Trader Joe’s is Opening in Long Island City, According to Brokers

December 11, 2019 | By Christian Murray

Trader’s Joes is coming to Long Island City, according to a number of well-placed real estate brokers. The popular grocery chain, known for its quality products at affordable prices, will be moving into 22-43 Jackson Ave. A lease has been signed and the store is expected to open late 2020. The grocery store will move into the Prime Building, an 11-story, 70-unit mixed-use building that is currently under construction. The building, designed by SRA Architecture + Engineering and developed by Circle F, will open next year. Trader Joe’s, a California-based chain that has 500 stores across the U.S., has taken New York City by storm since it opened its first store in the Big ... ...

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New App Aims to Help Residents and Tourists Explore Long Island City

November 6, 2019 | By Allie Griffin

The Long Island City Partnership has launched a new mobile site and smart signage campaign that uses QR-Code technology to help Long Island City residents, workers and visitors navigate the neighborhood and discover local businesses and community events. The website, LIC Local, will help pedestrians find their way around LIC’s sometimes confusing streets, while also sharing information about local retail stores, eateries, breweries and events. The LICP has deployed 100 smart signs with scannable QR codes at strategic locations throughout Long Island City. Using their smartphone camera, visitors can scan the codes to connect to the wayfinding site. The location of each smart si... ...

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The Clocks on the LIC Clock Tower Set For Restoration Work Next Year

October 5, 2019 | By Shane O'Brien

The Long Island City Clock Tower, a 14-story building that was landmarked in 2015, is set to get a facelift. The four clock faces on the iconic building’s tower, located at 29-27 41st Ave., will be restored next year. The Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans filed last week by Durst Organization to do the work. The clock faces have long since fallen into disrepair and the Durst Organization, the building’s owner, is looking to restore the dilapidated glass and cast-iron faces. Durst acquired the site in late 2016 as part of its plan to develop a 63-story residential building at the adjacent 29-37 41st Ave. It is renovating the clock tower as part of the plans... ...

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Amazon’s former HQ2 location is doing just fine without Amazon

September 2, 2019 | By Rani Molla,

Looking at the real estate market in Long Island City right now, you’d never know the Queens neighborhood is just a few months post breakup with one of the most valuable tech companies in the world. Back in November of last year, after a 14-month long courtship, the e-commerce giant Amazon had declared its love for Long Island City. The company named it as the location of its second headquarters, known as HQ2, a distinction it also bestowed upon Crystal City, Va. Amazon execs and New York politicians thought that bringing 25,000 high-paying jobs and billions of dollars in capital expenditure to the outer borough locale would make the proposed union a sure thing. But local residents,... ...

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Hunters Point Library to Open Sept. 24, After Years of Delays

August 22, 2019 | By Shane O’Brien

The Hunters Point Library will finally open next month after years of delays. The library will officially open on Tuesday, Sept. 24, with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for the same day. The 22,000 square foot library has been under construction since 2015 and features an elaborate concrete-block design. The building, which is 81 1/2 feet tall, was designed by Steven Holl Architects and includes giant windows to take advantage of the East River views. The project has been plagued with delays and budget problems since its inception. The branch was first slated to open in 2014, with an initial groundbreaking in 2013. However, that proposed opening date was pushed back until 2... ...

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Part Of 12th Street In LIC Is About To Become Pedestrian-Only

July 26, 2019 | By Maya Kaufman

LONG ISLAND CITY, QUEENS — A street in Long Island City will become pedestrian-only under a new revamp by the NYC Department of Transportation. The project on 12th Street between 44th Avenue and 43rd Road will add public seating that can be used for community events and close the street to traffic, including parking. Construction begins this month and should be complete by the end of July, according to a DOT spokesperson. The spokesperson did not address a question on the cost of the project.The VOREA Group, a real estate developer, will be responsible for maintenance as the project's partner. The DOT reimburses new StreetSeat partners for up to $12,000 in project costs an... ...

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Rent Regulations in New York: How They’ll Affect Tenants and Landlords

June 12, 2019 | By Sharon Otterman and Matthew Haag

Democratic lawmakers in New York harnessed their new powers on Tuesday to broker sweeping changes to rent laws in order to protect tenants in a state with some of the country’s most expensive housing markets. The regulations that lawmakers agreed upon would stretch beyond New York City to the entire state, allowing other municipalities to enact their own rules to keep apartments affordable. Both chambers of the State Legislature are expected to vote on the new package this week, before the current set of regulations are set to expire on Saturday. Unlike previous regulations, which had to be renewed once they expired, the new rules would be permanent. Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, a De... ...

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Gantry Plaza State Park

May 9, 2019 | By

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MoMA PS1 history

April 5, 2019 | By

MoMA PS1, one of the oldest and largest nonprofit contemporary art institutions in the United States, was founded in 1971 by Alanna Heiss as the Institute for Art and Urban Resources Inc., an organization devoted to organizing exhibitions in underutilized and abandoned spaces across New York City. In 1976, it opened the first major exhibition in its permanent location in Long Island City, Queens, with the seminal Rooms exhibition. An invitation for artists to transform the building’s unique spaces, Rooms established the MoMA PS1 tradition of transforming the building’s spaces into site-specific art that continues today with long-term installations by James Turrell, William Kentri... ...

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