MORE CHANGES COMING TO VERNON BLVD & MORE TACOS

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

HUNTERS Point Dental will be moving to new and bigger offices at the base of One Vernon Jackson.  This prime new location, on Vernon Boulevard just south of Cafe Henri, has been vacant since the building’s construction in 2010.  Moreover, HP Dental’s previous home three storefronts north of Dorian’s Diner (49-13 Vernon Boulevard), will now be open to a new tenant for the first time in 32 years! Continue reading

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APRES HAYDEN, LE DELUGE?

E & I Deli expansion, not quite ready for prime time

E & I Deli expansion, not quite ready for prime time

ROCKROSE has just launched leasing on the Hayden in Court Square.  Who/what/where is the Hayden?  It’s that just completed 50-story tower abutting dominating Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive1 across the street from the Citi building.

It’s 974 units are comprised of studio, 1-br, and 2-br apartments, which according to Curbed will range in price from Continue reading

  1. technically the address is 43-25 Hunter Street, and even though that is probably where the entrance is, it will still be known for its Jackson Ave presence []
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SNOWDAY, SHIA LABOEUF SHUT DOWN, L’INIZIO TURNED DOWN

Fresh powder yes, but don't eat the yellow snow

Fresh powder yes, but don’t eat the yellow snow

Snowday!  Is over – back to school/work.  ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ at the Museum of Moving Image is shut down due to violence.  L’Inizio Pizzeria on Vernon Boulevard is denied a license for back yard drinking according to the LIC Post.  The first two I don’t have anything to add, the latter is really disappointing.  According to the Post, the license was turned down because the owner, Tom Blaze, is accused by a Continue reading

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SUNNYSIDE YARDS AND FLYING CARS

Let's put another one next to it?

Let’s put another one next to it?

YESTERDAY the ‘official’ study regarding the plan to deck over Sunnyside Yards and build housing on top was released by the city.  Actually, three separate plans were released, each containing a different mix of residential/office/other space that would yield between 14,000 and 24,000 new apartments.

As expected, the study, commissioned by the Mayor, confirmed that the plan is both feasible and at a cost of $16 – $19 billion …uhh reasonable? The release was accompanied by the usual canned ‘huzzah’s such as this one by deputy-mayor Alicia Glen: “Sunnyside Yard represents one of our greatest opportunities to invest in the affordable housing, good jobs, open space and public transit western Queens needs,”

Here at LICtalk we see through such non-sequitur’s and are completely opposed to pursuing the Sunnyside Yards proposal any further.  Given all the non-decked over growth that will occur in Long Island City over the next 5-6 years, which will roughly double the existing housing stock, why is there any hurry to look to the next phase whilst having zero knowledge of how the current excessively-expansionary one will play out?

The obvious answer to this is Continue reading

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LEVANTE ON JACKSON AVE IS GETTING CLOSER AND TOBY’S ARRIVES

Dark Gray Sweater has dibs on that spot for the next decade

Dark gray sweater guy has dibs on that spot @ Toby’s Coffee for the next decade

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Backyard at Levante – envision it come Spring

The pizza oven has been installed, the bar has been constructed, the brick walls fully exposed, and the upper two stories gutted of floors and stripped to the beams to reveal striking 30′ plus ceilings.  Though there’s still a lot of work to be done, Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue hopes to open sometime in April.  We met with one of the partners, Tony D’Aiuto, and toured the bustling construction site this morning.

The first thing to note is that despite the prominently displayed pizza oven, Continue reading

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FOR WHOM THE TOLL TOLLS

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

 

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy 

It won’t be too long before people refer to Manhattan as the “old neighborhood,” and visit it nostalgically like Italians returning to Bensonhurst and Jews (used) to the Lower East Side.  ‘Look, that’s where mommy and daddy used to live, and that’s where they used to drink before they knew each other.’ Continue reading

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JANUARY ROOSTERS AND FEBRUARY DELIVERS

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

OH my, even with no snow there’s been a flurry of local news that’s come to pass in the last week.  To start, as always, is more residential real estate development.  There are five short articles on local slightly-off-the-radar projects – which basically means they’re under 30-stories:

6 flrs/94 units in Dutch Kills

A pair of 7-story buildings totaling 80 units in Dutch Kills

9 flrs/30 units in Queensboro Plaza

23 flrs/117 units in Queens Plaza South

15 flrs/99 units in Queensboro Plaza

While the total # of units of these five projects are fewer than say a single Rockrose tower, and while most of these projects are already accounted for in previous tallies of all the residences being added in LIC, these “infill” developments will hasten the lowering of rents in the neighborhood.  This is not solely because of the additional supply, which we’ve noted is not much in aggregate, but because of the diversity of offerings and the competitive market they’ll create – versus say the three-player oligopoly on Center Boulevard.  But who am I, the owner of a lean-to, to question the rationale of those with the ability to borrow 7-9 figure sums of OPM with zero recourse?

//UNLIKE the majority of Americans, or at least an electoral majority of them, I’m not a big fan of Mac & Cheese.  Despite attempts by many a renowned chef to doctor it up and pass it off as haute cuisine in the 21st century, my continental upbringing (aka semester abroad) inculcated me with DNA that has an aversion to pasta not served al dente, and dairy products whose Continue reading

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FoMO LIC, NOLAN NO DVO, TOLL GO

Denuded!

Denuded!

I just learned a new twitterish acronym that describes my manic state – FoMO, which stands for “fear of missing out.”  It’s exactly why I spent the first half of last week in Davos, and then caught a flight for the presidential inauguration – which I celebrated in Mexico City.  Didja miss me?

I expected little noise locally in light of the national doings, and fortunately the news gods cooperated.

Yet my voyage back swept me past the Midtown Tunnel 2.017, which was denuded of it’s toll booth last week!  Then, I awoke this morning to Continue reading

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REVOLUTION

 

 

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction construction
Don’t you know that you can count me out Continue reading

GREEK RESTAURANT COMING INTO SAN REMO PIZZA LOCATION

Where have all the condos gone?

Where have all the condos gone?

WE have received a tip from a reader that a Greek restaurant is coming into the San Remo Pizza location on Vernon Boulevard.  The source said she popped into the space out of curiosity because the door was opened during construction, and happened into the owner, a “lovely Greek man,” who shared this information.  Continue reading

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