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FIREWORKS BACK IN LIC IN 2017! IS LIC ACADEMY OF MUSIC DONE?

Fourth of July Central

Fourth of July Central

In ancient times,
Hundreds of years before the dawn of history
Lived a strange race of people, the Druids
No one knows who they were or what they were doing
But their legacy remains
Hewn into the living rock, of Stonehenge
Stonehenge! Where the demons dwell
Where the banshees live and they do live well
Stonehenge! Where a man’s a man
And the children dance to the Pipes of Pan
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THE MACY’S 4TH OF JULY FIREWORKS ARE RETURNING TO THE EAST RIVER IN 2017 according to a memo sent to residents of Hunters Point South this afternoon and forwarded to us by a reader.  What else is there to say except LICtalk got it first and thank you Squeaky!

//I can’t think of any word with the addendum “henge” attached that doesn’t make me envision the Stonehenge scene in Spinal TapManhattanHenge via LIC truly evinces a squeal because we have the oversized Gantries standing in for the undersized napkin-erred Stonehenge sets.  We also have a lot of amateur photographers crowding around those gantries, whose presence makes me envision something completely different.

Anyway before I get completely off topic, make sure you have film in the polaroid because Memorial Day at 8:13pm is when it all goes down for the first time, followed the next day at the same bat time, and then again on July 12 & 13 at 8:20pm.

//THE Queens Chronicle looked into the future of the LIC Academy of Music, and it appeared bleak.  They called a few instructors who work there, and it seems like the recently arrested founder was a Continue reading

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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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PS1 WARM-UP IS 20, PAUL SIMON IN LIC, BANAL NEWS, CANOPY?

The LICYSL completes it's 3rd Annual Basketball Program at PS78Q this Saturday

The LICYSL completes it’s 3rd Annual Basketball Program at PS78Q this Saturday

CONFESSION: I’ve never actually been to a MoMA PS1 Warm Up.  I’ve talked about it a lot, I’ve walked by MoMA PS1 while it’s been going on and noted the crowds, but for one feeble reason or another I have yet to actually enter the premises during showtime.  This year, in order to make up for past absences, I have decided to go whole hog and run the table by attending every session.  Best of all, in celebration of Warm Up’s 20th year, MoMA PS1 is making an offer I, and everyone else, can’t refuse: the “1998 ticket package,” which gets you all ten shows for only $981 – all that’s missing is a discounted beer flight for the season.  Anyway, while the line up has yet to be released, it is interesting to note from the article below, that the series has oodles of curators, as only a museum sponsored music show would.

//PAUL Simon walks into a non-profit art supply depot in Queens Continue reading

  1. actually, it used to be free for all LIC residents, which if it still is, makes this blurb irrelevant []

JANUARY ROOSTERS AND FEBRUARY DELIVERS

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

OH my, even with no snow there’s been a flurry of local news that’s come to pass in the last week.  To start, as always, is more residential real estate development.  There are five short articles on local slightly-off-the-radar projects – which basically means they’re under 30-stories:

6 flrs/94 units in Dutch Kills

A pair of 7-story buildings totaling 80 units in Dutch Kills

9 flrs/30 units in Queensboro Plaza

23 flrs/117 units in Queens Plaza South

15 flrs/99 units in Queensboro Plaza

While the total # of units of these five projects are fewer than say a single Rockrose tower, and while most of these projects are already accounted for in previous tallies of all the residences being added in LIC, these “infill” developments will hasten the lowering of rents in the neighborhood.  This is not solely because of the additional supply, which we’ve noted is not much in aggregate, but because of the diversity of offerings and the competitive market they’ll create – versus say the three-player oligopoly on Center Boulevard.  But who am I, the owner of a lean-to, to question the rationale of those with the ability to borrow 7-9 figure sums of OPM with zero recourse?

//UNLIKE the majority of Americans, or at least an electoral majority of them, I’m not a big fan of Mac & Cheese.  Despite attempts by many a renowned chef to doctor it up and pass it off as haute cuisine in the 21st century, my continental upbringing (aka semester abroad) inculcated me with DNA that has an aversion to pasta not served al dente, and dairy products whose Continue reading

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JESSICA LANG STUDIO A NO-GO, CRABHOUSE TIP

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

Less bull, more buffalo in 2017

THIS news is about two months old for any parent who signed up for a class, as for the rest of us it’s brand new: the Jessica Lang Dance Center that was supposed to open in LIC earlier this year, has been scrapped for it’s original location.  Per a note sent to parents on November 4:

“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have withdrawn our plans to locate at 5-39 46 th Avenue. We remain committed to our mission of opening the Jessica Lang Dance Center in Long Island City and hope to announce plans for an alternative site in the future”

Looks like all the hopeful ballerina’s, fly-girls, and other hoofers will have to find a new avocation …or location in 2017.

//CORRECTION and Update – we received a number of inbound missives Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING 2016

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

WITH the huge bag of Halloween candy still half full and the Christmas lights on Vernon Boulevard having been up for a week, Thanksgiving’s presence can seem a harried affair.  Especially given the abbreviated work-week and expectations of crowded getaways.

Nevertheless, let us take a moment to remember all we have to be thankful for in Long Island City. Short commutes.  World-class parks.  Two brand-new schools.  A soon-to-be-completed library that’s a masterpiece. Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN IN LONG ISLAND CITY – WHAT’S HOT IN 2016

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”

THOUGH it comes on the very last day of the month, as any parent knows, Halloween dominates October.  Equally all-consuming and frequently changing up to the last moment, is the decision as to what a child shall ‘be’ for the holiday.  Fortunately, this year’s hot costume is a classic: Continue reading

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FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND ON THE WATER TOO IN LIC

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

WARM weather notwithstanding, all signs point to Fall.  The days are shorter, the sun is positioned lower, and come the weekend the weather will get in line.  Of course in addition to the Autumnal Equinox officially telling us it’s so, in LIC there’s another sign: UN Week and all the police boats flashing their blue lights at night on the East River.  Yeah, we’re pretty important people to be receiving all that security.

Though I do wish Continue reading

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THE END OF AN ERA?

Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

It’s All Over Now Baby Blue  Photo courtesy of Nick McManus

You must leave now, take what you need, you think will last
But whatever you wish to keep, you better grab it fast

The group portrait above was taken at the closing of the Jeffrey Leder Gallery last week.  The event was also Continue reading

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