Category Archives: News

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

  1. The Editor faithfully observes the triple sabbath: Fri/Sat/Sun …just in case []
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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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CVS PHARMACY COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

Who needs fresh veggies, I can get statins downstairs

Who needs fresh veggies, I can get statins downstairs

CVS Pharmacy has inked a lease for the 11,218-square-foot retail space in Continue reading

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BJ’S WAREHOUSE COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY?

The Queens Gazette is reporting that the owners of a parcel at Continue reading

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SCHOOL, HIP-HOP, LIGHTS, STARS, PIRATES

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Hanging out at Astoria Seafood …in LIC

 

Two days of public school and then a long weekend1 – I like those hours!  But then no more breaks until October when every child will have to make do with only a pair of three-day workweeks.  Forget about daycare, these kids should be getting an internship.

//In the real world, my guess is most of you never made it to one of MoMA PS1′s Saturday Warm-Up parties this summer.  Me too, because it’s so convenient I kept saying ‘No problem, I’ll just go next week,’ and then Labor Day arrived.  Unfortunately in doing so we all missed out on a performance by a guy The New York Times says has blown up big and is saving hip-hop.  Let that gall you through the long winter months, and remember to make it a point to go next year.

//Of greater permanence, I was tipped off from someone in attendance at last nights CB2 meeting that Continue reading

  1. this Monday, Sept. 12  kids are off for Eid al Adha []
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ESCAPING THE SUMMER HEAT

Hittin' the road

Hittin’ the road

I got to get away
Feel I got to get away
Oh oh oh yeah

Marbella, Mykonos, Nantucket, Newport, or even Atlantic City, the place to be is anywhere but roasting in LIC.  Sure there’s still news happening locally, but Continue reading

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FIRE! RAPE? & NEW RESTAURANTS

Surf n Turf

The new look of the Crabhouse Long Island City

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Ali is gone, and so is the boxing memorabilia

Surf n Turf

Surf n Turf

In case you were wondering what all the smoke was coming from the northeast last night, it was a 5-alarm fire at a workshop on Queens Boulevard near the Sunnyside border which began around 7:30pm and quickly ravaged the building.  Over two hundred fire fighters were called to the conflagration, and two were seriously injured.

In case you were wondering about the police cars on the wooden promenade in Gantry Park yesterday, and the police tape cordoning off the platforms where the red chairs are, according to a post on a local Facebook site, a rape/attack allegedly occurred there Monday night around 10pm.  So far there has only been one witness who was the Facebook poster, and the victim has yet to come forward.  We tweeted out the actual post and the news of the police investigation on Tuesday, but unlike the fire above, there is nothing very tangible.  One LICtalk reader has suggested that it would be very helpful if a police sketch based on the witness’ description were circulated.

//NEW RESTAURANTS NOW AND COMING SOON DEPT: Continue reading

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THE NUDGER FROM QUEENSBRIDGE

The Kids Are Alright

The Kids Are Alright

 

‘We’re on one side of the river and the millionaires are on the other, but we have the better view.’ Elizabeth McQueen, Queensbridge

Stories about Queensbridge are infrequent here on LICtalk, and positive stories about it are practically nil.  This weekend though, The New York Times wrote a very inspirational profile on Elizabeth McQueen, a former resident of the houses who spent many years nudging politicians and parks employees to refurbish and re-buttress the long-closed esplanade in Queensbridge Park.  Though she passed away in February at the age of 83, she was able to witness her accomplishment with the re-opening of the esplanade in 2014.  In light of all that she did to make it happen, this week it was officially declared “Elizabeth McQueen Way” by the city.

Now I can’t say that you’ll have anything named after you, but Continue reading

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LIC GO

Old Bloomingdale's, new Bloomingdale's.  Old project, new project?

Old Bloomingdale’s, new Bloomingdale’s. Old housing project, new housing project?

Thanks to an intervention by family and friends, I am no longer addicted to Pokemon Go, and back at my desk to faithfully report to you.  On day two of my sobriety, I am happy to announce that it appears we haven’t missed much news-wise.

Oh wait, it seems there was a coup in Turkey, a horrific attack in Nice, and a new vice president in-waiting.  Wow, my former dependency induced a complete blackout of the real world!  Anyway, the best we could muster locally Continue reading

JULY 4 DONE, COME AND GONE, MY OH MY

'Transformation' courtesy of Dan the Man

‘Transformation’ courtesy of Dan the Man

There’s nothing more underwhelming than cellphone pictures of fireworks.  Except cellphone video of fireworks.  Instead, it’s the out of body experience of being in LIC during the lockdown period in the morning and early afternoon of the Fourth, followed by the massive invasion of outsiders – and the actual people themselves coming to attend the Macy’s fireworks shows, who transform our everyday locales into packed staging grounds.

Excluding a half-hour of moderate rainfall prior to the fireworks, this year’s show Continue reading

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