March 17, 2015 By Michael Florio
Vernon Boulevard will play host to a massive block party this spring.
The Long Island City Partnership will once again be closing off traffic between 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue in order to hold the second annual community festival called LIC Springs. The event will take place on May 9th, from 12 pm to 5 pm.
Last year more than 5,000 people turned out for the free festival and there are expectations that it will be larger this year.
“More people will know to look out for it,” said Jenna Petok, the director of marketing for the LIC Partnership. “It could be much larger than last year.”
Last year the partnership created a carnival-like atmosphere, by filling Vernon Boulevard with dancers, musicians, face painters, sculpture-makers, lego builders and an event-stage area.
The LIC Partnershp hopes to do the same this year, but programming for the event is still in the planning stages.
So far, the YMCA and PNT Fitness will host fitness classes for adults, teenagers and children. Manducatis Rustica will be hosting a spaghetti eating contest.
There will be on-stage performances and space for attendees to dance, set up by the events producer, Jason Sagebiel from Sage Music.
“We want to unite LIC and are excited to do so,” Petok said.
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.
The LIC Partnership is seeking interest from any local business or organization that wants to participate. Businesses have until April 3rd to sign up.
“This event showcases the entire community,” Petok said. “Businesses do not just have to be from Vernon [Blvd] to participate.”
The No. 7 train will be running on the weekend of the event.
For more information go to http://licpartnership.org/events/lic-springs.