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Longtime LIC residents to open cafe offering affordable eats and Greek treats

| amatua@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Terri Gloyd

A new cafe serving an eclectic mix of sandwiches, salads, homemade pies, Greek pastries and more will debut in Long Island City in mid-October.

Terri Gloyd and Annie Tsantes, the owners of the new LIC Corner Cafe, have lived next door to each other since the late 1980s. Tsantes, who has worked at Italian restaurant Manducatis Rustica in LIC for many years, lives upstairs from the soon-to-be cafe at 21-03 45th Rd.

Her brother owns the building, and when a Filipino grocery store housed at the site suddenly moved out overnight two years ago, Gloyd and Tsantes teamed up to brainstorm ideas to fill the vacant space.

“I approached her because I had been staring at the place forever and she told me she’s interested and that’s how it started,” Gloyd said. “I can’t even begin to tell you. It’s been a dream come true for the both of us.”

Gloyd previously worked for a wholesale Belgian chocolate line and also worked in corporate sales at Dean & Deluca. Though Gloyd and Tsantes are still experimenting with the menu, they’re certain that they will serve Toby’s Estate coffee, a roaster located in Brooklyn.

The cafe will serve a full espresso menu, cold-pressed coffee and the duo is even thinking of serving Greek coffee brewed the old-fashioned way―water and coffee grounds are poured into a vessel and heated when submerged into hot sand.

“We have filters on our coffee maker, on our espresso and ice machine,” Gloyd said. “They’ll make things really clean and the coffee is excellent. The quality will be high.”

Patrons will be able to choose from three sandwiches, including a prosciutto and avocado sandwich, and the specials will change frequently. For breakfast, they plan to serve a broiled egg, prosciutto and greens sandwich as an option. Gloyd also said they’ll look to serve small baguettes with butter or sharp cheddar for under $5 for a cheap lunch and the “highest quality breads.” Spinach and cheese pies from bakery Artopolis, which has Zagat-rated locations in Astoria and the Upper West Side, will be available along with salads and soups.

Gloyd said customers will also find a plethora of options for under $1.50, including rolls with herbed butter for a quick snack or breakfast.

The site, which Gloyd described as “warm and welcoming,” will seat 18 people. The space is 12 feet wide with exposed brick walls, tiled floors and arched windows. Pendants that hang from the counter were a gift from the owner of the Manhattan cafe Once Upon a Tart.

Gloyd said that the partners will soon decide the opening date and that finishing touches are being put on the place including the delivery of the espresso machine and back counter.

“It sort of has an old-fashioned feeling to it but the bright colors make it kind of modern,” Gloyd said.


G&M Realty to use 5Pointz name for new LIC residential towers: reports

| amatua@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The owners of what was once home to the iconic outdoor art exhibit 5Pointz – which has since been demolished completely – have reportedly announced that they will recycle the name for new residential towers taking its place.

Jerry and David Wolkoff of G&M Realty tried previously trademarking the name but the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office denied their request. A California-based real estate company had already trademarked the name.

However, they were able to register the name as a servicemark with the state, according to published reports.

The site, located at 45-46 Davis St. in Long Island City, will soon be the home of two $400 million luxury towers with 1,000 units divided between the two buildings.

A group of 5Pointz artists started an online petition earlier this year to stop G&M Realty from trademarking the name, saying the trademark would add to the “constant disrespect” shown by the Wolkoffs since the beloved site’s whitewashing in 2013.

A reserved graffiti space has been shown in a rendering released by G&M Realty and the Wolkoffs have said the new development will have art studios and walls specifically for artists to use as canvasses.

In June, nine artists who displayed their work on the former site filed a lawsuit in Brooklyn federal court, claiming that the property’s owner, Jerry Wolkoff, committed an illegal act by painting over their work without giving them enough warning to take it down and save it.


Participatory budgeting for District 26 to begin Thursday

| amatua@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

Residents in Woodside, Astoria, Long Island City and Sunnyside will get a chance to decide how more than $1 million in capital discretionary funding will be used to improve their communities.

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is hosting a kickoff party to celebrate the second year of participatory budgeting in his district. Last year, $1.5 million was used to upgrade the Long Island City Bikeway, purchase a van for seniors living at the Jacob Riis Settlement House and fund playground upgrades in the Queensbridge houses, among other projects.

The kickoff party will take place Monday night at the Sunnyside Community Services located at 43-31 39th St. at 6:30 p.m.

“Last year our participatory budgeting initiative delivered over $1.5 million in real results to neighborhoods throughout the 26th District. This year we are aiming to broaden our outreach efforts to all neighborhoods and build on the success we had in the initiative’s inaugural year,” Van Bramer said in a statement. “Participatory budgeting gives all New Yorkers the ability to participate in a grassroots process that has and will continue to successfully allow residents to allocate millions of dollars directly to the projects they love the most.”

Beginning Sept. 17, Van Bramer will host 10 neighborhood assemblies throughout District 26 to educate residents about the participatory budgeting process and allow them to propose capital projects to improve their neighborhoods.

The following locations will be used for the neighborhood assemblies:

  • Sept. 17, Christ Lutheran Church, 33-57 58th St., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 22, P.S./I.S. 78, 46-08 5th St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 24, Community Room, Big Six Towers, 59-15 47th Ave., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Sept. 29, Woodside Library, 54-22 Skillman Ave., Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 1, Broadway Library, 40-20 Broadway, Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 6, Sunnyside Library, 43-06 Greenpoint Ave., Sunnyside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 8, Long Island City Library, 37-44 21st St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 13, Woodside Houses Community Center, 50-19 Broadway, Woodside, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 15, Ravenswood Houses, 35-40 21st St., Long Island City, 6 to 8 p.m.
  • Oct. 20, Jacob Riis Settlement House, 10-25 41st Ave., Queensbridge, 6 to 8 p.m.


Four suspects wanted in LIC robbery

| asuriel@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of the NYPD

Police are asking for the public’s assistance in locating four suspects wanted in connection with a Long Island City robbery last week.

Police say the 30-year-old male victim was approached by the suspects at 6 a.m. on Sept. 6 in front of 36-17 34th St. in the confines of the 114th Precinct.

One of the suspects brandished a firearm while demanding property of the man, according to authorities. The thieves succeeded in removing jewelry and an iPhone from the victim before fleeing in their vehicle, a gray Nissan Altima.

Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call the NYPD’s Crime Stoppers hotline at 800-577-TIPS. The public can also submit their tips by logging onto the Crime Stoppers website or texting their tips to 274637 (CRIMES) then enter TIP577.


Welcome fall with Astoria Flea Night Market and LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo by Jill Lotenberg of Jill Photography

Summer has unofficially bid us adieu, but there is still time to enjoy some outdoor fun in both Long Island City and Astoria.

This Saturday, Sept. 12, visitors from near and far can take a trip to Astoria to celebrate the opening of the Astoria Flea & Food Night Market at Kaufman Astoria Studios, which announced it will be launching its all-Queens Beer and Wine Garden – which visitors have come to love at the LIC Flea & Food.

The night market will be open for three consecutive Saturdays in September including Sept. 12, 19 and 26. from 6 to 11 p.m. and will include the best in food and flea vendors, and live music.

This weekend also marks the start of fall at the popular LIC Flea & Food, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue. There are only eight weekends left of the outdoor season so don’t wait to visit the market and meet some of the new vendors, while also enjoying favorites from the 2015 season.

Visitors can enjoy treats such as delicious fries from Bulldog Burgery and Crafty Cue BBQ’s pastrami Ruben. Pick up some fall duds from Dutch Kills Klothing, SM Designs and baubles from Scripted by Design.

Guests can also cool off at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.


See It: Luxurious, spacious condo in LIC’s Factory House for $1.53M

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Boasting more than 1,300 square feet of living space, an apartment for sale at the Factory House in Long Island City offers potential buyers plenty of room just a stone’s throw away from Manhattan.

Listed by Douglas Elliman Real Estate for $1.53 million, the condominium within the brick, 10-story former industrial building at 42-60 Crescent St. features three bedrooms and two bathrooms along with brick interior walls, wood floors and large windows, offering visitors a gorgeous view of the nearby landscaped terrace.

Anyone looking for fresh air can also step onto a 240-square-foot balcony facing the terrace, making it a perfect place to read a book or enjoy a meal on a warm, sunny day.

The apartment features an open kitchen with red oak cabinets, a white Caesarstone countertop, stainless steel sinks and appliances including an electric stove. The bathrooms are equipped with Kohler tubs and Grohe faucets, complemented by Venetian bronze fixtures and porcelain tiles.

The owners won’t need to lug their clothes to and from the local laundromat, either, as the apartment comes with an in-unit washer and dryer.

Condo owners also have access to common areas including an on-site parking garage, a bicycle storage area, a fitness center, a children’s playroom and a library lounge.


Cops release security camera image of suspect in LIC caustic chemical assault

| rpozarycki@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of NYPD

Hoping to crack the case, the NYPD released on Thursday night a surveillance camera image of a man wanted in connection with last month’s assault on a Long Island City street that left a woman with chemical burns.

The picture shows the suspect from behind in the area of Skillman Avenue and 33rd Street on Aug. 19, when the assault took place.

According to authorities, the perpetrator — described as a black male believed to be 30 years old, standing 5 foot 8 inches tall with black hair and wearing a black T-shirt, black shorts and white sneakers — approached the 59-year-old woman as she entered her car at about 5:20 p.m.

The suspect asked her a question and when the woman turned around, he threw an unidentified, “acid-like” chemical in her face that had been contained within a coffee cup, police said. He then fled the scene.

The woman managed to enter her car and drive a few feet away before being overcome by the chemical. Paramedics rushed her to Cornell Medical Center for treatment of facial burns.

Anyone with information regarding the suspect’s whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 800-577-TIPS, visit their website or send a text message to 274637 (CRIMES), then enter TIP577. All calls and messages are kept confidential.


Saying goodbye to the summer at the Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


With the summer on its way out, visitors can say goodbye to the season while enjoying the LIC Flea & Food.

The popular Long Island City market, located at Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, is promoting the unofficial end to the summer and encouraging visitors to come say hello to the LIC Flea and celebrate Labor Day.

This weekend will be filled with a lot of fun activities at the market such as ping-pong, Jenga, oversized chess, cornhole and more.

Visitors can also shop, eat and drink items from the greatest vendors in New York City such as Rita’s Ices, Lizzmonade, Afishonado, Oconomi and more.

Guests can also cool off at the LIC Flea Beer Garden, the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

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.


Shipping service center affiliated with Amazon moving to Ridgewood

| agiudice@ridgewoodtimes.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Greiner Maltz

A major shipping provider is moving to Ridgewood as it expands its space in the borough.

LaserShip, a shipping service that distributes products for companies including Amazon, Staples and Office Depot, has agreed to leave their current location in Long Island City, and move into the larger warehouse at 16-70 Weirfield St., between Cypress and Wyckoff avenues, according to The Real Deal.

The Commercial Observer reported that the distribution company based out of Virginia has signed a 10-year lease to use the one-story, 40,800-square-foot warehouse in Ridgewood, giving it more than triple the space they had at the 36-01 47th Ave. location, which is a 13,000-square-foot warehouse.

The Ridgewood location is an ideal space for the distribution center, as it will place LaserShip between Brooklyn and Queens.

When contacted, LaserShip declined to comment.


Identify this place in Queens

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com


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

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




Lincoln Center Local to host silent disco in Long Island City

| rmackay@queensny.org

Photo courtesy of Jimmy Van Bramer's office

As home to Juilliard, Metropolitan Opera, New York City Ballet and the New York Philharmonic Orchestra, Lincoln Center frequently produces performances with inspiring music. However, the Manhattan-based arts organization is currently busy coordinating a major production in Queens that will feature dancing, synchronized beats and hip urban fashion, but there will be no sound.

On Thursday, Lincoln Center Local will present the second annual Silent Disco at Hunter’s Point South Park in Long Island City. Party-goers will put on wireless earphones and listen to live music by DJ Rimarkable and Eric Silvey Entertainment being broadcast via a radio transmitter. They will then be able to shake their groove things in the outdoor space, which is leased by LIC Landing by Coffeed, without bothering the neighbors. (The earphones are free, but a credit card or ID is needed to borrow them.)

A massive lesson on the Hustle and other smooth moves from the era will kick off the fun at about 6 p.m. If the weather is amenable, participants will boogie until 10 p.m. with stars above and the Midtown Manhattan skyline to the west. Organizers expect at least 1,200 attendees.

The term “silent disco” probably dates back to the 2005 Bonnaroo Music Festival in Tennessee, although the first headphones-only concert took place at the Chapter Arts Centre in Cardiff, Wales in 2000.


LIC apartment to set Queens record for most expensive: report

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of PropertyShark/Jenny Chao

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

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

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

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


LIC welcomes new dog run at Gantry Plaza State Park

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Photos courtesy of Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer's office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


A sweet weekend at the LIC Flea

By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of LIC Flea & Food

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

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

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

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

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

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

Image via Instagram/@LICFlea

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

Visitors enjoying the games or shopping around the market can also cool down at the LIC Flea Beer Garden — the only venue exclusively serving beers brewed in Queens from local breweries including Rockaway Brewery, Queens Brewery, Finback and SingleCut.

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

LIC Flea & Food runs every Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. through the end of October.

For updates on the LIC Flea & Food market, follow on Facebook.com/LICFlea, Instagram.com/LICFlea and @LICFlea on Twitter.


Immigration documentary on Flushing woman to be screened in LIC

| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Image courtesy of No Le Digas A Nadie

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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