THE LIC SUMMER FINALE AND MORE

The summer that was, 2015

The summer that was, 2015

Well I’ve been training all summer for the monumental bike ride across the Queensboro Bridge.  After many years of living in its shadow, it was time to take on the beast and journey across the river to the outer borough of Manhattan in something other than the subway or a taxi.  So this weekend I ventured forth, first stopping at Sweetleaf to down a quart of coffee, then pausing in Queens Plaza to gobble two Clif Bars.  Finally I strapped on my helmet and started pedaling up the eastern face.  It was hot out and I had to rest several times and catch my breath, not unusual for most mountaineers, but 40 minutes later with my hamstrings screaming, I hit the apex.  The trip down to the other side was quicker and less traumatic, at the bottom of the bridge I made a sharp right turn onto East 60th Street proudly hitting the island of Manhattan in a triumphal manner, and do you know what I discovered when I got there? Continue reading

ANOTHER LOVE NOTE TO QUEENS FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES

All quiet on the rooftops this time of year

All quiet on the rooftops this time of year

The New York Times has written another love letter to Queens with an article touting the borough as a hot tourist destination.  The gist of the story is Continue reading

MASSIVE DEVELOPMENT WITH FOOTBRIDGE TO CORNELL TECHNION PROPOSED FOR LIC WATERFRONT

Maiella: delicious food, fantastic service, and the setting...

Maiella: delicious food, fantastic service, and the setting…

A huge development with something for everyone including a pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island, is being proposed by a group of investors according to POLITICO New York.

The site is on Continue reading

LIC TO GET HOMELESS SHELTER AND STARBUCKS?

Ahh summer, when the kale is as high as a young lady's thigh.  In Queens anyway

Summer, when the kale is as high as a young lady’s thigh – in Queens no less!

The Court Square Blog has uncovered permits for the lot at 21-16 44th Drive that link to a developer named Alan Lapes who’s made a very profitable living operating homeless shelters for NYC.  Though it’s only slated to be 29 units and 44th Drive has a bit of a gritty feel to it, I’m sure the 75 condo owners in The Industry across the street are Continue reading

GROWTH AT WHAT PRICE?

Maybe we think before doing when it comes to Queens?

Maybe we think before doing when it comes to Queens?

For more than a century, California has been the state where people flocked for a better life — 164,000 square miles of mountains, farmland and coastline, shimmering with ambition and dreams, money and beauty. It was the cutting-edge symbol of possibility: Hollywood, Silicon Valley, aerospace, agriculture and vineyards.

But now a punishing drought — and the unprecedented measures the state announced last week to compel people to reduce water consumption — is forcing a reconsideration of whether the aspiration of untrammeled growth that has for so long been this state’s driving engine has run against the limits of nature.

- The New York Times April 4, 2015

Recent travails with the 7-train and school-gate lead me to ask: should everyone be living here?  In a reversal of the entropic forces that overcome an abandoned jungle city, have we instead built over every square inch and then gone, and continue to go, too far upwards?  Most importantly, does densification diminish the quality of life for all?

Probably not if you’re taking the seaplane to your 20-acre spread in the Hamptons every weekend and living in a 5,000 square foot apartment or townhouse Monday to Friday.  As for the rest of us, I will posit that the answer is ‘yes.’  Because as exciting as it is to live in a city that never sleeps, at some point the reality of Continue reading

AUGUST DOINGS IN LIC

Or you can just hang in Queens Plaza

Or you can just hang in Queens Plaza

Don’t let anyone tell you nothing happens in August.  Not in LIC anyway.  Free Music, Free Yoga, + when you have a park like ours along the waterfront, who needs the beach?  Then after sunset head up to Astoria for some of the best food on the planet, or to LIC Flea or Smorgasburg in Court Square.  Here’s a rundown for the rest of the summer: Continue reading

TORN ASUNDER, BIEROCRACY, & HOT TIPS

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

As the streets of Vernon Boulevard are torn asunder this summer, we got a query from a reader about the development across from the 7-trains entrances on that street.  LIC resident Andy G. asked:

Nothing has happened on the site at 49-18 Vernon Boulevard for a couple months now.  Meanwhile, it’s been a huge pain in the butt for pedestrians in the always-crowded Vernon/Jackson area.  The initial green fence wasn’t bad as it didn’t impede the sidewalk, but then it was moved outward on both streets and we’ve had street blockage—and an eyesore–for months now with no progress whatsoever.”

Though I was clueless as to why, our friends at The Court Square Blog dug for the answer and shared with Andy that they received a “Stop-Work” order from the city on May 19, and it was just partially rescinded this week.  Phew, it’s the weekend so let’s move on to the good stuff. Continue reading

YOUNG MAN DIES AFTER FALLING FROM AVALON RIVERVIEW NORTH

A young male fell to his death Tuesday night around 10pm, after apparently Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY: BEAUTIFUL SUNSETS FOLLOWED BY BEAUTIFUL SUNRISES

Sunsets, sunrises, great parks, we got it all in LIC

Sunsets, sunrises, great parks, we got it all in LIC

Upon looking out the windows of my apartment towards Manhattan, many visitors remark “You must get beautiful sunsets?”  To which I’ll concur, but also add Continue reading

A DREAM HOTEL IS COMING TO HUNTERS POINT IN LIC

Or for a more laid back party experience

Or for a more laid back party experience

A new Dream Hotel will be built on the Manhattan Cabinetry site at 9-03 44th Rd.  I’m not sure if that’s really still Hunters Point, but google maps says it is.  Plus the corner of it is about 20 feet from Vernon Blvd., right near Anable Basin and across the street from the Wyndham, so I’m sticking to the headline.

Of greater significance, this will be the first Continue reading

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