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Council Gives Itself 32% Pay Raise, Supported by Western Queens Councilmembers
February 5, By Jackie Strawbridge
The City Council voted overwhelmingly to give themselves a 32 percent pay raise on Friday, bringing their salaries from $112,500 to $148,500. Council Members voted 40 to 7 in approval of the pay raises.…
Fitness Studio On Jackson Avenue to Close As Wrecking Ball Nears
  February 4, By Christian Murray
PNT Group Fitness & Cycling, which has been offering group cardio classes on Jackson Avenue for the past five years, is closing. Tara Faye, the owner of the popular cycling studio located at 10-68 Jackson Avenue,…
Mayor Plans Streetcar System Linking Queens and Brooklyn
February 4, By Christian Murray
Mayor Bill de Blasio plans to construct a 16-mile street car system that would service the Brooklyn and Queens communities located along the East River. The plan, which would cost about $2.5 billion, is expected to be announced during de Blasio's State of the City Speech tonight.…
Shannon Pot to be bulldozed again
February 3, Staff Report
They just can't escape Long Island City's real estate frenzy. Two years after the Shannon Pot was forced to relocate due to development, plans for an apartment building over its Court Square property were filed with the City.…
SacredWaters Spa And Meditation Shop Opens On 51st Ave
February 2, By Michael Florio
A new herbal shop offering meditation, facials and a holistic spa opened recently in Long Island City. SacredWaters, located in the former elska space at 5-35 51st Ave., opened its doors to the public on Dec.…
Man Gets Into Argument On E Train, Hits Rider In The Face With Stick
February 2, Staff Report
A man was struck in the face with a wooden stick after getting into an argument with the perpetrator on the Queens-bound E-Train at Jackson Avenue and Queens Blvd, police said. The victim was allegedly assaulted at 7:15 pm on Thursday,…
David’s Barbershop On Vernon Blvd Closes, Nail Salon To Occupy Space
February 2, By Christian Murray
A well-known barbershop on Vernon Boulevard closed Sunday and the space will soon be occupied by a nail salon. David’s Haircutters, located at 47-44 Vernon Boulevard, has shut down after being on the main strip for more than two decades.…
Uber Drivers Rally In LIC To Protest Fare Cuts
February 1, By Michael Florio
Hundreds of Uber drivers gathered today in front of the company’s office in Long Island City to protest a recent cut in fares. Uber, the popular car service app, slashed fares by 15 percent on Friday to combat a post-holiday slow season.…
LIC To Get $40M In Street And Infrastructure Upgrades
February 1, By Christian Murray
The Long Island City/Hunters Point area is about to get a $40 million infrastructure and roadway upgrade through funding allocated by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most of the roadways in the Hunters Point area have not been reconstructed since the beginning of the 20th Century,…

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David’s Barbershop On Vernon Blvd Closes, Nail Salon To Occupy Space
February 2, By Christian Murray
A well-known barbershop on Vernon Boulevard closed Sunday and the space will soon be occupied by a nail salon. David’s Haircutters, located at 47-44 Vernon Boulevard, has shut down after being on the main strip for more than two decades.…
Uber Drivers Rally In LIC To Protest Fare Cuts
February 1, By Michael Florio
Hundreds of Uber drivers gathered today in front of the company’s office in Long Island City to protest a recent cut in fares. Uber, the popular car service app, slashed fares by 15 percent on Friday to combat a post-holiday slow season.…
LIC To Get $40M In Street And Infrastructure Upgrades
February 1, By Christian Murray
The Long Island City/Hunters Point area is about to get a $40 million infrastructure and roadway upgrade through funding allocated by Mayor Bill de Blasio. Most of the roadways in the Hunters Point area have not been reconstructed since the beginning of the 20th Century,…
Polo Ralph Lauren Moving To LIC: Report
January 29, Staff Report
A major clothing line will now be a tenant in Long Island City. Polo Ralph Lauren has signed a lease to take over 19,000 square feet on a lower level floor in The Factory, located at 30-30 47th Ave.,…
Van Bramer issues report card: Visibility and Social Media are key to his results
January 28, By Christian Murray
It’s 6:30 am and the notoriously bad 7 train is down. The MTA says it’s signal problems. “My phone blows up, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, it’s all going crazy,” recalls Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. “People are waiting for the train,…
Rockaway Brewing Co Partners With Brooklyn Butcher For New Beer And Tasting Event
January 26, By Michael Florio
Rockaway Brewing Co. will celebrate a limited release of its new “Meat in the Middle” beer this weekend. The brewery, located at 46-01 5th St., will host a gathering on Saturday from 1 p.m.…
Coffeed To Open New LIC Facility With Rooftop Farm, As Its New York Expansion Continues
January 26, By Christian Murray
Frank Raffaele, the CEO and founder of the Long Island City-based coffee chain Coffeed, is a familiar face in the neighborhood, often serving drinks or clearing tables at his Hunters Point South Park café location,…
Paragon Paint Development Draws Concerns Over Height, Though Park And Cleanup Are Commended
January 25, By Christian Murray
Plans for the Paragon Paint factory drew mixed reactions from locals during a presentation that developers held last Wednesday in their effort to win over Community Board 2. The developers seek a zoning variance in order to build 344 rental apartments over the Paragon Paint factory,…
Mayor Visits Western Queens After Disappointing Storm Response In The Borough
January 25, By Michael Florio
Mayor Bill de Blasio visited western Queens Monday morning following statements that he was not satisfied with cleanup efforts here during Winter Storm Jonas. During a press conference on Sunday, the Mayor said that the City did not do a good enough job clearing the streets in Queens.…
7 Train to Shutdown at 4:00 PM for Winter Storm Jonas
January 23, Staff Report
The New York City Transit Authority and the MTA jointly announced that all above ground and elevated subway lines, including the 7 line, will begin shutting down at 4:00 pm today, with limited underground trains running.…
7 Train To Follow Normal Schedule This Weekend, Scheduled Track Work Canceled
January 22, Staff Report
With a snowstorm expected to hit New York City, the MTA has canceled its 7 train work this weekend and the train will follow its normal schedule. This weekend was supposed to be the first of eight weekends this year when the 7 train would be down between Queensboro Plaza and Times Square in order for the MTA to replace its decades-old signaling system and put down new tracks.…
Army Navy Store for Rent, Owner Doesn’t Want Nail Salons or Hair Stylists as Tenants
January 22, By Christian Murray
A prime Vernon Blvd location is about to get a new lease on life. The Delta Force Army Navy store, which has been located at 49-10 Vernon Blvd for about 25 years, has officially closed and is for rent.  …
Three schools likely to open in Long Island City, as mayor allocates $200 million for district schools
January 21, By Christian Murray
Mayor Bill de Blasio has set aside funds for three new schools in Long Island City, according to Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer. The mayor released his 2017 preliminary budget today, which allocates $200 million for schools in Long Island City and Woodside.…
Internet-Famous Cat Lil BUB To Visit Museum Of The Moving Image
January 20, Staff Report
Long Island City residents have the opportunity to meet an Internet sensation this month. Lil BUB, the cat that took the Internet by storm with her big eyes and dangling tongue, will make an appearance at the Museum of the Moving Image on Jan.…
LIC Flea & Food to return for fourth season this April
January 19, By Michael Florio
The LIC Flea & Food market will be returning for a fourth season this April. The flea will open on April 9 and will run ever Saturday and Sunday through October. The flea takes place on an empty lot at the corner of Fifth Street and 46th Avenue,…
Rental prices decline, as hundreds of new units come to LIC
December 19, Staff Report
Rental prices fell in Long Island City toward the end of 2015, as hundreds of new rental units hit the market, according to the latest market report released by real estate firm Modern Spaces. Average rental prices in luxury,…

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