THE LIBERRY IS REDDY TO BEEGIN

If you build it they will come

Now that oil prices have cratered, it’s no longer useful for drilling

After many false starts, and many false stories, it looks like the journey to the starting line is nearing an end. This morning our exalted leaders held a press conference on Center Boulevard, confirming that construction of the Hunters Point Library will begin in the Spring.  Below are the details from the press release, but what I found most interesting about the release was that it included quotes from 11 different people!

The 21,500-square-foot branch which was designed by renowned architect Steven Holl will feature a reading garden, rooftop terrace, reading rooms for all ages, a gallery, performance space, a children’s area and sweeping views of the New York City’s skyline from the East River. Public service is expected to begin in 2017.

The long delayed project was originally supposed to be completed …well I no longer remember when.  The most recent hiccup occurred about a year ago after the original design was put out to bid and came in $10 million over budget.  Nevertheless when it is completed, Long Island City will be a) spectacular, and b) one step away from being complete.  What’s left after the library? Continue reading

S-NO-W NEWS

Too bright, too bright

Too bright, too bright

So, in honor of there being a snow day today all but a sure thing, the optimist in me poured a glass half-full of Knob Creek last night.  Half a bottle later and the next thing I recall was the phone ringing to tell me I was late to work. Continue reading

QUEENS MUSEUM IN ’15

Who needs Manhattan, it's all about Queens in '15

Who needs Manhattan, it’s all about Queens in ’15

Special Guest Post by Lakshmi Reddy, mother, friend and avid advocate of Long Island City:

“Central Park”, “The MET”, “MOMA”. These are all things that you may hear an LIC parent say when asked where they are going on Saturday afternoon.  Many of us have started to venture out to Brooklyn to places like the Botanical Gardens and we have all learned that there is no better play area than our very own Gantry Park.  But did you know that we have a lot more to offer including world class contemporary art?   I had the chance to join a class trip with PS 78 to the Queens Museum and I was blown away.  Not only is the space spectacular and the exhibits breathtaking, but a feature installation is the Panorama http://www.queensmuseum.org/exhibitions/2013/10/30/panorama-of-the-city-of-new-york/  of New York City.  This one-of-a kind experience (and it is quite an experience) was Continue reading

JERSEY CITY GETTING 95-STORY WATERFRONT CONDO TOWER, LIC NEXT?

Big towers, but still a small town feel

Big towers, but still a small town feel

A Chinese developer is planning a 95-story condo tower overlooking the Hudson River and Manhattan according to Bloomberg News.  Slated to have 760 units, here is the chunk of the story most relevant to Long Island City: Continue reading

LIC GROWS? KITCHEN DOOR CLOSES! QUEENS LOVE

Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, what's the difference?

Queensboro Plaza, Queens Plaza, what’s the difference?

The Wall Street Journal rekindled talk of a massive rezoning of the Queens Plaza/Court Square neighborhood.  We hinted at this back in September, now I guess the rest of the world knows.  Not that the current zoning laws have curtailed the construction of super tall residential buildings in those areas.  More likely, Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY 2015 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Brooklyn comes to Queens to dine

Between Mu Ramen and Trattoria L’incontro, the crowds are coming from all over to dine in LIC

Wow, what changes in a year.  More pizza, more burgers, ramen fever, Peruvian, Japanese, and a Michelin star!  The local dining scene feels more like Manhattan every day.  Nevertheless, I’ve hopped aboard the latest fad, the Bushwick baby-food diet.  Picture it: men with beards and $800 boots eating jars of baby food with baby spoons.  Brooklyn has seven of these restaurants already, one with a $120 tasting menu!  I hear Jean Georges is scouting locations to open the first one in Tribeca, and Chipotle has fired up its test kitchens to bring it to the masses.  For now though, here’s the Long Island City 2015 Restaurant Round-up. Bon Appetit! Continue reading

LIC WINTER HANGOVER

Brrr, I don't like this time of year.

Brrr, I don’t like this time of year

Hey did you miss me?  I was off schussing in Chamonix for two weeks, and now I’m Continue reading

92,000 APPLY FOR HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

In 2015 we won't have 5Pointz, but we will have affordable housing

In 2015 we all won’t have 5Pointz, but a few will have affordable housing

The horses are in the starting gate and it’s a full field.  92,000 people have applied for the Hunters Point South lottery, and with 924 apartments available, that makes each one a 100-1 shot.  It’s exactly the response one would expect when giving away million-dollar bills for $500,000, no money down.

The lucky winners will be named in mid-February.  As for everyone else, Continue reading

2014 LIC RE-RUN

5Pointz RIP

5Pointz RIP

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A CHRISTMAS PRESENT FOR LIC: CONDOS COMING

 

Xmas '08, that was the time to buy a condo

Xmas ’08, that was the time to buy a condo

So, in the holiday news vacuum Bloomberg puts out a big story about how condos are coming to little-old LIC.  Not to pop your bubble, but Continue reading

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