Category Archives: Transportation

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.

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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

OVERCROWDING COMING TO LIC?

 

Nice and tranquil here, one last look at summer.

Nice and peaceful here, one last look at summer.

As the Vernon/Jackson subway platform gets more crowded with each passing day, the question arises “At what point will it be too much?” Continue reading

JORA HAS OPENED, PERUVIAN FOOD COMES TO LONG ISLAND CITY

UBER'S NYC headquarters on Jackson Ave.

UBER’S NYC headquarters on Jackson Ave.  Get this guy to chauffeur you to Jora

It’s time to pisco everybody!  Jora, the Peruvian Restaurant on 11th Street at the foot of the Pulaski Bridge, has officially opened.  They are currently serving dinner every day of the week starting at 5:30pm.  But as any self-respecting South American knows, who eats dinner before 9?  Thus they will be open until late.

According to the owner, Alejandro Rojas Continue reading

CENTER BOULEVARD STOP SIGN PROTEST TOMORROW

It's amazing how fast government can work when pushing it's own initiative, like affordable housing.

It’s amazing how fast government can work when pushing it’s own initiative, like affordable housing.

It has finally come to this.  The need for traffic safety measures has spurred a press event that will be held tomorrow, May 30, at 3pm on Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue.  Who will be there? Continue reading

LIC & QUEENS: THE PRESS IS CATCHING UP

Subways and Streetcars?

Subways and Streetcars?

Three articles over the last few days, summarize what the LICtalk juggernaut has been saying for the last two years.  The first, in The New York Times ((a little name dropping)) talks about the compression in the discount that Queens typically receives in residential real estate pricing.  The second, also in The New York Times1, acts proactively2 in pitching a street car along the East River waterfront that runs from Red Hook to Astoria.  The third, talks about what current apartment buyers and renters are looking for in LIC.  It’s a little weaker than the first two articles, and doesn’t have the same journalistic pedigree, but does contain this nugget, which justifies it’s inclusion: Continue reading

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CENTER BOULEVARD CROSSWALK: TODAY NOT TOMORROW!

SilverCup to get new neighbor

SilverCup to get new neighbor, and looks like they’ve already solved their traffic problem

We bring you a guest editorial, on a request that we made and briefly commented on late last year:

Almost 4 years ago this spring I got a letter from the DOT saying they assessed a need for a crosswalk at Center Boulevard and 47th Road and work would be starting soon.  Shame on my filing system, but now I cannot find the letter and they have changed their tune to say there is not a need, whereas in my mind it has escalated from definite to desperate.  I guess I trusted the DOT and trusted that the crosswalk work would actually be done, and threw out the letter.  Silly me.  The DOT letter to me was in response to a 311 call and online post I did back then.

A car doing highway speeds, whizzed by my 3 year old daughter and I crossing Center Boulevard at the point I mention above.  Back then the boulevard only extended as far north as The View. Cars only had 1 block to ramp up speed.  Now there are many more buildings on this street, and it extends down to the basin.  So there is not only a much higher volume of cars, but also a longer strip for them to accelerate. Continue reading

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