THE END OF AN ERA?

Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue  Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast

The group portrait above was taken at the closing of the Jeffrey Leder Gallery last week.  The event was also Continue reading

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MEGHAN TRAINOR TO PERFORM LIVE IN HUNTERS POINT PARK TONIGHT

Live from the Oval, it's...

Live from the Oval, it’s…

Brexit quickly took a backseat and I put Soros on hold early this morning upon receiving a text from a reader containing the photo above.  They were informing me that there was a stage being set up for the July 4th preshow for this year’s Macy’s Fireworks.  According to the LIC Post Meghan Trainor “is expected to arrive at the park at around 5pm with taping planned to take place in the early evening.”

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BEER HALL COMING TO BORDEN AVENUE

Admit that the waters around you have grown

Admit that the waters around you have grown

A new beer hall is coming to the Blanchard Building on Borden Avenue according to Patrick Sweeney of Related Companies, which is the new owner of the building.  This information was buried in an article in yesterday’s New York Times about how the fashion industry has been gobbling up commercial space in LIC to the extent that it very well may become the second coming of the garment center, or actually replace it all-together.  We’re happy to mine the crumbs of this esteemed newspaper to wring a great headline1- even if unlike the NYT we can’t get a call back from Related.  We’re also very happy to have yet another tremendous beer offering coming to LIC.

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VERNON BOULEVARD EYESORE LINGERS

Running the gauntlet

Running the gauntlet

There’s something nothing happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear

In July of last year, we received an email from a reader named Andy G. complaining about the impeded sidewalk caused by the development of 49-18 Vernon Boulevard, and the lack of progress at the site.  This address is more popularly recognized as the corner lot across from the subway exit/PJ Leahy’s that must be navigated en route to home after work is finished.

A year later not much has changed.  Thus Continue reading

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$2 MILLION PLUS APARTMENTS MUSHROOMING IN LONG ISLAND CITY

For $2 million plus or minus you get a lot of outdoor space too

For $2 million plus or minus you get a lot of outdoor space too

Looking to do some home shopping in LIC this weekend?  The good news is there are a lot of Open Houses occurring Saturday/Sunday, the bad news is that most of the ones I’m going to mention are super-deluxe …well by local standards anyway, which I’ll define as selling for $2 million or more.

Though this pales in comparison to the “super high-end” of Manhattan1, which usually comes with a lot more square footage, it’s similar in that the inventory for this category has all of a sudden come out of the woodwork.

Some of it was very much intentional Continue reading

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COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE NIRVANA IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Massive floor plates in LIC's 'The Factory'

Massive floor plates in LIC’s ‘The Factory’

This morning Bisnow held it’s first-ever commercial real estate event focused on Queens, and it was a real eye-opener, literally.  It took place at The Factory workspace, and upon entering the building one could feel that a whole new Long Island City was forming. Continue reading

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OVERREACTIONS & CONCESSIONS IN LIC

There won't always be a rainbow

There won’t always be a rainbow

In a follow-up to last week’s Berlin playground snippet on selbstständigkeit, the need to inculcate self-sufficiency in kids, I laughed very hard at a recent Simpson’s episode transcribed in Lenore Skenazy’s website Free Range Kids.  Especially because it’s probably funnier and more biting in the reading of it: Continue reading

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MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

 

Aesthetics are nice, but so is playtime

Aesthetics are nice, but so is playtime

The city has requested bids from developers for the two southern-most sites in Hunters Point South.  According to an article in Crain’s New York, it will contain “at least 750 apartments—with 450 or more (+60%) being permanently affordable.” and that “it prefers proposals that skew toward serving lower-income households.”

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ROADTRIP: SUNNYSIDE

Sunnyside Taco & Tattoo

Sunnyside Taco & Tattoo

All roads lead to...

All roads lead to…

 

Serene Sunnyside

Serene Sunnyside

Memorial Day weekend is a funny one for the typical local summer getaway scene.  The weather this time of year ranges from cool, rainy, and windy to delightful, so beaching it can be a high-risk/high-reward proposition.  Thus for those not taking the sea plane to their oceanfront manse in East Hampton, we offer you an alternative in our third biennial1 Road Trip series.  This one is special because it completes the trio of LIC’s adjoining towns, given our previous expeditions to Greenpoint and Astoria.

Sunnyside is like a barrier island, the borders are constantly shifting.  At any given point in one’s trip, it would not be uncommon to ask one’s self Continue reading

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NEW ICE CREAM SHOP TO OPEN ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Leased!

Leased!

Or is it ‘shoppe?’  Either way, an ice cream themed venue is coming to the space previously occupied by Delta Force Army & Navy according to one of the workers onsite today.  Just this week construction began and the windows were Continue reading

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