The self-serve frozen yogurt shop Vanilla Sky opened its second location on Restaurant Row on 70th Street in Forest Hills. In addition to frozen yogurt, the shop will also sell coffee drinks, sandwiches and smoothies.
Forest Hills Station House opened at 106-11 71st Avenue near the LIRR station in Forest Hills. The pub serves classic pub food with a twist as well as 16 craft beers on tap.
Pizzeria Milkflower turned on its wood-fired pizza oven at 34-12 31st Ave to serve innovative pizzas that include local ingredients.
Gastropub Snowdonia opened over the weekend with a pop-up restaurant. The restaurant, located at 34-22 32nd St, will serve locally sourced food that is paired with craft beers.
Burger joint Williamsburger has moved from its original location in, well, Williamsburg to the corner of Greenpoint Avenue and 36th Street in Sunnyside. The restaurant serves burgers, milkshakes and a few burger variations. It is currently waiting on its liquor license and is cash only.
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Big Alice Brewery opened at 808 43rd Road. The nanobrewery will sell two-thirds of its production through seasonal beer shares and the remaining bottles on Friday nights at the brewery. The summer shares have already sold out, but the brewery is accepting applications for the fall.
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what opened (or closed) in your neighborhood!
New York City is going to rock around the clock…literally. And Queens is going to pop, blues, jazz, reggae, indie, folk, Latin, experimental, country, gospel and even cabaret. This Saturday, Make Music New York celebrates the first day of summer with a unique festival of free concerts in public spaces throughout the five boroughs, including in cemeteries, gardens, parks, plazas, sidewalks and stoops. Cruise to Corona and check out a children’s bucket orchestra, jaunt off to Jamaica for R&B sensation La’Rayne, or rave into the night at the MMNY After Dark party in Sunnyside. Now in its seventh year, this action will take place simultaneously with similar day-long festivities in more than 500 cities around the world. Details: Make Music New York, June 21,10 am – 10 pm, free; click on the following Queens neighborhoods for their schedules: Astoria, Corona/Ridgewood, Elmhurst, Flushing, Jackson Heights, Jamaica, LIC, Rockaway and Sunnyside. (more…)
M. Wells is opening a new restaurant, a steakhouse, at 43-15 Crescent Street in Long Island City in July, the LIC Post reported. The new venture will be a self-described “meat temple.” The French-Canadian restaurant got its start in a diner at 21-17 49th Avenue and became celebrated for adventuresome twists on diner fare, which included foie gras, oysters and raw fish. It closed in 2011 due to what the owners say was a rent increase, and has since been operating a dinette serving lunch only at P.S. 1. The new space will seat 80 people and will have a 24-square-foot concrete trough with live trout. GMAP
It’s the mother of all block parties. This Saturday, Attenborough Naftel, an artist duo from Sunnyside, will get things started by creating an oversized stoop for an all-day game of creative stoopball. Then Free Style Arts will provide paintbrushes attached to fishing poles so attendees can create Jackson Pollack-ish drip paintings. This LIC group will also operate Remote Control Canvas, where those present draw with markers or crayons attached to remote-controlled cars that they zoom around on a large street canvas (below). Valerie Green Dance Entropy will get in on the fun with the performance piece Splash! (above), complete with brightly colored water buckets, of course. Other options at this Queens Council on the Arts event will be a Henna tattoo artist, hands-on activities facilitated by Materials from the Arts and food vendors. The extravaganza will end on a high note with a live performance by Beechers Fault, an indie band that strives to create music filled with raw emotion. Details: QAX Block Party, 37th Street between 34th and 35th avenues, Astoria/LIC, June 22, 1 pm – 6 pm with ribbon-cutting for QCA’s new venue.
The Long Island City Parent’s Group has come up with an interesting proposal for LIC landmark 5 Pointz, the graffiti-covered warehouse its owners plan to demolish, although it’s still unclear what’s going up in its place. The group is proposing that artists bring their graffiti to “the bare grey walls” around P.S. 1, and, well, stop fighting to save the 5 Pointz building altogether. Here’s a good chunk of what they said in their most recent email newsletter:
Was it really necessary that angry activists stop an environmentally conscious developer from building more space for people with jobs, incomes, degrees, and families? Can’t the graffiti move diagonally across the street right onto the walls of another art-friendly building owner, our own MOMA’s P.S. 1? The bare grey walls surrounding P.S. 1 like a proto-Reaganesque Cold War bunker would provide tens of thousands of square feet unadorned by windows and stairs. The hundreds of running feet of concrete walls along Jackson Avenue and 46th Avenue are highly visible to all folks who track to Queens to experience modern art, munch in the M.Wells-managed school cafeteria, and dance (or mostly hang out) at the sultry warm-up parties. Could there be a better synergy than between MOMA’s high concept art and mind-numbing street art of the aerosol kind?
Advice to aerosol activists: advocate as aggressively for the right to splash, splatter, and spray onto the MOMA-walls as you agitated against the development plans. This “concrete” solution would provide a new, better, lasting home for your graffiti: more space, more visibility, more foot traffic and maybe the museum could even carve out some office space for Jonathan Cohen’s graffiti group?
No sane developer will let artists into a building after what happened to the Wolkoff family. They were generous (and a bit clever) by parceling up brittle floors with drafty windows into artist studios and renting the spaces at rates that few real businesses would be willing to pay. But no good deed goes unpunished and the graffiti activists who had used the building facade for free are now paying back their benefactors by blocking the plans and appropriating the building.
I personally know half a dozen owners of commercial loft spaces in Long Island City who will rent to everybody but artists. After what happened to David Wolkoff there will be more.
The city is in talks to bring Citi Bike to Long Island City and Greenpoint to offset disruptions in G train service this year, sources tell the Daily News. The MTA could potentially pay for some or all of the costs. The current program is entirely funded by Citigroup and American Express, and budget constraints were cited as a reason that bikes weren’t in more neighborhoods.
A wooden house at 31-01 37 Avenue in Long Island City was demolished earlier this year and looks primed for redevelopment. There hasn’t been a plan proposed yet, according to Department of Buildings filings, but the owner is Ventura Land Acquisition LLC, which sounds like a developer. The property was last assessed with a value of $30,729, according to PropertyShark. Know more? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. GMAP
Another photo of the site after the jump.
UPDATE: The developer has provided more details about the project in the comments section below, including the fact that there will be a cafe on the ground floor. (more…)
Big Alice Brewing, a new brewery at 808 43rd Road in Long Island City that opens Saturday, is offering a $200 beer share program, DNAinfo reported. Co-owner Kyle Hurst said he was inspired by the nearby Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) model, which allows members to buy into deliveries from local farmers. Brews come in 750 milliliter bottles, which retail for $18. Members of the share will get two large bottles each month. Only about a dozen of the 90 spots in the July through December season are still available. GMAP
We like the exterior and the look of the finishes in this new condo building, Five27, in Long Island City. This studio has a washer/dryer in the unit, and common charges are $316 a month. However, for $440,000 for 490 square feet and only one closet, we might prefer a bigger apartment in an older building. What’s your take? 5-27 51st Avenue, #3D [Modern Spaces] GMAPP*Shark
A massive, 49,412-square-foot lot on the corner of Steinway Street and Northern Boulevard just hit the market for $17,000,000 — that’s more than an acre of land up for grabs. It’s comprised of five separate tax lots, from 36-12 to 36-38 Steinway Street and 38-17 to 38-23 Northern Boulevard. The zoning, currently with allowances for a mixed-use building, allows for approximately 117,614 buildable square feet. And, according to the listing, “this is one of the only 100K + square foot development sites available in the LIC/Astoria market.” Think it’s worth $17,000,000? The parcels, some of which have buildings on them, some of which have parking lots, will be delivered without tenants. 36-12 – 36-38 Steinway Street & 38-17 – 38-23 Northern Boulevard [CPEX]