KIDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN HUNTERS POINT: SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life - just look at these old-timers!

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life – just look at these old-timers!

The 2nd Annual LIC Hoops Kids Basketball Tournament sponsored by Gantry Plaza State Park will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street.  There is no cost to participate and it is open to all kids, that means boys and girls! from 1st grade up to and including age 17, but there is limited availability. Continue reading

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DUTCH KILLS TOWNHOUSE PUT ON MARKET FOR $5.5 MILLION

Meanwhile at the other end of LIC

Meanwhile at the other end of LIC

A townhouse in Dutch Kills was just put on the market for $5.5 million according to a lengthy article about it in The Wall Street Journal.  A former Queens firehouse purchased in 1981 by the seller, it underwent Continue reading

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CORAZON DE MEXICO IN HUNTERS POINT TO OPEN BY END OF MONTH

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

DO you remember the fajita?  It was an exotic do-it-yourself concoction served at Mexicanish restaurants in the 1990′s.  Back then it was all the rage and when accompanied by a pre-meal margarita or three, its sizzling arrival at the table had the effect of transporting the diner back to Spring Break in Cancun for a night …and the subsequent morning.

Then at the turn of the century, after a decades-long incubation in the Southwestern U.S., the burrito invaded the rest of the lower 48 and nearly wiped the fajita out, vanquishing it to the menus of American fast casual chains.  Finally in the last few years the lowly taco has emerged to take the culinary spotlight in this country, and not just in the Mexican food category.  I’m not talking about the old-fashioned hard-shell Ortega taco, but the soft nixtamalized tortilla’s offered at dining spots and food trucks throughout the five boroughs today.  Coming full circle The New York Times declared Mexico City it’s #1 place to go in 2016 stating “Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat.”

So it should be no surprise that Hunters Point will add its fifth Mexican establishment when Corazon de Mexico opens at the end of May Continue reading

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GREEN STREET SHUT DOWN FOR TAXES & MORE RESTAURANT NEWS

La Grenouille? Non

La Grenouille? Non, mais tres a propos

ACCORDING to a large yellow sticker on the front door of The Green Street the property has been seized for non-payment of taxes.  The all-natural Korean Bbq restaurant located on 47th Road between Vernon and 11th Street has only been open for about a year and a half.

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LIC FLEA STARTS SATURDAY & GOES TO ONCE A MONTH SCHEDULE

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

Fifth Hammer is open every weekend

The sixth season of the LIC Flea begins this Saturday and it will be the only weekend in May to attend the Flea as it has gone to a once-monthly schedule as opposed to every weekend in previous years.  Here it is: Continue reading

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BIG DIG PLOWS FORWARD AND ‘WE ARE FAMILY’ IN LIC

Gone fishin'

Gone fishin’

Living life is fun and we’ve just begun
To get our share of the world’s delights
(High!) high hopes we have for the future
And our goal’s in sight

THE next step in the quest to deck over and develop Sunnyside Yards has been announced.  An architecture firm has been hired by the city to form a master plan for the massive development.  In addition the city created a local steering committee which according to Curbed “will spend the next 18 months organizing public meetings and workshops to elicit feedback from Queens residents on how best to proceed with the megaproject’s development, and address the needs of local residents.”

My thoughts on this project are well-known: Continue reading

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CHINESE RESTAURANT COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD

Wo Hop on Vernon?

Wo Hop on Vernon?

CAPITALISM fills the void as the wave of change continues in Long Island City.  No sooner had Chinese take-out New City Kitchen closed and morphed into The Sandwich King, that we hear from an inside source that Continue reading

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HAPPY FRIDAY …OH, AND THE 7-TRAIN IS DOWN THIS WEEKEND

Blossoming in LIC, but no cherries

Blossoming in LIC, but no cherries

WHAT’S up with all the last minute weekend 7-train closures this year? According to The Wall Street Journal it’s due to Continue reading

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VERNON BOULEVARD’S NIGHT SCENE HITS CRITICAL MASS

It's all coming together

It’s all coming together

SATURDAY night I walked down Vernon Boulevard around 9pm and found all of it’s dining and drinking establishments more packed than not – a big change from numerous other strolls I’ve taken along the same path in the past year.  Maybe it Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK PHASE 2 TO OPEN LATE JUNE

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

On the firing line at Astoria Seafood

TWO of my writers were poached by The New Yorker this month so I’ve had to rely on my own faculties to dig up scoops.  Fortunately in a quick perusal of the Hunters Point Parks Conservancy’s newsletter I caught a recap of their community meeting last night which revealed that Phase 2 of Hunters Point Park South will open in late June according to a presenter at the meeting from the EDC.  This is the southern portion of the park, past the volleyball court/LIC Landing, which is supposed to be more “contemplative” and which will NOT include a playground for older kids.  As a consolation the HPPC newsletter also reported that The Wizard of Oz will be the first movie they present at the Oval this year on May 18.

//MORE real estate news for you RE junkies, and in my mind this one’s a big one. Continue reading

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