LIC Arts Open postponed until November due to COVID-19

LIC Arts Open is the latest victim of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Organizer Richard Mazda said in an email that LIC Arts Open, which was originally scheduled for May 13-17, would be postponed until the fall.

“It is with deep regret that I need to postpone the Festival for reasons that should be very obvious to everyone,” Mazda said. “We are determined to hold a Festival especially given the fact that it would celebrate 10 years of our community coming together.”

Mazda said the current postponement date is November 14th and 15th, though that could change if “terms of public safety require an additional postponement.”

LIC Arts Open is an event where local galleries and art organizations open their doors and welcome the public to view art, meet artists, and get a glimpse of the life of visual artists.

The goal of the event is to shine light on those who keep the culture heart of LIC diverse, rich and alive, for a thriving arts community that dates back to the 1970s.

LIC Arts Open


LIC Community Acupuncture offering free herbal consultations in April

LIC Community Acupuncture is offering free remote herbal consultations during the COVID-19 crisis.

While the physical location at 42-72 Hunter Street is currently closed, LIC Community Acupuncture still has ways to help its customers deal with heightened anxiety, indigestion, or insomnia, and managing chronic conditions like neck and shoulder pain.1

“There is a wide range of herbal formulas that can be used for many of our common ailments today,” owner Seung Park wrote in an email to The Court Square Blog. “One of the most compelling arguments for trying herbal therapy or using it in conjunction with conventional medicine is that they can often be taken very safely with minimal side effects.”

We spoke with Park via email to find out more about his herbal consultations.

THE COURT SQUARE BLOG: Take us through a typical herbal consultation.

LIC COMMUNITY ACUPUNCTURE: In an herbal consultation, we learn about your health goals and take a full health history so we know who you are, and where you want to go. Depending on your current condition, medical history, health goals, lifestyle, and current interventions (like medications, physical therapy, etc.), we can recommend an herbal formula if it seems right for you. This recommendation will be unique to the individual. Even if two people come in with the same complaint, it may be caused by very different reasons. Because of this, the herbal formula can be very different for each person. Also, the formula may change along with the patient’s response. If they are improving, certain aspects of the formula may no longer be needed. If it is not effective or too slow, we may want to ramp up certain parts.

TCSB: What kinds of effects can these herbs have on our ailments?

LICCA: While herbs are natural (many of them are roots, leaves, branches, minerals, etc.), they can have very strong effects. Some have been studied to have antiviral and antibacterial properties and have been found to be effective against microbes like H1N1, staphylococcus, SARS, and other coronaviruses. But attacking the pathogen is just one way that herbal formulas work. Many times, the goal is to balance the body so it is strong enough to fight off the infection itself. Some herbal cold remedies are completely based on strengthening the immune system to do just this.

TCSB: You mentioned it can also treat insomnia. How can herbs help this?

LICCA: For things like insomnia, the problem could be about the nervous system not being able to shift appropriately into the resting phases. In these instances, an herbal formula may be chosen to help with these transitions, rather than a formula that is meant to act just as a sedative. And with issues like pain, there is often a multi-pronged approach with some herbs used for their anti-inflammatory properties, other herbs used for their nourishing properties to help with tissue repair, and other herbs used to enhance circulation to deliver the nourishing herbs, and clear waste from damage that may occurred.

TCSB: How about if I’m suffering from seasonal allergies?

LICCA: Or for people with allergies, there is often an internal imbalance causing their system to be hyper-reactive to things that are benign for most people. With herbal medicine, decreasing the reaction may be part of the strategy, but a larger part may be to balance the body so it no longer gets so aggravated. It’s like when we’re stressed – we become more reactive to little things. But when we’re in a calmer place, we can brush things off much more easily.

TCSB: How do I do a consultation with LIC Community Acupuncture?

LICCA: If you’re interested in learning about how herbs can help, please reach out to Park and his staff at for a free consultation during the month of April.

42-72 Hunter Street

A view of 42-72 Hunter Street



MoMI: On Location with the Muppets in NYC, with Dave Goelz

On Location with the Muppets in NYC, with Dave Goelz
Part of Jim Henson’s World (2020)
Saturday, April 18, 7:00 p.m.

Join the Museum of the Moving Image for a live online conversation with legendary puppeteer Dave Goelz (Gonzo, Bunsen Honeydew, Zoot, Waldorf, Boober Fraggle, Uncle Traveling Matt), as he discusses his career working as a designer and puppeteer with Jim Henson, and what it was like to film The Muppets Take Manhattan on the streets of New York City.

Please RSVP here. Instructions for joining the live event will be sent by email.


It’s so hard to say goodbye…

Hello loyal readers of The Court Square Blog,

As some of you may know, I am no longer a Long Island City resident. Yes, like many who have come before me, I’ve picked up and moved to California!

It’s been an incredible journey, updating the community on all the goings-on since December 2013. Since then, there have been over 2,500 updates posted on this blog about on restaurants, buildings, amenities and the rapid evolution of our micro-neighborhood.

In my stead, I leave this blog in the capable hands of Eric Benaim, who some of you may know as the founder of Modern Spaces. If anyone knows the comings and goings of the Court Square area it’s certainly Eric, whose real estate firm has represented many of the new developments in the area.

So goodbye for now! I can’t wait to visit in the near future and see what has become of the Court Square area. There will be new restaurants, new sights, and new heights for an area that seems to know no limits.

Until then, here’s me, the Editor, signing off. If any of you want to reach me in the future, please email liccourtsquare[at]gmail[dot].com.

Linc LIC

So long, Court Square!


Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue has switched to delivery, pick-up service

Levante, an Italian restaurant at 26-21 Jackson Avenue, has shifted to a take-out and delivery service as a result of an order by New York City mayor Bill de Blasio to shutter all restaurants for dine in services during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The restaurant will be open daily from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. for the foreseeable future with a limited menu.

The limited menu still features pizza, paninis, salads, spaghetti and desserts, and 20 percent of wine purchases.

“In an effort to serve the community during these times in which many people are working from home, we have decided to being offering take-out and delivery,” Levante said in a statement. “We are taking all necessary precautions with our staff to ensure safety to our employees and our customers. We look forward to re-opening for full service as soon as possible.”

Customers can either call Levante at 718-392-3885 or order from their website.