You can’t tell from the photo, but a construction crew was out working hard at 47-27 5th Street, the LIC development site at 47th Road. It looks as if site work is underway, despite the DOB issuing new building permits back in September. The previously contaminated land was enrolled in the New York City Brownfield Cleanup Program for environmental remediation. Someday it’ll hold a four-story, eight-unit build — see a closeup of the building design after the jump.
Man, the popup restaurant Mu Ramen has had a crazy week. First, Pete Wells gave the restaurant, which operates out of Bricktown Bagel in Long Island City, a very favorable review in the New York Times. After the article ran, the folks at Mu received an overwhelming 2,000 reservation requests in 24 hours. The husband and wife team are currently trying to set up a brick and mortar location in LIC, so they decided to cancel all upcoming meals out of the bagel shop. Keeping track?
The latest news, as reported by LIC Post, is that it’s likely Mu Ramen will set up permanent digs at 12-09 Jackson Avenue, between 48th Avenue and 47th Road. That’s the former Malu location; the ice cream shop shuttered last month. The owners didn’t announce the move but have applied for a liquor license there. Their hope is to open the ramen restaurant by the summertime.
Last week, the Internet reacted to the facade on display at 45-12 11th Street, in Long Island City. Now the Daily News reports the architect and home owner Tom Paino’s side: “Paino compared the naysayers to yokels who attacked three-dimensional paintings during the Renaissance.” Paino designed the home as an energy-efficient passive house, with rain-soaking plants on its roof and innovation ventilation and insulation units. Even those tiles on the facade are made from recycled material. If the home is certified as a passive house it’ll be the first one in Queens, and the third in New York City.
At the end of the day, Paino doesn’t care what internet commenters think of his design. As he says, “All I can tell you is that the façade is dramatic enough so that people walking by stop to look at it.”
Sweet! One of our favorite Brooklyn sushi joints is expanding to Queens. Grub Street notes that Hibino, a Cobble Hill sushi restaurant known for its amazing homemade tofu, will open another restaurant at 10-70 Jackson Avenue this month. The LIC expansion has been a long time coming — the restaurant first announced its plans in the summer of last year with an expectation to open in November. The restaurant will hold 11 tables and 26 seats. The Hibino LIC website is pretty short on details but we’ll keep an eye out for an exact opening date… UPDATE: It’s already open! We missed this report by LIC Post that Hibino LIC opened on Thursday and is now serving six days a week, Monday through Thursday 5:30 pm to 10 pm and Friday through Saturday, 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm. For now, it’s BYOB and cash only. As a commenter says of the new spot: “Great food, friendly service.”
Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spot: Alobar, 46-42 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
The Deal: A staple on bustling Vernon Boulevard, Alobar has been serving American cuisine to Long Island City residents since 2011. The dishes on the menu are prepared with local and seasonal produce when possible, and pair perfectly with one of the many cocktails on the menu. Owner Jeff Blath stocks Alobar with one of the largest whiskey selections in the neighborhood.
“Lots of restaurants do elevated comfort food. This is elevated food that happens to be comfortable,” says Jeff Blath, the restaurant’s owner.
The Dish: As an example of elevating and twisting comfort food, the (current) Signature Dish at Alobar is the Loaded Potato Gnocchi, with sour cream, chive, and bacon.
“This is a whimsical take on a loaded baked potato,” Blath says. “It’s all about technique, the gnocchi are cooked perfectly — nice and light.”
Suggested by Chef Greg Profeta, this twist on an old classic has made its way onto the regular menu as customer demand has kept it flying out of the kitchen.
In classic whiskey bar fashion, Blath recommends the Alobach cocktail to accompany this dish. The drink combines Four Roses Bourbon, Cointreau, Angostura & Peychaud’s bitters, and dry Champagne with an orange peel garnish.
How much would you pay for a studio condominium in Long Island City? This 503-square-foot unit, from the newish build 13-11 Jackson Avenue, is asking $510,000. There’s a kitchen alcove and a large floor-to-ceiling window, and just enough space for a bed and couch. All in all, a lot of money for not a ton of room. Readers, what do you make of this one?
New York YIMBY is at it again, snagging lots of shiny renderings for the World-Wide Group’s under construction rental at 41-42 24th Street. See them all right after the jump! Perkins Eastman designed the building, which will rise 21 stories and hold 421 units and 8,707 square feet of commercial space. As New York YIMBY points out, the project marks a shift in big development from the waterfront (which is close to reaching full capacity) toward the Court Square area.
The Court Square Blog snapped the above photo of demolition starting at the former 5Pointz warehouse. According to CSB, “In the past week, we’ve seen asbestos abatement crews working around the construction site. It is the first major movement we’ve seen on these buildings since Wolkoff’s decision to whitewash the art back in mid-November.” Demolition was expected to begin late last year or early 2014, so work is slightly delayed. The warehouse, of course, will be replaced with two condo towers.
The LIC condo building The Bindery, located at 47-34 11th Street, sold out at the end of February. The seven-story, 20-unit building hit the market in spring of last year and hit the 50 percent mark over the summer. Prices for the one- and two-bedrooms units, which ranged from 494 to 971 square feet, started at $450,000 — according to Modern Spaces, it’s “one of the first residential properties in Long Island City that sold for over $1000 per square foot with one of the homes selling for $1,166 per square foot after coming onto the market in April.”
Here’s what Modern Spaces’ Eric Benaim has to say about the recent sell out: “The tremendous pace at which the Bindery homes were sold speaks volumes of the continued demand of luxury living in the area. Everything from the name to the design of the building hit a note with buyers and we couldn’t be more pleased to have brought this project to completion in less than a year.”
Check out those nice, new windows at 5-33 48th Avenue, the LIC warehouse conversion between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard. Once construction wraps, this will be a mixed use build with 36 residential units and ground-floor commercial space. The DOB approved plans for a two-story vertical addition but that’s either not happening at all, or construction hasn’t started yet. Given what the building looked like in 2012, this is a major improvement! If the interiors are nice we imagine this will sell or lease in absolutely no time.