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LIC Update: June 1, 2022
Is your LIC business or organization celebrating pride month? Let us know how you're celebrating by tagging us on social media or adding your event to our events calendar!
LIC Springs! 2022 Participant List Released
LICP's signature community block festival, LIC Springs!, returns Saturday, June 18, featuring 100+ local businesses and organizations, including many of the community’s top arts and dining establishments. Now in its ninth year, the free event is back along Vernon Boulevard – the first time since 2019 – and is the perfect way for New Yorkers (and visitors) of all ages to spend a day during the holiday weekend.

Visit the event page to see participating businesses and organizations!
Life Between Buildings Exhibition - Opening June 2
LICP Member MoMA PS1's new exhibition, Life Between Buildings, opens Thursday, June 2. The exhibition is inspired by the history of community gardens in New York City and explores how artists have engaged the city’s interstitial spaces —“vacant” lots, sidewalk cracks, traffic islands, and parks, among others — to consider the politics of public space through an ecological lens.

Learn more here.
Youth Summer Volleyball Day Camp Open House - June 2
Join QBK Sports for a Youth Summer Volleyball Day Camp Open House on Thursday, June 2, at 4 p.m. The 17,000 square foot indoor beach volleyball facility features programs such as youth summer camp, leagues and more. Drop-ins are welcome.

More info and RSVP here.
Take Root continues in-person performances at Green Space featuring B3W Performance Group - June 3 & 4
B3W Performance Group (B3W) is putting on the intermedia performance FORGIVENESS - Part II: Reframing Forgiveness: For Practical Use in Dismantling Systemic Racism on June 3 & 4 at 8 p.m. Through original script, musical composition, movement, and interactive set design, this evening-length work sheds light on issues relating to racial inequality, racism, and oppression.

Learn more and buy tickets here.
2022 Queens New Music Festival - June 10-12
Random Access Music (RAM) and the 2022 Queens New Music Festival will once again offer live performances at Culture Lab LIC (LICP Member) with an exciting lineup that includes premieres of contemporary classical music from the Quintet of the Americas, the Shutterspeed Duo and Random Access Music; contemporary tango/jazz from the Emilio Teubal Trio; sound sculptures from guitarist Giacomo Baldelli; and a portrait concert paying tribute to RAM founder/composer Allen Schulz.

Learn more and purchase tickets here.
Attention Businesses: Virtual Workshop on CFA - June 13
Attend Queens Borough President Donovan Richards Jr.'s virtual workshop on the NYS Consolidated Funding Application on Monday, June 13, 12 - 1:30 p.m. Learn how to access multiple state funding sources through one streamlined grant application process. Presentation by Joseph Tazewell, Regional Director of New York City, Empire State Development Corporation.

Register here.
Cornell Tech Fest - June 16
LICP Member Cornell Tech is putting on the first-ever Cornell Tech Fest on Thursday, June 16 from 4 - 8 p.m. Join academics, inventors, investors, policy experts, and artists for a wide array of in-person conversations about how tech is changing itself in New York, and the world. Check out the panel High-Tech Hardware Hubs in Queens featuring LICP's Senior Director of Business Assistance Charles Yu at 4:30 p.m.

Find out more information and register here.
Juneteenth at the Gantries - June 19
Come and celebrate Juneteenth in Long Island City! This family-friendly event will take place across two locations: Gantry State Park and at LICP Member, The Connected Chef. Visit the Gantry State Park location for a family friendly gathering to celebrate the holiday and learn more about its origins. Listen to the storytellers, join in with arts & crafts, and play educational games. Visit The Connected Chef to join in on interactive events and learn about and patronize local black businesses and companies.

Learn more here.
Legends of LIC
Long Island City: The Cradle of Creativity

By Bob Singleton, Executive Director, Greater Astoria Historical Society

In our latest work, ‘Historic Tales of Long Island City’, we encounter a rich narrative of the famous and obscure: Captain Kidd, the pirate, Steven Halsey, the dreamer, ‘Battle-Axe’ Gleason, the Mayor, and even Roxy, the dog. You are also no doubt familiar with William Steinway, Isamu Noguchi, Chester Carlson, ‘Whitey’ Ford and Ethel Merman. But there is a lot more!

Keep reading here.
New Businesses Alert
Looking to explore (and support) new businesses in LIC? Here are a few:

44-61 11th St

28-17 Jackson Ave

27-17 42nd Rd

4104 27th St Ste S1

3002 39th Ave

43-56 12th St
Looking for LIC Recommendations?
Check out June #monthlypicks on for recommendations from LICP's Director of Marketing Sierra Brown, including tips on where to eat, explore history and enjoy cultural experiences in LIC and elsewhere in Queens.
Survey - How Vital are Culture & Arts to You?
Fill out the quick and simple survey from New Yorkers for Culture & Arts below!
Community Happenings & Events
June 1: The NYPD Queens Patrol Borough North is sponsoring a job fair on Wednesday, June 1. Businesses are encouraged to sign up. For more info contact [email protected].

June 4: LICP Member Hunters Point Parks Conservancy (HPPC) is hosting its annual Waterfront 5K on Saturday, June 4. More information here.

June 4: Celebrate diversity at the Central Astoria Local Development Coalition's Multicultural Celebration at Dutch Kills Playground on Saturday, June 4, 12 - 4:30 p.m. Details.

June 19: The Court Square Civic Association's 3rd Annual Court Square Block Party will take place on Sunday, June 19 on Crescent St, in Long Island City. Learn more here.

To find more events (and post your own) visit!
LIC in the News
COVID-19 Updates
As of Monday, March 7, restaurants, gyms, and other indoor entertainment venues are no longer required to check customers’ COVID vaccination status. The Key to NYC posters in your storefront are no longer required. More information can be found here.

As of April 11, 2022, NYS Alcoholic Beverage Control Law contains new privileges for on premises licensees to serve liquor and wine "Drinks To-Go" for take-out and delivery. More information can be found here.
Photo of the Week
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We all know the best view of Manhattanhenge is actually from LIC 🌆

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