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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THE CITY OF THE DAMNED

The City of the Damned

No bodies here

Is there anybody out there?  Am I the only one stuck in LIC?  No, we still have parents protesting PS78′s early start time, or at least reporters covering them.  And we have the Continue reading

LIC PARENTS PROTEST 8AM SCHOOL STARTING TIME

Do you really want to get in the way of this mom and an early start time?  Do you?

Do you really want to get in the cross-hairs of this mom and a change to her schedule?

So it’s early August, the Mets are seven games out, Mister Softee is omnipresent, and thoughts of your upcoming week at the shore are pulling you through the deals, decks, depositions, and deadlines of work.  When out of the blue, you receive a letter informing you that the school start time a month hence, has been changed from 8:40am to 8am.  Yikes, in a heartbeat, your whole ‘Rain Man’ world has been turned upside down! Continue reading

CRANKY’S CAFE CLOSES AND SHRINKAGE COMES TO LIC APARTMENTS

'I hope we get a Blockbuster Video, please, please!'

‘I hope we get a Blockbuster Video, please, please!’

Cranky’s Cafe on the corner of Vernon and 49th Avenue has closed.  The awnings are down, the bar removed, and the room has been cleared by a demolition crew.  No reason was given, and phone calls to the telephone number on the website Continue reading

AUGUST ARRIVES IN LIC

 

A nice summer vacation spot

A nice summer vacation spot right on the water

August is here, and with it comes the annual summer slowdown in news for Long Island City.  Aside from a local house fire and the onward march of real estate development, there isn’t much to dig into, despite a dozen or so stories linked to below.  It looks like I’ll have to create my own content Continue reading

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