New Openings, Re-Openings + Updates

Court Square has been busy. Here’s a quick rundown on new neighborhood additions and existing re-openings.

Blow + Arrow is open! If your looks like mine, don’t walk, RUN here and get a blow out! Please call to learn their safety protocols, then make a reservation here.










ICE + VICE Pop Up at 27-20 Jackson Ave. is back with limited hours: Wed-Sun 1pm-9pm.

Photo: E Stretto











Good news: Dutch Kills Bar serves cocktails to-go through their window from 3pm-9pm! Great news: E Stretto Sandwiches ( first made famous in downtown LA) has joined the bar to offer their sandwiches from 11am-9pm daily. Start perusing their LIC menu to pick which delicious sandwich you want to accompany your next  perfect cocktail!

Photo: Nobleman








Hair care, continued. A new barbershop opened its doors last month. Say hello, to Nobleman, and take care of that quarantine “look” you’ve tried to make work. Their COVID waiver can be found here.




Good News, Neighbors!

Book Culture LIC is now open with limited hours for mobile pickup orders. If you are looking for a book, give them a call and you can pay for it over the phone, and pick up every day ( Except Mondays) between 3-6pm. For full details, visit their page and make sure you call them first for any books you need! If they don’t have it in stock, they can order and have it within a couple of days which rivals Amazon at this point.

Enoteca – Court Square’s newest wine shop opened its doors at almost the exact time Coronavirus forced everyone to stay home. Fortunately, they have been able to remain operational and offer delivery throughout the city. You can learn more about their vast array of wine on their website and their instagram has the latest on delivery times and special announcements.Are you aware of other businesses that are re-opening or new businesses that are arriving? Please contact us to let us know:

Photo: Miranda Suess

Photo: Enoteca LIC.


Nice to Meet You + A Call for Ads!

Hello, LIC Court Square Blog Readers,

As you may have read, Wesley has relocated to California, and I am the proud new owner of the site. I wanted the blog because I am a lifelong resident of Queens, and have lived in Court Square for 14 years now. I love this neighborhood of Long Island City, and there are too many exciting things happening here to let the blog fizzle out. LIC Court Square Blog has been a valuable resource to me, and I have every intention of building on the solid foundation that Wesley created.

So here we are. As Wesley mentioned, I am co-founder and President of Modern Spaces. We opened our doors on Vernon Blvd. 11 years ago, and now occupy space on 46th Ave., two offices in Astoria, and most recently, an expansion in Jersey City. One thing Modern Spaces has always valued is community involvement. We don’t just open offices and put up buildings here. Our team of agents and staff live and work here, just like you. We want small businesses to thrive, we want great schools for the kids, beautiful parks for all to enjoy, and for artists to maintain a presence here.

To that end, we would like to offer free ad placement to our local businesses: if you have a restaurant, shop or other small business in Court Square, feel free to submit your ads. We will also be doing small business spotlights in the future, so be on the lookout for that. This is a difficult time for small businesses and we want to help in whatever way we can to help.

Our marketing team will manage the day to day operations of the blog and we would love to hear from you: what content do you want to see? Any changes or new ideas you would like to see realized? Please don’t hesitate to reach out. We are open to your feedback!
You can drop us a line at:

Your neighbor,



Secret Theatre at 44-02 23rd Street announces permanent closure

The Secret Theatre, located at 44-02 23rd Street, is the latest victim of COVID-19.

The Theatre, an off-off Broadway institution in Long Island City opened its doors 10 years ago, and announced its permanent closure on Wednesday.

It couldn’t come up with the funding to keep its doors open during the COVID pandemic, owner Richard Mazda wrote in a release.

“We made it to ten years, we were never a drain on the public purse and we created many thousands of opportunities for actors, audiences and students to come together to practice, watch, learn and enjoy truly eclectic live theatre,” Mazda said. “We created a theatre where there was none and connected to a community in a way that will be hard to replace for a very long time to come. Long Island City’s cultural scene is losing an important institution and the city is beginning to see the wildfire that will consume many theatres and small businesses alike.”

The legacy of the theatre will live on in some form with the Secret Theatre Academy Online with a slightly expand teaching roster and new students.

“Basically from murderous Richard III to the joys of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Pirate Pete, the joyous tones of musicals like Rent or Hair to the dark foreboding themes of Dr. Faustus and Edward II we have tackled all with a passionate eye for entertaining, promoting occasionally challenging but always life affirming theatre,” Mazda said. “We have been the home for other company’s signature projects like the premiere of the storied Honeycomb Trilogy from Gideon Productions to the premiere of shows like Adam Szymkowicz’s Heart Like Fists. We were the launchpad for the Face Off Unlimited’s exponential rise as a new force on the Improv scene.”