From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round
THE stories of the week are the stories of life. Yes I am making that profound statement, despite its only having a filigree of connection at best. Though aren’t egg hunts, food festivals posing as flea markets, and real estate a suitable analogy for the basic necessities of LIC in 2017?
Anyway, for those not leaving town, the LIC Flea begins this Saturday. You know the deal, what began several years ago as a market of goods, is now predominantly gourmet food stalls and craft beer. Nothing wrong with that! Moreover as the beer swilling continues it helps to grease the wheels of an egg hunt of sorts for adults. Capisce?
//I don’t know what’s more highly anticipated, the Annual Trinity Grace Church Queens Easter Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, or the registration for it? Either way, registration is now open, and my advice is to drop whatever it is you are doing and click on the link below. Do not delay!
Ironically, what you’ll find when you get to the registration, is a lengthy small-print multi-paragraph waiver that among numerous potential legal absolutions includes this: “may include activities that may be hazardous to me and my child including running and collision with other children”
I believe the waiver is new this year and I chuckled when I saw it in light of my previous write-ups of this event comparing it to the Running of the Bulls, The Who Concert in Cincy, piranhas, and CTE. Nevertheless parents you have nothing to fear, except 21st century litigiousness (or lack thereof) in America.
//1 QPS, a 390-unit newly built tower on 23rd St. in Queens Plaza that opened to residents in February, is almost 40% leased. Asking prices are standard for this offering, but the big unknown is what kind of concessions are being given, 1, 2, 3 months anyone? Among many other recent and near-term openings, The Court Square Blog posts that Rockrose’s Eagle Loft rental tower comprising almost 800 units is advertising a Fall 2017 delivery.
//EASTER, Passover, Good Friday, St. Barts – The Editor will be taking a two week break and fleeing to warmer climes, so Long Island City will be closed until the end of April and thus there will be no news to report. No Joke. Ciao!
2017 TGC Easter Festival – it’s not just an egg hunt anymore, register here
1 QPS Refi’s Construction Loan – “Rents range from the high $2,000s for a studio to as much as $6,000 for a two-bedroom”
Facade Work Underway at Eagle Loft Building – 40+ of 54 stories completed
Astoria Cove Site Put on Market for $350 Mil – that’s what it costs to buy 9 acres and 2.2 mil sq ft of buildable land on the East River in Astoria. Probably 10 times that in Midtown.
Eastern Star Development Shooting For One of LIC’s Priciest Condo Sellouts at $253 Million - w/ 183 expected units that breaks down to ~$1.4 million per condo. Probably very wishful thinking given that it’s 75% 1-br’s and 25% 2-br’s in Queens Plaza, I’d be surprised if it even cracked $1 mil, but who am I?
Juniors Cafe on Vernon Closes after Two Decades – that’s right blame the ‘rents