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WHAT’S UP WITH ‘THE SANDWICH KING’ IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

"I could really use a sandwich, woof"

“I could really use a sandwich, woof”

Excellent question sir and one that’s been eating at me all summer.  Originally scheduled to open by early May according to owner Nick Giovanniello, the storefront has sat undisturbed since.  Recently though, Continue reading

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INDEPENDENCE HAS ITS VIRTUES AT LIC PHARMACIES

Scripts, organics, and ...toys

Scripts, organics, and …toys

Simple business plan "Just get'em to like me" -Josh

Simple business plan “Just get’em to like me” -Josh

Everybody wants to support their local retail merchant, but given the chance to save a few bucks most still gravitate to the lowest bidder.  One industry whose prices are basically fixed ((due to insurance, medicare, and medicaid)) is prescription drugs.  Nevertheless there’s a misconception that the chains offer lower prices than independents.  Furthermore, with the exception of some loss-leaders, many non-prescription items are actually more expensive than their local peers, CVS and Rite Aid are no bargains.  Given this background and several favorable anecdotes and endorsements by residents, I decided to profile the two independent pharmacies in Hunters Point. Continue reading

IS THAT NEWS LIC?

Is this news?

Is this news?

Welcome to this month’s version of “Is That News LIC?”

Kanga’s Indoor Playcenter opened its doors in LIC this week, is that news?  If you’re a parent of a child aged 2-6 I would say that it is, or will be once the winter begins and you’re cooped up at home in your converted one-bedroom.

If a fire burns on the industrial portion of Borden Avenue on a Saturday night, is that news?  Maybe, but definitely if you’re a firefighter groupie as the most in-depth stories plus full video are only to be found on websites like Firefighternation and Firehouse.com

The 7-Train will not be running into Manhattan every weekend in October, is that news?  ABSOLUTELY if you live in LIC!

If Gantry Plaza State Park changes it’s dog laws to allow them on the paths only instead of an outright ban, is that news?  Not if the rules in both cases go unenforced.  You show me a summons, I’ll write it up…

If a 100-person start-up based in LIC is acquired by Walmart is that news?  Yes, especially if you’re plus-sized.

If Trader Joe’s announces it is opening on Jackson Avenue in 2019 is that news? Continue reading

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CORNER BISTRO 2.0

All this and the Stones in the background

All this and the Stones in the background

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Unlike directly across the East River, nothing really newsworthy occurred in Long Island City this week and I was pretty much resigned to publishing a single post with a photo and links to others tepid news.  Then I passed the Corner Bistro, and like Wimpy I couldn’t resist popping my head in for a burger, as it’s always been a magnet for me time immemorial.  Lo and behold what did I find – the classic joint had undergone a renovation.

Furthermore signs announcing “Corner Bistro Reboot” indicated a revamped menu would commence on October 1.  So I spoke with Elizabeth McGrath, daughter of the owners of the original Corner Bistro on West 4th Street, Bill & Lorraine O’Donnell.  She told me that in addition to the traditional and current hamburger-centric offering, the LIC location would Continue reading

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LIC REAL ESTATE MANTRA: ABSORPTION, ABSORPTION, ABSORPTION

Ze cranes, ze cranes!

Ze cranes, ze cranes!

“Everyone has a plan till they get punched in the face” -Mike Tyson

When in doubt, lead with real estate is a good recipe for consistency in LIC, or at least consistently churning out copy.  Earlier in the week I noticed a post in The Court Square Blog showing a huge tower in Court Square beginning to rise.  At completion it will be 67-floors and contain 802 condo units.  Originally slated to be close to 1,000 feet tall and ~80 stories it was cut down to its current size by the FAA.

Lo and behold at a Bisnow real estate conference about Long Island City this morning, Eric Benaim the CEO of Modern Spaces stated that the units would go on sale in mid-March and the expectation was that they would all be sold over a 4-year period.  Which leaves the only question: at what price?

That is the million billion dollar question, and Continue reading

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FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD IN LONG ISLAND CITY

mm-meow

mm-mmeow

What timing, it’s Yom Kippur!

Food, glorious food!
We’re anxious to try it
Three banquets a day –
Our favourite diet!

In our last post we shared the news about the opening of Adda, an Indian restaurant, near LaGuardia College. Today NY Magazine conjectures that Adda could be the most exciting new Indian restaurant in NYC.

The 2018 Vendy Awards is next week, and the WSJ profiles one of the finalists Burmese Bites which serves their fare at Continue reading

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NEW INDIAN RESTAURANT ‘ADDA’ COMES TO LONG ISLAND CITY

fka The Dream Hotel, nka ?

fka The Dream Hotel, nka ?

A new Indian restaurant named Adda has opened in Long Island City according to Eater.  Located at 31-31 Thomson Ave across from LaGuardia College, it is owned and operated by some of the same people who ran the previous restaurant, Unicos Tacos, at the same site.  Despite that establishment’s brief tenure, this less-eclectic concept looks promising Continue reading

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THE TIDE IS HIGH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

El Malecon

El Malecon

Wish, I was back on the bayou
Rollin’ with some Cajun Queen
Wishin’ I were a fast freight train
Just a chooglin’ on down to New Orleans

IT wasn’t the wind and rain that made Hurricane Sandy so destructive to LIC and NYC, but the unusual surge of the coastal waters, which in our case meant the East River. In a small redux, we got a taste of that yesterday around 11am in Gantry Park per the photo above.  Unlike Sandy, this flooding occurred when the moon phase was not full, which traditionally causes higher tides.  Not to be alarmist, but you may want to get the rafts ready, or at least the skim boards.

//NEW music school opening in Long Island City. Continue reading

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LIC IN 2023

Where will we be in 2023?

Where will we be in 2023?

You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

If God’s a coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
Guess it’s time for the judgment day

It’s crystal ball time here at LICtalk, as we take a look at what can be expected here in Long Island City come 2023.

Packed subway cars will be the least of the mass-transit problems our logistics experts anticipate.  More worrisome will be Continue reading

SCHOOL’S UP IN LIC

Mister Softee - the final vestige of summer

Mister Softee – the final vestige of summer

What’s up in LIC? School, Continue reading

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