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.