Thank goodness for the Mets, without whom I’d be hard pressed to find any worthy local news this week. Is it a coincidence that they made the World Series in the same exact year that Queens was named the top tourist destination in the country? I don’t know, there’s definitely something spooky going on considering that they finished below .500 last year.
I’ve already fessed up to recently getting on the Mets bandwagon, and the excitement in LIC and Queens couldn’t be greater but given my usually contrarian nature, I think I’m going to hedge it by purchasing property in the Bronx.
//Indicative of how hot (hip) LIC has become, the New Yorker actually has two articles on local places in it’s current issue. Not to be outdone, New York Magazine lauds the aesthetics of Hunters Point South – but it’s conclusions on affordable housing are misconceived. In the ‘what’s this’ category, an Aloft Hotel on Jackson Ave topped out at 18 stories this week. This is Starwood’s downscale version of the ‘W’ brand, so expect $16 martinis instead of $18 ones. And adding an exclamation point to all this, Dan S. let us know that Amazon Prime NOW – their new 2-hour delivery service, became available in LIC this week. Hmm, I’ll take the Mets 2015 NL Champions XL t-shirt, a vintage Mets cap, and a Dan Murphy bobble-head doll.
//The LIC Flea will have a Ricky’s NYC Halloween Pop-up store this weekend. Get all your costumes and paraphernalia for the big day, plus enter the pumpkin carving contest, plus get your pumpkin, apples, and fresh vegetables from the farm stand there, plus the beer garden will be broadcasting all the college and NFL Games. A great opportunity to get in drinking shape for the World Series.
//Saving the Best for Last Dept: There is no greater affirmation of LIC’s coming out, than the inauguration of Men’s Indoor Pick-up Basketball in Hunters Point this Monday, October 26. It will take place at the High School on Center Boulevard (aka Academy for Careers in Television & Film; 1-50 51st Ave) every Monday and Wednesday from 7pm-8:45pm.
The cost is $10 per session, and you only play when you want – you do not have to commit to the season or a specific day.
It is open to everyone and all skill levels are welcomed.
For more information, please go to Meetup.com and search for “LIC Hoops” or email [email protected] GAME ON!
Anybody Here Seen Murphy – ahh for the days of being anonymous and sitting outside Food Cellar
Dutch Kills – thanks for the plaudits NYer, but it’s not exactly au courant, the place has been around for several years
A Tale of Two Cities – the NY’ers review of ‘Greater New York’ at MoMA PS1
Hunters Point South Should Be the New Gold Standard for Affordable Housing – sure, and BMW should be the same for affordable transportation, and maybe we should also have a gold standard for affordable vacation, St. Bart’s anyone?
CB2 Meeting in Hunters Point on the Mayor’s Housing Plan – you’ll be told exactly why you should accept subways even more crowded than currently
Basketball & Handball Park on 48th Ave. to be Revamped – as will the adjacent tot playground. Construction to start, and hopefully end, in the Spring
Silvercup to Build Condo Building on 44th Drive – 120 units, mostly small, near Jackson Ave
How Queens Became New York’s Largest Borough – next up in the Series… how it became NY’s best borough