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LIC, Jackson Heights highlighted in new ‘See Your City’ campaign

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Poster courtesy of NYC & Company

Two western Queens neighborhoods are part of a new campaign encouraging New Yorkers to stretch their legs and explore their own backyards.

NYC & Company, the official marketing, tourism and partnership organization for New York City, has launched a new promotional campaign, called “See Your City,” to motivate residents to explore the diverse neighborhoods found in all five boroughs.

The three-month promotional campaign will showcase 10 neighborhoods throughout the city including Jackson Heights and Long Island City.

“For visitors, a trip to New York City is a vacation for a lifetime. For a lucky 8 million, it’s just a subway ride away,” said Fred Dixon, president and CEO of NYC & Company. “We want to give New Yorkers a new perspective on the five boroughs. Start thinking of the more than 250 New York City neighborhoods as 250 opportunities to travel.”

Content featuring itinerary suggestions and video postcards will be included on NYC & Company’s website and five of the 10 neighborhoods, including Long Island City, will be promoted through custom illustrations inspired by vintage travel posters.

The LIC poster features an art piece at Socrates Sculpture Park overlooking the Manhattan skyline and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge.

“With See Your City, we were challenged with the task of selling New York City to New Yorkers, and our goal was to create inspiration to convince New Yorkers to explore their own backyards,” said Emily Lessard, NYC & Company creative director.

The See Your City campaign will be promoted through bus shelters throughout the city, posts on NYC & Company’s Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts, commercials running in city taxicabs, and through American Express’ digital channels.

Since Oct. 15, social media ambassadors have been promoting the program on Instagram through sharing images with the official hashtag #seeyourcity.

For more information and to check out the featured neighborhoods, visit www.nycgo.com/seeyourcity.


Beers and bites at last outdoor LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


The last outdoor weekend of the LIC Flea & Food will be delicious.

The popular Long Island City market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold a food event sponsored by Yelp called Beers & Bites.

During the event, LIC Flea food vendors will offer small bites of their products. Participating vendors of savory foods include Jessy’s Pastries, Nightingale Provisions, Southern Wheels Eats, the Bao Shoppe, Zha Foods, Huikai, Henio Foods, Butcher Bar, Café Patoro, Oconomi, El Jefe’s Nachoria and Love. Grit. Cook. Sweets vendors participating include Cassy’s Cookies & Cobblers, Jam Jar, Petoulda Bakery, Sweet Muse, Squish Marshmallows, Ice & Vice and Spoonful of Brownies.

The LIC Flea Beer Garden,, which is set up along the basin in the back of the market with views of the Manhattan skyline and outdoor seating, has selections from SingleCut Beersmiths, Queens Brewery, Finback Brewery and Rockaway Brewing Company.

This Saturday and Sunday are the last days the LIC Flea will be outside from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Starting on Nov. 1 the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will begin inside the warehouse attached to the original outdoor lot. The beer garden will remain open.

Even with the move indoors as the weather gets colder, the fun will continue with live music, DJs and pictures with Santa Claus.

The holiday market, which will mix LIC Flea favorite vendors with new faces offering local, handmade and uniquely curated items, will run every Saturday and Sunday through December 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.



Real estate roundup: Eight-story residential tower planned for downtown Jamaica, Queens eyed for juvenile offenders facilities

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of Christopher Bride/ PropertyShark 

Eight stories in downtown Jamaica

“Applications have been filed to begin construction of an eight-story and 31-unit residential building of 22,728 square feet at the vacant lots of 87-65 – 87-69 171st Street, in Downtown Jamaica; the site’s two-story predecessor was demolished in 2003, and M. S. Savani is designing.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

Two Queens neighborhoods being eyed for ‘limited secure’ facilities for juvenile offenders

“The city is searching for sites in Queens to place a “limited secure” facility for juvenile offenders, the News has learned. Sources said locations in South Ozone Park and Jamaica are being studied.” Read more [New York Daily News]

Checking in on Tishman Speyer’s Long Island City project

“28-18 Jackson Avenue, which is part of Tishman Speyer’s plan to bring approximately 1,600 residential apartments to Long Island City, is completely covered in pipe scaffolding now.Construction crews put the pipe scaffolding up with in the last two weeks, and a permit filed on September 11 calls for the full mechanical demolition of the building.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]


Cops looking for suspect in Long Island City department store groping

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A man groped a 55-year-old woman inside a Marshalls at a Long Island City shopping center on Saturday, according to authorities.

The suspect was inside the store on Northern Boulevard near 48th Street around 6:40 p.m. when he approached the victim, police said. He then touched her chest with both hands before fleeing the store.

Authorities describe the suspect as black, in his 20s, about 5 feet 8 inches tall and 160 pounds. He was last seen wearing red pants, a black T-shirt and tan boots, and was carrying a black book bag.

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.


Real estate roundup: 5Pointz moves to new demolition phase, 22-unit mixed-use building proposed for Astoria

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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Scaffolding up on Jackson Avenue side of former 5Pointz building

“Demolition has moved into a new phase at 45-46 Davis Street, the former home of 5Pointz. The last time we checked in, construction crews had erected fences on Davis and Crane Street. More recently, they put up the scaffolding on the Jackson Avenue side, shown in the first photo.” Read more [The Court Square Blog]

6-Story Mixed Use Building Proposed for 24th Avenue and 32nd Street

“In this new building, 19,837 square feet will be residential, 4,610 will be commercial, and the same amount will be a “community facility” at the address of 24-08 32nd Street.” Read more [We Heart Astoria]

Communitea Is Closing

“We learned yesterday that Communitea, the sweet little cafe on Vernon and 47th Avenue, is closing. October 26 will be their last day.” Read more [We Heart LIC]

Four bystanders shot outside LIC nightclub: NYPD

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Video courtesy of NYPD

Police are looking for two suspects in a shooting outside a Long Island City nightclub over the weekend that left four people injured.

The two suspects were outside of Allure Club and Lounge, at 33-02 Queens Blvd., around 10:45 p.m. Sunday when they both pulled out guns and started firing at each other, police said.

During the gunfire, a 37-year-old man was struck once in the chest, and a 19-year-old woman, a 28-year-old man and a 23-year-old man were each struck once in the leg, authorities said. Each victim went to area hospitals for medical treatment.

Police have released surveillance video of one of the suspects.

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.


LIC warehouse sells for $37M, demolition on the way

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Photo courtesy of Scott Binter/PropertyShark 

GDC Properties bought a warehouse in Long Island City that is ripe for development for $37 million, according to city records filed Monday.

The firm also applied for demolition permits with the Department of Buildings for the one-story 33,660-square-foot warehouse previously owned by Eunhasu Corporation. The warehouse is located at 11-22 45th Rd. in the Court Square area, which has seen numerous plans for development recently.

The property has 114,000 buildable square feet, according to The Real Deal.

Permits for a new building have not been filed at the site yet.


LIC startup offers independent musicians feedback from public

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Audiokite


Think music startups and you don’t usually think Queens. However, for Long Island City resident Alex Jae Mitchell, basing his business in Queens was a no-brainer.

“The low rent costs help me put everything I have into my business,” said Mitchell, 24, who moved here seven years ago from Washington, D.C.

That business is a website called Audiokite.com, a startup offering independent musicians feedback on their songs from the public. He founded the website six months ago and a month later launched out of a co-working space, Create NY Space.

Alex Mitchell Audiokite Headshot

Alex Jae Mitchell

“The way the music industry works, feedback comes down to being the opinion of the taste-makers, not what the public wants,” Mitchell said.

Audiokite uses Amazon’s Mechanical Turk service to bring independent musicians’ works to a section of the public for a review. The reviewers listen to the songs and then answer a questionnaire that is customized according to the needs of the musician. Their feedback helps musicians get a better idea of how their audience reacts to a song.

The song is evaluated on the basis of vocals, lyrics, beat, song structure and even the name of the song and the band name. Reviewers answer questions such as “How likely are you to stream this song?” and “How likely are you to attend a live show of the artist if they were playing in your area?”

“This is some measure of objectivity in a subjective field,” said Mitchell. “We are not saying a song is good or bad.”

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If a song does exceptionally well among the reviewers, then Audiokite, for no extra charge, will put the artist in touch with people in the industry who can offer them better opportunities.

“I have seen how difficult and unfair the industry is toward independent artists,” Mitchell said. He started his artistic career as an electric violinist and now works as an audio producer. “There is a huge base of talent and the artists are not being developed.”

Mitchell said that reaching out to audiences can be prohibitively expensive for independent musicians, but Audiokite makes it possible for them to get feedback at a far cheaper rate.

Being in Queens, instead of Brooklyn or downtown Manhattan, means he can keep costs low and “offer more value at lower prices to the musicians,” he said.“It helps us be fair to artists, which is important in a business like this.”



Real estate roundup: More homeless shelters to Queens, borough’s dining scene thriving

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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

City Plans Second Homeless Shelter in Rockaway, Local Pol Says

“Another homeless shelter will open in the next few weeks in Rockaway, the second to open on the peninsula this year, according to an elected official and the local community board.” Read more [DNAinfo]

Wanted: Gentrifiers for huge Long Island City warehouse

“Investors in a far-flung corner of industrial Long Island City are looking for a way to transform a 300,000-square-foot development site into a property that will raise its neighbors’ values.” Read more [The Real Deal]

The dining scene turning Queens into the new Brooklyn

“Brooklyn, once an affordable refuge for restaurateurs and diners creating and seeking culinary adventures, is losing its down-home charm. And Queens, long known for its cheap ethnic eats, is filling the gap. For the first time ever, four of its restaurants have won a coveted Michelin star, and there are plenty more contenders.” Read more [New York Post]

Pumpkins and more at LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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It’s time to celebrate Halloween at the LIC Flea & Food.

This weekend, attend the Long Island City market in your Halloween costume to get you a discount of $2 off your first beer. And that’s not all. The market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, is also hosting special events for children with prizes.

On Saturday, Oct. 18, adults can have a photograph taken of their children in their Halloween costumes for a chance to win exciting prizes. The contest is open for a limited time of two hours, starting at 10 a.m. On Sunday, Oct. 19, the competition is open only for costumed pets. Visitors who get their costumed pet photographed will be eligible for a prize. This contest is only open for a limited time, between noon and 3 p.m.

The main attraction, however, is a special pumpkin patch featuring Halloween pumpkins straight from the farm.

The regular vendors selling food, antiques, art, fashion and collectibles will also be at the market.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will run through the end of the year. The LIC Flea Beer Garden is open during the hours of operation of the flea market.

For more information visit www.licflea.com or www.facebook.com/licflea.


Man punches employee at Long Island City food store: cops

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Photo courtesy of NYPD

A man slugged a 65-year-old worker at a Long Island City food store last month while he was in the checkout line, according to police.

The suspect was in a checkout line of the ENC Market, a deli and grocery located at 5 Court Sq., at about 10:50 p.m. when he asked the victim for the phone number to a car service, authorities said. The store employee told the suspect he did not have a number and continued about his business.

Police said the suspect then became upset and punched the employee in the face, causing swelling to his left cheek and eye.

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.


Report: LIC land prices nearly hit $300 per buildable square foot

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Chart courtesy of Modern Spaces

Soaring land prices in Long Island City are hitting record highs for the neighborhood, according to the Moderns Spaces 3Q report released Thursday.

The price per buildable square in LIC jumped to an unheard of $250-$300 in this past quarter for some properties, the report said. The average land prices are above $200 in prime areas.

The price surge is mainly due to the demand for bigger projects aimed at larger family-size apartments, according to the report.

“The properties that are being acquired at those price points will most likely all be condos as they don’t make financial sense as a rental product with that high of a land base,” the report said. “But as condo prices rise in Manhattan and in Brooklyn, it’s naturally going to drive the buyer who is getting priced out of the areas to Long Island City or Queens as a whole.”

Meanwhile, for commercial and investment properties, the report found that in south Long Island City — areas near the waterfront, Hunter’s Point, Court Square, and Queens Plaza — land values eclipsed an average of more than $200 per buildable square foot and some properties have hit prices almost as high as $300.

But Modern Spaces predicts this trend will not continue.

“Despite demand being as strong as it has ever been, we predict the market will level in the $225 – $250 per buildable square foot range depending on exact location,” the report said.

Although land prices in Astoria have not hit an average of $200 per buildable square foot yet, not to be left too far behind, land prices in the neighborhood doubled in the past year with some properties eclipsing $200 per buildable square foot, according to the report.




7 train weekend service suspensions continue through the fall

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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

No. 7 train riders will not get any relief as service disruptions continue starting this weekend.

The first of five planned service suspensions for the line this fall between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square will start on Saturday, Oct. 18, according to the MTA.

This weekend, October 18-20 and the weekend of October 25-27, 7 trains will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 2:00 a.m. Saturday, through 5 a.m. Monday.

During the weekends of November 8-10, November 15-17, and November 22-24, service will be suspended between Times Square-42 St and Queensboro Plaza in both directions from 11:30 p.m. Friday through 5:00 a.m. Monday.

The E, F, N, Q and S lines, and free shuttle buses will provide alternate service.

During the service suspensions, the MTA is advising customers to use the E, F, N or Q trains to travel between Manhattan and Queens. They can transfer between the 7 and E, F and R trains at 74 St-Roosevelt Av. Q service will be extended to and from Astoria-Ditmars Boulevard on Saturday from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. and on Sunday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Free shuttle buses will operate between Vernon Boulevard-Jackson Avenue and Queensboro Plaza, making stops at Hunters Point Av, Court Sq and Queens Plaza.
In Manhattan, the 42 St S shuttle will also operate throughout the weekend from 12:01 a.m. Saturday night, to 6:00 a.m. Monday morning.

As another alternate, the Long Island Rail Road will cross honor and will accept displayed MetroCards from customers traveling in both directions between Penn Station and Woodside.

The suspensions are just the latest in a number of service disruptions along the same portion of the line that have taken place during the weekend this year and during many in past years, upsetting residents and business owners in the Long Island City area.

“The ongoing work on the 7 remains absolutely critical to the line’s reliability, safety and longevity. We understand that these service disruptions are inconvenient to the customers who depend on the 7 train and we appreciate their patience,” said MTA NYC Transit President Carmen Bianco in a statement. “When completed, this work will result in a more reliable subway line with the ability to run more trains and improve performance for growing neighborhoods in Queens.”



Real estate roundup: Worst landlords in Queens, new 11-story Elmhurst building revealed

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Photo courtesy of Scott Bintner/ PropertyShark

Sunnyside building winds up on ‘Worst Landlord Watch List’

“New York’s annual “Worst Landlord Watch List” was released last week and it included a poorly-run building in Sunnyside and one in Woodside. The list, released by Public Advocate Letitia James, reported that the third worst building in Queens—in terms of violations—is located at 43-15 46th Street.” Read more [Sunnyside Post]

Revealed: 70-32 Queens Boulevard, Elmhurst

“The new 69-unit residential building at 70-32 Queens Boulevard, in Elmhurst, is being designed by Flushing-based architect Michael Kang. It will include about 55,000 square feet of residential space, with all apartments around 800 square feet in size. In most of the city this would mean rentals, but these will simply be small condos, as is common in New York’s Chinese neighborhoods.” Read more [New York YIMBY]

Planned Parenthood Is Expanding to Queens

Planned Parenthood’s abortion services have made it the target of national activism and federal budget cuts. But in spite of vocal opposition elsewhere, the organization is about to expand in New York City, breaking ground Thursday on its only center in Queens.” Read more [New York Times] 

Astoria Cove criticizers hosting another City Hall rally ahead of Council meeting

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Rendering courtesy of STUDIO V Architecture

Opposition to the Astoria Cove development isn’t going down without a fight as a City Council meeting for the project draws near.

Build Up NYC, which advocates for building service workers union 32BJ, is hosting a rally against the development outside City Hall on Wednesday at 4 p.m.

Hundreds of construction and building maintenance workers and Astoria residents are expected to turn out, hoping to urge the Council to vote against the land-use application for the project as it currently stands.

The Council is set to hold a review session on the project on Monday, Oct. 20, in the Subcommittee on Zoning and Franchises.

The advocacy organization believes the plan does not offer enough affordable housing and is also fighting for more jobs for unionized workers. The project calls for 345 units or 20 percent of the 1,723 dwellings to be affordable housing.

Despite Community Board 2 and Borough President Melinda Katz also opposing the project because of the lack of affordable housing, the City Planning Commission gave the project the green light last month with a majority vote.

Councilman Costa Constantinides reportedly agrees the project needs more affordable housing and that some of the low-income apartments are too expensive.