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Oct 28 2010

Tricks and Treats in Long Island City this Halloween weekend

Get the kiddies dressed up for LIC’s Annual Halloween Parade!

Thursday 10/28

Saturday 10/30

  • Kitty Dog Lounge, Breadbox Cafe & Modern Spaces are hosting a LIC Halloween Dog Parade on Saturday from 4-5:30pm on Saturday, Oct 30th. Prizes for the best dog costume! 47-11 11th St, LIC

  • The Ravel Hotel is hosting Hotel Massacre a rooftop experience at the Haunted Penthouse 808 on Sat, Oct 30th at 10pm. 808 Queens Plaza South

  • The Secret Theatre presents an evening with three-time Grammy nominated Peter Case with Steve Goulding + Very Special Guests Little Embers + Live ‘In The Actors Studio’ Interview with Director/Producer Richard Mazda. October 30th, Doors @ 6pm, $25. Available online or call 718 392 0722.

Scare the kiddies nice and early on Halloween in LIC!

Sunday 10/31 HALLOWEEN

  • The Annual LIC Halloween Parade is happening again this year, when else? On Sunday, Oct 31st, the parade starts at LIC Kids, at 3:30pm and continues until the evening at various participating restaurants including Cranky’s Cafe, Manducatis Rustica, and Plaxall’s corner space where Little Closets used to be. See the full PDF for schedule and route detail.

  • There’s also a Haunted House in LIC this year! Hunters Point Forest of Fear is being hosted at Andrews Grove playground from 11:30am to 1pm, courtesy of the Hunters Point Merchants Association. 49th Ave between Vernon Blvd & 5th St

  • And to round out the night, The Queens Players present Halloween Fright Club, the annual Halloween costume party @ the Secret Theatre. $15 includes prizes and one free drink. Watch out for the guillotine. Sunday, Oct 31st, 8pm. 4402 23rd St, LIC

Week of Nov 1st – 4th

  • Hunters Point Restaurant Week is happening from Nov 1-4th, with participating restaurants offering prix fixe dinners for $25, including appetizer, entree & dessert: Riverview, Dorian Cafe, Lounge 47, Madera, SHI, Cafe Henri, Ihawan 2, Masso, Testaccio, Jackson Ave Steakhouse, and Manducatis Rustica.

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Oct 28 2010

Long Island City weirdly warm and dreary Thursday afternoon linkage

A rainbow graced Vernon Blvd yesterday, LIC. –photo by Jesse Winter

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Sep 23 2010

Long Island City weekly event round-up; Sept 23rd – 26th

Check out a very special LIC photo exhibition this weekend at TEN10 Studios

Thursday 9/23

  • Court Square Wine & Spirits hosts FREE wine tasting events every Thursday & Friday of the week from 4:30-7:00pm. 2420 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.707.9911

Friday 9/24

  • TEN10 Studios is hosting a special artist exhibit entitled ‘Amelia’s Photos‘ this weekend, opening party onFriday, Sept 24th. from 6-10pm. Exhibition continues Sat & Sun from 12 – 6pm. 10-10 47th Rd, LIC

  • Court Square Wine & Spirits hosts FREE wine tasting events every Thursday & Friday of the week from 4:30-7:00pm. 2420 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.707.9911

  • LIC’s Queens Players present ‘Julius Caesar’ by William Shakespeare, directed & produced By Richard Mazda. September 24,25,26,29,30 & October 1,2 @ 8PM Matinee September 25 @ 3PM. Tickets $15 Adv $18 Door. The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd St., LIC, 718 392 0722

Saturday 9/25

  • The Kitty and Dog Lounge will be holding an adoption event this Saturday (9/25) from 1:30-6:00pm. ‘Save Kitty LIC’, a local cat rescue and adoption organization, will have cats and kittens available for adoption most Saturdays in LIC. “All of our cats are rescues from LIC and Astoria. We would like to see as many as possible obtain new and loving forever homes here in their own neighborhood, and if people can’t adopt we encourage them to provide a temporary foster home for a cat or kitten in need.” 49-02 Vernon Blvd, LIC

Sunday 9/26

  • Long Island City Community Boathouse is hosting their weekly Hallets Cove Public Paddle every Sunday from 1-5pm. Free walk-up paddling (no reservation needed). All ages, but under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear clothing and footwear that can get wet. Meet at Vernon Blvd and 31st Avenue, adjacent to Socrates Sculpture Park.3105 Vernon Blvd, LIC

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Sep 20 2010

Long Island City jazzy Monday afternoon linkage

And the band plays on. LIC Bar, Vernon Blvd. –photo: Ciprian Toma

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Sep 16 2010

Long Island City supremely gorgeous Thursday morning linkage

Abstract Autumn Dreaming on the wall of 5pointz, LIC -photo: Ciprian Toma

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Sep 8 2010

Long Island City weekly event round-up; Sept 8th – 12th

LIC’s Ethereal Boutique hosts Fashion’s Night Out event, Friday Sept 10th, LIC

Wednesday 9/8

  • The LIC Greenmarket happens every Wednesday now, until November 24th, from 8am-6pm. 48th Ave & Vernon Blvd, Hunters Point, LIC

  • Shi Restaurant hosts karaoke on Wednesday nights. 4720 Center Blvd, LIC, 347.242.2450

Thursday 9/9

  • Court Square Wine & Spirits hosts FREE wine tasting events every Thursday & Friday of the week from 4:30-7:00pm. 2420 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.707.9911

Friday 9/10

  • LIC’s Ethereal Boutique will be celebrating Fashion Night Out with a chic party including: live DJ, Winter Santos (named the hottest Latina DJ of NYC by the New York Post) – gallery opening featuring dazzling bi-coastal artist Sarah J. Dahl who illustrates for Joseph Abboud – trunk show by two new upcoming designers Sarah and Suruzi founders of The Blank – we will have refreshing cocktails and scrumptious hors ‘doeuvres served by stylish gentlemen. Festivities & shop-a-thon begins at 5:30pm. 47-38 Vernon Blvd, LIC

  • Come celebrate LIC’s only Michellin rated restaurant, SHI’s 2 year anniversary in LIC on Friday, Sept 10th with Ketel One Promotions at 10pm. 4720 Center Blvd, LIC, 347.242.2450

  • Court Square Wine & Spirits hosts FREE wine tasting events every Thursday & Friday of the week from 4:30-7:00pm. 2420 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.707.9911

Saturday 9/11

Sunday 9/12

  • Long Island City Community Boathouse is hosting their weekly Hallets Cove Public Paddle every Sunday from 1-5pm. Free walk-up paddling (no reservation needed). All ages, but under 18 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Wear clothing and footwear that can get wet. Meet at Vernon Blvd and 31st Avenue, adjacent to Socrates Sculpture Park.3105 Vernon Blvd, LIC

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Sep 7 2010

What Long Island City did on our summer vacation; linkage galore

Hello liQcity readers, we’re back. Glad everyone kept themselves occupied in the summer heat. Enjoy the catch-up linkage, and of course the cool breezes headed our way, especially in those LIC new spots opening up this Fall. Stay tuned for our usual biz updates, but in the meantime check out some teasers in the linkage. (There’s so much news to catch up on, much of it is after the jump.)

Local Biz

Real Estate

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Aug 11 2010

Long Island City catching up with Wednesday afternoon linkage

A new way of incorporating pineapple into architecture, LIC –photo

Hello liQcity readers – August posting will be light. Even we have to go on vacation sometimes, especially when it’s 100 degrees. Or so. We’d like to take this opportunity to remind everyone to send us your local events, especially if they are free and open to the LIC public. We need all the details by the Friday before the week of the event in order to post it. Cheers.

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Aug 3 2010

Long Island City weekly event roundup; August 3rd – 8th

Chillin at QCA’s ‘Live at the Gantries’ Summer Music Festival 2010, LIC

Tuesday 8/3

  • Live at the Gantries, LIC’s only outdoor summer music festival sponsored by the QCA, continues on Tuesday, Aug 3rd with the St. Paul AME Church Mass Choir, “Powerful Gospel Music”. 7pm at the Gantry State Park, LIC waterfront. 50th Ave & the East River

Wednesday 8/4

  • The LIC Greenmarket happens every Wednesday now, starting July 7, from 8am-6pm. 48th Ave & Vernon Blvd, Hunters Point, LIC

  • Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor International Film Series 2010 runs Wednesday evenings in July & August. Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm, films begin at sunset. Food provided by local international restaurants. Free admission. 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC

  • Shi Restaurant hosts karaoke on Wednesday nights. 4720 Center Blvd, LIC, 347.242.2450

Thursday 8/5 »

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Aug 3 2010

Long Island City Tuesday slightly sunny afternoon linkage

Still life in Long Island City. — photo by Newtown Pentacle

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Jul 26 2010

LIC’s Hunters Point library site in lawsuit over remediation costs

From Crains:

Plans for a 20,000-square-foot library in Long Island City, Queens, along the East River, are moving ahead in a timely fashion, despite a possible lawsuit involving who should pay for the clean-up of the site.

The state’s Queens West Development Corp. said it plans to sue Honeywell International to pay for the $5 million to $10 million clean-up of toxic waste on the three-quarter acre plot at Center Boulevard between 48th Avenue and 47th Drive. The state claims that a Honeywell predecessor firm used the site to make and store roofing materials, and says it will sue because yearlong negotiations with the company have broken down »

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Jul 24 2010

Long Island City weekend update; Queens Plaza moving into the future

Queens Plaza in the beginning stages of a complete makeover, Long Island City.

LIC links

Weekend Event Update

  • Ten10 Studios is still hosting the opening party of its fifth exhibition of the summer, “Excerpts” by Daniel Acker, continuing though tonight (Saturday) from 6-10:10pm. The studio is open to the street, and right next to the Yoga Room at Vernon Blvd. liQcity rates 5 stars for great vibe. Check out photos from their space. 1010 47th Rd, LIC, 646.271.5353
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Jul 22 2010

Long Island City weekly event roundup: July 22nd – 25th

Ten10 Studios host opening party tonight for ‘Excerpts’, Long Island City

Thursday 7/22

  • Ten10 Studios hosts the opening of its fifth exhibition of the summer, “Excerpts” by Daniel Acker, tonight from 6-10:10pm. The show will highlight Acker’s personal photographs made locally and abroad during the past decade. 1010 47th Rd, LIC, 646.271.5353

  • Court Square Wine & Spirits hosts FREE wine tasting events every Thursday & Friday of the week from 4:30-7:00pm. 2420 Jackson Ave, LIC, 718.707.9911

Friday 7/23 »

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Jul 21 2010

Summer opportunities

Welcome to the Local Project, Gallery & Studio in 5pointz building, LIC

Long Island City has for a long time now been known for hosting NYC’s largest artist colony outside of Manhattan (where is it now, Chelsea?). We haven’t heard much about LIC’s artist community in a while, since the Crane Street Studios closed due to a tragic accident, and a beloved local artist was brutally murdered by her ex-boyfriend, but finally it’s some good news! The government would like to give you guys some money to make art in LIC. Ok local artists, pay attention »

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Jul 19 2010

Long Island City producing cupcakes & girl power; M.Wells open for lunch

Long Island City’s Gantry Park part of ‘Play Me I’m Yours NYC’ exhibit. –photo

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Jul 15 2010

Long Island City morning linkage; Queens Drinks at LIC Boathouse

Long Island City Community Boathouse 2010, Anable Basin, LIC waterfront

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Jul 14 2010

Long Island City weekly event round-up; July 14th – 18th

Hunters Point Greenmarket, Long Island City –photo:Jesse Winter

Wednesday 7/14

  • The LIC Greenmarket happens every Wednesday now, starting July 7, from 8am-7pm (!). 48th Ave & Vernon Blvd, Hunters Point, LIC

  • Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor International Film Series 2010 runs Wednesday evenings in July & August. Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm, films begin at sunset. Food provided by local international restaurants. Free admission. 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC

Thursday 7/15 »

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Jul 13 2010

LIC’s new M. Wells Diner razzles

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Breakfast at the M. Wells Diner. Long Island City — photo:Jesse Winter

Ok Long Island City, you’re going to love this place. There’s been many a request by liQcity commenters for more independently operated specialty restaurants, hold the fusion please. Well, it’s fusion, but not anything anyone in LIC could have even known to ask for. Quebecois food is here! How do you say woohoo! in French-Canadian? »

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Jul 12 2010

Long Island City summer heatwave continues Monday morning linkage

Long Island City’s classic architectural mish-mosh.

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Jul 9 2010

Your salad may have been grown in Long Island City.

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Brooklyn Grange rooftop farm, Long Island City –photo:Jesse Winter

Standard Motors has a farm, EE-I-EE-I-O… Long Island City celebrated the success of its first rooftop farm this week, with a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by local press & politicians. The farmers, Brooklyn Grange, jumped through many hoops to sow their rooftop farm and are starting to see the fruits of their labor. Luckily, so are we.

The one-acre farm on the roof of the Standard Motors building on Northern Blvd is impressive to say the least. Growing speciality vegetables, the farm is already selling to prominent restaurants in the city, as well as their own market in the SM lobby, and can barely keep up with their abundant bounty. So far they’re growing: kale, spinach, rainbow swiss chard, basil, thai basil, mint, cilantro, mustard mix, green salad mix, mizuna, merlot lettuce heads, crispino lettuce heads, bok choy, komatsuna, Italian dandelion and coming soon, cucumbers and puntarelle.

By popular demand »

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Jul 7 2010

Long Island City ridiculously sweltering Wednesday morning linkage

Hang in there Big Allis. Ravenswood, Long Island City

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Jul 6 2010

Long Island City’s PS1 MoMA puts the ‘art’ in party with summer WarmUp 2010

PS1 MoMA Summer WarmUp party 2010

PS1 MoMA Summer WarmUp 2010, Long Island City — photo: Jesse Winter

It was a HOT Independence Day weekend, probably one of the hottest in a while. And Long Island City, with its mostly low-to-the-ground industrial landscape really just bakes in the inferno. (El infierno is more like it.) Well our favorite, world-reknowned contemporary art museum PS1 MoMA gave us a brief respite from the heat, with an adult version of a sprinkler set in this weekend’s kick-off to the very popular summer WarmUp music festival, featuring the latest courtyard installation ‘Pole Dance‘. liQcity’s newest roving photographer and blogger Jesse Winter was there to capture the vibe, some great photos, and a video »

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Jul 6 2010

Long Island City weekly event roundup; July 5th – 11th

Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor International Film festival, Long Island City

Tuesday 7/6

  • Live at the Gantries, LIC’s only outdoor summer music festival sponsored by the QCA, continues on Tuesday, July 6th with Jia-Yi He, “A world-class harmonica virtuoso”. 7pm at the Gantry State Park, LIC waterfront. 50th Ave & the East River

Wednesday 7/7

  • The LIC Greenmarket happens every Wednesday now, starting July 7, from 8am-7pm (!). 48th Ave & Vernon Blvd, Hunters Point, LIC

  • Socrates Sculpture Park’s Outdoor International Film Series 2010 begins Wed, July 7th. The 12th Annual Festival of International Film, Music, Dance and Food Celebrating the Cultural Diversity of Queens runs Wednesday evenings in July & August. Pre-screening performances begin at 7pm, films begin at sunset. Food provided by local international restaurants. Free admission. 32-01 Vernon Blvd, LIC

Thursday 7/8 »

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Jul 2 2010

Long Island City Laughing Buddha on LSD Friday morning linkage

The Laughing Budda is tripping out! 5pointz detail, Long Island City -photo

Actually, we’re tripping out a bit also, at how much LIC news there is this morning. You might want a cup of coffee on hand… this could take a while.

Happy Independence Day LIC! Since there’s no fireworks this year, chances are some local restaurants will be closed this weekend (everyone needs a break) so if you’re sticking around, be aware of that. We’ll be back to blogging on Tues morning. Cheerio.

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Jul 1 2010

BREAKING NEWS: DOT repaves two blocks on Vernon Blvd

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Filming is hard work. Vernon Blvd & 47th Rd, Long Island City. –Jesse Winter

If you’ve ever driven, biked, skateboarded, or walked down Vernon Blvd in LIC, chances are you’ve run into a few potholes… well no more! At least not on the blocks between 47th & 48th Aves. Hallejulah and praise a non-denominational deity: Vernon Blvd has been REPAVED.

Apparently we’re not the only ones excited, because NY1 has created a rather lengthy editorial video documenting the entire process, complete with community and politico commentary. Not to mention highly detailed information about how many tons of asphalt used and the number of DOT workers etc… seems they really want to be clear that they’re working hard for Long Island City.

While they’re at it »

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