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L’Arte del Gelato opening factory, first Queens spot in LIC


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Photo Courtesy of Jamestown

Long Island City is getting a taste of “la dolce vita.”

L’Arte del Gelato, which has three locations in Manhattan, has stationed a cart outside The Food Box located in the Falchi Building at 31-00 47th Ave.

The cart will be serving 12 flavors of gelato on weekdays from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and will be offering a buy one, get one free gelato deal every Friday. Nine of the popular flavors will stay the same and three flavors change every Monday.

“I think this is an upcoming area,” said Francesco Realmuto, owner of L’Arte del Gelato, about deciding to open up a spot in Long Island City, the first in Queens. “I think the building is great. There are a lot of people in the area, there is a lot of new construction. I think the next couple of years we’ll see a stronger community.”

L’Arte del Gelato products are made from recipes brought from Sicily, where Realmuto is from, and feature all-natural ingredients found in either local markets or imported from Italy.

“We’re a really authentic product,” said Realmuto, a Ridgewood resident. “We’re a great product.”

The gelato cart will be in front of the Falchi Building as long as weather is permitting, according to Realmuto, and will come back in the spring.

In the next couple of weeks, Realmuto also said he plans on opening a gelato factory inside the Falchi Building. The factory will make gelato to sell to supermarkets such as Dean & DeLuca.

The Food Box is a 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair located on the ground floor of the five-story, 657,660-square-foot, multi-tenant and mixed-use building.

Vendors within The Food Box include Karu Café, ReCaFo, Made from Scratch and Mrs. Soupy & Friends.

Last year, Jamestown announced the multi-million dollar repositioning and capital improvement program at the Falchi Building, built in 1920 as a warehouse and distribution facility. This program includes façade and lobby renovations, furniture upgrades, art installations and the introduction of food purveyors, such as L’Arte del Gelato and Artisanal Cheese.

Other Falchi Building tenants include jewelry manufacturers, government and medical offices, and media, technology and engineering companies.

 

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Nonprofit Local Project, Falchi Building seek artists for site-specific installation piece


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Rendering Courtesy Jamestown Properties

One landmark Long Island City building is calling all artists to come and create.

Nonprofit arts organization Local Project and the Falchi Building, located at 31-00 47th Ave., have come together to look for artists to collaborate on a site-specific installation piece in the 20-by-40 feet glass vitrines of the five-story location.

“I’m super excited. It’s a great opportunity for artists to show their work in a new environment,” said Carolina Peñafiel, founder and director of Local Project.

Artists can submit proposals presenting collaborations in any media and inter-borough groups are welcomed, with at least one of the artists in each proposal from Queens.

“We are definitely looking for artists to collaborate from borough to borough,” Peñafiel said. “We’re pretty open to see what’s out there.”

The temporary or semi-permanent pieces selected to be displayed inside the Falchi Building will investigate the everyday movement through a diverse city and the projects will receive a stipend, according to Jamestown Properties, which owns the building.

The Falchi Building went through a recent lobby renovation and upgrade, which brought a 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair, known as The Food Box, to the site.

The deadline for the proposals is March 15 and artists can expect to be notified no later than March 20. An opening reception is scheduled for April 12.

For more information, visit here. Artists can submit their proposals to info@localproject.org.

 

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Food Box opens in LIC building


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Rendering Courtesy of Jamestown

Long Island City residents can now think “outside the box” when it comes to dining.

Inside the Falchi Building is a brand new 2,000-square-foot pop-up artisanal food fair, known as The Food Box.

It is located on the ground floor of the five-story, 657,660-square-foot, multi-tenant, mixed-use building, located at 31-00 47th Avenue.

“The Food Box at Falchi features a curated collection of artisanal foods that caters to the needs of tenants who want a highly amenitized ground floor and creates a place that serves the surrounding community of Long Island City,” said Michael Phillips, COO of real estate investment and management company Jamestown Properties.

There are currently four vendors participating in The Food Box and Jamestown is looking for a fifth. A rotating trial will also be offered to vendors who would like to see what The Food Box has to offer.

One of the vendors includes the 2013 Vendy Awards’ Best Market Vendor, Khao Man Gai NY. This vendor specializes in a Thai chicken and rice dish, with an emphasis on high-quality ingredients.

The other three vendors include ReCaFo, Real Caribbean Food, offering traditional Jamaican cuisine; Jessy’s Pastries selling Peruvian empanadas and sweets, and The Kolache Co., who will offer a modern take on a Czech pastry.

ReCaFo, Jessy’s Pastries and Khao Man Gai participated in the outdoor LIC Flea & Food market this past summer.

Khao Man Gai NY and Jessy’s Pastries can also be found this month on the weekends at the LIC Flea & Food Holiday Market,located in a warehouse next to the former outdoor LIC Flea market at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue.

In October, Jamestown announced the multi-million dollar repositioning and capital improvement program at the Falchi Building, built in 1920 as a warehouse and distribution facility. This program includes façade and lobby renovations, furniture upgrades, art installations and the introduction of food purveyors, L’Arte Del Gelato and Artisanal Cheese.

Other Falchi Building tenants include jewelry manufacturers, government and medical offices, and media, technology and engineering companies.

 

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