REVOLUTION

 

 

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world
You tell me that it’s evolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the world

But when you talk about destruction construction
Don’t you know that you can count me out Continue reading

GREEK RESTAURANT COMING INTO SAN REMO PIZZA LOCATION

Where have all the condos gone?

Where have all the condos gone?

WE have received a tip from a reader that a Greek restaurant is coming into the San Remo Pizza location on Vernon Boulevard.  The source said she popped into the space out of curiosity because the door was opened during construction, and happened into the owner, a “lovely Greek man,” who shared this information.  Continue reading

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FORMER LIC RESIDENT ANTHONY LYNN NAMED CHARGERS HEAD COACH

Former LIC resident Anthony Lynn has been named the new head coach of the NFL’s Chargers. The team, which also announced that it is moving to Los Angeles next year after being in San Diego for 56 years, endured a 5-11 record this past season.  We interviewed Anthony a little over three years ago, when he was the running backs coach for the NY Jets under Rex Ryan.  He shared his thoughts on Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2017 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Opening a restaurant in NYC is a tough business, and the road to profitably is even tougher these days.  Maybe that’s why there was a paucity of notable restaurant openings and announcements in LIC in 2016.  In addition, there are a number of prominent restaurant spaces that remain vacant, most notably the city-facing corner location in the Hunters Point Commons building on Center Boulevard, the “Prime Retail Space” at the corner of 1 Vernon Jackson , and The Bread Box on 11th Street.  Thus this year we have decided to include any establishment that allows imbibing on premises in our round-up, because who needs food?

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SUPERTALL TOWER TO BE SUPERLUXURY CONDOS

Whenever I see the words 'Casalino,' I'm briefly transported to a villa on the Amalfi coast.  When I see the building, I think 'Astoria.'

Whenever I see the words ‘Casalino,’ I’m briefly transported to a villa on the Amalfi coast. When I see the building, Astoria.

Though it’s been downsized from 80+ stories1 to 66 stories, the announcement today that “Court Square City View Tower”2 will be condos, as first reported on 6SqFt.com, is the culmination of Long Island City’s change.

Calling them Superluxury, may or may not be a stretch.  The amenities – Continue reading

  1. at 984 feet, it’s the equivalent of  80+ @ 11ft stories, even inclusive of tall amenity floors []
  2. Wow that’s a mouthful []
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JESSICA LANG STUDIO A NO-GO, CRABHOUSE TIP

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

THIS news is about two months old for any parent who signed up for a class, as for the rest of us it’s brand new: the Jessica Lang Dance Center that was supposed to open in LIC earlier this year, has been scrapped for it’s original location.  Per a note sent to parents on November 4:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have withdrawn our plans to locate at 5-39 46 th Avenue. We remain committed to our mission of opening the Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City and hope to announce plans for an alternative site in the future”

Looks like all the hopeful ballerina’s, fly-girls, and other hoofers will have to find a new avocation …or location in 2017.

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VERNON BOULEVARD: THE NEW LOOKS FOR 2017

 

Side-by-side deli's - what's better?

Side-by-side deli’s – what’s better?

San Remo No mo'

San Remo No mo’

8-year itch!

8-year itch!

 

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Commerce never sleeps, and despite it being the holiday season there is no respite from change along Vernon Boulevard.  Four addresses along the heavily trafficked southern portion have seen new activity during the latter half of December.

First of all, the Butcher Deli installed a new facade, indicating that the Continue reading

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DEAR SANTA VAN BRAMER: JUST ONE REQUEST FOR XMAS

One last chance

One last chance

The subways are a little less packed this week and my head’s a little bit foggier than usual, two signs that Christmas is near.  While there are so many things we’d like to see in the neighborhood, most of them are out of our control and simply a function of capitalism weaving its way.  Furthermore, we’re pretty darn lucky given the bounty that we already do have.

Nevertheless, there is one serious void in Long Island City that makes this neighborhood subpar: Continue reading

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CLOCK TOWER BUILDING DEVELOPMENT SOLD, CONFIRMS TREND

Where are we going?

Where are we going?

GEE it’s December and I just realized that I forgot to compile the annual LICtalk Real E-State of The Union for 2016!  Unfortunately given the publishing schedule, centerfolds and whatnot, it’s too late to produce this voluminous analytical tome which is closely followed by all the local RE honchos.  Plus, who wants to read forecasts of something that’s already occurred?

Nevertheless, there was a transaction reported yesterday, which kind of sums up the trend of our previous E-States from 2014 & 2015. Continue reading

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BIG CHANGES COMING ALONG THE WATERFRONT IN 2017

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

By waterfront, we’re talking Manhattan’s, and maybe an equally apropos word is skyline.  Yet three big changes are in motion directly across the river for anyone living on Center Boulevard or visiting Gantry/HPS parks.

First of all, Manhattan will get its mirror image to our parks, with the East Midtown Waterfront Project.  This will be a ribbon-like park that will run from 38th Street to 60th Street.  The southern portion will be on terra firma, some of which will be ceded by the UN, and the northern portion will be perched on existing construction pontoons flanking the east side of the FDR.  It won’t be as wide as our parks and will thus forgo the playing fields etc., but it will contain a walking promenade and biking lanes.  Completion time unknown.

The second change will be a Richard Meier designed residential tower on a Continue reading

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