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DesiBowl TO BRING INDIAN-MEXICAN CUISINE TO LONG ISLAND CITY

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

A new restaurant serving Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine expects to open on Vernon Boulevard by the end of January.  Named DesiBowl, it will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Paris Health Cafe next to St. Mary’s Church.  The owner is Sabiha, who is currently a manager at OptimEyes Vision in LIC, and she told us to envision an Indian-style Chipotle, with burritos, tacos, rice bowls, paratha rolls, and Indian sandwiches, whereby the consumer chooses the rice, meat, toppings, etc.  The restaurant will be spice-friendly as well as have a kid-friendly menu.  This will be Sabiha’s first time opening her own restaurant, though her family owns ten pizzerias in the city.

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LIC JUST SAY NO TO THE COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY & DO THIS

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

Company holiday parties are fraught with danger.  Making a drunken fool of oneself in front of people you see Mon-Fri from 9-5 for the next 365, telling your superior what you really think of her, not to mention the possibility of infidelity, rejection, and in 2017 sexual harassment.  Handicapping the company holiday party as a prospective investment, which in some ways it is, there is no upside, other than free drinks and food, and massive downside.  So as your adviser1, I recommend Continue reading

  1. spiritual, not financial []
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CRIME AND REAL ESTATE …IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Reverse gentrification

Reverse gentrification

CRIME and real estate, that’s what we have for you today.  The latter is ubiquitous the former quite rare in Long Island City.  Well the part of LIC that most readers live in.  Nevertheless it’s a reminder during this Holiday season that Continue reading

5 WOMEN BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION AT SHOW PALACE STRIP CLUB

Time to write up your Xmas list

Time to write up your Xmas list

The Daily News has reported that Show Palace, the controversial all nude strip club on 21st Street across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge, had five women busted early yesterday morning for prostitution. Continue reading

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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 - the start of a good morning!

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 – the start of a good morning!

Good morning, good morning LIC, I figured today I would break the typical news cycle (print anyway) and publish in the Continue reading

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DEAD BIRDS AND LIVE JELLYFISH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Towers are not bird-friendly

Towers are not bird-friendly

Just as I was about to wade in...

Just as I was about to wade in…

RECENTLY I was sent a trio of photos of dead birds on the sidewalks near Center Boulevard, one of which is shown above.  The sender was inquiring if I knew of, or why, the sudden surge in dead birds?  While I wasn’t aware of it, I did know where to go: D-Bird.org, a database kept by the NYC Audubon in order to assist them in Project Safe Flight, which helps birds migrate safely through New York City.

After entering the three photos and location information, I followed up with an email and call to Kaitlyn Parkins, a conservation biologist at NYC Audubon.  She told me Continue reading

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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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