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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.”

Dina with Bridge

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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Minimalist music makes mark at Noguchi’s Bang on a Can Series this Sunday


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Photo courtesy of Florent Ghys

In the early 1900s, a group of American composers started experimenting with the basic formula of rhythm + pitch = music, hoping that simple sounds would produce beautiful outcomes. They wrote notes that repeated in a steady, hypnotic rhythm and pitch so that any unexpected notes would jolt the listeners. Minimalism was born.

Fast forward to today, and Florent Ghys is blending minimalism with pop music, sampled speech and humor. His work, described by Time Out New York as a “thrilling breed of post-minimalist chamber music,” has appeared on movie soundtracks, in Broadway shows and even computer applications.

The native of France is currently promoting his new solo album, “Télévision,” which he recorded in the bathroom of a New Hampshire art colony and his bedroom in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park. With a video accompanying each piece, he explores classical forms, musique concrète, sampling and sci-fi. He also mixes alto double bass with applause, bass drum, editing, guitar, hair dryers, hand claps, hi-hat, Max programming, mouth hi-hat, piano, shakers, snare, solfège, video, voice and weather reports.

This Sunday, July 12, Ghys will present tunes from his new album at the Noguchi Museum in Long Island City as part of the fifth annual Bang on a Can Music Series.

On August 9, Noguchi’s series will continue with JG Thirlwell, a composer/producer/performer who also works under the pseudonyms Baby Zizanie, Foetus, Hydroze Plus, Manorexia, Steroid Maximus and Wiseblood. He will present works for a string quartet.

On September 13, Ashley Bathgate will play the hypnotic, hour-long work “Stories for Ocean Shells” by Australian new music composer Kate Moore.

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


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

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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.

LIC HENGE LOGO

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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108th Precinct commander touts major crime decline


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THE COURIER/Photo by Alina Suriel

Crime in the 108th Precinct has drastically decreased so far in 2015, with reports down by 23 percent for the year overall, police reported during Tuesday’s 108th Precinct Community Council meeting in Sunnyside.

“When looking at crime overall, it’s a great trend that we’re seeing right now,” said Capt. John Travaglia, the precinct’s commanding officer, who credited his patrol officers and anti-crime teams for their work in keeping the neighborhood safe.

According to Travaglia, there have been fewer incidents this year in nearly all categories versus the same 28-day period from last year. Felony assault is down by 60 percent, with six reported versus last year’s 15. Burglaries are also down by more than half, with 11 incidents recorded by police versus the 25 incidents that occurred last year. Grand larceny down considerably, with 27 reported in the past 28 days versus 47 during this time in 2014.

Robbery was the only criminal activity that saw a slight uptick, but according to Travaglia, arrests have been made to deal accordingly with these instances.

Travaglia said that traffic issues have also been decreasing. There has been a 3 percent decrease in accidents and reported traffic injuries are down 8 percent. Additionally, there has not been a fatal car accident in the 108th Precinct for the past eight months.

In sharp contrast to decreases across the board, bike summonses have gone up sharply in 2015, Travaglia said. Over the last 28 days, 352 tickets were issued to bike riders versus only 3 percent during this time last year. Bike summonses were caused by a variety of infractions ranging from personal safety issues such as not wearing a helmet, to traffic violations incurred by riding through a red light.

The increase in traffic safety enforcement among bikers is largely spurred by the Vision Zero initiative undertaken by Mayor Bill de Blasio’s office and other city agencies to reduce death and serious injuries on city streets.

In recognition of their crime-fighting efforts, the 108th Precinct Anti-Crime Team was honored with the “Cop of the Month” award for their collective efforts in preventing crime and interrupting incidents in progress. The Ridgewood Times donated the plaque presented to the team.

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Barneys takes space in Long Island City building


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Photo courtesy Scott Bintner/PropertyShark

Luxury chain store Barneys New York has moved part of its visual department into Long Island City.

The department store took a 10,000-square-foot space out of 5-25 46th Ave., a three-story building owned by plastic packaging company Plaxall, The Real Deal reported. The building is also home to the popular LIC Flea & Food.

Space in the 46,000-square-foot building costs about $35 per square foot.

Barneys’ move to LIC reflects the growing interest for office space in the neighborhood, which is mostly known for its massive residential boom.

Many older industrial buildings in LIC have been turned into office space recently, reflecting the interest in the area, which has cheaper rents than Brooklyn and Manhattan but offers transportation to those boroughs.

Today various recognizable office buildings exists throughout the neighborhood, including One Court Square, the Standard Motors Products Building, the Falchi building and The Factory.

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Where to celebrate the Fourth of July on the LIC waterfront


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Photo by Diana Robinson/Mayoral Photography Office

With the Fourth of July just two weeks away, here is some information that will make that day even brighter with your family and friends.

As the light show makes its return to Queens, a few local venues in Long Island City are holding events and specials for the big day including:

1) LIC Flea & Food will run a Night Market extending its hours from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. where visitors will be able to hang out at the LIC Flea Beer Garden and purchased food from over 80 vendors.

2) Penthouse 808, 8-08 Queens Plaza South
4th of July ROOFTOP Bash, festivities begin at 2 p.m.
Dress code: upscale/casual
General admission: Standing room only and includes a gourmet barbecue fare by executive chef Seth Levine, music and entertainment by special guest DJs
For more info call 718-289-6118 or visit www.ph808.com.

3) Riverview Restaurant/Lounge, 2-01 50th Ave.
4th of July fireworks spectacular: Four star buffet including oyster and shrimps
$170 per person plus tax and tip., top shelf open bar from 6 to 10 p.m.
For more info call 718-392-5000

4) Z NYC Hotel: 11-01 43rd Ave.
“Red, White and View” Package and Rooftop Tickets

Views from the roof top of The Z Hotel (Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman)

Views from the roof top of The Z Hotel (Photo by ©Jennifer S. Altman)

Rates start at $925 for a 2-night stay excluding tax and service charge.
Package includes two-night accommodations in a guest room overlooking the Manhattan skyline, Fourth of July picnic featuring American Fare on the Z Roof (from 4:00 – 8:00), complimentary access to Z Roof during the Macy’s Fireworks Spectacular, two complimentary Fourth of July-themed cocktails, and daily breakfast.
Package available to book now through July 3 www.zhotelny.com and use code ZFIR or call 212-319-7000 and mention Red, White and View.
For rooftop access only tickets are $175 per person plus tax and service and includes rooftop access, rooftop picnic and two cocktails.
Children between the ages of 13 to 20 are welcome at $75/child and under 12 is complimentary. Roof opens at 3:00.

5) Cruise 2015 aboard the Starstream sails from the World’s Fair Marina
125-00 Northern Boulevard, off the Grand Central Parkway, Flushing Bay
$125 per person, for tickets call 516-623-5823.

6) Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar, 27-05 39th Ave.
4th of July Rooftop BBQ
Doors open at 8 p.m., $65 includes entrance fee and food, $20 for children under 12.

Vista Sky Lounge

Vista Sky Lounge and Rooftop Bar view

With the LIC waterfront being a prime location to catch the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks, there are also parking restrictions and an increase in security expected for the holiday.

According to Captain John Travaglia, commanding officer of the 108th Precinct, residents with vehicles who live from 44th Drive to 54th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to the East River are highly suggest to relocate their vehicles in advance to July 4.

In preparation to the event, police will be towing vehicles within the zone after 12:01 a.m. and the parking restriction will be lifted at 12:01 a.m. on July 5.

It is also suggested that people should avoiding using vehicles in the LIC area on July 4 and police are expecting to be at capacity at all points west of 11th Street by 6 p.m. Latecomers and last minute arrivals should avoid anything west of 11th Street.

Travaglia also added that any residents within those boundaries who are expecting guests for the Fourth of July should encourage them to arrive before 3 p.m. and suggest they carry any party invitations with an address and contact info of the person hosting the part, allowing police ensure people get where they need to go.

In regards to where to view the fireworks on the waterfront, Hunters Point South Park will not be open to the public as it is being used as Macy’s private viewing and NBC’s broadcast compound.

However, Gantry Plaza State Park will be opened and people are encouraged to arrive there no later than 3 p.m. Entry points to the park and Center Boulevard include 48th to 46th avenue from Vernon Boulevard. There will be no access from 49th Ave to Borden Ave on Vernon Blvd. The New York State Park Police will be monitoring the volume of people on the piers in Gantry State Park and when the maximum occupancy is reached the piers will be closed. The same will be done for the remaining areas of the park

Those entering the waterfront from 44th Drive to 49th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard to the East River should expect to have their bags and personal items checked and alcoholic beverages are not permitted in Gantry Plaza State Park.

“Being center stage for this event is a huge honor for Long Island City. But with this honor comes monstrous responsibility and concerns. Safety and security are paramount,” Travaglia said. “I can not thank the Long Island City community enough for their cooperation up until this point and their future cooperation. The community is a co-producer with the police in the safety and success of this event.”

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Women’s clothing rental service and Manhattan data firm sign leases in LIC building


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THE COURIER/Photo by Liam La Guerre

The Factory, a massive, 10-story, block-long building in Long Island City, added two new tenants for a combined 16,269 square feet of space, following a $20 million modernization and revitalization.

Leases have been signed with Gwynnie Bee, an online clothing rental subscription service for women sizes 10 to 32, and market research and data analysis firm Applied Research & Consulting (ARC). Gwynnie Bee took a bigger chunk of the building: a 12,702-square-foot space on the fifth floor, which features 12-foot-high ceilings and views of the Manhattan skyline.

Built in the 1920s, The Factory was once used as a warehouse for Macy’s. Its recent makeover included upgrades to its broadband connectivity, earning it a WiredScore Silver Certification. It’s now a more attractive option for companies looking for flexible office space in an area with accessible transportation without Manhattan rents.

“The Factory attracts new tenants looking for an environment similar to Midtown South and Chelsea, at a fraction of the cost,” said Brian Waterman of Newmark Grubb Knight Frank, which handled the transaction for owner Atlas Capital. “The open floor plans, complemented by high ceilings, provide a unique and inviting setting that helps tenants be productive at The Factory.”

ARC is moving to Long Island City from West 13th Street in Manhattan, proving that the new  office spaces in the old industrial building is popular with businesses across the East River. ARC now has a 3,567-square-foot space on the fourth floor. The space features windows that let in an abundance of light as well as flexible open space.

“We really like the overall design aesthetic of The Factory, with its emphasis on large, open spaces and its updated, industrial style,” said Chris Bumcrot, a partner at ARC. “We’re also excited about moving to a part of New York City that’s evolving quickly as a business neighborhood.”

Waterman, Howard Kesseler, Jordan Gosin and Brett Bedevian, represented Atlas Capital in the deal.

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LIC and Astoria waterfront to be tested as potential sites for floating pool


| aaltamirano@queenscourier.com

Rendering courtesy of Family & PlayLab

The Long Island City or Astoria waterfront might become the home of a floating pool that will filter water from the East River to become safe and swimmable water.

The designers behind +POOL, the world’s first water-filtering, floating pool, has reached the next step into making their design into reality as they announced they will be looking at 10 locations across the city as potential homes for their pool, first reported by Curbed.

+POOL, which brings collaborators from design offices Family and PlayLab, plans a pool area “for everyone” as it brings four pools into one plus-sign-shaped complex, including a kid’s pool, sports pool, lap pool and lounge pool.

Described “like a giant strainer,” according to the +Pool official website, the floating pool will filter the river water within its walls, removing bacteria, contaminants and odors.

Dong-Ping Wong, one of the founding partners of the project, said the main key of the design is to try to filter all the water without chemicals. The reason behind this is because the filtered water will later go back into the river as there is a turn over every few hours.

Of the 10 locations being looked at, one is the Hunters Point in Long Island City, while the other is Hallets Point in Astoria.

According to a +POOL representative, they will look into the water conditions at both Queens sites to understand the depth, access points, navigable channels, 100-year flood wave heights, current speeds, tidal elevation and harbor conditions.

Water quality testing for sites that might be able to accommodate +POOL will include testing various parameters to understand how +POOL’s filtration system will support the site, the representative said.

The other sites that will be looked at include Bush Terminal Park, Brooklyn Bridge Park, Domino Sugar Factory, Governor’s Island, Hudson River Park, St. George and Transmitter Park.

Wong added that he understands people’s reactions into the idea of swimming in water that had been in the river but their goal is to invite people to the areas and over time desensitize their thoughts when it comes to the body of water.

“It’s not just a cesspool. It’s a pretty incredible body of water,” Wong said. “The hope is eventually people will see it as a real natural resource.”

He also said that their plan is to bring the floating pool to the neighborhoods that are in the process of developing, such as the Long Island City and Astoria waterfront, and work to have a positive impact on those communities.

The group has started to look at the potential sites and a location is hoped to be confirmed by the end of the year.

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