Category Archives: News

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

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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