Category Archives: Parks and Library

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

U.S. SOCCER CRAZE HITS THE OVAL IN HUNTERS POINT SOUTH

Futbol by the light of the moon

Pelada, not futbol, by the light of the moon in Hunters Point South

In case you missed it, there is a soccer craze going on in the U.S.  Since the opening rounds of the World Cup last month, the sport has finally caught on with the American public.  While it has been gaining momentum with participants for about 30 years, the explosive viewership of the latest Cup has led to a huge interest in actually playing the game.  Nowhere is this more indicative than Continue reading

3×3 HOOPS TOURNEY COMING TO COURTS ON 48TH AVENUE

Donuts, check.  Gatorade, check. I'm ready for '40 minutes of hell' on the court.

Donuts, check.  Gatorade, check.  I’m ready for ’40 minutes of hell’ on the courts of LIC

Lace up your high-tops and practice your hook shot, a 3×3 basketball tournament is coming to the courts on 48th Avenue and it is open to all.  It is being organized by the LIC YMCA and will take place on July 19 & 20.

Here are the details: Continue reading

LIBRARY DISAPPOINTMENT, LOOKING BACK …AND FORWARD

It's fun to stay at the YMCA!

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA!

What do the Hunters Point Library, Queens Library President, Center Boulevard crosswalks, and a new YMCA in the Rockaways have in common? Continue reading

HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Here doggie, but not there.

Here doggie, but not there.

The new park at Hunters Point South quietly opened to the public last week, just in time for autumn.  Unsurprisingly, it comes with the same spectacular skyline views as it’s adjacent northern sister, as well as a lack of respite from the sun, but she is a beauty nevertheless.  Check it out, and if you have a pooch you can bring it along because there also is a dog run right in the middle of the park.  Enjoy!

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