Category Archives: Just Opened

E&I DELI RE-OPENS WITH A NU LOOK

The 21st century prototypical bodega

The 21st century prototypical bodega

'Lemme get a chopped cheese and onion rings'

‘Lemme get a chopped cheese, onion rings, and extra ketchup’

EVERY morning I awake at the crack of noon to the worry of whether I will find something truly newsworthy to share with the well read citizens of LIC.  Frequently, like many renowned writers, I am forced to conjure something out of an idea: Melville had his whale, Hemingway a marlin, and Benchley a shark.  For The Editor it is a butterfly.

Because today the news gods are smiling on me, as I am happy to announce that E&I Deli on Vernon Boulevard has cast off its chrysalis and metamorphosed Continue reading

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LEVANTE ON JACKSON AVE IS GETTING CLOSER AND TOBY’S ARRIVES

Dark Gray Sweater has dibs on that spot for the next decade

Dark gray sweater guy has dibs on that spot @ Toby’s Coffee for the next decade

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Backyard at Levante – envision it come Spring

The pizza oven has been installed, the bar has been constructed, the brick walls fully exposed, and the upper two stories gutted of floors and stripped to the beams to reveal striking 30′ plus ceilings.  Though there’s still a lot of work to be done, Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue hopes to open sometime in April.  We met with one of the partners, Tony D’Aiuto, and toured the bustling construction site this morning.

The first thing to note is that despite the prominently displayed pizza oven, Continue reading

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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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DECEMBER FLOWERS IN LIC

Look what sprouted

Look what sprouted

APRIL showers bring May flowers.  Oh wait, it’s December!  Enjoy it while you can.  As I stated earlier in the week, this time of the year the news takes a snooze.  Yet due to the mild weather construction keeps charging ahead.  Buildings quickly add more floors, and ground continues to be broken.

A nice new facade appeared on Continue reading

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LICTALK IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

The whole world knows it!

The whole world knows it now

Hey readers, there’s a great new website with oodles of juicy personal stuff about everyone on the planet.  I just used up all my vacation days through 2020 to wander through the profiles and stalk every woman who’s ever said ‘Hello’ to me, …and those that didn’t.  Not that I maintained an actual list – hard copy anyway.  In all my perusing, something must have gone awry, a technical violation of some sort, because I’ve been personally banned from the site.

Fortunately there’s a commercial angle to this endeavor, so for $79.99 there is now an LICtalk Facebook page!  That’s right folks, in addition to Continue reading

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A MARRIOTT HOTEL WITH A STARBUCKS OPENS IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Manhattan Henge and all that comes with it is coming - as is summer

ManhattanHenge is coming – summer too

A 31-story Marriott hotel containing a Starbucks opened today in Queens Plaza across the street from Dutch Kills Green.  Ok, ok, it’s actually a Courtyard by Marriott, but according to NY Yimby it is the largest hotel building in Queens and one of the city’s largest hospitality establishments outside of Manhattan.  Yet even that may be a little misleading, because even though it has 160 rooms, it will also contain 135 residences.

Hmm, that’s a little weird. I mean I can understand Continue reading

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L.I.C. ICE: A NEW ICE RINK OPENS IN HUNTERS POINT

What lurks behind these walls?

What lurks behind these walls?

Last week we uncovered a stealth restaurant, this week we bring you news of a new indoor ice rink in Hunters Point.  Hidden among the dichotomy of 46th Road, in a two-story red brick building just east of Vernon Boulevard, L.I.C.-ICE has been operating for about a month.  As pictured above, it’s a long and very narrow rink whose main focus is Continue reading

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KOREAN FOOD HAS COME TO LIC: KSFC IN BRICKTOWN BAGELS

Next up for LIC on the Asian culinary tour is Takumen for Izakaya

Next up for LIC on the Asian culinary tour is Takumen for izakaya

First it was food trucks circa 2008, then came the M. Wells phenomenon in 2010, followed by pop-up restaurants in 2013.  Long Island City has been an incubator for several of these concepts, now might we be playing host to the latest fad in millennial dining – stealth restaurants? Continue reading

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SUGARCUBE OPENS IN HUNTERS POINT

Spring came early Sunday, and brought out a lot of potential patrons for Sugarcube

Spring came early to LIC Sunday “Hmm, maybe there are enough patrons for another cafe”

A new cafe called Sugarcube Patisserie has opened on 50th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Jackson Avenue.  It serves pastries, gelato made in house, petit-fours, and of course coffee.  The building housing it blasted out a previously non-existent storefront to create a retail space, as the demand and price for street level locations escalates higher.  Early reviews from a sprinkling of readers are very good, so take tomorrow off and join cafe society for a day.

//The owner of the Army/Navy store on Vernon has “narrowed the list to Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY: SOON TO BE A 3-BAKERY TOWN

The old guard and the new in Greenpoint

Peter Pan Bakery: where the old guard meets the new in Greenpoint

Nothing puts a town on the map like a local bakery.  Astoria has Rose and Joe’s, a traditional old-school Italian bakery.  Greenpoint has Peter Pan, an old-fashioned donut shop manned by young Polish women in uniforms.  Williamsburg has Fortunato Brothers, a pasticerria that transports you back to 1970′s Brooklyn, and where cannolis are to dessert, what pasta is to dinner: a midway point.  As in “I’ll have the tiramisu and a slice of cheesecake, and throw in a cannoli …or two.” Continue reading

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