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,56789101112 The Queens Courier,1314151617181920 BuzzBuzzHome,21 LIC Post,22232425262728293031 New York YIMBY,323334353637383940414243444546474849 DNAinfo,505152 The Real Deal,535455 Curbed,565758596061626364656667686970717273 Queens Crap,747576 LICTalk,77787980818283 We Heart Astoria,8485 We Heart LIC,868788899091 and Brownstoner.9293949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110

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.111

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.112

“LICcourtsquare has meticulously delivered the play-by-play of each buildings progress, as well as numerous other scoops.”113

“There are some great blogs covering regularly the community of Long Island City, most notably […] the Court Square Blog.”114

Special thanks to Josh Wong for our brilliantly designed logos!115

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

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