Yin Traditional Hot Pot to open Jan. 22 at 23-10 Jackson Avenue

Yin Traditional Hot Pot is set to open on Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 23-10 Jackson Avenue.

We spoke to staffers inside the restaurant, who confirmed the opening date. We also got a look inside, as seen in the photo below.

Permanent signage for the eatery appeared last month.1

It will take over for Vietnamese restaurant Bia, which closed in 2019.2

Hot pot is a Chinese cooking method prepared with a simmering pot of soup stock at the dining table, which contains a variety of East Asian foodstuffs and ingredients.

It is the second location for Yin Traditional Hot Pot, with its flagship location at 135-25A 40 Road in Flushing.

Find out more about the new restaurant from their website.

23-10 Jackson Avenue

A view of 23-10 Jackson Avenue

23-10 Jackson Avenue

A look inside 23-10 Jackson Avenue



Book Culture LIC: Mozart for Munchkins presents The Munchkins Piano Trio

Book Culture LIC: Mozart for Munchkins presents The Munchkins Piano Trio!
02/01/2020 – 4:00pm to 5:00pm
26-09 Jackson Ave

Join Book Culture LIC on Saturday, February 1st at 4pm for a special performance from Mozart for Munchkins.

Purchase your tickets here!

Have you said hello to the violin, cello or piano recently? Join us for our new, sparkly program for piano trio! Enjoy works from Beethoven, Mendelssohn, Mozart, and more!

MfM creates an interactive and engaging atmosphere in which families can experience and enjoy music! Children of all ages are welcome to roll, crawl, squeal, and dance to their hearts’ content, while parents, grandparents, and caregivers can sit back and unwind. While the setting is informal, the programming remains first rate; from Bach to Bernstein, Beethoven to Barber, Mozart for Munchkins features outstanding works performed by exceptional musicians—an unforgettable experience for the whole family!

Kids under 12 are free!

Each interactive performance is followed by an “instrument petting zoo” where everyone is welcome to try the instruments and meet the performers!


New York Irish Center Hosts Original First Irish Theatre Festival: Appropriate

WHAT: Irish Theatre Festival: Appropriate
WHEN: January 27th – February 2nd 2020
WHERE: New York Irish Center, 1040 Jackson Ave # 3, Long Island City, NY

New York Irish Center is hosting a play from January 27 – February 2nd called Appropriate. Appropriate is a darkly comic tale of Sorcha; queen bee of her small West of Ireland town and proud fiancé of ex-county hurling hero Marty. It is about tradition versus modern life, our insatiable appetite for matrimony, the glamour, trials and tribulations of being a GAA ‘widow’, and celebrates the hilarious peculiarities of small town Irish life.

This show is a part of the wider New York festival called the First Irish Festival, which brings over several very talented Irish artists from Ireland every year to participate in a showcase at various NY venues.

The play will be on every night at 8 pm.

Click here for more information and to buy tickets!


Facade work underway at 21-59 44th Drive

The last time we checked in at 21-57 44th Drive a/k/a 21-59 44th Drive was in October when the project had just topped out.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that facade work is underway, as seen in the photo below. Delivery is set for summer 2020.

According to DOB Permits, a mixed-use building will rise featuring 14,883 square feet of residential space and 2,672 square feet of commercial space at an FAR of 4.00. There will be 20 apartment units in the seven story building.2

21-59 44th Drive

A view of 21-59 44th Drive

21-59 44th Drive

Rendering for 21-59 44th Drive


Signage appears for modern Asian pop-up restaurant at 25-34 Jackson Avenue

Signage has appeared for a modern Asian pop-up restaurant at 25-34 Jackson Avenue

As readers of The Court Square Blog know, it will be called ‘Daily Spoon’ run by Tristan Chin-Fatt and partner Deon Whiskey.1

They 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.

Daily Spoon is aiming to open in the next month. 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.

25-34 Jackson Avenue

A view of 25-34 Jackson Avenue