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Top five summer activities in Astoria Park


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Astoria Park is an outdoor urban oasis along the banks of the East River in northwestern Queens. The nearly 60-acre park, located on 19th Street off Ditmars Boulevard, is one of the largest outdoor spaces in the borough, with splendid waterfront views of upper Manhattan, as well as both the Triboro and Hell Gate bridges.

The park is the perfect staycation destination for day trippers, tourists and neighborhood regulars. Here are our picks for the top five best summer events and activities in the western Queens green space.

Astoria Pool
19th Street

This art deco, Olympic-sized swimming pool is the largest in the city, making it the perfect place for city dwellers to cool their heels on a hot summer day. Astoria Pool is free and open to the public from 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. Sunbathers can soak up rays on the poolside deck while swimmers enjoy splashing around in the shadow of the Triboro Bridge. The pool offers aquatics programs and swimming lessons for youths and adults, as well as a smaller wading pool for beginners.

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Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

Special Early Bird and Night Owl swim hours are also available through the Adult Lap Swim Program, which allows swimmers to focus on fitness and swim technique. First-, second- and third-place prizes will be awarded to men and women who have completed the most lengths until Friday, Aug. 7. For more information or to register, click here.

New World Queens Festival
Astoria Park Great Lawn
Saturday, Aug. 29, noon to 9 p.m.

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Photo via Astoria Music and Arts Facebook page

This free outdoor festival presented by Astoria Music and Arts will feature over 60 musical acts and visual artists with the goal of raising eco-awareness. Artists range from bossa nova, reggae, ska, R&B, rock, psychedelic, Americana, indie, funk, blue grass and Afro-Cuban bands. There will also be DJs, a pie-eating contest sponsored by Astor Bake Shop and Little Club Heads, a family dance party experience for children 1 to 12 years old, a dance tent featuring Sol Dance Studios, a puppet show by WonderSpark from Raising Astoria, and a giant Kaiju Big Battle Monster. There will also be an on-site outdoor exhibit featuring the work of over 30 visual artists, sculptors and painters. The event is family- and pet-friendly.

Pack a picnic 

Butcher Bar

Photo courtesy of Butcher Bar

Escape the concrete jungle for an afternoon without ever having to leave Queens. With its jaw-dropping views of the city and the East River, Astoria Park is the perfect, picturesque picnic spot. Picnic essentials include a large blanket or quilt, sunscreen, a Frisbee, a good book, cloth napkins and trash bags for post-picnic cleanup. The key to a well-stocked picnic basket is to start with locally made, handheld favorites. Stop by Butcher Bar and pick up the “PBLT” sandwich ($10.99), featuring grilled smoked pork belly, the Philly cheese brisket ($13.49) or its saucy, braised pulled BBQ chicken ($10.99) topped with coleslaw, onions and pickles. Pair these delectable sandwiches with one of its all-natural sodas, lemonade or famous Butcher Bar iced tea.

Movies on the Waterfront
Astoria Park Great Lawn

Photo courtesy of the Facebook page of Give Me Astoria

Photo via Give Me Astoria Facebook page

Bring a blanket or a lawn chair and some ice cream and head over to the Great Lawn in Astoria Park this summer for the Monday night Movies on the Waterfront series organized by Central Astoria LCD. Check out “Frozen” (August 3), “How to Train Your Dragon” (Aug. 10), “Ghostbusters” (Aug. 17) and “The Incredibles” (Aug. 24) on a big screen under the stars. Movies start at 8:30 p.m. on the Great Lawn, located off Shore Boulevard between the Hell Gate Bridge and Astoria Pool. The series is sponsored by nearby Kaufman Astoria Studios and admission is free.

Pop an ollie!
Astoria Skate Plaza
Hoyt Avenue at 19th Street

Photo courtesy of the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation

This 21,500-square-foot skate park is located at the southern end of Astoria Park, directly under the Triboro Bridge. Astoria Skate Plaza features multiple levels with stairs, rails, banks and ledges of varying heights and sizes. The park was created by Who Skates, a leader in municipal, urban skate park design, and features an open design that allows for a free-form style of skating. Although an attendant will be provided during official hours of operation, skaters will need to sign a special waiver with the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation before hitting the rails.

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Crook steals bags from sleeping woman in Queens Plaza station


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a man who swiped valuables from a 61-year-old woman who fell asleep on a bench inside the Queens Plaza subway station earlier this month.

The theft occurred at 6:15 a.m. on July 7 in on the mezzanine level above the E train tracks at the station located below Jackson Avenue and Queens Boulevard in Long Island City.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black man between 30 and 35 years of age, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall and weighing 160 pounds — walked up to the victim after she nodded off and removed her bags, which contained her cellphone, jewelry and papers.

The crook was last seen wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, a navy V-neck sweater and light-colored pants.

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 will be kept confidential.

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Citi Bike rolling into LIC this August


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

The blue bikes will finally be making their way into the “World’s Borough.”

Motivate, the company that operates Citi Bike, and the Department of Transportation announced Friday that the Citi Bike expansion, which was announced last October, will begin in early August with new stations being installed in various neighborhoods, including Long Island City.

The first wave of stations is part of a larger expansion plan that is expected to double the size of the bike share network from 6,000 to 12,000 bikes throughout the city over the next two years.

“With over 19 million trips, it is clear that New Yorkers love Citi Bike and we are excited to see the network double in size, expanding to Queens, more of Brooklyn, and upper Manhattan,” DOT Commissioner Polly Trottenberg said.

There will be 91 new stations installed during this first phase of the expansion throughout Long Island City, Bedford-Stuyvesant, Williamsburg and Greenpoint.

Long Island City will get a total of 12 stations, including one by the Vernon Blvd-Jackson Av subway station, another in front of MoMa PS1, one next to the LIC Flea & Food and another right by Queensboro Plaza.

Map via citibikenyc.com

Map via citibikenyc.com

“The long-awaited arrival of Citi Bike in Long Island City is great news. Bike share will allow the people to enjoy our neighborhood in a healthy, fun way and facilitate easier travel around western Queens, an area in dire need of better mass transit,” state Senator Michael Gianaris said.

Long Island City was supposed to be part of the Citi Bike’s initial phase, which debuted in 2013, but was pushed back after equipment damage from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay.

Astoria is another Queens neighborhood slated for docking stations; however, those bikes will arrive at a later time.

“For years I have fought to bring Citi Bike to Queens and I’m proud to say that the blue bikes will be here soon,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “Cycling in western Queens has become extremely popular and the addition of 12 new Citi Bike docking stations add a much-needed alternative mode of transportation to an area of the borough that is growing and vibrant, and in need of more transportation options.”

Along with the expansion, Motivate has also replaced the software that powers Citi Bike, replaced software and hardware at all exiting stations and docking points, and added 1,000 new and upgraded bikes to its fleet. An additional 1,400 bikes will be added this summer to stock up the new stations.

The bikes, which were developed in partnership with Olympic bike designer Ben Serotta, have new features, including higher-quality parts and upgraded seats.

Motivate is also working to provide discounted Citi Bike memberships to residents of affordable housing developments, and free access for group rides to community-based organizations.

For more information on the Citi Bike expansion, visit www.citibikenyc.com/expansion.

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Co-working company to open space in Astoria: report


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy PropertyShark/Ed Fahoury

A co-working company that has locations throughout the nation and around the world has set its eye on Queens for its next home, according to a published report.

WeWork, which provides individuals and groups with work space, community and services, has leased a 60,000-square-foot space at 35-37 36th St. in Astoria, the Commercial Observer reported.

The space, which has been reportedly leased for 15 years and is expected to open by early 2016, is located at Studio Square, which is also home to the Studio Square beer garden and Miami Ad School.

The six-story building is owned by the Vanbarton Group, which bought it last June for $29.2 million.

WeWork is also reportedly looking to lease locations in Long Island City.

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Long Island City apartment building sells for nearly $2.5M


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Scott Bintner

BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

Long Island City has yet another multi-million dollar real estate deal.

The building located at 34-27 37th St. has sold for nearly $2.5 million, according to commercial real estate investment firm Marcus & Millichap.

Investment specialists Matthew Fotis, Zachary Golub and Lazarus Apostolidis were responsible for arranging the sale of the eight-unit apartment property on behalf of a private investor, as well as securing and representing the buyer, also a private investor.

“The building shows increased interest in the western Queens residential market. As the rental market increases, investors project more aggressive future rents,” Fotis said.

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An inside look at LIC’s latest condo building The Corner


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Modern Spaces

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

With renters looking to put down roots, the demand for condominiums in Long Island City has skyrocketed. Hunters Point newcomer The Corner, located at 47-28 11th St., aims to answer the call. The newly constructed, seven-story building features 22 high-end one- and two-bedroom units selling in the mid-$600,000 range.

The project was spearheaded by Kora Developers LLC in partnership with BK Developers. The firm saw unlimited potential at the site of the former auto body shop when it first purchased the property two years ago.

Photo courtesy of Property Shark / Scott Binter

Photo courtesy of Property Shark / Scott Binter

The Corner, designed by Brooklyn-based architectural firm Zproekt, features 22 apartments, each outfitted with the latest amenities. The kitchens include Bosch appliances with Caeserstone countertops and backsplashes. Bathrooms boast Kohler tubs and Grohe finishes.

Select units have private terraces, while all feature hardwood oak flooring throughout. Other building amenities include a state-of-the-art fitness center, a residents’ lounge, a bike room, private storage and a common sundeck. The Corner will also utilize Butterfly MX, a virtual doorman system operated via smartphone.

Long Island City-based real estate firm Modern Spaces, 47-42 Vernon Blvd., is overseeing the marketing and sales of units at The Corner. Units are currently available for viewing, with a move-in date for potential buyers slated for early 2016. For more information, click here.


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Alleged drunk driver from Whitestone has run-in with sanitation truck


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

File photo

BY KIRSTEN E. PAULSON

There wasn’t a clean getaway for a Whitestone man charged with reckless endangerment and DWI after driving the wrong way on the Long Island Expressway and slamming into a sanitation truck, prosecutors announced.

Salvatore Ferrara, 34, reportedly claimed he did not realize he was driving on the wrong side of the road when his 2009 Mercedes-Benz collided head-on with a city Department of Sanitation truck at around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday on the Greenpoint Avenue exit ramp of the Long Island Expressway in Long Island City.

Police on the scene allegedly observed Ferrara standing unsteadily on his feet near his totaled vehicle with bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol on his breath.

According to the criminal complaint, Ferrara allegedly told officers that he had been driving his car from the city, and that he had had two mixed drinks, a couple of beers and two bumps of cocaine several hours before the accident occurred.

Both Ferrara and the sanitation driver were injured in the crash. The truck driver suffered pain to his arm, while Ferrara was hospitalized for chest pain and rib injuries.

Ferrara faces charges of first-degree reckless endangerment, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, and an infraction of vehicle traffic laws. If convicted, he could serve up to seven years in prison, according to the Queens district attorney’s office.

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Cops seek man who slashed woman at Queensbridge Houses


| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Police released on Thursday morning images of a man wanted for slashing a 19-year-old woman during a dispute inside the Queensbridge Houses in Long Island City earlier this month.

Authorities said the assault occurred at 8:20 p.m. on July 7 inside an apartment house on 10th Street, south of 41st Avenue.

According to police, the victim and suspect — both of whom are known to each other — became embroiled in an argument, during which the suspect displayed a knife and slashed the victim in the ankle. He fled the scene following the attack.

Officers from the 114th Precinct and EMS units responded to the location. Paramedics transported the victim to Mount Sinai Hospital Queens, where she was treated and released.

Police describe the suspect as a white man believed to be 20 years of age, standing 6 feet tall and weighing 230 pounds, with brown eyes and brown hair in a long pony tail. He has a scar on his right cheek and tattoos on his forearms; the left tattoo features the word “Brooklyn” and the right has the word “Karlene.”

Anyone with information regarding the incident 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.

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Vote for your favorites at LIC Flea’s Second Annual Food Vendor Awards


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Over 40 food, dessert and drink vendors will descend upon the Long Island City waterfront this Saturday and Sunday, July 25 and 26, for the Second Annual Food Vendor Awards at the LIC Flea & Food market.

A panel of food judges and the general public will be given ballots to vote for their favorite food, dessert and beverage vendors. Those with the most votes will be crowned best in each of their categories.

“Queens is known for the best food in New York City, if not the world, and we are thrilled to be hosting this great event,” said Joshua Schneps, LIC Flea president. “Come hungry and prepared to find a unique offering of delicious items from local chefs you can’t find anywhere else.”

The event is located one block behind the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign at 5-25 46th Ave. in Long Island City from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Vendors at the market will provide a wide variety of tasty offerings including empanadas, Japanese vegetable pancakes, Ecuadorian pulled pork sandwiches, wood-smoked barbecue brisket, Korean pancakes, Taiwanese spring rolls, Asian fusion sandwiches, New England lobster rolls and crab cakes, Mexican seafood tacos, “Pigz Wings,” Indian rolls, Latin cakes and French fries.

Dessert items include cookies, ice cream (fried and un-fried), ices, tres leches cake, doughnuts, cupcakes and much more.

Drinks include Lizzmonade’s lemonades combined with choices of fresh fruit, as well as bubble teas, iced teas and various blends of coffee.

The market also has an All-Queens Beer Garden overlooking midtown Manhattan that carries the largest selection of beers from local Queens breweries including Queens Brewery, Big Alice Brewery, SingleCut Beersmiths, Rockaway Brewery, Bridge & Tunnel Brewery and Finback Brewery.

Each weekend the market operates as both a flea and food market with over 80 vendors in total. Flea market vendors sell a unique mix of everything including furniture, art, jewelry, vintage and collectible items, fashion and more. It is a great way to discover, support and interact with local makers.

The market leads into Gantry and Hunters Point South parks, which offer breathtaking views of the Manhattan skyline. The market has other activities for the entire family from live music and DJs to games including mega-chess, ping-pong and Jenga.

LIC Flea & Food is a short walk from the 7 train Vernon Blvd. stop, the E/M/G trains to Court Square, the East River Ferry Long Island City terminal and a big parking garage located across the street.

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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LIC business community: BID expansion ‘a necessity’ for neighborhood growth


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Members of the Long Island City business community say the proposed plan to expand the existing business improvement district is a necessity in helping the area become more inviting and attractive.

The LIC BID, which was created in 2005 and is managed by the LIC Partnership, announced its plan Tuesday to create a new sub-district expanding the services of the BID to the corridors of Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive.

The expansion would provide services – such as street sanitation and beautification – that look to better support local businesses and promote a higher quality of life for the LIC neighborhood.

“Maintenance, beautification, sanitation – these things don’t just spontaneously happen. There needs to be an agent, an entity that supervises and guides this through,” said Dr. Angelo Ippolito, co-chair of the LIC BID Expansion Steering Committee and owner of L.I.C. Chiropractic. “We here in Long Island City think we are right up there with all the progressive neighborhoods, therefore we need a BID.”

The BID currently covers the Queens Plaza/Court Square sub-district made up of Queens Plaza North and South between 21st Street and Jackson Avenue/Northern Boulevard, and along Jackson Avenue to 45th Avenue.

Creating the sub-district will allow services to be tailored specifically to the new area while also benefiting from administrative cost savings from joint activities like marketing, business services, increased sanitation, beautification and daily management.

“It’s ideal for the businesses and we look forward to it. This is a great solution for something that needed to be done long ago,” said Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, co-chair of the LIC BID Expansion Steering Committee and owner of Manducatis Rustica.

LIC BID Expansion Steering Committee Co-Chairs Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, Dr. Angelo Ippolito and Paula Kirby.

LIC BID Expansion Steering Committee Co-Chairs Gianna Cerbone-Teoli, Dr. Angelo Ippolito and Paula Kirby.

According to local business owners, the expansion of the BID will also help increase foot traffic in areas that have not been seeing too much business and also bring in a variety of new businesses.

“I think having the BID here will help people realize that it is a place to come and do business,” said Donna Drimer, owner of Matted LIC. “Without it I’m not really sure how much small business can survive here. We’re caught. There’s a real disconnect between going to work in Manhattan, shopping in Manhattan, and coming home and not supporting the neighborhood.”

The BID expansion is expected to bring services such as street sanitation; retail attraction and real estate support; targeted community events; street beautification; advocacy for improved city services such as enhanced street and sidewalk lighting; and the creation and distribution of neighborhood marketing and promotional materials.

With being part of the BID, about 50 percent of the properties in the sub-district would be charged less than $660 annually and 75 percent will be charged less than $2,000 annually.

“I’m a huge supporter of the BID and big supporter of the expansion of the BID because this is going to give voice to so many small business owners. It’s going to empower more small business owners. It’s going to allow them to do so much more as a group of business owners,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said.

The members of the LIC BID Expansion Steering Committee say that local business owners and stakeholders have voiced support for the BID expansion and they plan to continue reaching out to the community through surveys and one-on-one discussions.

The LIC BID will be holding two public meetings on July 29 – one at Hunters Point Plaza, 47-40 21st St., at 9:30 a.m. and the other at 6:30 p.m. at the New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue.

After collecting ballots of support, the expansion will then enter a process taking between nine to 12 months and must go through the City Planning Commission, Community Board 2, the Queens borough president, City Council, the mayor and the state comptroller.

“This is the most necessary thing we need at the moment. Everybody talks about beautification, everyone talks about so many other things but what we need right now is for this to happen for this neighborhood in order for it to continue to flourish in a positive way,” Cerbone-Teoli said.

For more information, visit licpartnership.org/bidexpansion.

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First-ever Queens NYC Lit Festival to take place in August at LIC Bar


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of Queens NYC Lit Fest

Long Island City will celebrate the literary community of Queens next month during a two-day festival — the first of its kind in the borough.

The Inspired Word, founded by journalist Mike Geffner, is presenting the first-ever Queens NYC Lit Fest on Aug. 1 and 2 at the LIC Bar, located at 45-58 Vernon Blvd.

The event, which is free and will take place from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on both days, will celebrate the literary arts in Queens with a mission to bring together the diverse community through days filled with “heart, soul and love.”

“I think [this is] wonderful. I think that not enough events like this occur,” said Megan DiBello, one of the organizers and performers for the Queens NYC Lit Fest. “It’s really lovely to be a part of this community and grow. It’s nice to be part of a community.”

DiBello will also serve as one of the hosts during the festival together with Audrey Dimola.

During the event, there will be an open mic in LIC Bar’s private room where artists will perform 5-minute-long poetry, prose and spoken word. The days will also feature works from writers Paolo Javier, a former Queens poet laureate, and newly named Poet Laureate Maria Lisella.

Queens-based reading series, groups and organizations will also take part in the two-day event with some of them having vendor tables selling books and other items in the bar’s backyard garden.

The main bar section will be selling drinks along with featuring musical performances by Queens-based musicians.

“So many people are using spoken word, poetry and music to channel all their thoughts to create something beautiful,” DiBello said.

All money generated at the event will go to the performers and artists taking part in the festival during the two days.

Donations of $1 and up will be accepted, and sponsors are still being accepted.

For more information on participating artists and vendors, and to purchase tickets, click here.

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LIC woman starts tour company to share her love for Queens


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Connie Murray

One Long Island City resident has decided to share her love for her neighborhood and borough through a new tour company aimed at giving participants a real Queens experience.

Connie Murray, the woman behind the Twitter account @fuelgrannie, has launched her own business called QueensStomp, which offers tours of LIC to locals and tourists.

Murray led her first tour in April as a Hunters Point bar crawl but now wants to incorporate her love for photography, walking and local architecture in areas such as Hunters Point, Court Square, Queens Plaza and Dutch Kills into future tours.

Her new tours will look to take participants throughout the western Queens neighborhood and experience it in a way locals do.

“It’s not just bars, not just food, it’s having a real Queens experience because it’s such a sweet and nice and cute area,” Murray said.

The idea for the tour company came after a friend suggested Murray get into the business and while she thought about the idea, travel guidebook company Lonely Planet named Queens as the best place to visit in the U.S. in 2015, and she knew the universe had aligned for her.

Currently, Murray is working on her brand and networking with other locals who offer tours — such as Joe DiStefano and Jeff Orlick — to create a tour model.

She added that she wants to incorporate her love for the city’s industrial architecture, sunsets off the East River and her taste for Queens-produced craft beer to create the perfect Queens experience to bring tourists back again and again.

“I think a lot of people are now coming specifically to Queens. They’re not just staying in the hotel hub in Long Island City,” Murray said. “They are actually coming to hang out in Queens.”

Although she grew up in Manhattan, Murray has been living in Long Island City for the past 17 years and said she fell in love the moment she made the move into Queens.

“I absolutely love it. I’m a New York gal, but I fell in love with New York hard when I moved into Queens,” Murray said. “Queens has so much to offer. It’s an extraordinary borough and I think it’s such an unsung hero in our city.”

At the moment — as she gets her feet wet — Murray said she is offering her tours for free as a way to get feedback and also get a better understanding of what she can expect once she starts charging for the tours.

Anyone interested in taking part in the tours can contact Murray via the QueensStomp website or reach out to her via social media.

In the future, Murray also said she hopes to get to know other Queens neighborhoods better so she can expand her tours deeper into the borough.

“I’m just really excited to see what is happening with my borough and I’m happy to be a part of it,” Murray said. “If I ever won the lottery, if I had a billion dollars I would not move back to Manhattan. I just love it here. I’m just so happy to be here.”

Murray plans to officially launch her tours by the end of July or early August and tours will take place seven days a week. For more information and updates, visit queensstomp.com or @queensstomp on Twitter.

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Late LIC parks advocate to be honored with plaque at Gantry Plaza State Park


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

The Long Island City community will come together on the waterfront Saturday afternoon to honor the life and work of a longtime park advocate and community leader who died earlier this year.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy announced Friday they will be having a ceremony to honor its former president, Bill Bylewski, on Saturday at 4:30 p.m. in the garden at Gantry Plaza State Park.

Bylewski, who died in February at the age of 53 after battling with cancer, was one of the founding members of the community group Friends of Gantry Neighborhood Parks and dedicated countless hours as a volunteer gardener and leader to preserve Gantry Plaza State Park’s beauty.

After Hunters Point South Park was constructed and opened, Bylewski sought to see one “friends group” be formed dedicated to the needs of both parks. He then took the initiative to make sure the community came together to for the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

During Saturday’s ceremony, the group will unveil a plaque in memory of Bylewski. And local elected officals and leaders are expected to attend.

“Bill may no longer be with us but his commitment to our parks and the community will continue to live on and inspire us,” said Rob Basch, current president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

Attendees to the ceremony are asked to enter the park at 49th Avenue and Center Boulevard. There will be light refreshments after the unveiling.

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New LIC ‘amenity-rich’ 21-story building set to celebrate grand opening


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Images courtesy of World Wide Group

A new amenity-rich residential building is joining the growing real estate market in Long Island City.

Investment group Word Wide Group has announced that QLIC, located at Queens Plaza and 24th Street, will celebrate its grand opening next week on July 25. Advanced previews of the tower began on Thursday.

The 21-story residential tower features over 28,000 square feet of amenities, including a state-of-the-art fitness center, swimming pool, outdoor barbecues and picnic areas, a private garden, indoor parking and a bike room.

“We are thrilled to celebrate the grand opening of QLIC,” said David Lowenfeld, chief operating officer of The World Wide Group. “This is a significant milestone not only for World Wide Group, but for this neighborhood. With beautiful apartments and a host of amenities, QLIC is setting a new standard for residential living in Long Island City.”

QLIC, which is expected to welcome its first residents in September, includes a variety of 421 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom rental units.

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Since the building’s pre-leasing began in May, World Wide Group has received more than 2,500 inquires regarding QLIC, according to the investment group.

The site is also within a five-block radius of eight subway lines and one stop away from Manhattan.

For more information on QLIC and available listings, visit www.qlic.com.


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Get to know the Queens Brewery at the LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Queens Brewery

This weekend, as you take a stroll through the LIC Flea & Food, make sure to stop by the Beer Garden and share a drink with the maker behind Queens Brewery.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will continue its Meet the Queens Makers series as the Queens Brewery takes over the LIC Flea Beer Garden.

During the series, visitors will be able to get to know local breweries and speak with the makers behind the product.

Queens Brewery’s beer maker will be on hand to share information about their beer-making process, provide tastings and answer questions from visitors.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden exclusively serves beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

This weekend the LIC Flea will also feature a live band and DJ, providing visitors with some tunes to enjoy.

A kids’ performance from The Secret Theatre, called “Princess Particular,” will also take place at the Flea on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. For more information on the show, click here.

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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