Category Archives: Parks and Library

HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY TO BE NAMED AFTER TRUMP

Long Island City's Taj Mahal

Will Long Island City’s Taj Mahal be an oxymoron?

The nearly completed Hunters Point Library along the waterfront in Long Island City will be re-christened in honor of Queens most famous native son.  The Queens Library has announced that the new building will be given the name ‘Trump Library’ when it is finished later this year, and that barring any unforeseen circumstances the president will be in attendance for the grand opening and naming ceremony in September.

When asked about the honor last night at a press conference, Trump responded that he was very gratified Continue reading

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BIG CHANGES COMING ALONG THE WATERFRONT IN 2017

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

By waterfront, we’re talking Manhattan’s, and maybe an equally apropos word is skyline.  Yet three big changes are in motion directly across the river for anyone living on Center Boulevard or visiting Gantry/HPS parks.

First of all, Manhattan will get its mirror image to our parks, with the East Midtown Waterfront Project.  This will be a ribbon-like park that will run from 38th Street to 60th Street.  The southern portion will be on terra firma, some of which will be ceded by the UN, and the northern portion will be perched on existing construction pontoons flanking the east side of the FDR.  It won’t be as wide as our parks and will thus forgo the playing fields etc., but it will contain a walking promenade and biking lanes.  Completion time unknown.

The second change will be a Richard Meier designed residential tower on a Continue reading

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SEPTEMBER BRINGS FISH N MEAT TO LIC

Oh look what came out of its shell

Greenpoint Fish & Lobster …in Long Island City

It was a quiet Labor Day weekend in town, though given the heavy police presence in the waterfront parks – probably in light of a recent incident -  one may have thought there was a J’Ouvert “celebration” occurring. That and construction noise/crews pouring concrete for the new pre-K center were the only stirrings.

September is now here, and we have a new fish market, a new deli/cafe coming to Court Square, the closing of the Beer Closet (again), a new bbq joint, and Continue reading

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CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, OR LACK THEREOF

Sunflowers - check, Pepsi Bottle - check, temporary lighting - check, ...wait, is that a UFO?

Sunflowers – check, Pepsi Bottle – check, temporary lighting – check, …wait, is that a UFO?

Last night there was a Community Safety meeting held in light of the alleged rape/assault in Gantry Park recently, and here’s the big non-revelatory news that was delivered by Captain John Travaglia, head of the 108th Precinct: the Hunters Point sub-district is one of the safest sections in NYC, if not the country, if not the planet.  More specifically, there is minimal serious crime, as measured by felonies, that has occurred here in recent years, and even less street crime1 – roughly described as that which doesn’t occur behind closed doors.  Like I said, this should be non-revelatory to anyone who lives in HP.

As for the alleged incident in Gantry Park, Captain Travaglia stated that to date no victim has come forward.  Furthermore, despite cutting back the grasses near the red Adirondack chairs and searching the area, the sole evidence they have is what’s been said on social media, implying that no other witnesses have filed reports/been found.

Ok, there’s not much to go on, which probably and sadly is the case with many alleged sexual assaults. And if as described this incident did occur, it sounds more like a one-off between two individuals who may have been acquainted with each other, rather than one of an endemic or sweeping crime problem in LIC as a whole (net of the ensuing fury and fusillade unleashed on social media).  Yet here’s where the story gets interesting, and troublesome. Continue reading

  1. basically a few stolen cars and DWI’s []
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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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HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY TOPS OUT AND GETS LOVE FROM NYT

All the world's indeed a stage, as they look into our gilded cage

All the world’s indeed a stage, as they look into our gilded cage

Isn’t she lovely
Isn’t she wonderful
Isn’t she precious
Less than one minute old

Well Stevie, it’s going to take another year, but the Hunters Point Library has topped out and it looks nothing short of fantastic!  No less an authority than The New York Times states that “…no one will overlook it” in a just-published in-depth article about the library.

The article delves into the long-ago origin of the building, familiar to many older residents of LIC, and shares the latest with a walk-through the author took earlier this week.  Read it and be up-to-date on what Dennis Walcott accurately describes as “the pride of the borough of Queens.”  Now that it’s almost arrived, there is no doubt that it’s existence will be truly monumental for Long Island City.

//Eckstein Development is offering two months of free rent Continue reading

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MEGHAN TRAINOR TO PERFORM LIVE IN HUNTERS POINT PARK TONIGHT

Live from the Oval, it's...

Live from the Oval, it’s…

Brexit quickly took a backseat and I put Soros on hold early this morning upon receiving a text from a reader containing the photo above.  They were informing me that there was a stage being set up for the July 4th preshow for this year’s Macy’s Fireworks.  According to the LIC Post Meghan Trainor “is expected to arrive at the park at around 5pm with taping planned to take place in the early evening.”

Now before you get too excited Continue reading

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48TH AVENUE PARK/BASKETBALL COURTS CLOSE FOR RENOVATION

No Coke, Pepsi.  The official soft drink of Long Island City

No Coke, Pepsi. The official soft drink of Long Island City

The park on 48th Avenue containing basketball and handball courts closed this week for a major renovation, which should take most of the summer.  Located between Vernon Boulevard and 5th Street, the new design is under wraps, but we know it will include a revamp of the long-shuttered tots playground, now littered with weeds and a macrame project.

After that Continue reading

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BERNIE SANDERS IS COMING TO HUNTERS POINT PARK MONDAY

Bernieville

Bernieville

Get out your “Che Guevara” t-shirts, pitchforks, and left handed cigarettes, The Bernie Sanders Show is coming to Hunters Point South Park this Monday, April 18.  In addition to “The Man” himself, TV on the Radio will be providing musical entertainment, and he’ll also be bringing along a few of his good friends including Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens.  Yeah you heard me right, Fisher Stevens, fka Steven Fisher!

Doors open at 5pm, and the fun kicks off at 7.  Unfortunately, Continue reading

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ASTORIA & WOODSIDE GET IT, BUT NOT LIC

It's time for a world class playground for a world class park

It’s time for a world class playground for a world class park

So, Astoria is getting a $1 million dog run and Woodside is getting a $1.8 million renovation of their Big Bush Park.  Kudos to them.  Both projects seem to be much needed, even if there’s some question about the sizeable price tag on the dog park.   What they also received was a lot of community input on these two projects.  According to The New York Times article on the Astoria project: Continue reading

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