UNLEAVENED LIC NEWS

Tis the season, thus for those who are observant I will forgo the bombast and dogma, but maybe a little Continue reading

MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS RETURNING TO LIC IN 2016!

Yeah that's perfect, leave the barge right there please

Yeah that’s perfect, leave the barge right there please

Fire up the bbq’s, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza is returning to Long Island City again this year.  Buried deep in an article in the Times Ledger about the Bernie Sanders rally at Hunters Point Park, was this quote:

“a Macy’s spokesman said “the barges for the show will continue to be set on the waterway in the same exact locations as last year on the East River.” Continue reading

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60-STORY TOWER COMING TO OLD ‘WATERS EDGE’ LOCATION?

Steal Your Face - The Dead live on

Steal Your Face!

The New York Times published a wistful article about the residential build-up along the waterfront, and how it’s replacing industry.  In other words, gentrification NYC-style.

Of greatest relevance to us here in LIC, were the details that were revealed about the “Waters Edge” project and the extent of the zoning variance that the de Blasio  administration is looking to grant to developers.  Summing it up:

“In place of a parking lot, a pier and Transportation Department facility, developers could build two to three towers between 350 and 500 feet tall. If bidders include additional commercial and manufacturing space, they could add an extra 150 feet to the new buildings.”

Thus the tallest of these towers could be 650 feet tall, or roughly 60 stories – more than 50% higher than the tallest building currently on Center Boulevard.  That would Continue reading

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THE WEEKEND IS HERE LIC

Negroni me

Negroni me

Beautiful weekend, why waste it reading the snooze?  Well for one thing Continue reading

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BERNIE SANDERS IS COMING TO HUNTERS POINT PARK MONDAY

Bernieville

Bernieville

Get out your “Che Guevara” t-shirts, pitchforks, and left handed cigarettes, The Bernie Sanders Show is coming to Hunters Point South Park this Monday, April 18.  In addition to “The Man” himself, TV on the Radio will be providing musical entertainment, and he’ll also be bringing along a few of his good friends including Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens.  Yeah you heard me right, Fisher Stevens, fka Steven Fisher!

Doors open at 5pm, and the fun kicks off at 7.  Unfortunately, Continue reading

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LIC PARTNERSHIP REAL ESTATE BREAKFAST 2016

The only thing in LIC that has nothing to do w/ Real Estate ...or schools ...or pizza

The only thing in LIC that has nothing to do w/ real estate …or schools …or pizza

Real estate recaptures the headlines this week.  Notably the LIC Partnership held it’s 11th Annual Real Estate Breakfast this morning.  I’ve noted before how it’s always a sold out crowd, and how it’s become more about networking1 than knowledge, as the rest of the city/planet has caught up with the Long Island City phenomenon since I first started reporting on this event four breakfasts ago.  Thus it’s largely a victim of its own success.

If there was one theme that seemed to stand out Continue reading

  1. this years attendees included Melinda Katz and Carolyn Maloney – who like most politicians have a nose for constituents and money developers []
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APRIL SHOWERS…

Here's some news: Hunters Point Park has been completely deforested!

Here’s some news: Hunters Point Park phase 2 has been completely deforested!

I hope you enjoyed the April Fools Day excitement stirred up last week.  That’s because it’s probably the only rousing local news, real or not, that you’ll be seeing this week.  We can only Continue reading

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ST. MARY’S CHURCH ON VERNON BLVD TO BE DEMOLISHED FOR TOWER

Gonzo - all for the greater good

Gonzo – all for the greater good

The iconic St. Mary’s Church on Vernon Boulevard will be knocked down to make way for a luxury residential tower according to plans filed with the NYC Department of Buildings yesterday.  The proposal calls for a 62-story “pinner” building – one that’s very tall and very narrow – with many of the apartments full-floor 4-bedrooms with keyed access.  According to the developer Continue reading

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THE PIRANHAS OF LONG ISLAND CITY

If only they picked up after in their rooms like...

If only they picked up after in their rooms like…

Like piranhas to a cow in the Amazon River, the children of LIC picked the grass in Gantry Park clean of eggs in under a minute.  In three waves they came. in three waves they conquered.  Sure, there was some jostling, and an occasional Continue reading

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L.I.C. ICE: A NEW ICE RINK OPENS IN HUNTERS POINT

What lurks behind these walls?

What lurks behind these walls?

Last week we uncovered a stealth restaurant, this week we bring you news of a new indoor ice rink in Hunters Point.  Hidden among the dichotomy of 46th Road, in a two-story red brick building just east of Vernon Boulevard, L.I.C.-ICE has been operating for about a month.  As pictured above, it’s a long and very narrow rink whose main focus is Continue reading

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