Court Square Summer Wellness Series begins July 20

As summer heats up in Long Island City, come out and enjoy Court Square Park on Saturday mornings! The Court Square Civic Association is proud to host the first annual Ct Square Summer Wellness Series with three local businesses, barre3 LIC, Cosmic Fit Club, & HealMe.NYC every Saturday morning starting on July 20th through August 24th.

Classes are free but require online registration, they include: “Doga”: Yoga with your Dog, barre3 , Acroyoga, and Core Fusion. Come out and enjoy the sun!


Book Culture LIC: A Special Storytime with Diane Krednesor on July 13

Book Culture LIC: A Special Storytime with Diane Krednesor
07/13/2019 – 11:30am
26-09 Jackson Ave. Long Island City, NY 11101

Join us at Book Culture LIC on Saturday, July 13th at 11:30am for a special storytime with Diane Krednesor, as she reads from her new picturebook, Superbuns!: Kindness Is Her Superpower.

For fans of Fred Rogers in Won’t You Be My Neighbor? and Be Kind, a little bunny, who dreams of being a superhero, proves to her know-it-all older sister that kindness really is a superpower.

Some superheroes can leap tall buildings in a single bound, some can crawl up a wall, some grow wolfsharp claws, and some have superhuman speed. And Superbuns? Her superpower is being kind. Super kind. She can’t help but be kind: watering a neighbor’s daisies; helping a friend cross the street; feeding a hungry goldfish.

Superbuns’s older sister Blossom is a super know-it-all who doesn’t believe kindness is a superpower. Not one bit. And all this kindness is slowing them down on their way to Grammy’s house, where a yummy carrot cobbler awaits.

But the sisters are being followed by a little fox, and when Blossom learns the fox is not after their cobbler but is lost, she discovers kindness really is a superpower after all.


Construction at 21-16 44th Drive rises six floors

In June, we reported that construction had risen over the fence at 21-16 44th Drive.1 The project has now risen to six floors, as seen in the photo below. Permits call for an eight story-mixed used build, with 19,989 square feet of commercial space and 19,799 square feet of residential space for a FAR of 3.98.2

The occupancy classification on the permit calls for “HOTELS, DORMITORIES” and there will be 29 dwelling units. The permit still has the same contact information as one previously filed associating the project with Amsterdam Hospitality.34

21-16 44th Drive

A view of 21-16 44th Drive

21-18 44th Drive

Rendering for 21-18 44th Drive


Signage appears for retail space at Star Tower at 27-17 42nd Road

In June, we stopped by 27-17 42nd Road (a/k/a 28-02 42nd Road) and noted that signage appeared for the building, advertising their website to anyone interested.1

When we stopped by last week, we saw that Exit Realty Dynasty has put up signage for the retail space on the ground floor. The space is available for purchase at $3,104,000, and is 1,552 square feet according to the floor plan.2

Here’s more about the project from the website:

Rising 26 stories with panoramic skyline views, Star Tower is Long Island City’s new luxury condo tower. Star Tower provides a wealth of the finest building-wide amenities across both the entire penthouse and the entire second floor for a truly luxurious condo lifestyle. Spectacular views of Manhattan, unmatched convenient location and a 15 year tax abatement make this condo offering special. This sleek, contemporary, 21st Century tower has elements that hark back to Long Island City’s industrial roots. The canopy on the entrance and the bays made of stone and metal were inspired by the old loading bays of an earlier day.

27-17 42nd Road

A look inside the retail space at 27-17 42nd Road

27-17 42nd Road

Signage has appeared for 27-17 42nd Road

28-02 42nd Road

Rendering for 28-02 42nd Road


The Most Costly Car Insurance Mistakes That You Should Never Commit

Car insurance is probably the least appealing aspect of car ownership. That’s mostly because car insurance isn’t only expensive, it’s also necessary. And that’s the worst part about it, because you have to consider it unavoidable.

When it comes to insuring their car, most people tend to simply go through the motions in order to get it over with, and they end up picking a policy almost at random. And this lack of urgency regarding which car insurance policy they’re signing up for ends up costing them a few hundred dollars in the long run. In some cases, a bad car insurance policy may even significantly lower your net worth.

This lack of urgency and interest can often be attributed to the fact that car insurance is a complicated subject to tackle for the uninitiated. And that’s where this article proves its worth to you, dear reader. Prepare to be initiated.

So, what are the errors that you need to avoid when choosing a car insurance policy?

Failing To Find Alternatives

One common mistake brought about by haste is that you completely miss out on good deals that could save you hundreds of dollars. We tend to look around for the best prices we can find when we buy a car, so we might as well do the same when we’re looking for a good car insurance policy.

Policy pricing varies from one insurer to another and it’s because of this that it pays to look around, especially when you consider that the car insurance industry is a highly competitive market. There are some companies, like Allstate car insurance, that give you better coverage for the price.

Simply consider quotes from several insurance companies so you can later compare these policies and the price tag that comes with them.

Deciding Based On Price Alone

There a danger in basing your purchasing decision on price alone. This is a classic case of getting your money’s worth. Before you sign up for a cheap car insurance policy, you need to see what that policy covers. A good example would be a full tort versus limited tort car insurance policy.

You need to keep in mind that your car insurance is a measure that would help mitigate any expenses you might incur from a car accident. If your insurance policy doesn’t cover a particular type of damage, you’re going to have to pay for the damage to both cars, as well as legal damages.

Buying The Minimum Insurance As Required By State Law

In relation to the previous item, simply buying the minimum insurance required by state law isn’t going to provide you with much protection. Should the court deem you as the cause of an accident, your minimal car insurance policy isn’t going to help you out much and you could end up paying tens of thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

Failing To Check Reviews

In the digital age, there’s literally no excuse for not knowing of the quality of a company’s services and products. The internet makes it possible for prospective clients to see how that company actually performs through the reviews that they have.

Now, as with car insurance companies, it’s important to check with your state department for any complaints that have been filed against the insurance company you’re planning on working with. Alternatively, a good source for this type of information can also be found on the National Association of Insurance Commissioners’ website.

Final Thoughts

Car insurance is not something you’re going to want to neglect. Accidents can happen at any time and while you may not be the cause of an accident, there are simply too many variables which you cannot control that can cause an accident. So don’t overlook the importance of your car insurance!