Walking around in the warm weather today got me thinking of what’s to come in LIC in the not-too-distant future. As I passed Shady Park, I wondered “Hmm, we’re weeks away from the first stretch of hot weather. If we can’t get any sun relief, can they at least open up other parts of the park?” Ambling west 100 feet, I noticed a newly vacant lot where a single story structure had existed several months ago. One look at the footprint of the lot and the Trump in me quickly calculated the profits I could make building eight 3-bedroom condos on it. So I rewarded myself with an ice cream cone from Mister Softee on Center Boulevard. Which got me thinking about the new Japanese Restaurant coming to Jackson Avenue, a few doors down from Manetta’s. The thought I had was “My how far this town has come, when it actually attracts an Asian restaurant that doesn’t have to cross every culinary border in order to attract a crowd.” Hibino, which currently has a location in Cobble Hill, serves “Fresh homemade tofu, Kyoto style obanzai (Japanese tapas), and sushi in both traditional and new style” according to their website. Don’t get too excited as this will require almost a complete build-out. So we’ll probably be off Daylight Savings Time before we’re guzzling raw fish and sake at Hibino. In the more immediate future, actually the very recent past, Tuesday night to be exact, the PS78Q PTA raised over $20,000 at its first ever local fundraiser. The funds raised at the event will be used for specialty arts programs, technological upgrades, and an after school program. Feeling guilty about not contributing to this event? Fear not, because as anyone in Hunters Point knows, the big finale to the LIC social season is the Spring Fair organized by the P.T.A. on Saturday, June 1st between 12pm and 3pm on Center Boulevard in front of P.S. 78. Unfortunately, unlike the previous event, I’m told there won’t be body shots.
Hibino in Cobble Hill Website – fugu comes to LIC
LICP Holds Real Estate Breakfast – no green eggs and ham, but lotsa talk about square footage
Jamestown Mulling Chelsea Market Type Conversion in LIC – mull might be too strong a word, unless you’re thinking next decade
Jack Eichenbaum’s Queens Tours – four upcoming in LIC this spring
Community Celebrates LIC Flea and Food Announcement – kicks off on Saturday, June 15 at the corner of 5th Street and 46th Avenue and will include a mix of about 60 vendors selling their unique products every Saturday and Sunday.
City Seeks Developer For 1,000 Affordable Apartments – phase II of Hunters Point South