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APOCECLIPSE NOW

Greenpoint viewpoint

Greenpoint viewpoint

I feel bad for millennials, unlike Gen X’ers they never got to experience multiple viewings of the classic movie Apocalypse Now during their formative years.  On the other hand, most of them probably still have the good fortune to be able to experience it for the very first time and be awed by it.

What does this have to do with LIC?  Well Continue reading

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AUGUST UPDATES JUST FOR YOU LIC

What's up with the library?  This is

What’s up with the library? This is

What’s up with rezoning upzoning of LIC? What’s the latest on the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music?  What really happens behind the walls of MoMA PS1 during a summer Warm-up?  When is the CVS in Hunters Point opening? Continue reading

MU RAMEN OWNER TO TAKE ALOBAR & RENAME RAVENSWOOD TAVERN

The Smooklers are expanding their culinary empire by taking over the former Alobar space and renaming it Ravenswood Tavern according to Eater.  The menu will have more in common with the prior occupant than Mu Ramen, with chef Joshua Smookler creating Continue reading

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THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY GETS ITS OWN NEW FACTORY

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Chocolate Factory Theater has scored a golden ticket and secured a permanent home for $3.8 million with financial help from the NYC government according to The New York Times.  Currently located on 49th Avenue in Hunters Point, the theater will be moving into a 7,500 SF single story brick building at 38-29 24th Street in Dutch Kills, for now the home of Earth Stone Design Inc., a stone supplier, for the 2018-2019 season.  I imagine acquiring a new home will allow the Chocolate Factory to largely stay the course in terms of avant garde programming, which leaves only two questions lingering: Continue reading

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FREE SHAKESPEARE, YOGA, PLASTICS & SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

While you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

FREE Shakespeare!  No it’s not a protest movement, but literally a free fully-casted play on the waterfront.  Two actually, no make that four if you count identical shows the following night at Socrates Sculpture Park.  This Saturday and Sunday and next, at 7pm on Saturday at the field on Gantry Plaza State Park and 5pm on Sunday at Socrates, the Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company will perform Measure For Measure and Henry IV.  Check the schedule below for full information and here are my earlier thoughts on this great program.

//FREE Yoga, free movies, so much going on in LIC this week.  Alas my two week “residency” at Les Caves du Roy is in mid stride and I’ll be missing Anne Bancroft taming the shrew in ‘The Graduate’ tonight on the oval.  The following morning The Yoga Room will be holding a free yoga session by the Oval and will continue to do so every Saturday in August from 10am – 11am.

//READING the local and non-local articles in the last week on the Water’s Edge developer announcement was like watching Continue reading

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TF CORNERSTONE NAMED DEVELOPER FOR WATER’S EDGE SITE

Bending over backward on Roosevelt Island, but not LIC

Bending over backward on the Roosevelt Island waterfront, but not in LIC

There will be no pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island, nor will there be a community center.  TF Cornerstone was selected by NYC officials to develop the Water’s Edge site and their plan largely adheres to the bells and whistles in the RFP put out almost a year and a half ago by the city.  In fact the only one who seems to be surprised that it will have a token industrial component is The New York Times reporter who broke the story.  He obviously must not have bothered reading his colleague’s lengthy story from over a year ago which touted this novelty plan in the development site.

In fact the biggest thing that will differentiate the pair of towers on this plot from their brethren further south along the waterfront in LIC Continue reading

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ODE TO WATER’S EDGE AND WHAT LIES AHEAD?

Oompa-Loompa's invade LIC

Oompa-Loompa’s invade LIC

SO, The New York Times released a hatchet job on Mayor de Blasio and his supposed tinkering on behalf of the Water’s Edge restaurant.  While I’m not overly interested in the he said/she said of it all, I did enjoy the follow-up article that delved into greater detail about the restaurant’s history, dating back to 1980. Equally intriguing from a historical culinary standpoint was the link to the NYT restaurant review by Bryan Miller in 1992, which like all the paper’s restaurant reviews back then were categorized under ‘Arts.’

As most readers already know, what does interest me in regards to the Water’s Edge, is the future of it.  Today’s NYT ode to the Water’s Edge reiterates in equally vague terms as I did last month that the “agency [EDC] will soon select the developer.”  Hopefully there will be no meddling from above and the one they select will be based on the objective criteria that best suits Long Island City.

//RESTAURANT news is aplenty, or maybe not as seen in the stories below.  Pulling one nugget, Continue reading

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WONKA

 

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend!  (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

Wonka & Hoops, what a weekend! (Photo & Logo courtesy of Nick Knight)

WONKA – one word brings back pre-cable memories of multiple viewings.  Why?  Well in addition to the namesake, most of the tertiary characters are legendary (and metaphorical): Veruca Salt, Augustus Gloop, Slugworth, Oompa-Loompa’s.  So when asked earlier in the week by a single friend about getting out and seeing live music, I responded that sadly my summer entertainment highlight would be watching Willy Wonka at my local park. Continue reading

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1ST ANNUAL LIC HOOPS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

This Saturday and Sunday from 9am until noon the 1st Annual LIC Hoops Basketball Tournament for kids and adults will take place at the Gantry Plaza State Park courts on 48th Avenue.  The adults bracket on Saturday is completely sold out, but there are slots left for the kids tournament on Sunday.  It is free and open to boys and girls, but parents must pre-register their children and submit signed waivers.

Now, while the odds that your child will ever make it to the NBA Finals are beyond minuscule, there’s a 50/50 chance that Continue reading

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‘JACKSON PARK’S 1800 RENTALS AVAILABLE THIS FALL – YOWZA!

Piatto - Wood Fired Pizza, in case of a blackout go here

Piatto – Wood Fired Pizza, looks like it’s coming soon to the waterfront

WELCOME to Stream-of-Consciousness Friday. The Wall Street Journal revealed that Tishman Speyer’s 3-tower project at the top of Jackson Avenue will be called ‘Jackson Park’ and begin leasing this fall, with initial occupancy before year-end.  Will the amenities galore including an outdoor pool and 1.6 acre private park be enough to fill the 1,800 units on glut-laden J.Ave? ->40 years ago this week was a big NYC blackout that I’m guessing fewer than 1/4 of our readers were around for, but those that were are probably familiar with the music of Talking Heads, whose members spent the down time Continue reading

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