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Hey, LIC readers!
It’s getting warmer outside as winter ends and the first hints
of spring fill the air. While the weather gets warmer and the days
grow longer, kick back with a copy of our magazine and see what’s
new in Long Island City and beyond.
Recently, an Astoria student from the Frank Sinatra School of
the Arts was recognized for increasing inclusivity in art institutions.
Back in 2019, high school senior Naima Ryan interned as a youth
ambassador at The Metropolitan Museum of Art and shared ideas
for how the museum could be more inclusive for teens and other
youth. Read more on this story in our what’s new section.
In our real estate section, we report on TF Cornerstone’s planned
office tower along Anable Basin, the same location where Amazon
planned to build its HQ2 campus just over a year ago. We also
write about the Court of Appeals’ decision to award $6.75 million
to 5Pointz artists whose work was destroyed back in November
2013. Read more starting on page 16.
This month in community news, we report on the latest library
drama surrounding Court Square Library in Long Island City.
At a February oversight hearing on the library branch’s closure,
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer confronted Queens Public Li-brary
President and CEO Dennis Walcott “for not doing enough
to prevent the library’s closure.” In Astoria, Justice for Coalition
members protested the controversial BQX plan at a workshop.
“Gentrification, displacement and more luxury towers are baked into
the BQX trolley,” said Jenny Dubnau, an artist and JFC member.
Turn to page 22 for these stories and more.
In our features section, we head to Little Chef, Little Cafe on
48th Avenue in Long Island City. The new eatery, owned and
operated by Diana Manalang, offers up health-conscious sweet
and savory treats. The self-taught chef set up shop just off of
Vernon Boulevard and serves patrons
“breakfast empanadas, coffee, smoothies, acai bowls, baked
goods and soups.” We also profile Coffee Project NY, which has
a new training facility in The Blanchard Building on 51st Street.
Owners Chi Sum Ngai and Kaleena Teoh teach people about
the “complex form of art” and create a community for coffee
enthusiasts. Turn to page 33 to read more.
There are a ton of cool activities in your neighborhood and
we’ve compiled some for you to go to. If you’re looking for art
galleries, shows or game nights, look no further than our art and
events calendars on pages 52 and 54.
Have any tips, story ideas or just want to share your thoughts?
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