New York's technology boom has a new beachhead, and it's in Queens.
The challenge of meeting steep rents in Manhattan's tech-oriented Chelsea, SoHo and Flatiron neighborhoods has already pushed the start-up scene into parts of Brooklyn. Now, efforts under way in Long Island City aim to turn the waterfront area into a silicon sliver.
New LIC Microbrewery Pedals Suds to East Village and Williamsburg Bars
LONG ISLAND CITY — Hipsters don't need to ride the Rockabus to enjoy suds from Queens' newest brewery.
Rockaway Brewing Company — a microbrewery which opened in June in Hunters Point, and until now sold its beers only at a seaside bar in Rockaway Beach — is now hawking its suds in Williamsburg and East Village bars.
Queens Plaza Foot Traffic Rivals Downtown, Locals Say
LONG ISLAND CITY — Queens Plaza is looking more like Times Square these days.
Foot traffic in the area, which has experienced a flurry of new development recently, has spiked 30 percent and almost doubled during lunchtime during the past two years — putting it on par with some spots in Lower Manhattan, according to LIC Partnership, an advocacy group promoting businesses in the area.