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LIC Update: January 05, 2022
Featured Updates
Governor Hochul Announces Plans at State of the State Address
Governor Kathy Hochul today announced a variety of plans during her 2022 State of the State address, ranging from infrastructure to housing to economic recovery. Among them is the new Billion Dollar Rescue Plan for small businesses. The plan includes: The Small Business COVID Capital Investment Tax Credit, Small Business Lending Initiative and Permanent Legalization of the Sale of To-Go Drinks for Bars and Restaurants, among other key elements. Learn more here.
Mayor Adams Signs “Small Business Forward” Executive Order To Reform Small Business Violations (Video)
Mayor Eric Adams signed the “Small Business Forward” Executive Order on January 3 to reform existing business regulations, ensuring local businesses face fewer needless fines and penalties. The Executive Order builds upon Local Law 80 and calls on the Department of Buildings, Department of Environmental Protection, Department of Sanitation, Fire Department, Department of Consumer and Worker Protection, and the Department of Health and Mental Hygiene to review business regulations with the goal of reducing fine schedules and allowing for cure periods or warnings for first-time violations. Read full details of the order here.
Styrofoam Ban Now in Effect
The Expanded Polystyrene Foam Container and Polystyrene Loose Fill Packaging Ban went into effect on January 1. Going forward, no covered food service provider or store (retail or wholesale) will be allowed to sell, offer for sale, or distribute disposable food service containers that contain expanded polystyrene foam (aka styrofoam) in New York. Full details here.
Mulchfest: Recycle Your Christmas Tree!
Join NYC Parks and the Department of Sanitation in the NYC holiday tradition of recycling your Christmas tree. Drop off your tree at any Mulchfest location during park hours through January 9. Your tree will be turned into woodchips used to nourish trees throughout NYC. Those who drop off their tree during "Chipping Weekend" at Hunters Point Park, January 8-9, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m., will receive a bag of mulch to take home. Details here.
New Exhibition Debuts at Culture Lab LIC
Reception: Jan 8
LICP Member Culture Lab LIC's debuts its latest exhibition Other Ways of Seeing: Alternative Process in Photography. On view January 6 - February 6, the photography-focused exhibition explores the different technical methods of creating a photo impression, including all techniques except digital & analogue. It also features surfaces used for printing, including fabric, metal, glass, wood, and even old dresses. The exhibition's international call for artists drew 200 entries. The opening reception takes place Saturday, January 8, hosted by curator Orestes Gonzalez. More information here.
Local Korean-American Artists Featured in New Exhibition - Reception: Jan 15

LIC Member AYC Properties launches its Studio Artego gallery (32-78 48th Street Unit 2) with the with the inaugural exhibition Noodles, Rice, and Bread: The Cultural Dialogue Between Art and Food, January 15-February 26, 2022. Curated by Soonjung Hyun, the exhibition features works by artists Seongmin Ahn, Hayoon Jay Lee, Eung Ho Park and Nicolás Dumit Estévez Raful Espejo Ovalles. There will be an opening reception on January 15, 4:00-6:00 p.m. RSVP here.
LIC Community Gift Card - Great for Gifts and Everyday Use
The LIC Community Gift Card, which features 75 local businesses, is the perfect gift for upcoming holidays like Valentine's Day and a great way to explore LIC in the new year. The e-gift card features businesses ranging from restaurants to salons. Learn more here.
Get Your New Year Fitness on the 'Wright' Track - Jan Promo

LICP Member Performance Lab is now offering a special promotion as part of its January Wellness Challenge. For $199 (usually $399) experience unlimited classes, fun trainer-led weekly challenges and enter to win prizes. Learn more about this special promotion here or by emailing or calling (718) 701 1888.
LIC in the News
Legends of LIC Series
350 Years of Cutting Edge
By Bob Singleton, Executive Director, Greater Astoria Historical Society

At some point in the 1640s, 350 years ago, or more pointedly, 15 generations ago, an enterprising German who called himself ‘Berger Jorrison’ (Citizen George) built a tide mill that spanned a small stream – by the reckoning of modern map – at about 41st Avenue and Northern Boulevard. The native peoples would call it canapaukah – ‘the place where the water was walled off’ – but the Europeans would call it Dutch Kills in tribute to a small colony of land grants awarded to retired veterans of the Dutch West Indies Company, the entity which controlled New Amsterdam on Manhattan Island.

The enterprising Jorrison (a family genealogy suggests his last name may be Bouquet) would dig a canal to drain water from the marsh at its headwaters – we know it today as the gentle curve of Northern Boulevard between Woodside and Queens Plaza.

Keep reading here.
COVID-19 Updates
COVID-19 Testing and Vaccine Sites

You can also find testing sites near you with your address or by texting "COVID TEST" to 855-48. Learn more here.

Latest Updates

The New York City Department of Health now offers data on COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations and deaths from the past three months by vaccination status, age and race/ethnicity. Learn more here.

Beginning January 29
  • Full vaccination (2 doses) is required for ages 5-11 for all indoor activities
See more information regarding the new Key to NYC requirements here: COVID-19: Vaccine Key to NYC - NYC Health
See answers to Frequently Asked Questions here: Key-to-NYC-FAQ.pdf
Photo of the Week
Photo via @saguarocorazon

Even during the coldest of winter nights, LIC's public art shines bright.

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