THE BEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION

If school doesn't work out, you can always drive a cab in this town

If this school thing doesn’t work out, at least your kids can always get a job in the neighborhood

Two weeks ago, a list of the best public school districts in the U.S. was published.  Normally I don’t put much faith in these subjective top-10′s, but when I saw who was ranked #1, I knew they got it right.  No, it wasn’t LIC/PS78, …yet, but we’ll get to that.  Instead, it was Edgemont, a small school district in southern Westchester.  As it turns out, the Editor of this rag grew up in Edgemont.

While a lot of people may focus on academics as the reason for its top ranking, I can tell you as an insider and as anyone who grew up in Edgemont will confirm, this is just one piece of the winning formula.  Now I’d be the first to say that I had some outstanding teachers, whose influence is still imbedded in me today.  But there were also a handful of clunkers, just like in any great school district.

Setting academics aside (for the time being let’s just call it the fixed variable.  Though some may view it as immovable), there are two other equally important pieces of the puzzle: Continue reading

MURRAY PARK DISTRICT (MPD), THE HISTORY AND MORE

The current Lord of Murray Park

The current Lord of Murray Park(pink stripes), always has next

We’d be remiss as chroniclers of all things LIC, were we not to follow up on last weeks post about MPD by giving you the history of the park.  And just like I did in high school, I’m going to Continue reading

NEW SUPERMARKET SET TO OPEN TOMORROW IN HUNTERS POINT

The end of Autumn is near...

The end of Autumn is near…

Urban Market will open tomorrow.  Located in Gantry Park Landing on 50th Avenue by the water, the 8,000 square foot store will feature, well, …all those items that supermarkets in upscale neighborhoods do in 2014.  You can read the the story below for the details, of greater interest was Continue reading

THE HOT NEW NEIGHBORHOOD IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Not everyone wants there park to be waterside

Not everyone wants their parks surrounded by big towers

Hello real estate brokers of LIC, there is now a new neighborhood you need to make note of when addressing clients.  “I can get you 10% more than Court Square” when trying to rope in prospective listings, and aside hush-hush “About 10% less than Hunters Point” when persuading buyers and renters on the fence.

Ladies and Gentleman, LICtalk has officially designated the six rectangular blocks bounded by Continue reading

ELECTIONS 2014: THE PEOPLE OF LONG ISLAND CITY HAVE SPOKEN

A classic two-handed set-shot circa 1955, stage right

New community center please, and love the classic two-handed set-shot circa 1955, stage right

Well Election Day has passed, and I expect the results will have minimal impact on your life.  Yet a very local vote the week before may hold greater significance in how it affects the people of LIC on a day-by-day basis.  This vote was sort of open to everyone, but only about 50 people showed up.  I am referring to the participatory budgeting powwow, where citizens nominate neighborhood capital projects to fund.

Here is what was interesting about it. Continue reading

ARE HOME PRICES DROPPING IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

Have we hit the wall?  No, the run continues...

Have we hit the wall? No, the run continues…

Just like in Manhattan, it looks like the very, very top of the apartment market here in Queens is not quite flying out the door as it was say, six months ago. The two most expensive residential properties being offered in Queens, an $8 million townhouse in Hunters Point and a $5.388 million condo in The View, had both been marked down last week to Continue reading

RISQUE PARTY AND SEX TOYS FOR HALLOWEEN

Are you ready for your anatomy lesson?

Are you ready for your anatomy lesson?

Tonight’s MoMA PS1′s Halloween party is bringing back from the dead the downtown club scene from the 80′s and 90′s.  Looking over the “hosted by” list, I vaguely recognize a lot of the names, many of which have a euro-trashy pronunciation and an avant garde connotation indicating that once the umm, …digestifs kick in, there should be a lot of nudity.  Entitled “HalloQueens,” the invite requests “all guests come dressed for a royal celebration of all things Queens” such as Royal Queens, Queens of Mean, Rock Queens, Queen of Hearts. etc.  That theme, combined with the fact that it’s only fifteen bucks to attend and within stumbling distance of most readers homes, gets my vote for Best Halloween Party option of 2014.

Now onto sex toys. Continue reading

THE BEST WEEK TO LIVE IN LIC: TAKE TWO

A tale of two races on Vernon

Two jaunts down Vernon Blvd this week

Two years ago I entitled a story “The Best Week to Be a New Yorker,” which was all about the week encompassing Halloween and The New York Marathon.  Wouldn’t you know it, Sandy rolls in Continue reading

STRANDED IN LIC

Or you could eat four croissants and guzzle a quart of coffee at Cannelle Patisserie

Or you could eat four croissants and guzzle a quart of coffee at Cannelle Patisserie

Hey LICsters, the 7-train is down this weekend so you’re stranded like Gilligan and the Captain.  Now if you had Ginger and Mary Ann, Continue reading

HAVE NO FEAR, HALLOWEEN IS NEAR

Dining Scene?  You can also cook at home with fresh vegetables from the stand at LIC Flea

Dining scene? You can also cook at home with fresh vegetables from the stand at LIC Flea, and get a pumpkin.

“Enjoy every sandwich”  Warren Zevon1

So the news desk has been getting a lot of queries from new LIC mothers regarding trick-or-treating and other local Halloween events for kids.  Fear not, because as veteran parents in the neighborhood know, everything is rolled up into one during the Annual Kids Halloween Parade along Vernon Boulevard.  Where/when/how will it occur? Continue reading

  1. Letterman asked Zevon if his condition (terminal cancer) had taught him anything about life and death. ”How much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich,” Zevon answered.

    Weeks later, Letterman was still struck by the reply. ”Here’s a guy looking right down the barrel of the gun,” he said. ”And if a guy wanted to indulge himself in great hyperbole in that circumstance, who wouldn’t forgive him? But that was perfect, the simplicity of that. If this guy is not a poet, who is?” []

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