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City and State Offered Multiple Long Island City Sites to Entice Amazon to Area

Dec. 11, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez The city and state offered dozens of Long Island City sites as part of its pitch to lure Amazon’s HQ2 to the neighborhood, according to a new batch of documents released last night. Officials presented Amazon with 30 “first-class” sites on the waterfront and in Court Square that Amazon… Read more »

Secret Theatre to Perform ‘A Charlie Brown Christmas,’ Starts Friday

Dec. 10, 2018 Staff Report Join Snoopy, Pig Pen, Schroeder, and the whole Peanuts gang as they discover the true reason for the season. “A Charlie Brown Christmas” returns to The Secret Theatre in Long Island City for 16 shows between Friday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 30. Back for the third year in a… Read more »

4-Story Residential, Retail Building Planned on Vernon Boulevard Corner

Dec. 10, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez Development continues in Long Island City, as plans have recently been filed for a four-story building on Vernon Boulevard. The plans, filed with the Department of Buildings on Dec. 5, call for 15-unit development at 47-01 Vernon Blvd., the current site of a one-story brick building. The new building… Read more »

Yotel to Open Long Island City Location in 2020

Dec. 6, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez Yotel, the trendy hotel chain, is set to open a branch in Long Island City in just a few years time. The company announced Tuesday that it will open a 178-room hotel some blocks north of the Queensboro Bridge in 2020, and marks the second New York City location… Read more »

New Poll Finds Queens Residents Support Amazon in Long Island City

Dec. 5, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez A new poll has found that Queens residents approve of Amazon building new headquarters in Long Island City—in stark contrast to the backlash and anti-Amazon rhetoric expressed by many borough officials and groups over the plan. The Quinnipiac University Poll released today shows that Queens residents are not only… Read more »

CUNY Board Stifles Student Protests Over Amazon During Hearing

Dec. 4, 2018 By Alexa Beyer Chaos erupted Monday night at CUNY’s Board of Trustees public hearing when students who came to protest the University’s recently announced partnership with Amazon were shut down. The Dec. 3 hearing at LaGuardia Community College was the Board’s first since Amazon’s announcement last month that it had chosen Long… Read more »

Borough President Katz Launches Run for Queens District Attorney

Dec. 4, 2018 By Christian Murray Borough President Melinda Katz is in the running for Queens District Attorney, with the life-long Queens resident launching her campaign in Forest Hills on Tuesday. Katz made the announcement at MacDonald Park this morning, and is looking to replace District Attorney Richard A. Brown, who is up for re-election… Read more »

Ceremony Marks Groundbreaking for New Academy of American Studies School Building

Dec. 4, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez The Academy of American Studies will soon be operating out of a new building, with a lineup of officials, school staff and civic leaders joining yesterday to celebrate the start of construction on the $118 million project. The high school, currently split between two “campuses”, with one at the… Read more »

Queens Borough President Katz, a Supporter of Amazon Deal, Calls on Company to Help Fund BQX

Dec. 3, 2018 By Nathaly Pesantez Queens Borough President Melinda Katz has called on Amazon to help pay for the controversial and still-in-planning Brooklyn-Queens Connector as part of its headquarters buildout in Long Island City. Katz, who supports the tech-giant’s move to Queens, reaffirmed her position in a statement released earlier today, but said that… Read more »