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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 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






Could be like the garage in which Hewlett Packard was founded

Palo Alto had Hewlett Packard’s one-car garage, might this be LIC’s version?

Guess what, we’ve got another major corporation that calls LIC home.  It’s GoIndieTV, a distribution platform for independent artists and filmmakers who don’t want to get lost in the clutter of Youtube and Vimeo.  Ok, maybe it really only consists of four employees working from their homes, but it’s emblematic of a large entrepreneurial swath of young America that these days makes a living out of the ether.  Furthermore, it’s exactly the type of disruptional technology helping the Cord-Cutters and Cord-Nevers eliminate paying for cable.  In tandem with another local business, Aereo, one would not be mistaken for thinking that LIC is at the forefront of this industry.

Co-founded by Gregg Cannizzaro, a former E-network veteran and long time Queens local, the website launched in March after being assembled for over two years.  Three out of the four members live and work in the building above, which according to another partner, Erika Santos “Has been in Gregg’s family for like 100 years.”  Another LIC tie that Gregg has, is as an investor in Open Door restaurant, where he can be found on many evenings.  The final question we posed to Erika about GoIndieTV, is “Do you allow nudity?” She responded “A little boob ‘n cheek, but nothing too graphic.”  So for being a good sport, here’s a plug for the site.  Check it out at:

Subway Tunnel Search Underway for Missing Autistic Boy14-year old autistic boy was last seen leaving the Center Boulevard High School on 51st Ave. at 12:30 pm on Friday.  Police have been handing out flyers in our neighborhood, see pic in story.

Landowners Look to Double Their Money in LICreal estate speculation in LIC?  No, couldn’t be.  Check out the lot here.

Queens 5Pointz is a Cultural Institution That Must Be Savedain’t gonna happen, but interesting editorial.


Look at how green that water is.  You'd think it were St. Patrick's Day in LIC

Look at how green that water is. You’d think it were St. Patty’s Day in LIC!

Snooze Alert – My candidness will keep me in penury.  I mean, how am I supposed to sell news with a headline like the one above and then a warning to readers that I don’t have anything very interesting to tell them?  Simple, by keeping it short.  Let’s share a few local activities and then get right to the news.

We are excited to announce the launching of SOUL Karate with our first offering of classes beginning October 16 in Long Island City!Please visit to check out the class descriptions, instructor bio, registration information, and more. Feel free to leave comments, or questions on the page…your feedback is appreciated!  The LIC Fall 2013 session will be 9 weekly classes running on Wednesdays from October 16 through December 18 at the New York Irish Center located at 1040 Jackson Avenue.

On Tuesday 15 October at 4pm, the LIC Community Garden will be launching its Little Free Library.  Little Free Libraries are local community based and run book exchanges, that are springing up all over the world, from Perth, Australia to Anchorage, Alaska, and everywhere in between.  You can find out more about Little Free Libraries at littlefreelibrary.orgThe Community Garden’s Library will be themed around children’s books.

Teen Skateboarder Dies after Falling Underneath a Truck18-year old from Sunnyside

Garde Robe: High End Clothes Storage - the NYT writes up a local biz that charges more to store your clothes than it costs to rent an apartment in LIC. 

$18 Day Pass for The Cliffs at Long Island CityGrand Opening Saturday, October 5th

Ravel Hotel Plans $10 Million Expansionit’ll have an ice rink.  Check out these pics!

Rockrose, M Wells Beef Up Court Square Foodie Credthe restaurant will supposedly be the attraction that brings renters to the thousands of new apartments they’re building

Long Island City Is Having a Moment  – this guy’s a little late to the party, see the opening sentence.  The rest pretty much reads as a love letter to Justin Elghanayan and Rockrose, like he was so smitten just to get an interview.

Renters Start Your Engines: Apartments Are Scarce and The Competition is Fiercethis guy needs to subscribe to LICtalk.  He is so three months ago!

Developer Shows Off Star of the New LICmore on the new amenities by TF Cornerstone


Yup, didn't miss much here

Yup, didn’t miss much here

Did you hear how the worldwide markets rallied this week after the prior weeks big sell-off due to you-know-who’s opening his mouth?  I can’t solely credit my assuaging global travels, …but you can.  Now, now, I know what you’re thinking, “Why must we share you with the rest of the world?”  To which the only response I can give, is to be thankful we are fortunate enough to live in Long Island City, …the home of the world’s greatest website.

Ok, what did I miss in LIC news? Umm …ahh …lots of headlines, but nothing really significant.  As it’s the weekend, three local events to note:

PS1 MoMA Warm-Up Series begins this Saturdayhere’s my description of last year’s first session:

Despite the oppressive heat, the swarms immersed Court Square like the Deadheads used to do when the band played small cities such as Harrisburg and Utica.  In lieu of tie-dyes, Saturdays’ participants sported lots of piercings and ink, but today’s genre seemed just as well-versed in “augmenting” the experience.  Whatever your musical tastes might be, the Series attracts people from all over the world and it’s pretty awesome to have this event linked to our small city!

Jamesons Revenge, Saturday night at the Irish Center, 8:30pm – a band w/ a name like this, would probably be insulted by my calling this event a little more “restrained” than the Warm-Up

Citylights Summer Arts Festival – Sunday 11-4, Hoo-boy, those Queens rubes, you can probably pick up a Picasso for $50!

Scene Last NightBloomberg puts it’s society spin on the PS1 installation opening.  Nothing like the Warm-Up: champagne for all, everyone kept their clothes on

Zoning For Hunters Point Middle School Could Include Sunnyside Studentsthe 21st Century battle over busing

JetBlue Works For LICall I want is peanuts on my flight

LIC Industrial Sells For $5 million - more condos on the way?

Tony Vaccaro, An Incredible Life in Photographyfamous local photographer has been here since ’72

5Pointz Compromise Met With Skepticismare you kidding?  This is waaay better than a few outta the way walls in some generic high rise.

Plans Filed For 22-22 Jacksonsuper cool building might be coming adjacent to 5Pointz

Stalled Office to Residential Building Now Leasing Near Queens Plaza

Long Island City, Manhattan’s Cooler Neighbouryou got that right!

Queens, the New Frontier for a Brooklyn Bloggerfrontier?

Irish Language Thriving in LICafter a few pints anyway




A lot of changes coming, but there's still the Crabhouse

Here’s a real old-timer in the neighborhood

Yessirree, this town is humming!  There is a ton of news to report, some of it new, some of it not so new.  As is frequently the case, real estate tops the list.  TF Cornerstone’s latest rental, an 820-unit amenity filled behemoth, has already leased 160 apartments without blinking.  Lucky residents will be able to avail themselves of bbq grills and cabanas, tennis and volleyball courts, jungle gyms and dog runs, and for Bill Murray there is even a pond!  Also, two new moderate sized buildings have been announced: a hotel on 21st Street south of the bridge, and a residential conversion by Queensboro Plaza.  Finally, if you want to read the latest on the Elghanayan split(the family that basically owns every deluxe residential property in LIC), then we’ve got it here.  Net-net: when it comes to family and money, Thanksgiving and Passover will never be the same.

Moving on from real estate, there is no better way to do it than via bike.  There’s a great story below that gives you all the details on biking and bike paths in Queens.  And did you know there’s a Tour de Queens?  In the kids with cake department, LIC Kids is throwing a party this Sunday …can you believe they’ve been open for six years already?  They’re practically old-timers!  Finally, LIC makes the Daily News’ Top-10 people watching list.  With a record 12 links to pass on today, that honor is really just icing on the cake.

In Queens, The Newest Amenity Is Up On The Roofall about the amenities on the new TF’ building, these days they seem to be de rigeur

New Loan Allows New Residential Conversionoh so that’s how RE works

Hotel To Rise At 21st Street and 44th Avenueat only four stories, I doubt there’ll be many amenities

5Pointz Owner Meets With Criticism On New Buildingand the design plan shows lotsa amenities

Family Nears Final Piece of Property DivorceElghanayan story.  Could they just peel off a single condo for me?  Just one? (LICtalk internet tip: type the name of this article into search engine to get around firewall)

Christine Quinn Pledges New Tech Hub In LIChow about you finish Shady Park first, then we can talk about bigger plans

New School Plans For Success Academy UnsuccessfulI’m not so sure this is the end of the matter by any means

Bicyclists Hit The Road All Across The Borough - just in time for summer

Tour de QueensSunday July 7th, 19 miles long, it’s only $20 bucks.  No doping  …err dopes allowed

LIC Kids Is Turning 6 Years Old and Throwing a Free Birthday Partyan institution in the ‘hood

LIC Museum To House Muppet GalleryLeonard Lauder donates 33 Picassos and 45 other cubist paintings to the Met last month(boring!), and we get 400 items from the estate of Jim Henson.  You tell me which borough is the predominant cultural home …of the 21st century!

The 10 Best Neighborhoods in New York For People Watchingumm, this must be in no particular order, because LIC is #9 and Times Square is #3


Long Island City: the melding of business and art

Long Island City: the melding of art and business

In case you missed it, 3-D printing seems to the buzzword of the month.  Numerous articles have been written about it the last few weeks, and a controversy has even been ignited as to how to regulate 3-D printed guns.  Now as everyone who regularly reads this website knows, LIC has recently attracted one of the largest and most innovative 3-d printshops: Shapeways.  This should come as no surprise as we also are the home to last month’s controversial and hot business: Aereo, which allows you to bypass cable and watch television online(if you haven’t been reading this site, just do a google news search on them).  In addition, Songza, an online streaming service similar to Pandora, has been making waves all year in the music business.  Can you guess where their world headquarters is?

What may come as a surprise to many readers, is that there is a block long stretch in Long Island City that houses over 150 artists studios.  This weekend they will all be open to visitors during LICAO.  Who needs to brave the touristy crowds in Chelsea or Soho(do they even have galleries anymore?) to see great art?  If you live in LIC you can live and breathe it.

Now, tying the cutting edge art and business theme together, comes news that a real estate developer is building the first ground-up, art storage facility in New York right here in LIC(no matter how hard we try, we just can’t get away from real estate). Wow, so this means that someone like me can have Shapeways make a 3-D printing of  both Michelangelo’s David and Rodin’s Thinker, store one at the new facility, and rotate it seasonally with the other one in my studio …apartment.

The 2013 LIC Arts Open 5 day festival starts today – May 15th – May 19th.

The festival this year has many new exhibitions and a lineup of performing artists.

Saturday & Sunday from Noon to 6:00 PM are the Open Studios days .

You can visit over 150 private Artist’s studios within the blockof22nd St. Between 44 & 43 Ave.

LICAO Brochurecheck out all the activities and locations here

Shapeways Is Reinventing the Factoryright here in LIC

Exploring The Artsy Side of 3-D Printingtalk about coming full circle

Hundreds of Artists to Participate in 3rd Annual LICAOLICtalk tip: take a flask!

Songza Racks 6 million Installs and Starts to Make Presence Feltthey also just received a new round of financing

Builder Is Bullish On NYC’s Fine Art Storage Marketnow you can have your Rembrandts and Picasso’s stored closer to you


Coming Soon: large apartments with unparalleled views

Coming Soon: large apartments with unparalleled views

Last week, an organization named Bisnow held a real estate event entitled “The Future of Long Island City.”  Per the photos, it looked like your standard networking scene: suits ‘n ties, coffee and donuts, Jimmy Van Bramer.  Furthermore, seeing as how it came exactly one week after the LIC Partnership’s Real Estate breakfast, one would think there wasn’t much new to say on the topic.  Au contraire.  So here is LICtalk’s Top 10 comments from this blowout, in no particular order, plus our spin on them.

1.  Jimmy Van Bramer wants ferry to also dock further north in LIC.  Good idea …oh wait, that would bring more traffic to the area, I just don’t know.

2.  Jimmy Van Bramer says that Woodside is the geographic center of NYC, thus logically Manhattan is the real outer borough.  Yup, everybody’s getting on my bandwagon.  Here’s where I called Manhattanites the real bridge and tunnel people.

3.  Andrew Nimmer of TheLocalHostels mentions his new hostel coming to LIC in the fall.  Hostel is french for orgy.

4.  Al Holloman of CBRE says that 5-33 48th Avenue is slated to be medical offices, restaurants, and retail.  Hmm, I heard a boutique hotel and steakhouse, but by the time it’s finished I would recommend condos. 

5.  One expert called LIC “the best place in NYC to be under 5 years old.”  Gosh, I didn’t realize that everyone in the NYC real estate world was reading my website.

6.  Eric Benaim says that it seems like everyone moved to LIC five years ago and all decided to procreate.  Or as I like to think, LIC is the breeding ground for yuppies.

7.  Per the developer, 40% of the first two Hunters Point South towers will be two-bedrooms or larger.  You just need to work less to qualify.

8.  Justin Elghanayan of Rockrose says that when they first started leasing 5 plus years ago, the average renter was 26 years old.  Today that number is 32.  LIC For Life?

9.  Winick Realty’s Hal Shapiro, the leasing agent on the Lightstone retail space(adjacent to The Powerhouse), is hoping for a gourmet market and a coffee shop.  Uhh, didn’t Eric Benaim let the cat out of the bag the week before that we’re getting a supermarket? 

10.  Christie Brinkley and Billy Joel held their wedding reception at LIC’s Waters Edge, the site of Bisnow’s confab, back in 1985!  Ok, this is one from the past, but I think we’ve come full circle. Nobody has a better line on celebrities in LIC than LICtalk.  Whether they be Blake Lively, Tom and Gisele, or the New York Mets.

So, what’s the main takeaway from this top ten list?  LICtalk is in the thick of it when it comes to Long Island City real estate.  More importantly, we tell you what is going to happen in the future, so stay tuned…

What Is This, Europe? - Bisnow’s full article on their LIC event last Thursday

LIC Flea and Food To Open In Junenot much new on this

New LIC Condo Five27 Quietly Goes Up for Salesome Russian oligarch will probably buy it and turn into a one family home, for his daughter.

Mt. Sinai Queens in LIC is Expanding$113 million expansion will create new 5-story modern facility w/ more emergency and operating rooms


Gotta Whole Lotta News

Gotta Whole Lotta News

Lotsa LIC news coming your way

That’s all we got today

It pretty much confirms what I have been saying the last year

So let’s do some stream of consciousness do ya hear?

Court Square Boom Now In Session  – yeah we know already, but Sage General Store now open for dinner, and might have liquor soon

New LIC Condo The Bindery Launches Salestotals 20 units, but none 3-bdrms

Powerhouse: 22 Sponsor-held Occupied Apartments Bulk Salesome plutocrat will probably buy them all and combine them “For 16 milion it’s a bargain!”

NJ Condo Market Heats Up As Demand Surgesalot of parallels between LIC and the Jersey Coast, even though I hate to admit it

New Farmer’s Markets Looking to Fill Hunters Point’s Hunger For Producenotice the plural “Market’s”; 2 Farmer’s and a FleaMarket, too much?

LIC Hotspot Alobar Vies For Outdoor Seatinglooking to open up backyard

$10,000 Grant to Shady Parktrees or awnings, that is the question

FreshDirect Facing Fight From Bronx Residentsmight not be leaving LIC so quickly

Aereo Has TV Networks Circling Wagonsheavy hitters in the media world not so happy about LIC upstart

7-Train Extension to NJ Still Weighed by Cityshould we, shouldn’t we, a lot of wrangling over a two-river crossing


Down on the LIC farm?  Nope, just spring cleaning.

Down on the LIC farm? Nope, just spring cleaning.

I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield,
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
Down by the riverside
I’m gonna lay down my sword and shield,
Down by the riverside
Ain’t gonna study war no more

Back in the 60′s, a happening on the river usually was for some righteous cause.  Fast forward 40-50 years and we get unbridled consumption with a small nod to altruism.  That’s right folks, as if everything that I have been writing about the spectacular emergence of Long Island City wasn’t enough, now comes word that the famous Brooklyn Flea Market is coming here in June.  We are happy to be the first to report that it will be located on 46th Avenue and 5th Street, and will have a large Smorgasburg component to it.  That way you can eat a slow-cooked line-caught porgy pupusa slathered in homemade pickled wormjam, and drink an iced-chai-latte made with unpasteurized llama milk and tea leaves picked by a remote Himalayan tribe provided with access to the Mayo Clinic and a full pension at age 45, before you pay $2,600 for an art-deco foot stool replica.  No really, after this arrival, will there be any need to ever leave LIC???

What else new is happening in the neighborhood?  Alot of new building everywhere.  I hear that the first 11 floors of the third and soon-to-be completed TF Cornerstone building have already been leased, and the first eight floors on the fourth final building have been built.  Also, two notes from Jimmy Van Bramer’s office 1) He procured $10,000 for new trees in Shady Park and 2) They plan to open a Greenmarket on Vernon Blvd. and 48th Avenue “GrowNYC will be working with the LIC YMCA to recruit and train teens from LIC to operate the Youthmarket, a program of GrowNYC.  The proposed market would operate on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm from July 13th until November 23rd.”

Finally we come to schools, specifically PS78 and kindergarten.  LICtalk is holding off on writing anything in order to not disrupt the current channels of communication now occurring.  But for those interested, there are two items you should know about.  First is a meeting being held this Wednesday, April 10th, at 7pm in the Riverview Avalon building(south) lounge regarding transportation options to St. Stans in Greenpoint.  The second is the link to a New York Times Q&A with Robert Sanft, the chief executive of the Office of Student Enrollment in the city’s Education Department, which is open for questions right now!

LIC Fleait’s arrival to these shores is confirmation of LIC’s predominance in the world

LIC Flea Coming to LIC in June

How Do I Get My Child Intothis is an open solicitation for questions to Robert Sanft, CEO of the Office of Student Enrollment In the DOE

Sweetleaf’s New LIC Location Puts the Bar in Coffeebara review

LIC Artist Turns to Nature For Inspirationhas been in the ‘hood for 20 years

Landscapes Of Industrial Life in LIC - from an artist who left awhile ago

Spring Style In LICa video from the NYT

Adam David Custom Obtains Production Facility in LICanother biz moves to LIC

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