Category Archives: Sports

JANUARY ROOSTERS AND FEBRUARY DELIVERS

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

Who needs democracy when you have Bierocracy?

OH my, even with no snow there’s been a flurry of local news that’s come to pass in the last week.  To start, as always, is more residential real estate development.  There are five short articles on local slightly-off-the-radar projects – which basically means they’re under 30-stories:

6 flrs/94 units in Dutch Kills

A pair of 7-story buildings totaling 80 units in Dutch Kills

9 flrs/30 units in Queensboro Plaza

23 flrs/117 units in Queens Plaza South

15 flrs/99 units in Queensboro Plaza

While the total # of units of these five projects are fewer than say a single Rockrose tower, and while most of these projects are already accounted for in previous tallies of all the residences being added in LIC, these “infill” developments will hasten the lowering of rents in the neighborhood.  This is not solely because of the additional supply, which we’ve noted is not much in aggregate, but because of the diversity of offerings and the competitive market they’ll create – versus say the three-player oligopoly on Center Boulevard.  But who am I, the owner of a lean-to, to question the rationale of those with the ability to borrow 7-9 figure sums of OPM with zero recourse?

//UNLIKE the majority of Americans, or at least an electoral majority of them, I’m not a big fan of Mac & Cheese.  Despite attempts by many a renowned chef to doctor it up and pass it off as haute cuisine in the 21st century, my continental upbringing (aka semester abroad) inculcated me with DNA that has an aversion to pasta not served al dente, and dairy products whose Continue reading

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FORMER LIC RESIDENT ANTHONY LYNN NAMED CHARGERS HEAD COACH

Former LIC resident Anthony Lynn has been named the new head coach of the NFL’s Chargers. The team, which also announced that it is moving to Los Angeles next year after being in San Diego for 56 years, endured a 5-11 record this past season.  We interviewed Anthony a little over three years ago, when he was the running backs coach for the NY Jets under Rex Ryan.  He shared his thoughts on Continue reading

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KIDS BASKETBALL & HOCKEY RIGHT HERE IN HUNTERS POINT THIS WINTER

The next LeBron is incubating here

The next LeBron is incubating here

VERY slowly LIC is adding local services that are standard in more established communities, be they suburban or other parts of NYC (or Queens for that matter).  Today we will share two of them with you. Continue reading

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MIDDLE SCHOOL BASKETBALL IN LIC & ELECTION 2016

Keep on running, it's almost over

Keep on running, it’s almost over

“Constantly choosing the lesser of two evils is still choosing evil.”

Jerry Garcia on why he doesn’t (didn’t) vote

THE NYC Marathon has come and gone and now it’s dark out when we leave work.  That means it’s time for middle school basketball!  What, you didn’t know there was a conveniently-located hoops program available for boys and girls in grades 6-8 in LIC in the winter?  That’s because heretofore there wasn’t, but starting next week (November 15) there will be.

It’s sponsored by the Long Island City Youth Sports League (LICYSL.org) and will be held at the Hunters Point Community Middle School Gym ((aka Academy for Careers in Television & Film, 1-50 51st Avenue)) on Center Boulevard on Tuesday nights from 7 – 8:30pm through April 4.

The cost is only $135 per child, but do not delay because there are a limited number of slots.  For more info please go to LICYSL.org or email [email protected]

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48TH AVE BBALL COURTS RE-OPENING W/ BIG CELEBRATION SATURDAY

I got next!

I got next!

The basketball courts on 48th Avenue at Gantry Plaza State Park will be re-opening this Saturday, September 17, with a Grand Celebration.  The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation and the Long Island City Youth Sports League (LICYSL) will be holding youth clinics and games overseen by Coach N, aka Nnamdi Amen, who said about the event:

“Though I love my home at the gymnasium at PS78Q, I’m really excited to finally get a chance to teach and play with the kids of Long Island City on the beautiful new 48th Avenue courts at Gantry Plaza State Park.  I’ve got some new drills and games especially for the occasion.”

LICtalk says: “We love the new fiberglass backboards, it does wonders for my two-handed set shot”

For more information on this event and to join the fun click here, or email [email protected]

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SNOWMESS?

Photographed by Nick Knight circa 2003

Photographed by Nick Knight circa 2003

Will it, won’t it, snow that is.  That’s the big story here in LIC at this moment.  Will we, won’t we, get a new school?  That’s a big story here in LIC for the long term, but two educators from other parts are looking to possibly change that, or at least accelerate it. Continue reading

SOCCER STADIUM TO ANCHOR SUNNYSIDE YARDS PROJECT?

The sole hint this year that Christmas is near

The sole hint this year that Christmas is near

A new article written in a soccer publication, makes a well-thought-out case that Sunnyside Yards could be the optimal location to build a stadium for the NYCFC.  That would be the NYC Football Club for the bulk of us not familiar with the acronym, but don’t let this new professional soccer team’s relative obscurity make you relegate the stadium idea as a lark.

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MEN’S INDOOR PICKUP BASKETBALL COMES TO LIC

Queens is ready for the World ...Series

Queens is ready for the World …Series

Thank goodness for the Mets, without whom I’d be hard pressed to find any worthy local news this week.  Is it a coincidence that they made the World Series in the same exact year that Queens was named the top tourist destination in the country?  I don’t know, there’s definitely something spooky going on considering that they finished below .500 last year.

I’ve already fessed up to recently getting on the Mets bandwagon, and the excitement in LIC and Queens couldn’t be greater but given my usually contrarian nature, I think I’m going to hedge it by purchasing property in the Bronx.

//Indicative of how hot (hip) LIC has become, the New Yorker actually has two articles on local places in it’s current issue.  Not to be outdone, Continue reading

LONG ISLAND CITY YOUTH SPORTS LEAGUE AND KIDS BASKETBALL COMING IN JANUARY

Winter will be here soon, what to do with the kids?

Winter will be here soon, where will the kids play?

As we all know, Long Island City is a great place to live.  Yet due to its nascency, there are several crucial resources that have yet to emerge.  One of these is a locally-based youth sports program for kids over five years old.  So I have decided to form one.  It will have a very modest start this winter with a Continue reading

MASSIVE NEW REC CENTER COMING TO HUNTERS POINT

Future home of new Hunters Point Rec Center

Future home of new Hunters Point Rec Center, and current home of the Hard Hat Cafe

This is all a dream we dreamed one afternoon long ago. 

A new recreation center is coming to Hunters Point, and will be lodged at the base of Hunters Point South (HPS) Phase 2. The 44,000-square-foot space will offer tons of amenities: two pools, including a lap pool and a rec pool with a large slide and water features, a large gymnasium for basketball, volleyball, and indoor sports clinics, a wellness center with cardiovascular and strength training equipment, large group Continue reading

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