Last week a reader wrote to me telling of a big controversy in LIC about which I was unaware: the push to implement alternate-side of the street parking so the streets can be cleaned regularly. He positioned it as those who are for it want cleanliness and the eradication of any health and vermin problems as well as for aesthetic purposes. Those who oppose it want to continue to be able to park their cars long term on the streets without the hassles of having to move it regularly. I am indifferent as to where the pendulum swings on this issue, as I park my Bentley in a climate controlled garage, but for those who do have an opinion on it you are welcome to express it here in the comments section. Also, I have provided a link to a petition being circulated in favor of street cleaning.
Yet the controversies in LIC do not end there. One of the biggest lightning rods of the last year in our town has once again reared its head. I am talking about the strip club at the bottom of the Queensborough Bridge on 21st Street and its renewed request for a liquor license. Ok, maybe it’s more sordid than controversial, and I cannot tell if the furor over this is real or just something that politicians love to grandstand over, but once again …I am indifferent. But do not let my insouciance keep you from spewing vitriol for/against this topic, because maybe it is the bane of your existence and deserved to be issue number one in last weeks presidential debate. Let it out dear readers, let it all out, in the comments section.
Next up we get a resolution to some controversy of the last two weeks, as M Wells has decided not to serve horse meat at their just-opened restaurant at MoMA PS1. While I, once again, was indifferent on this topic, I will note that the first signs that there was controversy brewing came in …the comments section of our September 25th story on it.
Finally, we get to controversies on the horizon. In a Daily News story last week about the library, they mention the completion date as being …2015! I do not know if it is a moving target or questionable editing, but we have now seen 2013, 2014, and 2015 posited as the finishing date on this project. Oh well, I guess we cannot expect the same high standards or level of rigor as one gets here at LICtalk. Also, as inquired about, ranted about, and responded to in the comments section recently, comes an article on the new project being built adjacent to the Powerhouse. It contains a drawing of what it will look like upon completion, though I am sure that any north-facing, west-facing, or prospective condo owners are already aware of what is coming, per your comments.
Thank you very much for those of you who comment, or keep me apprised separately, of all the controversies, happenings, and other shenanigans going on in our town, and please keep them coming!
Street Cleaning Petition – also gives a whole litany of arguments for street cleaning
Controversial LIC Strip Club Once Again Tries To Get Liquor License – proving once again: you gotta fight for your right to party!
Outcry Scuttles Plan to Put Horse on The Menu at M Wells – on or off the menu, it proves once again that the proprietors of M Wells are masters in generating publicity
Hunters Point Dream Library – is it 2013, 2014, or 2015? Vegas odds favor the latter
$51 Million Loan From CIBC Funds Lightstone Multi-Family – check out pic