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LIC JUST SAY NO TO THE COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY & DO THIS

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

Company holiday parties are fraught with danger.  Making a drunken fool of oneself in front of people you see Mon-Fri from 9-5 for the next 365, telling your superior what you really think of her, not to mention the possibility of infidelity, rejection, and in 2017 sexual harassment.  Handicapping the company holiday party as a prospective investment, which in some ways it is, there is no upside, other than free drinks and food, and massive downside.  So as your adviser1, I recommend Continue reading

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CRIME AND REAL ESTATE …IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Reverse gentrification

Reverse gentrification

CRIME and real estate, that’s what we have for you today.  The latter is ubiquitous the former quite rare in Long Island City.  Well the part of LIC that most readers live in.  Nevertheless it’s a reminder during this Holiday season that Continue reading

BELLWETHER RESTAURANT COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

The LES comes to LIC

The LES comes to LIC

According to a Facebook from Jessica Little McCormick who seems to be the owner, a new restaurant called Bellwether is coming to Long Island City. Jessica mentions that she and her husband have lived in LIC since 2009, have a 1.5 year old daughter and a son in the oven (I had to).  They have teamed up with Continue reading

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5 WOMEN BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION AT SHOW PALACE STRIP CLUB

Time to write up your Xmas list

Time to write up your Xmas list

The Daily News has reported that Show Palace, the controversial all nude strip club on 21st Street across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge, had five women busted early yesterday morning for prostitution. Continue reading

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CHINA TO U.S. TO LONG ISLAND CITY, IT’S A LAY-UP

Kids having fun ...and learning a game for life

Kids having fun …and learning a game for life

Basketball is the most popular sport in China today.  In the 21st century Mandarin has overwhelmingly been the largest-growing second language taught in NYC’s best schools, both private and public.  The massive increase in the federal deficit and the trade disagreements expected out of Washington D.C. in the near future, mean there’s a pretty good chance the next generation is going to be working for China, Inc.

Given the facts above, what should every parent be thinking right now? Continue reading

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WHY I AM THANKFUL FOR LIVING IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Praise be to LIC

Praise be to LIC

Monday evening I took Metro-North up to central Westchester to visit a friend.  Despite the fact that I got a seat on a relatively new train and it departed and arrived right on schedule, I couldn’t help but think ‘I would not want to do this Continue reading

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THE TURKEY COMETH, BUT FIRST A LITTLE BBQ FOR LIC

I'm flying, i'm flying

Yes, turkeys can fly

NOT one but two regional articles from BBQ meccas came out this past weekend lauding our local pit-masters.  The first from Kansas City’s daily paper, highlights John Brown’s Smokehouse and how it’s become a home away from home for Chiefs fans on Sundays.  It mentions how local LIC resident Tony Richardson, who spent about a decade of his NFL career in KC, is regularly behind the bar or in front of it on game days, and even convinced Dante Hall to stop by.  The second Continue reading

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PLAXALL’S GRAND(E) PLAN FOR ANABLE BASIN & REC CENTER

Last night I met with several of the Plaxall family members where they shared their just released plans to develop Anable Basin.  These plans entail a major rezoning of the area, whose central theme is “bringing LIC to Anable Basin” by opening up the shoreline surrounding it to the public and making it easily accessible via newly created pedestrian lanes that would slice through their current plots. The initial blueprint would be a mix of residential, retail, and a doubling of their current industrial space, in the hope of making the area one that’s 24/7 instead of the stark division currently in LIC where an area is utilized by business during the day or inhabitants at night, but not both.  Also a new school would be built away from the site on a nearby Plaxall holding on 11th Street.

To help put it all together the family recently hired Jonathan Drescher, previously  the Director of Major Projects for the Durst Organization, who expects the zoning process to take most of 2018 with the hope that the initial phase begins in 2019.  As one would expect with his arrival, the plan also contains the considerable upsizing of the amount of buildable square footage that would be allowed, leading to the possibility of a 70-story waterfront tower and 5,000 new residential units.  It would also incorporate many of the development buzzwords coursing through City Hall these days: Continue reading

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FOOD NEWS, REAL ESTATE PORN, & NO 7-TRAIN

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Oh Autumn, we miss you dearly

Flash – THERE WILL BE NO 7-TRAIN SERVICE FROM LIC TO MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT - per tipster & MTA website

We’re going to squeeze the lemon and try to get a post’s worth of LIC information for you during a slow news week where all the local stories were broken or created by the citywide press.  Though I promise not to do a wholesale regurgitation of one of those stories, I will start with food.  The New York Times gives a big smooch to the Court Square Diner in its Neighborhood Joint column.  In summary, it dwells on the camaraderie not the cuisine.  Oh wait, The Court Square Blog, one of LIC’s finest publications (there are two in that category), did announce that a Sweetleaf is coming to Tishman Speyer’s massive residential project in Queens Plaza. Oh wait, here’s another local food tidbit as broken by moi, thanks to a tipster: The Howard Stern show had a staff outing at Maiella late last month, and raved about the Continue reading

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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 - the start of a good morning!

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 – the start of a good morning!

Good morning, good morning LIC, I figured today I would break the typical news cycle (print anyway) and publish in the Continue reading

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