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THE LEGEND OF PARETTI HALL

So many lives

So many lives

Oh look, they're rolled out the red carpet for you

…and today you can relive them all

Gonna leave this brokedown palace
On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll

A half block north of the Queensbridge Houses, where Ravenswood abruptly turns into a warehouse and industrial zone, sits Paretti Hall.  As pictured above, it’s appearance is considerably more august than that of it’s neighbors, and it has a history to match.  Who exactly was James J. Paretti and what was his “Association” are lost to the sands of time.  In fact the building’s precise history is not fully verifiable.  So we’ll take some artistic license and piece together the snippets of others to paint a tale of intrigue in what is otherwise a non-descript area.1 Continue reading

  1. albeit one that has the requisite new 10-story hotel going up 100 feet north, but otherwise wilderness …as the hotel patrons will find out []
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MORE OPENINGS ANNOUNCED IN LIC

Nice, but not quite 5Pointz

It’s good to be king and have your own world
It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can’t run away
It’s good to be king, whatever it pays

The Black Star Bakery on 50th Avenue near Center Boulevard has opened, Indie LIC in Court Square Continue reading

THE WHOLE WORLD IS ACROSS THE RIVER FROM LONG ISLAND CITY

"That is no vision of a distant millennium"

“That is no vision of a distant millennium”

UN Week is once again upon us, and the leaders from almost every country on the planet are in New York City at the same time.  While some may gripe about the tremendous amount of traffic it causes, just keep in mind the Continue reading

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MEETINGS & VIDEOS IN/OF LIC

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Cafe Society in the 21st Century

Not much happening in LIC these days, unless you’re a construction worker.  Thus residents have time to attend local Continue reading

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MORE BABIES KEEP COMING TO LIC

Drinking in the end of summer

Drinking in the end of summer

UPON returning from summering in Marthucket, I noticed  a heretofore very pregnant woman in my building pushing around a baby carriage.  ‘Oh, yet another one joins the ranks’ I thought to myself at this inane observation.  Yes, more babies keep coming to LIC (what does that even mean?), and on a per-capita basis it probably skews a little higher than citywide and nationwide, but it’s certainly not newsworthy.  Nevertheless, like my fellow journalists in the local news trenches, occasionally I’m forced to conjure something out of nothing to go to print.  Kinda like writing about a survey that finds people in LIC want more restaurants – D’uhh!  Of course they do, but if asked whether Continue reading

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MASSIVE DRUG RAID ON CENTER BLVD IN LONG ISLAND CITY -UPDATE

Various news outlets are reporting that there is a massive drug raid going on this morning at a tower on Center Boulevard.  Federal agents, some wearing hazmat suits, Continue reading

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MASSIVE SEA TURTLE AND NEW FERRIES IN THE EAST RIVER

Sea turtles or Pepsi-worshiping aliens surrounding new ferry stop?

Turtles or Pepsi-worshiping sea monsters surrounding new ferry stop

IN what has to be the best story of the slow summer, a man fishing from the shore of the East River right near Costco on Vernon Boulevard hooked a giant sea turtle.  I mean really big!  Then, following a volley of incredulous f-bombs, he and Continue reading

APOCECLIPSE NOW

Greenpoint viewpoint

Greenpoint viewpoint

I feel bad for millennials, unlike Gen X’ers they never got to experience multiple viewings of the classic movie Apocalypse Now during their formative years.  On the other hand, most of them probably still have the good fortune to be able to experience it for the very first time and be awed by it.

What does this have to do with LIC?  Well Continue reading

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AUGUST UPDATES JUST FOR YOU LIC

What's up with the library?  This is

What’s up with the library? This is

What’s up with rezoning upzoning of LIC? What’s the latest on the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music?  What really happens behind the walls of MoMA PS1 during a summer Warm-up?  When is the CVS in Hunters Point opening? Continue reading

SPRING HAS SPRUNG 2017

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Obligatory spring photo w/ blooming flowers and classic midtown skyline

We mothballed this tired title last year after using it for four in a row, so I guess that makes it a Continue reading

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