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New outdoor market coming to Long Island City

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A new outdoor market overlooking the Midtown Manhattan skyline will be coming to Long Island City this June, bringing the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

Located in a 24,000-square-foot lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue, LIC FLEA & FOOD will operate every Saturday and Sunday on the waterfront. 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.

“The addition of LIC FLEA to Long Island City only adds to the eclectic mix of restaurants, cafes, shops and art that are offered here in western Queens,” said Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “I look forward to seeing Long Island City celebrated every weekend that the market is open because I am sure what we have to offer will not disappoint. Just come out and see for yourself.”

LIC FLEA will work as the perfect setting for business owners to grow their businesses and gain prominence, even if they might not be ready to afford a storefront.

“LIC Partnership is pleased to support LIC FLEA, which will bring another exciting fun-filled weekend attraction to LIC’S waterfront,” said Gayle Baron, president of LIC Partnership.

The market will be within walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains as well as the LIC East River Ferry stop and there is a parking garage right on 5th Street.

“LIC FLEA promises to be a weekend destination this spring. My hope is that residents and visitors from around the city will flock to LIC FLEA and tell their friends about this exciting new market on the Queens side of the East River,” said Borough President Helen Marshall.

In addition to the vast amount of activities LIC has to offer its residents and visitors, LIC FLEA will add onto the excitement of a weekend shopping getaway.

“Long Island City has so much to offer residents and the addition of the LIC FLEA & FOOD is a wonderful example of the endless perks of living here on the waterfront,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice-president of TF Cornerstone.

LIC FLEA will also create a new destination for visitors looking to get a taste of the beauty of the LIC waterfront.

“We are excited about the LIC FLEA as it will be a fun and attractive destination for one of the communities our ferry serves,” said Paul Samulski, creative and marketing officer at BillyBey Ferry Company. “Not only will it help make the LIC waterfront a premier weekend destination, but it will also offer a platform for local vendors to gain necessary exposure for their products.”

LIC FLEA has partnered with The Queens Courier, as co-publisher Joshua Schneps is leading this new venture. The Courier will list every vendor and will recognize a “vendor of the week” in the newspaper and online at queenscourier.com.

“This is very exciting news and another great example of the borough being attractive to residents and business owners,” said Seth Bornstein, executive director of the Queens Economic Development Corporation.

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



Courier hosts Power Breakfast on future of LIC’s tech boom

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THE COURIER/Photo by Terence Cullen

Seth Pinsky, president of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC), made clear that as business sectors based in the city move forward, technology will become more crucial.

“As we like to say at EDC: whereas in the past the technology industry was a sector; increasingly, today, the economy itself is the tech sector.”

Pinsky was a featured panelist for the “The Future of LIC: How the tech boom will affect you & your business!” — a power breakfast host by The Queens Courier in part with TD Bank — on Thursday, October 11, which gave a glimpse of what will become of the growing technology growth in Long Island City.

The breakfast played host to panelists: Carol Conslato, president of the Queens Chamber of Commerce and public affairs director for Con Edison; Andrew Kirby, president of Plaxall; Greg Pass, entrepreneurial officer for CornellNYC Tech; Jukay Hsu, founder of Coalition for Queens; Elias Roman, CEO and co-founder of Songza media; Elliot Park of Shine Electronics; and Gayle Baron, president of LIC Partnership. Featured elected officials who spoke included Congressmember Carolyn Maloney, State Senator Michael Gianaris and Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer.

Van Bramer kicked the morning off by noting that what was core to Long Island City were the arts and culture that had found a home in the region.

“Who in here believes that culture and the arts drives Long Island City,” Van Bramer asked the hundreds present and was answered with hundreds of applause.

Pinsky, head of the EDC since 2008, said it was important that the city take the lead in the ever-changing tech world. Some of the ways New York has begun to do that, he said, included the Cornell Tech Campus that will have a home on Roosevelt Island and incubators in Long Island City to boost start-ups and small businesses.

“First, the sector itself is a critical and growing sector,” Pinsky said. “We’re increasing employment, we’re seeing more economic activity, but I think that’s only half an answer. And that’s because the real reason why we’re so focused on the tech sector is that in the 21st century the tech sector will also be critical to the success of almost every other sector in our city’s economy. If our city doesn’t take a leadership in technology we’ll find it increasingly difficult to maintain our leadership position in anything else that we do.”

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As Cornell Tech, along with other satellite campuses across the city, begin to produce ambitious minded tech experts, they will most likely find a home in Long Island City because of its location and comparatively cheaper rent prices than Manhattan, several speakers said.

Plaxall over the last 20 years has fostered the art community that gradually grew in Long Island City, and now that community will be mixed with a technology community, said Kirby, who runs the real estate company with his cousin. The end result would be something Kirby said would be “amazing.”

“We already have the creative artists, now we can bring the creative technological people to Long Island City and to do that we need to do things that will make this an attractive area for them,” Kirby said. “I think Long Island City has the potential to be a location where we merge technology and art to create some amazing things.”

To attract the expected influx of techies, Plaxall is laying out plans for a community that could foster a merger between the arts and technology, Kirby said.

This community would be on 12 acres on the East River around what is known as the Anabel Basin. This community would include a mixed-use area of residential towers and buildings for technology companies, Kirby said. The vision for this area is to create “really a sustainable community where people can live, work and play that will attract the best and the brightest.”

Roman, the youngest speaker on the panel, said afterward that technology and culture had already become one in another and could open the doors for more and more potential.

“There’s an interesting intersection between technology and culture, where the technology becomes invisible and it’s all about the culture,” he said. “I think that’s a really exciting intersection to be at.”

Awards, networking at LIC Partnership breakfast

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The Long Island City Partnership hosted its annual Business Improvement District (BID) meeting last week, and over breakfast, attendees networked and discussed the betterment of the flourishing neighborhood.

Keynote speaker George Fertitta, CEO of NYC & Company Inc., stated the importance of New York’s hospitality industry, calling New York the nation’s premier port of entry. The economic impact of the city’s tourism industry amounts to $70 billion a year, he said.

“There is no borough more important than any other,” said Fertitta. “And there is no borough with more diversity and more to offer than Queens.”

Fertitta also stressed the need for New York residents to exploit the resources of the city.

“We need to make those insular Manhattanites realize what Queens has to offer,” he said.

The rest of the meeting focused on LIC’s vision for the future. The neighborhood is poised to become a leading center of tourism and revenue for the city. Upcoming area building projects include 19 hotels, totaling 2,000 rooms.

Awards were presented to local business leaders and involved residents. The Leadership Award was presented to Patrick O’Brien and Community Board 2; the Community Partner Award to Gianna Cerbone-Teoli of Manducatis Rustica restaurant; and the Queens Plaza Business Award was given to Takashi Ikezawa and Fumio Tashiro of Resobox.

The real strength of the BID meeting was the ability of businesses and residents to meet and mingle.

“Any time you have an opportunity to learn about what’s happening in the community, it is exciting,” said Ian Hardouin, a resident of LIC for the past five years.

LIC Partnership hosts real estate breakfast

| mpantelidis@queenscourier.com


A group of experts recently gathered to discuss a “booming” topic – the Long Island City real estate market.

LIC Partnership hosted a real estate breakfast on May 15 at the U.N. Federal Credit Union, located at 24-01 44th Road, during which a panel of specialists spoke about the various industrial and residential developments expanding into L.I.C.

The panel was composed of Amy Scherber, owner and founder of Amy’s Bread; Amanda Fung, reporter from Crain’s NY Business; Bill Connor, senior real estate director with FedEx Ground; Doug Partrick of Heatherwood Communities; Sarah Obraitis, co-owner of M. Wells Restaurant; and Flint MacNaughton, founding partner of SunCap Property Group.

“I think the panel was an exciting panel because you have so many different representatives from different types of companies – you had food, you had FedEx which is kind of industrial, you had residential,” said David Brause of Brause Realty, Inc., who moderated the discussion. “A lot of new developments and a lot of new money is coming into L.I.C. to make a significant investment, so just the diversity of the people on the panel I think is what the nice takeaway is here – that there are so many opportunities for different kinds of businesses right here in L.I.C.”

Dan Miner, the senior vice president of business services for LIC Partnership, believes the panel’s message addressed the transformation of L.I.C. into a “diverse, dynamic, exciting, multi-sector business community.”

Throughout the discussion, the experts tackled what qualities make L.I.C. an ideal location for families, restaurants and businesses from all sectors.

“It didn’t take long coming to this area here – L.I.C. – to realize the potential, the growth and to see all that has transpired in a number of years, especially on the waterfront, and it is moving north here to the plaza,” said Partrick. “With the opportunities for high density construction, I just see a fantastic growth in the area and I think there is going to be a tremendous amount of change in years to come.”

Partrick went on to say that New Yorkers are being “pushed out of Manhattan” and L.I.C. is the “natural place for people to come.”

Fung said the neighborhood’s access to public transportation, proximity to the city and 20 to 30 percent cheaper rental rates have enticed many to make the move to the area.

The restaurant owners on the panel also expressed admiration for L.I.C., due to the community’s active residents and exciting environment.

“It is a wonderful place for professionals and for families,” Obraitis said. “What more could you ask for – eight train lines and a lot of exciting businesses and a lot of people who have built their own businesses. I think we make each other feel great and people want to stick around and grow their futures and their families in L.I.C.”

LIC to get BID

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Industrial business in LIC may soon be “improving.”

The city is progressing with its plan to launch Business Improvement Districts (BIDs), which are formal organizations made up of property owners who are dedicated to promoting business development and improving the quality of life in their area, in four industrial neighborhoods across the five boroughs – the west shore of Staten Island, Newtown Creek in Brooklyn, Eastchester in the Bronx and between Skillman Avenue and Borden Avenue and west of Van Dam Street in LIC.

The industrial BIDs will allow companies and properties to band together on unique issues they face, including security and sanitation problems. The creation of the districts will also provide a sustainable source of funding to support ongoing maintenance and capital improvements in the areas.

“The Bloomberg administration is once again demonstrating its commitment to supporting and expanding the city’s industrial sector,” said Economic Development Corporation (EDC) President Seth Pinsky. “The creation of up to four industrial BIDs will allow industrial businesses across the city to work collectively to overcome the unique challenges they face, ultimately providing a major boost to a critical sector of our city’s economy.”

Commercial BIDs, which provide supplement services to the community through a special assessment payment from companies’ properties, have proven to be successful in transforming neighborhoods across the city – including Times Square and Bryant Park.

“I am pleased the EDC has chosen LIC for the creation of one of the first Industrial BIDs,” said

Councilmember Jimmy Van Bramer. “This initiative will create a sustainable source of funding that will provide flexibility within our industrial business zone in order to adapt to the changing economic environment in western Queens. Supporting industrial businesses ensures we will have a firm foundation of good paying jobs in Queens for many years to come.”

The EDC announced on April 10 that it has chosen the four local organizations that will lead the planning of the industrial BID formation in their respective neighborhoods over the next year. The LIC Partnership, which has already created a commercial BID in Queens Plaza and Jackson Avenue in LIC, was chosen as the consultant for its western Queens community based on its response to a Request For Proposals issued in December of 2011.

“LIC is home to the largest concentration of industrial businesses in New York City,” said Gayle Baron, president of the LIC Partnership. “The creation of an industrial BID in our neighborhood will further strengthen this very important business sector. Building upon our ongoing services to industrial businesses, we look forward to increasing this assistance by providing sustainable, innovative and customized services leading to an improved bottom line, business growth and new job creation for LIC’s industrial firms.”

All of the selected organizations have proposed a variety of innovative services that could be provided to businesses within the industrial BID, such as cost sharing for infrastructure improvements and waste removal services, group purchasing of health care and coordinated shipping of imports and exports.
Dan Miner, the senior vice president of business services for the LIC Partnership, believes creating the BID in LIC would provide industrial businesses with services they are currently without – increasing efficiency, market share or profits in the process.

The subsequent steps in the formation of the BIDs include outreach and authorization, which requires the approval of at least 50 percent of the property owners.

The city’s Industrial Development Agency (IDA) recently approved a purchase contract of up to $300,000 to assist the organizations as they work to create the districts.

LIC Partnership Night Out

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The Courier/Photo by Michael Pantelidis

LIC Partnership hosted its Neighborhood Night Out event on April 17 at Alewife, located at 5-14 51st Avenue. The annual affair provided LIC businesses with an opportunity to network and mingle – as well as share a beer and a laugh, as attendees followed up cocktails at the local watering hole with a show at the Laughing Devil Comedy Club.