Category Archives: Kids

HALLOWEEN PARADE AND FALL FESTIVAL WILL BE ON OCTOBER 28

Getting in the spirit

Getting in the spirit

The Star Chamber of Long Island City has passed down through their disciples that the LIC Halloween Parade on Vernon Boulevard will occur on Sunday, October 28 this year.  You know the drill: kids wear costumes and get candy from the local merchants.  In addition, Continue reading

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10TH ANNUAL PS78Q SPRING FAIR THIS SATURDAY ON CENTER BLVD

The sacred Carnival grounds

The sacred Carnival grounds

RIDES, games, food and entertainment, the tradition continues as the 10th Annual PS78Q Spring Fair comes to Center Boulevard this Saturday from 11am – 3pm.  No need to schlep your 6-year old 100-200 miles to Great Adventure or Hershey Park, all these things are brought to you, plus you get to support a good cause: your kid’s welfare (via the PS78Q PTA).  We’ll throw in the carnies for free. Continue reading

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KIDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN HUNTERS POINT: SUNDAY, JUNE 3

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life - just look at these old-timers!

Basketball, a game your kids can play for life – just look at these old-timers!

The 2nd Annual LIC Hoops Kids Basketball Tournament sponsored by Gantry Plaza State Park will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street.  There is no cost to participate and it is open to all kids, that means boys and girls! from 1st grade up to and including age 17, but there is limited availability. Continue reading

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EGGS 2018

Easter rituals or Eastern rituals, it's all in LIC

Easter rituals or Eastern victuals, it’s all in LIC

AS everyone knows Christmas falls on December 25, St. Patty’s on March 17, and Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November, but Easter is ever so elusive.  Sure I know it’s on a Sunday, but that can land anytime from late March until almost the end of April. This really messes with my vacation schedule – will it be ski-able in Verbier, too cold in Palm Beach, too hot in Anguilla???

Even more elusive than Easter Sunday, is the date of the Annual LIC Egg Hunt, and even more elusive than that is the sign-up date for your child for the egg hunt. Continue reading

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#LICUnited

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The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools.  Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place.  Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.

In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction.  Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going.  Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square.  The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz.  In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018.  Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.

The words above were written here in LICtalk almost two years ago.  They are especially prescient given the specifics surrounding the current battle for seating capacity/location in local elementary schools. Continue reading

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A MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN IN HUNTERS POINT

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here.

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here now

A movement has begun for a Rec Center in Hunters Point.  Spearheaded by Brent O’Leary, President of the Hunters Point Civic Association, and Eric Malinowski, a local father of two, the tandem, with backing from several other neighborhood organizations, has created an online petition calling for a recreation center to be included in any large development granted a rezoning or variance (Aka #1 Anable Basin; #2 Water’s Edge).  The petition cites many Continue reading

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KIDS HIP-HOP CLASS(ES) COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

Coming soon to your town

Coming soon to your town

Were you upset that the Jessica Lang Dance Studio never came to fruition in Long Island City?  Well here’s a substitute Continue reading

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CHINA TO U.S. TO LONG ISLAND CITY, IT’S A LAY-UP

Kids having fun ...and learning a game for life

Kids having fun …and learning a game for life

Basketball is the most popular sport in China today.  In the 21st century Mandarin has overwhelmingly been the largest-growing second language taught in NYC’s best schools, both private and public.  The massive increase in the federal deficit and the trade disagreements expected out of Washington D.C. in the near future, mean there’s a pretty good chance the next generation is going to be working for China, Inc.

Given the facts above, what should every parent be thinking right now? Continue reading

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BACK TO SCHOOL IN LIC

Summer's end

Summer’s end

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes”

‘Back to School’ is a classic 80′s movie, worthy of multiple viewings.  Most importantly, it’s protagonist imparts a message that all those children who began the new school year today should remember after they graduate: Continue reading

1ST ANNUAL LIC HOOPS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

This Saturday and Sunday from 9am until noon the 1st Annual LIC Hoops Basketball Tournament for kids and adults will take place at the Gantry Plaza State Park courts on 48th Avenue.  The adults bracket on Saturday is completely sold out, but there are slots left for the kids tournament on Sunday.  It is free and open to boys and girls, but parents must pre-register their children and submit signed waivers.

Now, while the odds that your child will ever make it to the NBA Finals are beyond minuscule, there’s a 50/50 chance that Continue reading

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