Old hands open new bakery in Long Island City
Dec. 11, By Christian Murray
A new bakery opened in Hunters Point on Saturday by a married couple who have lived in Long Island City for 20 years.
The store, called “51st Bakery and Café,” is located at 5-33 51st Avenue, and offers cookies, scones, muffins, cakes, sandwiches, salads and more.
Faye Hess and Jonathan Stirling, the owners, used to operate a café in Long Island City 15 years ago.
“It was called LIC Brick and was located where Casa Enrique (next to Andrews Grove) is located today,” Stirling said. “At the time, we took over a horrible office and transformed it.”
The couple sold the business and then went traveling and spent a great deal of time in Italy. Hess worked as a private chef and taught cooking classes in Tuscany, where American students would come to learn.
The bakery is undergoing a soft opening at present as the couple works on hiring staff as well as expanding their offerings.
The bakery is presently open from 8 am through 5 pm seven days per week. However that is expected to change soon.