LIC Springs! (Weekend Walks on Vernon Boulevard)

Saturday, May 17, 2014 - 1:00pm

Saturday, May 17
1 - 6 PM
Vernon Boulevard between 50th Ave. and 46th Ave. (cross streets remain open)
*Rain or Shine*
On Saturday, May 17th, Vernon Boulevard will be closed to vehicle traffic between 50th Avenue and 46th Avenue to create the first LIC Springs! free community block festival! The event is planned through NYCDOT's Weekend Walks program.

Activities will include exercise and dance classes, musical performances, sculpture-making, lego-buildng and more! See below for the list of participants, performances, and activities.  In addition to the festival programs, visitors can explore the neighborhood and experience other events taking place that day including the LIC Arts Open festival running May 14-18, and the LIC Flea outdoor market.

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Volunteers are needed for this event! Please sign up to volunteer from 3pm-8pm by emailing rhamlett@licpartnership.

We look forward to celebrating the LIC community with you on May 17!

Art Exhibits and Workshops:

BrickHouse Ceramic Art Center - Get dirty! Make a small pinch pot or animal out of clay and explore your inner artist while you shop for one-of-a-kind, beautifully crafted, locally made pottery.

Long Island City Cultural Alliance -Noguchi Museum Workshop: building sculptures from precut cardboard shapes.  All Ages!Museum of the Moving Image - Make a Thaumatrope workshop: using markers, paper, and other simple tools, children make their own thaumatrops, 19th Century optical toys that predate movies.  Recommended Ages 5+

Matted LIC - Serving wine & cheese from SquareWine & Sprits, plus a Jack Sundquist Signing

The Garrett Residence - Art and Sculpture Display as part of the LIC Arts Open

Socrates Sculpture Park & City Harvest - Learn the basics of how to make multiple images through block printing, mono-printing and stamping techniques.  Using natural materials from the park, as well as re-purposed plastic and foam, we will create paintings and patterns with non-toxic paint and ink.

Slovak-Czech Varieties - Woodcarving demonstration & make your own sculpture from scrap materials
Queens Council on the Arts - Games and Artwork

Musical, Theater, and Dance Performances:

Lucky Tones - Acoustic Musical Trio performance

Sage Music - musical performances and mini-lessons

Transform Arts - Performance

Laughing Devil Comedy Club - Comedy Performance

LIC Kids - Children's Performance

LIC School of Ballet - Children's Dance Performance

LIC Academy of Music - Children's Choir

Bebop Boys & DJ - Hip Hop Dance Performance

McManus Irish Dance Group - Dance Performance to Traditional Acoustic Music

LIC Churches and Community Organizations:

HarborLAB - Display kayaks and environmental education literature, promoting expected Gantry Plaza State Park kayaking in cooperation with the Metropolitan Waterfront Alliance

Hunters Point Parks Conservancy - stop by to learn about LIC's newest park

New City Church - Come participate in family-friendly activities

LIC Community Boathouse - Demo Kayak and Paddles on display

St. Mary’s Church - Visit the Brownie Troop for information and giveaways

Trinity Church - Create giant bubbles at the Bubble Booth

LIC Restaurants and Beverage Providers include: 

1682 Restaurant, Alobar Restaurant, Bella Via Restaurant, Blend, Communitea, Corner Bistro, The Creek & the Cave, Dominie’s Hoek, El Ay Si, Madera Grill, Manducatis Rustica, Masso Restaurant, Open Door Restaurant, Papo’s Fried Chicken & Zack’s Pizzeria, Paris Health, Ricks Roasters Coffee Company, Spice, SquareWine & Spirits, Sweetleaf, and Woodbines.

LIC Health, Beauty, Fitness and Wellness groups and businesses include: 

LIC YMCA - Visit the Long Island City, YMCA plaza and start your journey on how to get fit and stay fit for the Summer.  Engage in activities such as Hip-Hop, Tap, Bootcamp, Sports Drills, Fishin'-in-a-bucket, Express Camp and more. Plus a special performance at 3pm!

PNT Fitness: Join PNT Fitness & their instructors in a family fun bootcamp exercise tutorial!  Pick up some new fitness workout tips and more!

The Yoga Room - Free public yoga class

Blue Nail Spa - Chair Massages

Hollywood Hair & Nails - Chair Massages and Nail Art

Into White - Oral Screenings

Kenza International Beauty - Hand massages with Argan oil, plus skin & hair beauty care products

LIC Chiropractic - 5 minute instructional sessions demonstrating a resistance band workout

Mount Sinai Queens - Provide Nutrition education, weight, BMI, My plate (show portion size) and health education handouts

Spokesman Cycles - Sidewalk Sale, Product Demos, Prizes & Giveaways, plus a reduced price of $5 an hour (2 hour minimum) for rentals. Receive a "bike local" destinations list for the Arts Open,Gantry/Hunters Point South Park, Socrates, Noguchi, Museum of the Moving Image. Take a photo of yourself with the bike in LIC and tag Spokesman Cycles on Facebook to receive a coupon for another discount on your next bike rental!

Tailor Made for You - Skin & Body Consulting plus Product Sales

Tribeca Pediatrics LIC. - Staff from Tribeca Pediatrics will be giving glitter tattoos to children and talking to parents about its office & team.

Additional Activities along Vernon Blvd are hosted by:

The Chocolate Factory - Featuring LIC's The Creek & The Cave, Sweetleaf, and information about the upcoming Taste of LIC 

Modern Spaces NYC - Featuring the Modern Space living room, free popcorn, plus the BrickBuilders Collective and New York City Lego Users Group ( will hold Lego building lessons and giveaways throughout the afternoon -- and are planning to construct a scale model of an iconic New York City structure.

Douglas Elliman - Free Pony Rides plus complimentary hamburgers and hot dogs

The Pearson Court Square - Learn about a new residential rental building in LIC 

Nationwide Insurance - Giveaways

LIC Vets - Complimentary Teeth Checks for Pets

Tiny You - Children's Face Painting
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