Category Archives: Parks and Library

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

Tagged , , ,

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

Tagged ,

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

Tagged ,

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

Tagged , ,

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

SCHOOL’S ON, THEN OFF, THEN ON, THEN…

Across from da school is da library

Across from da school is da library

Tomorrow is the first day of school for NYC public school students.  After putting in a solid three days, those kids will then get a 4-day weekend due to Rosh Hashanah.  Then it’s back to the grindstone for three days, only to have yet another 3-day school week in week three of the school year due to Yom Kippur and the newly added Eid Al Adha.

Back when I went to school, all these holidays would have been a blessing.  Not because of their significance, but due the work and school mantra: a bad day on the golf course (or playground), is better than…

Now though, Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT PARK PHASE 2: UPDATE AND SUGGESTION

The wilds of HPS Park will soon be tamed

The wilds of HPS Park will soon be tamed

Last night the NYCEDC gave an update on HPSP, at a meeting held by the HPPC, here’s what was said.  Construction will start in late summer early fall and be completed in the 4Q of 2018.  The new addition to the park will be more Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY CONSTRUCTION BEGAN TODAY

Scaffolding going up around Hunters Point library

In two years we’ll have Bilbao on the East River

Work has commenced at the Hunters Point library site.  The gate was open and several men were erecting a green wooden scaffold about 10-feet from the perimeter.  If all goes according to plan it should be completed in two years and be the centerpiece of Center Boulevard.

For more information on the specifics of the library plans, click here.  For more information on the tortured path of the library click here.

//It’s not just public works that are being constructed, Continue reading

THE LIBERRY IS REDDY TO BEEGIN

If you build it they will come

Now that oil prices have cratered, it’s no longer useful for drilling

After many false starts, and many false stories, it looks like the journey to the starting line is nearing an end. This morning our exalted leaders held a press conference on Center Boulevard, confirming that construction of the Hunters Point Library will begin in the Spring.  Below are the details from the press release, but what I found most interesting about the release was that it included quotes from 11 different people!

The 21,500-square-foot branch which was designed by renowned architect Steven Holl will feature a reading garden, rooftop terrace, reading rooms for all ages, a gallery, performance space, a children’s area and sweeping views of the New York City’s skyline from the East River. Public service is expected to begin in 2017.

The long delayed project was originally supposed to be completed …well I no longer remember when.  The most recent hiccup occurred about a year ago after the original design was put out to bid and came in $10 million over budget.  Nevertheless when it is completed, Long Island City will be a) spectacular, and b) one step away from being complete.  What’s left after the library? Continue reading

MURRAY PARK DISTRICT (MPD), THE HISTORY AND MORE

The current Lord of Murray Park

The current Lord of Murray Park(pink stripes), always has next

We’d be remiss as chroniclers of all things LIC, were we not to follow up on last weeks post about MPD by giving you the history of the park.  And just like I did in high school, I’m going to Continue reading

%d bloggers like this: