About

I moved from Boerum Hill, Brooklyn to Court Square, Long Island City in October of 2013. After a long process of deciding what micro-neighborhood I wanted to move to, I picked Court Square because of the limitless potential of the neighborhood.  There’s so many exciting things going on in Long Island City as a whole, but I wanted to devote a blog to tracking the rapid development of what is destined to become one of the most desirable areas of New York. Join me as the area develops before our eyes.

The Court Square Blog has been featured in numerous publications, including The New York Post,1 6sqft,2 Brick Underground,3 Gothamist,4 Eater,567891011 The Queens Courier,1213141516171819 BuzzBuzzHome,20 LIC Post,21222324252627282930 New York YIMBY,313233343536373839404142434445464748 DNAinfo,495051 The Real Deal,525354 Curbed,555657585960616263646566676869707172 Queens Crap,7374 LICTalk,75767778798081 We Heart Astoria,8283 We Heart LIC,848586878889 and Brownstoner.90919293949596979899100101102103104105106107108

Praise for The Court Square Blog has included:

The must-reads: 22 essential New York neighborhood blogs: The Court Square Blog. Given that it’s based in one of the city’s most development-happy neighborhoods–Long Island City–the Court Square Blog spends a lot of time covering construction and incoming buildings, but they also keep track of the basics, monitoring all manner of subway updates and local events. Helpful whether you’re a longtime resident or just mulling a move.109

The 24 Best NYC neighborhood blogs, 2015 edition: The Court Square Blog. For more regular updates of goings-on in the Court Square and LIC area, we still love the Court Square Blog, which keeps particularly close tabs on construction work and permits filed in the development-happy waterfront nabe.110

“LICcourtsquare has meticulously delivered the play-by-play of each buildings progress, as well as numerous other scoops.”111

“There are some great blogs covering regularly the community of Long Island City, most notably […] the Court Square Blog.”112

Special thanks to Josh Wong for our brilliantly designed logos!113

  1. The million-dollar condos that killed old New York
  2. Lottery opens for 195 affordable units in Long Island City’s glitzy new rental tower The Hayden
  3. The 25 best NYC neighborhood blogs of 2016
  4. M Wells Is Opening In LIC Cocktail Bar Dutch Kills
  5. Sugarfish Gears Up for its NYC Debut, Maple Lands on Seamless, and More Intel
  6. Telepan IN at Oceana, the Rise and Fall of Joey Pepperoni, and More Intel
  7. Sally Roots, Butler, RoundHouse, 21 Greenpoint, and More NYC Openings
  8. Crow Hill Bar Name Controversy, Shacktoberfest Hits NYC, and More Intel
  9. Cuomo’s Boozy Brunch Bill, Mission Cantina’s Thai Toga Party, and More Intel
  10. Dutch Kills Now Serves Meat Pies and Ravioli From M. Wells
  11. M. Wells Partners With Dutch Kills
  12. Starbucks moving into Jackson Avenue space in Long Island City
  13. New Court Square Dunkin’ Donuts sign revealed
  14. Eight-story residential tower planned for downtown Jamaica, Queens eyed for juvenile offenders facilities
  15. 5Pointz moves to new demolition phase, 22-unit mixed-use building proposed for Astoria
  16. Destruction of Waldheim, Jackson Heights Food Court shut down for mice
  17. Vacant lots of prime buildable land in LIC sell for $44M
  18. Real estate roundup: Tour of TWA Flight Center before transformation, two new Korean eateries coming to Astoria
  19. Plans filed for 33-floor, mixed-use residential building in LIC
  20. Permits in for Ekstein Development’s 25-19 43rd Avenue in LIC
  21. Taiwanese Restaurant to Open on Vernon Boulevard at Former Desi Bowl Location
  22. Gourmet Pizzeria, Fitness Studio, Open in Queens Plaza Area
  23. Restaurant that Focuses on Rotisserie Chicken to Open on 21st Street
  24. EZ Pawn Corp opening near Queensboro Plaza in coming weeks
  25. Italian restaurant with focus on pizza opens on Jackson Avenue
  26. Starbucks to open first Long Island City store, to be located in Court Square
  27. Lottery for Rockrose’s affordable units is taking place, applications due Nov. 30
  28. Work begins on controversial Pink Sculpture
  29. Dog Island City to leave Hunters Point, moving to Court Square
  30. Food Cellar To Open Court Square Location This Month, Co-owner Says
  31. Reveal For 46-20 11th Street, Long Island City
  32. Rendering Revealed For Rockrose’s 43-12 Hunter Street, Long Island City
  33. Heatherwood’s 58-Story, 477-Unit Residential Building Now Rising in Long Island City, More
  34. YIMBY Today: MG’s 23-10 Queens Plaza South Rising
  35. YIMBY Today: QLIC Tops Out, Development Potential at 27 Beekman, More
  36. YIMBY Today: More LIC Rezoning, Journal Square Residential Development, More
  37. YIMBY Today: Progress at 81 East 125th Street, Boerum Hill Post Office Moves, More
  38. YIMBY Today: 43-25 Hunter Begins Excavation, Development on Lafayette
  39. YIMBY Today: Hudson Yards Update, Upper East Side Assemblage, More
  40. YIMBY Today: Handel Reveals Cornell Tech Campus, Construction Updates
  41. YIMBY Today: Expanding at 32 2nd Avenue, East River Plaza Towers
  42. YIMBY Today 6/26
  43. YIMBY Today 6/24
  44. YIMBY Today 6/20
  45. YIMBY Today 6/6
  46. YIMBY Today 6/5
  47. YIMBY Today 5/21
  48. Permits Filed: 44-41 Purves Street
  49. Long Island City’s First Brick-and-Mortar Starbucks Coming Later This Year
  50. Shannon Pot Bar Closes in LIC, Plans to Reopen Nearby
  51. The Shannon Pot Bar Reopens in New Location
  52. The Wrap: Lauren Bacall’s former apartment finds buyer, Rizzoli bookstore to reopen
  53. Court Square rental tower on Purves Street releases rendering
  54. Demolition kicks off at former 5Pointz site
  55. Long Island City’s 5 Pointz-replacing rentals near their full height
  56. Once-stalled Long Island City condo, a decade in the making, rises
  57. Affordable rentals in Queens’s onetime tallest tower go from $913/month
  58. New Details, Rendering for Boxy Long Island City Condos
  59. Ekstein’s New Long Island City Condos Get Renderings
  60. Tishman Speyer’s Long Island City Towers Will Look Like This
  61. 1/28 Construction Watch
  62. Cornerspotted: Pearson Street Warehouse In Long Island City
  63. Check Out the Interiors and Amenities of LIC’s New Rental
  64. Illuminating New York City’s Gentrification, One Story at a Time
  65. These 124 Long Island City Condos Jump on the Bandwagon
  66. Even More New Long Island City Rentals Debut This Weekend
  67. Escape the City at 29 of New York’s Awesome Hidden Parks
  68. Construction Stalls on Queens’ Tallest Residential Building
  69. Construction Watch at 30 Park Place, 500 West 21st Street
  70. Checking in on Aloft Hotel
  71. New City Council Speaker Elected; Christmas Tree Dunes
  72. The 122 Apartments Coming To Court Sq. Will Look Like This
  73. LIC: hotel or homeless shelter?
  74. Entire block to be demolished in LIC
  75. LIC to get homeless shelter, Starbucks?
  76. The Best Week in LIC Take 2
  77. Real Estate, Real Estate, Real Estate
  78. One simple recommendation
  79. Plaxall Family Opens Up: Plans To Build Residential
  80. LIC Clean-up, Library-Gate, Then Southbound
  81. New French Bakery coming to Hunters Point in Spring
  82. SWEETLEAF TO OPEN THIRD LOCATION IN LIC IN 2018
  83. FOOD NEWS ROUNDUP, POST-ELECTION DAY EDITION
  84. Lucky Pizza Opens Tuesday, August 12
  85. Get Ready for an Organic Cafe to Arrive at Queens Plaza South
  86. Recent Long Island City Real Estate News
  87. Ivy 28 Condos Are Coming to Long Island City
  88. The Beast Next Door Cafe and Bar Is Coming to LIC
  89. Astoria Florist on 21st Street to Become New Eatery
  90. Another Rendering for an LIC Development Emerges
  91. A Look at Tishman Speyer’s Gotham Center Mega Development
  92. Construction Has Begun on Queens’ Tallest Residential Tower
  93. Closing Bell: Tracking the Construction Around Court Square
  94. A Sneak Peek of the SculptureCenter Expansion, Opening Next Month
  95. Rockrose Files Permits for Eagle Warehouse Conversion in LIC
  96. LIC Finger Building Hits the Market
  97. Work Picks Up for Future Purves Street Tower
  98. 5Pointz Art Show Scheduled Later This Month
  99. Construction Moving on LIC Finger Building
  100. Demolition Starting up at 5Pointz
  101. The Shannon Pot Opened This Week in a New LIC Location
  102. Rendering Appears for Tower at 44-35 and 44-51 Purves Street
  103. The Vista Sells Out in LIC
  104. Scaffolding Down at LIC Finger Building
  105. Holdups for “Citigroup’s Girlfriend” Residential Development
  106. Another Tower for Purves Street
  107. Closing Bell: 7 Train Service Disruptions Coming This Fall
  108. The 5Pointz Warehouse Is Done For
  109. The must-reads: 22 essential New York neighborhood blogs
  110. The 24 Best NYC neighborhood blogs: 2015 edition
  111. Happy 2nd Birthday LICTalk!
  112. LIC FOOD NEWS, JUNE 2016
  113. Josh Wong Design

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