Signage appears for 45-07 Court Square retail space

In December, we reported that construction was complete at 45-07 Court Square a/k/a 5 Court Square, the former home of ENC Market, Domino’s Pizza and Montessori Kids of LIC.1

When we stopped by last week, we saw that retail signage has appeared for the ground floor commercial space, which is being handled by Lee & Associates. Part of the ground floor space will turn into a new Citibank location.2

The spot has 850 – 3,976 square feet of available space according to the listing.3

5 Court Square

A view of 5 Court Square

5 Court Square

Signage has appeared for the ground floor retail space


Pop-up ‘Daily Spoon’ opens at 25-34 Jackson Avenue

Modern Asian pop-up restaurant “Daily Spoon” has opened at 25-34 Jackson Avenue.

The soft opening took place over the weekend, and owner Tristan Chin-Fatt told The Court Square Blog that the grand opening will take place later this week. He is doing this project in conjunction with partner Deon Whiskey.1

The menu includes various baos and wontons, and also rice bowls that include jerk chicken, Korean beef and spicy pork. They will also serve various soups and noodles.

Chin-Fatt and Whiskey are also the owners and founders of Destination Dumplings, a modern take on dumplings, which has been featured in popups at Governor’s Ball, Smorgasburg (Williamsburg, World Trade Center and Prospect Park), and CitiField, among other locations.

Both have cooked in Japanese, New American, Mexican, Italian and French styles.

“The influence of flavors is drawn from many cultures and countries, our style is a representation of not only our own mixed heritage but the city which we grew up in and both still live today,” Chin-Fatt said.

It takes over for Subway, which closed in 2019.2

Here’s more about Destination Dumplings from its website:

The founders of Destination Dumplings are self-described as “Two Kids From Queens”. Both born in 1984 in the dumpling capital of the borough… Flushing. They have been long-time friends and both married wives who were also best friends. ​ Currently Chef Tristan Chin-Fatt and Deon Whiskey have used their unique and different talents to help grow Destination Dumplings into an exciting pop-up in every corner of their beloved city.

Tristan Chin-Fatt

Tristan Chin-Fatt celebrates the opening of Daily Spoon


Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit at SculptureCenter, May 9 to August 17

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit
May 9–Aug 17, 2020
44-19 Purves St, Long Island City, NY 11101

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is the New York based artist’s first museum survey exhibition in the United States. The exhibition traces Hsu’s key ideas and demonstrates how they clearly resonate in the works of younger artists coming of age today. In the mid-1980s Hsu began a series of works that considered the implications of the accelerated use of technology and artificial intelligence and their impact on the body and human condition. His work is distinct from well-documented approaches to art making in the 1980s that relied upon strategies of appropriation, a use of references to popular culture, as well as Neo-geo and other tendencies toward abstraction. Yet Hsu’s work takes on minimalist legacies in its reduced forms, and also processes the textures and colors of screens and other aesthetic clues of the emergent information age. The artist’s work throughout this period considers the object’s phenomenological properties and the shifting visual landscape.

Trained as an architect at MIT, Hsu’s art has an idiosyncratic materiality that is informed by his education and the budding East Village scene of the time. His use of tiles, for instance, suggests the architecture of domestic interiors, but also points to the construction of digital images as many discrete units of data. His use of alkyd, resins, and urethane responds to materials developed and used in burgeoning industries. Bringing together roughly thirty key sculptures, wall reliefs, drawings and media work from 1980 to 2005, the exhibition includes architectonic paintings and sculptures from the 1980s that considered the materiality of the image in the ever-expanding digital landscape; Hsu’s first experiments in Photoshop that mark some of the earliest instances of artists using the newly available digital photo manipulation software; and a selection of the artist’s drawings and other projects. The exhibition demonstrates Hsu’s prophetic practice and exemplifies how art responds to and processes the pressing questions of its time. Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit reintroduces the work of this visionary artist to a contemporary audience that has finally caught up with the issues he began to address over thirty years ago.

Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is organized by SculptureCenter, New York, and is curated by Sohrab Mohebbi, Curator, with Kyle Dancewicz, Director of Exhibitions and Programs. Lead Underwriting of SculptureCenter’s presentation of Tishan Hsu: Liquid Circuit is provided by Richard Chang / Domus Collection, and Joyce Liu.

Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Tishan Hsu spent his first years in Zurich, Switzerland. He grew up in Ohio, Wisconsin, Virginia, and New York. Hsu had his first one-person exhibition as a teenager in Virginia, where his paintings were shown throughout the region. He studied architecture at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he received his B.S.A.D. in 1973 and M.Arch. in 1975. While at MIT, he studied film at Harvard University’s Carpenter Center. He moved to New York in 1979, where he currently resides. Hsu first exhibited in New York at the Pat Hearn Gallery. Since 1985, Hsu has shown in the United States, Europe, and Mexico, with works in many public and private collections. From 1988-90, Hsu lived and worked in Cologne, and from 2013-16, he maintained a studio in Shanghai.

Hsu’s work is included in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Centre Pompidou, Paris; Museum für Moderne Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; High Museum, Atlanta; Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; and the Weisman Art Museum, Minneapolis. Hsu has served as a Member of the Board of White Columns and the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. He has been a Professor of Visual Arts at Sarah Lawrence College, and a visiting professor at Pratt Institute and Harvard University.


Book Culture LIC: An Evening of Poetry with Stacie Seidl on 2/20

LIC: An Evening of Poetry with Stacie Seidl
02/20/2020 – 6:30pm
26-09 Jackson Ave
Long Island City, NY 11101

Join Book Culture LIC on Thursday, February 20th at 6:30pm for an evening of poetry with Stacie Seidl, to celebrate the release of her new collection, Amour Fou, out this month from Riza Press.

About Amour Fou:
“This collection tells the story of crazy love. The all consuming, life changing kind of love that imprints on your heart.”

Stacie Seidl is a writer, poet and author living in Queens New York. Her first book, Breathing Underwater was published in 2016. The chapbook chronicles through words her lifelong struggle with PTSD, Panic Disorder, and Depression. She has continued to write on a variety of topics and was recently inducted into the International English Honor Society, Sigma Tau Delta. Stacie writes in the hope that her words will reach those who are out there suffering, and they will find solace in knowing they are not alone.


Enoteca at 26-01 Jackson Avenue aims to open this weekend

Permanent signage has appeared for fine wines and spirits retailer Enoteca LIC in the retail space at Hayden at 26-01 Jackson Avenue.1

Construction on the interior is also complete, and the new amenity should be opening in the near future, said owner Tony D’Aiuto in an email to The Court Sqaure Blog.

“We’re shooting for [this] weekend,” he said.

The new store will be run by the same group that owns nearby Italian restaurant Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue.

“We are excited to open a fine wine and spirits store in LIC complementing the service we’ve provided to the community at Levante,” said D’Aiuto. “We believe that Court Square is a dynamic and rapidly growing neighborhood and we’re pleased to be a part of that growth.”

D’Aiuto also said that Enoteca LIC will be more than the average ‘grab and go’ fine wine and spirits store, as they will also feature an educational component to their offerings.

26-01 Jackson Avenue

A view of 26-01 Jackson Avenue