Yumpling to open at 49-11 Vernon Boulevard

Yumpling, a Taiwanese food truck, will open its first brick and mortar location at 49-11 Vernon Boulevard, its owners wrote in an email to The Court Square Blog.

The restaurant is aiming for a soft open in either the fall or early wintertime.

Yumpling began in 2016 at the LIC Flea, and features award winning rice bowls, pan-fried dumplings and sandwiches. The menu will expand slightly for their Long Island City location, adding a beef noodle soup.

Read more about the new eatery on their website.

It will take over for Desi-Bowl, which closed earlier in the year.

49-11 Vernon Boulevard

A view of 49-11 Vernon Boulevard


4 Gift Ideas For The Sports Fan in Your Life

Buying gifts can sometimes be quite a tricky affair, especially if the person you’re buying for is fussy or if they’re the one who seems to have everything. Sports fans are, thankfully, somewhat easier to buy for since there are just so many sports-related gifts out there to choose from. You should find a surplus of cakes, accessories, memorabilia, clothing, and other trinkets in shops and online, so start compiling ideas as soon as you can.

For four great top tips on how to steer your search for the best sports-related gifts out there, then continue to read on.

Tickets To The Big Game

A diehard sports fan is never going to turn down tickets to watch a big game, in fact, they’re going to relish the opportunity to get to watch it unfold, so consider getting them tickets to go along. These could act as their main present, especially if there’s a big upcoming game in the sporting calendar.

Ticket Sales can provide you with a launching pad from which you can see what sporting events are coming up, which your loved one will most want to see, what’s close to you, and fair prices, so begin brainstorming and booking your place before they start selling out.


Joggers, t-shirts, socks, and hoodies – they won’t be hard to find, but they’re items that are universally loved by sports fans. Think about getting some clothes that they can relax in while still supporting their favorite team. If you’re a little unsure as to the style they like, then start to pay special attention or ask those who live with them to report back to you. From here, you can then begin your search for some of the best gifts for the sports fan in your life.

Shopping For A Sporting Newbie

Everyone has to start somewhere, and first learning the ropes in sports can feel electric! There’s so much to discover about your capabilities, the practice and regime, and wanting to push yourself to the next level. It’s a formative time, so you should do all you can to try and support those new to sports as much as you can.

The youngsters in your life will greatly appreciate the time and effort you spend to ensure that you’re supporting them, so take them shopping for new sports gear if you can afford to. Look at getting them the latest sports boots, socks, caps, and jerseys. If they need a new hockey stick, for example, think about joining them to get measured, and ensuring that they’ve got the latest ones.

Framed Illustration of Their Favorite Stadium

Many sports fans are very used to being given themed gifts for birthdays, at Christmas and the like, but more often than not the gifts they’re given are impractical. Likely, they serve a purpose short-term but end up becoming clutter around the home. From here on in, try to purchase gifts that are more thoughtful and something that the other person will want to hold on to.

Look online for more ideas if you’re struggling to picture the framed artwork, but framing either a sketch or large black and white aerial photo of their favorite stadium will look tasteful and striking on the walls on their home.


An Orangetheory is coming to 21-10 44th Drive

Orangetheory, a fitness franchise, will be coming to 21-10 44th Drive.

Signage appeared recently announcing a special ‘Founder’s Rate,’ which can by locked in by calling or texting 718-881-8111. They will be open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

21-10 44th Drive, dubbed ‘The Decker,’ is a mixed-use building with 16,290 square feet of residential space (16 units) and 2,710 square feet of commercial space.1

Here’s more about Orangetheory from their website:

Yes, we’re a workout that’s backed by science, but what does that really mean for you? It means RESULTS. Before creating the Orangetheory workout, Ellen Latham ran her own Pilates studio, but noticed her clients were still working with personal trainers. They wanted to burn fat, which Pilates alone couldn’t do. Ellen developed a workout that would “metabolically charge the body,” and the Orangetheory workout was born.

An Orangetheory is coming to 21-10 44th Drive

An Orangetheory is coming to 21-10 44th Drive


Demolition complete at 23-20 Jackson Avenue

In July, we stopped by 23-20 Jackson Avenue and saw that demolition had started at the former home of Prime Time Transportation, an 83,000 square foot mixed-use office/retail space.1 A demolition permit was filed with the Department of Buildings back in March, and recently, construction crews knocked down the whole building, as seen in the photo below.2 Eventually, a nine-story mixed-use building will rise in its place.

Here’s more from New York YIMBY, who was the first to spot construction permits:3

Permits have been filed for a nine-story, mixed-use commercial building at 23-20 Jackson Avenue in Long Island City, Queens. The new structure will dedicate 65,000 square feet of newly built space toward residential units, a hotel, and dormitory spaces. The entire building itself is set to yield 82,851 square feet.

23-20 Jackson Avenue

A view inside 23-20 Jackson Avenue


Starbucks opens at 42-10 27th Street

Starbucks has opened its second Long Island City location at 42-10 27th Street.

“Starbucks is always looking for great locations to better meet the needs of our customers,” a Starbucks spokesperson said in email to The Court Square Blog. “This location will employ approximately 20 partners (employees).”

We last checked in on construction back in July when interior construction was mostly complete.1

Starbucks opened their first Long Island City location at 26-14 Jackson Avenue back in 2017.2

The coffee spot is only a small portion of the retail space of the building. It is part of a 110-unit, 18-story building with 81,424 square feet of residential space and 8,645 square feet of commercial space.3

42-10 27th Street

Starbucks is now open at 42-10 27th Street