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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,…

Residents, officials celebrate tree lighting at Vernon Mall

Dec. 11, By Christian Murray
The sixth annual Christmas tree lighting took place on the Vernon Mall last night. About 30 hardy souls braved the cold weather to surround Santa and local representatives as the Christmas lights were lit.…

Groundbreaking ceremony held for yet another LIC hotel

Dec. 10, By Christian Murray
Despite the snow and sleet, a groundbreaking ceremony was held in Long Island City this morning for a luxury hotel that is about to be built in the Queens Plaza/Court Square area. The ceremony marked the beginning of the construction phase on a 224-room Crowne Plaza Hotel.…

NYPD officer killed after car flips over barriers at Queens Plaza

Dec. 10, By Christian Murray
A 36-year-old off-duty police officer was killed after her car struck a barrier rail and then flipped over and crashed into a vacant store at the base of the Queensboro Bridge this morning, according to police.…

Phase II of Hunters Point South will be 1,200 units, 800 affordable

Dec. 5, By Christian Murray
Two residential towers are going to be constructed as part of phase II of the Hunters Point South development. TF Cornerstone and Selfhelp will be the development team and they will construct 1,193 apartments—of which about 800 will be affordable and the remainder market rate,…

Holiday lights ‘officially lit’ on Vernon Blvd.

Dec. 4, By Christian Murray
The illuminated snowflakes that line the northern portion of Vernon Boulevard were officially lit last night in a holiday lighting ceremony. The event was held at LICBar, where attendees were treated to hot chocolate and cookies.…

Alobar workers about to shave off their “Mo’s”

Dec. 4, By Christian Murray
The month of November was a prickly one at Alobar, with seven staff members at the Long Island City restaurant growing awkward-looking mustaches. The staff formed a team, aptly called Alobar, at the beginning of last month and have been participating in what is known as Movember—a word blended from “mustache” and “November”.…

Movie producers have new outdoor studio, reduces need for street closures

Dec. 4, By Christian Murray
Movie makers can now film on the streets of New York —without taking away coveted parking spaces. On Tuesday, elected officials cut the ribbon on a new outdoor lot at Kaufman Astoria Studios—which will allow producers to shoot outdoor scenes in the convenience of a studio setting.…

Vernon Blvd. warehouse bought for nearly $15 million

Dec. 2, By Christian Murray
The green dilapidated warehouse located at 45-40 Vernon Blvd was bought by a real estate company last month for a whopping $14.7 million, according to real estate records. The building–as first reported by Real Deal
— was acquired by Simon Development Group,…