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Shakespeare in the Park comes to Sunnyside and LIC this weekend

July 31, By Michael Florio Friends, Romans, countrymen, lend me your ears. Hip to Hip Theatre Company, a non-profit arts organization that specializes in family friendly productions, will be bringing “Free Shakespeare in the Park” to Sunnyside and Long Island City this weekend and next. The theater company will present Cymbeline, a fairy tale about […]

No. 7 train is NYC’s best subway line, according to advocacy group

July 30, By Michael Florio The No. 7 train has been crowned New York City’s best subway line by the transit advocacy group Straphangers. This is the seventh time in 16 years that the No. 7 has received the top ranking since Straphangers began its State of the Subways annual report of the city’s 20 […]

Doe Fund workers to clean more Long Island City streets

July 30, By Michael Florio Call it Phase Two in the effort to cleanup Long Island City’s streets. Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced Tuesday that he has doubled the budget to clean the sidewalks of Long Island City. Last year, the councilman started the program in Long Island City by allocating $35,000 to The Doe […]

Fire breaks out on 51st Avenue this morning, nine injured

July 30, By Christian Murray Five firefighters and two residents were injured this morning after a fire broke out in the basement of a 3-story building on 51st Avenue, according to the FDNY. The fire, which started at about 6:40 am, spread to the first floor at 10-39 51st Avenue and smoke was seen billowing […]

Pedestrian crosswalks to be added to Center Blvd next month, join new stop signs

July 29, By Christian Murray After years of pressure from political leaders and residents, crosswalks are coming to Center Boulevard. The Department of Transportation, which erected stop signs on Center Boulevard—at 48th and 49th Avenues–earlier this month, said that it would be adding pedestrian crosswalks to those locations by the end of August. “The DOT […]

Uber offers one free ride during G-Train closures

July 27, By Christian Murray It sure beats a shuttle bus. Uber, the cab service company known best for its app, is running a promotion during the five weeks that G train service is down between Greenpoint and Long Island City. The company is providing one-free trip between the two neighborhoods from now until August […]

‘Backyard Pool’ to open in Long Island City

July 25, By Christian Murray Socrates Sculpture Park is about to convert a small lot in Court Square into a life-sized, non-functioning swimming pool. The new installation will be located on ‘The Lot’ (43-29 Crescent Street) and will consist of a concrete swimming pool filled with grass—instead of water. Rockrose Development Corp., which opened the […]

Restaurant owners to hold meeting to discuss recent burglaries

July 24, By Christian Murray A number of Long Island City business owners will be holding a meeting Tuesday to address the rash of burglaries that have taken place on Vernon Boulevard in the past month. The meeting will be held at Manducatis Rustica, which was one of three restaurants on Vernon Blvd. that were […]

LIC residents launch hyperlocal site called ‘Tenant King’

July 23, By Michael Florio There is a new way for Long Island City residents to meet their neighbors. Tenant King, a website that launched earlier this year, provides residents with the opportunity to connect online with fellow tenants/property owners through a private network of verified users. The website, co-founded by three LIC residents, allows […]

90-year-old robbed outside Stop and Shop on 48th Street

July 22, By Michael Florio The police are seeking the public’s assistance in finding a suspect who they say robbed a 90-year-old man’s wallet, before making him drive to two ATM machines and take out money. The incident occurred on Friday in front of a Stop and Shop located at 34-51 48th Street. The victim […]

G train service shuts down in LIC until September

July 21, By Christian Murray The G train will shut down for five weeks between Greenpoint and Long Island City starting Friday. The Court Square and 21st/Jackson Avenue stations in Long Island City and the Greenpoint Avenue station in Brooklyn will be closed from Friday, July 25, at 10:30 p.m. through to Tuesday, Sept. 2, […]

5 Pointz to be completely demolished by October, with wrecking ball coming out in two weeks

By Christian Murray The iconic 5 Pointz graffiti mecca will be completely flattened by the end of October if the developer’s plans pan out. Jerry Wolkoff, who aims to put up two residential towers in its place, said today that the demolition of the building is scheduled to start in about two weeks and should […]