10TH ANNUAL PS78Q SPRING FAIR THIS SATURDAY ON CENTER BLVD

The sacred Carnival grounds

The sacred Carnival grounds

RIDES, games, food and entertainment, the tradition continues as the 10th Annual PS78Q Spring Fair comes to Center Boulevard this Saturday from 11am – 3pm.  No need to schlep your 6-year old 100-200 miles to Great Adventure or Hershey Park, all these things are brought to you, plus you get to support a good cause: your kid’s welfare (via the PS78Q PTA).  We’ll throw in the carnies for free. Continue reading

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RIVERVIEW RESTAURANT CLOSES, AMERICAN BRASSERIE WILL OPEN

Soon to be an American Brasserie

Soon to be an American Brasserie

Updated: Confirmed! See interview w/ owners below

WE have heard a rumor that the Riverview Restaurant has closed for good and will be replaced by Continue reading

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BIG HOTEL BY BIG ALICE & KYRIE IRVING CANOODLES

Get a room Kyrie

Get a room Kyrie

A 385-room 15-story hotel has been proposed at a location two blocks east of the Ravenswood Generating Plant, aka Big Continue reading

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MACY’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS BACK IN LONG ISLAND CITY IN 2018

Place barge here

Place barge here

CONFIRMED!  Also Kelly Clarkson will be there

Those holding the strings have held out long enough, so now Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT PARK PHASE 2 GETS PICS + LOVE FROM THE NYT

Not your grandpappy's Hunters Point - courtesy NYPL

Not your grandpappy’s Hunters Point – courtesy NYPL

Hunters Point Park Phase 2, which is slated to open at the end of June, gets previewed by The New York Times today in a lovefest and photo essay.  It’s Continue reading

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CYCLIST KILLED ON 21ST ST. NEAR MoMA PS1

A cyclist was killed on 21st Street by MoMA PS1 yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a driver opening the door of his parked car according to Politico. Continue reading

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MANHATTANHENGE AND MOMA PS1 LINE-UP ANNOUNCEMENTS = SUMMER

Vernon B

Vernon B

Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan
YES, yes yes, the MoMa PS1 Warm-Up Schedule and ManhattanHenge dates were publicized this week.  While the substance of these two announcements might be considered news on their own, what they really herald is the arrival of summer.  Which coming ahead of the long Memorial Day weekend is apropos.  News or not, I’m going to milk it for all it’s worth like a one-hit wonder 70′s rock band putting out a Greatest Hits Vol. II cd. Continue reading
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KIDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN HUNTERS POINT: SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life - just look at these old-timers!

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life – just look at these old-timers!

The 2nd Annual LIC Hoops Kids Basketball Tournament sponsored by Gantry Plaza State Park will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street.  There is no cost to participate and it is open to all kids, that means boys and girls! from 1st grade up to and including age 17, but there is limited availability. Continue reading

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DUTCH KILLS TOWNHOUSE PUT ON MARKET FOR $5.5 MILLION

Meanwhile at the other end of LIC

Meanwhile at the other end of LIC

A townhouse in Dutch Kills was just put on the market for $5.5 million according to a lengthy article about it in The Wall Street Journal.  A former Queens firehouse purchased in 1981 by the seller, it underwent Continue reading

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CORAZON DE MEXICO IN HUNTERS POINT TO OPEN BY END OF MONTH

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

DO you remember the fajita?  It was an exotic do-it-yourself concoction served at Mexicanish restaurants in the 1990′s.  Back then it was all the rage and when accompanied by a pre-meal margarita or three, its sizzling arrival at the table had the effect of transporting the diner back to Spring Break in Cancun for a night …and the subsequent morning.

Then at the turn of the century, after a decades-long incubation in the Southwestern U.S., the burrito invaded the rest of the lower 48 and nearly wiped the fajita out, vanquishing it to the menus of American fast casual chains.  Finally in the last few years the lowly taco has emerged to take the culinary spotlight in this country, and not just in the Mexican food category.  I’m not talking about the old-fashioned hard-shell Ortega taco, but the soft nixtamalized tortilla’s offered at dining spots and food trucks throughout the five boroughs today.  Coming full circle The New York Times declared Mexico City it’s #1 place to go in 2016 stating “Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat.”

So it should be no surprise that Hunters Point will add its fifth Mexican establishment when Corazon de Mexico opens at the end of May Continue reading

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