Book Culture LIC: Special Storytime with Lora Heller, Author of Sign Language ABC

Come to Book Culture LIC for a special storytime and book signing with Lora Heller, author of Sign Language ABC, on Sunday, March 18th at 11:30AM!

In her New York City Baby Fingers(TM) school, Lora Heller teaches infants to sign before they can speak. She has been featured in the New York Times and is author of Sterling’s Sign Language for Kids: A Fun and Easy Guide to American Sign Language and our Baby Fingers(TM) books, Hello, Goodbye; All Day Long; I Want; I’m Feeling; and Teaching Your Baby to Sign. Laura lives in New York, NY. Learn more about her at

Event address:
26-09 Jackson Ave.
Long Island City, NY 11101


Construction finishes at 41-15 23rd Street

The last time we were by 41-15 23rd Street was in December, 2016, when the project had just topped out.1 Construction is now finished on the 11-story residential space, as seen in the photo below. Check out apartment availability on StreetEasy.

According to New York YIMBY, “the 11-story, 71-unit residential building […] will have 59,200 square feet of residential space, and Karl Fischer is designing.”2

41-15 23rd Street

A view of 41-15 23rd Street

41-15 23rd Street

Rendering for 41-15 23rd Street


Full Reveal: 23-01 41st Avenue

The last time we stopped by 23-01 41st Avenue was in December, when pipe scaffolding had just been put up on the building.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that scaffolding was mostly taken down to reveal the outside facade of the six-story project, as seen in the photo below. On-site signage calls for a September 2017 delivery, but a mid-2018 delivery is more likely.

Here’s more about the project from New York YIMBY:2

When it’s finished, the development will hold 25,302 square feet of residential space and 6,233 square feet of commercial space. That commercial space will be photo studios, according to the plans, and 37 condos will be stacked on top. The typical unit will measure just 680 square feet, which means the project will be mostly studios and one-bedrooms.

23-01 41st Avenue

A view of 23-01 41st Avenue

23-01 41st Avenue

Rendering for 23-01 41st Avenue


40-05 Crescent Street tops out

We last stopped in at 40-05 Crescent Street back in January when construction had just reached over the fence.1 When we stopped by the future home of a mixed-use building that will contain 32 apartments and more than 10,000 square feet of manufacturing space on the ground floor, construction has topped out, as seen in the photo below. A rendering on site shows a targeted delivery date of 2018, and judging from the pace of construction, it likely will be later in the year.

New York YIMBY was the first to snag a copy of the renderings, and has more details about the project:2

[T]he project […] will include 32 apartments spread across 25,018 square feet of space. With roughly 781 square feet per apartment, we’re expecting rentals. Two cellar levels will house 48 parking spots and bike storage space, and there will be 11,415 square feet of “manufacturing space” on the first two floors. The Schedule A filing reveals a contractor’s business will occupy those first two floors, as well as retail space. Apartments will fill part of the second floor and the remaining three floors within the 67-foot-tall development.

40-05 Crescent Street

A view of 40-05 Crescent Street

40-05 Crescent Street

Rendering for 40-05 Crescent Street