Category Archives: Kids

OVERREACTIONS & CONCESSIONS IN LIC

There won't always be a rainbow

There won’t always be a rainbow

In a follow-up to last week’s Berlin playground snippet on selbstständigkeit, the need to inculcate self-sufficiency in kids, I laughed very hard at a recent Simpson’s episode transcribed in Lenore Skenazy’s website Free Range Kids.  Especially because it’s probably funnier and more biting in the reading of it: Continue reading

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EGGS, EGGS, EGGS, EGGS, EGGS LIC

Eggstravaganza 2015

Eggstravaganza 2015

Christmas isn’t all about gifts, and Easter isn’t all about eggs.  There’s chocolate bunnies too, and those cute yellow chick marshmallows that taste like styrofoam and take centuries to decompose – Little Peeps!  As for Good Friday, it wasn’t really a very ‘good’ day for the main participant involved.  Yet in aggregate, both holidays, or holy days actually, add up to a three-day weekend.  For those not taking the G-5 down to Bermuda, these two holidays bookend a huge event on the Spring social calendar here in Long Island City: the annual Trinity Grace Church Easter Egg Hunt in Gantry Park.

This is the seventh year of the hunt, and though we have written previously about the juvenile frenzy – in adults – that the hunt evinces, I’m going to bring you up to date on the latest scientific data: Continue reading

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THE LIC BIRTHDAY PARTY CIRCUIT

LIC tranquility

LIC tranquility

Recently the mother of a two-year old wrote to ask me how she could get more involved in community affairs, especially vis-a-vis her child.  Though I found it somewhat ironic that of all people she should be asking The Editor, I also let it go to my head.  Therefore I have decided to offer new parents throughout LIC some unsolicited parenting advice1.  Though it won’t in anyway advance your kid’s career prospects, it won’t hurt them, …I think, and it might be helpful to you.  Today’s subject is Continue reading

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LIC HALLOWEEN PARADE 2015 & A TRICK

 

Mm-mm, all the treats I need

Mm-mm, all the treats I need

Here in our giant cul-de-sac, Oktoberfest ends and we immediately start gearing up for the next celebration.  For some reason, Halloween in LIC has taken on a 12-Days-of-Christmas mode and gets celebrated repeatedly.  Or maybe Burning Man is a better metaphor, with candy replacing hallucinogens, and decidedly less risque1, umm… costumes.

Anyway, just like that festival in the desert, Halloween comes to a climax on the final day with the Annual Kids Halloween Parade, aka candy orgy, down Vernon Boulevard.  Things will be a little different this year, mainly because it’s on a Saturday and due to the increasing number of participants.  So here’s the details, straight from the Grand Halloween Poobah herself, Sheila Lewandowski: Continue reading

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LET’EM RUN FREE IN LIC

Or you can go nowhere

Or you can go nowhere

This time of year, as the weather turns nice, the playgrounds and parks of Long Island City suddenly repopulate with the noise of children big and small.  Fortunately, unlike many other neighborhoods in Queens, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, these kids also have a bounty of nearby outdoor spaces from which to choose.  In addition, the topography of LIC lends itself to a unique environment not seen in many other areas of this city, its suburbs, or frankly anywhere in the country.  We’ve called it a giant cul-de-sac, and I’ve heard others refer to it somewhat disparagingly as cloistered.

These two characteristics, the abundant outdoor choices and the tight-knit community, in tandem with the density provided by vertical living, make LIC the perfect laboratory for Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE AND KIDS BASKETBALL COMING IN JANUARY

Winter will be here soon, what to do with the kids?

Winter will be here soon, where will the kids play?

As we all know, Long Island City is a great place to live.  Yet due to its nascency, there are several crucial resources that have yet to emerge.  One of these is a locally-based youth sports program for kids over five years old.  So I have decided to form one.  It will have a very modest start this winter with a Continue reading

THE BEST SCHOOL DISTRICT IN THE NATION

If school doesn't work out, you can always drive a cab in this town

If this school thing doesn’t work out, at least your kids can always get a job in the neighborhood

Two weeks ago, a list of the best public school districts in the U.S. was published.  Normally I don’t put much faith in these subjective top-10′s, but when I saw who was ranked #1, I knew they got it right.  No, it wasn’t LIC/PS78, …yet, but we’ll get to that.  Instead, it was Edgemont, a small school district in southern Westchester.  As it turns out, the Editor of this rag grew up in Edgemont.

While a lot of people may focus on academics as the reason for its top ranking, I can tell you as an insider and as anyone who grew up in Edgemont will confirm, this is just one piece of the winning formula.  Now I’d be the first to say that I had some outstanding teachers, whose influence is still imbedded in me today.  But there were also a handful of clunkers, just like in any great school district.

Setting academics aside (for the time being let’s just call it the fixed variable.  Though some may view it as immovable), there are two other equally important pieces of the puzzle: Continue reading

MASSIVE NEW REC CENTER COMING TO HUNTERS POINT

Future home of new Hunters Point Rec Center

Future home of new Hunters Point Rec Center, and current home of the Hard Hat Cafe

This is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago. 

A new recreation center is coming to Hunters Point, and will be lodged at the base of Hunters Point South (HPS) Phase 2. The 44,000-square-foot space will offer tons of amenities: two pools, including a lap pool and a rec pool with a large slide and water features, a large gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and indoor sports clinics, a wellness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, large group Continue reading

DID THE NY TIMES GRAB A LEDE FROM LICTALK?

The World Cup comes to LIC

The World Cup comes to LIC

Or is it lead?  I don’t know, what do you think this is, a newspaper?  Well whatever you want to call LICtalk, as everyone in the city knows there are two news sources of record in this city: us and The New York Times.  While I must admit that they are a formidable competitor, sometimes it’s necessary to share the spotlight, especially on a controversial topic where the narrative is seemingly aligned.  Anyway, yesterday The Times published an article entitled “Affordable Housing That’s Very Costly.”  This came five days after my story about the fairness of Hunters Point South being set aside as affordable housing.  While both of us questioned the use of ultra-luxury apartments for subsidized shelter, probably the biggest difference in the two tales was Continue reading

MEMORIAL DAY WEEKEND 2014 HAS COMETH TO LIC

Leaving town

Leaving town for the weekend

And I’m outta here, but here’s a couple of notes that might be of interest if you’re sticking around for the weekend, and I’ll even throw in a rumor. Continue reading

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