Au revoir industries of old? Click on this pic for detail.
Fresh off the news that Publicis, the huge international advertising agency, is coming to LIC, we get the possibility that the city is looking to turn our little town into the next technology center. The proposal, labeled the “Anable Basin Tech Incubator”, cites many of the facts that we already know about the neighborhood, as advantages of locating something like this here. It certainly wouldn’t hurt to add a little of the State’s money to grease the wheels, but personally I think it is going to happen anyway. As I have been highlighting in my posts the last few months, many small tech companies have already made the decision to locate here. Though we are far from achieving critical mass, the momentum is there and so are so many of the things small tech companies are looking for including being a mass transit hub, lots of nearby housing stock, an educated work force, and lots of relatively inexpensive office space. By 2014 I predict Goldman Sachs will be opening up a satellite office in LIC. Which leaves me with one final question about the tech explosion in Long Island City: Will it be more like Palo Alto or Bangalore?
Maybe we will share some of our good fortune with our neighbors across the creek in Greenpoint. The New York Times had a big update on Sunday about all the building and gentrification going on in that neighborhood. Basically they are charting a similar path to Long Island City’s. What I couldn’t help but wonder is “Gee, the front page picture on the article looks remarkably like the one I posted on July 19th!” I may have to give Arthur Sulzberger a call. If Greenpoint is still in the throes of gentrification, Williamsburg has officially completed that stage and commenced full on disneyfication or maybe “meatpackingfication” is more like it, with the opening of the Wythe Hotel. The yuppies of yesterday are the neo-hipsters of today, plus ca change…
But wait, sometimes things do go back to the way they were. There are rumors of the Macy’s fireworks coming back to the East River! Check out the last story and come to your own conclusion as to the probability. Who knows, maybe the fireworks can be timed to signify the grand opening of the LIC incubation?
Proposed Tech Incubator In LIC – what happened to starting up in your garage?
Long Island City’s Tech Takeover – will it be feted with fireworks?
Who You Calling Gritty? – will I still be able to get kielbasa and pierogis?
All Roads Lead To Wythe Avenue – Wythe Avenue, Gansevoort Street, Collins Avenue…
Follow That Tourist – mentions some Queens tourist spots and concludes with an offer to stay at the Z Hotel in LIC for $1,000 a week plus breakfast
Newtown Creek: Past, Present, Future Workshop
New Ferry To LIC, Brooklyn Exceeds 1M Passenger Mark – can you imagine what the numbers would be if the LIC embarkation point wasn’t so remotely located?
LIC Ice Cream Shop Relies On Community – more on Malu
Macy’s May Bring Fourth Of July Fireworks Extravaganza Back To The East River – where they belong!