BACK TO SCHOOL IN LIC

Summer's end

Summer’s end

“Bring us a pitcher of beer every seven minutes until somebody passes out. And then bring one every ten minutes”

‘Back to School’ is a classic 80′s movie, worthy of multiple viewings.  Most importantly, it’s protagonist imparts a message that all those children who began the new school year today should remember after they graduate: Continue reading

DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert Continue reading

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
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MORE BABIES KEEP COMING TO LIC

Drinking in the end of summer

Drinking in the end of summer

UPON returning from summering in Marthucket, I noticed  a heretofore very pregnant woman in my building pushing around a baby carriage.  ‘Oh, yet another one joins the ranks’ I thought to myself at this inane observation.  Yes, more babies keep coming to LIC (what does that even mean?), and on a per-capita basis it probably skews a little higher than citywide and nationwide, but it’s certainly not newsworthy.  Nevertheless, like my fellow journalists in the local news trenches, occasionally I’m forced to conjure something out of nothing to go to print.  Kinda like writing about a survey that finds people in LIC want more restaurants – D’uhh!  Of course they do, but if asked whether Continue reading

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MASSIVE DRUG RAID ON CENTER BLVD IN LONG ISLAND CITY -UPDATE

Various news outlets are reporting that there is a massive drug raid going on this morning at a tower on Center Boulevard.  Federal agents, some wearing hazmat suits, Continue reading

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MASSIVE SEA TURTLE AND NEW FERRIES IN THE EAST RIVER

Sea turtles or Pepsi-worshiping aliens surrounding new ferry stop?

Turtles or Pepsi-worshiping sea monsters surrounding new ferry stop

IN what has to be the best story of the slow summer, a man fishing from the shore of the East River right near Costco on Vernon Boulevard hooked a giant sea turtle.  I mean really big!  Then, following a volley of incredulous f-bombs, he and Continue reading

APOCECLIPSE NOW

Greenpoint viewpoint

Greenpoint viewpoint

I feel bad for millennials, unlike Gen X’ers they never got to experience multiple viewings of the classic movie Apocalypse Now during their formative years.  On the other hand, most of them probably still have the good fortune to be able to experience it for the very first time and be awed by it.

What does this have to do with LIC?  Well Continue reading

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AUGUST UPDATES JUST FOR YOU LIC

What's up with the library?  This is

What’s up with the library? This is

What’s up with rezoning upzoning of LIC? What’s the latest on the founder of the Long Island City Academy of Music?  What really happens behind the walls of MoMA PS1 during a summer Warm-up?  When is the CVS in Hunters Point opening? Continue reading

MU RAMEN OWNER TO TAKE ALOBAR & RENAME RAVENSWOOD TAVERN

The Smooklers are expanding their culinary empire by taking over the former Alobar space and renaming it Ravenswood Tavern according to Eater.  The menu will have more in common with the prior occupant than Mu Ramen, with chef Joshua Smookler creating Continue reading

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THE CHOCOLATE FACTORY GETS ITS OWN NEW FACTORY

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Sounds of Silence in the summer

The Chocolate Factory Theater has scored a golden ticket and secured a permanent home for $3.8 million with financial help from the NYC government according to The New York Times.  Currently located on 49th Avenue in Hunters Point, the theater will be moving into a 7,500 SF single story brick building at 38-29 24th Street in Dutch Kills, for now the home of Earth Stone Design Inc., a stone supplier, for the 2018-2019 season.  I imagine acquiring a new home will allow the Chocolate Factory to largely stay the course in terms of avant garde programming, which leaves only two questions lingering: Continue reading

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FREE SHAKESPEARE, YOGA, PLASTICS & SILENCE OF THE LAMBS

While you live, tell truth and shame the devil!

FREE Shakespeare!  No it’s not a protest movement, but literally a free fully-casted play on the waterfront.  Two actually, no make that four if you count identical shows the following night at Socrates Sculpture Park.  This Saturday and Sunday and next, at 7pm on Saturday at the field on Gantry Plaza State Park and 5pm on Sunday at Socrates, the Hip-to-Hip Theatre Company will perform Measure For Measure and Henry IV.  Check the schedule below for full information and here are my earlier thoughts on this great program.

//FREE Yoga, free movies, so much going on in LIC this week.  Alas my two week “residency” at Les Caves du Roy is in mid stride and I’ll be missing Anne Bancroft taming the shrew in ‘The Graduate’ tonight on the oval.  The following morning The Yoga Room will be holding a free yoga session by the Oval and will continue to do so every Saturday in August from 10am – 11am.

//READING the local and non-local articles in the last week on the Water’s Edge developer announcement was like watching Continue reading

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