MoMA PS1 Invites You to Community Night on Monday, August 26

MoMA PS1: Community Night
22-25 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City
Monday, August 26, 6–8 p.m.

Our Long Island City community is invited to join us for a special evening at the museum featuring guided tours, after-hours access to exhibitions, and cocktails in this summer’s Young Architects Program installation, Hórama Rama by Pedro & Juana.

RSVP Here!


Foundation work underway at Academy of American Studies at 28-04 41st Avenue

Foundation work is underway at Academy of American Studies located at 28-04 41st Avenue. A four-story school is slated to rise in the former parking lot of Newcomers High School. We last visited the site in April when construction was in the excavation stage.1

The project is slated to complete in September, 2021. A rendering on site can be viewed below.

Here are more details about the project from QNS:2

The Academy of American Studies currently shares space with Newcomers High School, located across the street. The new building will be located at 28-04 41st Avenue in what is currently the parking lot of Newcomers. The new four-story building will house 969 students and include a visual art room, music room, science labs and a medical suite, according to the Department of Education.

28-04 41st Avenue

Rendering for 28-04 41st Avenue

28-04 41st Avenue

A view of 28-04 41st Avenue


Signage appears for 25-08 Queens Plaza South

In May, we reported that KAF Check Cashing located at 25-08 Queens Plaza South had closed.1 The business had been there for more than 30 years.

Signage has now appeared for the vacant retail space, as seen in the photo below. It directs all interested parties to call 917-886-2051.

25-08 Queens Plaza South

A view of 25-08 Queens Plaza South


Q&A with the Williamsburg School of Music at 45-02 23rd Street

Earlier in August, The Court Square Blog reported that the Williamsburg School of Music opened at 45-02 23rd Street.1 We sat down with owner Craig Howe recently to find out more about his school. Here’s what he had to say:

The Court Square Blog: Tell us about the Williamsburg School of Music.

Williamsburg School of Music: I (Craig) opened our first location on Bedford Avenue six years ago to better serve a community (that I live in) that was lacking a local music school.  Over the years we have grown our staff and number of students, taught a ton of people of all ages to play an instrument, and are really excited to be expanding to LIC!  The neighborhood is growing so much and we are looking forward to growing with everyone here.

TCSB: What is your philosophy in teaching music to your students?

WSM: WSM’s overall goal is to make music lessons accessible, interesting and fun without losing the educational value.  Every one of our staff has had a stuffy music teacher at some point in their life and it can really take away the joy of learning an instrument! Every student is different, and every teacher is different, so we don’t use an overarching teaching method.  Every student gets a personalized lesson plan based on their goals and interests, and we pair them with teachers who we think will be a good fit.  All ages, skill levels and styles are welcome here!

TCSB: Sounds great! When can we come and check your school out?

WSM: We’re open Monday through Friday from 1 .pm. to 9 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.  We offer a free introductory trial lesson – they can be scheduled by contacting us at or at 718-963-3600. Please also visit our website and check out our Instagram page. Come say hi!

45-02 23rd Street

A view of 45-02 23rd Street


Façade work complete at 43-12 Hunter Street

In March, we checked in at Rockrose’s newest Court Square project at 43-12 Hunter Street and saw that façade work was halfway complete.1 When we stopped by last week, we saw that façade work is completely finished, as seen in the photo below. Permits approved in December 2017 call for an 18-story mixed-use build back in what used to be called “The Lot.”2 Construction will last about two years, with an anticipated delivery date in the fourth quarter of 2019.

Here’s more details from The Real Deal, who was the first to spot the permits back in April, 2017:3

The proposed building at 43-12 Hunter Street would feature 123 units across 86,560 square feet, according to permit application filed with the city Thursday. There are also plans for 4,000 square feet of retail space, as well as a lounge, an exercise room and a rooftop terrace.

43-12 Hunter Street

A view of 43-12 Hunter Street

43-12 Hunter Street

Rendering for 43-12 Hunter Street