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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

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“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.

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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.”

 

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Auction at the Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.

 

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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.

 

 

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Astoria Flea to be featured in HGTV’s ‘Flea Market Flip’


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

Visit the Astoria Flea this weekend, and you just might get on television (or at least see some filming) — HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will be at the flea market at the Kaufman Astoria Studios backlot this Sunday.

“Flea Market Flip” gives contestants $500 to find, buy and fix a piece of furniture at a flea market. Contestants later sell their flipped creations for a larger sum and battle to see who can make the largest profit, according to hgtv.com.

Spend some time browsing the furniture stands, and you just might see some of the action!
Visit the Astoria Flea on 36th Street between 34th and 35th avenues on Sundays between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. Also check out the LIC Flea & Food on Saturdays at the outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

 

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Block party to be held at Kaufman Astoria Studios


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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To start off the summer, the Queens Council on the Arts (QCA) will host a block party in the newly formed Kaufman Arts District filled with local artists, food and much more.

The QCA Block Party, which will take place on the first day of summer on Saturday, June 21 from 4 to 10 p.m., will be located at the backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios and feature musicians from Make Music New York, a barbecue throwdown by local restaurants, a poetry slam and an evening film screening.

In March, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District spans from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

This block party, which is expected to be the kickoff of more upcoming Astoria events, is QCA’s fourth Moveable Feast Artist Dinner event, which serves as a fundraiser to support the High School to Art School Portfolio Program.

Admission to the QCA Block Party will be $35. For more information click here.

 

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LIC scheduled for a weekend of fun


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Long Island City is the place to be this weekend.

Three events will be taking over the western Queens neighborhood, bringing residents and visitors from near and far the best in food, drinks, activities, the arts and much more.

The first of these events is the ongoing LIC Flea & Food located at the outdoor lot on the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, and fashion. For the remaining weekends in March, the LIC Flea will only be running on Saturdays.

During the weekend the 2014 LIC Arts Open, which began Wednesday, will also be taking over with local artists holding open studios on Saturday, and on Sunday hosting a closing party and silent auction.


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On Saturday, the first-ever free LIC Springs! block party, which is part of the city’s Department of Transportation’s Weekend Walks program, will shut down Vernon Boulevard to vehicular traffic from 50th to 46th avenues. From 1 to 6 p.m. the block party will feature performances, activities, and food and items sold by local business owners.

“Together these events show that there is something for everyone in Long Island City and should draw New Yorkers of all ages to LIC,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the Long Island City Partnership. “Arts, culture, lively performances, activities and, of course, a cornucopia of culinary options — and all from local participants.”

Also for this weekend, the MTA has announced the No. 7 train would take a break from its weekend disruptions and will be running to help visitors get to and from Long Island City.

Just a neighborhood away, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be entering its third of eight Sundays of operation. After paying a visit to Long Island City, don’t miss out on the numerous vendors at the Astoria Flea.

 

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Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios celebrates successful opening


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Bradley Hawks

The Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios arrived with a boom this past weekend.

The city’s first-ever backlot market celebrated a successful grand opening on Sunday with thousands of people in attendance.

The Astoria Flea, a partnership between the LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios, will operate from the studios’ outdoor lot, the first of its kind in the city, every Sunday for the next seven consecutive weeks.

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

“Kaufman Studios was the perfect setting for Astoria Flea,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea & Food president. “It was exciting to see the community’s response with thousands of people attending and taking advantage of the amazing shopping and food vendors.”

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

“We’re excited to be at Kaufman for the next seven Sundays and look forward to being an attraction for the neighborhood and a place for local residents to congregate,” Schneps said.

Photo courtesy of Kaufman Astoria Studios

In March, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

For this upcoming weekend, the LIC Flea & Food and Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be the perfect locations to celebrate mothers. On Saturday, you can get some Mother’s Day shopping done in Long Island City and on Sunday, treat your mom to a relaxing day in Astoria.

Vendors, from small to big, can apply to sell at the market at www.LICFlea.com. For more information visit Facebook.com/AstoriaFlea or follow @AstoriaFlea on Twitter.

 

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Astoria Flea opens this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The wait is finally over, Astoria!

Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria, a partnership between the LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios, is opening this Sunday, May 4.

The city’s first-ever backlot market, which was announced two months ago, will bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

“It will be a great place to experience in one place all the amazing food offerings, artists, crafts and boutiques that have blossomed all around Astoria and throughout western Queens,” said Tracy Capune, vice president of Kaufman Astoria Studios. “Having it on the back lot will allow people to see the Kaufman Astoria Studios campus, where you’re surrounded by all of this film history and the stages where shows like Orange is the New Black, Sesame Street and Alpha

Men are made. There isn’t another flea market like this in New York, or the country as far as I know.”

The market will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends. Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a brand-new 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

Some vendors from the LIC Flea & Food, just a neighborhood away, will also set up a table at the Astoria Flea to offer the community the best in food, arts, clothing and much more.

Matthew Katakis, owner of Butcher Bar, has been an LIC Flea vendor favorite since it began last year. He will now bring his 14-hour smoked brisket and pulled pork, combination sandwich called The Monster and some other surprise items to the Astoria Flea, located just five blocks away from the Butcher Bar’s Astoria location at 37-08 30th Ave.

“We think the flea market is a good idea for the community in LIC and Astoria,” said Katakis. “It’s a great way to pass the day, meet new people, experience different cultures, types of food and vendors.”

The market, which is within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines, is expected to act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses along with the surrounding community.

“It will bring in people who have never been here before, but have maybe heard some of the buzz and have been wanting to check it out,” Capune said. “We expect people will roam and visit other stores and restaurants in the vicinity, so it will bring traffic to our neighbors in the Kaufman Arts District as well.”

Last month, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

Vendors can apply to sell at the Astoria Flea at www.LICFlea.com. Updates are available through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and Twitter at @AstoriaFlea.

 

 

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Astoria Flea gets ready to launch


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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With the LIC Flea & Food on a roll in Long Island City, a brand-new market is just about to set forth on a new adventure in Astoria.

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The new market, which was announced two months ago, will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

The market will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends, and the Museum of the Moving Image is working together with Astoria Flea in offering a buy one, get one free deal on tickets for the museum.

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

The market, which is within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines, is expected to act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses along with the surrounding community.

Last month, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

Vendors can apply to sell at the Astoria Flea at www.LICFlea.com. Updates are available through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and Twitter at @AstoriaFlea.

 

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Kaufman Arts District is first of its kind in Queens


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THE COURIER/ Photo by Angy Altamirano

Astoria is ready for the world to know it’s the place to be for the arts.

The western Queens neighborhood gathered Friday to celebrate the announcement of the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The district was created in partnership with Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image, and the Queens Council on the Arts.

During the announcement, the partners of the arts district received a proclamation from Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer on behalf of the City Council.

The mission of the arts district will be “to advance and promote the area as a world class vibrant cultural destination and home for creative industries,” officials said.

“This corner of Queens has quickly become a vibrant community of cultural venues and arts organizations that have attracted some of our generation’s greatest artists,” Van Bramer said.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

“Over the years, Kaufman Astoria and western Queens have blossomed side by side into a citywide landmark and a neighborhood that doubles as a world-class destination for the arts,” Senator Michael Gianaris said.

Within the boundaries of the Kaufman Arts District are the Museums of the Moving Image, The Astor Room, Studio Square NYC, the Queens Council on the Arts, the Frank Sinatra School of the Arts, UA Kaufman Astoria Cinemas, the Astoria Performing Arts Center, and the Theater Development Fund’s Costume Collection.

“The creation of this arts district opens the community to more opportunities to experience the extensive creative activity in our midst,” said Carl Goodman, executive director of Museum of the Moving Image. “We’re going to really work together to bring this neighborhood to the next level.”

For more information on the arts district, visit here.

 

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Many LIC Flea vendor favorites to return for market’s re-opening


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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The popular Long Island City flea market will celebrate its grand re-opening for the 2014 season on Saturday, April 5 and Sunday, April 6 at the same outdoor lot by the waterfront at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue. Items for sale at the market include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

This season, many LIC Flea favorite vendors are making their comeback and are excited to hit the outdoors once again.

Rich Nieto, owner of Sweet Leaf, said he is excited to sell his signature iced and hot teas and coffees, with names such as voodoo child and rocket fuel, and pastries. A new item to the vendor’s list is roasted coffee sold by the bag to customers looking to take a piece home.

“We are certainly excited. I am excited with anything that will bring the warm weather around,” said Nieto, who is also looking forward to participating in the up-and-coming Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios in May.
Butcher Bar’s Matthew Katakis shares the same excitement and says he can’t wait to start selling his barbecued meats at LIC Flea. The Astoria butcher shop/restaurant is expanding its 37-08 30th Avenue location to 37-10 30th Ave.

“We love the community feel and the opportunity to work in a neighborhood other than Astoria,” Katakis said. “It’s just the cool experience of being outdoors and being able to bring the barbecue out to the people. Smoking our ribs is a lot of work when we present it outdoor because we have to get everything ready the night before. We love doing that because we don’t have that type of smoker in the store, so we will have to deal with some ‘serious barbecue.’”

Some other returning vendors include Vint & York, Latif, Oconomi, Bills Balls, The Nomad Truck, Imran Jewels, Luke’s Lobster, Jam Jar NY, J&L Farms, and many more.

LIC Flea will also welcome brand new faces to its vendors list with items ranging from falafels to soaps.

John Calderone of Mir Burger will be selling food based on international cuisines, including flavored burger sliders and veggie salads.

“I am looking forward to being outdoors and meeting a lot of people,” Calderone said. “I enjoy these types of opportunities. The energy is much higher and people will be much more enthusiastic.”

Lauren Zito is also looking forward to launching her business at LIC Flea with gourmet bagel bites known as Zito’s Bites.

“I decided to participate because I wanted to be involved within the Long Island City community and I also thought it was a good place to start my business,” Zito said. “I am excited because it will be a great event and I am also looking forward to getting feedback from customers to improve my business.”

Other new vendors include Kimchi Smoke, Robicelli’s, Sara Jenny Fries, King of Falafel & Shawarma, Grateful Bread Company, Vintage-Dealers Choice Jewelry and Nyan Soaps.

LIC Flea & Food will run every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Applications are still being accepted for the new season by registering online at www.licflea.com.

 

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Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios coming in May


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Astoria, get ready!

LIC Flea & Food and Kaufman Astoria Studios have announced they will be partnering up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios. The new market, launching Sunday, May 4, will bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

“After a phenomenal first season in Long Island City we are thrilled to expand to Astoria,” said Joshua Schneps, Astoria Flea & Food president. “Kaufman Astoria Studios offers the perfect location and we look forward to creating a fun and vibrant destination for the community.”

Located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City which opened in December on 36th Street between 34th and 35th avenues, Astoria Flea & Food will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends.

“The Kaufman Astoria Studios neighborhood has grown into a wonderfully vibrant center for art, food and culture,” said Hal Rosenbluth, president at Kaufman Astoria. “Astoria Flea is a terrific addition to our community. We look forward to making our new backlot home to eight great Sundays filled with food, art and fashion.”

Visitors will also be able to pass through a brand new 40-foot high steel gated entrance, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group, located at 35th Avenue.

This market will act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses, as well as be a fun and vibrant weekend spot for the entire family.

“This is extremely exciting news and another example that the borough is a fantastic place to live and do business,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation. “Kaufman Astoria Studios is a nationally recognized landmark that has hosted such classic TV shows as ‘Sesame Street’ and ‘The Cosby Show.’ It will provide the perfect scene for a flea market.”

Astoria Flea will work as a great setting for business owners to grow their businesses and gain prominence, even if they might not be ready to afford a storefront. The market will be within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines.

“Astoria Flea & Food will offer a world-class shopping and culinary experience on the grounds of what has become a world-class film and television studios,” said Borough President Melinda Katz. “Its unique setting and easily accessible location will be attractive to tourists and Queens residents alike.”

In addition, Astoria Flea will allow visitors to have an experience within one of the city’s most historic film and television studios, first built in 1920, which is currently home to shows such as “Orange is the New Black,” “Nurse Jackie,” “Alpha House” and “Sesame Street.”

“With this neighborhood growth comes a greater need for fostering artistic culture and strengthening our small business community,” said Councilmember Costa Constantinides. “The market will be a vibrant place for Astoria’s artists and chefs to showcase their work, and will also be a place for entrepreneurs throughout the city to gain visibility for their small businesses.”

Astoria Flea has partnered with The Queens Courier to promote every vendor of the market in the newspaper and online. In addition, BORO Magazine and the LIC Courier will also feature a monthly vendor guide focused on painters, sculptors, photographers and food.

“LIC Flea is a very successful part of the Long Island City community and its expansion to Kaufman Astoria Studios is a welcome addition to our neighborhood,” said Senator Michael Gianaris. “Astoria Flea & Food will bring together the great food and artistic flair that put Astoria on the map and made it a destination for people all over the world.”

Vendors, from the small to the big, can apply to sell at the market at www.LICFlea.com. Updates will be available through the Facebook and Twitter accounts at Facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and @AstoriaFlea.

 

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NY Comptroller DiNapoli: ‘Queens is a New York success story’


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Queens is on a roll and isn’t stopping any time soon, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

“Queens is a New York success story,” DiNapoli said. “Superstorm Sandy impacted thousands of Queens residents, but the borough is on the recovery path. With a strong economy, a fast growing and diverse population, and several large projects on the horizon, Queens is booming.”

DiNapoli gathered with local elected officials and community leaders at Silvercup Studios in Long Island City Friday to release an economic snapshot of Queens, revealing how the borough has made an economic comeback over the past two years since the Great Recession.

According to the report, since 2012 the borough has had the highest level of employment among all the boroughs outside of Manhattan as private sector employment reached its highest recorded level of 486, 160 jobs. The largest employment sectors in Queens include health care, social assistance, transportation and, warehousing and retail trade.

“A look around the communities of Long Island City, Sunnyside, Woodside and Astoria show what Comptroller DiNapoli’s excellent report illustrates – that the economy of Queens is back on track,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

The borough’s population has also grown by 20 percent over the past three decades, more than the citywide growth rate, according to the report.

The state comptroller’s economic snapshot also found that Queens is the most diverse large county in the United States, with immigrants from more than 120 countries making 48 percent of residents, with not a single dominant ethnic group.

In 2011, the borough had 44,070 business establishments with small businesses leading in the area, according to the report.

The report also found unemployment to be lower in the borough compared to the rest of the city. The unemployment rate averaged 8.3 percent in 2012 and in the first eight months of 2013 dropped to 7.8 percent.

“These numbers show that Queens has weathered the worst of the storm,” said Queens Borough President-elect Melinda Katz. “With nearly half a million Queens workers fueling growth and innovation in the private sector, our borough has moved past the Great Recession that gripped the entire country in recent years, As Borough President, I will build on the successful work of state leaders like Comptroller DiNapoli to ensure we continue creating jobs and growing the economy for all New Yorkers.”

Together with the number of jobs and low unemployment rate, film and television production have both been thriving in the borough. Silvercup Studios, with 410,000 square feet of space and 19 soundstages, is the biggest studio space in the city and Kaufman Astoria Studios has seven soundstages and the city’s only outdoor movie set.

“I just think that film and television production is a mutual part of New York and Queens and of surrounding areas and it provides jobs,” said actor Michael J. Fox, who is filming “The Michael J. Fox Show” at Silvercup Studios. “I want to voice whatever support I can to continue nurturing film and television production in New York, it’s a big part of the city. “

 

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