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NEW LIC NEWS

The new Long Island City promotional photo and spokesperson

The new Long Island City promotional photo and spokesperson

I’d like to say that nothing happened in LIC during my two week absence, because that would be the truth.  But I’m in the ink moving business, have lots of other things to catch up on, and the truth is Continue reading

NEW BARBER, ELKS DEMOLISHED, TOM CAT BAKERY UPDATE Y MAS

Oh, my husband could use a cut

Oh, my husband could use a cut

One of the good things about living in a multicultural borough, and writing for a backwater little-read publication, is the liberties one can take with language.  Take the headline above, I was one letter over the maximum that Google search allows for a headline and fretting over what to eliminate, when I realized I could change “& More” to “Y Mas” and it would easily be acceptable to the enlightened readers I cultivate.  It’s a fitting tribute and bridge to the embattled workers at Tom Cat Bakery, who are predominantly Hispanic.  Plus I think it allows me to write off my Spring Break trip to Cancun as a continuing education expense in Spanglish.

Anyway, according to The Daily News, the Department of Homeland Security audit at Tom Cat was Continue reading

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QP’s MARKETPLACE, CUE THE MEMORIES OF 80′S LIC

Where one time we lusted for black concert t-s, now we want grasshopper tacos

Where one time we lusted for black concert t-s, now we want grasshopper tacos

Recently, an old friend who grew up in Queens, shared with me her main recollection of coming to Long Island City back in her youth.  It centered around subway rides to Queens Plaza to shop at a crowded flea market called QP’s Market Place, in order to purchase the 80′s teenage equivalent of Snapchat: black concert t-shirts.

Hmm, I thought, given the retailing magnet that this place was for  someone living all the way on the other side of Queens, and the nostalgia people of a certain era have for physical locations that sold highly discounted and possibly semi-illicit merchandise, maybe the venue deserved a short profile?

Instead, a quick google turned up a historical treasure trove about the site that the market was located on.  And previous chroniclers have already performed extensive spadework and risked limbs for cool photos.  So to entice you to read their fantastic posts on it, I’ll share some interesting tidbits.

First though, to put things in perspective, the area we’re talking about is Continue reading

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MARCH MADNESS: SNOW DAY OFFICIAL TOMORROW LIC

March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

GET out your sleds kids, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has declared tomorrow a Snow Day. Yes, Snow Day is capitalized according to Webster’s, as it is both a holiday and a holy day – at least as far as public and parochial schools go.  Best of all, by calling it early, the DOE has given cover to everyone to sleep in and uhh …work from home.  As for myself, it gives me more time to “work” on my brackets and run thru a dress rehearsal for St. Patty’s Day.

//LAST July we did some calculations and made the call that the townhouses being built on the south end of Murray Park we’re going to lead to Continue reading

LICTALK IS FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY

Hallelujah, half a decade later LICtalk is still here!

Hallelujah, five years later LICtalk is still here!

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
We’ve got five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
We’ve got five years, that’s all we’ve got

HALF a decade ago an idea was bandied about by the local intelligentsia: Can small town news be created and conveyed in a manner befitting a great metropolis of millions?  The answer was a resounding no, yet from that grand concept came the detritus that is LICtalk.

Way back in those days condominiums in Long Island City were priced at less than $1,000 a square foot, people moved here because of the significantly discounted rent to Manhattan’s, Court Square was comprised of the Citi building, we only had one park on the waterfront, JetBlue was headquartered in Forest Hills, 5Pointz was a mecca – not dual cookie-cutter towers-in-waiting, we had five Italian restaurants (just like we do now), children were babies, and men shaved more and hugged less. Continue reading

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FoMO LIC, NOLAN NO DVO, TOLL GO

Denuded!

Denuded!

I just learned a new twitterish acronym that describes my manic state – FoMO, which stands for “fear of missing out.”  It’s exactly why I spent the first half of last week in Davos, and then caught a flight for the presidential inauguration – which I celebrated in Mexico City.  Didja miss me?

I expected little noise locally in light of the national doings, and fortunately the news gods cooperated.

Yet my voyage back swept me past the Midtown Tunnel 2.017, which was denuded of it’s toll booth last week!  Then, I awoke this morning to Continue reading

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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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SUPER MOON AND STARS AND PLANETS IN LIC

...and at night we get less light

…and at night we get less light

IN addition to all the other great things about living in LIC, include the ability to actually see the stars, planets, and moon.  Unlike Manhattan, there is considerably less ambient light in our immediate vicinity, which allows incandescent bodies in the sky to stand out.

Of course that advantage won’t matter much if you can’t see the sky in the first place.  Fortunately here in LIC the towers are not packed tightly in a grid, which combined with the river on the west side and low-rise zoning in the east, provide unobstructed views for many of those living in towers, as most here do.

Yet even if one doesn’t have a view of the heavens from their apartment, that lack of grid-packing/zoning restrictions combined with Gantry/Hunters Point Parks gives everyone an opportunity to view the night sky just by walking around.

Thanks to the clarity here, several planets are frequently visible to the naked eye.  Most notably Venus periodically shines brightly in the West over Manhattan early in the evening.

Tonight’s celestial entertainment is Continue reading

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DE BLASIO LANDS ON THE OVAL

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Live from LIC, it’s Hizzonner!

 

FRIDAY afternoon around 6:30pm a helicopter plopped down on the oval.  No emergency this, it was actually our Mayor choosing the fastest route between point A (in this case Park Slope via Prospect Park), and B (LIC).  The pic above, which I believe to be the only one of his arrival, was sent to us shortly after it occurred with a note basically asking ‘WTF?’  By the time I viewed it in my inbox yesterday1 the mystery guest was still unknown, but in the ensuing hours a media frenzy erupted over de Blasio’s use of this mode of transport, so I figured I’d chime in too, especially given my local slant and exclusive photo.

While I’m not overly agitated about the need for speed by the Mayor, and Continue reading

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BUTCHER DELI ON VERNON BOULEVARD CLOSES, WHAT’S COMING?

It's better to burn out Than to fade away

It’s better to burn out
Than to fade away

The shabby-looking, gentrification-refuting Butcher Deli on Vernon Boulevard has finally shuttered.  The windows of this perpetually opened establishment are darkened, the awning has been taken off, and there are two Continue reading

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