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

SLOW NEWS WEEK IN LIC – HERE’S THE BIGGEST STORY

 

Art Basel comes to LIC

Nothing like spending a week quilting

News – little of worthiness in my absence, but explorer and history buffs can rejoice.  Lost in the minutiae of what qualifies for news in this small town, is a gem of Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BEGAN TODAY

Scaffolding going up around Hunters Point library

In two years we’ll have Bilbao on the East River

Work has commenced at the Hunters Point library site.  The gate was open and several men were erecting a green wooden scaffold about 10-feet from the perimeter.  If all goes according to plan it should be completed in two years and be the centerpiece of Center Boulevard.

For more information on the specifics of the library plans, click here.  For more information on the tortured path of the library click here.

//It’s not just public works that are being constructed, Continue reading

PLANS FILED FOR 70-STORY TOWER IN LIC

70-stories?

70-stories?

Hey folks, remember back in January when I wrote about Jersey City getting a 95-story tower and wondered how long before we do?  Well guess what, it didn’t take very long. Continue reading

HAPPY 3RD BIRTHDAY LICTALK!

Birthday Party guests

Birthday Party guests

Today LICtalk turns three years old.  Like most 3-year olds, we’re talking up a storm, but it’s not just nonsense.

Nothing highlights this better than an article by Michael Musto in last week’s New York Times entitled “Are Manhattanites Becoming Brooklyn’s Bridge-and-Tunnel Crowd?”  Why?  Because two years to the day prior, LICtalk published “There Are No More New Yorkers Living in Manhattan” whose concluding sentence was:

“Go figure, the next thing you know Manhattanites will be referred to as Bridge and Tunnel people.”

Oofah!  Hey, we don’t mean to suggest any, …ahem, poaching.  Instead, we’d prefer to highlight Continue reading

MU RAMEN TO OPEN MANHATTAN LOCATION

More Mu, more snow

More snow, more Mu

In the bury the lede column, a new review of Mu Ramen in Eater makes mention that they plan on opening a Manhattan location late this year or early next.  The restaurant had no comment on these plans when asked.

Oh well, the rest of the review gives a lot of insight into the how/why of Mu Ramen, and includes such tantalizing food pics that they’re almost NSFW.

//What else do we have for you? Continue reading

TENANT KING IS NOW AVAILABLE TO ALL IN LIC

"Look, everyone can now join Tenant King."  I'll drink to that.

“Mira, everyone can now join Tenant King.”  I’ll drink to that.

I have recently been alerted that the local website Tenant King is now available to all residents of Long Island City.  Previously, it had taken a page from Facebook’s early years and been exclusive to the large, fancy, new buildings in the neighborhood.  According to one of the founders, who lives in LIC, the previous hindrance was a logistical issue which their 2.0 version has rectified.  So now all the schlubs living in high-ceilinged walk-ups and $2 million townhouses can sign up as well.

While we’re on the topic of Tenant King, lately I have been directing everyone that emails me about local events to their Events-Calendar. I still want to receive the information, but unfortunately I am unable to make mention of everything.  Tenant King’s forum is more comprehensive and better equipped to do so.  Think of it as a community bulletin board.  Whereas LICtalk, as you know, is a brilliant compendium of long form journalism on the most important topic: Long Island City.

//Having said the above, sometimes I feel compelled to make mention of a happening that I simply must attend, and would be remiss in not informing y’all of: Continue reading

FEBRUARY BE GONE

The cold endures. just like this pic

The cold endures, just like this photographic theme

One last blast of cold for the final weekend of February.  That’s the news.  Oh yeah, there’s other real-estate-y stuff like raw land and industrial buildings for sale, and a peek at some tower that might become the tallest in LIC, but I’d rather focus on leisure.  And since the 7-train is down this weekend and it feels like Scandinavia Continue reading

RAZE QUEENSBRIDGE

The right time for a grand compromise

The forgotten land

Since Mayor de Blasio fantasizes to the press about covering Sunnyside Yards and building affordable housing on top of it, I have decided to put forth a more pragmatic housing solution that focuses on the original intent of government. Continue reading

FROZEN EAST RIVER CLOSES FERRY

Lunar landscape or Frozen Part II?

Lunar landscape of LIC

The freezing weather has kiboshed the East River Ferry until further notice.  After several boats required assistance and couldn’t land in several ports, I guess they decided to suspend service.  Anyone who has seen the river in the past week, could not have failed to notice the huge chunks of ice on it and thought about the Titanic.

//It happened so fast: Continue reading

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