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answer and shared with Andy that they received a “Stop-Work” order from the city on May 19, and it was just partially rescinded this week.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

SHI TO RE-OPEN THE CRABHOUSE IN LONG ISLAND CITY

They're dancing near Borden over the return of the Crabhouse

They’re dancing near Borden over the return of the Crabhouse

The restaurant group that owns Shi and Skinny’s Cantina will be re-opening the Waterfront Crabhouse in LIC that sits at the end of Borden Avenue.  While we don’t know about the timing or details, we hear it will Continue reading

THE SCOURGE OF LIC, AND BEYOND

Alleged litterbutts in LIC

Alleged litterbutts in LIC

About a month ago, we received a story idea and a picture from a reader.  It concerned cigarette butts and the general attitude of smokers not to treat them as trash.  Though this might be considered more of a national or worldwide subject, because many residents in LIC Continue reading

BRING ON THE LIC WEEKEND

Manhattan Henge returns to LIC this Sunday, as do the kayakers

Manhattan Henge returns to LIC this Sunday, as do the kayakers

There is a lot of news to read below, none of it significant. Instead here are a few recommendations to consider in taking advantage of the nice weather projected for LIC this weekend. Continue reading

IS ‘ASTORIA SEAFOOD’ THE BEST RESTAURANT IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

It ain't Le Bernardin

Le Bernardin it’s not

Welcome back LICsters from your long holiday weekend.  For those who ventured afar, whether it be to the mountains or the sea, we’ve provided a full recap of how the 4th went down here in LIC.  To cover this monumental event, I had to forgo my chateau on the Cote, and gave my pilot the week off.  In so doing, I had a rare empty night on my exceptionally busy social calendar, and thus decided to do some venturing of my own, but locally.

That is how I found myself at Astoria Seafood. Continue reading

MACY’S FIREWORKS IN LIC: WHAT IT WAS LIKE LAST NIGHT

Around 6:30pm

Around 6:30pm

 

The arrival runway on 48th Avenue

The arrival runway on 48th Avenue

Hunters Point South Park walled off to all but VIP's

Hunters Point South Park walled off to all but VIP’s and Press

The anticipation builds, 20 minutes before the start

The anticipation builds, 20 minutes before the start

Finally, after 7 years!

Finally, after 7 years!

It's All Over Now Baby Blue

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

Beautiful weather, moderate temperatures and no wind, set the tone for a perfect return of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks to Long Island City.  Groups  started trickling in around 3pm and by six pm there was Continue reading

PREPPING FOR THE BIG SHOW

Twirlers resting between sets

Twirlers resting between sets

Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?
Gimme five, I’m still alive, ain’t no luck, I learned to duck.
Check my pulse, it don’t change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my

The porta potties and news vans have arrived, now all they need is the raw material to confirm their existence.  The LIC Fourth of July festivities kicked off last night in Hunters Point Park with a, …well I wouldn’t quite call it a concert, more like a Continue reading

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