Category Archives: Business

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 CONDOS STILL SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES IN LIC

5Pointz about to cast its 40+ story shadow on Iglesia de Cristo and Murray Park, and the benefits are?

5Pointz about to cast its dual 40+ story shadows on Iglesia de Cristo and Murray Park, and the benefits are?

ACCORDING to an article this weekend in Crain’s, The Harrison, a 27-story/120-unit condominium in Court Square, is 60% sold despite the fact that it won’t be completed until June, and thus doesn’t even have a model apartment to exhibit.  In addition, the article mentions that all 33 condos in The Marx are sold.

The latter building is located on the Astoria/LIC border across the street from the Kaufman Studios.  Heretofore I’d refer to this as a no-man’s land, yet Continue reading

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MORE CHANGES COMING TO VERNON BLVD & MORE TACOS

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

HUNTERS Point Dental will be moving to new and bigger offices at the base of One Vernon Jackson.  This prime new location, on Vernon Boulevard just south of Cafe Henri, has been vacant since the building’s construction in 2010.  Moreover, HP Dental’s previous home three storefronts north of Dorian’s Diner (49-13 Vernon Boulevard), will now be open to a new tenant for the first time in 32 years! Continue reading

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VERNON BOULEVARD: THE NEW LOOKS FOR 2017

 

Side-by-side deli's - what's better?

Side-by-side deli’s – what’s better?

San Remo No mo'

San Remo No mo’

8-year itch!

8-year itch!

 

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Commerce never sleeps, and despite it being the holiday season there is no respite from change along Vernon Boulevard.  Four addresses along the heavily trafficked southern portion have seen new activity during the latter half of December.

First of all, the Butcher Deli installed a new facade, indicating that the Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2016 – HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Creating the Canyon of Heroes

Creating the Canyon of Heroes

“Since the 1920′s, city planners have dreamed of transforming Long Island City into a major urban center just five minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan on the Queens bank of the East River. In September, the City Planning Commission will vote on proposed zoning changes that would make the dream possible.”

BY “September,” we’re talking 1995, which was when the opening paragraph above was written in an article in The New York Times.  These zoning changes combined with additional ones made to Court Square/Queens Plaza in 2001, were the starting point of the march to what Long Island City is today.

Like many things, it took a little longer to play out, but the end results were also much, much bigger than anticipated.

In Hunters Point, the edict above led to Continue reading

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BUSINESS, ALL BUSINESS IN LONG ISLAND CITY

If you can't be in Nusco, LIC ain't too bad

If you can’t be in Nusco, LIC in Fall ain’t too bad

DO you like the new look of the LICtalk website?  Yeah, we figured it was long overdue for an aesthetic makeover, especially since we can’t do anything about the writing.

The tale of how we created the Gantry icon with LIC TALK embedded some may find interesting.  Basically, I snapped a photo of the gantries, paid $30 via a 3rd party site to a recently graduated computer engineer in Sri Lanka named Chathuranga, messaged what I was looking to do, and after some back ‘n forth to get it perfect, voila!1

Furthermore, since a formal business deal has been matriculated between Chathuranga and myself, I am now one of the 4,000 invitees to his wedding in April.  Best of all, my banker at Goldman says the updated site is now worth 50% more than it’s previous value of $8.73.  50%?  Wow that’s some return on my investment, I should be running a major corporation!

//IT’S all business today, and while we’re on the topic, Continue reading

  1. To be more specific, I searched thru a site called Fiverr.com for someone who could do Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.  It took me two or three requests w/ other providers before Chathuranga, whose handle is blux_tt on Fiverr, agreed to take on the gig.  We then negotiated a price and delivery time and I sent him the photofile. A day later came the first draft, the next day the second one, then another day of back and forth leading to 6-7 fairly simple revisions []
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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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LONG ISLAND CITY’S FORTUNE COOKIE KING

 

Where might this Dickensian factory reside?

The destiny of the country is determined here

The weekend is here, let’s dispense with the heavy topics of real estate and affordable housing and script a nice puff piece.  Did you know that Long Island City is home to the largest fortune cookie factory in the United States? 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

MANHATTAN FRUITIER – AN LIC BASED GIFT BASKET SENDER

Manhattan Fruitier is not just fruit.  Think meats, cheeses, cakes, cookies, candy...

Manhattan Fruitier is not just fruit. Think meats, cheeses, cakes, cookies, candy…

Today we bring you another installment of “A Peek Inside the Big Warehouse Buildings of Long Island City” as we venture down to Borden Avenue to visit Manhattan Fruitier.  This business, a purveyor of fresh fruit and gourmet gift baskets, was started by Jehv Gold back in 1987, and moved from Manhattan to LIC about two years ago. Their space is a big open one about half a football field in size.  Most of the year it is sparsely staffed with about 15 workers, but come the holidays it explodes into action, as the number of employees quintuples in order to keep this well oiled machine running smoothly.

Now to be honest, my first thought upon receiving most gift baskets from say, Harry & David, is “Ughh, this thing looks really expensive but tastes really mediocre.”  But what else would one expect from a company that was pillaged by private equity and then thrown into bankruptcy?  Harry and David are long, long gone, and the company has changed hands three times since the brothers sold the business to RJR Nabisco in 1986.  Despair not, because Manhattan Fruitier elevates the gift basket to a much higher level.  Jehv prides himself on finding the highest quality and tastiest products out there.  Ten years ago a lot of those products came from Europe, but in accordance with today’s thinking, most of it is sourced from the local food movement, as the company strives to support small-scale, hand-crafted food artisans whenever possible.

Check out the website below for details on all the great the vendors, and give the hometown business a try.  Manhattan Fruitier hand delivers gifts in the NYC area, and ships nationwide.  So make your clients and friends happy this year, instead of just content.  While you’re at it, send a gift basket to yourself, because it’s always best to give and receive.

Manhattan Fruitier - local, fresh, and personalized

7 Trains Delayed Due to Signal Problemsand now you know why

LIC Hotel Breaks Ground - yet another hotel comes to the Queensboro Plaza area.  This one will be a Crowne Plaza, 11-stories high, w/ 224 rooms.  Looks like an Asian developer.

NYPD Officer, Mother of 2, Killed in Queensboro Bridge Crash

Call for Safety Review at Queensboro Bridge - JVB, Gianaris etc. say the exit ramp is unsafe

Western Queens Has It All for the Holidaysin addition to all these retail options, think also of LIC’s online presence for your presents: Manhattan Fruitier and IpodMeister

Startup Siblings Become Accidental Entrepreneursone of whom happens to be the co-founder of LIC’s Songza

 

 

 

 

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