In case you were wondering what all the smoke was coming from the northeast last night, it was a 5-alarm fire at a workshop on Queens Boulevard near the Sunnyside border which began around 7:30pm and quickly ravaged the building. Over two hundred fire fighters were called to the conflagration, and two were seriously injured.
In case you were wondering about the police cars on the wooden promenade in Gantry Park yesterday, and the police tape cordoning off the platforms where the red chairs are, according to a post on a local Facebook site, a rape/attack allegedly occurred there Monday night around 10pm. So far there has only been one witness who was the Facebook poster, and the victim has yet to come forward. We tweeted out the actual post and the news of the police investigation on Tuesday, but unlike the fire above, there is nothing very tangible. One LICtalk reader has suggested that it would be very helpful if a police sketch based on the witness’ description were circulated.
//NEW RESTAURANTS NOW AND COMING SOON DEPT: As we reported last week, the Crabhouse re-opened and was having a soft-opening Saturday night. If you followed LICtalk on Twitter, you not only would have heard first about the attack mentioned above, but also that the opening night party was open to all residents of LIC and had free drinks and food. So what are you waiting for, follow us on Twitter – our feed doesn’t exist solely to provide story ideas for other outlets! In other restaurant/booze news, a reader shared a pic of the new pinsetters being delivered to “The Gutter,” a small bowling alley coming to 46th Avenue between Vernon and 11th St. My guesstimate is an arrival this Fall. Also, we received a new pic of The Green Street LIC, whose Facebook page describes it as an organic kitchen with paleo specialties (think bbq), and organic juice presses and organic liquors. It will be located on 47th Road between Vernon and 11th St., and while it’s copper tin ceiling and penny-tiled bar are in place, this one looks closer to Winter than Fall. Finally, a massive Italian restaurant called Oro opened this week on Crescent Street, a half block north of the Queensboro Bridge. Check out the link to pics and the menu below.
Five Alarm Fire Breaks Out in LIC Workshop – on Queens Blvd
A Monster of an Italian Spot in LIC – not to mention high end
Going Big in Queens – 241 seats, DJ’s late night
The Green Street LIC – instagram page
Once Mocked, the G Train is Now Cool. Kind of – plans to improve service on the line and to double the length of its trains to eight cars from four
Starwood Hotel Completed and Opening on Jackson Ave in October – ok, it’s an Aloft hotel
Construction Starts for Pink Sculpture ‘Sunbather’ on Jackson Ave – according to The Court Square Blog
Garbage Truck Driver Admits to Crash That Killed Bicyclist – a year ago on Vernon Boulevard
Doughnut Plant Opens It’s LIC Production Space – Homer S. is smiling, 10K Sq Ft in the Falchi Building