MACY’S FIREWORKS IN LIC: WHAT IT WAS LIKE LAST NIGHT

Around 6:30pm

Around 6:30pm

 

The arrival runway on 48th Avenue

The arrival runway on 48th Avenue

Hunters Point South Park walled off to all but VIP's

Hunters Point South Park walled off to all but VIP’s and Press

The anticipation builds, 20 minutes before the start

The anticipation builds, 20 minutes before the start

Finally, after 7 years!

Finally, after 7 years!

It's All Over Now Baby Blue

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue

Beautiful weather, moderate temperatures and no wind, set the tone for a perfect return of the Macy’s Fourth of July fireworks to Long Island City.  Groups  started trickling in around 3pm and by six pm there was Continue reading

PREPPING FOR THE BIG SHOW

Twirlers resting between sets

Twirlers resting between sets

Red and white, blue suede shoes, I’m Uncle Sam, how do you do?
Gimme five, I’m still alive, ain’t no luck, I learned to duck.
Check my pulse, it don’t change. Stay seventy-two come shine or rain.
Wave the flag, pop the bag, rock the boat, skin the goat.
Wave that flag, wave it wide and high.
Summertime done, come and gone, my, oh, my

The porta potties and news vans have arrived, now all they need is the raw material to confirm their existence.  The LIC Fourth of July festivities kicked off last night in Hunters Point Park with a, …well I wouldn’t quite call it a concert, more like a Continue reading

MURASAKI SUSHI OPENS TODAY ON VERNON BOULEVARD

No sushi, but  a pretty good deal on the 4th

No sushi, but a pretty good deal on the 4th

Correction: previously it may have been inferred from my wording that Murasaki was only doing takeout.  The restaurant itself is now open for diners as well.

Long Island City finally gets it’s first dedicated sushi restaurant with the grand opening of Murasaki Sushi today.  Yes, we we have had numerous ‘fusion’ restaurants for years that made sushi along side various other Asian cuisines.  Plus Hibino’s opening a year ago gave us our first solely-dedicated Japanese restaurant.  Yet it specializes in Obanzai, or Japanese tapas, and sushi is a secondary consideration. So at last we get what every other neighborhood from Inwood to the Rockaways has long viewed as a staple: raw fish, on rice and solo.

According to an employee at the restaurant, the sushi chef has Continue reading

MORE NEW NEWS FOR LIC

All net!

All net!

We have lots of little local throwaways to end the week.  Or maybe they’re actually really significant if you spin it right.  I’ll take The Editor’s prerogative and lead with something I consider more than worthy by announcing that Continue reading

WHERE ARE THE CURRENT RESIDENTS’ YACHTS?

Former 5Pointz location: there should have been a school planned here

Former 5Pointz location: there should have been a school planned here

The LIC Partnership held its 2nd Annual LIC Summit today.  A few interesting tidbits were gleaned, but there’s not much left to say about LIC that hasn’t been said or isn’t really known.  There was a lot of jawboning about residential edging out office space, and thus office space displacing light manufacturing, and hazy solutions for it, all of which require government subsidies, tax breaks, zoning changes, and variances.  As if letting capitalism take its course combined with good regulation aren’t enough of a panacea.

Plus there was a lot of well trodden ground such as Continue reading

ONE WEEK LEFT FOR LIC SCHOOLS & THE FROZEN ZONE

School's out, the weekend has begun
School’s out, the weekend has begun

No more pencils
No more books
No more teacher’s dirty looks

Out for summer
Out till fall
We might not go back at all

There’s only one more week left for children attending local public schools.  Unless of course you take a page from The Editor and are forced to go to summer school.  Or go to one of those expensive learning camps that advertise being a funnel for early admission to Harford.  As for the rest of the kids, summer begins at noon on Friday, June 26.

//As a follow-up to my real e-state post earlier in the week, comes Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY 2015 REAL E-STATE OF THE UNION

Free yoga is the only freebie you'll get on Center Blvd

Free yoga is the only freebie you’ll get on Center Blvd

Despite headlines in the last week declaring record highs, I predict that over the next 12 months supply will finally overtake demand in the NYC residential sector.  The high level of current building activity and the expected number of units to be completed in the next year are easily evident to any layman who looks at the skyline or at street level, and/or to anyone reading mainstream local news, where real estate increasingly competes with sports as the lead topic around town.  Requiring a little more analysis and maybe a hunch or two, I believe demand will start tailing off from its furious pace due to the recently stronger dollar, the smaller base of 20-somethings still living at home and then spinning off seven years after the ’08 crash, and the fact that this city will see diminished demand by college graduates due to it’s being so much more expensive to live in than comparables.

Before we get to what this means for residents of LIC, let’s quickly address the other real estate sectors in the neighborhood. Continue reading

80TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIG FIGHT IN LIC

He's going down for the count

He’s going down for the count

Tomorrow, June 13, is the 80th Anniversary of one of the the greatest upsets in boxing history, and it occurred in a venue called the Madison Square Garden Bowl right here in Long Island City.  The two fighters were Max Baer, the heavyweight champion of the world at that time, and James J. Braddock, a 10-1 underdog who two years prior was working the docks as a longshoreman.

72,000 people came out to LIC that day, to a location on Continue reading

INDIAN FOOD HAS COME TO HUNTERS POINT

A little Bombay comes to the corner of 48th and Center

A little Bombay comes to the corner of 48th Ave and Center Blvd

There’s a new dining option for the residents of Hunters Point.  A large food cart serving Indian food has appeared on the corner of 48th Avenue and Center Boulevard.  It is called Mysstik Masaala and is owned and operated by a native Mumbai resident named Yuvaraaj.

For a cart, it has a pretty extensive menu, which Continue reading

INTERVIEW WITH THE EDITOR

Home to the editor, and soon many others

Home to the editor, and soon many others

Here at LICtalk, we receive plenty of correspondence from the neighborhood wanting to know more about the man behind the curtain. I’m not talking about emails or tweet-to’s, I mean long-form hard copy such as love letters, sometimes even with drawings …and cookies.

Despite a longstanding journalistic policy at this site to prevent the reporter from becoming the story, the public outcry has been so great, that the publisher has made the decision to broach the fourth wall and allow The Editor to answer your questions as posed in an interview with Katie Couric.

Katie: Who are you? Continue reading

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