PLAXALL’S GRAND(E) PLAN FOR ANABLE BASIN & REC CENTER

Last night I met with several of the Plaxall family members where they shared their just released plans to develop Anable Basin.  These plans entail a major rezoning of the area, whose central theme is “bringing LIC to Anable Basin” by opening up the shoreline surrounding it to the public and making it easily accessible via newly created pedestrian lanes that would slice through their current plots. The initial blueprint would be a mix of residential, retail, and a doubling of their current industrial space, in the hope of making the area one that’s 24/7 instead of the stark division currently in LIC where an area is utilized by business during the day or inhabitants at night, but not both.  Also a new school would be built away from the site on a nearby Plaxall holding on 11th Street.

To help put it all together the family recently hired Jonathan Drescher, previously  the Director of Major Projects for the Durst Organization, who expects the zoning process to take most of 2018 with the hope that the initial phase begins in 2019.  As one would expect with his arrival, the plan also contains the considerable upsizing of the amount of buildable square footage that would be allowed, leading to the possibility of a 70-story waterfront tower and 5,000 new residential units.  It would also incorporate many of the development buzzwords coursing through City Hall these days: Continue reading

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FOOD NEWS, REAL ESTATE PORN, & NO 7-TRAIN

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Flash – THERE WILL BE NO 7-TRAIN SERVICE FROM LIC TO MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT - per tipster & MTA website

We’re going to squeeze the lemon and try to get a post’s worth of LIC information for you during a slow news week where all the local stories were broken or created by the citywide press.  Though I promise not to do a wholesale regurgitation of one of those stories, I will start with food.  The New York Times gives a big smooch to the Court Square Diner in its Neighborhood Joint column.  In summary, it dwells on the camaraderie not the cuisine.  Oh wait, The Court Square Blog, one of LIC’s finest publications (there are two in that category), did announce that a Sweetleaf is coming to Tishman Speyer’s massive residential project in Queens Plaza. Oh wait, here’s another local food tidbit as broken by moi, thanks to a tipster: The Howard Stern show had a staff outing at Maiella late last month, and raved about the Continue reading

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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 - the start of a good morning!

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 – the start of a good morning!

Good morning, good morning LIC, I figured today I would break the typical news cycle (print anyway) and publish in the Continue reading

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ELECTION DAY: THE BIG VOTE IN LIC

Halloween finale

Halloween finale – no work and all play …and lots of candy

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

NOW we shift from the festivity of Halloween to the drama and solemnity of Election Day.  Of course there isn’t really any drama as by and large the relevant races are a foregone conclusion.  Out of the spotlight but of possibly greater consequence is the once-in-every-twenty-years vote over whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York State, on which I have no opinion.  Yet if one were to allow their imaginations and machinations to run wild…

Actually there is a vote on an item, or line-item as it were, that will have ahem …dire? consequences for a select segment of the Long Island City population Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN ’17

 

Even Spiderman paints pumpkins on Halloween

Even Superman paints pumpkins on Halloween in LIC

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

Don’t let the fabulous October weather play a trick on you, Halloween is upon us.  Yet this year in LIC there will be a little twist for the youngsters and their parents, or maybe more of a mash-up of the monster-kind.  That’s because the Annual LIC Halloween Parade has merged with the PS78Q PTA Fall Festival1 to create a mammoth one-day extravaganza! (1-day, thank goodness!)

It’s this Sunday, October 29 and the fun starts at noon with Continue reading

  1. Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co. represented the Parade while Goldman Sachs and Moelis & Co. advised the PTA []
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DEAD BIRDS AND LIVE JELLYFISH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Towers are not bird-friendly

Towers are not bird-friendly

Just as I was about to wade in...

Just as I was about to wade in…

RECENTLY I was sent a trio of photos of dead birds on the sidewalks near Center Boulevard, one of which is shown above.  The sender was inquiring if I knew of, or why, the sudden surge in dead birds?  While I wasn’t aware of it, I did know where to go: D-Bird.org, a database kept by the NYC Audubon in order to assist them in Project Safe Flight, which helps birds migrate safely through New York City.

After entering the three photos and location information, I followed up with an email and call to Kaitlyn Parkins, a conservation biologist at NYC Audubon.  She told me Continue reading

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SHAKE SHACK COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH?

Future home of Shake Shack ...oh and 2,000 new residents

Future home of Shake Shack …oh and 2,000 new residents

Well maybe, but that’s not the real story.  Instead, the LIC Post is reporting that a complete redesign of Hunters Point South’s Parcel C was unveiled last night at a Community Board 2 Land Use meeting.  Most significantly, the towers will now rise to 55 and 44 stories from a previous 41 and 35 stories in the original plan shared in 2013.  The other significant design change from that plan, is that the structure will no longer run uninterrupted along Center Boulevard, which effectively made it one mammoth building with two peaks.  Instead it will be broken up with a Center Boulevard (and Oval and Manhattan) facing open area filled with greenery, art installations, and a food pavilion.  It’s in that pavilion that one of the presenters last night threw out the name Shake Shack Continue reading

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PIATTO WOOD FIRE PIZZA TO OPEN OCTOBER 23 IN LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

MAN has been cooking with wood for over a million years.  Beginning next week the people of Long Island City will be able to get pizza cooked on wood for the very first time when Piatto LIC opens on October 23.  That’s right, pizza cooked on wood!  In LIC!!  Alla-buon’ora!  In addition the dinner menu includes items such as charred octopus, fire-roasted prawns, Continue reading

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ALL SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK, ALL SATURDAY

Live at the Apollo

Live at the Apollo, where magic happens

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing

Socrates never set foot in his namesake park, but you can!  Walk among the immortals this Saturday, when numerous Continue reading

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MUSINGS ON GENTRIFICATION IN LIC AND DEVELOPING WATER’S EDGE

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

 

In the perfect world of The Editor there would be fewer humans taxing the earth’s resources and fewer still straining those of Queens and NYC.  Regrettably someone else from this borough was recently elected monarch so I won’t be able to impose my will until 2020 and thus will be required to accept compromises, just like everyone else.  That will entail watching large swaths of Long Island City towered up to the sky, much of which has already transpired.

Despite my anti-growth leanings, Continue reading

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