Were you upset that the Jessica Lang Dance Studio never came to fruition in Long Island City? Well here’s a substitute Continue reading
Sometimes I write stories that I know are more derivative of LIC than the usual drivel I scratch out. That’s my prerogative and this is one of those stories. In researching it I learned a lot more than the original subject matter.
Distance-wise, Long Island City High School is about as far as one can be from the location of the average LICtalk reader and still technically be in Long Island City. From a socio-economic perspective, that span is equally large.
Nevertheless the actual distance is only 1.8 miles as the crow flies. Likewise, the dreams of the kids who attend that high school are not too dissimilar from those of our own kids. Continue reading
Despite the delays and cost overruns at the Hunters Point Library, I personally like it. I know that not everyone in the neighborhood shares my sentiment, some thinking it an overpriced folly and others questioning the need for any new libraries in the 21st century. But grand projects that may come across as impractical or wasteful at onset, can sometimes transcend their original purpose, as well as transform a neighborhood if the conceptualization of it is on target. Though we won’t really know for another year about the final outcome, I’m optimistic that the decision to build it will be proven correct.
Yet underlying the creation of the Hunters Point Library, is a dirty little secret: Continue reading
There’s a new restaurant in Hunters Point that suddenly appeared out of nowhere. Sort of. Like many a start-up, the Crabhouse LIC on Borden Avenue has pivoted and is now called The Loft LIC. The transformation occurred New Years Eve according to an employee who answered the phone today at the restaurant, he also shared that the ownership remains the same: Skinny of Skinny’s Cantina etc. For those unfamiliar with the history, the Crabhouse was only revamped and re-opened in July 2016 after closing down in early 2015 after 3+ decades when the original owner passed away.
Though there is no new website, a reader described the cuisine/menu Continue reading
A new restaurant serving Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine expects to open on Vernon Boulevard by the end of January. Named DesiBowl, it will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Paris Health Cafe next to St. Mary’s Church. The owner is Sabiha, who is currently a manager at OptimEyes Vision in LIC, and she told us to envision an Indian-style Chipotle, with burritos, tacos, rice bowls, paratha rolls, and Indian sandwiches, whereby the consumer chooses the rice, meat, toppings, etc. The restaurant will be spice-friendly as well as have a kid-friendly menu. This will be Sabiha’s first time opening her own restaurant, though her family owns ten pizzerias in the city.
In addition, Continue reading
AND so Christmas is over, let’s get down to business. Which in Long Island City almost inevitably revolves around real estate. Though this time of year is normally slow on the local news front, we here at LICtalk are extremely adept at finding seemingly innocuous updates, rehashes, or snippets, and performing alchemy. In other words, making a mountain out of a molehill. Today’s version, comes to us via a new-spin-on-an-old-story in The Real Deal, which is kind of interesting.
Basically they declare that the largest hotel in the outer-boroughs is coming to LIC. The 50-story Toyoko Inn is slated to have Continue reading
THE large retail space in Hunters Point South Crossing has been rented by a “local daycare operator” according to a notice sent to residents of the building today. The notice projects completion in Continue reading
Company holiday parties are fraught with danger. Making a drunken fool of oneself in front of people you see Mon-Fri from 9-5 for the next 365, telling your superior what you really think of her, not to mention the possibility of infidelity, rejection, and in 2017 sexual harassment. Handicapping the company holiday party as a prospective investment, which in some ways it is, there is no upside, other than free drinks and food, and massive downside. So as your adviser1, I recommend Continue reading
According to a Facebook from Jessica Little McCormick who seems to be the owner, a new restaurant called Bellwether is coming to Long Island City. Jessica mentions that she and her husband have lived in LIC since 2009, have a 1.5 year old daughter and a son in the oven (I had to). They have teamed up with Continue reading