Category Archives: News

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

FATAL SHOOTING AND LIBRARY DELAYS IN LIC

Law & Order

Law & Order

WHAT a day in LIC.  It started early this morning at the Queensboro Correctional Facility where a guard who worked there ran down the street firing shots at her ex-boyfriend before turning the gun on herself.  Due to bullets splaying all over the place and the eventual dramatic suicide, the story was widely reported on by NYC media within hours of its occurring.

More interesting to local readers, is a) the existence of this prison, and b) its location.  The latter can best Continue reading

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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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