SUNNYSIDE YARDS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

All leased up and no place to go, nice looking building though

All leased up and no place to go, nice looking building though

AN article in The New York Times this week rehashing the proposed development of Sunnyside Yards pulled the editorial staff here out of their late-summer stupor.  I could spill lots of ink rebutting the rationale put forth by the proponents of this pipe dream, but I’m on the beach and the waves are so soothing.  Plus I’ve already done so in the past, so I’ll boil it down to the two main arguments: Continue reading

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ONE NIGHT IN SUSHI DAIZEN

Opening the kimono

Opening the kimono

I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I’d let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

Almost 2 1/2 years ago a new restaurant landed on Vernon Boulevard with hardly a peep.  In the ensuing period Continue reading

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FAIRS, PARTIES, BLOOD DRIVES, AND FREE DRINKS IN LIC

All work and no play...

All work and no play…

THERE’S a party going on and you’re invited! Continue reading

CONDOS AND LUZZO’S AND SHOOTINGS OH MY

Citi of The Dead

Citi of The Dead

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It’s August in Long Island City folks and with it comes the type of inconsequential news all other publications covering LIC put out 12 months a year.  But it’s also Continue reading

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MADAME JADE BRINGING ASIAN FUSION TO EX CRABHOUSE IN LIC

Madame has arrived

Madame has arrived

A new restaurant called Madame Jade is coming into the former Crabhouse site at 2-03 Borden Avenue in Long Island City.  Or maybe it’s a new theme as Continue reading

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NEW FOOD HALLS AND LOTS OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN LIC

A nice little shack on the water

A nice little shack on the water in LIC

ONE million square feet of office space is up for lease in the Citi Building in Court Square as Citigroup consolidates according to the New York Post.  That’s a lot I think.  In addition, YIMBY revealed that a 24-story spec1 office building containing 400k sq. ft. is coming to Queens Plaza South.  Ahh, 24 stories, that’s a lot easier to comprehend spacially – but I’m glad they also supplied a picture.  As for the Citi building, a million square feet is roughly 2/3 of the tower.  Yeah, a lot.

In order to attract commercial tenant(s), the owner of the Citi building plans on transforming the 5-story retail “atrium” to Continue reading

  1. as in speculative, as in being built on spec that they can fill it, as in they have no tenants currently lined up, as in it’s a total crapshoot, as in it must be getting built using OPM []
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DAI HACHI COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD IN LIC

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

THE red trim at 46-18 Vernon Boulevard reveals that the new restaurant coming to this corner will be called Dai Hachi. Continue reading

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SUMMER SLUMP IN LIC

Ice & Vice is nice

LIKE clockwork the Mets have reached the cellar of the NL East so summer is officially in full-swing.  Thus summer hours have kicked in here at the newsroom and the interns are doing all the work.  As The Editor, I Continue reading

GLUT, TAXES, AND MASSIVE CONDO TOWER GETS GO AHEAD IN LIC

So peaceful, and yet...

So peaceful, and yet…

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
An’ it looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky

For the first couple of years of its existence, LICtalk would offer it’s financial predictions on every type of building in Long Island City in an annual post entitled “Real E-State of The Union 20–”  Since the last one in 2015, one could extrapolate the projections and pretty much end up where things are currently.  In light of some recent developments I’m going to cut to the chase and talk about what readers care most about: condos and rentals.  Or maybe it’s condo or rental? Continue reading

JULY 4, WERE YOU THERE?

The circus is in town!

The circus is in town!

Woodstock ’69, were you there?  How about Gantry 2018 for July 4?  If you were you were among the masses as seemingly Continue reading

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