Life In Motion
Tomorrow marks the first ever comedy festival in Long Island City. Head to The Laughing Devil Comedy Club through May 20th to see 100 comics in action! Here’s NY1‘s story:
Now that’s a fun way to spend your weekend!
It’s a beautiful day in the neighborhood – especially for us here at The Industry, as the building is now 51% sold! Here’s our press release:
NEW YORK, May 3, 2012 – With the Long Island City housing market buzzing with activity after the mild winter, Court Square’s luxury condominium The Industry LIC has now reached the 51 percent sold mark. The 75-unit property, developed by Silvercup Studios’ owners Alan Suna and Stuart Match Suna, offers residents modern design features, incredible Manhattan skyline views and abundant outdoor spaces. Modern Spaces is the exclusive sales and marketing agent for the building.
The Industry has also seen tremendous activity among its penthouse units, which are typically the last to sell in luxury condominiums. All of the one-, two- and three-bedroom penthouse homes have sold.
The sales milestone is further testament to the increasing vitality of Long Island City’s emerging Court Square neighborhood. The area continues to see an influx of new residents and businesses, including restaurants, art galleries and performance studios.
“Interest in The Industry has been tremendous,” said Stuart Match Suna, President of Silvercup Studios. “The swift pace of sales confirms that buyers are drawn to top-flight construction in Long Island City, a fantastic neighborhood that is no longer a well-kept secret. It has become a go-to destination among a diversity of residents, from young professionals to families to empty nesters. We have additional offers pending on several of the remaining units and expect an even stronger increase in activity as the buying season heats up.”
Located at 21-45 44th Drive between 21st and 23rd Streets just steps to several subway lines, the sleek modern building offers a mix of studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom homes that boast striking architectural details and unique contemporary amenities.
Residents enjoy open floor plans, with oversized windows allowing ample sunlight to pour into each unit. Many homes also feature private outdoor space. Unit amenities include white oak plank flooring, designer Italian kitchens and bathrooms, a washer and dryer and ample closet space.
Designed by award-winning architectural firm GreenbergFarrow, The Industry features a well-manicured rooftop terrace with dramatic views of the Manhattan skyline, and a ground floor, common-use backyard. Other building amenities include an attended lobby, storage units, bike storage, a state-of-the-art fitness center, lower-level parking garage and video intercom system.
The Industry is also just one subway stop from Manhattan, transporting residents into the heart of Midtown within minutes.
“The response to the homes at The Industry’s contemporary design and favorable pricing has been tremendous,” said Eric Benaim, CEO and President of Modern Spaces. “Each apartment is light-filled and spacious. The developers put a lot of thought into the details and it shows. We anticipate being sold out this summer.”
Prices for studios start at $414,750, one bedrooms at $462,000 and two bedrooms at $749,000. The building is FHA and Fannie Mae approved, providing buyers with multiple financing options. The Industry also has a 15-year, 421-a tax-abatement.
The sales office and model residences are open: Monday – Tuesday, Thursday – Friday 11 am – 6 pm and after 6 pm (appointment only); Saturday 12 – 3 pm (open house) and 3 – 4 pm (appointment only); and Sunday 1 pm – 4 pm (open house) and 4 pm – 5 pm (appointment only). For more information, call (718) 784-0880 or visit www.theindustrylic.com.
About The Developers,
The Industry LIC was developed by Alan and Stuart Match Suna, owners of Silvercup Studios. The developers have roots in Long Island City for nearly 30 years. In addition to The Industry, they have developed over 1,000 rental, cooperative and condominium apartments in New York City. Their extensive real estate experience also includes ownership of one of the largest residential management companies in the region with more than 16,000 apartments in its portfolio.
About Modern Spaces
Eric Benaim, CEO and President of Modern Spaces, is frequently called by locals as “The Mayor” of Long Island City. Modern Spaces is a Long Island City based independent real estate brokerage company that specializes in residential and commercial sales and leasing as well as project development and marketing. Founded by Eric Benaim on the principles of customer service, community involvement and dedicated industry expertise, Modern Spaces’ agents are trained to provide their clients with absolute support, guidance and commitment from beginning to end of every real estate transaction.
Grab today’s New York Times to read this great article about the hotel market in Queens & Brooklyn!
The New York City hotel market managed to defy the slump most of the country experienced during and after the recession.
Occupancy rates in the city were 85 percent last year, compared with a national average of 60 percent. And despite a tough market for financing, at least 15 hotels opened in the five boroughs in 2011 — roughly half of them outside Manhattan. From 2006 to 2011, 42 percent of the city’s new hotels were built in the outer boroughs, according to data from NYC & Company, the local tourism organization.
Brooklyn’s hotel building boom began a few years ago, and competitors continue to pop up around the borough, mostly focused in popular neighborhoods like Williamsburg and the up-and-coming downtown.
Lately, Long Island City in Queens has become another hotel hot spot, as guests trade the congestion of Midtown for skyline views and cheaper prices, just one subway stop from Manhattan.
“My idea was to offer proximity, a good view and a good value,” said Henry Zilberman, the owner of Z NYC Hotel, which opened in Long Island City last July. “We try to be about 30 to 40 percent off a similar hotel in Manhattan — that’s our draw.”
Easy access to Manhattan has become part of the standard pitch for borough hotels, which count subway stops and list nearby trains prominently on their Web sites. Free Internet access is practically a universal amenity outside Manhattan, and a rooftop bar with a view follows close behind.
Mr. Zilberman includes free domestic and international phone calls and says he is catering to the “Apple crowd”: guests toting MacBooks and iPads. He built the 100-room hotel on land he bought in 1996 to park cars for his limousine business.
Long Island City’s advantages include quick trips to La Guardia and Kennedy airports; new restaurants and parks that have joined nearby cultural attractions like MoMA PS1, the Museum of the Moving Image and Socrates Sculpture Park; and proximity to film and television production facilities like Silvercup Studios. Citigroup’s office tower is also a factor for developers, who like to locate hotels near commercial hubs.
Other recent additions to Long Island City include the boutique Hotel Vetiver, which opened in January, and a Four Points by Sheraton that had its debut last May, promoting Manhattan skyline views. A Wyndham Garden hotel welcomed its first guests this spring, and Marriott is putting the finishing touches on a Fairfield Inn & Suites, which is scheduled to open this summer. Marriott was a pioneer in the outer boroughs, with a 666-room hotel that opened in 1998 near the Brooklyn Bridge that dominated the market long before newer competitors arrived. But these days, smaller midmarket properties are more typical, even in Manhattan, because it is still a challenge to get financing to build a large luxury hotel.
“It’s easier to build these small hotels that are moderately priced because they’re less expensive,” said John Wolf, a Marriott spokesman. “And you get a return on your investment more quickly.”
While the Brooklyn Bridge Marriott still captures big event and conference business — it was just named the official hotel of the Barclays Center, the new Nets arena — downtown Brooklyn’s hotel center has been shifting to Duffield Street, where Sheraton and Aloft have opened properties in the last two years.
The 128-room Hotel 718 is set to join them on Duffield Street this spring, with amenities that include a spa, a rooftop deck and a restaurant called the Marrow, run by Harold Dieterle and Alicia Nosenzo, co-owners of Kin Shop and Perilla in the West Village.
“That street in particular is going to be kind of a hotel row,” said Brian Dunne, the director of marketing for Benchmark Hospitality International, the operator of Hotel 718.
With all the residential development in the area, Mr. Dunne said downtown Brooklyn was becoming more of an evening destination, rather than a neighborhood that empties out when municipal and corporate workers go home.
Hotel 718 is part of a more upscale wave of independent hotels opening in Brooklyn, with a carefully fashioned restaurant or bar that aims to attract locals as well as hotel guests. And those guests tend to be more stylish and wealthier travelers, not just budget-conscious visitors who cannot afford to stay near Times Square.
“Brooklyn isn’t being viewed as the less expensive option to Manhattan,” Mr. Dunne said. “It’s a place people are starting to want to come to first rather than second.”
The quarry for hotel developers in Williamsburg is the travelers at the vanguard of fashion, music and design.
The 64-room King & Grove Williamsburg opened on North 12th Street last November, hoping to attract international travelers and the creative set. Originally named the Hotel Williamsburg, the property was recently bought by King & Grove, which also owns Ruschmeyer’s in Montauk and the Tides South Beach in Miami.
Some rooms have balconies overlooking the outdoor pool, and the new owners are working on a rooftop bar and shifting to a more casual focus for the restaurant.
“We’ve kind of become a retreat for parents who are visiting their 30-year-old son who just had his first kid with his wife,” said Maggie Houston, a spokeswoman for King & Grove. “We really do have a pretty big mix at the hotel.”
Just down the street, the 72-room Wythe Hotel plans to open in May, in a former factory on the Williamsburg waterfront. The guest room options include two “band rooms” that sleep four or six people in bunk beds, and the hotel’s restaurant, Reynards, is run by Andrew Tarlow, of the popular area restaurants Marlow & Sons and Diner.
Other hotels are venturing into less-trafficked parts of Brooklyn: a Fairfield Inn & Suites opened last July on Third Avenue in Gowanus. And Hotel BPM is expected to open later this spring on 33rd Street in Sunset Park.
Developed by the hip-hop D.J. Bijal Panwala, Hotel BPM — as in “beats per minute” — streams a soundtrack selected by the owner in its public spaces. Soundproofed guest rooms offer an amenity many travelers will appreciate: laptop-size safes.
Sean Hennessey, the chief executive of Lodging Advisors, which evaluates the financial prospects of hotels, said one cloud over the otherwise sunny New York City market was that prices had not matched the strength of occupancy rates.
“In 2011, room rates were still 18 percent below where they were in 2007,” Mr. Hennessey said, adding that hotels in Brooklyn or Queens command rates that are $50 to $60 less than a property of comparable quality in Manhattan.
“That’s good for travelers,” he said. “But not as good for hotel developers.”
Still, Mr. Hennessey said, areas outside Manhattan are well suited to the midprice hotels that are popular now and can often be built on a faster timetable.
“You can get a project up and running somewhat easier in the boroughs,” he said, “which I think is why we’re seeing more interest there.”
Aaaah to live in Long Island City! Quaint independent shops and restaurants, beautiful views, proximity to Manhattan… and the apartments aren’t too shabby either! On Tuesday, the developer of The Industry, Stuart Match Suna, showed off our diggs to NY1, and their cameras captured the wonderful views from our roof, spacious condominiums, and surrounding neighborhood. Take a look:
The Chocolate Factory, one of our wonderful neighborhood theatre spaces, is home to a new performance. As written up in The New Yorker:
“Fruitlands” takes its title from the failed commune established by the American transcendentalist Bronson Alcott, and much of its tone from his daughter Louisa May, who suffered there for his ideals. Four women in long, dark dresses run heedlessly in a small space. They clump together and rub against one another as if to shed something unwanted. They gaze outward and their smiles curdle. Some of the symbolism is heavy-handed, but the rhythm worked up by overlapping solos is thrilling and rare. (The Chocolate Factory, 5-49 49th Ave., Long Island City. 212-352-3101. April 18-21 at 8.)
Find more dance performances in NYC: http://www.newyorker.com/arts/events/dance/2012/04/23/120423goda_GOAT_dance#ixzz1sFFfjYA4
The Chocolate Factory: http://www.chocolatefactorytheater.org/home.html
In this delightful weather, we can’t help but dream of relaxing outside with a cup of coffee, perusing local shops with friends, or strolling into the nearest pub. Happy spring, LIC! Metro newspaper recently chronicled how to spend an ideal Spring day in Long Island City, complete with brunch, booze, art and laughs. Sounds right on the money!
Rebecca Finkel’s Metro piece, “Take a daytrip to Long Island City”:
This spring, spend a day in Long Island City, a neighborhood as rich in history as it is in great brunch spots.
A historic hub
Before the LIRR connected to Penn Station, LIC was the end of the line. Commuters awaiting ferries to Manhattan met at Tony Miller’s Hotel on Borden Avenue (now the fabulously kitschy Waterfront Crabhouse). Teddy Roosevelt drank there, as did architect Stanford White and actress Lillian Russell. By 1910, with expanded LIRR service and the opening of the Queensboro Bridge, LIC fell into decline. Ferries stopped running, and Prohibition turned Miller’s Hotel into a phonograph factory. LIC remained a quiet, industrial neighborhood until the late ’70s, when artists flocked to the area’s lofts. In the ’90s, new waterfront high-rises attracted young professionals and their families. Today, LIC it has reclaimed its status as a hub of vibrant people, culture and art.
10:30 a.m.: Eat
You can’t find a bad brunch on Vernon Boulevard, with El Ay Si, Cranky’s, Dorian Cafe, and Tournesol. We like 4-month-old Alobar (www.alobarnyc.com) for its superb bloody mary and its duck confit Sloppy Joe with smoked ricotta (pictured).
After brunch, head to Gantry Plaza State Park, a 10-acre waterfront walk with spectacular views of Manhattan. In addition to contemporary art Mecca MoMA PS1, LIC is home to three sculpture parks: The Noguchi Museum, Sculpture Center and the Socrates Sculpture Park.
Across the street from PS1 is 5Pointz Aerosol Art Center, a 5-story warehouse covered in legal graffiti. Visit between May 12 and 20 for the LIC Arts Open (www.licartsopen.org), when hundreds of artists open their studios to the public.
3 p.m.: Drink
LIC has the kind of relaxed neighborhood bars that will make you think seriously about moving, or at least staying for another beer. In fair weather, grab an outdoor seat at Dominie’s Hoek (www.dominieshoek.com) or LIC Bar (www.licbar.com). Sweet Leaf (www.sweetleaflic.com) has a good selection of coffee and tea, which you can enjoy while playing DJ in their record room. Sage General Store (www.sagegeneralstore.com) has great baked goods; try the bacon brownie.
4 p.m.: Laugh
Wind down with open-mic stand-up at The Creek and Cave (www.creeklic.com), one of the area’s two comedy clubs. Free shows start at 4 p.m. on both Saturdays and Sundays.
It’s been way too long since we posted on the blog – apologies! Here is another great LIC story, coming from New York Daily News. Read about Long Island City’s The Oracle Club, a new ecclectic private club and haven for the literary, artistic, and creative.
“There is a certain breed of New Yorker for whom the word “club” does not summon up the Meatpacking District, but the upper East Side; there are some in this town who crave not Cielo’s bottle service and booming music, but a cocktail in the wood-paneled comfort of the Knickerbocker.
Private clubs have long been a staple in New York society. These clubs are extremely expensive, with membership dues that reach into the thousands. As such, they are unavailable to most of us, who have to do with a cozy corner of Starbucks for our social needs.
That’s why the Oracle Club in Long Island City is such a welcome addition to New York’s cultural landscape. It strives to be a meeting (and working) place for writers, artists and intellectuals.
Nor is it, technically, a social club, but a hybrid of an intellectual salon and the kind of writers’ spaces that have become popular in recent years. One book-lined room is reserved for writers and another for painters. A third serves as a gathering place where readings and classes (ballet, cosmology, art) are held; in this airy ‘salon,’ a member can also simply read a book or chat with another Oracle member over a beer (yes, there is a bar).
The Oracle is the brainchild of novelist Julian Tepper and painter Jenna Gribbon, who run the club out of the ground floor of a building owned by a friend. Tepper and Gribbon live above the club with their 1-year-old son.
They started working on the Oracle in late November; today, with its welcoming library, Gribbon’s surrealistic paintings and eclectic furniture (including some very frightening couches with horns), it looks like it has been around for a century.
‘t will be one of the most beautiful places in New York City,’says Tepper with a Manhattanite’s unmistakable bravado. Indeed, he is a native of the East Side who, in addition to creating the Oracle, has just sold his first novel, ‘Balls,’ about a man battling testicular cancer.
But while the Oracle does indeed look and feel like a cousin of the National Arts Club, it aims to be more than just a social club. While one can join only the large central salon, Tepper and Gribbon hope to draw like-minded writers and artists. The attraction is a library straight out of the Ivy League, reserved for writers, and a vast artists’ studio on the lower level for members who paint.
Gribbon, who hails from Tennessee, says they are looking for other dedicated artists with ‘ink on your fingers and paint on your pants.’
This wouldn’t be a New York social club without some exclusivity. Tepper and Gribbon interview all members, who — if they are accepted — gain access for $175 per month for artists, $125 for writers and $50 for salon-only members.
The club already has 25 members, who might be sequestered away in a library nook working on a novel or painting the next masterpiece downstairs — or simply enjoying a drink in the salon.
You know, just like they do on the East Side.”
- Alexander Nazaryan, New York Daily News
Looking for more to read. Check out The New York Times blurb on The Oracle Club: http://tmagazine.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/01/20/just-opened-the-oracle-club/
The club’s website: theoracleclub.com
The Oracle Club, 10-41 47th Avenue, Long Island City, NY; 917-519-2594
Artist Eduardo Anievas-Cortines hosts one of his lovely Open Studo Series tomorrow from 1-7pm. On display are his original, colorful paintings, sure to brighten your winter day. The host also serves homemade tapas and sangria (yes, please).
A fantastic community gathering! Take a look at Anievas-Cortines’s website for pictures of past events! http://www.eduardoanievas.com/eduaran.htm
47-33 5th St, LIC
LIC’s beloved eatery, which was forced to close its packed doors last fall, is back. And the whole neighborhood (and our neighboring boroughs) is talking about the French-Canadian restuarant’s epic return! Read yesterday’s New York Daily News story…
Dufour revealed to Canadian Broadcasting Company they are planning on serving bento box-style meals and will work mostly sous-vide (sealed-bag cooking), since the space is mostly without gas.
He has also hinted at plans to open a space on a catamaran inside a warehouse space in Long Island City.
The beloved restaurant was forced to shutter at its former 49th Ave. location after Dufour and Obraitis had a rent dispute with their landlord in August.
M. Wells, the French Canadian-inspired eatery, known for its Caesar salad with anchovy dressing and pickled pork tongue, changed the restaurant scene in LIC when it first opened in 2010.
It was included in Bon Appetit magazine’s Best Restaurants in the World list in 2011.
Just becuase the holidays are over doesn’t mean there’s a lack of weekend activities for LIC residents and visitors. Besides staying bundled up and enjoying a frothy treat (Sweatleaf Cafe, anyone?), we have a few suggestions for how to spend your weekend east of the river… Have suggestions for us? Post on our Facebook page or tell us on Twitter!
Laugh away your winter blues at The Laughing Devil Comedy Club, now in it’s second month since opening and already a huge hit with the community. Six comics will take tonight’s stage, beginning at 8PM. Come for dinner, drinks, or just for laughs, but be sure to come; you never know where the next big comic is gonna get their start!
Busy tonight? The Laughing Devil entertains 7 nights a week. And for all the locals out there: tickets are only $5 for LIC residents!
The Laughing Devil Comedy Club . 4738 Vernon Blvd LIC
Get a big dose of art this weekend at Jeffrey Leder Gallery’s “International Painting NYC,” an all day exhibit featuring the work of dozens of artists from around the world. As described by the Brooklyn newspaper Greenpoint Star:
“The 45 pieces on display showcase artists from 10 different countries, from Japan to Morocco, and various South American lands. It will spread across two floors and features a wide spectrum of work from paintings to sculpture, non objective, nonrepresentative, abstract and highly representative — all of various sizes and shapes.
The exhibition is a dream that artist Jeff Leder had for a while. Although he has been presenting Long Island City-based artists since the gallery’s opening in 2010, Leder decided he wanted to bring the world to the thriving artistic enclave of Queens.”
Jeffrey Leder Gallery . 21-37 45 Rd
In true Long Island City fashion: art, art, and more art! On Sunday, SculptureCenter reopens with two new exhibits, both running until March 19th. The opening reception begins at 5pm. A break-down of the exhibits, as described by LIC Partnership (which, by the way, has a calendar of community events online and copious info on neighborhood happenings: http://licpartnership.org/)
In Practice: You never look at me from the place from which I see you: “organized around investigations into vision and location within our present moment, characterized by dispersed attention and spatial deterritorialization.”
Scene, Hold, Ballast: ”a two person exhibition with David Maljkovic and Lucy Skaer, artists whose work shares an engagement with sculpture, film, and distinct approaches to exhibition design. Scene, Hold, Ballast conceived as a dialog, will feature new works by Maljkovic and Skaer commissioned through SculptureCenter’s Artist in Residence program.”
In honor of the late Martin Luther King Jr., Museum of the Moving Image will host a special screening of the moving 1964 film Nothing But a Man, directed by Michael Roemer. The screening is free with museum admission. From Moving Image:
“With its understated performances, loose and realistic writing, and camerawork that borrows from cinéma vérité, Nothing But a Man is a unique and devastatingly powerful depiction of black life in 1960s Alabama. The story centers on the struggles of a poor, young railroad worker named Duff and his schoolteacher wife, as they try to raise a family amid the structural poverty and day-to-day racism of the Jim Crowe era. While he is always polite and congenial, Duff refuses to be racially intimidated or defer to the authority of whites, and he and his family suffer for it. Despite being a festival hit upon its completion in 1964, the film was unable to attain distribution, and was all but forgotten until it was finally given a release and added to the National Registry in 1993. It is now considered a forward-looking classic of the Civil Rights era, and a milestone of American independent cinema.”
Museum of the Moving Image . 36-01 35 Ave, Astoria
Happy to post that NY1 profiled our building in the story, “What Can You Buy in NYC for about 1.1M?”
Watch the video to see the 2 bedroom penthouse unit – beautiful oak floors, luxury amenities, a large terrace, and more! We may be a bit biased, but hard to compete with the price and proximity to Manhattan!
A little late on the New Year’s Eve planning? Have no fear, LIC has plenty of ways to celebrate. Whether you’d rather have a quiet glass of champagne with your New Year’s kiss, or jump around to techno beats, Long Island City has something for you! Take a look:
If you’re looking for something cheap and unpretentious for tomorrow night, come to LIC Bar. Advance tickets are only $15, doors open at 8pm to the indie-folk/pop sounds of local band Astoria Boulevard. Grab a brew at this casual LIC favorite. 45-58 Vernon Blvd. (718)786-5400
Want something a little more swanky? With views of the river and the gorgeous Manhattan skyline, Water’s Edge restaurant won’t disapoint in the romance department. Its New Year’s Eve menu offers 3 different options depending on your party style: dine at the restaurant’s first seating (5:30 – 8pm) for $110 per person, enjoy the second seating (9-12:30) with live band from for $140, or head upstairs for buffet catering and DJ entertainment for $125. All options include a top shelf open bar. The East River at 44th Dr. (718) 482-0033
Toast the new year at the trendy bar inside LIC’s Ravel Hotel. For advance tickets of only $30, you’ll enjoy an open bar and live music from 10pm on. Just like the hotel rates, that’s quite a bargain! 808 Queens Plaza South. (718)289-6118
One of LIC’s newest restaurants is quickly becoming a neighborhood favorite, with its elegant feel and farm-t0-plate “new European” fare. Stewed mushrooms, roasted rabbit fettuccine, and sweet potato gnocchie – oh my! For $65 (prix fixe menu), you can spend your holiday inside what Gothamist has described as “a little European jewelbox.” Rather treat yourself to some french toast and home fries? Bear is open New Year’s Day for its weekly Sunday brunch, as well as its “Late Hangover Brunch” from 4-9pm. So go ahead, have that one-glass-of-champagne-too-many – Bear will treat you well the next morning! 21-14 31st Ave. (719) 396-4939
Bohemian Hall and Beer Garden
NYC’s oldest beer garden (2012 marks its 102nd year) is just a neighborhood away! Head to Astoria tomorrow night for a 5 hour open bar starting at 8 o’clock, and a lavish buffet from 8-10pm (we’re talking appetizers, entrees, desserts, coffee – the works). Did we mention 14 of their finest draft beers to choose from? Advance tickets are $90/ person and $160 per couple; $100/ $180 at the door. 29-19 24th Ave, Astoria. (718)-274-4925
Happy New Year, Long Island City! No open houses this holiday weekend, but call our sales office (718-784-0880) to set up an appointment to view the apartments – see you in January!
The holidays are quickly approaching, which means plenty of ways to get festive with your tots. This weekend, bring them to one of LIC’s spirited celebrations…
Breadbox Cafe’s Kids Holiday Party- Saturday @ 4pm. 47-11 11th St
From the LIC Partnership: “Breadbox is hosting a 2 hour fundraising event supporting NY Foundling Org. This ‘Kids Only’ party will have opportunities for pictures with Santa, a cupcake decorating class, holiday cookies and more!”
Breakfast with Santa at Water’s Edge Restaurant – Sunday, 11-1:30 and 1:30-4. 4-01 44th Dr
The Muppet Christmas Carol at Museum of the Moving Image – Sunday @ 1pm. 36-01 35 Ave
Cookie Decorating at Malu - Sunday @ 3pm. 12-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City’s newest comedy club, The Laughing Devil, has a fantastic line up this week. There are 8 & 10 o’clock shows on Fridays and Saturdays, with 6pm & 8pm shows on Sundays, and 8pm shows on weekdays. The club also has public comedy classes, plenty of event space for fundraisers or large groups, and a series called “Uncle Jerry’s Crackhouse & Open-Mic Workshop” on Sundays where “the first 20 people who sign up each get 3 minutes to perform and 2 minutes of group and professional feedback. And drinks are half price!” Looking for a bargain? Thursdays are college nights; just present your student ID for $3 admission. On Sundays, members of the military get in free.
So if you’re looking for some laughs to warm those winter shivers, come to The Laughing Devil, now open in LIC! 4738 Vernon Ave . 347-91-DEVIL
With the holidays quickly approaching, there’s plenty of things to do this weekend in Long Island City. From holiday movies to shopping opportunities, here are some fantastic ways to spend your days…
Zaba Kids Holiday Pop-Up Shop
Our sales team, Modern Spaces, is sponsoring this terrific idea, a pop-up shop in their office on Vernon Blvd. Stop by with or without your kids to get special discounts on children’s clothing, toys and accessories. Can’t make it this weekend? Don’t fret; the Zaba Kids team will be at Modern Spaces again on Dec. 17th and 18th. Sat & Sun, 11am – 4pm. 47-42 Vernon Blvd.
Come see the Tony-award nominated musical based on Louisa May Alcott’s classic novel, which follows the March sisters–Jo, Meg, Beth and Amy–as they grow up in Civil War America. Tickets are $18. Showtimes for the 2-week limited engagement:
December 8th -10th & 14th -16th at 7:30 pm
December 11th at 2:30 pm
December 17th at 2:30 pm & 7:30 pm
“Full Disclosure” at The Secret Theatre
From The Secret Theatre’s website: “Going To Tahiti Productions presents the NY premiere of FULL DISCLOSURE!
“Under full disclosure, a broker is required to give the buyer all known facts about the subject property.” Realtor, Sunny Smith, takes this law very much to heart. Join her for an open house as she discloses not just the details of the appliances but also the details of her life. Set up in the style of an actual open house, (complete with refreshments) FULL DISCLOSURE, a one woman show, will be performed by GTTP Company Member, Kiwi Callahan. Join us for snacks and a tour of both Sunny’s listing and her heart.”
“Full Disclosure” runs through Dec. 18th. Performances are Tuesdays-Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 2pm & 7pm and Sundays at 2pm. Tickets are $20
Christmas Eve on Sesame Street
Bring your kids to Museum of the Moving Image on Saturday at 1pm for this 1978 holiday special episode, following by a compilation of various clips from the series. Free with museum admission. 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria.
Malu Holiday Gift Show
Malu, one of LIC’s most quaint and delicious ice cream and dessert shops, is having a special gift show on Saturday from 2-6pm. Besides Malu’s signature chocolates, you’ll find jewelry, candles, soaps, and more.
Brickhouse Ceramic Art Center Holiday Sale
Stop by the shop for one-of-a-kind pieces to give your loved one for the holidays – jewelry, vases, mugs, and more! All weekend long, from 10am-5pm. 10-34 44th Dr.
Ten10 Studios, a fantastic art gallery in the neighborhood, is hosting a holiday party for the whole family on Sunday, complete with story time, hot coco, and festive photos at the Polaroid Portrait Studio. 1-4:30pm. Free for all!
The holiday season at the box office has begun, and this weekend two movies shot in Long Island City will open to expected large and enthusiastic audiences. Both 20th Century Fox’s The Sitter and Warner Bros’ New Year’s Eve were filmed at Silvercup Studios, the owners of which are the developers of The Industry. Take a sneak peak, and check out the websites to see trailers!
Jonah Hill stars as Noah, a college student coaxed into babysitting his neighbors for an evening. The night goes from bad to worse, as Noah and the 3 youngsters end up in a wild-goose chase around New York City. From the directors of Pinnapple Express, this film is sure to be a comedy crowd-pleaser.
New Year’s Eve
Like Gary Marshall’s previous hit Valentines Day, his newest flick follows the lives of a large and star-studded cast on another magical holiday, New Year’s Eve. Get ready for laughs and romance from this unstoppable group: Halle Berry, Jessica Biel, Jon Bon Jovi, Abigail Breslin, Chris “Ludacris” Bridges, Robert De Niro, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Hector Elizondo, Katherine Heigl, Ashton Kutcher, Seth Meyers, Lea Michele, Sarah Jessica Parker, Michelle Pfeiffer, Til Schweiger, Hilary Swank, and Sofia Vergara. And don’t forget about the film’s greatest character: the city of New York!
Websites: http://www.thesittermovie.com/ and http://newyearsevemovie.warnerbros.com/
Yesterday The Queens Courier profiled local artist Jesse Winter, whose photographs of Long Island City are showcased at The Industry. Primarily a portrait photographer, Winter works at Ten10 Studios (below). Read the Courier article, “Winter in Long Island City: Local Artist with Space for Experience.”
“The artistic community of LIC is an ever-evolving collection of painters, photographers, sculptors and preternatural inhabitants of every other imaginable art form. They are in LIC for the camaraderie, the easy access to Manhattan and, of course, for the gallery space.
Ten10 Studios opened its doors to the LIC community on June 3, 2010 and welcomed upon its walls the first of many local creative expressions. Since then the historic carriage house has not only been transformed into a photography studio for local photographer Jesse Winter, but also has become an extension of his vision in art. The space allows him to open his doors as a beacon of art, music, and performances for not just local but all who have been inspired by one form or another. Winter’s vision has caused a positive ripple effect in our local artist community by allowing them to have a venue to express their artistic vision.
Jesse Winter first arrived in LIC in 2003. He walked down Vernon Boulevard and straight into Cassino Restaurant – little did he know his destiny would be altered by meeting the Anzalone family, who happened to know of an apartment for rent. That meeting later changed his destiny when his new place in the LIC community led directly to him meeting future wife Missy, who works for Doctors Without Borders.
It all came together for Winter, all of his chance meetings convinced him to firmly plant his tripod in LIC. His inspiration of life and love comes from his surroundings of family and friends and being inspired by his local surroundings, he decided to create a space for his open media. Not just to create a photo opportunity or to capture a moment in time, but to bring some variety to his form of pictorial cultivation. In doing so, he has created an open studio for local community artists to be able to show on a level that otherwise would not be possible on Vernon Boulevard, which is mainly known for shops and restaurants – a fresh breath of culture without having to walk up to Jackson Avenue.
Winter, as a portrait photographer, has been focusing on children and families. His artistic vision for these subjects brings out their purity and captures the moments that quickly fade as time advances.
‘Children are the sketched version of whatever they will become except more beautiful, pure, and true,’ he said. ‘Ten10 Studios is the perfect space to control light and catch moments with children. Making portraits of children that transcend their age is my goal.’
Moments with loved ones can pass in a blur, as Winter learned in a tragic way.
In the midst of showing his work at other local places like his American Payphone at LIC Market and NYC Composite Landscape at the Industry, his beloved brother Adam passed away after a 32 year struggle with congestive heart failure. Adam’s struggle and dedication to living life to the fullest will be an inspiration to Winter and the LIC community for the rest of his life.
And his inspiration seems to be on a constant flow. Since opening his studio, Winter has exhibited his own projects like Homegrown LIC – portraits of LIC community members, iTrain, and Edible Arts – highlighting LIC chiefs and their creations. Besides his personal work, there has been over 25 local artists displayed – all of which have either given first chances or reignited seasoned careers. It was no small feat to open the Studio as it took friends helping with renovations and local merchants donating food for openings – it has truly been a community affair.
Winter is always looking for new ways to create and share with the community. The only rule is the carriage house doors always close at 10:10 p.m. To round out the season, he is transforming his studio into a Winter Wonderland and opening his doors again for an event on December 11, allowing families to take their portraits. In addition to that holiday present, on December 17 Amanda and Sam, local artists, are performing ‘The Three Cords and Truth,’ a cabaret show and art exhibit of gay icons. Accepting all of the different types of artists LIC has to offer into his studio amplifies the importance of places like Ten10. People tell stories through their journeys and it is wise to catch those stories and tell them while the chance is at hand.
‘The value is in the experience, whether five people show up or 50,’ he said. ‘If it is not good for creativity, conversation, and community it is not good. The best experiences happen because you’re open to letting them happen.’
For new experiences, contact Ten10Studios at www.ten10studios.com or call Jesse Winter at 646-271-5353. Ten10 Studios is located at 10-10 47th Road in LIC.”
TGIF, LIC! Looking for an activity to start off your weekend? Head to The Secret Theatre, a fantastic artistic hub in the community (and conveniently located just around the corner from our condominium building). Siren’s Tale Production’s In Montauk, a film shot in Queens & Long Island, has a sneak peek screening tonight at 7pm followed by a Q&A and reception. Tickets are only $5.
The theatre describes Kim Cummings’s new film: “Photographer Julie Wagner is taking photos in Montauk in the off-season for her first solo show. Pregnant, alone and under pressure to create new work for the impending show, she becomes involved with Christian, a composer working on his own project. Complicating matters is Julie’s husband Josh. Her affair leads Julie to a shocking life decision.”
The Secret Theatre . 44-02 23rd Street
Quick tidbit of exciting LIC news for your Thursday evening: even as temperatures drop in New York, Long Island City Farmers Market stays open! Located at 37-18 Northern Blvd, the market is open every Wednesday from 12-5pm. You’ll surely find less produce than in warmer months, but can look forward to more jams, sauces and gourmet desserts, plus crafts and jewelry. Sounds perfect for unique, thoughtful, and budget-conscious holiday gifts!
Another Friday is here, and we’ve got a few suggestions for how to spend your pre-Thanksgiving weekend in Long Island City…
Tonight head to The Astor Room at 34-12 34th Street for live music, dinner, and end-of-work-week drinks. We blogged about the restaurant’s Friday nights a while back: Emerging artists from Song Circle play each Friday night from 9-11PM. Why not make a night of it? The Astor Room (34-12 36 Street, Astoria) is known for its delicious cocktails and grub, with an extensive wine collection, comfort food done right (chicken pot pie, French union soup, fish & chips – oh my!), and a cocktail list Hollywood-inspired, “forgotten classics.” A vodka gimlet please!
Today through Sunday, stop by Museum of the Moving Image for the series “Crime Scene: Europe,” a showcase of film noir thrillers. The museum says: “The series ranges from Czech and Austrian films of the 1940s and early 1950s rarely seen in the U.S. to contemporary productions from France, Germany, Italy, Poland, and Romania.” Go to http://www.movingimage.us/ for showtimes and information on all the films and special events.
Also at Museum of the Moving Image: If you’re ready to ring in the holiday season, bring your kids to a 3-D screening of the animated flick “Arthur Christmas” on Saturday @ 11am, with a reception of cookies and drinks in the museum cafe at 10am. “Arthur Christmas” stars James McAvoy, Hugh Laurie, Bill Nighy, and Jim Broadbent.
Yesterday The New York Times published an article by C.J. Hughes about our neighborhood, Court Square, and all the changes happening in Long Island City. Read on:
“ON a recent afternoon the view across Court Square, in eastern Long Island City, Queens, took in an auto body shop and parking lots, and aging factories beyond. The Citicorp Building and other office towers cast shadows across streets. Places to shop were nonexistent.
That view is about to change. The Rockrose Development Corporation has started construction on a 42-story rental tower with 709 apartments that is expected to be among the largest residential developments in the area — and one of the tallest buildings in the borough — when completed in 2013.
The apartments in the tower, which will be called Linc LIC, at 43-10 Crescent Street, will range from 450-square-foot studios to 1,400-square-foot three-bedrooms. They will have parquet floors and ‘Rockrose standard’ flecked granite counters, and in many cases, washers and dryers, said Justin Elghanayan, a principal of Rockrose, which is led by his father, Henry.
The rents will be about 25 percent below those for comparable apartments in Manhattan, brokers say. They average $1,750 a month, for studios, and $4,150 a month for three-bedrooms, or about $38 per square foot.
Those rents are in line with those at the smattering of new rentals in the area. At Packard Square and Packard Square North, for instance, a pair of projects developed by Ciampa Management, studios are $1,700 to $2,000 a month, said Danielle T. Culver, the Citi Habitats agent who leases them. And they have leased quickly; the 90 units at Packard Square North, which opened in June, were filled by November, she said.
‘A lot of people from Manhattan used to be afraid to cross the bridge,’ Ms. Culver said, referring to the Queensboro Bridge, which runs a few blocks north of Court Square, ‘but now this is becoming its own little area.’
To ensure that renters keep crossing, Rockrose is stocking its $275 million building with amenities. Among them will be two sizable outdoor spaces: an 8,000-square-foot courtyard, with lawns, on the third floor; and another with grills, bars and tables, on the 31st.
As an added enticement, that auto body shop, which sits on Rockrose land, will be leased to a restaurant, to enliven sidewalks that now are hushed at night.
‘I think it’s about to pop,’ Justin Elghanayan said of the Court Square area, as he gave a tour of the work site. Indeed, a bustling after-work social scene will be critical to attracting the younger renters whom Rockrose covets, said Mr. Elghanayan, who for similar reasons staged a sort of multiweekend pool party on a lot near his new building last summer. Called the Palms, the party featured three Dumpsters filled with water to splash around in, alongside beach chairs, and beer. ‘That’s the kind of energy neighborhoods need,’ he said.
The revels won’t last forever, though. The second and third buildings in Rockrose’s complex, which is to have a total of 1,700 units, for $750 million, will rise on the Palms lot, though no groundbreaking date has been set.
Details are even vaguer about the fourth building, which is to go up next to the shop-turned-restaurant; it could contain condominiums, or even offices, Mr. Elghanayan said.
Although residents may be a new sight, Court Square has been steadily adding office workers since the Citicorp Building went up in 1989.
Court Square Place, which opened in 2006, is now home to the United Nations’ large credit union. And next fall, the City University of New York School of Law will move from Flushing, its home since 1983, to Two Court Square, a high-rise built in 2007.
The Court Square project is the first for Rockrose since its unusual restructuring.
For decades, Rockrose was controlled by three brothers, Henry, Tom and Fred Elghanayan. But in 2009, they split the firm into two separate companies, divvying up its buildings in the process.
One company, called TF Cornerstone, is run by Tom and Fred. Among its holdings are two apartment buildings in a different part of Long Island City, called the Queens West development. On Center Boulevard along the East River, it was created from once-polluted industrial lots. TF Cornerstone is currently building on four other sites on Center Boulevard, one of which, No. 45-45, is to have 806 units, rivaling Rockrose’s new tower.
The other spin-off company, which retained the Rockrose name, went to Henry Elghanayan; it controls 47-05 Center Boulevard, among many other buildings.
Part of the reason for the family split, cited at the time, was that Henry sought a clear path of succession for Justin, 33. And in some ways that move seems to have paid off: the Crescent Street apartment is Justin’s first development project. ‘I’m really, really enjoying it,’ he said.”
From the roof of the Z Hotel in Long Island City, Mayor Bloomberg announced earlier this week that the tourism industry is healthy and thriving. With the Manhattan skyline behind him, he spoke of the particular increase in LIC, which has become a common destination for international visitors looking for cheaper rooms still within close proximity to Manhattan. Read this article by Nancy Trejos for USA Today’s Travel Section, which mentions our own Silvercup Studios, the owners of which are the developers of our condominium building.
“Start spreading the news: New York will reach a record 90,000 hotel rooms by the end of the year, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced.
That’s a 24% increase since 2006. More than 7,000 rooms are in the works, about 40% of them outside of Manhattan, according to NYC & Co., New York City’s official marketing, tourism and partnership organization.
The number of hotel rooms in the construction pipeline is actually decreasing across the nation. According to the October 2011 STR/McGraw Hill Construction Dodge Pipeline Report, there are 310,387 rooms slated to be built nationwide, a 9-percent decrease compared to October 2010.
‘New room supply growth will remain muted for the overall industry in the coming years,’ Vail Brown, vice president of global sales and marketing at the research firm STR, said in a statement. ‘An exception is the New York City market; they are in the middle of a new hotel construction explosion.’
Nashville reported the largest increase in rooms. Both Philadelphia and Washington, D.C., also reported healthy increases. For the first time in years, Las Vegas was not in the top five for new construction. Chicago had the largest decrease.
Long Island City, Queens, has helped New York surge past other cities in hotel construction. The outer borough community has seen a surge in hotel development, thanks to quick subway service to Manhattan and attractions such as the Museum of the Moving Image. Long Island City and nearby Astoria also house many TV and film studios including Silvercup Studios and Kaufman Astoria Studios.
There are now 17 hotels in Long Island City with 1,500 rooms. Five more properties with 650 rooms are under construction, NYC & Co. reported. Some brands that have branched out to Queens include the Four Points by Sheraton, Fairfield Inn, Country Inn & Suites, and Holiday Inn. Next month, the Wyndham Garden Long Island City will open.
Some independent hotels have also made the leap across the river including the Ravel and the Verve Hotel. The 100-room Z NYC, where Bloomberg made his remarks, opened in July with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.
Another 40 or so new projects will open citywide in the next 30 months, about 13 of them outside of Manhattan, bringing 1,865 rooms to the outer boroughs, according to NYC & Co.
Despite the lull in the economy, the New York City tourism industry appears to be healthy, with 48.8 million visitors last year and a record number of visitors expected this year. Hotel occupancy is close to 85%, according to NYC & Co.
The U.S. hotel industry is expected to end 2011 with a 4-percent occupancy increase to 59.9 percent, STR reported. But for 2012, STR is forecasting a 0.2% increase in occupancy to 60%, much smaller than originally predicted. The firm attributes that to continued global economic insecurity.”
Looking for a small, personalized gift for a loved one? With the holidays approaching, we’ve found the perfect stocking stuffer, and gift for friends, coworkers, or family: a custom candy bar from Chocomize. Go to the website (www.chocomize.com) to pick from dark, milk and white chocolate, and then pile on those toppings. The company’s list includes candy (not sure that we’d want Gushers or Sour Patch Kids in our chocolate, but there are Junior Mints, Kit Kats, Reeses Pieces, and many more to choose from), nuts, fruit, spices, pretzels, graham crackers… the list goes on. And guess what? The chocolate bars are coming to Queens! Chocomize is moving its headquarters from New Jersey to Long Island City. Another delicious addition to the neighborhood!
New York Daily News published a story today about the company’s innovative and young founders, 25-year-old Columbia graduates Eric Heinbockel and Fabian Kaempfer. Read the article here: http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/queens/custom-chocolate-company-chocomize-moves-long-island-city-expand-article-1.978463