QUEENS BEER WEEK AND NEW BREWERY COMING TO LIC IN MAY

They're lining up for beer even when it's not free

They’re lining up for beer even when it’s not free

Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day this year.  It’s also the day that Queens Beer Week begins, and to do so they are holding a kick-off party at LIC Landing on the river.  Yikes!  Which one do I attend?  Mom in suburbs, beer right here. Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT SOUTH NEWS

 

The annual riverside migration has begun

Spring has sprung in Hunters Point, and with it the crowds

Here’s a little information for those interested in the latest on the Hunters Point South affording housing development, which we’ve picked up from various sources over the last few weeks.  First of all, move-in dates for the smaller south tower (attached to the high school), will begin in Continue reading

FIFTY ZONED KINDERGARTNERS WAIT-LISTED AT PS78

More. more, more

More, more, more – that’s how we like it

It’s deja vu all over again, as 50 children were wait-listed for Kindergarten at PS78Q this year, according to numbers just released.  This compares to less than ten kids last year, but 31 back in 2013. At that time, the school expanded from two to originally three classes.  After the big wait-list number was posted, there was a huge uproar and the school opened a fourth class.  This time, due to capacity issues, that may not be possible.

We wrote about this crunch back in 20121.  As for today, Continue reading

  1. In fairness to the DOE, they were able to accommodate every child in 2013 as they said they would at that time, by adding the extra class. []

LET’EM RUN FREE IN LIC

Or you can go nowhere

Or you can go nowhere

This time of year, as the weather turns nice, the playgrounds and parks of Long Island City suddenly repopulate with the noise of children big and small.  Fortunately, unlike many other neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, these kids also have a bounty of nearby outdoor spaces from which to choose.  In addition, the topography of LIC lends itself to a unique environment not seen in many other areas of this city, its suburbs, or frankly anywhere in the country.  We’ve called it a giant cul-de-sac, and I’ve heard others refer to it somewhat disparagingly as cloistered.

These two characteristics, the abundant outdoor choices and the tight-knit community, in tandem with the density provided by vertical living, make LIC the perfect laboratory for Continue reading

DOG RUN FINALLY COMING TO CENTER BOULEVARD

Woof coming

Woof!

A controversial dog run that was first advocated for here in these pages almost two years ago, has finally begun construction.  Scaffolding has been placed around the parklet1 between the Queens West Field and PS/IS 78.  The much needed dog run will Continue reading

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MAIELLA BRINGS A NEW RESTAURANT ERA TO LONG ISLAND CITY

Maiella: coming soon on Center Boulevard

Maiella: coming soon on Center Boulevard

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Back in my days as a Master of the Universe, I sat next to a much older gentleman who by 20th century standards, was well off.  He ran in a similar crowd from his generation, some of whose names wouldn’t be unfamiliar to those viewing Bill Cunningham’s party pics in the Times, that largely confined themselves to restaurants on the Upper East Side and midtown.  It was a period when an impresario named Sirio ruled the dining scene in New York and entrees with a $4-handle elicited quiet gasps upon viewing them on the menu.

So it was much to my surprise, when about a dozen years ago my colleague told me I should make an effort to go to a restaurant in Astoria called Trattoria L’incontro.  “Astoria?  As in Queens?  You?” I shot back to a man who had left Brooklyn for Westchester and Manhattan over half a century ago, and was never, ever going back1. ‘Fear not’ he assuaged, ‘it’s only a quick cab ride across the Triborough Bridge, think of it as midway between the UES and LaGuardia.’  I never made it, but I didn’t forget about it either given the intro.

Fast forward to last year when I caught wind that the chef of Trattoria L’incontro, Rocco Sacramone, was coming to LIC, and all the memories came back.  Though he didn’t have the name recognition of those chefs my wife watches on late-night reruns, and didn’t have ‘ehh’ offshoots in the Hamptons, Hong Kong, or Vegas, I was aware of his stature in the NYC cooking world.  I also had an intimate familiarity with the space on Center Boulevard he was rumored to be occupying.  The combination I predicted would be a culinary knockout, if it came together.

Today I am happy to announce that it has, and we have a preview for the restaurant which is expected to open to the public in the next month and will be called Maiella. Continue reading

  1. of course his son left Westchester and bypassed Manhattan for Brooklyn, where he resides today []

VERNON/JACKSON SUBWAY RIDERSHIP UP OVER 50%

Have we hit critical mass?

Have we hit critical mass?

Back in reality land, the MTA released citywide subway ridership data this week, and it reveals that average weekday ridership at the Vernon/Jackson stop is up 57% between 2007 and 2013.  According to The New York World, this occurred during a period that the system’s ridership as a whole grew by 9%.  Putting the Vernon/Jackson percentages into numbers, it went from Continue reading

DANNY MEYER TO OPEN RESTAURANT IN FORMER CRAB HOUSE LOCATION

You can get anything that you want, at Danny's Restaurant

You can get anything that you want, at Danny’s newd Restaurant

Danny Meyer’s Union Square Hospitality Group has announced that they will be opening their first-ever free-standing restaurant in Queens in the former Waterfront Crab House location.  According to the press release, it will specialize in the cuisine Continue reading

EGGS COMING TO LIC IN 2015, COYOTES ALREADY HERE

Eggs no, coyotes maybe?

Eggs no, coyotes maybe?

“Does everything seem to be ready, is everybody ready, ladies and gentlemen the greatest rock and roll band in the world, the Rolling Stones”

Ladies and gentlemen, the Rolling Stones will not be playing Gantry State Park this Saturday.  Instead I am happy to announce that there will be an Easter egg hunt.  Now I know that may appear to be a terrible tradeoff, but for a very select few in the community, the angst regarding the arrival of news on the annual Spring stalk has been an incredible burden the last week.  There’s one little hitch Continue reading

THREE YEA’S AND A NAY TODAY

Yea or Nay?

Yea or Nay?

Today we report on three things that are happening in the neighborhood, and one that isn’t.  First off, the MTA voted to sell the air-rights to the developer of the proposed 70-story tower, allowing the building to move forward.  Secondly, the LIC Post reports that a Greek restaurant is coming to 50th Avenue, two doors down from the diner on Vernon Boulevard.  It will be owned by the folks who brought you Shi and Skinny’s Cantina.  Third, Continue reading

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