Author Archives: editor

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

Tagged , ,

SPRING EVENTS IN LIC TRUMP NEWS

xxx

Here’s my science project teach’

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

After comprehensively collecting all the data, painstakingly putting it to paper while trying to figure out the complex instructions in order to conform to regulations, and finally staying up late into the night to meet the deadline, the yearly crush is now over! Continue reading

Tagged

CAKE FOR BREAKFAST IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Hobnobbing at the Ravel

Hobnobbing at the Ravel Hotel

THIS time last year as I was exiting the LIC Partnership’s Annual Real Estate Breakfast, I went to grab one final danish for the road when a gravelly voice from behind the buffet advised “Leave the danish, take the cake.”  That cake happened to be a slice of the signature mille-crepe gateau from Lady M Confections, which you can purchase whole for eighty bucks at one of their ultra-high end boutiques in Manhattan or in numerous upscale locales worldwide (there’s a real affinity for it in Asia!?!).  Yet it was manufactured on a quiet side street in Long Island City.

I share that anecdote because through no fault of the LIC Partnership, both real estate and confabs about it in Long Island City have increasingly focused on the commercial side as opposed to residential, a trend I noted two years ago.

In fact, the LICP acknowledged this change in opening comments this morning, and it’s why the local panel of speakers Continue reading

Tagged ,

SPRING HAS SPRUNG 2018!

Doesn't look shady to me

Doesn’t look shady to me

THE Mets are in first place – it must be April!  In conjunction with that we’ve trotted out the hackneyed title above, which basically means there’s no local news of import.  Unless of course you’re a foodie Continue reading

Tagged

THE SANDWICH KING IS COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD!

Anticipation

The Sandwich King comes to Queens

“Enjoy every sandwich” 1

A whole lotta news happened here while I was guzzling away on the beach during Spring Break. There’s no craft beer where I went, just Bud Light during the day and Fireball at night.  With heavy doses of that combo you don’t even need a motel room.  Would you like to see pictures?  No?  Well then let’s talk sandwiches! Continue reading

  1. in an interview the musician Warren Zevon did on the Late Show with David Letterman following Zevon’s having been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Letterman asked Zevon if there was anything he understood now, facing his own mortality, that he didn’t before. Zevon replied, “Just how much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich.” []
Tagged , ,

STEPHANIE CLIFFORD TO RUN FOR JVB’s CITY COUNCIL SEAT

New leadership on the horizon?

New leadership on the horizon?

Don’t know why
There’s no sun up in the sky
Stormy weather
Since my man and I ain’t together
Keeps rainin’ all the time

Just when you thought her hour and 15 minutes of fame were over, Stephanie Clifford storms back into the limelight by announcing she will be seeking the City Council seat in District 26 currently held by Jimmy Van Bramer when he’s forced to leave in 2020 due to term limits.

While she currently has no affiliation with Long Island City whatsoever, like every resident she recognizes the opportunity and high visibility of being directly across from the heart of Manhattan.  “Since TF Avalon is currently offering 3 months free rent on every lease, it’s so much more affordable on this side of the river.  Plus I hear you can pay-in-kind.”  In addition, Continue reading

Tagged ,

THE OTHER LONG ISLAND CITY

The Lonely Easter Bunny of Gantry Pier

The news cycle is slowing down in Long Island City just in time for the Easter/Passover break.  The only real stories below deal with ‘other’ areas/aspects of the town.  So put aside restaurant openings and school capacity during Holy Week and see how the other Continue reading

EGGS 2018

Easter rituals or Eastern rituals, it's all in LIC

Easter rituals or Eastern victuals, it’s all in LIC

AS everyone knows Christmas falls on December 25, St. Patty’s on March 17, and Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, but Easter is ever so elusive.  Sure I know it’s on a Sunday, but that can land anytime from late March until almost the end of April. This really messes with my vacation schedule – will it be ski-able in Verbier, too cold in Palm Beach, too hot in Anguilla???

Even more elusive than Easter Sunday, is the date of the Annual LIC Egg Hunt, and even more elusive than that is the sign-up date for your child for the egg hunt. Continue reading

Tagged , ,

SNOW DAY LONG ISLAND CITY

Snowman Pepsi Sign

On Day 2 of the new season, I really really wanted to write an Ode to Spring, with sonnets and poems and crocuses and newborn foals running free in Gantry Park.  Instead we got a SNOW DAY!!!  Sure, I’m now a grown getting paid by the hour word, but when our Mayor waved his magic wand I felt obliged to obey.  So instead of ballads and verse, I offer ye a limerick Continue reading

Tagged

THE WEEKEND BEGINS NOW LONG ISLAND CITY

Time to crank it up to 11

Time to crank it up to 11

Tomorrow at 12:15pm the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins and will basically continue with multiple games throughout the weekend.

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day.

Those two events happening concurrently Continue reading

Tagged
%d bloggers like this: