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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YES, LIC, YOU HAVE A WINNER

The LIC Jungle (Courtesy of Nick Knight)

You gotta be scrappy in the jungle (Photo courtesy of Nick Knight)

“Fact: In New York City, if you want tips for the best bars, restaurants, and venues, or insider scoop on just about anything, it’s best to ask a local. And the same goes for how we take our news. In addition to the New York Times and other local papers, for many New Yorkers, our neighborhood blogs are an essential part of our daily information diet.

Given this, it’s become a yearly tradition here at Brick to shine a light on the best on-the-ground local news outlets in the city (check out our 2015 and 2014 versions here), a mix of longtime neighborhood stalwarts and scrappy new upstarts. Bookmark them, and you’ll always be the first to know what’s happening in your neighborhood.

Virginia Smith, Brick Underground

Yes, Virginia, we could not have said it any better – and wholeheartedly agree.  There is no better place in Long Island City to get the real insight than LICtalk.  We live here, we care, and we understand what’s important …and what’s not.  Because it’s not just Continue reading

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A MARRIOTT HOTEL WITH A STARBUCKS OPENS IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Manhattan Henge and all that comes with it is coming - as is summer

ManhattanHenge is coming – summer too

A 31-story Marriott hotel containing a Starbucks opened today in Queens Plaza across the street from Dutch Kills Green.  Ok, ok, it’s actually a Courtyard by Marriott, but according to NY Yimby it is the largest hotel building in Queens and one of the city’s largest hospitality establishments outside of Manhattan.  Yet even that may be a little misleading, because even though it has 160 rooms, it will also contain 135 residences.

Hmm, that’s a little weird. I mean I can understand Continue reading

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THE HUNTERS POINT REC CENTER, IT’S TIME HAS COME

Parcel C or Parcel F - it really doesn't matter

Parcel C or Parcel F – it really doesn’t matter

Last week came the announcement of a new school to be located along the waterfront on parcel C in Hunters Point South (TF Cornerstone Development).  Two months prior to that came the announcement of a new school to be built along the waterfront on the former site of the Water’s Edge restaurant.  Two weeks prior to that came the announcement that a new school would be built on parcel F in Hunters Point South, also located on the waterfront.

In summary, in the last ten weeks LIC received the news that it is expected to possibly get three new waterfront-located schools over the next four to six years.

That’s great, but somewhat bittersweet.  The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools.  Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place.  Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.

In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction.  Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going.  Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square.  The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz.  In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018.  Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.

That’s spilt milk today.  What is not is the need to: Continue reading

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48TH AVENUE PARK/BASKETBALL COURTS CLOSE FOR RENOVATION

No Coke, Pepsi.  The official soft drink of Long Island City

No Coke, Pepsi. The official soft drink of Long Island City

The park on 48th Avenue containing basketball and handball courts closed this week for a major renovation, which should take most of the summer.  Located between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street, the new design is under wraps, but we know it will include a revamp of the long-shuttered tots playground, now littered with weeds and a macrame project.

After that Continue reading

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JACKSON AVENUE GLUT

The Second Coming of Dubai

Pop-Up City coming

Real estate recaptures the headlines for LIC this week.  Within 24 hours, two different websites put out stories marveling at all the construction going on along Jackson Avenue.  Curbed’s methodically walks through every single project, while Yimby’s focuses on the potential of a two-block stretch.  All I can think is LIC Glut.

Two other little stories add anecdotal fuel to this fire.  The first is about a 3-unit condo project off Vernon, that utilizes a new source of mezzanine financing: the retail investor – always the last guy in!  The second details a 7-story 20-unit development being built along the elevated subway on the LIC/Astoria border, where every building around it is low-rise and fairly gritty (Enterprise Rent-a-car, Halal Live Poultry).  The developer is the owner of the lot, which currently has an empty, graffiti-laden three-story house on it, and they’ve owned it since 1984.

//While we’re on the subject of LIC real estate, there’s also Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PHASE 2 WILL NOW INCLUDE SCHOOL

TF Cornerstone, the developer of Hunters Point South Phase 2, is now going to include a 600-seat elementary school in their project.  According to Continue reading

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SPRING BRINGS FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD TO LIC

Double-fisting it at the Butcher Paper Dinners

Double-fisting it at the Butcher Paper Dinners

A handful of exciting eating options are now available in LIC this Spring.  Most pressing is the announcement of the Butcher Paper Dinners on the rooftop of Brooklyn Grange (LIC).  There are six of them spread out over various Sundays thru October, and they are as much an experience as a meal, though the food is excellent as well.

For those not looking to eat cooked food al fresco, a new Continue reading

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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

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