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,5678910111213 The Queens Courier,1415161718192021 BuzzBuzzHome,22 LIC Post,23242526272829303132 New York YIMBY,333435363738394041424344454647484950 DNAinfo,515253 The Real Deal,545556 Curbed,575859606162636465666768697071727374 Queens Crap,757677 LICTalk,78798081828384 We Heart Astoria,8586 We Heart LIC,878889909192 and Brownstoner.93949596979899100101102103104105106107108109110111

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.112

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.113

“LICcourtsquare has meticulously delivered the play-by-play of each buildings progress, as well as numerous other scoops.”114

“There are some great blogs covering regularly the community of Long Island City, most notably […] the Court Square Blog.”115

Special thanks to Josh Wong for our brilliantly designed logos!116

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

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