Malu, LIC’s homemade ice cream shop, to close Feb. 28

Jennifer Dudek and Sergio Garcia, husband & wife owners of Malu

Malu husband-and-wife owners Jennifer Dudek and Sergio Garcia

Feb. 20, By Christian Murray

A well-known Jackson Avenue ice cream store is closing.

Malu, which sells homemade ice cream and confectionery, announced on Facebook and its website Tuesday that it is shutting its 12-09 Jackson Ave doors for good at the end of this month.

“Malu will be closing its doors for good on Friday, Feb 28th,” the Facebook posting read. “Come in and buy 1 get 1 free on all ice creams, baked goods, chocolates, and more!”

The owners of Malu, Jennifer Dudek and her husband, Sergio Garcia, opened the store in 2011 and are well known for putting on children’s music events and holding book readings. Come Christmas season, they would hold competitions such as the best gingerbread house.

The store sells a variety of homemade ice cream flavors—many of which are seasonal. It has even made flavors after residents and politicians. One flavor that generated some amusement was the Jimmy Van Berry—after the local councilman.

Several of Malu’s Facebook followers were upset by the announcement. Many wrote: “Noooooo!”

DNAinfo first reported the news yesterday.

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  1. Nancy

    Sorry to see another small business close up shop.

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  2. Ro

    What happened? We love that place and try to frequent it as much as possible. We live by the waterfront and would skip Louie G and DD/Baskin Robbins to get to Malu. This is a big loss for our neighborhood.

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  3. Sev

    Bye!

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  4. KMH

    This is a big loss. Unfortunately, that part of the neighborhood still doesn't get enough foot traffic I guess.

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  5. Steve

    Sucks, but can't blame them as their location isn't great and a year of poor 7 service will destroy foot traffic.

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  6. Anon

    Thank god. The ice cream was expensive and not very tasty. They were only nice to the people that were their "friends". Like the cool girl running the high school clique, they never had time for you unless they already knew you. Hope to get better businesses in LIC. And that area gets plenty of foot traffic. Sweatleaf did so well just a block away that they opened a second location.

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  7. Me too

    @anon , I agree with you.

    "They were only nice to the people that were their “friends”. Like the cool girl running the high school clique"

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  8. LIC Dude

    I always felt the workers there were very nice. I got a kick out of the guy who would tip his hat after you would and leave.

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  9. Hmm

    Sad to see this place go, since it was great having really unique ice cream flavors locally made. That said, I never felt particularly welcome in the shop (guy would frown whenever I came in, what?) and the abundance of kid events was actually a turn off. (Sorry.)

    Still, was a great shop and I'm sorry it's closing so soon. Was planning on bringing out-of-town guests here in the spring. Oh well.

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  10. Licmama

    @anon
    I couldn't disagree more. Both Jen and her husband are warm, kind and community minded. It's a loss for our neighborhood and the families in it. This is the kind of business we need in LIC. Wishing the best to Jen, her husband and family. They are all lovely people.

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  11. LIC Resident2

    Long Island City doesn't support local business, that's the problem. Too many people move here just because its close to the city, not with the intention of hanging out in their own hood.

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  12. Anon

    @Licmama, we will have to agree to disagree. I have two very well behaved children. Jen was not only rude to me but to my kids. we really tried to like it because it was run by a local family. But after three visits, mediocre (and expensive) ice-cream and her being rude to my son, I was done. Plenty of local businesses do well here and even attract people to stay. Alobar is one example, Rustica is another. Bella Via has been here forever. Somehow they all survive and stay. I suspect it is because they are good at what they do, have loyal customers and believe in the "service" part of customer service. Maybe someplace will open there that we will both like and that will welcome all families.

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  13. LIC Resident2

    @Anon
    I agree Alobar, Rustica, and Bella Via are great businesses but that doesn't mean you should assume they are doing well and are supported by LIC residents. Try going to the Long Island City Restaurant Association meetings I've been there and trust me, there are lots of quality places that are hurting.
    BTW I personally will miss Malu, but everyone has their own experience.

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  14. anon2

    @Anon, I agree as well. I went in there once, shortly after they opened and rude is an understatement. I asked if they had anything low fat. She looked me up and down and told me I could "afford to eat some fat". I walked out and never returned. Uncalled for comment. She knows nothing about me, like i used to be obese and now watch what i eat. Just plain obnoxious.

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  15. Anonymous

    Loved the place. The owners and staff were very kind always, and we lvoed the ice cream.

    Maybe re-open it anywhere closer by the water.

    * all of the haters out there, it's warming up outside, go get a breath of fresh air.

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  16. Still Waiting for the Place to Take Off

    I agree with the commenters who said that many LIC residents don't support new businesses. How else can you explain the fact that the "old" LIC of the 50s, 60s and 70s -- you know, the place that so many of you on this board considered an industrial wasteland -- once had thriving retail stores lining both sides of Vernon Blvd, including a few bakeries, butchers, and other retail businesses lacking today. It's because people in the neighborhood spent their money locally, and the people running the businesses raised families here and were devoted to their businesses and lcustomers for many years. Today, we have thousands of new residents, most making tons of money, and yet an ice cream place that so many claim to adore goes under. If you all went there, it would have stayed open, dummies.

    Another factor is that I suspect some of the new businesses are run by people as a hobby of sorts. They have outside sources of money and their livelihoods don't really depend on scooping out ice cream to a bunch of yuppies and their brats. That explains the attitude of the staff -- they just don't care that much.

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  17. Anon

    I am not surprised. LIC is not the place for these types of businesses. The macaron shop which was next door to Malu only survived about 6 months before it shuttered. LIC wants to be "Brooklyn cool" and it just doesn't work. I say this as a LIC native.
    I also agree with the comments about the unwelcome feeling in the store. I've been in there a handful of times when the owners were there and I noticed the clique mentality. It was very off-putting to say the least.

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  18. LICJay

    10 people are really sad right now.

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  19. Andy

    they will be closing....sad.
    if one door closes, another will open!
    i hope they find another spot, and i'll be sure to follow. theier passion to give to community is priceless! especially having a chef, that traveled miles to share his thoughts through our palates... i'm keeping my fingers crossed that they will relocate!
    if there's bacon, i'll be there!!

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  20. I'll miss the great ice cream

    I really liked Malu and will miss it. The ice ream was great and any post saying it was bad must have some sort of agenda. I was never treated rudely, the location was bad. Sweet leafs location is much different they are in the better side of that intersection . That intersection by Malu is all about cars not people.

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  21. Ro

    I wonder if Malu can team up with Coffeed who is opening by the oval field in South Park. That would be perfect because they would only open during the summer and can close during the winter. Imagine being able to buy great coffee for yourself and great ice cream for your kids at the same time and then enjoy it in our beautiful park. Malu and Coffeed a marriage made in heaven.

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  22. LIC Resident2

    Ro-
    Great Idea!

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  23. LIC-ite

    Ice cream is a hard sell when it is freezing out. Seasonal businesses are harder to sustain.

    Also, I think part of the problem is the location. I live in the Court Square area and the local retail isn't great, which makes sense because the area doesn't have the amount of new construction you see by the waterfront. However, that is changing and it will be interesting to see if the stores start to change. I think an untapped market is the area by the Court Square subway station. There are quite a few new buildings near there and many under construction. Malu's local isn't too bad but I think those looking to have a store in an up and coming area should consider opening something near the Court Square subway.

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  24. anonymous

    The quiznos in court square has been there for at least eight years only open during the week, when the have a reason. Survival of the fittest.

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  25. Sergio

    To everyone that wrote in, Thank you, even you Anon. We really tried to cater to everyone, and yes, we focused on kids. One thing we learned over these past 3 years is that most kids are a reflection of their parents, and if your child was called out for something it must have been because nobody else was looking after him. So I wish you and you family luck and hopefully you will find a place where you can be happy.

    To everyone else, we wish you sweet happiness and again, thank you for your kind words.

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LICBAC Oct. 9, By Michael Florio The police are searching for two men wanted in connection with a gun point robbery that took place in Murray Playground (45th Ave and 21st Street) last month. The two suspects entered the park at about 2:10 am Monday, Sept. 15, and approached a 22-year-old male and 22-year-old female. They displayed a firearm and demanded money. The suspects removed a Samsung Galaxy cellular phone, a debit card, and $5 in cash from the male victim, and removed an iPhone and debit card from the female victim. The suspects are both described as black males. The police have released a photo of one of the suspects who using the male victim's debit card at a Bank of America ATM, located at 2680 Broadway in Manhattan. Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).  
Van Bramer differs with Community Board Chair over the development of Sunnyside Yards
Sunnyside_Yard_East_jehOct. 8, By Christian Murray Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer said today that he is firmly opposed to building over the Sunnyside Yards. Van Bramer made the statement in response to Community Board 2 Chairman Joe Conley’s call last Thursday for a study to determine whether it would be feasible to build over a section of the yards, which consists of acres of land covered by railroad tracks. Conley said at the monthly Community Board 2 meeting that the Sunnyside Yards could be used to build more affordable housing. “We should look at it with the possibility of creating a community…with affordable housing, market rate housing and retail,” Conley said. Conley called on the board to give him permission to send a letter to the Queens Borough President’s office requesting a study of the area. The board complied. The letter, however, alarmed several people who fear over development—with some claiming that the infrastructure is overstretched as it is. Van Bramer said the community is not calling for the development of the Sunnyside Yards. He said people are more concerned about school overcrowding, transportation issues and other problems that actually stem from development. “My office is in the business of receiving hundreds of letters and speaking to people about important issues all the time,” Van Bramer said. “Not one person has come to me and said ‘you should deck over the Sunnyside Yards and build housing.” Several Community Board 2 members said after last Thursday’s meeting that they were caught by surprise by Conley’s request. “I’m opposed to the concept of decking [building] over the Sunnyside Yards,” Van Bramer said. “The idea gets floated whenever there is an economic boom…but I think it would be bad for the surrounding community.” Van Bramer, as councilman, has a big role to play in terms of land use decisions such as these. All significant zoning changes go through the city council and it is typically the elected official in a given district that makes the call. Van Bramer was unsure how the idea surfaced in the first place.
Jimmy Van Bramer

Jimmy Van Bramer

Conley said that the Sunnyside Yards—which go through Long Island City and Sunnyside--are owned by government agencies. Therefore, this provides the community with an opportunity to negotiate with developers as to the number of affordable units that could be built. “Jackson Avenue and 21st Street would be our jumping off point,” Conley said, adding that the study would then look toward Thomson Avenue and Queens Plaza. Van Bramer said that he too is in favor of affordable housing. However, he said, “Density is appropriate in some places and not others. I, for one, believe Sunnyside and Astoria are great low-density neighborhoods that should remain so.” Conley told the Daily News Tuesday that the Sunnyside Yards also divide the neighborhoods and indicated that the housing would draw them closer. “Right now you have this scar that runs down the community,” he told the News. Van Bramer disagreed with this view. “I wouldn’t characterize these neighborhoods as having a scar running through them…and I don’t believe the neighborhoods are unreachable.”  
Police seek help in locating serial bank robber, suspect allegedly hit HSBC bank in LIC in 2012
Oct. 8, By Christian Murray suspect Call him the 21st Century version of Willie Sutton or John Dillinger. The police are searching for a man who has robbed eight Queens banks—and attempted to rob two others—in the past 2 1/2 years. The banks have been scattered throughout the borough—covering Jackson Heights, Middle Village, Long Island City, Astoria, Flushing, East Elmhurst and Sunnyside. In total, the suspect has taken in about $50,000. One of the robberies occurred at the HSBC Bank branch at 22-15 43rd Avenue, where the suspect approached a teller and passed a note—before fleeing with $8,680 in cash. That incident occurred on August 20, 2012. The suspect’s modus operandi has been to enter a bank, pass a note and—on four occasions—display a firmarm. He also tends to hold a mobile phone up against his ear. No injuries have resulted from his spree. The suspect (see photo) is believed to be between 30 and 35 years old, approximately 6-feet-tall and weighing about 200 pounds. Police said he was last seen wearing a New York Yankees baseball hat and a button-down short sleeve shirt. He also had a light beard connected to a goatee, tinted eye glasses and a black wrist watch on his left wrist. The first incident occurred on July 17, 2012, when he allegedly entered into an Amalgamated Bank at 78-01 37th Avenue in Jackson Heights and took off with $1,450.suspect1 The latest robbery occurred Saturday, when the suspected entered Chase Bank at 69-55 Grand Avenue, passed a note and left with $5,170. Anyone with information regarding these incidents is asked to call Crime stoppers at 1-800-577-TIPS (8477).
Oktoberfest fundraiser to be held at waterfront park Saturday
LIC-007Oct. 6, By Christian Murray Oktoberfest is coming to Hunters Point South Park this Saturday. The Hunters Point Parks Conservancy and LIC Landing are hosting an Oktoberfest event on October 11 (btw. 4pm and 7pm) next to LIC Landing. The party is a fundraiser for the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy, a non-profit group dedicated to maintaining the waterfront parks and hosting events. The funds raised will be used to host a series of events in the spring/summer of 2015—such as movies, a music series and family events. This Saturday’s fundraiser—aptly called ParkToberfest—will cost $50 a ticket, and attendees will be provided with unlimited beers between 4 pm and 7 pm from breweries such as Singlecut, Harpoon, Radeberger, Hofbrau and others. The cost of admission will also include a bratwurst sandwich, while other food—such as oysters-- is available for purchase. Music will be performed by the Street Beat Brass Band, a New York City brass band that plays an eclectic mix of music—from New Orleans Jazz, Mexican Banda, Gospel, Klezmer, and Funk. There will also be giveaways including T-shirts, hats and other beer-inspired gifts. “This will be our last fundraiser for the year before it gets too cold,” said Rob Basch, who is in charge of events for the Hunters Point Park Conservancy. Basch is hopeful that the weather will remain warm this Saturday. However, he said “Oktoberfest in Germany tends to be cold.” Basch is expecting about 200 people to turn out for the fundraiser. He said that the first 25 people to buy a ticket will receive a 1-litre Hofbrau Crystal mug, with the next 12 ticket buyers getting a 1-pint Hofbrau boot mug. Tickets can be purchased on the day or online at parkToberfest.eventbrite.com There will be an after party hosted by Alewife, where beer specials with be available to all ParkToberfest party goers. poster
Ramen restaurant to open on Vernon Blvd.
Japanese restaurant Oct. 5, By Christian Murray The owner of an Astoria ramen restaurant is opening a location on Vernon Boulevard. The restaurant, which is expected to be called Tamashii Blue, will be located 47-36 Vernon Boulevard. The ramen restaurant will be owned by Jhon Cho, who owns and operates Tamashii Ramen at 29-05 Broadway. The announcement comes weeks before Mu Ramen, a highly-touted ramen shop that had operated out of the Bricktown Bagels, opens at 12-09 Jackson Avenue. Cho said he plans to open his Vernon Boulevard restaurant in March. The restaurant will seat about 25 to 30 people—a little larger than the 22 seats that Mu Ramen will have. Cho said that he decided to open a Vernon Blvd location since there has been a lot of demand from Long Island City customers. He said many Long Island City residents call his Astoria restaurant hoping to place an order  that -due to distance--he is unable to meet.- Cho, a Korean national, has been in the US for 16 years and has worked or owned restaurants since. His father is Japanese while his mother is Korean. His mother operated a restaurant in Korea for more than 30 years, he said. For more information on Tamashi Ramen, click here.
Owner Jhon Cho

Owner Jhon Cho

Inside Tamashi Ramen

Inside Tamashi Ramen

Exterior of Tamashii Ramen

Exterior of Tamashii Ramen at 29-05 Broadway

Family carnival to take place at Hunters Point South Park Saturday
Patrick Thompson

Patrick Thompson

Oct. 2, By Michael Florio The carnival is coming to town! New City Church, located at 46-28 Vernon Blvd, will be hosting its inaugural LIC Community Carnival this Saturday at Hunters Point Park South from 11 am until 3 pm. Several businesses and local organizations are co-sponsoring the event adding to the family-oriented day. There will be bean bag and grab bag games, pumpkin painting and face painting, all for free. “There will be a lot of games for kids--ages four through eight,” said Patrick Thompson, Lead Pastor at New City Church. Thompson said the church aims to make it an annual event. “We want it to be an event people can look forward to every fall,” he said. . Thompson said that there will be raffles, where participants can win gift cards from local restaurants. There will also be a so-called ‘cupcake walk,’ a game where participants walk around in a circle until the music stops. A number is then drawn and the person standing on the winning number will receive cupcakes, provided by 51st Bakery & Cafe (5-33 51st Ave). The church has teamed up with the Hunters Point Park Conservancy and LIC Landing by COFFEED to host the event. Frank Raffaele, owner of COFFEED, will be providing the carnival volunteers with food. Duane Reade will also be setting up a booth offering free flu shots. The rain date is this Sunday, from 11am to 3 pm. LIC Community Carnival.Back_-500x655
The Beer Closet, which will offer 400-different types of beer, to open next week
Beer Closet (file photo)

Beer Closet (file photo)

Oct. 1, By Christian Murray A new store that plans to offer as many as 400 domestic and foreign beers is expected to open on 51st Avenue next week. The Beer Closet, located at 5-37 51st Avenue, will be selling bottles and cans from across the globe. It will sell five craft beers by the growler, a number that will grow over time. The Beer Closet will initially sell about 150 different beers and will ramp-up the number in coming months. Initially, the owner will sell cheese and chocolate—items that the owner said goes with beer. The business is owned by Mario Cruz, who has worked at Vernon Wine & Liquor for the past 2 years. Cruz, a 32-year-old former marine, got the idea for the store after many customers would walk into the liquor store also requesting beer. The owners of Vernon Wine & Liquor will be advising Cruz on how to operate the business and will be offering joint loyalty programs—where points accumulated at one store can be redeemed at the other. Cruz said that in the first year the focus will be on developing the retail operation. However, next year he would like to have a bar/tasting area at the back of the store with the possibility of opening the rear yard. Cruz, however, said recently that he would monitor the discussions concerning backyard use to see whether that it is a viable option. The retail store will be cut off from the potential bar/tasting space—via a wall. There will be access through to the rear space via French doors. The owner has created the partition since a separate space is needed for the bar/tasting area in order to get a liquor license. A grand opening party has been tentatively planned for Saturday, Oct. 18. Meanwhile, Vernon Wine & Liquor has been undergoing a significant makeover. The back of the store—where the wine is kept—has been completely revamped. The front area is also undergoing change—with plans for a new awning. “We want to be known for being a wine shop as opposed to a liquor store,” said Vanessa Conway, the store manager, whose fiance is a co-owner of the store. “We will keep offering all the basics... but will pay more attention on wine.”
Casa Enrique and M. Wells Steakhouse win Michelin star
casa-outside-crop-u4869 Sept. 30, By Christian Murray Michelin Travel Publications rolled out its New York City's 2015 Michelin Guide today, and two out of the 73 area restaurants that earned the highly sought honor—a star--are from Long Island City. Casa Enrique, the Mexican restaurant located at 5-48 49thAve, and M. Wells Steakhouse, which opened at 43-15 Crescent Street less than a year, were honored with a star. The Michelin Guide, or Le Guide Michelin, awards the top restaurants with one, two or three stars. It is only the exceptional restaurants that make the cut. Only six restaurants received 3 stars, with nine restaurants receiving 2. (Click for list) The guide's recommendations are put together by a team of anonymous inspectors, who all undergo strict training and sign confidentiality agreements before filing their assigned reports. Last week, Alobar and John Brown Smokehouse were among the Michelin 2015 “Bib Gourmand” picks, which notes those restaurants that provide high-quality cuisine at a reasonable price. .

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