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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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VIDEO & PHOTOS: George Clinton gets funky at Queensbridge Park performance


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

With the Queensboro Bridge as the backdrop, the “godfather of funk” took the stage at Queensbridge Park Wednesday during a night filled with laughter and dancing.

About a thousand people flocked to the Long Island City waterfront park, located along Vernon Boulevard, to catch George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic during a free performance as part of SummerStage’s 30th anniversary summer festival.

The group, which was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1997, performed classics such as “Give Up The Funk,” “Not Just Knee Deep,” “Maggot Brain,” “One Nation Under A Groove,” “Flashlight,” “Aquaboogie,” “P.Funk (Wants to Get Funked Up)” and many more.

Fans danced and sang along with the songs as Clinton jumped on stage with other group members.

Clinton has been referred to as one of the trendsetters of funk music and known for revolutionizing R&B during the ’70s. Parliament Funkadelic recorded three platinum albums and had over 40 R&B hit singles. Through the ’80s the group recorded as the P-Funk All Stars.


Wednesday night’s concert is part of a six-day festival taking place at eight local parks. The night before, Queensbridge Park presented the musical group Chi-Lites and on Thursday night it will host Large Professor (LP), a hip-hop songwriter, producer and DJ from Flushing, together with Marley Mark.

The performance was not Clinton’s first visit to Queens, as he came to the borough last October during a discussion and book signing event, for his memoir “Brothas Be, Yo Like George, Ain’t That Funkin’ Kinda Hard on You? : A Memoir,” at the Museum of the Moving Image in Astoria.


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Fundraiser featuring art by girl with cerebral palsy to take place at LIC Flea


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Photos courtesy of TJ Hodges

Long Island City will be coming together this weekend to celebrate a day filled with art and mingling, all for a great cause.

New York City-based events company Revolver Productions and the nonprofit Roses for Linda, which aims to help families with travel and medical expenses, is presenting the Roses & Rosé Summer Fundraiser Event on July 18 at the LIC Flea & Food, located at 5-25 46th Ave.

The charity event, which will run from 1 to 6 p.m., will raise money and bring awareness to families that have terminally ill loved ones and cannot travel to make that final connection with them.

According to Sasha Perelman of Revolver Productions, with this event they are aiming to create an environment where young entrepreneurs, business owners and professionals can get together, mingle and socialize while “celebrating a beautiful cause.”

She also added that they have received support from many local businesses and artists that will be dedicating their time on Saturday.

“The experience we had putting all of this together is really inspiring and moving and makes me feel like what I’m doing as an entrepreneur and small business is really helping out,” Perelman said.

Funds raised during the event will go to Roses for Linda, which was founded in 2011 by TJ Hodges after losing his loved one, Linda, to cancer. Family members could not afford to travel to see her before she died.

The event will feature live art created on site by artist Lynx Alexander, canvas photography by Amy McMullen’s D’Arte Collection, live poetry by Jeffrey Berg, a comedy performance by The Melting Pot Variety Show, original art by Jamie Stang Ellis, and more.

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Along with these activities, the charity will also include an auction of artwork featuring pieces from 4-year-old Lily Drake from Illinois. Lily was diagnosed with cerebral palsy when she was born and even though there were questions if she would be able to move, the toddler has shown she has a talent.

Hodges first heard of Lily through friends on Facebook and later reached out to her family to help them with expenses through Roses for Linda. He personally bought some pieces, and when he was contacted about doing a charity event, he knew he had to reach out to Lily’s family to ask if she could paint a few pieces to auction out.

“It was absolutely inspiring to see what she goes through,” Hodges said. “To just see the videos of her smiling with her art, to know that it helps not just with her morale but her muscle tone, is really inspiring.”

Although Lily’s family initially asked for the proceeds to go to families being helped through the nonprofit, Hodges said that any money raised from Lily’s pieces will go back to her family as a birthday present for Lily, who turned 4 on July 14.

For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, click here.

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Second LIC HENGE brings thousands to waterfront


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Photos courtesy of Mark Christie

As the sun set on Sunday, thousands in Long Island City were ready with their phones and cameras to capture the moment.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) hosted its second LIC HENGE on July 12, where visitors standing along the LIC waterfront were able to catch the sun setting as it aligned itself down 42nd Street in Manhattan.

HPPC held its first LIC HENGE event in May and after a positive response, decided to set up another night filled with fun and getting together with the community.

About 300 people showed up to the Sunday event, which took place at the LIC Landing, located at 52-10 Center Blvd.

Over 1,000 other people also lined up along the waterfront, according to Rob Basch, president of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy.

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“It was another wonderful night on the waterfront and the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy was grateful that many, so many members of the community were able to attend and enjoy the best waterfront parks anywhere,” Basch said.

Afterward, people took to Instagram to post their photos using the hashtag #lichenge.

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LIC Citigroup development site sells for $143M


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

A large site in Long Island City, owned by Citigroup, was sold last week to a Flushing-based developer for millions, according to a published report.

Citigroup sold the development site, north of One Court Square, to developer Jia Shu Xu of C&G Empire Realty for $143 million, The Real Deal reported on July 18.

In February, the site was reported to be up for sale and was estimated to go for $150 million.

The site is made up of nine parcels, located along 23rd Street between 44th Drive and 44th Road, each spanning 36,000 square feet.

The property has about 780,000 buildable square feet and most of the parcels are vacant, while others have industrial buildings. The zoning of the site allows for residential, office, retail and hotel space.

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Come to BORO Mag party and help out The Secret Theatre


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


It is time to party at the LIC Flea & Food.

BORO Magazine will be hosting a fun day of live music, food from more than 40 unique vendors and drinks from the all-Queens Beer Garden with the Long Island City community at the popular market, located at  5-25 46th Ave., on Saturday, July 25, from noon to 4 p.m.

Money raised during the party will go toward The Secret Theatre, a local nonprofit cultural institution located at 44-02 23rd St.

To join the party, at the entrance of the Flea there will be a pack of two raffle tickets sold for $10, and each additional raffle ticket will be $5. A free beer from the Beer Garden is included with each ticket purchase, and visitors get a chance to win prizes. Partygoers are asked to meet up at the Beer Garden .

Entertainment for the day includes live music and a DJ, cornhole and kayaking on the East River.

A rain date for the party is set for the following day on Sunday, July 26.

To RSVP email your full name to party@boromag.com and for more information visit LICFlea.com or boromag.com.

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Z NYC Hotel launches second annual rooftop yoga series in LIC


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Z NYC Hotel

BY MAUREEN MULLARKEY

Get ready to take your yoga to a higher level.

Z NYC Hotel is inviting guests to salute the city skyline during its second annual rooftop yoga series in partnership with yoga instructor Dina Ivas.

Participants will be guided through a dynamic Vinyasa-style yoga on the 14-story hotel rooftop, located at 11-01 43rd Ave. in Long Island City, while watching the sunset over the city skyline. Suitable for all levels and open to hotel guests and locals, the curriculum incorporates the unison of breath, movement, strength and flexibility, as well as stress-melting sequences that invigorate the body. Afterward, guests will enjoy complimentary skinny cocktails and light bites while enjoying the view.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Dina once again this summer,” said Lisa Gneo, director of sales and marketing at Z NYC Hotel. “Our rooftop yoga series last year was so successful that we have increased the number of classes from once a month to twice a month.”

Gneo added that the idea for the rooftop yoga series came from her having a healthy lifestyle and wanting to incorporate that into the hotel.

Along with providing the yoga classes, Gneo also hopes participants can sit and talk after the classes and network with new people.

“What better place to do yoga than on the rooftop? We wanted to create something different. When people come and see that view, they are just blown away,” Gneo said. “You do feel like it’s really intimate.”

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Yoga instructor Dina Ivas

Since 2002, Ivas has been leading yoga and fitness classes at some of the city’s top-rated fitness establishments. In 2010, she completed the 200-hour teacher training program at Sonic Yoga in Hell’s Kitchen. She currently teaches at Equinox Fitness Clubs and The Yoga Room, and also works privately with individuals and corporate clients.

Classes will be held at 7:30 p.m. on July 27 and Aug. 10, 24 and 31, weather permitting. A makeup class will be arranged if necessary due to weather. The hour-long sessions cost $35 per person.

Space is limited, so reserve your spot in advance by calling 212-319-7000 and ask to speak to reservations. There is a 24-hour cancellation policy. Complimentary transportation will be provided at 6:30 p.m. sharp from Manhattan at 59th and Lexington (in front of H&M).

For more information, visit www.zhotelny.com.

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Free summer festival featuring more than 60 performers coming to Astoria Park


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Photo courtesy of Astoria Music & Arts

Astoria Park will shine bright next month during a day-long festival featuring more than 60 live performers, visual artists and activities for all ages.

The nonprofit Astoria Music & Arts, which is committed to supporting the diverse artistic community throughout Astoria and Long Island City, will be holding the New World Queens Festival on Aug. 29 at Astoria Park.

From noon to 9 p.m., visitors will be able to enjoy the free event that will feature live music, visual arts, dancers, performance artists and interactive children’s events.

Music during the festival will include bossa nova, reggae, ska, R&B, rock, psychedelic, Americana, indie, funk, blue grass and Afro-Cuban.

“For over seven years, AM&A has brought music, art, dance, theater, comedy and film to the Astoria community, and this summer at Astoria Park we will be throwing the greatest music and arts festival in Astoria,” said Doris Cellar, director of operations for Astoria Music and Arts.

The festival, which is pet-friendly and will focus on eco-awareness, is also expected to feature a pie-eating contest by Astor Bake Shop, and a family fun dance party experience, sponsored by Little Club Heads, for children ages 1 to 12 and their parents.

Visitors will also be able to find a dance tent featuring Sol Dance Center, a puppet show by Wonder Spark from Raising Astoria, a giant Kaiju Big Battel monster and more.

For more information, email astoriamusicarts@gmail.com or visit www.astoriamusicandarts.org or www.facebook.com/Astoriamusicandarts.

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Get to know a local brewer at the LIC Flea this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/File photo

Visitors to the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will have the chance to win a free Citi Bike membership while also getting to know more about a local brewery.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will be debuting the first event of its “Meet the Maker” series, where visitors will be able to get to know local breweries and speak with the makers behind the product.

This weekend, Finback Brewery will be taking over the LIC Flea Beer Garden and the beer makers, along with the brewery’s owner and founder, will be on hand to share their brewing process and what makes Finback beer unique. Seven different Finback beers will be available to try this weekend.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden, exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut, will also now be a place for interactive games. Stop by the beer garden and try your hand at games such as Jenga, Connect Four or even supersized chess.

Citi Bike will also be offering free memberships to some lucky shoppers at the market this weekend as it gets ready to soon make its debut in Queens. Visitors are encouraged to stop by the LIC Flea table and ask about how they can win.

Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

THE COURIER/Photo by Cristabelle Tumola

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 damages from Superstorm Sandy caused a delay. Last October, the company announced that both LIC and Astoria would be part of a list of neighborhoods in the city that will be receiving the bike docking stations.

This weekend will also feature live music.

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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Behind-the-scenes look at LIC TV and film prop company


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THE COURIER/Photos by Angy Altamirano

Located inside a three-floor, 91,000-square-foot Long Island City warehouse lies a world only seen in movies or television.

Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. is one of the largest prop rental companies on the East Coast. It made the western Queens neighborhood its home about two years ago after moving from Manhattan, where it was founded and was housed for over three decades.

The company was started by Suri Bieler, who began her career as a prop person in theater. She decided she wanted to have a steady business rather than work as a freelancer, so she looked into prop renting.

She then realized that renting props did not work for theater because of various reasons such as no known end date for shows and even a superstition about renting props among the theater community. So instead, Bieler decided to go into renting for television and film, and with only $175 she began Eclectic.

“I realized I had to get huge overnight. Just because you have a name for a company doesn’t mean people want to use it,” she said.

A few years later she approached the owners of another prop company named Encore, which at the time was celebrating its 100th anniversary, and she purchased Encore, bringing along all of its props.

Since then Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. has grown into offering millions of items, big or small, that have been used in television shows, movies, off-Broadway shows and at parties.

“People don’t really think that a prop company exists,” Bieler said. “If it’s filming in New York we’re probably renting to them.”

As you walk through the building, located at 47-51 33rd St., you’ll find props organized in different sections based on themes and uses. There is a section for almost every region of the world such as Africa and Asia; there are categories for different kinds of television sets ranging from modern to vintage ones; and there’s a room dedicated entirely to toys from different time periods.

Almost every wall throughout the warehouse has paintings or different art pieces that can be rented, and there are also binders scattered throughout to help visitors get more detailed looks into various items, which are all individually bar-coded.

Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. offers items from large furniture pieces to even the smallest details that can be found in movies or shows such as small picture frames, vanity items such as perfume bottles or men’s shaving sets, and even paper that is thrown in drawers.

Bieler’s husband is responsible for the “free-flowing layout” of the facility and is also the owner and creator of “Monsterpalooza -The Art of Monsters,” a convention in Burbank, California, that promotes the artists who make the monsters in film.

“[I enjoy] just being able to help customers find all the pieces they are looking for and creating that world they want us to believe when we go to the movies because I do believe,” she said. “There’s a history they are trying to present. All the details of a life go into decorating for film, television, and even Broadway.”

The company also offers rooms for rent and recently opened up a studio available for photographers.

Some shows which the company has rented out props to include “Girls,” “Law & Order,” “Law & Order: SVU,” Netflix’s “Orange is the New Black,” “Sex and the City,” “The Good Wife” and “The Sopranos.”

Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. has also provided props for big motion pictures such as “A Beautiful Mind,” “Big,” “Carlito’s Way,” “Ghostbusters,” “I am Legend,” “Mr. Deeds,” “National Treasure,” “Night at the Museum,” the “Spider-Man” trilogy and “The Devil Wears Prada.”

“A business like this is never finishes. It’s always growing. It’s always a lot of fun,” Bieler said. “It’s an interesting way of collecting. I’m very lucky I made a business out of it.”

People can find every item available for rent at the warehouse on the company’s website and Bieler hopes to one day make the warehouse open to tours where visitors will be able to get an idea of the history of particular items and also who has rented them in the past.

Eclectic/Encore Props Inc. is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. For more information visit www.eclecticprops.com, or follow on Instagram.

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Astoria woman starts social media campaign to find beloved travel dinosaur ‘Walter’


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Photos courtesy of Tori Piper

One Astoria woman has turned to social media to find something that seems worthless but according to her has sentimental value.

The moment the sky over the Long Island City lit up with fireworks this weekend, Tori Piper’s heart sunk as she realized Walter, a dinosaur figurine that has been her travel companion for the past four years, was no longer with her.

Walter is a 3- to 4-inch-tall T. rex figure that was given to Piper as a present from a friend who knew of her love for dinosaurs. The Astoria resident has been collecting anything related to dinosaurs since she was a child.

During her first trip abroad to Russia during the winter Olympics, she decided to take Walter with her because he was small enough to travel with and helped her feel calm during the trip.

“It was my first time out of the country and I was really nervous. It was a whole new experience and I kind of needed a calming totem, something that I loved and could be with me. He was a little piece of home that was with me no matter what,” Piper said.

Since then, Walter and Piper have been inseparable, and Piper has even started an Instagram account documenting everywhere Walter has traveled. They have traveled to Russia, Ireland, and other parts of the United States, and the figurine even travels with Piper during her job in television and film.

“I can’t imagine traveling without him; I haven’t since I’ve had him,” Piper said. “When you travel you think, ‘Do I have my passport, the money that I need and my dinosaur?’ He is right there next to my passport.”

She even decided to take Walter along with her on July 4 to catch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks on the Long Island City waterfront. The last time she saw her beloved friend was at the LIC Flea & Food.

Once the fireworks started, Piper said she knew she had to get a photo with Walter, but she couldn’t find him. She tried to find him that day and even searched the area days after but still has had no success .

“I would have rather lost my phone or wallet,” Piper said. “You can’t replace him; he’s my little buddy.”

Piper added that a lot of people know how much Walter means to her and friends have started to spread the news on social media in hopes of finding the dinosaur. They have also been using the hashtag “#WheresWalter.” Piper said she hopes somebody picked Walter up and she is willing to trade another of her dinosaurs for him.

Walter is described as being light brown in color, 3 to 4 inches tall and the tip of his tail is broken off. Piper plans to head to the LIC Flea this weekend and also hand out fliers asking for help in finding him.

“Hopefully I’ll find him before that. I’m not stopping until he comes back,” she said.

If you have any information, email Piper at tori.piper@yahoo.com.

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Where to celebrate Bastille Day in Queens this weekend


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Aperitif Bistro

BY KELLY MARIE MANCUSO

Francophiles looking to indulge in French food and culture without the large city crowds can trade the Arc de Triomphe for the iconic Sunnyside Arch and celebrate Bastille weekend (July 11-12) in the heart of Queens.

Several Queens restaurants are holding early celebrations of Bastille Day, the holiday marking the start of the French Revolution on July 14, 1789.

One such location is the Tournesol Bistro Francais (50-12 Vernon Blvd. in Long Island City, off the Vernon Blvd./Jackson Ave. 7 train station). Tournesol (French for “sunflower”) serves up French favorites like quiche Lorraine ($9), salade Nicoise ($12), brie panini with apples ($9.50) and croque monsieur ($9.50), a decadent grilled ham and cheese sandwich with bechamel sauce.

Adventurous eaters can try the escargots l’estragon ($9.50), a dish of sauteed snails in tarragon sauce. The magret de canard ($22) features succulent duck breast with celery puree in honey sauce.

Tournesol boasts an extensive wine list categorized by region in France. The Cotes de Provence Cuvee du Cep d’Or, a refreshing rose wine, is perfect for summer afternoons ($8/glass).

To celebrate Bastille Weekend, Tournesol will host a free petanque tournament on Saturday, July 11, from noon to 8 p.m. Petanque is similar to horseshoes but is played with metal “boules,” or balls.

Francophiles can also head over to Sunnyside and celebrate Bastille Day at the Bliss 46 Bistro (43-45 46th St. off the 46th St. and Bliss St. station). Bliss 46 was voted Best French Restaurant in Queens for 2015 by Courier readers in the Best of the Boro competition. The family-owned establishment is run by owner Deodoro Monge and his daughter, Melissa.

Bastille Weekend revelers will want to try their classic coq au vin ($15), a savory chicken stew with red wine, bacon and mashed potatoes, or the steak d’onglet ($19) with garlic butter, vegetables and fries.

Those seeking classic French crepes can find them at Cafe Triskell (33-04 36th Ave. in Astoria off the 36th Ave. N/Q station).

Founded in 2007 by chef, owner and Bretange native Phillipe Fallait, Cafe Triskell offers several varieties of both sweet and savory crepes. Standouts include the French aged goat cheese and herbs crepes ($9), banana with chocolate jam ($6) and the poached pear with homemade chocolate sauce, toasted almonds and whipped cream ($8).

The final stop on the Queens Bastille weekend journey is Aperitif Bistro (213-41 39th Ave. in Bayside). Black and gold pinstripe banquets and vintage globe lanterns give this Queens eatery a French flea market flair.

At Aperitif, patrons can indulge on filet mignon sliders ($14), steak tartare ($17) and prosciutto and figs with blue cheese and pears in a balsamic reduction ($7). Mascarpone crepes with fresh fruit ($16) provide a sweet finish to this French feast.

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VIDEO & PHOTOS: Thousands flocked to LIC waterfront for Fourth of July fireworks


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Rafael Gonzalez/Video courtesy Mike Graver, IG: @jacksonheightsny

The Long Island City waterfront exploded with life this past weekend as thousands of people from near and far traveled to the neighborhood to catch the 39th Annual Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.

This year the fireworks — the nation’s largest Independence Day pyrotechnic display — were launched from two locations in the East River: in Midtown and within the South Street Seaport historic district.

As the light show made its return to Queens, Hunters Point South Park was used as Macy’s private viewing and NBC’s broadcast compound.

Although Hunters Point South Park was closed off to the public, spectators filled Gantry Plaza State Park to watch the fireworks light up the sky over the East River.

The big day also brought in big business for local establishments in Long Island City, as some venues — such as Penthouse 808, Riverview Restaurant/Lounge, Z NYC Hotel, and Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar — held events and specials to celebrate the Fourth of July.


The LIC Flea & Food also ran a Night Market, extending its house from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m., where visitors were able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden and purchase food from vendors.

“The Fourth of July is a day for family, friends and fireworks. It is also a day to celebrate the freedoms we have earned through our commitment to the Declaration of Independence that promises life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness to every American,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “Let us also rejoice in the special knowledge that in this nation each and every one of us is entitled to equal opportunity and equal protection under the law.

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Capture the second LIC HENGE this weekend


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THE COURIER/Photo by Katrina Medoff

Get your cameras and phones ready for that Kodak moment.

The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) will host its second LIC HENGE event on Sunday, July 12, where visitors to the Long Island City waterfront will be able to catch the sun setting as it aligns itself down 42nd Street in Manhattan.

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Courtesy of Hunters Point Parks Conservancy

HPPC held its first LIC HENGE event in May and after a large positive response from residents and visitors, the group decided to hold a second event to bring together the community during a night of food, music and a photo contest.

The event will take place from 7 to 10 p.m. at the LIC Landing, located at 52-10 Center Blvd. New and current members of HPPC will receive one free drink courtesy of LIC Landing, which will also be selling food and drinks.

As part of the event, HPPC will also hold a photo contest for the best “Henge Sunset” photo. To enter, participants should use the tag #LICHenge and a winner will receive a $50 gift certificate from LIC Landing.

Membership for HPPC is available for $20. For more information visit www.hunterspointparks.org.

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LIC’s Silvercup Studios to expand into Bronx next year


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With the film and television industry continuing to grow in the Big Apple, the city’s leading independent film and television production studio is making sure to keep up with the demand.

Silvercup Studios, located at 42-22 22nd St. in Long Island City, announced Monday it will be expanding into the Bronx with a $35 million project that will turn a modern warehouse into a 115,000-square-foot full-service production facility called Silvercup North.

The new building, located at 295 Locust Ave., will be Silvercup Studios’ third location and is expected to be completed by June 2016.

“For more than 30 years, Silvercup Studios has been an integral part of New York’s film and television production industry, which has never been more active that it is today,” said Alan Suna, Silvercup CEO. “The Bronx is undergoing a tremendous revitalization right now. We’re excited to expand our studios here as the industry continues to grow and to bring with it high-quality production jobs and the resulting benefits from having this production work remain in New York.”

Silvercup North will feature four production studios with 50-foot-high ceilings – the highest of any film or television production studio in the city. There will also be on-site shops, offices and other support space needed.

The $35 million project is also expected to bring about 80 to 100 construction jobs, along with later providing about 400 production industry jobs.

“The film and television industries have historically offered good jobs with pathways to success for New Yorkers, and the expansion of this thriving industry will be hugely meaningful for Bronxites,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The new facility is close by to several major expressways, the RFK (Triborough) Bridge and the 6 line.

“With additional studio space, more television shows and feature films that may have been filmed elsewhere can now take advantage of all the benefits of filming in New York,” said Stuart Suna, president of Silvercup Studios. “The central location and nearby access to highways and public transportation, as well as the incredible soaring ceilings at this Locust Avenue location will surely be a draw for producers. The height and size of these new sound stages will allow us to attract television and feature film work to New York that we have heretofore not been able to accommodate at our other facilities.”

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