MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2015 IN LIC

 

Dream happy things this weekend

Dream happy things this weekend

Sorry folks, if you’re looking for things to do in LIC this Memorial Day Weekend, you’re out of luck.  Everything momentous this Spring has already occurred.  The good news is that Continue reading

MACY’S FIREWORKS COMING TO LIC IN 2015!

Fireworks fans from all over already convening at the waterfront

Fireworks fans from all over already convening at the waterfront

The Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks extravaganza is finally returning to Long Island City this summer after Continue reading

LIC FOLLOW-UPS

The Queens Bridge

The Queens Bridge

“Year’s of federal and state disinvestment have led to deteriorating buildings, depriving tenants of the level of housing they deserve,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“I want to thank Mayor de Blasio for making the great investment in improving the roofs in Queensbridge Houses,” said Assembly Member Catherine Nolan.
Council Majority Leader Jimmy Van Bramer added, “This is a welcome announcement to the residents of the Queensbridge Houses who have waited many years for the completion of these critical repairs.”

I couldn’t help but feel saddened frustrated regarding my idea to raze Queensbridge, when I read that the city is throwing $100 million into attacking the mold problem at our public housing projects.  A large portion of this money is earmarked for Queensbridge, as is $100 million that Albany is pitching in, and if that is not enough “the mayor announced that Continue reading

IF YOU ZONE IT, YOU OWN IT

Meanwhile across the street from the DOE on Vernon, more condo's?

Meanwhile across the street from the DOE on Vernon, more condo’s?

In light of the local LIC school hubbub, focused around the almost sure death of the PS78 middle school, there have been a lot of suggestions going around on a large email chain as to how to secure more capacity/another school, and possibly stave off the elimination.

As I am wont to do, I proposed another option to this email chain: Continue reading

DANNY BROWN TO OPEN NEW RESTAURANT IN LIC & MORE FOOD NEWS

Table for two please

Table for two please

We’ve got three whopper-size food stories for ya LIC – two of them are breaking news.  First of all, Danny Brown is bringing his act from Forest Hills and opening a new restaurant here in Long Island City.  Who the hell is Danny Brown you ask?   Continue reading

NEW BIKE PATH COMING TO LIC, AS FOR SCHOOLS…

It's the bottom of the 9th

Wow, it’s already the bottom of the 9th for the middle school

LIC is getting a new bikeway thanks to it’s winning an allocation of $500,000 from the participatory budgeting process.  Didn’t know this was such a great need, but maybe you can discern more from the blurb advocating it on the ballot:

Long Island City Bikeway – elements of a bike path exist already, an improved safe and reliable bike way system would increase the level of bike use, reduce cars using path for parking and enhance the neighborhood.

//Moving on to what really matters, schools, several resident-hatched proposals have been put forth and elaborated on in great detail: Continue reading

PS78 TO ELIMINATE MIDDLE SCHOOL, UNLESS NEW SCHOOL BUILT

No school, no pic

About a year ago I was on the subway with an acquaintance of mine when the talk turned to schools.  His oldest was in 4th or 5th grade, and he and his wife were frantic/frazzled/worried over and about where she would be attending middle school.  Being in my own kid triage bubble, I thought to myself ‘Gee, I never really realized what a hassle/headache/nightmare it is to apply to NYC public middle schools, and all the fuss over a 10-year old!’

Which quickly got me thinking ‘Wow, we have it really good in Long Island City, because our school is one of the very few in the whole city that runs K-8.’  And for the next year I added it to my list of plusses in touting LIC to all my friends considering moving here.

Fortunately none of them took me up on it, because Continue reading

LIC WEEKEND FIRST, THEN SCHOOL POWWOW

It's not just flowers and trees that bloom in the spring

It’s not just flowers and trees that bloom in the spring

Let’s not waste your time, or mine.  There’s nothing going on news wise in LIC, so go enjoy the weekend.  Oh wait, Continue reading

SPRING HAS SPRUNG IN 2015

 

So calm on the surface

Before Macklowe ruined the skyline, a guy named Trump got there first

I’ve used that tired headline for four years in a row now.  It’s the gift that keeps on giving to lazy journalists everywhere.  Spring has sprung, yeah so what?  Whatever the season, we promise to use recycled material only 50% of the time, and we also promise to be correct 50% of the time.  That means you have a 1 in 4 chance of reading up-to-date and accurate information.  I think those odds are a lot better than Continue reading

QUEENS BEER WEEK AND NEW BREWERY COMING TO LIC IN MAY

They're lining up for beer even when it's not free

They’re lining up for beer even when it’s not free

Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day this year.  It’s also the day that Queens Beer Week begins, and to do so they are holding a kick-off party at LIC Landing on the river.  Yikes!  Which one do I attend?  Mom in suburbs, beer right here. Continue reading

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