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Enjoying fall at the LIC Flea & Food

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@LICFlea

Put on your coats and head to the LIC Flea & Food for a weekend filled with family activities and endless fun.

This weekend visitors will be able to once again enjoy Oktoberfest at the popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

Fall beers will be offered from all seven breweries found at the All Queens Beer Garden.

Visitors will also be able to take home a pumpkin from the pumpkin patch courtesy of J&L Farms and enjoy music, great fall eats and shopping.

There will be live jazz music with Dandy Wellington and His Band on Sunday, all sponsored by car2go.

Also, just a neighborhood next door, the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios will be celebrating its final night from 6 to 11 p.m.

Visitors will be able to enjoy live music, great food, shopping and the all Queens Beer Garden all in the backlot of the beloved Kaufman Astoria Studios.

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


Art imitates life for Flushing filmmaker Adrian Manzano

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Adrian Manzano

Flushing filmmaker Adrian Manzano knows a thing or two about love and heartbreak, or at least his latest film, “Sex, Love and Salsa,” would have you believe so.

Manzano premiered his film in September 2014 in New York City, and it has also been screened in Montreal, Switzerland and Germany.

The piece is semi-autobiographical, and Manzano served as both its director and its lead actor as Julian Suarez, a womanizer juggling relationships with three different women. He falls in love with an emotionally unavailable salsa dancer as he attends underground dance parties, ultimately suffering a karmic heartbreak following a spree of inflicting emotional damage on others.

“I wrote from a personal place describing characters and situations that happened to me,” Manzano said. “I also wanted to show the city as a character, each girl representing a different borough and time in a woman’s life.”

Along with Manzano’s ability to poke fun at and examine the consequences of male bravado, Queens is prominently showcased in the feature, both as the setting of the story and the birthplace of its main characters.

Iconic locations such as Long Island City and Flushing Meadow Corona Park are recognizable as scenic backdrops to the drama. The fictionalized Julian Suarez resides in his family’s home in Queens and so does his most persistent conquest, Genny, a young girl not yet wise to the ways of manipulative men.

Manzano says that growing up in the “World’s Borough” was a huge influence on his early life. His parent met at a Corona wedding in the 1970s, and he was raised in multicultural environment having lived in Flushing and attended school in Jamaica.

“I can say that Queens made me,” Manzano said. “It exposed me to a wide variety of cultures and people all living together in cramped apartment buildings.”

Manzano is currently on an extended trip showing the “Sex, Love and Salsa” in cinema clubs in Colombia—the country of his family’s origin—and working on his next piece, “La Graduada,” or “The Graduate.”

His next movie also has autobiographical elements and focuses on the experience of a second-generation Latina moving back home after college. Manzano will not be playing the lead in the absurd dark comedy, which deals with the clash of an individualist American culture against the expectations of an immigrant family with conservative values.


Avonte Oquendo’s family to hold March for Safety in Long Island City

| amatua@queenscourier.com

File photo

To mark the second anniversary of the death of Avonte Oquendo, an autistic teenager who disappeared from The Riverview School in Long Island City, family members and friends will hold a March for Safety in his honor.

The march will be held on Oct. 10 at Hunters Point South Park in Long Island City from 1 to 3 p.m.

Oquendo,14, managed to run through a side door of the Center Boulevard school on Oct. 4, 2013. After an extensive three-month search, his remains were found washed up in College Point. The teen’s disappearance spurred elected officials to pass several bills including Avonte’s Law, which requires the city’s Department of Education to evaluate if schools should install alarms on their doors. More than 21,000 alarms are expected to be installed in schools across the city.

State Sen. Charles Schumer introduced a separate bill last January also called Avonte’s Law, which will create and fund a program providing voluntary tracking devices and increase support services for families of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) or any other developmental conditions in which bolting is common. The program would only include children whose parents choose to use the devices.

Oquendo’s family attorney David Perecman said the march will be held to remember the “needless loss of a young life” and to remind the city to “stay the course” and finish installing alarms in each school that needs one. Perecman also said he hopes that the city and Department of Education hold up another requirement of the bill, which mandates that school safety plans and preventative measures are evaluated by the DOE to make sure an incident like this never happens again.

Perecman also said the march will “lend support to what is currently Senator Schumer’s effort to get Avonte’s Law passed on a federal level.”

Vanessa Fontaine, Oquendo’s mother has filed a wrongful death suit against the city, claiming the city, Department of Education and NYPD were neglectful when they allowed the teenager to leave the school unsupervised.


Museum of Stones exhibit rolls into LIC’s Noguchi on Wednesday

| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of the Noguchi Museum

Isamu Noguchi was fascinated by the relationship between rocks and water. The Japanese-American artist, who had a studio in Long Island City until his death in 1988, considered the natural process that shapes stone to be an allegory to the evolution of human civilization.

He’s not alone, as many scientists argue that natural rock formations influenced the birth of modern science, architecture and mathematics.

On Wednesday, Oct. 7, the Noguchi Museum, located at 9-01 33rd Rd., will launch Museum of Stones, an exhibition that explores how various artists around the globe delve into the rock-human relationship.

The display will feature roughly 50 sculptures by 30 artists, including Noguchi, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Janine Antoni, former Guggenheim Fellow Mel Bochner and National Endowment for the Arts grantee Dove Bradshaw.

Bradshaw creates chemical paintings that change with the atmosphere, stone sculptures that weather and crystals that receive telescope signals from Jupiter.

The exposition will also feature 15 Chinese rock-related objects on loan from The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

On display through Jan. 10, 2016, Museum of Stones is the first exhibition in the museum’s history to show pieces by contemporary artists along with original Noguchi works.


Oktoberfest at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Instagram/@LICFlea

October is here and there is a lot to do over at the LIC Flea & Food.

This weekend kicks off Oktoberfest at the popular Long Island City market, which 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.

Guests can come and enjoy a pumpkin patch from J&L Farms, sip fall brews from all the Queens breweries offered at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, and enjoy some tunes while chowing down on food from vendors and shopping for unique items.

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.

On Saturday, HGTV will come by the market once again to film an episode of  “Flea Market Flip.” Visitors can meet Lara Spencer, shop one-of-a-kind furniture and have a chance to be on television.

Later that night in a neighborhood right next door, the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios will hosts its final night offering the best in food, shopping and all-Queens beer garden. The Astoria market runs from 6 to 11 p.m.

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


Suspect wanted in gunpoint robbery of cab driver in LIC

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect wanted for the robbery of a cab driver in Long Island City last month.

The suspect got into the yellow cab on Aug. 30 in Manhattan at 46th Street and Fifth Avenue at noon, according to authorities.

He then requested to go to 45th Road and 23th Street, and upon the taxi’s arrival, he threatened the 33-year-old driver with a gun and demanded money, police said. The victim complied, and the suspect was able to flee with an undetermined amount of money.

Officers from the 108th Precinct responded. There were no reported injuries, and the suspect’s photo was captured from a dashboard camera in the cab.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers Hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


LIC property across from former 5Pointz site hits the market for $34M

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo via PropertyShark by Scott Binter

A development site across the street from what was once home to the graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz in Long Island City is up for sale.

The property, located at 45-57 Davis St., is going for $34 million and is located within M1-5, R7-3, and Long Island City zoning districts, according to Cushman & Wakefield, the real estate firm in charge of selling the site.

The location holds approximately 108,000 square feet of buildable space on a 216-foot-by-100-foot lot.

A two-story building currently stands at the site, containing approximately 19,912 square feet on the three tax lots. The site is conveniently located near several subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road.

“This site is situated directly across the street from 5Pointz and many of the major new developments in the neighborhood,” said Stephen R. Preuss of Cushman & Wakefield, who is exclusively marketing this property with David Chkheidze.

“This pocket of Long Island City gives a developer the opportunity to be situated near many of the developments that will drastically change the landscape of the area,” Chkheidze added.


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.



Corona man arrested for drunk driving on LIRR tracks in LIC

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of MTA PD

This guy took joy riding to a whole new level.

Ronny Mora, 25, of Corona was arrested Sunday night for allegedly driving his car while intoxicated on LIRR tracks in Long Island City and only coming to a stop after his car burst into flames upon striking a third rail, authorities said.

According to a criminal complaint, police were informed by a LIRR employee that on Sept. 20 between 10:45 and 11:43 p.m. he saw a 2011 Nissan Juke enter the train yard at the intersection of Borden Avenue and 11th Street. The employee added that he then saw the car drive eastbound on the track for about 3.25 miles.

The employee then saw the vehicle stop, and a man – later identified as Mora – exited the car and walked westbound on the track, authorities said.

Police then responded to a call of a vehicle stalled on the track and upon arrival saw the vehicle on fire.

A supervisor of transportation for the LIRR informed police that the train yard is enclosed by a fence to prevent intruders.

Cops later saw Mora sitting on the side of the tracks inside the train yard near the intersection of Borden Avenue and 11th Street. An officer noticed that Mora had bloodshot, watery eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath, according to the criminal complaint.

The 25-year-old then allegedly admitted, “I had one beer, I drove my car onto the track, I’m sorry. I saw it sparking so I left.”

Mora was taken to the 112th Precinct stationhouse in Forest Hills, where he was administered an Intoxilyzer exam that indicated he had a blood alcohol level of 0.164 percent, well above the legal 0.08 limit.

According to the MTA, the fire forced the LIRR to suspend service between Penn Station and Jamaica for almost three hours while the FDNY extinguished the flames and LIRR personnel repaired the third rail – which suffered damages exceeding $1,500 and create a risk for serious injury to passengers on trains.

Mora faces charges of criminal mischief, reckless endangerment, criminal trespass, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and leaving the scene of an incident without reporting property damage.


Panel of experts talk Queens real estate trends at LIC conference

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos by Kelly Marie Mancuso


The latest news and trends in the “World’s Borough” was the focus of a panel discussion, “From Food to Fashion: What’s Trending in Queens Real Estate” at the 2015 Real Estate Subway Series Queens held at the Renaissance Event Hall in Long Island City on Monday.

Schneps Communications co-publisher and LIC Flea and Food founder Joshua Schneps was joined at the panel by fellow panelists Margaret T. Ling Esq. of First Nationwide Title, RXR Realty executive vice president Seth Pinsky and Justin Cole, assistant vice president of leasing for Macerich. Faith Hope Consolo, world-renowned consultant and chair of The Retail Group with Douglas Elliman Real Estate, moderated the panel.

The panel discussed the ways in which cultural, social and economic trends in Queens have contributed to the boom in both retail and residential real estate throughout the borough.

According to the panelists, the thriving diversity in both culture and cuisine is one of Queens’ best qualities.

“I think the big difference between Queens and really any of the other four boroughs, but especially Brooklyn, is that Queens is a collection of communities,” Pinsky observed.

Schneps agreed: “We have over 18 different publications because we recognize that there are different demos in all of the different areas of Queens and Brooklyn and beyond.”

The LIC Flea and Food features more than 80 vendors representing roughly 85 different nationalities.

“It reflects the diversity and that people are looking for diversity, especially when it comes to cuisine,” Schneps explained. “Cuisine could be a big driving force and an attraction for tourism.”

“Food follows fashion,” Consolo said.

Many of the panelists observed that growth and trends throughout the borough were often driven by the tastes and preferences of a younger demographic, or “millennials,” flocking to Queens in search of affordability, cultural diversity and great public transit.

The panelists also noted that many of the changes happening in Queens’s commercial real estate are also due in part to a shift in the workforce. Pinsky believes that newer creative businesses ranging from tech start-ups to artisan goods producers are looking to establish outposts in Queens not only to be closer to the workforce here, but because they are seeking the unique architecture and character that Queens has to offer.


Schneps speaking on issues concerning retail and real estate growth in Queens with moderator Faith Hope Consolo

“This is an interesting time for Queens on the office front,” Pinsky said. “We’re increasingly seeing the establishment of creative enclaves along the Queens waterfront. You now have a workforce that’s very entrepreneurial and looking to work in the areas in which they also live.”

When asked to name some of the popular hot spots throughout the borough, Schneps said that both Long Island City and Astoria were at the forefront due to an abundance of diverse retail opportunities, eateries and a vibrant, growing population.

“If you go to 30th Avenue on a Friday night, it’s booming with a lot of outdoor cafes, mostly owned by young business owners in their 30s,” he explained. “I think a tremendous opportunity is Steinway Street in Astoria. Steinway Street is always known as the shopping street and the central part of Astoria. I think there is a huge opportunity here from a retail perspective.”

Schneps also observed that there was great opportunity for growth and expansion in Rockaway Beach as a result of the growing population of young artists and 20-somethings in the area.

“In terms of hot neighborhoods, I think there is a very long list of neighborhoods in Queens that are hot for all different reasons,” Pinsky said. “If you drive east from Flushing along Northern Boulevard, you will see how those neighborhoods heading all the way out to Little Neck have been completely transformed into Little Korea or Little China. There are phenomenal opportunities out there.”

The panel also grappled with the issue of the increased demand for affordable housing in Queens and beyond.

“The challenge that we’re facing as a city is a challenge of affordability,” Pinsky explained. “That challenge is coming from the fact that more people, companies and visitors want to be here than we’re able to accommodate. It’s a symptom of our success as a city, and not a failure.”

Pinsky believes that affordable housing efforts should be directed to the needs of the poor, who have often been displaced the by middle class after being priced out of their neighborhoods. He also argued that greater investments need to be made with regard to transit improvements, as middle class members tend to relocate along transit lines.


High Line-style park might be making its way to LIC: reports

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo via Google Maps

Some unused railroad tracks in Long Island City might soon be given new life, as the MTA begins to reach out to the community for ideas on how to put the space to use, according to published reports.

The transit agency is currently looking for local groups to aid in restoring two sections of the Long Island Rail Road totaling more than a mile, which haven’t been used since the 1990s, the New York Post reported.

The sections include parts of the old Montauk and Main Line tracks located by the intersection of Skillman and 49th avenues.

According to Curbed, the MTA has released a Request For Expressions of Interest (RFEI) for that section as a way to examine different options from businesses, nonprofits, community groups and individuals. Ideas can include, but are not limited to, public open space, urban farming, or museum or sculpture garden space.

The stretch used to connect the LIRR’s Lower Montauk Branch, running along Newtown Creek, to the Sunnyside and Arch Street Yards to the north, according to the RFEI.

For anyone looking to submit concept ideas, they must offer access points; plan to bring utilities such as electricity and water to the area; and plan for site maintenance, according to Curbed.

This isn’t the first time a High Line-style park has been proposed for Queens. Plans were announced last year for a 3.5-mile stretch – dubbed QueensWay – of recreational, walking and biking trails crossing through the neighborhoods of Rego Park, Forest Hills, Glendale, Richmond Hill, Woodhaven and Ozone Park.


LIC street festival hits the waterfront on Saturday

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of  jlwelsh/Flickr

A street festival in Long Island City on Saturday will offer family-friendly activities, music and food from popular food trucks and restaurants in the neighborhood.

“HPS Rocks the Block,” hosted by Related Companies, Phipps Houses and Monadnock Development, aims to celebrate the new community living at Hunters Point South Living, an affordable housing complex.

The free event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Center Boulevard and 50th Avenue. The Golden Pony will provide the music and food trucks. Restaurants such as 51st Bakery and Cafe, Taim Mobile, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, Mamu Thai Noodle, Carpe Donut, Casa Enrique and Manducatis will provide the food. The food is served free of charge for the first two hours of the event.

Visitors will enjoy life-size games of Jenga and Connect Four, face-painting and a photo booth. People who upload their photo booth pictures to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #HPSLiving will be automatically entered to win prizes at the event.

GrowNYC, an environmental nonprofit responsible for the 2,300-square-foot urban farm at Hunters Point South Commons, will offer a seed necklace station and will teach kids how to make agua frescas, a drink made from a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds using blenders powered by bicycles.

The street festival will also be dog-friendly, with a pet hydration station provided by Dog City.

Hunters Point South Living, an affordable housing community, is made up of two LEED silver and Enterprise Green Community-designed buildings that provide 925 permanently affordable and rent-stabilized apartments to Long Island City’s waterfront.


Cops release security camera image of suspect in LIC caustic chemical assault

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Hoping to crack the case, the NYPD released on Thursday night a surveillance camera image of a man wanted in connection with last month’s assault on a Long Island City street that left a woman with chemical burns.

The picture shows the suspect from behind in the area of Skillman Avenue and 33rd Street on Aug. 19, when the assault took place.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black male believed to be 30 years old, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall with black hair and wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers — approached the 59-year-old woman as she entered her car at about 5:20 p.m.

The suspect asked her a question and when the woman turned around, he threw an unidentified, “acid-like” chemical in her face that had been contained within a coffee cup, police said. He then fled the scene.

The woman managed to enter her car and drive a few feet away before being overcome by the chemical. Paramedics rushed her to Cornell Medical Center for treatment of facial burns.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Saying goodbye to the summer at the Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


With the summer on its way out, visitors can say goodbye to the season while enjoying the LIC Flea & Food.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, is promoting the unofficial end to the summer and encouraging visitors to come say hello to the LIC Flea and celebrate Labor Day.

This weekend will be filled with a lot of fun activities at the market such as ping-pong, Jenga, oversized chess, cornhole and more.

Visitors can also shop, eat and drink items from the greatest vendors in New York City such as Rita’s Ices, Lizzmonade, Afishonado, Oconomi and more.

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 on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.


Shipping service center affiliated with Amazon moving to Ridgewood

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Greiner Maltz

A major shipping provider is moving to Ridgewood as it expands its space in the borough.

LaserShip, a shipping service that distributes products for companies including Amazon, Staples and Office Depot, has agreed to leave their current location in Long Island City, and move into the larger warehouse at 16-70 Weirfield St., between Cypress and Wyckoff avenues, according to The Real Deal.

The Commercial Observer reported that the distribution company based out of Virginia has signed a 10-year lease to use the one-story, 40,800-square-foot warehouse in Ridgewood, giving it more than triple the space they had at the 36-01 47th Ave. location, which is a 13,000-square-foot warehouse.

The Ridgewood location is an ideal space for the distribution center, as it will place LaserShip between Brooklyn and Queens.

When contacted, LaserShip declined to comment.