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LONG ISLAND CITY 2017 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Waiting for the Mothership to land

Opening a restaurant in NYC is a tough business, and the road to profitably is even tougher these days.  Maybe that’s why there was a paucity of notable restaurant openings and announcements in LIC in 2016.  In addition, there are a number of prominent restaurant spaces that remain vacant, most notably the city-facing corner location in the Hunters Point Commons building on Center Boulevard, the “Prime Retail Space” at the corner of 1 Vernon Jackson , and The Bread Box on 11th Street.  Thus this year we have decided to include any establishment that allows imbibing on premises in our round-up, because who needs food?

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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“Due to unforeseen circumstances, we have withdrawn our plans to locate at 5-39 46 th Avenue.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.

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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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WELCOME TO THE PLAYBORHOOD – POKELICIOUS

All work and no play make Jack a...

All work and no play makes Jack a…

Playborhooda version of American kid life featured in shows like “The Little Rascals” and “Leave It to Beaver,” in which kids build forts and ride bikes outside, unsupervised

THUS describes the nirvana a very focused father in Silicon Valley tried to create for his kids and those of his neighbors, according to a lengthy profile on him in this Sunday’s New York Times Magazine.  It’s not unlike my description and desires that I have written about and advocated for in LIC since starting this website in 2012.  Whether it be requesting foresight in the planning of Hunters Point Park to visualize it all of half a decade ahead, describing LIC as a giant cul-de-sac, or cultivating free-range kids and selbstständigkeit (self-sufficiency).

Unlike the NYT article, which the father uses to proselytize about what should be, the purpose of this missive is to point out what already is: for all the reasons I mentioned in the previous paragraph’s links, Hunters Point is a playborhood. Now, all that’s needed is for it to be advertised, publicized, and written about as such.  Whether it be real estate brokers, residents, organizations (hello LIC Partnership), landlords, or politicians, it’s time for a major marketing initiative.  This is because playborhoods are nearly impossible to find in 2016 in the U.S., and it takes a herculean effort to actually create one in today’s screen-obsessed world. Thus, one more  reason to live in LIC.

//POKE: a raw fish salad, similar to a tartare or even ceviche, though typically less acidic

Ramen is sooo 2014.  Though it’s still delicious, I only have it delivered and wouldn’t be caught seen in a ramen joint or mention it in conversation.  Nor would anyone who wants to be like the Kardashians.

Nope, today’s hot culinary fad is poke, and Long Island City is about to get it’s first poke restaurant with the opening of PokeLICious. Continue reading

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NYTIMES DOES BIG PROFILE OF ‘LIC CORNER CAFE’ ON MURRAY PARK

Bypass the brown and orange down the street for a local experience

Bypass the brown and orange down the street for a local experience

WELL it’s not really a profile per se, but The New York Times did dig deep into the zeitgeist of the LIC Corner Cafe in it’s lengthy story ‘Keeping it Local’ about neighborhood-y joints.  In addition there are numerous pics of the cafe and engaging tidbits uncovered about it such as: Continue reading

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BREAD BOX CLOSES, THE GREEN STREET BECOMING KOREAN BBQ?

 

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Somethin’ shakin’ on The Green Street

 

“If you look at where the good food is in New York, it’s really in Manhattan and Queens, I’m sorry, other boroughs, I’m sorry.”

-Pete Wells, the restaurant critic for The New York Times, from a profile in the New Yorker last week

The Bread Box on 11th Street has closed.  According to a pic sent to us by LICtalk reader Jeremy Swillinger of Level Group, a sign in the window reads:

“Dear customers due to renovations the Bread Box will be closed.  Sorry for the inconvenience we will update you shortly”

Not sure what exactly to make of that, but as we reported a little over a year ago, the lot that it rests upon, as well as the adjacent service station, were put up for sale as a development site.

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SEPTEMBER BRINGS FISH N MEAT TO LIC

Oh look what came out of its shell

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster …in Long Island City

It was a quiet Labor Day weekend in town, though given the heavy police presence in the waterfront parks – probably in light of a recent incident -  one may have thought there was a J’Ouvert “celebration” occurring. That and construction noise/crews pouring concrete for the new pre-K center were the only stirrings.

September is now here, and we have a new fish market, a new deli/cafe coming to Court Square, the closing of the Beer Closet (again), a new bbq joint, and Continue reading

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21 NEW CONDOS GO ON SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Working OT for the kids ...and for OT

Working OT for the kids …and for OT

The new condo building on 5th Street across from Cannelle Patisserie has just made it’s units available for purchase through Modern Spaces, according to the real estate website Curbed.  Called ‘The Monarch,’ it contains 1-3 bedroom apartments starting at $700,000.  A look at the building’s website indicates a 1,027 square foot 2-br unit for sale at $1.1 million.  From street level, the building appears sort of bland, but it does have three very important attributes: location, location, location.

//The Daily News has uncovered three heretofore unheralded eating establishments on/near Queens Plaza. Continue reading

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DREAM HOTEL IN LIC TO HAVE ‘SIGNATURE CHEF’

Dream On at The Baroness

Dreamin’ On at The Baroness

Sing with me, sing for the year
Sing for the laughter, sing for the tear
Sing with me if it’s just for today
Maybe tomorrow the good Lord will take you away

The New York Post has revealed some of the details of the Dream Hotel in LIC that we were the first to report on back in July of last year:

“The four-story, 254-room hotel will boast Continue reading

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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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