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Suspect takes $4K in LIC bank robbery: cops

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a suspect who took $4,262 from a Long Island City bank Tuesday afternoon.

The man entered a HSBC Bank on 43rd Avenue near 23rd Street at about 3:30 p.m., approached a teller and passed a demand note before fleeing with the cash, police said.

Authorities describe the suspect as Hispanic, about 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall, 230 pounds, with a mustache and a heavy build. He was last seen wearing a black baseball hat, blue jeans, white sneakers, a blue button-up shirt and dark sunglasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.


Eat your veggies

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Photos by Bradley Hawks


If I had a dollar for every time my mother told me to eat my vegetables before I could have dessert, I would be a wealthy man. If I had simply eaten the vegetables and forgone the dessert altogether, well, I can only imagine… But the truth of the matter is that vegetables aren’t just good for you. They can be just plain good. Even fantastic. So this month I thought I would share some of my favorite vegetarian dishes I have been enjoying recently. Two of them may have eggs on them, but a few them are even vegan. My hope is that even those who do not identify as a vegetarian or vegan personally might find one or two things to consider ordering.

Beet Tartare with Mustard Seeds at M. Wells Dinette

Nothing is ever what it seems at M. Wells, in a most deliciously playful way. Golden beets are minced and tossed with a hint of horseradish and mustard seeds, then topped with a poached egg. It is a tartare that won’t raise your cholesterol or drain your pocketbook either.

22-25 Jackson Ave., Long Island City

Seaweed Salad with Sesame Dressing at Oyster Café of New York

Many Japanese restaurants boast a seaweed salad, but most renditions are swimming in sugar. At this new Oyster parlor, the ocean greens are also blue and red, tossed in a light sesame dressing that allows the ocean and earth to sing together.

25-07 Broadway, Astoria

Vegan Fried Chicken at Soulkofa at the LIC Flea

There is nothing remotely fowl about this mock chicken. The chef at Soulkofa has mastered a vegan fried version of the most tender, juicy chicken around that makes everything else taste like it is for the birds.

Vegetarian Meatloaf Sandwich at Queens Comfort

Who knows how the chef gets things so right at this Astoria hotspot every single time. This meatloaf tastes just like the name, and comes with a smear of sundried tomato ketchup, a blanket of melted cheddar, and a crispy crown of battered onion rings.

40-09 30th Ave., Astoria

Oeuf Gamin at Francis Café 

This dish is like a golden benedict plucked directly from the spring garden. A warm bed of ratatouille is flawlessly tender and tangy, topped with a triangle of goat cheese hash that could be eaten by the pieful. When that bright yellow yolk bursts over all of it, it gets pretty serious.

35-01 Ditmars Blvd., Astoria

Buckwheat Pasta with Potatoes and Fontina at Ornella Trattoria

His father ran a flour mill, so Giuseppe Viterale knows how to make a killer homemade pasta with unique flours, like this buckwheat tagliatelle topped with tender spuds and braised cabbage, all brought together with rich fontina cheese.

29-17 23rd Ave., Astoria


Star of Queens: Orion Bustamante, volunteer, Youth Empowerment through the Arts, Hour Teen

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COMMUNITY SERVICE: Orion Bustamante, 15, recently ended a three-month volunteer position at the Queens Public Library. During this time, he would help put away, label and sort returned items. He also helped kids, ranging from first to eighth grade, with their homework and tutored them.

Currently Orion is involved in an after-school program called Youth Empowerment through the Arts. He is also a member of Hour Teen, a program offered by the nonprofit agency Hour Children, which provides services to help formerly incarcerated mothers and their children rejoin the community. On May 18, Orion and other members of Hour Teen will be walking five miles in Central Park for the AIDS Walk New York.
A couple months ago Orion also participated as director of photography in Cinequest’s Picture the Possibilities program.

BACKGROUND: Orion was born in Las Vegas, raised in California and now lives in Long Island City. He is a freshman at LIC High School on the Honor Roll and participates in school activities such as Global Kids and National Junior Honor Society. He is in the process of joining the school’s lacrosse team and is also part of Hour Children’s Hour Mentoring Program.

“I have a wonderful mentor named Andrew who I go out with nearly every weekend and do stuff I’ve never done before,” he said.

Orion also enjoys going to Starbucks with his friends after school for a Frappuccino.

FAVORITE MEMORY: Orion’s favorite memory is the moment he got to see his father come home after being incarcerated for two years.

“[My favorite memory is] getting to see my dad for the first time in two years without having to drive eight hours upstate on a bus, going through metal detectors, and being surrounded by barbed wire fences and bars,” he said. “We made him a welcome home banner and hung it in our building’s hallway right by our front door.”

BIGGEST CHALLENGE: Through the years, Orion said his biggest challenge was seeing his mom struggle with losing her job and having to move out of their home. His family of four then went on to live in a one-bedroom apartment, which ended up getting flooded.

“During all of this my dad was incarcerated, so my mom had to care for us herself. In spite of this all, I managed to balance my life,” he said. “My family, school life, social life and my personal life. It is sort of like a mailman with a lot of packages: he has his arms full and needs to keep his baggage stacked evenly to keep it from falling in the middle of the street.”

INSPIRATION: “What inspires me to do what I do is my mom,” Orion said. “She took care of me and my brother all by herself.”

The 15-year-old said he is inspired by his mother, who managed to buy a house at 19 and, although she didn’t finish college, she has a job at Goodwill Industries, where she has been promoted three times.
“She never gave up. At our worst times when we were in ruins she was the only one to keep us going every day,” he said. “She is what keeps us in order. I don’t know where we would be today without her. I am driven to make her proud and to be as great of a person as she is one day. I love her. She is my mother, the person who brought me into this world. She’s one of my best friends, role model, inspiration, and most important of all – my arrow. She is what holds me back only so that I could be launched into something great.”



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Thursday: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. High near 70. Winds SSE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%. Thursday night: Cloudy with occasional rain showers. Low 62. Winds SE at 10 to 20 mph. Chance of rain 50%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Liz Santoro: Relative Collider

Liz Santoro has choreographed a dance performance inspired by the relative collider, a machine that offers the opportunity to see, to measure, to quantify, to exchange information between nervous systems. Like the rings of particle accelerators, its structure holds value only insofar as it allows for the creation of an experience and production of specific results.  Runs Wed-Sat through May 17 at The Chocolate Factory in LIC. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

New 9/11 museum to be officially dedicated Thursday morning; President Obama to attend

The ceremonial dedication of the 9/11 Museum and Memorial will take place in Lower Manhattan Thursday morning, and it serves as a somber reminder of the terror that occurred almost 13 years ago and the resilience of all New Yorkers. Read more: ABC New York

Report: NYC may make another pitch to host Summer Olympics

Mayor Bill de Blasio says he has not had “serious discussions” about New York making a bid to host the Olympic Games. Read more: CBS New York/AP

Shake Shack founder fires back: Our burgers aren’t to blame

Shake Shack founder Danny Meyer says it’s hard to believe his famous food caused a Mets player and a Phillies manager to get food poisoning. Read more: New York Post

City Council calls for end to Madison Square Garden tax breaks

The City Council passed a resolution Wednesday asking the State Legislature to eliminate a property tax exemption for Madison Square Garden. Read more: am New York

Leader of sex-slavery ring gets life in jail

A Queens man was sentenced to life behind bars Wednesday for running a sex-slavery ring that lured young Mexican women to the Big Apple and New Jersey and forced them into prostitution. Read more: New York Post


2014 LIC Arts Open kicks off Wednesday

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© Luba Lukova

The art scene in Long Island City is heating up and opening its doors during the fourth annual LIC Arts Open – a 5-day extravaganza where over 250 artists will occupy galleries, performance studios and open their studios to visitors.

The event, which this year begins Wednesday and runs through May 18, started several years ago as a two-day, open-studio event, mainly showcasing visual artists and now just keeps on getting bigger.

This year the festival has more than 85 exhibitions and events taking place, with over 160 artists holding open studios. Every event is free and open to the public.

“We were a hidden gem for years, but that’s quickly changing,” said Festival Director Richard Mazda. “Word is getting out that LIC is home to a community of tremendously talented artists, from the emerging Stef Duffy, to rising stars like Luba Lukova—who designed the festival’s poster—to the celebrated, like Matthew Barney, Murakami and legendary sculptor Joel Shapiro. LIC Arts Open continues to be a fantastic way for us to showcase the thriving arts community in Western Queens.”

The schedule for the festival is:

May 14-18, 12 -6 p.m. Exhibition hours
May 14-16, 5-10 p.m. Most openings happening by district over three days:
Wednesday: Vernon Blvd district
Thursday: Court Square district
Friday: Queens Plaza district
May 14, 7:30 -10 p.m. Opening Party
May 16, 6 – 9 p.m. 10Squared exhibition and reception at Gotham Center
May 17-18, 12-6 p.m. Open Studios
May 18, 6 – 10 p.m. Closing Party and Silent Auction

Some highlights of the 4th Annual LIC Arts Open include:

  • Luba Lukova, whose striking images are currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art and Denver Art Museum.
  • Four vacant apartments in a TF Cornerstone waterfront development overlooking LIC’s iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that will be transformed into pop-up galleries.
  • Best known for his WWII photography, and his fashion photography, Tony Vaccaro in his exhibit “The Golden Age of Formula One: Through Tony’s Lens.”
  • After laboring for years as an art fabricator for artists like Frank Stella and Louise Bourgeois, Bernard Klevickas is emerging as an artist in his own right.
  • The Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, reviewed in The New York Times, will premiere “Life is Every Day: So Close Yet So Far Away.”
  • Over 100 artists are creating original works for the 10Squared exhibition. During the Closing Party, the works will be sold at silent auction for charity.
  • Eleven of Matthew Barney’s assistants formed the Crew, and created a provocative, unexpectedly interactive exhibition.
  • Big Whirlygig will feature Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Ernie Brooks (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers) and Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones).
  • Acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited will bring BATSU!, NYC’s only live Japanese game show and a Time Out New York critics pick to LIC.
The complete festival guide can be found on here. For the latest updates on artists and exhibitions, visit licartsopen.org/new-blog, and follow @LICArtsOpen on Facebook and Twitter.

Man wanted in non-fatal LIC shooting

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for a 33-year-old man they say shot three people in March at the NYCHA Queensbridge South Houses in Long Island City.

On Sunday, March 23 Shalarmel Nieves left a party he was attending near 41-16 12th St. at 1:35 a.m. and a short time later came back and began shooting at a group of people standing in front of 41-16 12th St., according to cops.

Nieves shot three victims and then fled the scene. A 50-year-old woman, was shot in the leg and taken to Mt. Sinai Hospital, a 25-year-old man, was shot in the foot and taken to Cornell Hospital, and a 23-year-old man was shot in the leg and taken to Lenox Hill Hospital. All three were listed in stable condition, police said.

The NYPD describe Nieves as 5 feet 8 inches tall, Hispanic and 175 pounds.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (800) 577-TIPS (8477). The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or can text their tips to CRIMES (274637), then enter TIP577. All calls are strictly confidential.



Queens’ Morning Roundup

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morning roundup


Friday: Rain showers this morning with overcast skies during the afternoon hours. High 62. Winds SE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 70%. Friday night: Showers this evening with drizzle and fog overnight. Low 56F. Winds SSE at 10 to 15 mph. Chance of rain 40%.

EVENT OF THE DAY: Boogie Stomp!

Variations Theatre Group presents Boogie Stomp!, a theatrical evening starring two of the greatest jazz/boogie/stride/blues pianists in the world, Bob Baldori and Arthur Migliazza. Through May 31 at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. Click here for more info or to submit an event of your own

Retired FDNY chief, Queens resident to be named fire commissioner: reports

A retired FDNY chief and Queens resident has been tapped to lead the city’s fire department, according to published reports. Read more: The Queens Courier

Cops looking for suspect who groped teens, women in western Queens

A man is wanted for inappropriately touching two teens and two women in Woodside and Astoria Tuesday morning, police said. Read more: The Queens Courier

NYPD stop-and-frisks fall in 2014: report

Stop-and-frisks in the first quarter of the year have dropped nearly 86 percent compared to the same time period in 2013, according to published reports. Read more: NBC New York

Prosecutor: Queens teen high, speeding in fatal Southern State Parkway crash

A Queens teenager was high on marijuana and speeding when he slammed into a tree, splitting his new car in two and killing four of his friends, a defense attorney conceded Thursday, but he insisted pot was not the reason for the crash. Read more: CBS New York

Scammers use hit-run victim to set up fake charity site

The parents of a 9-year-old girl killed by a hit-and-run driver in Brooklyn on Sunday suffered another blow this week when shameless scammers used their dead daughter’s name to set up a fake charity website to collect money in their name, according to a new report. Read more: New York Post





Free weekend art bus comes to LIC

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Photo Courtesy Socrates Sculpture Park

The wheels on a brand-new free shuttle bus service are taking visitors ‘round and ‘round Long Island City’s art scene on the weekends.

Socrates Sculpture Park, The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1 have partnered up to bring local residents and tourists the LIC Art Bus, which will debut on Saturday. This free weekend bus service will be dedicated to promoting the neighborhood’s arts and culture scene taking visitors between the four institutions.

“Long Island City is already home to a rich cultural corridor, and the LIC Art Bus – free to all – will make it easier for visitors to experience the art offerings the neighborhood is known for,” said John Hatfield, executive director of Socrates Sculpture Park.

The bus will run on Saturday and Sunday, on a first-come, first-served basis, for 19 consecutive weekends until Sept. 14. The first shuttle departs from Socrates Sculpture Park at noon and takes riders door-to-door to The Noguchi Museum, SculptureCenter and MoMA PS1, and then makes its return to Socrates.

Departure times are scheduled for noon, 12:45, 1:30, 2:30, 3:15, 4 and 5 p.m.

“The arts are booming here in western Queens,” Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said. “With the addition of the LIC Art Bus, countless New Yorkers will have an easier time getting to some of our borough’s premiere cultural organizations and institutions – all for free.”

The LIC Art Bus’s full schedule will be available at each stop and updated at socratessculpturepark.org/bus.



Undercover operation busts eight Queens stores for selling alcohol to minors

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An undercover investigation has caught eight Queens stores, mostly near high schools and colleges, for allegedly selling alcohol to minors.

The busted businesses, located in Astoria, Long Island City and Flushing, were part of an effort by the State Liquor Authority (SLA) to fight underage drinking in the city, according to Governor Andrew Cuomo, who announced the results of the investigation Monday.

“The law is the law, and we will continue to do whatever it takes to crack down on underage drinking and hold accountable those who serve alcohol to minors,” Cuomo said. “Our message is simple: If you put children at risk by placing alcohol in their hands, you will face the consequences.”

From April 17 to May 1, the SLA used decoys to visit 74 liquor and grocery stores throughout the five boroughs, according to the governor.

The operation was conducted by the SLA’s newly formed part-time investigative unit, which was funded using a $147,000 grant from the city’s Department of Health and Mental Hygiene, through the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

During the sting, uncover minors were allegedly able to buy alcohol at 32 of those businesses, including WooYong Corp., Astoria Vitality & Health Inc. and Green Leaf Deli & Mini Mart in Astoria; Cruz Mexican Products Inc. in Long Island City; and Parsons Convenience Store Inc., Parsons Wine & Liquor Inc., R & H Food Corp., Amy’s Deli, and P & M Convenience Store Inc., in Flushing.

Some of the stores are within walking distance of several high schools, as well as St. John’s University and Queens College.

Businesses can face civil penalties of up to $10,000 per violation if charged for selling alcohol to minors as well as fines, starting at $2,500 to $3,000, for a first time offense. Repeat offenders can potentially have their licenses suspended or revoked.




LIC Standard Motor building sale could fetch more than $100M: report

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The sale of a 315,000-square-foot Long Island City building could bring in a hefty profit as the neighborhood becomes more appealing to commercial tenants, according to a published report.

Acumen Capital is selling the Standard Motor Products property, at 37-18 Northern Blvd., six years after it purchased the building for around $40 million, Crain’s New York reported. Sources tell Crain’s it could fetch more than $100 million.

The real estate investment company acquired the building from Standard Motor Parts, a manufacturer of replacement parts for motor vehicles, in March 2008, according to Acumen’s website.

CBRE, which is is handling the sale, told Crain’s steady rent from the building’s existing tenants combined with potential new renters in Long Island City’s “rising leasing market,” would be a financial benefit for the future owner.

Current occupants include The Jim Henson Company and the Brooklyn Grange, a 43,000-square-foot rooftop organic farm, according to Acumen.


French Louisiana 1682

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Photos by Bradley Hawks


What do you do when an outrageously popular national doughnut chain opens across the street from your N’awlins-inspired café? Do you keep selling powdered-sugar-dusted beignets and steaming mugs of java? Or do you incorporate the arsenal of skills you know best to rename and rebrand the café into a full-service restaurant? That is precisely what owners Mina and Jimi did at Cranky’s, the popular café in Long Island City.

Now harboring the moniker “1682 French Louisiana,” the new incarnation boasts all of the old favorites, alongside a full menu of classic New Orleans and traditional French dishes. As the website explains, “The restaurant style came naturally as both Mina, a Paris native, and Jimi, a film aficionado, have had a long-term love affair with the beautiful, unique flavors of French- and Cajun-style food. They describe the French Quarter in New Orleans as walking into a movie, a place that is unlike anywhere else. It is that atmosphere that welcomes you as you enter 1682 French Louisiana. Leave New York City at the doorstep and enter New Orleans.”

Dinner service begins with a complimentary basket of peeled sweet potato skins that have been deep fried. They make an irresistibly addictive snack, especially with the herbed aioli served on the side.

Actually, many of the dishes served on the side or as small plates were some of the stars of the show at this little Louisiana kitchen. Take, for instance, the cornmeal-crusted fried chicken. The distinctively southern coating of crispy cornmeal served the perfect crunch for the juicy legs and thighs. But the slab of jalapeño cornbread hugging its side was literally dripping with melting butter, and disappeared quicker than Paula Dean can apologize.

When it comes to macaroni and cheese, few versions rival my own grandma’s quite as seriously. A luxurious béchamel coats traditional elbows of macaroni, which are then buried under a generous bubbling blend of three melted cheeses flowing over the edge of the dish. Nothing makes me feel like a kid again like a warm strand of cheddar stretching from the plate to my fork.

Cajun hush puppies arrive with a kiss of honey. Salads come topped with roasted beets or grass-fed angus beef. And come before 11 a.m. if you want to taste those beignets. Weekend brunch harbors a handful of unique additions, including croques monsieur and madame, eggs benedict, and pancakes with bananas foster or blueberry ricotta mascarpone. From po’ boys and olive-kissed muffaletta to Creole-style barbecue, seafood and chorizo gumbo, and a classic coq au vin, the menu holds a little something for everybody.

“I really felt we had to rebrand to let people know that we truly are a full restaurant now,” smiles Mina as a group of twenty enter from a nearby film studio, and she rushes to push tables together. “In this business, you have to be ready for anything.”

1682 French Louisiana
48-19 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City
Open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m.



Astoria Flea gets ready to launch

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With the LIC Flea & Food on a roll in Long Island City, a brand-new market is just about to set forth on a new adventure in Astoria.

The LIC Flea and Kaufman Astoria Studios have partnered up to bring the city’s first-ever backlot market called Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios.

The new market, which was announced two months ago, will launch Sunday, May 4, and bring the community the best in food vendors, antiques, collectibles, art, crafts, fashion and much more.

The Astoria Flea will be located in the studio’s outdoor lot, the first of its kind in New York City, which opened up in December at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

The market will operate every Sunday for eight consecutive weekends, and the Museum of the Moving Image is working together with Astoria Flea in offering a buy one, get one free deal on tickets for the museum.

Upon arrival at the Astoria Flea entrance at 35th Avenue, visitors will be welcomed by a brand-new 40-foot-high steel gate, designed by David Rockwell and the Rockwell Group.

The market, which is within walking distance from the M, R, N and Q train lines, is expected to act as an incubator to help promote and foster businesses along with the surrounding community.

Last month, Kaufman Astoria Studios, the Museum of the Moving Image and the Queens Council on the Arts announced the designation of the Kaufman Arts District, the first of its kind in the borough.

The Kaufman Arts District will span from 31st Street to the west, 34th Avenue to the north, Steinway Street to the east, and 37th Avenue to the south.

Vendors can apply to sell at the Astoria Flea at www.LICFlea.com. Updates are available through Facebook at www.facebook.com/AstoriaFlea and Twitter at @AstoriaFlea.





Found Footage Festival marks 10 years of laughs and VHS finds

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Photos courtesy of Nick Prueher

What began as a way to fight boredom in their small Wisconsin town more than two decades ago has turned into a full-time comedy career for Nick Prueher and Joe Pickett.

The long-time friends, now 38, started scouring second-hand stores for humorous and strange VHS finds as teens in 1991.

Among their early discoveries were a McDonald’s training tape and a Mr. T video for kids.

They started collecting more videos and holding screenings in Prueher’s parents’ living room.

In 2004, they transformed the pastime into the Found Footage Festival.

“The show hasn’t evolved much since the days in my parents’ living room,” said Prueher, a 15-year Long Island City resident.

They have amassed a collection of 5,000 tapes, found in thrift stores, garage sales and trashcans and around the country, which they keep in an LIC storage facility that is roughly the size of a “large living room.”

In their live shows, the comedy duo screen their latest VHS finds while providing commentary and “where-are-they-now” updates on the people in the tapes.

They are currently on a 120-city tour and will be celebrating the Found Footage Festival’s 10th anniversary this month.

“It was just an inside joke to us,” Prueher said of their beginnings. “What surprises us is that people continue to find this as funny as we do.”

The Found Footage Festival proved to be so successful that it became their full-time gig five years ago.

Prueher and Pickett make money from an old form of video despite living in the digital age, but they have also used the power of YouTube to grow their popularity.

A few years ago, they fooled their way onto several Midwest morning shows with a yo-yo expert called Kenny Strasser, played by their friend Mark Proksch. Videos of the appearances went viral online.

The men pulled off a similar prank again this past Thanksgiving. They faked their way onto more Midwest morning shows, with Prueher playing a leftovers expert named Chef Keith Guerke. His fake book, “Leftovers Right: Make a Winner of Last Night’s Dinner,” included recipes such as a mashed potato ice cream cone.

They held off posting the video until right before their tour started in early March. Prueher said he expected it to receive some hits, but didn’t imagine it would get 2 million views within 24 hours.

“We have ideas for the next one,” he said. “But we have to wait because everyone is on high alert now.”

The Found Footage Festival will be in Brooklyn on April 25 and in Manhattan on April 26. For tickets and more info, click here.



Easter fun at LIC Flea this weekend

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Photos by Bradley Hawks

The LIC Flea & Food is hopping with Easter fun this weekend.

The popular  Long Island City market is on its third successful weekend and continues to bring visitors a wide array of items for sale including food and drinks, collectibles, antiques, arts and crafts, fashion and more.

The past two weekends have seen many new faces of both vendors and visitors as the spring weather continues to shine in Long Island City.

The market is located at the outdoor lot by the western Queens waterfront at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue.

This weekend the LIC Flea will host an Easter egg hunt with prizes including money to spend at the market.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Applications are still being accepted for the new season by registering online at www.licflea.com.



Queens Taste returns April 29

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Photos courtesy Dominick Totino Photography

The Queens Economic Development Corporation (QEDC) wants more people to — literally — have a little taste of Queens.

The organization announced its Queens Taste 2014, the borough’s premier food and networking event, which will take place at the Sheraton LaGuardia East Hotel in Flushing on April 29.

As Queens is known for its vast cultures and diversity, foodies attending the event can expect dozens of vendors, serving everything from Mexican to Portuguese food, and a range that includes sweet, savory, crunchy and creamy. At $100 a ticket or $175 for two, people will have access to the food and the ability to network with hundreds of others.

“I look forward to Queens Taste all year,” said Seth Bornstein, QEDC executive director. “It is so fun on so many levels. The food. The drinks. The people. The venue. The celebration.”

Clients of Entrepreneur Space, a food and business incubator that the QEDC operates in Long Island City, will be on hand with artisan specialties, including gourmet cheesecake balls and designer meatballs. Long Island City’s SquareWine headlines a spirits group that includes Queens Brewery and Punzoné Vodka among others.

Besides the food, the QEDC and the Queens Historical Society will host a table dedicated to show memorabilia from the 1939-40 and 1964-65 World’s Fairs as the borough is celebrating the 75th and 50th anniversaries of the events.