CORNELL TECHNION OPENS – HEY DON’T FORGET THE BRIDGE!

It's time for LIC to no longer be solely framed by its proximity to Midtown

It’s time for LIC to no longer be framed solely by its proximity to midtown

So, Cornell Technion opened up this week.  While the opening entailed press releases, ribbon-cutting, politicians and media attention, it should come as no surprise as it was completed right on schedule.  Of course that fact may actually be the biggest surprise of all!

Amidst the news hoopla, and there was a lot of it from all angles (see links below), was the standard local one as to how this would affect the local community adjacent to the campus: Long Island City.  All interviewees laud the potential of the proximity to the new campus, and the hyperbole is justified.  Unfortunately what they don’t realize is the huge gulf between “as the crow flies” and reality.  While a new ferry is nice, it is far from a game-changer.  The fact is that the Continue reading

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MEETINGS & VIDEOS IN/OF LIC

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Not much happening in LIC these days, unless you’re a construction worker.  Thus residents have time to attend local Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL IN LIC

Summer's end

Summer’s end

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes”

‘Back to School’ is a classic 80′s movie, worthy of multiple viewings.  Most importantly, it’s protagonist imparts a message that all those children who began the new school year today should remember after they graduate: Continue reading

DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert Continue reading

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
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MORE BABIES KEEP COMING TO LIC

Drinking in the end of summer

Drinking in the end of summer

UPON returning from summering in Marthucket, I noticed  a heretofore very pregnant woman in my building pushing around a baby carriage.  ‘Oh, yet another one joins the ranks’ I thought to myself at this inane observation.  Yes, more babies keep coming to LIC (what does that even mean?), and on a per-capita basis it probably skews a little higher than citywide and nationwide, but it’s certainly not newsworthy.  Nevertheless, like my fellow journalists in the local news trenches, occasionally I’m forced to conjure something out of nothing to go to print.  Kinda like writing about a survey that finds people in LIC want more restaurants – D’uhh!  Of course they do, but if asked whether Continue reading

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MASSIVE DRUG RAID ON CENTER BLVD IN LONG ISLAND CITY -UPDATE

Various news outlets are reporting that there is a massive drug raid going on this morning at a tower on Center Boulevard.  Federal agents, some wearing hazmat suits, Continue reading

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MASSIVE SEA TURTLE AND NEW FERRIES IN THE EAST RIVER

Sea turtles or Pepsi-worshiping aliens surrounding new ferry stop?

Turtles or Pepsi-worshiping sea monsters surrounding new ferry stop

IN what has to be the best story of the slow summer, a man fishing from the shore of the East River right near Costco on Vernon Boulevard hooked a giant sea turtle.  I mean really big!  Then, following a volley of incredulous f-bombs, he and Continue reading

APOCECLIPSE NOW

Greenpoint viewpoint

Greenpoint viewpoint

I feel bad for millennials, unlike Gen X’ers they never got to experience multiple viewings of the classic movie Apocalypse Now during their formative years.  On the other hand, most of them probably still have the good fortune to be able to experience it for the very first time and be awed by it.

What does this have to do with LIC?  Well Continue reading

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AUGUST UPDATES JUST FOR YOU LIC

What's up with the library?  This is

What’s up with the library? This is

What’s up with rezoning upzoning of LIC? What’s the latest on the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music?  What really happens behind the walls of MoMA PS1 during a summer Warm-up?  When is the CVS in Hunters Point opening? Continue reading

MU RAMEN OWNER TO TAKE ALOBAR & RENAME RAVENSWOOD TAVERN

The Smooklers are expanding their culinary empire by taking over the former Alobar space and renaming it Ravenswood Tavern according to Eater.  The menu will have more in common with the prior occupant than Mu Ramen, with chef Joshua Smookler creating Continue reading

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