LIC street festival hits the waterfront on Saturday

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A street festival in Long Island City on Saturday will offer family-friendly activities, music and food from popular food trucks and restaurants in the neighborhood.

“HPS Rocks the Block,” hosted by Related Companies, Phipps Houses and Monadnock Development, aims to celebrate the new community living at Hunters Point South Living, an affordable housing complex.

The free event will take place from noon to 4 p.m. at the intersection of Center Boulevard and 50th Avenue. The Golden Pony will provide the music and food trucks. Restaurants such as 51st Bakery and Cafe, Taim Mobile, Eddie’s Pizza Truck, Mamu Thai Noodle, Carpe Donut, Casa Enrique and Manducatis will provide the food. The food is served free of charge for the first two hours of the event.

Visitors will enjoy life-size games of Jenga and Connect Four, face-painting and a photo booth. People who upload their photo booth pictures to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #HPSLiving will be automatically entered to win prizes at the event.

GrowNYC, an environmental nonprofit responsible for the 2,300-square-foot urban farm at Hunters Point South Commons, will offer a seed necklace station and will teach kids how to make agua frescas, a drink made from a combination of fruits, cereals, flowers or seeds using blenders powered by bicycles.

The street festival will also be dog-friendly, with a pet hydration station provided by Dog City.

Hunters Point South Living, an affordable housing community, is made up of two LEED silver and Enterprise Green Community-designed buildings that provide 925 permanently affordable and rent-stabilized apartments to Long Island City’s waterfront.

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