RAZE QUEENSBRIDGE

The right time for a grand compromise

The forgotten land

Since Mayor de Blasio fantasizes to the press about covering Sunnyside Yards and building affordable housing on top of it, I have decided to put forth a more pragmatic housing solution that focuses on the original intent of government. Continue reading

FROZEN EAST RIVER CLOSES FERRY

Lunar landscape or Frozen Part II?

Lunar landscape of LIC

The freezing weather has kiboshed the East River Ferry until further notice.  After several boats required assistance and couldn’t land in several ports, I guess they decided to suspend service.  Anyone who has seen the river in the past week, could not have failed to notice the huge chunks of ice on it and thought about the Titanic.

//It happened so fast: Continue reading

TOLLS COMING TO QUEENSBORO BRIDGE AND A NEW LIC FERRY STOP?

 

Someone has to pay

Someone has to pay

A new congestion pricing plan that’s gaining traction calls for an $8 toll both ways for the Queensboro Bridge. If it makes you feel any better Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT SOUTH LOTTERY WINNERS START GETTING THE CALL

It takes a lot of time to lug granite up 30 flights

It takes a lot of time to lug granite up 30 flights

Last night at a local meeting of the Hunters Point Civic Association, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer announced that some of the HPS applicants had gotten word that they had won the lottery.

While the start of the notifications occurred about a month later than expected, the timing couldn’t be more interesting.  Why? Continue reading

NEW RESTAURANT OPENS IN LIC: MR. NILSSON

Court Square, the new home of Mr. Nilsson and soon many others

Court Square, the new home of Mr. Nilsson and soon many others

It’s time to forget about subways and affordable housing, the weekend is here.  With that in mind comes word from the LIC Partnership that there’s a new restaurant on Jackson Avenue called Mr. Nilsson.  Ok, it’s not really a completely new restaurant.  In quickly googling the address, I noticed that it was the same one as ‘Sage General Store.’  So I gave them a call and spoke to the owner, Leslie Nilsson.  She told me that Continue reading

DE BLASIO: DEVELOP SUNNYSIDE YARDS, AFFORDABLE HOUSING UBER ALLES

 

Open doors, cue accordion, and you're in your own Woody Allen movie

Open doors, cue accordion, and you’re in your own Woody Allen movie LIC commuters

Mayor De Blasio announced today that he wants to cover Sunnyside Yards and build 11,000 units of affordable housing.  He also made clear what most people knew already, that his biggest priority going forward will be affordable housing in NYC.

I believe it’s a misaligned redistribution of wealth and slap in the face to those who don’t qualify for affordable housing, such as a lot of the people in LIC.  But I’m a lonely scribe and he’s the mayor.  As for the Sunnyside Yards plan, I think Continue reading

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

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