DEMOLITION OF 5POINTZ BEGUN TODAY

No picture today, there’s nothing to take one of

The Chinese water torture demise of 5Pointz began today.  Many major press outlets picked the story up, I linked to one below.  What’s most interesting to me is Continue reading

$8 MILLION TOWNHOUSE UP FOR SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Fit for a king! Or Queen ..or Queens

Fit for a king! Or Queen ..or Queens

An eight million dollar townhouse is up for sale on 51st Avenue in Hunters Point.  Though currently configured as a multi-family home, with a total of six bedrooms, six bathrooms, and 4,875 square feet, it could easily be combined into a single home.  If so, it would Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY IS BECOMING A CULINARY MECCA

A culinary mecca I tells ya

A culinary mecca dam-mit

 

LIC is on the verge of leaving its pub food and red sauce reputation behind.  Saturday night I ate at Jora, the new Peruvian restaurant by the Pulaski Bridge, and while we do not do restaurant reviews here at LICtalk, I will say Continue reading

ROADTRIP: ASTORIA, THE EPITOME OF JOLIE-LAIDE

Hello Stamatis, I'm calling you from my pool.

Hello Zorba, this is Stamatis, I’m calling you from my pool in Astoria

Sewing machines, accounting, and guacamole!

Sewing machines, accounting, booze, and guacamole!

 

Nice melons

Nice melons

Tae kwondo and souvlaki: Astoria

Tae kwondo and souvlaki = Astoria

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THE CITY OF THE DAMNED

The City of the Damned

No bodies here

Is there anybody out there?  Am I the only one stuck in LIC?  No, we still have parents protesting PS78′s early start time, or at least reporters covering them.  And we have the Continue reading

LIC PARENTS PROTEST 8AM SCHOOL STARTING TIME

Do you really want to get in the way of this mom and an early start time?  Do you?

Do you really want to get in the cross-hairs of this mom and a change to her schedule?

So it’s early August, the Mets are seven games out, Mister Softee is omnipresent, and thoughts of your upcoming week at the shore are pulling you through the deals, decks, depositions, and deadlines of work.  When out of the blue, you receive a letter informing you that the school start time a month hence, has been changed from 8:40am to 8am.  Yikes, in a heartbeat, your whole ‘Rain Man’ world has been turned upside down! Continue reading

CRANKY’S CAFE CLOSES AND SHRINKAGE COMES TO LIC APARTMENTS

'I hope we get a Blockbuster Video, please, please!'

‘I hope we get a Blockbuster Video, please, please!’

Cranky’s Cafe on the corner of Vernon and 49th Avenue has closed.  The awnings are down, the bar removed, and the room has been cleared by a demolition crew.  No reason was given, and phone calls to the telephone number on the website Continue reading

AUGUST ARRIVES IN LIC

 

A nice summer vacation spot

A nice summer vacation spot right on the water

August is here, and with it comes the annual summer slowdown in news for Long Island City.  Aside from a local house fire and the onward march of real estate development, there isn’t much to dig into, despite a dozen or so stories linked to below.  It looks like I’ll have to create my own content Continue reading

JORA HAS OPENED, PERUVIAN FOOD COMES TO LONG ISLAND CITY

UBER'S NYC headquarters on Jackson Ave.

UBER’S NYC headquarters on Jackson Ave.  Get this guy to chauffeur you to Jora

It’s time to pisco everybody!  Jora, the Peruvian Restaurant on 11th Street at the foot of the Pulaski Bridge, has officially opened.  They are currently serving dinner every day of the week starting at 5:30pm.  But as any self-respecting South American knows, who eats dinner before 9?  Thus they will be open until late.

According to the owner, Alejandro Rojas Continue reading

FREE SHAKESPEARE COMING TO GANTRY PARK

Enter stage left

Enter stage left

I’m a pretty low-brow guy, possibly even lower than avid readers might realize.  If given the choice between Playboy or Hustler at the barber shop, I gravitate towards the literary fare of the latter.  So it was with great surprise Continue reading

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