LIC community demands Queens Public Library to ‘act with urgency’ to find a new home for Court Square Library

Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, a Queens borough president candidate, led a rally to demand the Queens Public Library “act with urgency” to find the Court Square Library a new home on Jan. 8, as the library’s last month at 25-01 Jackson Ave. quickly approaches. “The Queens Library knew that this deadline was looming. The library should […]

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Despite Court Square Library’s impending closure, Queens Public Library is ‘committed’ to staying in Long Island City

After serving the community for three decades, the Court Square Library will be closing its doors for the final time next month. Queens Public Library operated the tiny branch on the ground floor at One Court Square but the tower’s new owner declined to renew its lease. “Our lease ends March 31, so public service […]

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Queens community board holds private meeting with 5Pointz developer

By Christine Chung, THE CITY This story was originally published on July 25, 2019 by THE CITY. Queens community board members met privately last week with a developer seeking their approval on revised plans to build luxury apartment buildings at the old 5Pointz graffiti hotspot, THE CITY has learned. Three people, including developer David Wolkoff, gathered at Manducatis Rustica, […]

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Developers hope to draw artists back to Queens’ 5Pointz

By Christine Chung, THE CITY This story was originally published on July 2, 2019 by THE CITY. The developers who whitewashed the street art at the legendary Queens graffiti hotspot 5Pointz want to paint over bad feelings and lure artists back to the site. The owners are vying to capitalize on the Long Island City property’s colorful history — […]

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Federal judge upholds $6.75 million in damages awarded to 5Pointz artists

By Bill Parry When a federal judge in Brooklyn ruled in favor of the 5Pointz artists in their landmark lawsuit against developer Jerry Wolkoff in February and ordered him to pay $6.7 million in compensation for ordering the whitewashing of the world famous Long Island City graffiti mecca in November 2013, Judge Frederick Block blamed […]

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