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The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools.  Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place.  Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.

In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction.  Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going.  Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square.  The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz.  In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018.  Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.

The words above were written here in LICtalk almost two years ago.  They are especially prescient given the specifics surrounding the current battle for seating capacity/location in local elementary schools. Continue reading

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VALENTINE THOUGHTS ON REAL ESTATE IN LIC

End Construction, hmm...

End Construction, hmm…

 

How about some local real estate data points for Valentine’s Day?  Yeah, that oughta get everyone excited.  First, The Forge, a rental building in Court Square which opened in August 2017 is 50 percent leased.  It has 272 units and was developed by the Gotham Organization and Brause Realty.  Next, Continue reading

REC CENTER PETITION OVER 500 SIGNATURES & JIMMY FALLON

Jimmy F saw the greatness,  but not the rec center

Jimmy F saw the greatness, but not the rec center

THE petition to include a community center with a pool in the Plaxall rezoning has surpassed its goal of 500 signatures.  That’s 500+ residents of Hunters Point who now await the final decision by the city like a child waits for Christmas morning.

Nevertheless as mentioned last week, the expense to include this much needed facility for the community is negligible.  Cut 10% of the whopping 300k square feet allocated to light industrial and reclaim 20k sq ft. of now redundant resident-only gym space from the new residential towers, and bingo: a 50k sq ft. rec center with more than enough room for a pool, gym, studios, etc.  Throw in that the build-out on a massive project should be benefiting from tremendous economies of scale, and both the real estate and cash costs are greatly reduced.

In light of this may our elected officials put aside their priorities and consider those of the locals in this not unreasonable request.

//HEY, did you watch the Pepsi halftime show during this year’s SuperBowl?  If so then you couldn’t miss the opening Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2018 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

LIC now has a Restaurant Row, or corner anyway

LIC now has a Restaurant Row, or corner anyway

Last year’s ‘it’ food was poke, which came and left Long Island City with barely a trace. Crabs have vanished too.  In previous years I speculated baby food and roadkill might gain traction in LIC.  2018 looks to be Continue reading

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HI SCHOOL? BRIDGE TOLLS? XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS COMING TO LIC!

The Bridge to Nowhere

No toll, but where are we heading?

It’s deja vu all over again when it comes to schools in Hunters Point.  Over half-a-decade ago, which in LIC-years is two generations, LICtalk wrote about similar capacity crises, and then again in 2015 (aka one-generation past).  The calculations back then turned out to be not as drastic, partly because the powers-that-be instituted some fairly obvious solutions – but not before riling up the parent base.  It all (sorta) worked out in the end, and will probably do likewise this time – but not before riling up the next generation of parents.  Nevertheless when the furor dies down, maybe we should take some advice from the latter article and funnel the energy into what’s next and not-too-far-away: high school.  A very wise local mother has wondered why NYC hasn’t expanded capacity of it’s elite-8 (Stuyvesant/Bronx Sci etc.) despite tremendous growth in the student population over the years?  Furthermore, having noticed LIC’s growth and desire-to-be-on-the-cutting-edge, or the cusp of it anyway, she asks might there be a chance to locate one here?  Technion High anyone?

//DON’T be fooled, were congestion pricing to be enacted you very well could pay to cross the Queensboro Bridge were you to use it both there and back no matter which direction you head upon arriving in Manhattan.  That is because Continue reading

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PETITION, LETTER, & NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INCUBATION

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Down by the river

While I wrote recently that I might expound on the rationale for adding a rec center in Hunters Point, I’ve decided I would provide an excerpt that I wrote to Robert Dobruskin, the director in the NYC Planning Dept. who is collecting community comments on the Anable Basin rezoning.  The excerpt is below.  More importantly, if you haven’t already please sign the petition being circulated to bring a community center to Hunters Point.

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//YESTERDAY the little information fairies were asked to distribute a memorandum to their parents announcing a meeting about a new District Elementary School to be incubated in Long Island City in the Continue reading

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A MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN IN HUNTERS POINT

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here.

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here now

A movement has begun for a Rec Center in Hunters Point.  Spearheaded by Brent O’Leary, President of the Hunters Point Civic Association, and Eric Malinowski, a local father of two, the tandem, with backing from several other neighborhood organizations, has created an online petition calling for a recreation center to be included in any large development granted a rezoning or variance (Aka #1 Anable Basin; #2 Water’s Edge).  The petition cites many Continue reading

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SHOW PALACE DENUDED, QUEENSBRIDGE HOUSES VERMINIZED

Ridin' that train...

There’s a train now entering the Hunters Point Avenue station?

Show Palace strip club, located on 21st St. across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge was closed down Friday night by the NYPD in light of prostitution allegations according to The Daily News.  No surprise there, but locals may be disappointed because now they will have to order their beef tenderloin, nachos supreme, and cheesecake from somewhere else this Superbowl.  Nearby, a family living in the Queensbridge Houses Continue reading

KIDS HIP-HOP CLASS(ES) COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

Coming soon to your town

Coming soon to your town

Were you upset that the Jessica Lang Dance Studio never came to fruition in Long Island City?  Well here’s a substitute Continue reading

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GYMNASTICS IS LIFE, IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND BEYOND

Coach Ken on the right, doing what he loves

Coach Ken on the right, doing what he loves

Sometimes I write stories that I know are more derivative of LIC than the usual drivel I scratch out. That’s my prerogative and this is one of those stories.  In researching it I learned a lot more than the original subject matter.

Distance-wise, Long Island City High School is about as far as one can be from the location of the average LICtalk reader and still technically be in Long Island City.  From a socio-economic perspective, that span is equally large.

Nevertheless the actual distance is only 1.8 miles as the crow flies.  Likewise, the dreams of the kids who attend that high school are not too dissimilar from those of our own kids. Continue reading

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