Category Archives: Booze

FIRE! RAPE? & NEW RESTAURANTS

Surf n Turf

The new look of the Crabhouse Long Island City

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Surf n Turf

Surf n Turf

In case you were wondering what all the smoke was coming from the northeast last night, it was a 5-alarm fire at a workshop on Queens Boulevard near the Sunnyside border which began around 7:30pm and quickly ravaged the building.  Over two hundred fire fighters were called to the conflagration, and two were seriously injured.

In case you were wondering about the police cars on the wooden promenade in Gantry Park yesterday, and the police tape cordoning off the platforms where the red chairs are, according to a post on a local Facebook site, a rape/attack allegedly occurred there Monday night around 10pm.  So far there has only been one witness who was the Facebook poster, and the victim has yet to come forward.  We tweeted out the actual post and the news of the police investigation on Tuesday, but unlike the fire above, there is nothing very tangible.  One LICtalk reader has suggested that it would be very helpful if a police sketch based on the witness’ description were circulated.

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BEER HALL COMING TO BORDEN AVENUE

Admit that the waters around you have grown

Admit that the waters around you have grown

A new beer hall is coming to the Blanchard Building on Borden Avenue according to Patrick Sweeney of Related Companies, which is the new owner of the building.  This information was buried in an article in yesterday’s New York Times about how the fashion industry has been gobbling up commercial space in LIC to the extent that it very well may become the second coming of the garment center, or actually replace it all-together.  We’re happy to mine the crumbs of this esteemed newspaper to wring a great headline1- even if unlike the NYT we can’t get a call back from Related.  We’re also very happy to have yet another tremendous beer offering coming to LIC.

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TORN ASUNDER, BIEROCRACY, & HOT TIPS

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

I can taste a cold one just looking at the pic

As the streets of Vernon Boulevard are torn asunder this summer, we got a query from a reader about the development across from the 7-trains entrances on that street.  LIC resident Andy G. asked:

Nothing has happened on the site at 49-18 Vernon Boulevard for a couple months now.  Meanwhile, it’s been a huge pain in the butt for pedestrians in the always-crowded Vernon/Jackson area.  The initial green fence wasn’t bad as it didn’t impede the sidewalk, but then it was moved outward on both streets and we’ve had street blockage—and an eyesore–for months now with no progress whatsoever.”

Though I was clueless as to why, our friends at The Court Square Blog dug for the answer and shared with Andy that they received a “Stop-Work” order from the city on May 19, and it was just partially rescinded this week.  Phew, it’s the weekend so let’s move on to the good stuff. Continue reading

QUEENS BEER WEEK AND NEW BREWERY COMING TO LIC IN MAY

They're lining up for beer even when it's not free

They’re lining up for beer even when it’s not free

Sunday, May 10 is Mother’s Day this year.  It’s also the day that Queens Beer Week begins, and to do so they are holding a kick-off party at LIC Landing on the river.  Yikes!  Which one do I attend?  Mom in suburbs, beer right here. Continue reading

THE HOT NEW NEIGHBORHOOD IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Not everyone wants there park to be waterside

Not everyone wants their parks surrounded by big towers

Hello real estate brokers of LIC, there is now a new neighborhood you need to make note of when addressing clients.  “I can get you 10% more than Court Square” when trying to rope in prospective listings, and aside hush-hush “About 10% less than Hunters Point” when persuading buyers and renters on the fence.

Ladies and Gentleman, LICtalk has officially designated the six rectangular blocks bounded by Continue reading

BIEROCRACY COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY IN DECEMBER

To the dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC, and the culinary mecca marches on.  Na Zdravi!new beginning of he dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC

To the dawn of a new place to hoist them in LIC, and the culinary mecca marches on. Na Zdravi!

The good news keeps pouring in for LIC.  The name of the beer hall coming to Jackson Avenue and 47th Road will be Bierocracy and is expected to open in December.  It will be the first Continue reading

WEEKEND GORGING IN LIC

He's coming to network, ...and drink on the East River

He’s coming to network, …and drink on the East River

Not much local news to speak about, unless you like food.  Oh you do?  And drink too, in copious amounts?  Well then, here’s a few things that may be of interest. Continue reading

ROCKAWAY BREWING COMPANY EXPANDS IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Bigger brewhouse, more fermenters, lotsa good beer

Bigger brewhouse, more fermenters, lotsa good beer

Rockaway Brewing Company has expanded its operations in LIC.  They have added a 5-barrel brewhouse to their existing 2-barrel one, which in tandem with a whole slew of new fermenters, will lead to a big increase to their current volume.  Of equal importance, they now have a lot more space than their previously cramped environs, having pushed through the wall to the adjacent building.  Their plan is to Continue reading

CAN WE ALL GET ALONG …IN HUNTERS POINT?

There is unrest in the forest There is trouble with the trees For the maples want more sunlight And the oaks ignore their pleas

No Taxation Without Representation!

There is unrest in the forest
There is trouble with the trees
For the maples want more sunlight
And the oaks ignore their pleas

Last week, the LICpost wrote two solid articles about the inability of local restaurant owners to access their backyards. Basically, there has been one long time member of Community Board 2, who due to his not wanting outdoor seating adjacent to his own back windows, has used his position on the board to block any restaurants in Hunters Point from doing so.  This is a long term battle he has waged, and you can read about the start of it back in 2003 right here.

Fast forward to 2014, and were I, The Editor, to have the power to dispense with some personal and local annoyances simply by decree, I cannot say that I wouldn’t.  Unfortunately, I’m just a lowly copy boy with a local blog.  So here is the problem as I see it: Continue reading

TRANSMITTER BREWING: OPEN FOR BUSINESS DOWN ON BORDEN AVENUE

Anthony Accardi and Rob Kohl of Transmitter Brewery

Anthony Accardi and Rob Kohl of Transmitter Brewing

“Our audience is like people who like licorice. Not everybody likes licorice, but the people who like licorice really like licorice.” – Jerry Garcia

The weekend is here, it’s time to talk beer.  Long Island City is at the forefront of the craft brewing wave.  In addition to Rockaway and Big Alice breweries, a third one has just opened off Borden Avenue, right beneath the Pulaski Bridge. Continue reading

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