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LIC Partnership annual luncheon focuses on the future


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THE COURIER/Photos by Liam La Guerre 

The Long Island City Partnership’s 27th annual trade show and luncheon on Thursday highlighted the answer to the question on everyone’s mind — what now?

While the event celebrated the growth of the burgeoning neighborhood, keynote speaker Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development (ESD), emphasized state initiatives to help advance the area further, including a possible $100,000 state grant for a planning study of LIC.

The LIC Partnership has applied for the grant, and the state is currently reviewing about 2,600 projects for funds. The applications that win state funding will be announced in December, but the LIC planning study has been upgraded to a priority plan, Adams said, because members of the Regional Economic Development Council from the five boroughs support it.

“The study is necessary, because we have to make sure that there is the opportunity for small businesses to survive in this market because the cost of property has dramatically escalated and the cost of rents are following,” said Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley, who received the William D. Modell Community Service Award at the event. “There needs to be this study to say what is the unintended consequences so far of development and zoning and how do we look forward to maintain that good balance of live, work and play.”

Adams said Long Island City and Astoria will also be affected by the incoming students, faculty, and researchers coming to the future Cornell Tech campus on Roosevelt Island, and that the ESD has provided funding to work on a tech incubator for the area with the advocacy group Coalition for Queens.

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Turning to past achievements, the LIC Partnership honored TF Cornerstone founders K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan for their investments in the neighborhood.

Recently, the firm completed its 10-year, $1.4 billion Center Boulevard project, which includes six residential towers on the Long Island City waterfront for a community of more than 6,000 people.

TF Cornerstone was also selected to develop two residential towers for the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South mega affordable housing project.

The buildings will have 1,193 new apartments, 796 of which will be affordable, and the towers will also feature a gym, rooftop gardens and decks, and an on-site senior recreational center.

“It gives me great pleasure to come out to our Long Island City site and to see people pushing carriages around and riding bicycles. It’s like a small city,” Frederick said. “I think other [investors] are going to continue to come in, because it’s established now.”

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Developer TF Cornerstone to be honored for role in transforming LIC  


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Photo courtesy of TF Cornerstone

TF Cornerstone has been one of the main faces in the real estate development boom currently occurring in Long Island City.

Recently, the real estate firm completed its 10-year, $1.4 billion Center Boulevard project, which includes six residential towers on the LIC waterfront with unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline that provide a high-quality living space for a community of more than 6,000 people.

TF Cornerstone was also selected to develop two residential towers for the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South affordable housing project, further bringing more residential opportunity to the neighborhood. The buildings will have 1,193 apartments, 796 of which will be affordable. The towers will also feature a gym, rooftop gardens and decks, and an on-site senior recreational center.

Because of these investments in the neighborhood, the Long Island City Partnership, an organization that focuses on fostering economic growth in the community, will honor the founding brothers of TF Cornerstone, K. Thomas and Frederick Elghanayan, at its 27th annual luncheon on Nov 13.

“We’ve come to love this community as we’ve watched it grow and, for that reason, receiving this award is truly special,” the Elghanayan brothers said. “We’d like to thank the Long Island City Partnership for this honor, and we’re looking forward to many more years of partnerships with groups and individuals in LIC as we begin our next chapter of development in Hunter’s Point South.”

Aside from constructing towers, TF Cornerstone has played a major role in building the community aspects of LIC through supporting local events and institutions, such as the LIC Flea, LIC Arts Open and P.S. 78 and developing Gantry Plaza State Park.

“They’ve been part of that revolutionary vision of what LIC can be as a residential neighborhood,” said Elizabeth Lusskin, president of the LIC Partnership. “People who were attracted to the dollar value now want to stay here for the community value, and that is a testament to the Elghanayans and TF Cornerstone.”

Hundreds of attendees are expected to attend the luncheon, which will be held at Astoria World Manor.

Kenneth Adams, president and CEO of Empire State Development, will give the keynote speech and Community Board 2 Chairman Joseph Conley will receive the William D. Modell Community Service Award.

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Another luxury Long Island City building 100 percent leased


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Photos courtesy of MNS Real Estate

One more residential building in Long Island City has sold out.

MNS Real Estate announced Tuesday that in just five months the property on 46-09 11 St. has been fully leased.

The six-story Ekstein Development building has 59 luxury apartments designed by GF55 Partners. Prices start at $1,823 per month for a studio, $2,515 for a one-bedroom apartment and $3,646 for a two-bedroom.

The building features panoramic views of the Manhattan skyline, a common courtyard for residents, on-site parking, a fitness center and rooftop terrace.

About three weeks ago, TF Cornerstone announced it had completed leasing for 46-10 Center Boulevard, the firm’s sixth and final waterfront building, which also took about five months to fill up.

And MNS also completed 50 percent leasing for 26-14 Jackson Ave. about a week ago.

Take a look at more pictures of 46-09 11 St. in the gallery below.

 

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TF Cornerstone fully leases final LIC waterfront building


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Photo courtesy of TF Cornerstone

TF Cornerstone’s sixth and final building overlooking the waterfront along Center Boulevard in Long Island City is fully leased, just five months after it began welcoming residents.

The real estate firm announced Monday that the 26-story luxury tower 4610 Center Boulevard, known for curving around the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign, filled its 584 units, which range from studios to three-bedroom apartments.

More than 6,000 people now call the TF Cornerstone buildings on the LIC waterfront (comprising 2,615 rental units and 184 condominiums on Center Boulevard) home, according to the company.

“We’ve spent the last 12 years not only building and leasing buildings along the LIC waterfront, but also immersing ourselves in the community and growing to love the neighborhood just as much as our residents do,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president for TF Cornerstone. “The lease-up of this building is a true testament to the vibrancy of this area, and we look forward to our next chapter of development in LIC.”

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More retail coming to Long Island City waterfront


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Rendering courtesy of Winick Realty Group

More retail is on its way to Long Island City.

Leasing for the retail spaces in real estate company TF Cornerstone’s East Coast Development, a mixed-use project of six buildings located on the Long Island City waterfront, has been completed by Winick Realty Group.

Of the six buildings, eight retail leases were signed at 45-45 Center Blvd., 45-40 Center Blvd., 46-10 Center Blvd., 46-15 Center Blvd. and 46-30 Center Blvd., according to the realty group.

“Through the strong market knowledge we have gained by working with many Long Island City developers, as well as assisting many active retailers, we were able to achieve record rent numbers and secure strong tenants on behalf of TF Cornerstone,” broker Aaron Fishbein said.

Joining New York Kids Club, which announced last August that it would be opening up a 5,003-square-foot space at 45-45 Center Blvd., will be three new tenants that range from fitness to children’s clothing.

Fitness program I Love Kickboxing has leased a 2,967-square-foot studio at the location, and children’s salon and clothing store Mimi & Mo is expected to open a 1,239-square-foot shop as well. European Wax Center, offering waxing services for men and women, has also signed up to occupy 1,252 square feet at the site.

An Italian restaurant from TD Restaurant Group, which is still unnamed, has signed a lease for a 7,733-square-foot ground floor restaurant at 46-10 Center Blvd. located directly behind the Pepsi-Cola sign. The restaurant will also occupy a 2,200-square-foot outdoor terrace overlooking the East River. Latin fusion restaurant Blend, Sweetleaf Coffee and Espresso Bar and Crank Cycling Studio are also located within the building.

“Working together with Winick Realty Group, we have been able to craft an incredible mix of retailers that will serve the residents in the East Coast Development, as well as the entire Long Island City community,” said Steve N. Gonzalez, head of retail leasing for TF Cornerstone.

 

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TF Cornerstone celebrates sixth building opening on LIC waterfront


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo Courtesy of The Marino Organization

SALVATORE LICATA

TF Cornerstone kicked off the opening of its final project in the six-building Center Boulevard complex on the Long Island City waterfront last week.

The real estate company celebrated on June 12 the opening of the luxury apartment tower 4610 Center Boulevard, a 26-story building which curves around the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign by the East River.

Designed by architecture firm Arquitectonica, 4610 Center Boulevard is made up of 584 units including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments.

The final project also marks a decade of the company helping pioneer the western Queens waterfront.

TF Cornerstone’s six-buildings encompass 2.6 million square feet and include 2,800 rental units, 184 condominiums, 35,000 square feet of retail space, and acres of parkland and open space.

“When TF Cornerstone purchased this property in Long Island City, more than 10 years ago, our vision for the neighborhood went beyond just developing beautiful buildings,” said Jon McMillan, director of planning for TF Cornerstone. “We sought to create an entire new waterfront community for our residents.”

The Center Boulevard development is a four-minute subway ride away from Midtown Manhattan on the 7 train, and accessible by the G, E and M trains.

 

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2014 LIC Arts Open kicks off Wednesday


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

© Luba Lukova

The art scene in Long Island City is heating up and opening its doors during the fourth annual LIC Arts Open – a 5-day extravaganza where over 250 artists will occupy galleries, performance studios and open their studios to visitors.

The event, which this year begins Wednesday and runs through May 18, started several years ago as a two-day, open-studio event, mainly showcasing visual artists and now just keeps on getting bigger.

This year the festival has more than 85 exhibitions and events taking place, with over 160 artists holding open studios. Every event is free and open to the public.

“We were a hidden gem for years, but that’s quickly changing,” said Festival Director Richard Mazda. “Word is getting out that LIC is home to a community of tremendously talented artists, from the emerging Stef Duffy, to rising stars like Luba Lukova—who designed the festival’s poster—to the celebrated, like Matthew Barney, Murakami and legendary sculptor Joel Shapiro. LIC Arts Open continues to be a fantastic way for us to showcase the thriving arts community in Western Queens.”

The schedule for the festival is:

May 14-18, 12 -6 p.m. Exhibition hours
May 14-16, 5-10 p.m. Most openings happening by district over three days:
Wednesday: Vernon Blvd district
Thursday: Court Square district
Friday: Queens Plaza district
May 14, 7:30 -10 p.m. Opening Party
May 16, 6 – 9 p.m. 10Squared exhibition and reception at Gotham Center
May 17-18, 12-6 p.m. Open Studios
May 18, 6 – 10 p.m. Closing Party and Silent Auction

Some highlights of the 4th Annual LIC Arts Open include:

  • Luba Lukova, whose striking images are currently on view at the Museum of Modern Art and Denver Art Museum.
  • Four vacant apartments in a TF Cornerstone waterfront development overlooking LIC’s iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that will be transformed into pop-up galleries.
  • Best known for his WWII photography, and his fashion photography, Tony Vaccaro in his exhibit “The Golden Age of Formula One: Through Tony’s Lens.”
  • After laboring for years as an art fabricator for artists like Frank Stella and Louise Bourgeois, Bernard Klevickas is emerging as an artist in his own right.
  • The Sunhwa Chung/Ko-Ryo Dance Theater, reviewed in The New York Times, will premiere “Life is Every Day: So Close Yet So Far Away.”
  • Over 100 artists are creating original works for the 10Squared exhibition. During the Closing Party, the works will be sold at silent auction for charity.
  • Eleven of Matthew Barney’s assistants formed the Crew, and created a provocative, unexpectedly interactive exhibition.
  • Big Whirlygig will feature Gary Lucas (Captain Beefheart), Ernie Brooks (Jonathan Richman & The Modern Lovers) and Peter Zaremba (Fleshtones).
  • Acclaimed comedy group Face Off Unlimited will bring BATSU!, NYC’s only live Japanese game show and a Time Out New York critics pick to LIC.
The complete festival guide can be found on here. For the latest updates on artists and exhibitions, visit licartsopen.org/new-blog, and follow @LICArtsOpen on Facebook and Twitter.
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Waterfront tower that hugs LIC Pepsi sign begins leasing


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Photo Courtesy of The Marino Organization

The Long Island City waterfront is welcoming new residents.

The luxury apartment tower 4610 Center Boulevard, a 26-story building which curves around the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign by the East River, has begun leasing apartments. This project is real estate company TF Cornerstone Inc.’s sixth and final building on the waterfront.

“Following on the heels of 4545 Center Boulevard, which leased up in record time, 4610 Center Boulevard will accommodate the continued influx of new residents to the vibrant and bustling neighborhood,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president for TF Cornerstone. “The opening of this building is a significant milestone in the history of the New York City waterfront and is a true sign of the area’s immense residential transformation since its day as an industrial hub.”

Designed by architecture firm Arquitectonica, 4610 Center Boulevard is made up of 584 units including studios, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The residences feature stainless steel appliances, custom closets, wood strip floors and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Residents will be able to enjoy amenities, designed by design firm Yabu Pushelberg, such as a spacious lobby with a Wi-Fi lounge, private garden, modern fitness center and a resident club which opens to a landscaped terrace.

The luxury waterfront tower is accessible by the 7, E, G and M trains, the East River Ferry and is just minutes away from Manhattan.

For more information on 4610 Center Boulevard call 718-606-9440 or email 4610leasing@tfc.com.

 

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LIC’s largest luxury rental building 100 percent leased


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Photo Courtesy of TF Cornerstone

Long Island City‘s real estate continues to be on fire, as the neighborhood’s largest luxury rental building has become fully leased.

In eight months, TF Cornerstone’s 4545 Center Boulevard 41-story, 82- unit luxury building has rented all of its units.

“We knew this would be a sought-after location and leasing activity was brisk from the day it started, but renting up the building this quickly surpassed even our expectations,” said Sofia Estevez, executive vice president of TF Cornerstone Inc. “This is a testament to the high demand for Long Island City as the area continues to grow and offer more and more for residents.”

The building offers a seventh floor 50,000-square-foot landscaped amenity deck with a volleyball court with real sand beach, two tennis courts, a reflecting pool and a sun deck with barbecue grills, lounge chairs and benches. Residents will also be able to use a state-of-the-art fitness center, indoor parking garage, children’s play room, shuttle bus service and more.

“We are thrilled to welcome these new residents and to see them discover new things about the area every day,” said Estevez. “Residents will not only take advantage of the property’s amenities, but can also enjoy some of the city’s finest restaurants and nightlife.”

TF Cornerstone is set to open a new building on the Long Island City waterfront in the spring, located at 4610 Center Blvd. This building has become known for its modern design that curves around the neighborhood’s iconic Pepsi Cola sign. 

 

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Winick Realty Group markets big-box retail space in LIC


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30-30 Northern Blvd

New retail space is opening up in Long Island City.

Winick Realty Group President Steven E. Baker announced that together with brokers Aaron S. Fishbein and Jeremy Schwartz, he will be marketing close to 150,000 square feet of retail space at the new building located at 30 -30 Northern Blvd. Winick Realty Group is marketing the space on behalf of Alma Realty Corp.

“This is a perfect opportunity for a big box retailer to make their presence known in Long Island City,” said Baker, who worked with the leasing of Long Island City’s waterfront retail on behalf of TF Cornerstone. “We are pleased to be a part of this incredible project that will help reshape the Long Island City retail landscape as we know it.”

The retail space will be within the new building, which will begin construction this year and includes three floors of retail space under 200,000 square feet of office space. The building will be connected to Long Island City’s iconic seven-story “Apple Building” and will include about 3,000 employees. Two levels of underground parking with valet services are also included.

The new building, which will be near Queens Plaza and the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge, is also expected to bring a large additional amount of foot traffic to the area.

“Long Island City has everything from three millions square feet of Class A office in the immediate area to 10,000 high rise luxury residential units and now the largest hotel brands in the world, including the Hilton, Marriot and Crowne Plaza,” said Fishbein. “Long Island City needs real retail to service the many growing elements of the neighborhood, and we are bringing the necessary amenities.”

Winick Realty Group is looking for tenants of “all use groups,” including restaurants and lounges, which could utilize the multiple rooftop spaces. The group also encouraged big-box or large retail tenants to take the opportunity.

“Long Island City is an incredibly dynamic neighborhood,” said Steve Valiotis, owner of Alma Realty. “Together with Winick Realty Group, Alma Realty embraces the opportunity to create a synergy of development in the neighborhood and bring this groundbreaking big-box retail opportunity to market, further complementing the new residential and office uses in the immediate vicinity.”

For more information on Winick Realty Group, visit the company’s website.

 

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TF Cornerstone selected to develop Phase II of Hunters Point South


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Renderings courtesy of ODA

TF Cornerstone, a real estate developer that has built several residential buildings along the Long Island City waterfront, has been selected to build the second phase of the city’s Hunter’s Point South project.

TF Cornerstone is part of a team with Selfhelp Community Services that will develop a total of 1,193 new apartments in two high-rise buildings at the Long Island City site, the NYC Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) said Friday.

Of those units, which will be a mix of with studio, one- , two- ,and three-bedroom, 796 apartments will be affordable, with 100 reserved for low-income senior citizens, according to HPD.

“When TF Cornerstone broke ground on our LIC Waterfront project more than ten years ago, we envisioned the creation of a multi-faceted, family-friendly community with diverse retail options, top-of-the-line schools and expansive park space. [This] designation by HPD enables us to continue our pursuit of these goals in what is now an already-thriving LIC waterfront, while creating greatly needed affordable housing,” said K. Thomas Elghanayan, chairman and co-founder of TF Cornerstone.

The buildings will feature a fitness facility, rooftop gardens and decks, children’s playroom, an on-site senior recreational center and other amenities, said the HPD.

There are also preliminary plans for a pre-kindergarten, a medical facility, a rock climbing gym, and new restaurants at the site’s 20,000-gross-square-feet of commercial space. It also has 10,000-gross-square-feet of new community space that will be “programmed with local arts-based community groups.” Additionally, the site design incorporates numerous community green spaces, according to HPD.

Designed by ODA, the buildings will also have impressive features.

Their design “enhances the Queens skyline” with “stepped terraces that echo the Art Deco skyscrapers of Manhattan.”

 

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LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market: One of a kind gifts, food and fun


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photo courtesy of NYC Trees

The LIC Flea & Food Market is back for a fun-filled holiday season.

Starting Saturday, December 7, the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market will feature a wide selection of Flea favorites and new vendors.

Vendors will be selling food, jewelry, clothing, furniture, arts and crafts, antiques, collectibles and more.

Shoppers can also buy fresh Christmas trees, wreaths and other handmade decorations from brothers Louis and Harold DeLucia of J&L Farms, who provided shoppers with fresh produce during the outdoor LIC Flea market. The brothers have now launched NYC Trees, selling Christmas trees in Astoria, Manhattan and elsewhere in Long Island City.

“It just seemed the next step to be there for the holiday market,” said Louis DeLucia. “We want to keep the relationships going and continue to provide the Long Island City residents fresh products, trees and produce.”

The DeLucias will be bringing shoppers top quality, full foliage fraser fir trees that have not been sprayed with chemicals and were picked from local farms to take home and decorate for Christmas. For a small additional fee, the trees could also be delivered to your apartment.

The brothers will be selling handmade wreaths of different sizes, made from the same trees, and decorated with pinecones and ribbons. Their LIC Flea stand will also feature kissing balls, made from tree trimmings, and winter bouquets made of white birch.

Christmas trees are also available on the NYC Trees website at www.nyctrees.com where shoppers can purchase the perfect tree and have them delivered, with installation included.

Aside from the countless vendors, LIC Flea will host live holiday music, including the Danny Wellington Band, free pictures with Santa and activities from ping-pong to soccer with the New York Cosmos soccer club, the new NASL Soccer Bowl Champions.

The New York Cosmos players will be signing autographs at the holiday market each day from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m., with names of players still pending. Visitors will also be able to practice kicks using inflatable goal stands.

Before the newly-launched LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market’s opening day, the LIC Partnership will be hosting a VIP Holiday Party on Thursday, December 5 from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the site of the market. The celebration, sponsored by Modern Spaces, will include networking, a sneak peek of a selection of the Flea’s unique vendors, and installation by local artists. To RSVP for the party email yhuang@licpartnership.org.

This holiday’s LIC Flea will run Saturdays and Sundays, starting December 7, in the warehouse connected to the original outdoor lot at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.

The site is walking distance from the No. 7, E and G trains, and the LIC East River Ferry stop. It can also be accessed directly from Gantry Park’s walkway, along Anable Basin. A parking garage is available on 5th Street.

LIC Flea has partnered with the East River Ferry, Queens Economic Development Corporation, TF Cornerstone, the champion New York Cosmos and LIC Partnership.

Interested vendors can still apply by visiting www.licflea.com or calling 718-866-8089.

 

LIC FLEA & FOOD HOLIDAY MARKET VENDORS:

Tea N Milk
djinaba konde
Stella Sparkle Jewelry
Frank Gabrielson
J&L Farms
Bibingka-esk
Handpie
Infanata
Oconomi
Laila Alexander
Elephants Factory
Vint & York
Imran Jewl
Baked Apple
Forever B, LLC
Sweet Drift
Clean Plate
Hormans Pickles
Vivian Jewelry
Al Finnie
Zachary Alexander
Spoil My Bitch
Bills Balls
Latif
C Designs
Jam Jar
Rebecca Dolber Collections
Jessy’s Pasteries
Woody’s Cabin
Fav’s Treatery
Broadway Silk
Topisec
Amaki
Wonderful World of Hoz
Butcher Bar
Pita Pan
Back Thennish
Khao Man Gai
Ceil Witherspoon
Antique Antiques
Goen
Strung Out
Olive Brooklyn
Wolfy Knits
Kafe con arte
Cat Jones NY
Jessica LoBuo
2 Fab Chicks
Ice & Vice
Nomad Truck
Calmer Sutra Tea
Carmen Anderson NY
Glam Mom NY
Lynn Ellis Naretti
Filthy Farm Girl
Mushpa y Mensa
Robert Espirel
Counter Clockwise Antiques
New Amsterdam Baking
Carib Delights
Nuts & Bolts Brooklyn
JJ Fondrisi

 

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Celebrate Halloween with your pet at LIC Flea


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

Photos Courtesy Spoil My Bitch

Our four-legged friends are coming to LIC Flea & Food for an early Halloween.

With just two weeks before the spooktacular holiday, LIC Flea is hosting a pet costume contest this weekend. On Saturday, October 19 and Sunday, October 20 visitors will be able to bring their four-legged furry friends to participate in the first pet costume Halloween contest.

If you don’t have a costume for your pet, LIC Flea vendor Spoil My Bitch mobile pet boutique will have a selection of costumes for small to big dogs you can purchase. Options include a fantasy dragon, duck, sailor, basketball player, sailor and even a cow.

“I’m so excited,” said Spoil My Bitch owner Roger Quesada, whose two-year-old Miniature Schnauzer Nina will also be at LIC Flea in costume. “When I started this business I wanted to sell cute outfits and I didn’t know how big the costume business was for dogs. It will be really fun to see people coming to the event and dressing up the animals.”

Kiki Pet Photography will be taking photos of all the participants and a winner will be awarded on Saturday, October 26. Prizes include LIC Flea & Food Bucks, a gift card from Ricky’s, a free 20-day potty break packaged from LIC Dogwalk, a free dog consult from Pooch Pals, a free office exam from City Vet and a discounted photo session with Kiki Pet Photography. The contest is also sponsored by LIC Doghouse and TF Cornerstone.

Visitors will also be able to donate clean dog items and unopened food and treats to “Rock & Rawhide” for dogs in need. Those people looking for a furry friend to call their own will also have the chance to adopt a pet through the pet adoption agency Zani’s Furry Friends, which will be at LIC Flea.

Even with the cute pets in costumes, people will not be left behind. The following weekend on Saturday, October 26 and Sunday, October 27 visitors of all ages are welcomed to come in their best Halloween costume and have their pictures taken. Winners will be selected to get LIC Flea & Food Bucks and the chance to be published in The Queens Courier.

You can sign up for the contest online or at the LIC Flea, located at 5-25 46th Avenue in Long Island City.

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TF Cornerstone officially opens LIC building’s 50,000-square-foot amenity deck


By Queens Courier Staff | editorial@queenscourier.com

THE COURIER/Photos by Mike DiBartolomeo

TF Cornerstone officially opened its 50,000-square-foot amenity deck at 45-45 Center Boulevard, the 41-story rental tower on the Long Island City waterfront, now over 65 percent leased.

Designed by award-winning architecture firm Arquitectonica, 45-45 Center Boulevard’s amenity deck is an expansive, landscaped terrace off the seventh floor. The deck features a real sand beach volleyball court, two tennis courts, a reflecting pool, sprawling lawn, and sun deck with BBQ grills, lounge chairs and benches.

The building’s other amenities include club rooms with a catering kitchen, bicycle storage, indoor parking garage and a 24-hour concierge and valet. Especially appealing to families is a children’s playroom, designed in collaboration with apple seeds, an award-winning children’s play center. The indoor playroom and outdoor playground will spark the imagination of kids of all ages with an infant crawling area, Lego tables, interactive exhibits and more. These kid-friendly amenities will be complemented by the 5,000-square-foot NY Kids Club set to open on the ground level in fall of 2014 with three sunlit classrooms, a state-of-the-art gym and an outdoor play space.

The building’s 820 studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments provide for open-air, modern luxury and comfort. Starting at $2,200 a month, residents relish spaciously laid-out apartments with hardwood floors, gourmet kitchens with natural stone countertops and stainless steel appliances, and generous closet space. The floor-to-ceiling windows along the building’s glass façade maximize exclusive views of the East River, Gantry Plaza State Park and Manhattan.

Frank D. Vasta, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone ; Connor Atkinson, V.P. Wells Fargo; Tom Elghanayan TF Cornerstone; Michael Kaczynski, Senior V.P. Wells Fargo

Kevin P. Singleton, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone; Andrew Gerstein, Senior V.P., Treasurer  TF Cornerstone; Frank D. Vasta, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone

Sofia Estevez, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone, and Tom Elghanayan, Chair, TF Cornerstone

Joshua Schneps, Co- Publisher Schneps Communications, Nicole Chin-Lyn, Asst. Account Executive, The Marino Organization; Cara Marino Gentile, Vice President, The Marino Organization; Elizabeth Ferrara-Latino, Account Executive, The Marino Organization

Douglas Elliman Real Estate Brokers; Rick Rosa, Ebony Grevious, Emmanuel Molina, Lauren Bennett, Alexander Pereira 

Sofia Estevez, Executive V.P. TF Cornerstone; Tom Elghanayan, Chairman TF Cornerstone; Joshua Schneps, Co- Publisher, Schneps Communications

Ivan Urgiles, TF Cornerstone Leasing agent; Margaret Nieves, Director of Leasing TF Cornerstone

Armondo Chavez; Scott Walsh, TF Cornerstone; Michele Beaudoin, LIC Real Estate Broker/Owner

TF Cornerstone employees: Steve Gonzalez, Amy Polanik, Irene Malatesta, Denisse Recinos, Chip Sealy

 

 

Kids Club coming to Long Island City


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Photo courtesy of Pam Wolf/ NY Kids Club

As more families come to Long Island City, a leading children’s enrichment center has decided to call the area home.

New York Kids Club, founded in 2001, has announced it will open its 11th location in New York and the first in Queens on the ground-floor commercial space at 45-45 Center Boulevard in TF Cornerstone’s new waterfront tower.

“We’re so excited,” said Pam Wolf, NY Kids Club’s founder and CEO. “So many families have been telling us about Long Island City.”

The 5,000-square-foot center is expected to open in September 2014. The facility will include a state-of-the-art gymnastics center space with a giant trampoline, balance beams and sprung floors. The waterfront location will also feature three sunlit classrooms and an outdoor play space located on an outside terrace.

“There has been so much excitement for this location,” said Wolf. “Our goal is for social, emotional and academic growth for every child.”

NY Kids Club offers a wide range of classes such as fitness, art, music, Spanish, cooking, dance and theater for children up to age 12. The center also offers a preschool program for children ages 2 to 3. All classes are unique to each center and written by trained teachers.

Wolf said she has her eye on opening sites in Jackson Heights and Forest Hills in the future.
“We’ve had a positive response,” said Wolf. “We definitely want to find another location.”

The NY Kids Club in Long Island City is now enrolling for its 2014-2015 preschool programs. For more information or to sign up your child, you can visit www.nykidsclub.com.

 

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