NFL VETERAN LOVES LIVING IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Tony in his hometown

Tony in his new hometown

Come the end of summer, all eyes in America start to focus on the upcoming NFL season, or at least that is what the major networks are hoping.  Long Island City is no exception, as the multi-region makeup of the neighborhood is exhibited by all the different jerseys sported here on Sundays in the Fall.  Anyone who has lived in a tower for a few years, has heard the roar of another apartment in the middle of the afternoon (or evening), indicating a touchdown, interception, or big stop has occurred.  So we thought it was a good time to check in with former NFL running back and fellow LIC resident, Tony Richardson, to get his perspective on the game and the upcoming season.

Tony spent a whopping 16 years in the league.  As a fullback, he punched holes for the likes of Adrian Peterson, LaDainian Tomlinson, Larry Johnson, Priest Holmes, and Marcus Allen.  In addition, he played for Auburn during their undefeated season in 1993.  Nowadays, the four-time Pro-Bowler calls Long Island City home.  When I first met Tony earlier this year Continue reading

HERE COMES THE NEWS, AND ONE OF THEM IS NOT SO PRETTY

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Autumn arrives in LIC

 

Fall is back in the air, and with it comes the return of the journalists.  That’s a good thing because I am tired of having to script original content.  Some of it is a rehash: Bierocracy, PS78 start times, available land is expensive.  Some of it anticipated: HPS kicking off applications, Community Board 2 meeting notes, Station LIC preview, and some of it new but not earth shattering.

Then comes something fun, or funny, which is on the periphery of being a hoax, but probably isn’t. Continue reading

BIEROCRACY COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY IN DECEMBER

To the dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC, and the culinary mecca marches on.  Na Zdravi!new beginning of he dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC

To the dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC, and the culinary mecca marches on. Na Zdravi!

The good news keeps pouring in for LIC.  The name of the beer hall coming to Jackson Avenue and 47th Road will be Bierocracy and is expected to open in December.  It will be the first Continue reading

LICTALK HAS REACHED A NEW MILESTONE

Meet Ralph, my first dog twitter follower

199 and dog makes 200!

First I placed a call to my personal banker to release the funds to Bentley Manhattan for my new ride, then I called my investment banker to tell the VC scrutinizing LICtalk’s books that I want a valuation north of $50 million or it’s no deal.  Why?  Because LICtalk just reached a new milestone: 200 Twitter followers!  Oh, I know that is not that many, but in 2014 it’s the quality of readers that matter, not the quantity, and I’ve assured my prospective suitors that everyone reading this site is the equivalent of Continue reading

THE BEATLES PLAY QUEENS, AND THE WORLD IS NEVER THE SAME

Everything was a little blurry 50 years ago

Everything was a little blurry 50 years ago

On this day 50 years ago, The Beatles played Forest Hills Stadium.  While their date at Shea a year later would garner a lot more press, something very interesting occurred after their first Queens date that very well may have had a bigger influence on their music and on the 1960′s.  After the show, they were introduced to Bob Dylan for the very first time back at their hotel.  In addition to supposedly mocking their then sappy lyrics, which they very much took to heart, that night he also Continue reading

THE DICHOTOMY OF 46TH ROAD

The changing face of LIC

The changing face of LIC

46th Road between Vernon Boulevard and 11th Street is the embodiment of a side street in Long Island City.  One side of the street is all industrial: Queens Import Motors, DMP Taxi Parts, AVA Performance Auto Repairs, Empire City Ironworks.  The other side of the street is Continue reading

DEMOLITION OF 5POINTZ BEGUN TODAY

No picture today, there’s nothing to take one of

The Chinese water torture demise of 5Pointz began today.  Many major press outlets picked the story up, I linked to one below.  What’s most interesting to me is Continue reading

$8 MILLION TOWNHOUSE UP FOR SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Fit for a king! Or Queen ..or Queens

Fit for a king! Or Queen ..or Queens

An eight million dollar townhouse is up for sale on 51st Avenue in Hunters Point.  Though currently configured as a multi-family home, with a total of six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 4,875 square feet, it could easily be combined into a single home.  If so, it would Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY IS BECOMING A CULINARY MECCA

A culinary mecca I tells ya

A culinary mecca dam-mit

 

LIC is on the verge of leaving its pub food and red sauce reputation behind.  Saturday night I ate at Jora, the new Peruvian restaurant by the Pulaski Bridge, and while we do not do restaurant reviews here at LICtalk, I will say Continue reading

ROADTRIP: ASTORIA, THE EPITOME OF JOLIE-LAIDE

Hello Stamatis, I'm calling you from my pool.

Hello Zorba, this is Stamatis, I’m calling you from my pool in Astoria

Sewing machines, accounting, and guacamole!

Sewing machines, accounting, booze, and guacamole!

 

Nice melons

Nice melons

Tae kwondo and souvlaki: Astoria

Tae kwondo and souvlaki = Astoria

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