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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.


Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”: Northern Boulevard and 39th Avenue in Long Island City




LIC apartment to set Queens record for most expensive: report

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Jenny Chao

A Long Island City penthouse with a view of the Manhattan skyline is said to be ready to break a record for the most expensive apartment sold in Queens, according to a published report.

Real estate agent Silvette Julian told the Daily News that she has accepted an offer on a $5.4 million three-bedroom penthouse at 46-30 Center Blvd. — however, with the deal not being official yet, she would not comment on the exact sale price of the home.

The apartment was reportedly owned by Basil Messados and consists of a wraparound terrace, cathedral ceilings, floor-to-ceiling all-glass windows, and a dining room. The new owners have already moved into the home.

According to the Daily News, Julian was the one to set the original record — in the same building — in 2013 by selling a home for $3.35 million.


LIC welcomes new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

Fido now has a new place to run free, all while enjoying the view of the Manhattan skyline.

A day after celebrating National Dog Day, the Long Island City community came together Thursday morning to officially open a new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park — filled with amenities that will make any pooch and its owner enjoy their time at the park even more.

Located at Center Boulevard and 46th Road, the dog run features a beach pebble surface, a multi-user drinking fountain, sustainable hardwood seating, a stainless steel mesh fence mounted on a concrete curb, and a perimeter landscape buffer. There are also dog waste bags provided on site.

“The addition of Gantry Plaza State Park’s new versatile dog run provides Long Island City’s growing population of dog owners with increased access to open space in a park that has become one of New York City’s top destinations,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “As Long Island City continues to grow, it is important that we continue to provide families with the quality amenities they can enjoy for years to come in a great neighborhood that cherishes the companionship of its furry little friends.”

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

Photo courtesy of New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation

The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation worked with developer TF Cornerstone to design the $750,000 dog run and once going through community review, the project, which is funded by the Queens West Public Infrastructure Fund, began last spring.

The dog run, which is open 24 hours a day, replaces an area of the park previously used by dog owners but that featured no amenities for the owners or their four-legged friends.

“This revitalized area of the park provides a welcoming place for patrons to bring their pets to safely run around and enjoy the park. This new amenity addresses a need within the community and will benefit all park patrons by offering a maintained and aesthetically pleasing area for dogs,” Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey said.


A sweet weekend at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of LIC Flea & Food

Two sweet vendors came out on top this past weekend in Long Island City as they proved to be the favorites at the LIC Flea & Food Sweets Festival.

Cookies Anonymous and Esta-Joy’s Kitchen were the two winners at the 2nd Annual LIC Flea Sweets Festival, which took place Aug. 22 and 23 at the popular market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

During the festival, visitors had the chance to vote for their favorite sweets vendor, and a guest judge selected a winner as well.

Cookies Anonymous, which makes delicious cookies using ingredients from your mom’s kitchen and feature nostalgic and fun tastes, took home the win for Judge’s Favorite.

Visitors to the festival selected Esta-Joy’s Kitchen, which specializes in old-fashioned fresh fruit buckle cakes, as the Fan Favorite.

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

To continue the summer festivities, this weekend on Aug. 29 and 30 the Long Island City market will host the LIC Flea 2015 Table Tennis Open featuring grand prizes for winners. Players can sign up for hourly slots between 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on either Saturday or Sunday, but the final will be played on Sunday. Winners of Saturday’s round must also be available for the final at 5:30 p.m. Sunday. To sign up visit LIC Flea on Facebook or click here.

Visitors enjoying the games or shopping around the market can also cool down 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.

With summer still in full swing, the LIC Flea also encourages people to make sure to check out the upcoming Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios next month during three consecutive Saturdays — Sept. 12, 19 and 26 from 6 to 11 p.m. Potential vendors can apply at www.licflea.com or call 718-224-5863.

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.


Immigration documentary on Flushing woman to be screened in LIC

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of No Le Digas A Nadie

After years of not speaking out, Angy Rivera is ready to share her story with Queens viewers during the Long Island City screening of the documentary about her life.

Rivera, who is from Flushing, was formerly an undocumented immigrant for 19 years and as a child was constantly told to keep quiet about many things in her life. However, she decided to speak up and share her experiences through the documentary “No Le Digas A Nadie,” translated to “Don’t Tell Anyone.”

The film’s first Queens screening is scheduled for Sept. 2 at CUNY Law School located at 2 Court Square in Long Island City from 5 to 8 p.m. Admission is free.

“I think each time it’s very awkward for me and I get very nervous,” Rivera said. “It’s always nice to see the different crowd, and how they receive it. Everyone takes something different away from the film.”

No Le Digas A Nadie” — which is filmmaker Mikaela Shwer’s debut as an independent director and titled after Rivera’s poem “Rusty Chain” — follows Rivera through her everyday life and focuses on the relationship she holds with her mother, who immigrated to the U.S. with her.

The documentary also shadows Rivera through her experiences as an undocumented immigrant and activist, as she applies for deferred action for childhood arrivals (DACA) and obtains a visa.

In 2010, the Colombian native started the first national undocumented online youth advice column called “Ask Angy.”

Along with the issue of being an undocumented immigrant, the film also surrounds Rivera’s opening up about being a victim of sexual assault.

“Scenes that come up still impact me and sometimes I catch myself crying during the screenings,” Rivera said.

Even though every time the film is shown she says she feels nervous, Rivera hopes that by sharing her story others, who might find themselves in the same situation will begin to speak out.

She also added that even though some people might not have experienced what she did, she also hopes the film will start conversations on the subject.

“Some people will come up to me and share experiences as well and that’s something that always impacts me,” Rivera said. “I think in immigrant communities we struggle a lot on talking about sexual assault and it needs to happen because it’s happening in our communities and if we’re not talking about it, people don’t have a space to feel supported and feel safe.”

The film is also set to have its national television premiere on the PBS series “POV” on Sept. 21.

To register for the Sept. 2 LIC’s screening, click here. For more information and a schedule on more screenings of the film, visit www.nodigasfilm.com.


New program to restore rent-regulated apartments to buildings in western Queens

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of state Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman's office

A group of state and city officials are getting together to crack down on landlords throughout the five boroughs — including a handful in western Queens — who they say could be breaking the law.

State Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the city’s Department of Housing Preservation & Development Commissioner Vicki Been announced Wednesday that notices were sent out to 194 building owners throughout the city who accepted “lucrative” tax breaks under the state’s 421-a program without complying with the law’s rent regulation requirements by registering their apartments as rent-regulated.

The state passed Section 421-a of the Real Property Tax Law in 1971 as a way to motivate the construction of rent-regulated housing and condominiums in New York City. The law gives a partial exemption from city property taxes for the owners of these newly constructed residential multi-family buildings for at least 10 years.

The owners of these buildings, found throughout the five boroughs and most of whom own one building of less than 50 units, provide housing to more than 2,400 families and individuals who are entitled to rent-regulated leases under the law.

A high concentration of these buildings are found in Brooklyn and Queens, with neighborhoods that include Astoria, Long Island City, Corona and Elmhurst.

“Landlords of rental buildings who accept these tax incentives must follow through on their end of the bargain and offer rent-regulated leases to their tenants,” Schneiderman said. “The Real Estate Tax Compliance Program we are announcing today will safeguard tenants’ rights, protect more than 2,000 units of New York City’s rent-regulated housing stock, and ensure that our important and limited tax dollars are properly spent.”

The notices, which were sent out Tuesday, alert building owners to the possible legal consequences they face, including revocation of the tax breaks, if they do not register the apartments as rent-regulated and give tenants rent-regulated leases.

In the letter, the owners are also given details on the one-time, non-negotiable chance they have to “cure the violations” and “avoid further enforcement action.”

The governor’s Tenant Protection Unit (TPU) will monitor the registrations filed by the owners. If the owner fails to register properly, TPU could then look into putting an administrative order freezing current rents, along with pursuing overcharge actions against the owners for collecting improper rents. TPU will also seek damages on behalf of tenants.

“We will not tolerate landlords who break the law and deny their tenants rent-regulated leases, plain and simple,” Cuomo said. “This partnership will help ensure that building owners who benefit from the 421-a program are living up to their responsibilities. Owners who are not currently in compliance should get their act together immediately or face the real possibility of having the TPU freeze rents, pursue overcharges and seek damages.”


The Cigar Factory in LIC sells for $31.1M

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Modern Spaces

After receiving large interest from investors near and far, one historic Long Island City building recently sold in an all-cash transaction for over $30 million, according to realty company Modern Spaces.

Manhattan-based real estate private equity firm Brickman scooped up the former DeNobili Cigar Factory located at 35-11 Ninth St. for $31,100,000.

The sale of the 102,670-square-foot building, which also included a 5,000-square-foot parking lot at 35-31 Ninth St., was announced Tuesday by Modern Spaces’ Commercial and Investment Property Group.

“Tremendous demand from local, national and international investors led to a price point of approximately $302.91 per square foot in just eight weeks of marketing,” said Evan Daniel of Modern Spaces who spearheaded the marketing of the site with Edward DiTomasso. “The sale to Brickman speaks to the strength of the office and investment market, a trend that continues to prove that Long Island City is quickly becoming a destination for institutional capital and truly a mixed-use, live/work neighborhood.”

The four-story office/loft building also known as “The Cigar Factory” was built in 1896 and once housed the DeNobili Cigar company. It currently features 57 commercial units and two cell towers.

Due to its zoning, The Cigar Factory is ideal for future residential conversion with 14- to 22-foot ceilings, and features such as exposed beams, arched windows and hardwood floors.

The site is located just a block from the Long Island City waterfront and is close to major subway lines and highways.

“Demand for such space has exploded this year leading to dramatic rent increases throughout western Queens,” Daniel said. “The development of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island will create more jobs and further put significant upward pressure on office demand and rent growth.”


LIC organization provides free supplies to educators

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

One Long Island City group is changing the lives of educators throughout the city and teaching them that every object — whether it is a poster or an outdated cellphone case — has a second life.

The organizers behind Materials for the Arts (MFTA), located at 33-00 Northern Blvd., want to spread the word about their mission to as many teachers and other educators throughout the five boroughs as possible.

Operated by the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs, with support from the Department of Sanitation and Department of Education, MFTA offers a warehouse filled with donations from businesses big and small including Bloomingdale’s, World Vision, Saks Fifth Avenue and the Van Gogh Museum.

The site is open to educators in the New York City school system to come in, grab a shopping cart and shop — for free.

“If you can get it out the door, you can have it,” said Kwame Belle, communications coordinator for MFTA.

The 25,000-square-foot warehouse has everything from paper of all sizes to trims and fabrics, arts and crafts, toys, small props, household and small appliances, computer chairs, tables, chalkboards, computers, printers, binders, books and magazines and much more.

At the entrance of every aisle, teachers are met with displays showing ideas on how to turn items, such as a poster, into bigger projects.

Belle says that teachers can stock up for an entire school year or even come back on a “week-to-week basis.”

Along with being open weekly on Tuesdays and Thursdays for teachers to raid the aisles, MFTA holds an annual Back-to-School “Shopping” Spree. On Thursday, Aug. 27, shopping will be reserved for more than 60 underperforming schools from all around the city that have been invited to come and shop for free. During the sprees, three teachers will hit the warehouse floor at time, with music in the background, and look for items. There will also be booths and workshops set up to give teachers direction and expand on what can be made with certain items.

However, MFTA doesn’t just stop at providing free stuff. The group has taken it a step further with providing professional development classes for teachers where they learn how to turn items they can find in the warehouse into engaging projects for all subjects.

“We feel the access for teachers is really important. It helps the bottom line and it helps them be more resourceful in their classroom,” said Harriet Taub, MFTA executive director. “But having the knowledge, taking our classes, that really makes them become much more confident and self-assured in how they can utilize their materials.”

Along with field trips, in-school residencies and public programs such as exhibitions and workshops open to the public, MFTA also offers DOE staff members seasonal P-Credit courses during six Saturdays throughout the year.

The next course, which will begin Sept. 19, will teach educators how to use recycled items to create musical instruments that can be used not just in art, but in math, science and literary courses.

“We connect the dots for teachers in terms of how these materials are actually essential for them to fill the Common Core requirements,” said John Kaiser, director of education at MFTA. “These are supplies not just for art, but for the art of learning, for project-based learning.”

Both Kaiser and Taub believe that the experience teachers and students have through MFTA goes beyond the warehouse and allows students, who often deal with financial hardships, to actually get a taste of the art world and access their creativity.

They added that learning to reuse common day items, which might not seem like much at first, will prepare children for the real world as they learn to be resourceful.

“By having teachers come here and taking readily available materials and bring them to their classrooms, it allows students to think about their own resources,” Taub said. “It gives you the opportunity to say, ‘I am the power behind my creativity.’”

For more information, visit materialsforthearts.org or call 718-729-3001.


Cops searching for suspect in chemical attack on woman in LIC

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Sketch courtesy of NYPD

Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the man responsible for the chemical assault on a woman in Long Island City last week.

The unknown male attacked a 59-year-old woman on Aug. 19 at 5:20 p.m. as she was on Skillman Avenue near 34th Street, cops said.

According to authorities, the woman was trying to enter her car when the suspect called to her from behind and asked to speak with her. When she turned around the man threw an unknown substance, which was inside a coffee cup and reportedly acid-like in nature, in her face. The suspect then fled the scene.

Responding EMS transported the victim to Cornell Medical Center, where she was treated for third-degree burns on her face and later released.

The suspect is described as a black man, about 30 years old and 5 feet 8 inches tall, and with black hair. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website at WWW.NYPDCRIMESTOPPERS.COM or by texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


LIC development proposed featuring pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island: report

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

Plans have been revealed that would connect the Queens waterfront to the future home of the Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island — all through a pedestrian and bicyclist bridge, according to a published report.

According to POLITICO New York, a group of investors have proposed a multimillion-square-foot development near the Long Island City waterfront that would be made up of a mixed-use project including a pedestrian bridge connecting the Queens neighborhood to Roosevelt Island.

The plans are from Bruce Teitelbaum, former Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s former chief of staff, and involve a “mostly residential tower comprising at least 1 million square feet” located on an empty lot north of 44th Drive, along the south side of the Queensboro Bridge, according to the online publication.

The proposed site for the development at 44-02 Vernon Blvd. currently is owned by Vernon Realty Holding LLC and is zoned for residential use, according to the report. One lot of the site takes up 128,332 square feet, while an adjoining lot is made up of 84,338 square feet.

The plans were presented to Alicia Glen, deputy mayor for housing and economic development, who showed excitement for the project but said it was “a little out of scale,” according to POLITICO.

Construction on the $2 million Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, which will span 12 acres and house 2,000 graduate students and hundreds of faculty and staff, began in June. The first phase of the campus is expected to open in the summer of 2017.


Woman bites, scratches F train rider after being asked to move bag: NYPD

| ctumola@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYPD

A dispute over a seat on a Queens F train during the morning rush hour last week resulted in a violent outburst from one straphanger, police said.

A 45-year-old woman was on board the Manhattan-bound subway at about 9:45 a.m. on Aug. 14 when she asked the suspect to move her bag that was placed on a seat so she could sit, authorities said.

The female suspect did not answer and when the victim tried to sit down, the suspect “became enraged,” according to police. She then pushed the victim, scratching her on the chest, pulling her hair and biting her on her forearm, causing a laceration and bleeding.

When the train stopped at the 21st Street-Queensbridge subway station in Long Island City, the suspect fled, police said. The victim was taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital in stable condition.

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.


Satisfying your sweet tooth at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Image via Instagram/licflea

Long Island City will be extra sweet this weekend.

The LIC Flea & Food, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will host a Sweets Festival this Saturday and Sunday where visitors will have the chance to vote for their favorite sweets vendors.

Sweet treats from vendors at the market include macaron gelato sandwiches from Woops!, refreshing ices from Rita’s Ices, incredible brownies from Cassey’s Cookies & Cobblers, fried ice cream covered in frosted flakes from Sam’s Fried Ice Cream and much more.

During the festival, Mike J. Chau, of @FoodBabyNY, will select the winners for the best of the best. Winners will receive a trophy and bragging rights.

After satisfying their sweet tooth, visitors can 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.

This weekend the market will welcome back by popular demand The Inebriators with their fun and unique mix of jazz, funk and reggae. On Sunday, DJ Johnny Seriuss will be spinning tunes.

LIC Flea would also like to thank Green Street Solar Power for sponsoring The Secret Theatre’s Aug. 16 performance of “Pirate Pete’s Parrot” for the market’s Kids Festival.

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.


Woman suffers severe burns after caustic chemical attack in Long Island City

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Police are looking for a man who they say attacked and severely burned a woman with a corrosive substance on a Long Island City street Wednesday afternoon.

According to authorities, the attack occurred at 5:27 p.m. at the corner of 33rd Street and 43rd Avenue.

The victim was attempting to enter a parked car when the suspect — described as a black male in his 30s — approached from behind and asked to speak with her.

When the woman turned around, police said, the suspect threw the caustic substance, which had been contained in a coffee cup, in the woman’s face. He then fled the scene. It was not immediately known what the chemical was, though published reports indicated it was acid-like in nature.

Police said the woman got into her car and attempted to drive away, but stopped just 200 feet from the location after being overcome by the substance.

Officers from the 108th Precinct and EMS units responded to the scene. Paramedics brought the woman to Cornell Medical Center, where she is listed in stable condition.

An investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with information regarding the attack 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.


Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


Do you know where in Queens this photo was taken? Guess by commenting below! The answer will be revealed next week.

Last week’s answer to “Identify this Place”:  Borden Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard in LIC