Category Archives: Transportation

CORNELL TECHNION OPENS – HEY DON’T FORGET THE BRIDGE!

It's time for LIC to no longer be solely framed by its proximity to Midtown

It’s time for LIC to no longer be framed solely by its proximity to midtown

So, Cornell Technion opened up this week.  While the opening entailed press releases, ribbon-cutting, politicians and media attention, it should come as no surprise as it was completed right on schedule.  Of course that fact may actually be the biggest surprise of all!

Amidst the news hoopla, and there was a lot of it from all angles (see links below), was the standard local one as to how this would affect the local community adjacent to the campus: Long Island City.  All interviewees laud the potential of the proximity to the new campus, and the hyperbole is justified.  Unfortunately what they don’t realize is the huge gulf between “as the crow flies” and reality.  While a new ferry is nice, it is far from a game-changer.  The fact is that the Continue reading

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SUMMER OF HELL BRINGS TEMPORARY NEW FERRY TERMINAL TO LIC

Gilligan, remind me again which side is fore and which is aft?

Gilligan, remind me again which side is fore and which is aft?

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

FIFTY years ago we had the ‘Summer of Love.’  I missed it.  Yesterday began the ‘Summer of Hell’ for those suburbanites east and west of Manhattan, and though I once again will not be a participant, as an LIC resident I’ll be a passive bystander in the thick of it all.  That’s because Continue reading

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FOR WHOM THE TOLL TOLLS

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

 

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy 

It won’t be too long before people refer to Manhattan as the “old neighborhood,” and visit it nostalgically like Italians returning to Bensonhurst and Jews (used) to the Lower East Side.  ‘Look, that’s where mommy and daddy used to live, and that’s where they used to drink before they knew each other.’ Continue reading

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CITY ANNOUNCES BQX STREETCAR ROUTES IN LIC, NEW BRIDGE?

Likewise, LIC might get a lot closer for Greenpoint

Likewise, LIC might get a lot closer for Greenpoint too

CITY officials unveiled potential streetcar routes for the proposed BQX connector in a presentation yesterday.  Long Island City options include 21st Street into Jackson Avenue, 11th Street, or Vernon Boulevard.  All the plusses and minuses are laid out in the presentation.

Of possibly greater significance, and a key factor in determining which of the routes they choose, are the three bridge options for crossing into Brooklyn.  The first one, is to use the existing Pulaski.  Yet not only would the use of the bridge itself be logistically difficult given the newly carved out bike lane, but the study notes that the intersection leading up to it on the Queens side would be challenging.

That would leave the remaining two options as more plausible: either a new bridge crossing over at Vernon Boulevard, or a new bridge crossing over at 2nd Street and running east/west for two blocks across 51st Avenue.  Both of these would mean massive changes for Hunters Point. 

Though my gut tells me there would be more positives than negatives with a second bridge1, it also very much confirms my initial reaction to the BQX Connector when it was first proposed back in February: Continue reading

  1. Negatives: lots of disruption during the lengthy construction process, more traffic/noise when it’s up and running, a serious change in lifestyle for 51st Ave residents.  Positives: a very convenient transit alternative for the immediate hood and greater and quicker connectivity to Greenpoint/Wmsbg including via bike/walking []
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LONG ISLAND CITY IS THE NAPA VALLEY OF CRAFT BEER

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts.  Courtesy Nick Knight

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts. Courtesy Nick Knight

THE words in the headline above were recently uttered (or is it proclaimed?) by a very wise man, transcribed by an illustrious writer, and published in a highly esteemed journal.  Who am I to doubt that it’s not so?

//NOTHING is more boring than a story about something that might happen 2+ years from now, even if it’s highly probable. Continue reading

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BEER HALL COMING TO BORDEN AVENUE

Admit that the waters around you have grown

Admit that the waters around you have grown

A new beer hall is coming to the Blanchard Building on Borden Avenue according to Patrick Sweeney of Related Companies, which is the new owner of the building.  This information was buried in an article in yesterday’s New York Times about how the fashion industry has been gobbling up commercial space in LIC to the extent that it very well may become the second coming of the garment center, or actually replace it all-together.  We’re happy to mine the crumbs of this esteemed newspaper to wring a great headline1- even if unlike the NYT we can’t get a call back from Related.  We’re also very happy to have yet another tremendous beer offering coming to LIC.

//I’d also be very happy to be acknowledged by said newspaper as being Continue reading

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LIC MIGHT GET NEW BRIDGE WITH STREETCAR

Waiting for Godot on the E train

Good to get away from this for a week

My week-long absence seems to have been a ‘Waiting for Godot’ moment, in that nothing much actually happened.  Unless of course one delves into the details of a routine follow-up, whereby it was revealed that the new streetcar proposal may very well Continue reading

A STREETCAR NAMED DE BLASIO

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The march up Jackson after the 7-train was canceled

 

Mayor de Blasio has proposed a new streetcar line that will run near the East River and link Brooklyn to Queens.  More specifically, it would start in Sunset Park and end in northern Astoria.  Tentative plans in Long Island City have it crossing the Pulaski Bridge and running along 11th Street up to the Queensboro Bridge, and then shifting to 21st Street for the rest of the trek north.  It is expected to cost $2.5 billion.

Great idea, I love it.  It would be a fantastic addition for LIC.  Just one thing – about that price tag? Continue reading

VERNON/JACKSON SUBWAY RIDERSHIP UP OVER 50%

Have we hit critical mass?

Have we hit critical mass?

Back in reality land, the MTA released citywide subway ridership data this week, and it reveals that average weekday ridership at the Vernon/Jackson stop is up 57% between 2007 and 2013.  According to The New York World, this occurred during a period that the system’s ridership as a whole grew by 9%.  Putting the Vernon/Jackson percentages into numbers, it went from Continue reading

TOLLS COMING TO QUEENSBORO BRIDGE AND A NEW LIC FERRY STOP?

 

Someone has to pay

Someone has to pay

A new congestion pricing plan that’s gaining traction calls for an $8 toll both ways for the Queensboro Bridge. If it makes you feel any better Continue reading

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