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Doggie daycare facility to open in Court Square next week

August 26, By Michael Florio Lucky Paws, a doggie daycare and boarding facility, is opening at 43-11 Crescent Street next week. The facility is owned and operated by Oliveria Kacmerek and her uncle Jay Iwanczuk who have been offering mobile grooming services until now. This will be their first physical location. Kacmerek said that residents […]

Police and FDNY fish out three men from East River, none injured

August 25, By Christian Murray Two men in their 20s jumped into the East River from the piers at Gantry Plaza State Park a little after 8pm Monday, according to police. A good Samaritan jumped into the water to help one of the men who appeared to be struggling, while another onlooker called the police. […]

Rockrose’s Linc LIC is 100% leased, indicating that Court Square is a desired location

August 25, By Christian Murray Rockrose Development announced Monday that its 709 unit luxury tower–Linc LIC–has been fully leased and that construction is on track for its larger projects nearby. The real estate giant, which has some ambitious plans for the Court Square area, took about a year to fill the 43-10 Crescent Street complex—which […]

Van Bramer recounts the time his family was in a shelter, in aim to humanize the plight of the homeless

August 25, By Christian Murray Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer wrote an op-ed that was published in the Daily News Sunday that detailed how he and his family were homeless when he was a young boy. Van Bramer said his decision to write the op-ed was inspired by a series of meetings that he had recently […]

Speed bumps are finally installed on 5th Street

August 23, By Christian Murray The Department of Transportation delivered on its promise to convert 5th Street into a one way street—with speed bumps—by the time school reopened for the year. On Thursday, the DOT put down three speed bumps on 5th Street—with one located between 48th and 49th Avenues, another between 49th and 50th […]

Demolition of 5 Pointz–expected to take 3 months– started today

August 22, Staff Report The graffiti Mecca 5 Pointz is finally coming down– after more than a year of controversy surrounding its fate. A demolition crew came out this morning and started bulldozing a section of it down– in a job that is expected to take three months. Gerry Wolkoff, the developer who is erecting […]

Lincoln Center to host giant ‘silent’ disco party at Hunters Point South Park

August 22, By Christian Murray There is going to be a giant disco party under the stars at Hunters Point South Waterfront Park–one night next month. Lincoln Center is hosting a “silent disco’ on Friday, Sept 12, on the waterfront, which will be open to the public—and cater to about 500 party-goers who will be […]

Real estate firm to open office on Vernon Blvd

August 21, By Christian Murray A Manhattan-based boutique real estate firm is opening an office on Vernon Blvd. Space Market Shop, which specializes in high-end residential properties, has signed a lease to open at 47-34 Vernon Blvd., next door to Snob Nail Spa. The firm, which has about 25 agents, is expected to open its […]

City council looks to put gun offenders on public registry– like sex offenders

August 20, By Michael Florio Individuals busted for gun offenses will most likely be listed on a public registry- much like sex offenders. The city council is introducing a bill tomorrow–co-sponsored by Costa Constantinides–that aims to combat gun violence by mandating that all gun offenders are listed on an online registry, which the public can […]

Il Mulino alumni open high-end Italian restaurant in LIC

August 20, By Christian Murray Two long-serving chefs from the up-market Manhattan restaurant Il Mulino opened an Italian restaurant in Long Island City last week. The restaurant, called Il Falco, opened at 21-50 44th Drive and serves high-end northern and southern Italian food. It offers all the traditional Italian dishes from pasta to chicken sautéed […]

Secret Theatre–in danger of closing–starts online fundraiser

August 19, By Christian Murray The secret is out. Richard Mazda, the founder of the Secret Theatre, is looking for donations in order to save his theater from closing. Mazda, who operates the off-Broadway theater at 44-02 23rd Street, said his theater company got into a financial hole after the Department of Buildings discovered his […]

LIC Concert Series kicks off today at Gantry Plaza State Park

August 17, By Michael Florio The third annual LIC Concert Series, a five-week free series at Gantry Plaza State Park, is kicking off today. The concert series will run every Sunday through September 14. Each event starts at 5pm. The concert series has grown significantly since its first year—when there was just one concert, consisting […]

LIC Contortionist in quarter final of America’s Got Talent

August 15, By Christian Murray This Long Island City resident has talent. Nina Burri, a contortionist who lives in the LINC building in Court Square, is in the quarter finals of the popular TV show America’s Got Talent. Burri,36, will be performing live at the Radio City Music Hall next Tuesday, August 19, in her […]