FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND ON THE WATER TOO IN LIC

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

WARM weather notwithstanding, all signs point to Fall.  The days are shorter, the sun is positioned lower, and come the weekend the weather will get in line.  Of course in addition to the Autumnal Equinox officially telling us it’s so, in LIC there’s another sign: UN Week and all the police boats flashing their blue lights at night on the East River.  Yeah, we’re pretty important people to be receiving all that security.

Though I do wish Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY IS THE NAPA VALLEY OF CRAFT BEER

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts.  Courtesy Nick Knight

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts. Courtesy Nick Knight

THE words in the headline above were recently uttered (or is it proclaimed?) by a very wise man, transcribed by an illustrious writer, and published in a highly esteemed journal.  Who am I to doubt that it’s not so?

//NOTHING is more boring than a story about something that might happen 2+ years from now, even if it’s highly probable. Continue reading

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48TH AVE BBALL COURTS RE-OPENING W/ BIG CELEBRATION SATURDAY

I got next!

I got next!

The basketball courts on 48th Avenue at Gantry Plaza State Park will be re-opening this Saturday, September 17, with a Grand Celebration.  The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation and the Long Island City Youth Sports League (LICYSL) will be holding youth clinics and games overseen by Coach N, aka Nnamdi Amen, who said about the event:

“Though I love my home at the gymnasium at PS78Q, I’m really excited to finally get a chance to teach and play with the kids of Long Island City on the beautiful new 48th Avenue courts at Gantry Plaza State Park.  I’ve got some new drills and games especially for the occasion.”

LICtalk says: “We love the new fiberglass backboards, it does wonders for my two-handed set shot”

For more information on this event and to join the fun click here, or email [email protected]

//Beans, Grapes, and Leaves appears to have closed.  This news comes Continue reading

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BJ’S WAREHOUSE COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY?

The Queens Gazette is reporting that the owners of a parcel at Continue reading

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BREAD BOX CLOSES, THE GREEN STREET BECOMING KOREAN BBQ?

 

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Somethin’ shakin’ on The Green Street

 

“If you look at where the good food is in New York, it’s really in Manhattan and Queens, I’m sorry, other boroughs, I’m sorry.”

-Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for The New York Times, from a profile in the New Yorker last week

The Bread Box on 11th Street has closed.  According to a pic sent to us by LICtalk reader Jeremy Swillinger of Level Group, a sign in the window reads:

“Dear customers due to renovations the Bread Box will be closed.  Sorry for the inconvenience we will update you shortly”

Not sure what exactly to make of that, but as we reported a little over a year ago, the lot that it rests upon, as well as the adjacent service station, were put up for sale as a development site.

In other restaurant news, Continue reading

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SCHOOL, HIP-HOP, LIGHTS, STARS, PIRATES

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Hanging out at Astoria Seafood …in LIC

 

Two days of public school and then a long weekend1 – I like those hours!  But then no more breaks until October when every child will have to make do with only a pair of three-day workweeks.  Forget about daycare, these kids should be getting an internship.

//In the real world, my guess is most of you never made it to one of MoMA PS1′s Saturday Warm-Up parties this summer.  Me too, because it’s so convenient I kept saying ‘No problem, I’ll just go next week,’ and then Labor Day arrived.  Unfortunately in doing so we all missed out on a performance by a guy The New York Times says has blown up big and is saving hip-hop.  Let that gall you through the long winter months, and remember to make it a point to go next year.

//Of greater permanence, I was tipped off from someone in attendance at last nights CB2 meeting that Continue reading

  1. this Monday, Sept. 12  kids are off for Eid al Adha []
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SEPTEMBER BRINGS FISH N MEAT TO LIC

Oh look what came out of its shell

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster …in Long Island City

It was a quiet Labor Day weekend in town, though given the heavy police presence in the waterfront parks – probably in light of a recent incident -  one may have thought there was a J’Ouvert “celebration” occurring. That and construction noise/crews pouring concrete for the new pre-K center were the only stirrings.

September is now here, and we have a new fish market, a new deli/cafe coming to Court Square, the closing of the Beer Closet (again), a new bbq joint, and Continue reading

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RAMEN SHACK, LEMONS FROM LEMONADE, DEPRIVATION TANKS

You can't have construction without concrte

You can’t have construction without concrete

Even in the final days of summer, when all eyes and bodies should be at the beach, the news is dominated by real estate in LIC.  Lots of development updates, topping offs, and new renderings.  One data point, indicative of nothing really, is how the highest priced “home”1 ever offered in Long Island City, or Queens for that matter, listed exactly two years ago at $8 million, has gone through three sets of brokers and can be had today for $4.65 million.  In a similar vein, Continue reading

  1. it’s currently cut up into multi-apartments, but at just under 5,000 square really comes across as a single-family home for any respectable person w/ help and all, right? []
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21 NEW CONDOS GO ON SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Working OT for the kids ...and for OT

Working OT for the kids …and for OT

The new condo building on 5th Street across from Cannelle Patisserie has just made it’s units available for purchase through Modern Spaces, according to the real estate website Curbed.  Called ‘The Monarch,’ it contains 1-3 bedroom apartments starting at $700,000.  A look at the building’s website indicates a 1,027 square foot 2-br unit for sale at $1.1 million.  From street level, the building appears sort of bland, but it does have three very important attributes: location, location, location.

//The Daily News has uncovered three heretofore unheralded eating establishments on/near Queens Plaza. Continue reading

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, OR LACK THEREOF

Sunflowers - check, Pepsi Bottle - check, temporary lighting - check, ...wait, is that a UFO?

Sunflowers – check, Pepsi Bottle – check, temporary lighting – check, …wait, is that a UFO?

Last night there was a Community Safety meeting held in light of the alleged rape/assault in Gantry Park recently, and here’s the big non-revelatory news that was delivered by Captain John Travaglia, head of the 108th Precinct: the Hunters Point sub-district is one of the safest sections in NYC, if not the country, if not the planet.  More specifically, there is minimal serious crime, as measured by felonies, that has occurred here in recent years, and even less street crime1 – roughly described as that which doesn’t occur behind closed doors.  Like I said, this should be non-revelatory to anyone who lives in HP.

As for the alleged incident in Gantry Park, Captain Travaglia stated that to date no victim has come forward.  Furthermore, despite cutting back the grasses near the red Adirondack chairs and searching the area, the sole evidence they have is what’s been said on social media, implying that no other witnesses have filed reports/been found.

Ok, there’s not much to go on, which probably and sadly is the case with many alleged sexual assaults. And if as described this incident did occur, it sounds more like a one-off between two individuals who may have been acquainted with each other, rather than one of an endemic or sweeping crime problem in LIC as a whole (net of the ensuing fury and fusillade unleashed on social media).  Yet here’s where the story gets interesting, and troublesome. Continue reading

  1. basically a few stolen cars and DWI’s []
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