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2017 MoMA PS1 WARM-UP ACTS ANNOUNCED & ANTHONY BOURDAIN

Here's all the local food I need

Who needs to explore?  This says summer in Queens is here

Nothing brings on thoughts of summer in LIC to a greater extent than the announcement of the location for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks.  But that’s been delayed, so we’ll have to go with highly anticipated summer notification #2: the MoMA PS1 Warm-up musical line-up.  What I love most about this announcement is that unlike the fireworks, for which there’s an actual press conference attended by the likes of NY1 and WPIX, it completely bypasses mainstream media and Continue reading

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LIC ACADEMY OF MUSIC FOUNDER ARRESTED FOR SEX TRAFFICKING

Busted in LIC

Busted in LIC!

ACCORDING to a gazillion news reports, Oliver Sohngen, the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music, was arrested this morning for allegedly dallying and or attempting to do so with young girls between the ages of 8 and 17 years old.  The Academy, located in the LIC Arts Center on 23rd Street near 44th Drive, offers kids music classes in everything from voice to vibraphone, as well as theater, songwriting, and a panoply of different instruments.  Their website lists faculty from Juilliard, Mannes Berklee, and Bard, and the school has been in existence for a decade.  Many children from the neighborhood received their introduction to guitar, piano, and violin at the school.

Sohngen is said to be 52 years old and originally from Germany.  You can read more about the specifics of the charges in the links below.

//IN the LIC is the ‘Center of the Universe’ category, a new proposal has been put forth for Sunnyside Yards, that would transform it into a major new transit hub, and eliminate Penn Station for all intensive purposes. Continue reading

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG 2017

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Obligatory spring photo w/ blooming flowers and classic midtown skyline

We mothballed this tired title last year after using it for four in a row, so I guess that makes it a Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY CHOSEN AS ‘CENTER OF UNIVERSE’

We are the  world, We are the children... LIC...

We are the world, We are the children…

One would think that Long Island City was the ‘center of the universe’ based on all the coverage it received in The New York Times this past weekend.  Of course that’s an honorific LICtalk has repeatedly been bestowing on this town since we began publication, 160 years after the ‘Gray Lady’.  Despite the Times incumbency, we were able to wrest the scoop of a book store coming to Court Square from a lengthy piece on the neighborhood it put out a day later.  That article detailed the tremendous growth the neighborhood is experiencing, something we’ve been writing about ad nauseam for well over a year.  The main difference in the two publications is that we don’t get drop-of-a-hat access to anyone named Elghanayan nor do we get exclusive scoops dropped in our lap – we have to fight for every scrap.  Other than that I’d say we’re identical in every way, ex a few Pulitzers.

One recurring date on which we refer to LIC as the ‘center of the universe,’ is the Fourth of July. Continue reading

BOOK STORE COMING TO COURT SQUARE

Somewhere in there, will lie a book store

Somewhere in that sea of concrete, will lie a book store

“The books are to remind us what asses and fool we are. They’re Caeser’s praetorian guard, whispering as the parade roars down the avenue, “Remember, Caeser, thou art mortal.”

UPDATE: May 5, 11:30am – the NYT has just reported that “Book Culture, which has several Manhattan locations, has leased a 2,300-square-foot space at 26-09 Jackson” from Rockrose

Who says hard copy is dead? Not Rockrose.  Who says retail is dead?  Not Rockrose.  Today at a Queens real estate event held by Bisnow, Rockrose SVP Patricia Dunphy announced that the developer will be leasing space to a book store in Court Square.  While Patricia was coy as to which book store1, I’m going to make a few assumptions.  The first is that it will be located in The Hayden, their new mega-tower on Jackson Avenue.  Secondly it will open by the end of the year at the latest – because unlike a restaurant, the buildout should be fairly easy.

What other tidbits were shared at the Bisnow event? Continue reading

  1. eg. Barnes & Noble, independent – I think those are all the choices in 2017 []
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FATAL SHOOTING AND LIBRARY DELAYS IN LIC

Law & Order

Law & Order

WHAT a day in LIC.  It started early this morning at the Queensboro Correctional Facility where a guard who worked there ran down the street firing shots at her ex-boyfriend before turning the gun on herself.  Due to bullets splaying all over the place and the eventual dramatic suicide, the story was widely reported on by NYC media within hours of its occurring.

More interesting to local readers, is a) the existence of this prison, and b) its location.  The latter can best Continue reading

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THE DOWNSIDE OF GENTRIFICATION IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Making Deep Purple Proud

Making Deep Purple Proud

THE New York Times is out today with a story on the emptying out of the Blanchard and Paragon buildings on Borden Avenue, in order to make way for higher-paying office tenants.  Whole businesses are vacating the premises, typified by the protagonist of the story, a furniture upholsterer who is leaving for Long Island.  LICtalk has previously profiled two businesses in the Blanchard.  The first BklynBooks (aka iPodMeister) was mentioned in the Times story, and is moving to Paterson, NJ.  The second, Manhattan Fruitier, has moved a little further east to the LIC/Sunnyside border.  Prophetically, the owner of the latter sent me this quote when I asked him about the sale of the building a year ago: Continue reading

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NEW LIC NEWS

The new Long Island City promotional photo and spokesperson

The new Long Island City promotional photo and spokesperson

I’d like to say that nothing happened in LIC during my two week absence, because that would be the truth.  But I’m in the ink moving business, have lots of other things to catch up on, and the truth is Continue reading

EGGS AND FLEAS AND RENTALS AND FLEES

Bunnies big and small

Bunnies big and small

From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

THE stories of the week are the stories of life.  Yes I am making that profound statement, despite its only having a filigree of connection at best.  Though aren’t egg hunts, food festivals posing as flea markets, and real estate a suitable analogy for the basic necessities of LIC in 2017?

Anyway, for those not leaving town, the LIC Flea begins this Saturday.  You know the deal, what began several years ago as a market of goods, is now predominantly gourmet food stalls and craft beer.  Nothing wrong with that!  Moreover as the beer swilling continues it helps to grease the wheels of an egg hunt of sorts for adults. Capisce?

//I don’t know what’s more highly anticipated, the Annual Trinity Grace Church Queens Easter Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, or the registration for it?  Either way, Continue reading

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NEW BARBER, ELKS DEMOLISHED, TOM CAT BAKERY UPDATE Y MAS

Oh, my husband could use a cut

Oh, my husband could use a cut

One of the good things about living in a multicultural borough, and writing for a backwater little-read publication, is the liberties one can take with language.  Take the headline above, I was one letter over the maximum that Google search allows for a headline and fretting over what to eliminate, when I realized I could change “& More” to “Y Mas” and it would easily be acceptable to the enlightened readers I cultivate.  It’s a fitting tribute and bridge to the embattled workers at Tom Cat Bakery, who are predominantly Hispanic.  Plus I think it allows me to write off my Spring Break trip to Cancun as a continuing education expense in Spanglish.

Anyway, according to The Daily News, the Department of Homeland Security audit at Tom Cat was Continue reading

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