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TOP CHEF’S ED COTTON OPENING RESTAURANT ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

Poke is out, haircuts at Ledo are in

WE have heard from a pretty good source that Top Chef Season 7 runner-up Ed Cotton will be opening a restaurant in the former Masso space on Vernon Boulevard.  Cotton has worked under numerous famous chefs such as Daniel Boulud, Laurent Tourondel, and David Burke.  More importantly, Continue reading

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WHY IS BROOKLYN RUNNING QUEENS?

Making it happen in LIC

Making it happen in Long Island City

YESTERDAY at the LIC Summit one of the speakers marveled at how everyone on the panel lived in Brooklyn and was talking about LIC.  In fact given that this panel and several others included NYC policy makers the reality is that they were not only commenting about Queens but also deciding its fate when it comes to big decisions.  Which I guess is how these things shake out when hiring decisions are made, but shouldn’t there then be extra special attention paid to the community voice and an awareness that these areas are not blank slates?

The obvious answer is ‘yes’ but the bureaucratic one is ‘huh?’  Our last post talked about the ‘Water’s Edge’ development, and that proposal should be an interesting litmus test.  I learned yesterday that a) an answer should be forthcoming soon and b) there never was the intention of having a bake-off.  We’ll see.

More disconcerting was the advocacy of ‘densification’ by all the Brooklyn Intelligentsia as the solution to the city’s problems, and how Queens was Ground Zero to test their urban planning theories.  I believe it helps a few people and diminishes the quality of life for all – the only question is ‘To what extent?’  Either way, we will experience de facto densification in the addition of roughly 10,000 new units to LIC by 2020 and thousands of other units along the 7-train line outside of LIC.  Why not wait to see how that plays out?

Another sign of cluelessness occurred Continue reading

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WHAT’S UP WITH THE WATER’S EDGE DEVELOPMENT SITE?

Que pasa?

Que pasa?

In February of 2016 the City decided to develop the land in and around the former Water’s Edge Restaurant on 44th Drive by the East River.  Given the prospective zoning variance the city was offering, a pair of 60-story towers were possible on this choice piece of property1, so the proposed project is massive.  RFP’s from developers were due that May and were required to include a new school, some affordable housing, and a few other stipulations most notably a set aside for light manufacturing.

After submission the proposals would be reviewed by the NYCEDC (Economic Development Corp) and I was under the belief that shortly after the New Year they would pick 2-3 of those they deem viable for a bake-off, during which time there would be some community review and recommendations and then a winner would be chosen.  Now I’m hearing grumblings that the city is going to bypass the middle step and just render a final decision.

Which is really a shame because in addition Continue reading

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ALTICE USA, fka CABLEVISION, MOVING HEADQUARTERS TO LIC

Altice USA, formerly known as Cablevision, is moving it’s headquarters to Long Island City from Bethpage in Long Island.  In addition, it’s Manhattan offices, where a lot of the big hitting advertising and sales executives are located, will also be folded into the new headquarters location.  As such, this $17.7 billion corporation1 will be the largest headquartered in LIC.

The implications of this are even bigger for Long Island City because Continue reading

  1. It’s Enterprise Value (EV) when purchased last year []
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BLACK STAR BAKERY COMING TO HUNTERS POINT IN LIC

What happens in Wmsbg does not necessarily stay in Wmsbg

What happens in Wmsbg does not necessarily stay in Wmsbg

“Donuts. Is there anything they can’t do?”  Homer S.

Black Star Bakery of Williamsburg will be opening a second location in the former space occupied by ‘Beans, Grapes, & Leaves’ on 50th Avenue between 5th and 2nd Streets (near Urban Market).  A quick call to the current location elicited Continue reading

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ARGENTINIAN RESTAURANT ‘R40′ COMING TO VERNON BLVD IN LIC

Ir a los bifes Che

Ir a los bifes, che

The build-out of Vernon Boulevard continues as an Argentinian restaurant called ‘R40′ is coming into the old Cassino space at #47-16 next to The Corner Bistro.  Needless to say I don’t expect this to be a spot for vegetarians or even pescaterians as Argentinian food is heavily skewed to grilled meats.  In fact even porkatarians might be disappointed as beef is the overwhelming staple of the people of the Pampas.

As for the name of the restaurant, Continue reading

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2017 LIVE AT THE GANTRIES & MORE SUMMER EVENTS

Martians landing on the oval? No, it's Pusha T!

Martians landing on the oval? No, it’s Pusha T!

Run, run, run for the roses
Quicker it opens, the sooner it closes
Man, oh, man, oh, friend of mine
All good things in all good time

EVERY June I anxiously await the performer schedule for Live at The Gantries – the Tuesday evening summer concert series at Gantry Plaza State Park.  Will the Rolling Stones, U2, or Beyonce decide to play in my backyard this year? Continue reading

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SUNNY DAYS ARE COMING, AND WITH IT…

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South?  No, just a private event

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South? Nah, just a private event

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet

When it’s 55 degrees in June it’s chilly, when it’s 55 degrees in January it’s balmy, go figure.  Either way it’s expected to warm up and get sunny in the next few days so enjoy these upcoming outdoor activities. Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PHASE 2 BACK ON TRACK?

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Adios view of the Chrysler Building?

What’s going on at the residential lots of Hunters Point South Phase 2?  For the last year absolutely nothing as the anointed developer TF Cornerstone wrangled with Amtrak and the New York Power Authority over underground rail and electrical lines – admittedly no simple feat.  Yet according to a story in Crain’s, the issues seem to have been worked out and the building plans might be back on track and starting soon.

Which brings us (once again) to the more important issue of Continue reading

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STARBUCKS IS COMING TO JACKSON AVENUE

Hey that looks crowded, why don't we put one there?

Hey things are burgeoning over there, why don’t we plop one down in the middle of it?

A Starbucks is coming to 26-14 Jackson Avenue, about one block north of the Citi Tower.  It will be the first free-standing Starbucks in Long Island City and nearby residents and workers will now have two baristas to choose from on the block, as it’s Continue reading

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