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Furniture at the Flea


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Visitors at the LIC Flea & Food this weekend will be able to find the perfect pieces to fill their homes.

The popular Long Island City flea market, located at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will hold a Furniture Flea on Saturday, Aug. 9, where vendors will offer an array of handmade, repurposed and vintage furniture pieces.

One of the vendors, G Design by Frank Gabrielsen, fabricates industrial style furniture for both the home and office. Pieces, created using reclaimed or new wood or metal, include coffee and conference tables, mirror and bed frames, and much more. Custom work is also available. For more information visit GDesignsLtd.com.

Another vendor, John J. Fondrisi or, as he’s affectionately known, “JJ,” has created an inspired brand by incorporating original fashion drawings by his grandfather Joseph Fondrisi from the Roaring ‘20s along with old black-and-white photos of his grandparents’ friends and family enjoying life during simpler times. JJ has also curated vintage home decor items, such as vintage barware, glasses and accessories as well as a few select refurbished and re-purposed midcentury antiques.

Other vendors include Valeria Munoz, and Robert Kelly of 30westvintage.blogspot.com.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman Astoria Studios will only be opened for four more Sundays at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue.

The flea market offers the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more.

Initially the Astoria Flea was expected to run for eight consecutive Sundays starting in May, but it now will stay open until Aug. 31.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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Rural Route Film Festival to celebrate 10 years in NYC


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Photo courtesy of Antipode Films

One international film festival is celebrating its 10th NYC extravaganza with a weekend bash in Astoria.

The Rural Route Film Festival, organized by Astoria-based filmmaker Alan Webber, is marking a decade of showcasing international films that transport viewers beyond city life and into rural, country scenarios.

The event began in 2003, and through 2008-2009 Webber traveled around all the seven continents presenting the festival and its films.

“When Elephants Walk, the Grass Gets Beaten” (Photo courtesy of Silent Land)

This year’s anniversary celebrations will start on Friday, Aug. 8, and go on until Sunday, Aug. 10, at the Museum of the Moving Image, located at 36-01 35th Ave.

One of the themes for the festival this year, which will showcase five features and 11 short films, is the ancient pagan cultures of Eastern Europe. Films include those from Ukraine, Russia, Slovenia, Hungary, Somaliland, the United Kingdom and United States.

“I’m so proud the festival has been going this long,” Webber said. “Our 10th annual is not what I would’ve originally expected, with a wild sort of pagan theme, but the content is even better, and so much fun that I can’t wait to take it in myself.”

Select screenings will also be accompanied by appearances from filmmakers and live music.

For more information and a full schedule of the entire screenings, visit www.ruralroutefilms.com.

“Alan Webber has put together a truly dazzling and spectacular program of films for the 10th edition of the Rural Route Film Festival,” said David Schwartz, chief curator at the Museum of the Moving Image. “The selection of new and classic films and music will truly transport the audience.”

“Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors” (Photo courtesy of Kino-Lorber)

The festival will conclude on Aug. 10 with a closing night program at the Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm located at 37-18 Northern Blvd. in Long Island City.

Tickets for each program at the museum are $10 for the public and free for museum members. A $27 festival pass for all screenings is also available. Advance tickets and passes are available at movingimage.us or at 718-777-6800.

 

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Report shows size of LIC homes shrinking, prices rising


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Chart courtesy Modern Spaces

Long Island City home sizes are shrinking, but the prices are not.

A report by residential brokerage firm Modern Spaces shows that while the average square footage of apartments of new developments are decreasing in the burgeoning neighborhood, the average price per square foot is rising.

In LIC, the average apartment size in new developments has decreased 41 percent from Q1 2013 to just 828 square feet by the first half of 2014. But during that same period, the average price per square foot of homes in the neighborhood has risen 23 percent from $768 to $944.

Despite the rising prices, Eric Benaim, founder and CEO of Modern Spaces, said the decreasing sizes are actually helping to keep prices from skyrocketing in the community.

“Demand for new homes is very high in Long Island City and Astoria and we are seeing an increased number of developments in both areas,” Benaim said. “In Long Island City, developers are building more efficiently-sized residences, helping to keep overall home prices down. This trend is helping to differentiate Long Island City from the rest of the New York market. People can buy beautiful new homes in a prime location with incredible amenities without over-the-top home prices.”

The report also found the trend of rising prices in Astoria. Average price per square foot for new homes jumped to $820 per square feet by the first half of 2014, up 32 percent from Q1 2013, when it was $619.

 

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Rendering for Long Island City office building conversion released


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Rendering courtesy Avinash K Malhotra


Meadow Partners released a rendering of its conversion of a Long Island City building on 42-15 Crescent St., which is set to be completed next year.

The building, which is being designed by Avinash K Malhotra Architects, was an office and retail structure that was bought by Meadow in December 2012 for $19 million, according to the Commercial Observer.

The structure will expand from its current nine stories to 11, according to Department of Buildings filings, and is expected to include 124 residential units and retail space on the ground floor.

 

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LIC Flea crowns winners of first Favorites Food Festival


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

The LIC Flea & Food was filled with winners this past weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market, held every Saturday at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, hosted the first Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival, bringing the best food vendors from the market.

During the festival, vendors received “Flea Favorite” awards based on votes by a panel of judges and visitors to the market as well.

Judges included Bradley Hawks, editor-in-chief of BORO Magazine; Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; NY1 reporter Arlene Borenstein; and bloggers Layla Khoury-Hanold of “A Glass of Rose” and Karen Siegler of “Markets of New York City.”

Husband and wife duo Chimere and Norbert Ward of Clean Plate Co. took home the “Food Vendor Winner,” Megan Griffey of Frittering Away was selected as “Beverage Vendor Winner,” and Ice & Vice was crowned “Dessert Vendor Winner” after wowing judges with its ice cream sandwich.

Visitors to the Flea on July 26 selected Drink More Good as the winner of “Visitor Favorite.”
Below we take a quick look into each of these winning vendors and see what makes them shine.

Clean Plate Co.

Chimere and Norbert Ward, the husband and wife duo behind Clean Plate Co., say they are still feeling the shock after taking home the “Food Vendor Winner” during the first annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival.
Saturday, July 26, was their last day participating in the LIC Flea and the Astoria Flea & Food at Kaufman

Astoria Studios for the season and they served the panel of judges their signature dishes of smoked gouda mac and cheese and shrimp and grits.

“There were so many vendors,” Chimere said. “We didn’t think that was going to happen at all, we just weren’t prepared for that.”

Clean Plate Co., which this season has participated in the Astoria Flea, specializes in seasonal comfort & artisan preparation. The Ridgewood couple uses local ingredients and has vast knowledge and experience in various cultural cuisines.

“The flea by itself is just a great place,” said Chimere, who hopes to come back to the market during the holidays. “With so much great food out there, we are fans of the other vendors, we built a family with the other vendors.”

The couple also caters cocktail parties, private dinners and intimate affairs. They’ve also partnered with many other unique New York City businesses and venues for fabulous food events.

Frittering Away

Megan Griffey of Frittering Away was awarded as “Beverage Vendor Winner” for her reinvention of the lemonade stand.

Frittering Away, vendor at both the LIC and Astoria Flea, started out by refreshing customers with their original flavor, Strawberry Basil Lemonade. Then, the specialty drink maker shook it up with Watermelon Jalapeno Limeade. Last fall, as the leaves changed and thoughts went to warming, soothing beverages, Ginger Lemonade emerged. Frittering Away lemonades are made in small batches with fresh, seasonal produce.

Ice & Vice

Offering the judges their delectable ice cream sandwich, experimental ice cream pop-up shop Ice & Vice took home “Dessert Vendor Winner.”

Ice & Vice can be found at the LIC Flea on Saturdays and at Astoria Flea on Sundays, so stop by for a sweet treat to cool you down on a sunny day of exploring the flea. The shop handcrafts ice cream, sorbet and frozen yogurt in small, customized batches. Unique flavors include Crack-o-Lantern (pumpkin seed oil and crystallized ginger), Movie Night (buttered popcorn, toasted raisin, dark chocolate flakes) and American Beauty (creme fraiche and rose petal jam).

Drink More Good

Jason Schuler founded Drink More Good with one goal in mind — to make this world a better place.

This past Saturday, visitors at the LIC Flea believed he was doing just that and voted to have him awarded as the “Visitor Favorite Winner.”

Drink More Good’s syrups are small-batch, thoughtfully crafted, and handmade with locally sourced and organic ingredients. The syrups can be used to make homemade sodas that have 50 percent less sugar and calories than mainstream sodas and have no high-fructose corn syrup and or preservatives. The syrups can also be used as cocktail mixers.

 

A FLEA HUNT

Guests at the LIC Flea & Food are going to have to put on their hunting hats this weekend.

The popular Long Island City flea market will be hosting The Great LIC Scavenger Hunt on Saturday, August 2, from 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The scavenger hunt will take place within the flea market as well throughout the western Queens neighborhood.

To participate and compete to win some great prizes, guests must sign up online at licflea.com.

Teams, which will have different names, should be between two and six hunters, and participants should bring a camera.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food is offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Local art groups will be represented at the Astoria Flea.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue until Aug. 31.

 

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Man charged in robbery of 90-year-old outside LIC supermarket


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Photo courtesy of NYPD


Police have arrested a suspect who is accused of grabbing a 90-year-old man outside of a Long Island City supermarket and making him drive to ATMs to withdraw money.

Wade Hairston, 28, of Astoria, has been charged with robbery, criminal obstruction of breathing, unlawful imprisonment and harassment in the July 22 incident, cops said.

The victim was walking to his car outside of the Stop & Shop on 48th Street at about 10:45 a.m. that day when the suspect grabbed him by the neck, police said.  The suspect then told him to hand over his wallet and demanded his PIN number before forcing the victim drive to two locations, where he took out cash from ATMs.

 

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MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers save residents from LIC blaze


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Photo courtesy of MTA / Oscar Gonzalez


Two MTA Bridge and Tunnel officers were injured after helping rescue more than a dozen people from an early morning fire at a Long Island City apartment building.

Sgts. Kris Owens and Paul Leggio were preparing for a security checkpoint at the Queens Midtown Tunnel administration building Wednesday when they saw flames and smoke at the rear of an apartment building  just two doors away, the transit agency said.

A two-alarm fire had broken out just after 6:30 a.m. in a four-story dwelling at 10-39 51st Ave.

Owens and Leggio, together with Sgt. Jacinth Thomas and Officers Joseph Vasquez, Ronald Linck, Steven Wall, Dave Rivera and James McGuigan, sprung into action and decided to check to see if anyone was trapped in the blaze.

“We saw heavy flames and smoke as we approached, and we started knocking on doors and kicking doors to get the people out,” Owens said. “Everybody seemed to be sleeping and disoriented, and some people came out in their nightclothes.”

After safely removing more than a dozen people from the building, the officers also evacuated residents from the apartment buildings on both sides of the fire, according to the MTA.

“Within a few minutes we had the building cleared. We got everybody out safely. I’m glad we were there,” Owens said.

Vasquez and Linck were injured while evacuating residents and were taken to Bellevue Hospital for treatment of cuts, bruises and smoke inhalation, the MTA said. Five firefighters were also hurt in the blaze, according to the FDNY, but no civilian injuries were reported.

“Our Bridge and Tunnel Officers work around the clock to protect our customers from hazards of vehicular traffic, but when they saw lives at risk off our property, these brave officers did not hesitate to plunge into danger to save them,” MTA Chairman and CEO Thomas Prendergast said. “I’m proud of their selfless actions to protect the public.”

 

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LIC loses some free Wi-Fi hotspots amid bankruptcy scandal


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Long Island City has lost some of its connection.

Spain-based Wi-Fi provider GOWEX, which was announced last year as one of the organizations that would help bring free Wi-Fi access throughout the city, has filed bankruptcy and had “dozens” of its hotspots go offline, according to the New York Post.

Some of the hotspots include areas in Long Island City, the Bronx and Staten Island, the Post said.

According to the Post, analysts at Gotham City Research posted in a July 1 report that GOWEX had lied about the size of its contract with the city’s Economic Development Corporation, claiming it had 100,00 hotspots throughout the world, when it actually had about 5,000.

Founder and CEO of GOWEX, Jenaro Garcia resigned after he admitted he inflated the revenues, according to the Chicago Tribune.

When it was announced last year, GOWEX was expected to help bring free Wi-Fi access to the Long Island City area with the network being installed along the Vernon Boulevard, Jackson Avenue and Queens Plaza commercial and retail corridors.

GOWEX had a contract with the EDC worth $245,000 and it has paid the company about $185,000 so far, according to published reports. The contract with GOWEX runs through September 2016.

 

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First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival this weekend


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Photo by Bradley Hawks

The Long Island City waterfront will be filled with celebrations this weekend.

The popular LIC Flea & Food, held every Saturday at the outdoor lot on the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue, will host the First Annual LIC Flea Favorites Food Festival, bringing the best food vendors from the market.

Such vendors include Oconomi, Jessy’s Pastries, Butcher Bar, Arborio King, Tea + Milk, Drink More Good, Frittering Away, ChocoToy, Ice & Vice, The Sugar Boutique, Ice Riders and Mom & Popsicles.

During the festival, vendors will receive “Flea Favorite” awards based on votes by a panel of judges and visitors to the market as well.

Judges include Bradley Hawks, editor-in-chief of BORO Magazine; Rob MacKay of the Queens Economic Development Corporation; NY1 reporter Arlene Borenstein; and bloggers Layla Khoury-Hanold of “A Glass of Rose” and Karen Siegler of “Markets of New York City.”

Visitors to the Flea on July 26 will be able to select their favorite vendors to win the LIC Flea Favorites Visitors Choice Award.

LIC Flea & Food is open every Saturday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

In Astoria, the Astoria Flea & Food is offering the best in food, drinks, antiques, clothing, art, accessories and much more. Local art groups will be represented at the Astoria Flea.

The market is open every Sunday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the outdoor backlot of Kaufman Astoria Studios at 36th Street and 35th Avenue, every Sunday until August 31.

For more information visit www.licflea.com.

 

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Queens filmmaker co-creates first ‘TV series’ made exclusively for Instagram


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Photos courtesy of “Artistically Challenged”

A Queens man and his fellow filmmakers are hoping their “TV series” is an Insta-nt hit.

Artistically Challenged,” the first “TV series” written, directed, shot and formatted specifically for Instagram, launched on July 1, with seven episodes. Rego Park resident Aleks Arcabascio, and co-producers and co-writers Samuel Delmara and Jeremy Boros, are releasing an episode each day until the end of the month, when all 32 videos will be available on the photo sharing app.

“Instagram is where my friends and family my age spend so much of their time and attention anyway and if that’s where the eyeballs are at, why not make something for them?” Arcabascio said.

The series, shot over two weeks in more than 20 locations throughout New York City, including several in Queens, surrounds the story of Nick Romaine, played by Boros. Romaine is a struggling young artist “who tells a small lie and becomes an overnight celebrity only to find that his success comes with a hefty price.” Among the crazy characters that Romaine meets are powerful players in the New York art world, and the series examines the fine line between art and trash, according to the creators.

One of the biggest challenges for the writing trio was penning the series within Instagram’s 15-second video time limit.

They saw an advantage, however, in the platform’s ability to share content, and tag the entire series with the account name.

“The ultimate compliment is that people are sharing [the show],” Delmara said.

The filmmakers also had to work with a 640-by-640 pixel square screen to fit the smartphone format.

Queens resident Aleks Arcabascio (right) helps set up a shot while directing “Artistically Challenged.”

Arcabascio, who also co-directed “Artistically Challenged” with Delmara, compared the “minimalist storytelling” process to making a silent film.

“A lot of what we knew about film grammar got thrown out the window when we understood the time and space we had to use,” he said.

Filming was made easier by their volunteer crew and others who helped them along the way, including those who lent them spaces to shoot scenes.

One of those locations was Arcabascio’s parents’ Long Island City pizzeria, An Italian Affair, where they filmed episode 2. Episode 21 was shot in the Astoria dentist office of his father’s friend.

His parents also own Redken Saloon Salon in Astoria, and the place was used as a home base when filming the dentist scenes. The salon is also where Arcabascio honed his filmmaking skills. As a young boy he would make flip books out of Post-it pads when he would help sweep hair off the floor for tips on Saturdays.

Arcabascio, who was born in Whitestone and moved to Long Island as a child, turned to animation in middle school and soon discovered video. Shortly after graduating from NYU in 2012, where he studied film and television, he settled in Rego Park. Since that time has kept busy with several production, writing and directing projects, including creating the web series “The Four Thirty in the Morning Show.”

He would like his future filmmaking plans to include another season of “Artistically Challenged.”
Arcabascio also hopes their endeavor will inspire similar Instagram creations.

“The limits are pretty concrete, but the possibilities are endless,” he said. “I can’t wait to see where it goes and I’m glad we’re a part of that.”

Episodes of “Artistically Challenged” can be viewed on Instagram at @actheseries.

 

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Cops searching for Queens serial bank robber


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Photo courtesy of NYPD


Police are looking for a suspect wanted in five bank robberies and two attempted heists around Queens over the past two years.

The latest incident occurred on Tuesday around 4:30 p.m. at a Santander Bank on Northern Boulevard in Jackson Heights, cops said. During the robbery, the suspect passed a demand note but left without any money.

The other robberies, which date back to July 2012, took place in the Long Island City, Astoria, East Elmhurst and Middle Village areas of the borough, officials said. In the suspect’s most successful theft, on Dec. 12, 2012 at a Chase Bank at 77-01 31st Ave., he fled with $12,400, cops said.

Police describe the suspect as Hispanic, 30 to 35 years old, 6 feet tall and 200 pounds. He was last seen wearing a baseball hat with a New York Yankees symbol on the front, a button down short sleeve shirt, tinted eyeglasses and a black wrist watch on his left wrist, and had a light beard connected to a goatee.

Authorities have released a photo of the suspect from the July 22 attempted robbery and a June 7 robbery at a Chase Bank at 77-01 31st Ave.

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 comedy club founder hosting new Fox stand-up show


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Photo by Adam Teixeira

A Queens native and founder of a Long Island City comedy club is bringing his years of experience producing laughs to a new show on Fox next month.

Steve Hofstetter, 34, who is in the process of selling the Laughing Devil Comedy Club on Vernon Boulevard to concentrate on his TV endeavor, is the host and executive producer of “Laughs,” a highlight reel show for stand-up comics.

Hofstetter started doing stand-up comedy at 13 years old to impress a girl. Though he failed to get the girl, he found a life-long passion for humor.

After college, he started performing in and producing stand-up shows, eventually making a full-time career out of comedy.

In late 2011, he opened the Laughing Devil Comedy Club when he realized there were no comedy clubs in Queens.

“Why not support the community that you actually live in,” the former Long Island City resident said.

A writing opportunity led him to move to L.A. about a year and half ago, and he and the Laughing Devil’s co-owner decided to put their business up for sale last summer. But Hofstetter ultimately decided to buy out his partner.

With “Laughs” set to premiere for a 13-week test run on August 2, he is now finalizing the club’s sale to the team behind The Stand, a Manhattan comedy club, which has been running Laughing Devil for the past couple of months, he said.

“I can’t imagine a bigger opportunity,” Hofstetter said about the show. “It’s one of those things where you think you’ve made it but you aren’t sure yet.”

Each week, “Laughs” will feature stand-up comics from around the country, compiled from clips sent to the show and showcases set up by comedy clubs. As host, Hofstetter introduces the clips to a live audience at The Laughing Derby in Louisville, Kentucky, one of three comedy clubs of which he is a managing partner, and provides humorous commentary. Each clip will include the comic’s Twitter handle and where to see the person live.

“This is going to be catch-your-breath funny,” Hofstetter said. “We are really going to introduce the world to some great comics.”

To mark the show’s debut, there will be a red-carpet premiere party at the Laugh Factory in L.A.
Hofstetter remembers growing up in Briarwood and watching “Comic Strip Live” on Fox, which was taped live from the Laugh Factory.

“It’s a wonderful way to go full circle,” he said.

“Laughs” will premiere on Saturday, August 2, in select cities, including in New York at midnight on Fox, and Sunday, August 3, on My9 at 11 p.m.

 

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Long Island City robber forces 90-year-old to drive to ATMs: cops


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Photo courtesy of NYPD


A robber grabbed a 90-year-old man in front of a Long Island City supermarket last week and forced him to drive to two ATMs to withdraw cash, police said.

The victim was walking to his car outside of the Stop & Shop on 48th Street at about 10:45 a.m. on Friday when the suspect approached him, cops said.

The suspect grabbed the man by the neck and told him to hand over his wallet. He then demanded the victim’s PIN number and made him drive to two locations, where he took out money from ATMs, according to police.

Authorities said the suspect is in his 30s and has braids.

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.

 

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Queens natives start ‘non-touristy’ food tour of borough


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Photo Courtesy of Richard Mumith

The founders of a new walking food tour, which is making its start in Long Island City, are looking to prove that Queens is the “king of the boroughs.”

Queens natives Richard Mumith and Sergey Kadinsky started the company Locals Finds Queens Food Tours to share their love for the diverse borough and bring tourists across the East River.

“We essentially started up for the tourists but now a lot of natives are becoming part of it too,” Mumith said. “We now want Queens locals to really see what is in their backyard.”

The three-hour tours, which began July 13 and take place every Sunday, look to combine the history, culture and food of the borough in what Mumith calls a “non-touristy ‘off the beaten’ experience.”

Every Sunday eight participants, who are told the meeting point after purchasing tickets, get together and sample food from six local Long Island City establishments, while also being given a tour by Kadinsky, who is a licensed tour guide, on the history and present details on the western Queens neighborhood.

The stops of the tour include Manducatis Rustica, Woodbines Craft Kitchen, Sweetleaf, Alobar, Rockaway Brewing Company and Sage General Store.

Mumith said the tours are starting in Long Island City because it is close to Manhattan and also has an “amazing industrial manufacturing history and artistic presence.”

“We’re really here to create a relationship with the communities,” Mumith said.

However, Mumith hopes to expand the tours into full weekends in Long Island City and later move them further into other Queens neighborhood such as Astoria and Flushing.

“We’re here to stay. We’re here to do all the great borough of Queens and each neighborhood presents something unique,” he said.

The Briarwood resident is even challenging the other four boroughs to try and beat the diversity and distinct cuisines offered in Queens.

“What people don’t know, when it comes to the culinary scene, Queens is the king of the boroughs,” Mumith said.

Tickets for the tours are $56 for adults and $42 for children 12 and under. The price of tickets include the tour, which begins every Sunday at 11 a.m., food tastings and an exclusive brochure featuring a map of the neighborhood, list of attractions, other restaurant recommendations and list of things to do.

For more information visit foodsofqueensny.com or call 800-656-0713.

 

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5Pointz demolition expected to begin in August: reports


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THE COURIER/Photo by Angy Altamirano

The Long Island City site which once was home to the graffiti mecca known as 5Pointz could soon be gone.

Jerry Wolkoff, owner of the property on Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, said he hopes to begin demolishing the buildings in August after initially wanting to have started tearing down the site months ago, according to published reports. The demolition is expected to take up to three months to finish.

Wolkoff and his company, G&M Realty, hope to build two apartment towers—one 47 stories and the other 41 stories tall – with close to 1,000 rental apartments, 32,000 square feet of outdoor public space and 50,000 square feet of retail space between them.

In October, the City Council approved the developer’s proposal to build apartment towers to larger dimensions than allowed by current zoning rules.

Last November, Wolkoff ordered to have the building and all the aerosol work that covered it painted white overnight only a few days after artists and supporters held rallies looking to save the graffiti mecca and requesting the site be landmarked.

Wolkoff previously said the towers would include about 20 artist studios and outdoor walls designated for artists.

Wolkoff did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

 

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