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CB 2 unanimously approves Queens Boulevard safety improvements


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Images courtesy of Department of Transportation

Queens Boulevard is now one step closer to going from the “Boulevard of Death” to the “Boulevard of Life.”

Community Board 2 (CB 2) unanimously voted Thursday night to approve the Department of Transportation’s proposed safety improvements and redesign of a 1.3-mile portion of Queens Boulevard between Roosevelt Avenue and 73rd Street.

The DOT said it decided to focus on this section first because, according to statistics, there have been six fatalities since 2009 in that particular area.

“Community Board 2’s unanimous vote tonight is a big step toward turning Queens Boulevard into the Boulevard of Life,” said DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg in a statement after the meeting. “This investment made by the de Blasio Administration will make the boulevard safer, greener and better for all users. I would like to thank the community for its support and local leaders, such as Councilman [Jimmy] Van Bramer, for their leadership.”

A preliminary plan for the strip was released in March. The proposal presented by DOT representatives during the June 4 meeting was based on community input gathered during safety workshops earlier this year and also a meeting held with CB 2’s Transportation Committee two days prior to last night’s vote.

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Some of the features of the first redesign segment, expected to be implemented in August, include safer crossings, increased pedestrian space and improved intersections. The plan also looks to calm the traffic on service roads and try to reduce the number of times drivers move between the main line and service roads.

Goals for the redesign include keeping the main line moving, reducing constant lane change, completing crosswalks and connecting neighborhoods, and eliminating highway-like design features.

Unique redesigns include a protected bike lane integrated into a widened service road median, with new pedestrian space and median-to-median crossings.

As part of their decision, CB 2 members asked the DOT to keep an ongoing dialogue with the community and address issues such as the loss of parking spaces and some of the turn lanes off the center median of the thoroughfare.

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(THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano)

Residents at the meeting voiced their support for the proposal and praised DOT for the proposed safety improvements.

“What I’m really excited about the proposal today is that it kind of paints a future and gives an idea of what it would be like to have a road safe enough to bicycle on and it makes me excited to get my bicycle out and actually ride it,” said Patrick Rhea, a resident who walks and drives on Queens Boulevard.

The DOT plans to hold more public workshops during the fall and winter for the future phases of the initiative, from 73rd Street to Eliot Avenue and from Eliot Avenue to Union Turnpike.

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National Donut Day is Friday: Here’s where to get freebies


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Doughnuts

What better way to end the work week than with a complimentary breakfast treat?

National Donut Day, traditionally marked on the first Friday of June, was established in 1938 by the Salvation Army and honors the “donut lassies” who served the baked goods to soldiers during World War I. According to the organization, it was also started as a way to raise funds and bring awareness to the Salvation Army’s social service programs.

On June 5, places made famous for selling the confections are offering giveaways to celebrate. Here are some places around the borough and beyond where you can score a free doughnut and possibly more.

Doughnut Plant

The Manhattan-based Doughnut Plant opened its first Queens location in Long Island City this March inside the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave. To mark National Donut Day, the eatery will be offering complimentary carnival sprinkles mini cake doughnuts with every purchase, while supplies last.

Dunkin’ Donuts

The popular chain is once again participating in the annual festivities by giving customers who purchase any beverage a free doughnut. The offer is good all day on June 5 at participating Dunkin’ Donuts restaurants nationwide while supplies last. To find the closest Dunkin’ Donuts  near you, click here.

Krispy Kreme

A Krispy Kreme location may not exist in Queens or in any part of the city with the exception of Penn Station (on the Amtrak level), but for those who work in the area or commute through the Midtown station, be sure to stop by for your free doughnut on Friday. Anyone who comes into a Krispy Kreme can get a free doughnut of any variety  “whether it’s powdered, filled or a hot original glazed.” No purchase is necessary but there is one limit per customer.

Entenmann’s

For the fifth straight year, Entenmann’s Bakery is partnering with the Salvation Army to celebrate National Donut Day, and will be at Madison Square Park with 40,000 free donuts and coffee. The giveaway will be from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., while supplies last, at the southwest corner of the park at 23rd Street between Broadway and Madison Avenue. Entenmann’s is also commemorating the day with a new rich frosted sprinkled patriotic donut eight pack, and a National Donut Day Free Donuts for a Year Facebook sweepstakes. The sweepstakes, which is open through July 3, is offering 100 winners a free year-supply of Entenmann’s doughnuts.

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Celebrate ‘Kids Day’ at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Children will rule at the LIC Flea & Food this weekend as the market celebrates with kid-centric activities on Saturday and Sunday.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the waterfront lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold “Kids Day” this weekend featuring a bounce house and kid-centric vendors and games.

Children who visit the LIC Flea this weekend will also have the chance to meet a surprise snow princess, provided by Glitz Entertainment, who will be at the market from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on both Saturday and Sunday.

Joining the fun, HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” will return to the LIC Flea this Saturday to film an episode.

Each week on “Flea Market Flip,” contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

Visitors are encouraged to come down to the LIC Flea for a chance to be on TV and pick up some rare finds for their homes.

LIC Flea also offers items from over 80 vendors each day. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

When visitors want to take a break from shopping, they can relax at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is the only venue serving all six Queens-brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

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.

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New LIC rock climbing facility looks to provide value for local community


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Photos courtesy of Brooklyn Boulders

A vision that was started over four years ago to bring a hybrid climbing facility and community center to Long Island City will soon become reality.

Brooklyn Boulders (BKB), a rock climbing facility that opened in 2009 in Brooklyn, is slated to open its fourth location and first in Queens this summer.

The idea for the 25,000-square-foot hybrid climbing facility and community center, which is located at 23-10 41st Ave. and is called BKB Queensbridge, was born in 2011 when BKB co-founder Lance Pinn came upon the site.

Since then, BKB founders have had to wait for the building, which is now an apartment complex, to be erected before they could start construction to bring the facility to the community.

“It’s extremely exciting because I had to study a lot of economic development planning to understand the boom that has occurred here. It wasn’t as obvious in 2011,” Pinn said. “It’s just amazing to see all the growth that’s occurred since then.”

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BKB Queensbridge is expected to open this summer at 23-10 41st Ave. in Long Island City.

One of the aspects that made Long Island City an attractive location for their new facility was the neighborhood’s proximity to public transportation. BKB Queensbridge has seven different subway lines within five blocks from the site, and it is nine blocks away from the G train.

The facility will feature a selection of climbing terrain, climbing classes, fitness programs and equipment, a dedicated weight room, spacious yoga studio, saunas, youth programs, multiple event spaces, co-working spaces, lounges, a café, an art gallery and many more amenities.

Pinn also added that he encourages those who come to the facility to recommend programs they would like to see added.

“Our goal is to be convenient and provide value for the people here,” Pinn said. “We will be serving people and finding out what they want and build the program up that way.”

Although construction is expected to be completed in a month, an official opening date has not been set yet as BKB Queensbridge just waits to receive all city approvals.

In the meantime, the facility is offering members of the public the ability to RSVP for Hard Hat Tours and Dinners which offer a sneak peek inside the space.

“It’s a nice little community building event that we found has served well to create the feel-good feeling we are going for,” Pinn said.

For more information or to purchase a membership in advance, click here.

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Taste of LIC celebrates 10th anniversary


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Rain and clouds didn’t stop foodies from heading down to the Long Island City waterfront to get a taste of the booming neighborhood.

The Chocolate Factory Theater celebrated its Tenth Annual Taste of LIC, a community-wide festival highlighting Long Island City’s culinary and cultural accomplishments, on Tuesday night at Gantry Plaza State Park.

This year marked the event’s 10-year anniversary and featured food and beverage tasting from a record number of about 60 local restaurants and establishments.

To honor the anniversary, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, who was a “Chocolate Lover Honored Guest,” presented a Citation of Honor to Sheila Lewandowski, executive director of The Chocolate Factory Theater, proclaiming June 2 as Chocolate Factory Taste of Long Island City Day in Queens.

“Long Island City is moving and shaking, but as we move and shake and as people want to come here and spend their money, let’s remember that at our core, we are a community and a neighborhood of families—and people growing right here in Long Island City and we are proud of that,” Katz said.

For the first time, and to celebrate a decade of fun, the Taste of LIC recognized 10 honorees for their contributions to the community and The Chocolate Factory Theater. Each honoree received a chocolate-colored hoodie featuring a nickname for each individual and a certificate of recognition signed by Governor Andrew Cuomo.

“Each of these people did something very special at some time where they intersected with us,” Lewandowski said about choosing the honorees.

Honorees included Michelle Coffey, Lambent Foundation; Icema Gibbs, jetBlue; Paul Januszewski, Rockrose Development Corp.; the late John Kocan; choreographer Juliana May; Assemblywoman Cathy Nolan; Martha Sherman, Audience Queen of Dance in NYC; Rebecca Trent, The Creek & The Cave and LIC Eats; playwright Mac Wellman; and Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer.

“I love The Chocolate Factory. I love Long Island City. I love being your City Council member and champion of the arts in New York City,” said Van Bramer, who was also the master of ceremonies for the event. “It’s my honor and privilege. I will always support The Chocolate Factory and will always be there for Long Island City.”

All of the event’s proceeds will go toward The Chocolate Factory Theater, located at 5-49 49th Ave., and its season of dance, theater, music and multimedia performances.


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LIC students unveil Marco Polo mural in Brooklyn


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BROOKLYN MEDIA GROUP/Photo by Anthony Izaguirre

BY ANTHONY IZAGUIRRE

A mural painted by a group of high school art students from Queens that depicts the famous Venetian explorer Marco Polo was unveiled at Marco Polo Ristorante in Carroll Gardens on May 21.

Six students from Information Technology High School in Long Island City started the acrylic painting last November and said they used historical documents to create a portrait of Polo along with scenes of his legendary exploits.

“I love it. It came out incredible,” said Marco Chirico, chef at the longstanding restaurant. “A hand painting was missing. We needed some color.”

Soufian Mankour, a sophomore, said that working on the large painting has given him a new appreciation for art.

“This has opened me up to paintings. I was never interested, but now I really like it,” he said. “It was a fun experience.”

Another student, Kevin Astudillo, said he enjoyed spending time with his classmates in the after-school sessions when they worked on the project.

“It was my first time working with paint,” the 12th grader said. “I made friends while working on this project.”

Chirico said the painting would soon be moved to a permanent spot inside the restaurant.

“We’re extremely fortunate,” said Jorge Luis Cordero, the art teacher who supervised the creation of the mural. “Marco and his father have always taken an interest in art and we thought it would be a great idea.”

Freshmen Tasnia Hussain and Mary Jane Faderan; and sophomores Ivon Ramirez and Taynia Sharma also contributed to the large-scale painting.

Marco Polo Ristorante will be donating $800 to the high school’s art program as well as two $100 awards to Faderan and Astudillo for their hard work on the project, Chirico said.

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Man falls into LIC sidewalk grate while trying to retrieve keys


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Photo via Twitter/@Appleguysnake

Updated 2:52 p.m. 

Authorities had to rescue a man after he reportedly fell down a sidewalk grate in Long Island City Tuesday morning after slipping off a ladder he placed into the grate while attempting to retrieve his keys.

According to the MTA, at about 11:30 a.m. a man dropped his keys into the sidewalk grating in front of 24-20 Jackson Ave. just above the Court Square subway station. The man, who has not been identified, then opened the grate and placed an A-frame ladder into the grate. While climbing down the ladder he lost his footing and fell.

The man suffered minor head and leg injuries and after fire officials got him out of the hole, he was transferred to Bellevue Hospital, the FDNY said.

There is no visual defect to the grate and it was secured after the incident, according to the MTA.

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BP honored at LaGuardia Community College Asian Heritage Celebration


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of LaGuardia Community College

Queens Borough President Melinda Katz received an award Wednesday for her dedication and support of a Long Island City college.

Katz was awarded the “Dare to Do More Award” during LaGuardia Community College’s Asian Heritage Celebration.

The college’s president, Dr. Gail O. Mellow, bestowed the honor on Katz for her support of the college and for being a longtime advocate for higher education.

“We are delighted this year to share the event with our special honoree, Borough President Melinda Katz who is a great leader and tireless advocate for Community Colleges,” Mellow said.

Wednesday’s festivities – which included performers from China, Bangladesh and Japan – concluded LaGuardia’s month-long celebration honoring the wide range and richness of Asian cultures.

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Food from different parts of the world and from local neighborhood restaurants were also served.

“Our annual Asian Heritage Celebration is a festive event that brings the campus together through food, cultural performances and student entertainment,” Mellow said. “We are proud to celebrate our diversity and share the many different cultures of our students.”

Entertainers for the Asian Heritage Celebration included Singer Maksud Ara and dancer Tahmina Islam, modern dance troupe HIPHOP STREET, and American-Chinese circus clown and Ukrainian-Russian belly dancer duo Rob Lok and Jane.

There was also a showcase featuring performances by LaGuardia students from the Bangladesh Student Association, the Chinese Club, the Philippine Club and the Japanese Club.

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HGTV’s ‘Flea Market Flip’ filming at LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Cameras will be rolling at the LIC Flea & Food this weekend, as HGTV’s “Flea Market Flip” makes its return to the market.

The show will be filming on both Saturday and Sunday at the popular Long Island City flea market, located at the waterfront lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

Each week on “Flea Market Flip,” contestants, who participate in teams, are given $500 to explore items at different flea markets. The participants search for objects they can buy, fix and then “flip” for a higher selling price. By the end of each show, the contestants display their transformations and battle it out to win all the profits earned.

Visitors are encouraged to come down to the LIC Flea for a chance to be on TV and pick up some rare finds for their homes.

LIC Flea also offers items from over 80 vendors each day. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

When visitors want to take a break from shopping, they can relax at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is the only venue serving all six Queens-brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

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.

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Queens-based Nepali soccer team raises over $4K for earthquake relief


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Photo courtesy of the New York Nepalese Football Club

Soccer teams from near and far put on their cleats this weekend to raise money to help rebuild a school that was destroyed after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake hit Nepal last month, leaving more than 7,000 people dead.

Members of the New York Nepalese Football Club (NYNFC) held a “HELP NEPAL” soccer tournament at Queensbridge Park in Long Island City this Sunday where money was raised to continue the group’s efforts in the South Asian country.

After the earthquake hit Nepal on April 25, the crowd helped organize vigils in Jackson Heights and Times Square, and also collected thousands in funds.

“Wherever we go, everyone says we did a very good job and they appreciate our job,” said Pralay Rajbhandari, a player and member of the New York Nepalese Football Club. “Even in Nepal, everyone has come to know about our club.

A total of $4,023 was collected during the May 24 tournament, called the Nepal Relief Soccer Cup, which featured 10 soccer teams – with some from Connecticut and New Jersey – and over 250 audience members.

The funds will go toward rebuilding a school in Khale in the Sindupalchowk region of Nepal, and also providing stationary, bags and uniforms for almost 150 students.

“We thought with being a soccer club, if we do some kind of sporting event it will attract more youth to this cause which was very successful,” Rajbhandari said.

At the end of the tournament, NYNFC came out the winners and took home a trophy.

The group is still selling T-shirts for $15 and bands for $5 in order to continue raising funds for victims in Nepal. For more information, contact Rajbhandari at 347-891-9841.

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Excitement abounds at Everything Kids Expo in LIC


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Photos by Corey Aguirre

Music, prizes and activities for all ages kept the crowd lively at the recent Everything Kids Expo at the Long Island City YMCA.

Now in its third year, the annual Everything Kids Expo – sponsored by The Queens Courier – has become a local tradition for the community, and this year marks the event’s second time at the YMCA. The festivities were planned to coincide with a nationwide initiative the volunteer organization hosts on April 25 to promote the well-being of children.

Ebony Young, executive director of the Long Island City YMCA, said that the event is a great way to put into practice the fundamental three pillars of the worldwide organization: youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

“It’s an opportunity for kids and families to come out and understand the importance of their wellbeing, mind, body and spirit,” Young said.

Youngsters big and small had active fun, whether they were playing educational word games with Reading Town, taking part in a live karate demonstration by YMCA students, or dancing and singing to popular songs.

Some lucky kids were even able to experience a sample lesson from Long Island City music school Sage Music.

“My favorite part was when I got to play with the drums,” said LaQuwan Carter, age 11.

Although there was much for children to enjoy at the event, many of the booths provided parents with important information on how families can maintain robust lifestyles through athletic activity and healthy eating. Day camps and personal chefs spoke to the community alongside representatives from health care providers, who spread awareness about the importance of having adequate health insurance.

“You never know when you’re going to get sick, so it’s always good to have some type of healthcare,” said Giomar Reyes of Wellcare. “Medicine right now is very expensive, doctor’s appointments are very expensive.”

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LIC public art looks to raise awareness about homelessness


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Photo Courtesy of Fanny Allié

Residents and visitors in Long Island City looking for a place to sit will get more than just that when coming into contact with a new public art installation aiming to raise awareness about homelessness.

Brooklyn artist Fanny Allié has come together with the Parks Department to display her most recent artwork called “A Bench for the Night” at the NYC Parks Greenstreet on Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue.

Allié’s piece, which will be on view through November, is a wooden bench shaped in the silhouette of a sleeping person, reminding those who see is that a public bench serves as a potential bed for some New Yorkers.

“A Bench for the Night,” Allié’s second artwork with that Parks Department’s Art in the Parks program, offers viewers a look into how individuals who live on the street can often become dehumanized.

This piece is a continuation of the artist’s focus on the issue of homelessness. She took part in the Engaging Artists Residency in 2014 organized by the Artist Volunteer Center and More Art, which largely focused on homelessness. During this residency, artists were encouraged to engage in volunteer opportunities – volunteering at least half a day per week at a local charity – and interactive workshops with professionals in the fields of fine art and activism.

Allié’s Long Island City art installation is also a continuation of her 2011 piece called “The Glowing Homeless,” created for Bring to Light NYC: Nuit Blanche in Brooklyn, and which featured a neon outline of a human form that rested of a park bench.

When preparing for the installation, Allié noticed the area where the piece would go lacked seating. Along with raising awareness for homelessness, she has also created a new social space in the plaza.

According to a description of “A Bench for the Night,” the piece looks to reflect a person’s desire to look for an isolated place to rest and be removed from the movement of the city.

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Pols propose $682M education package to help alleviate overcrowding


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Elected officials in the state Senate have put forth a new plan that hopes to bring some relief to the overcrowded school districts throughout the city including western Queens.

State Sen. Michael Gianaris and Senate Democrats announced the proposal of a $682 million investment into an education infrastructure bank. The funds would go into helping schools deal with issues surrounding physical capacity and school construction, allowing them to rebuild and renew facilities to accommodate growing populations.

Gianaris, who represents Long Island City, Astoria and parts of Woodside, said this funding could help local western Queens schools in Districts 24 and 30, two of the most overcrowded in the city.

“School overcrowding is a crisis directly affecting the lives of teachers, students and parents in western Queens every day and it must be dealt with immediately,” Gianaris said. “Our neighborhoods are growing and more needs to be done to ensure infrastructure keeps pace.”

Gianaris added that such funding would help a school like P.S./I.S. 78 in Long Island City deal with its overcrowding issues, which have left some parents fearing for the truncation of the beloved middle school classes.

“I will never stop fighting to provide our kids with the resources they deserve, and I will work to make this education infrastructure bank a reality quickly enough to solve the problems plaguing P.S./I.S. 78 and so many other schools in western Queens,” he said.

The $682 million investment, which will be funded from the state’s projected surplus and settlement funds, is also expected to provide support for teachers, fund community schools that offer holistic social service, and also begin a study to analyze the cost-effectiveness of state testing.

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Celebrate Memorial Day weekend at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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With a three-day weekend on its way, make sure to take a trip down to the LIC Flea & Food to celebrate the holiday.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the waterfront lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be filled with fun events this weekend including music from DJ Johnny Seriuss and a cornhole tournament.

The LIC Flea also offers items from over 80 vendors each day. Items for sale include food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, handcrafted jewelry and fashion, and much more.

When visitors want to take a break from shopping, they can relax at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, which is the only venue serving all six Queens-brewed beers from local breweries including Big Alice Brewing, Rockaway Brewing Company, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery, Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, and SingleCut Beersmiths.

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.

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Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks returning to Queens waterfront


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Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

The Queens waterfront will once again explode with excitement this Fourth of July.

On Wednesday, Macy’s and Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that this Independence Day, the 39th annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks will launch from two locations in the East River — in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district, starting at about 9:20 p.m.

There will be four barges positioned between 23rd and 37th streets in Midtown and one double-barge positioned below the Brooklyn Bridge. The Midtown barges will be visible from the Long Island City waterfront.

After moving to the Hudson River in 2009, Macy’s and de Blasio announced last year that the department store’s annual 4th of July Fireworks show would return to the East River that summer. But the initial excitement and potential revenue that the festivities could bring to Long Island City was squashed when residents and business owners realized that the launch point, from the Brooklyn Bridge and from barges positioned on the lower East River, would not be a prime viewing spot for Queens.

This year, however, will be different, and could bring back big bucks to the waterfront area.

“Once again the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks spectacular will light up the East River skyline,” said Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said in a statement. “I have advocated tirelessly for years alongside Mayor de Blasio to bring the fireworks back to the borough of Queens. Today we are delivering on our promise and bringing borough residents an opportunity to enjoy one of our nation’s most spectacular events. Residents from Hunters Point in Long Island City and all of western Queens will rejoice welcoming thousands into their neighborhoods to celebrate. Staging the fireworks along the East River will give our local small businesses a boost and draw attention to all we have to offer here in Long Island City. I want to thank Mayor de Blasio and Macy’s for helping us keep this promise and making this day a reality.”

The country’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display, Macy’s are the only fireworks that borough residents can watch locally on the actual holiday. But for the first time this year, Fort Totten will be having a fireworks celebration to mark the nation’s birthday on July 1. The annual Astoria Park fireworks will take place on June 30.

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