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

U.S. SOCCER CRAZE HITS THE OVAL IN HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

Futbol by the light of the moon

Pelada, not futbol, by the light of the moon in Hunters Point South

In case you missed it, there is a soccer craze going on in the U.S.  Since the opening rounds of the World Cup last month, the sport has finally caught on with the American public.  While it has been gaining momentum with participants for about 30 years, the explosive viewership of the latest Cup has led to a huge interest in actually playing the game.  Nowhere is this more indicative than Continue reading

5POINTZ COMING DOWN IN AUGUST, MU RAMEN HEADING UP TO BOSTON

Manhattan Henge 2014 foretells the demise of 5Pointz, and the coming of Mu, Apes, and LeBron

Manhattan Henge 2014 foretells the demise of 5Pointz, and the coming of Mu, Apes, and LeBron

The fat lady is clearing her throat.  According to the Times Ledger, the demolition of 5Pointz will begin in August per the owner Jerry Wolkoff.  He also stated that he expects the two 40+ story rental towers to be completed in 2016.  Someday will we gaze upon the towers and think of them as the majestic gateway to Queens as we did with 5Pointz?  Highly unlikely, but what can we do?

In a completely unrelated (and overlooked) development, Mu Ramen expects to open their second location in Boston next year.  Someday, after they conquer the planet and put a Mu on every corner, may people look back and think of LIC in the way they think of Starbucks and Seattle? Continue reading

TENANT KING INVADES LONG ISLAND CITY

Don't be scared of the blue shorts, they do not bite.

Don’t be scared of the blue shirts, they do not bite and just want to help you

Men and women in blue suede shirts emblazoned with the logo “Tenant King” have invaded LIC.  What is Tenant King?  Basically a community bulletin board for Long Island City.

We wrote about the company’s local founders and provenance back in March.  Four months later and we noticed their young employees canvassing the town, promoting the site, and signing up users.  The traffic on the website has expanded considerably in the last few months, and I could not help but think how it tucks in perfectly with the desire to Continue reading

WEEKEND GORGING IN LIC

He's coming to network, ...and drink on the East River

He’s coming to network, …and drink on the East River

Not much local news to speak about, unless you like food.  Oh you do?  And drink too, in copious amounts?  Well then, here’s a few things that may be of interest. Continue reading

3×3 HOOPS TOURNEY COMING TO COURTS ON 48TH AVENUE

Donuts, check.  Gatorade, check. I'm ready for '40 minutes of hell' on the court.

Donuts, check.  Gatorade, check.  I’m ready for ’40 minutes of hell’ on the courts of LIC

Lace up your high-tops and practice your hook shot, a 3×3 basketball tournament is coming to the courts on 48th Avenue and it is open to all.  It is being organized by the LIC YMCA and will take place on July 19 & 20.

Here are the details: Continue reading

LOOKOUT LIC, HERE COMES THE MASSES

In LIC we get fireworks on many nights.  Nevertheless, next year this should be the backdrop for Macy's Fourth of July.

In LIC we get spectacles on many nights. Nevertheless, next year this should be the backdrop for Macy’s Fourth of July.

The Porta Potty’s have been stationed, the police barricades delivered, and the “No Parking” signs posted along Center Boulevard.  The table has been set and the weather looks like it will cooperate for tomorrow nights fireworks.  But if you are reading this and planning on attending, Continue reading

DINING AL FRESCO IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Al Fresco LIC: peanuts, crackerjack, beer, and watch America's pastime

Peanuts, crackerjack, beer

LIC’s 2014 Spring battle over the use of restaurant’s backyards, has gotten citywide attention now that summer is here.  Yesterday, The Daily News published an article highlighting Alobar’s and 51st Bakery & Cafe rejections so far of their use.  Adding fuel to the fire, the story disclosed that:

“The Buildings Department approved plans at 51st Bakery and Café and then backpedaled after receiving an anonymous complaint saying the business did not have a proper certificate of occupancy to open the garden.”

Hmm, the timing sounds a little fishy to me, might it be an inside job?

Anyway, while Community Board 2 is still in its exploratory phase regarding the use of restaurant’s backyards1, there are a few new options for dining al fresco this summer. Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY: SOON TO BE A 3-BAKERY TOWN

The old guard and the new in Greenpoint

Peter Pan Bakery: where the old guard meets the new in Greenpoint

Nothing puts a town on the map like a local bakery.  Astoria has Rose and Joe’s, a traditional old-school Italian bakery.  Greenpoint has Peter Pan, an old-fashioned donut shop manned by young Polish women in uniforms.  Williamsburg has Fortunato Brothers, a pasticerria that transports you back to 1970′s Brooklyn, and where cannolis are to dessert, what pasta is to dinner: a midway point.  As in “I’ll have the tiramisu and a slice of cheesecake, and throw in a cannoli …or two.” Continue reading

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