March 24, 2014 By Christian Murray
Vernon Boulevard will play host to a massive block party this spring.
The Long Island City Partnership will be closing off traffic between 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue in order to hold a community festival. The event is scheduled to take place on the afternoon of Saturday, May 17.
The partnership aims to create a carnival-like atmosphere, where Vernon Boulevard will be filled with dancers, musicians, face painters, sculpture-makers and even lego builders. There will also be a stage area.
Meanwhile, the restaurants located on Vernon Boulevard will be able to put out tables and chairs on the sidewalk– and serve food without having to worry about city permits. Retailers will be able to use the sidewalk to put their products out, too.
“This will be a community celebration and a great way to show off the neighborhood,” said Dana Frankel, Director of Economic Development, at the Long Island City Partnership. “There will be a lot happening that weekend such as the LIC Flea and the LIC Arts Open.”
The event, which is currently being called LIC Spring Stroll, is free.
The partnership is still ironing out some of the details and is holding a meeting on Thursday, March 27, at 10 am at Manducatis Rustica (46-33 Vernon Boulevard). The public is invited to attend.
LIC SPRING STROLL
Saturday, May 17
1 – 6 PM
Vernon Boulevard between 50th Ave. and 46th Ave.
Growing up lic what a great idea I hope to make this event
Wow, while I am not surprised that so many of you may not agree with CB2 or Cathy Nolan regarding their objection to Gardens in LIC, your “Anonymous” opinions on this page mean little or nothing to the powers that be.
Make it your business to attend the board meetings and voice your opinions at each and every meeting until someone hears you. They have their chosen few who decide what takes place in LIC. Make them listen to you.
Garrett is now a board member and although he is not on the committee that handles iiquor licenses, he does attend every committee meeting that does decide. He is also trying to get on that committee.
This is a phenomenal idea. Great job LIC Partnership. I’ll be there!
Most people don’t know who Cathy Nolan is. She never comes into the area or supports any of the local restaurants or shops. She stays away from any local events .
I hope there is someone selling Coors Light tall can crushers out on the street…
LIC Dude, no, the 7 train WON’T be running to Manhattan that day.
I hope the 7 train is running that day.
Kidding aside, this will be awesome! I hope you can walk around with beers/alcoholic beverages in hand all day.
Anyone have a Vuvuzela?
What Ro said…
I love this idea and can’t wait to see the community come together, crowds, noise, and all.
This is a great idea. Way to go LIC Partnership! This will help promote our existing business and make it a very fun day in our hood.
Lets hope CB2 doesn’t put an end to this because a few people will complain about large crowds and noise issues. I also wonder if Cathy Nolan is going to send someone to tell us how she disagrees with these type of events because they create too much noise and crowds. Funny thing is that she never shows up personally to deliver those messages.
HarborLAB will be there!
Hope it doesn’t rain.
It will be the largest dog run in New York. Get ready to step in tons of doo and rivers of urine.
One guarranteed guest William, to hoff and puff and blow the festival to kingdom come.