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THE LEGEND OF PARETTI HALL

So many lives

So many lives

Oh look, they're rolled out the red carpet for you

…and today you can relive them all

Gonna leave this brokedown palace
On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll

A half block north of the Queensbridge Houses, where Ravenswood abruptly turns into a warehouse and industrial zone, sits Paretti Hall.  As pictured above, it’s appearance is considerably more august than that of it’s neighbors, and it has a history to match.  Who exactly was James J. Paretti and what was his “Association” are lost to the sands of time.  In fact the building’s precise history is not fully verifiable.  So we’ll take some artistic license and piece together the snippets of others to paint a tale of intrigue in what is otherwise a non-descript area.1 Continue reading

  1. albeit one that has the requisite new 10-story hotel going up 100 feet north, but otherwise wilderness …as the hotel patrons will find out []
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MORE OPENINGS ANNOUNCED IN LIC

Nice, but not quite 5Pointz

It’s good to be king and have your own world
It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can’t run away
It’s good to be king, whatever it pays

The Black Star Bakery on 50th Avenue near Center Boulevard has opened, Indie LIC in Court Square Continue reading

VERNON GRILLE TO OPEN OCTOBER 11

A whole lotta kabobing going on this Fall, or is it kebabing?

Astoria comes to LIC!

EPHARISTO, epharisto, epharisto, Vernon Grille in Hunters Point will open on October 11 according to its owner.  A look Continue reading

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FALL RESTAURANT UPDATES IN LONG ISLAND CITY

You say kabab, I say kabob, some say kebab, but none say kebob

You say kabab, I say kabob, some say kebab, but none say kebob

Upon reading in The Court Square Blog that yet another artisanal pizza restaurant named Luzzo’s will be opening in Court Square not too far away from the newly opened Levante’s – whose owners were at one time in partnership with those of Luzzo’s, I pondered ‘What non-pizza restaurants are on the horizon locally?’ Continue reading

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THE WHOLE WORLD IS ACROSS THE RIVER FROM LONG ISLAND CITY

"That is no vision of a distant millennium"

“That is no vision of a distant millennium”

UN Week is once again upon us, and the leaders from almost every country on the planet are in New York City at the same time.  While some may gripe about the tremendous amount of traffic it causes, just keep in mind the Continue reading

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CORNELL TECHNION OPENS – HEY DON’T FORGET THE BRIDGE!

It's time for LIC to no longer be solely framed by its proximity to Midtown

It’s time for LIC to no longer be framed solely by its proximity to midtown

So, Cornell Technion opened up this week.  While the opening entailed press releases, ribbon-cutting, politicians and media attention, it should come as no surprise as it was completed right on schedule.  Of course that fact may actually be the biggest surprise of all!

Amidst the news hoopla, and there was a lot of it from all angles (see links below), was the standard local one as to how this would affect the local community adjacent to the campus: Long Island City.  All interviewees laud the potential of the proximity to the new campus, and the hyperbole is justified.  Unfortunately what they don’t realize is the huge gulf between “as the crow flies” and reality.  While a new ferry is nice, it is far from a game-changer.  The fact is that the Continue reading

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MEETINGS & VIDEOS IN/OF LIC

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Not much happening in LIC these days, unless you’re a construction worker.  Thus residents have time to attend local Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL IN LIC

Summer's end

Summer’s end

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes”

‘Back to School’ is a classic 80′s movie, worthy of multiple viewings.  Most importantly, it’s protagonist imparts a message that all those children who began the new school year today should remember after they graduate: Continue reading

DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert Continue reading

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
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MORE BABIES KEEP COMING TO LIC

Drinking in the end of summer

Drinking in the end of summer

UPON returning from summering in Marthucket, I noticed  a heretofore very pregnant woman in my building pushing around a baby carriage.  ‘Oh, yet another one joins the ranks’ I thought to myself at this inane observation.  Yes, more babies keep coming to LIC (what does that even mean?), and on a per-capita basis it probably skews a little higher than citywide and nationwide, but it’s certainly not newsworthy.  Nevertheless, like my fellow journalists in the local news trenches, occasionally I’m forced to conjure something out of nothing to go to print.  Kinda like writing about a survey that finds people in LIC want more restaurants – D’uhh!  Of course they do, but if asked whether Continue reading

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