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Happy September, readers!
The ninth month of the year brings back to school season and
cooler weather as we say “goodbye” to summer. Our team at LIC
Courier is here to help you transition to fall with the latest stories
from Long Island City, Astoria and the rest of western Queens.
Everyone knows Long Island City’s reputation for being the
fastest growing neighborhood in the city, which also, unsurpris-ingly,
makes it one of the most expensive. A new report showed
that the desirable 11109 ZIP code was in the top 11 for priciest
neighborhoods in the first half of 2019. Check out this story and
more in our real estate section.
Two western Queens public spaces, Hallet’s Cove Playground
in LIC and Astoria’s Rainey Park, are due for some much-needed
TLC. Over the next few years, the park and playground will
undergo multimillion dollar renovations thanks to funding from
lawmakers and the city. The New York City Department of Edu-cation
completed lead paint remediation just before the school
year following reports that over 900 classrooms were coated
with lead paint. Turn to the community news section to see more
neighborhood content to keep you in the know.
In our feature section we head to Okamoto Studio in Long
Island City, where artists of any level can try their hand at ice
carving. Business owner and master ice carver Shintaro Okamoto
leads a workshop where participants get to carve their own
ice mugs and enjoy a refreshing drink afterward. “Ice is one of
the most interesting mediums to work with. There’s something
poignant about creating something that will disappear without
a trace in a matter of hours,” Okamoto said.
We also feature the new leadership at LIC’s Fortune Society,
an organization that has worked to help formerly incarcerated
people to successfully reenter society. Lou Miceli and Donald
Powell joined the Fortune Society team as chief operating officer
and associate vice president of development and communica-tions
If you’re looking for things to do and see in western Queens,
we’ve got you covered. Turn to page 44 to check out some cool
art exhibits at local museums and page 46 to see what events
are happening in your area.
Want to pitch us or give us tips? Email me at jbagcal@
schnepsmedia.com. See you next month!
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