NYCLUG at the LIC Springs! Block Party in Queens

Youngsters avail themselves of LEGO bricks at the LIC Springs event May 17

Youngsters avail themselves of LEGO bricks at the LIC Springs event May 17

NYCLUG members Kent, Moa Victor and Sid were on hand as NYCLUG hosted its first-ever Community Build Event at the massive LIC Springs block party on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City, Queens on May 17.The afternoon’s festivities kicked off Saturday afternoon in front of Modern Spaces LIC, a prestigious New York City real estate firm that wanted to bring an interactive, family-friendly element to their sidewalk and mid-street presence.

NYCLUG member Sid talks about LEGO with a visitor in front of Modern Spaces in Long Island City, Queens

NYCLUG member Sid talks about LEGO with a visitor in front of Modern Spaces in Long Island City, Queens

NYCLUG more than obliged, bringing three tables worth of LEGO elements and MOCs, LEGO sets that were raffled off as prizes to happy winners, and even a couple of Queens and LIC landmarks such as the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge and the iconic Pepsi-Cola sign that fronts the East River.

Sid's Queensboro Bridge and Victor's LEGO buildings stole the show!

A visitor enjoys the mini version of Queens, replete with a Queensboro Bridge, as NYCLUG member Victor Ty looks on

Hundreds of family members stopped by to participate in freebuilding and to learn a tip or two from the NYCLUG members present, and some even got to take home their MOCs; NYCLUG also garnered some great press (special thanks to the Queens Tribune and Brownstoner Queens for the mentions!) and praise from one of the event’s organizers.  Among the big hits: Victor’s buildings, which dominated the tables, along with the ever-popular Benny “maxifig” and Olaf from Disney’s Frozen.

Benny takes a break from his spaceship! spaceship! spaceship! to hit up Vernon Boulevard in Queens!

Benny takes a break from his spaceship! spaceship! spaceship! to hit up Vernon Boulevard in Queens!

We’re hoping to make a return to LIC Springs next year. Until then, thanks for the memories, LIC!

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