance area to the Ambulatory Care Pavilion will be named after George S. Kaufman and Kaufman Astoria Studios, who made a major donation to the hospital.

“Kaufman Astoria Studios has long been a community neighbor since 1980,” said Kaufman, chairman of Kaufman Organization and Kaufman Astoria Studios. “When you are a member of a community you help your neighbors.”



Auction at the Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Locker Rockers

Let the bidding begin at the LIC Flea & Food.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold a charity auction on Saturday, Aug. 16, with the duo known as The Locker Rockers and auctioneer John Luke from A&E’s “Storage Wars: New York.”

The Locker Rockers are made up of Cary “The Flipper” Zimbler and Thomas “The Nose” Preston, co-workers at a realty company. Just like in “Storage Wars,” the duo finds units that are being foreclosed or seized and they bid to win the contents of the storage containers.

The duo currently has storage facilities of their own with items such as jewelry, furniture, sports memorabilia and antiques. One of their recent finds was a used hockey stick signed by Wayne Gretsky valued at more than $8,000.

Auctioneer John Luke, born and raised in North Harlem, has been in the auction business for 15 years and will help The Locker Rockers with the charity event this weekend at the LIC Flea. The group will be auctioning off vintage and unique items they have found in storage lockers and also items furnished and donated by many LIC Flea vendors.

All of the proceeds from the charity auction will go to support Life’s WORC, a private, nonprofit organization offering care for people with developmental disabilities in Queens and Long Island.

Saturday will also feature a Home Sweet Home theme where visitors can purchase the best in furniture, home accessories and gift items.

Nonprofit Recycle-A-Bicycle will also be in attendance at the LIC Flea with refurbished bicycles made by local teens. They will be selling the bicycles as well as bicycle-related items and crafts.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be back on Sundays starting in September.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will only be open for three more Sundays at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

The flea market offers the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more.

This Sunday, Aug. 17, the Astoria Flea will have guest DJ Johnny Seriuss spinning tunes from 3 to 6 p.m.

Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for only eight consecutive Sundays starting in May, but it now will stay open until Aug. 31.

The market is open Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.




LIC Summit to highlight booming western Queens neighborhood

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo: Peter Aaron/Esto. Courtesy of Museum of Moving Image

The various traits that contribute to the boom of Long Island City will be the talk of a day-long conference dedicated to the western Queens neighborhood.

The Long Island City Partnership, along with co-hosts Modern Spaces and The Queens Courier, will showcase the first LIC Summit, called “LIC Now: Perspectives and Prospects.” The day-long event will take place on Tuesday, June 17, at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave., starting at 8 a.m. and will be followed by a cocktail reception and networking at 4:30 p.m. at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

“The summit is intended to really highlight the incredible authentic mixed-use community that is Long Island City and it is important not just locally but citywide and nationwide,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “It’s also an opportunity to dive into the issues that are continuing challenges for the community and a moment to take stock on how we should plan for the future.”

The LIC Summit will highlight Long Island City’s real estate market, infrastructure, arts, cultural, television and film community, industrial sector and expected future as a technology hub.

“Long Island City is experiencing an explosive change right now and is a huge economic driver for not only western Queens, but the city as a whole,” said Eric Benaim, CEO and president of Modern Spaces. “This summit was created to address the ongoing and emerging trends and needs of this transformative neighborhood.”

The keynote address will be delivered by the city’s Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen, and other featured speakers include Borough President Melinda Katz, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer and many more.

“This is really meant to be a dialogue between the panelists with the audience. Everybody who is there is part of the content of the conference,” said Lusskin, who hopes the LIC Summit will become an annual event. “We really hope that we will have a really diverse and high quality audience that is both local constituents and citywide leaders.”

For more information and to register click here.


Below are the categories for the LIC Summit panels, which will each be moderated by experts and leaders in their industries.

Keynote Panel – LIC: Big City, Big Picture 9:15–10 a.m.

Services & Amenities: Current Successes, New Opportunities – 10:15-11 a.m.

Television & Film – 10:15-11 a.m.

Commercial & Industrial Real Estate
11:20 a.m.-noon

Keynote Speaker: Deputy Mayor for Housing and Economic Development Alicia Glen
1-1:45 p.m.

LIC as a Tech District – 2-2:45 p.m.

Residential Real Estate – 2-2:45 p.m.

Arts & Culture – 3-3:45 p.m.