Long Island City's Taj Mahal

Will Long Island City’s Taj Mahal be an oxymoron?

The nearly completed Hunters Point Library along the waterfront in Long Island City will be re-christened in honor of Queens most famous native son.  The Queens Library has announced that the new building will be given the name ‘Trump Library’ when it is finished later this year, and that barring any unforeseen circumstances the president will be in attendance for the grand opening and naming ceremony in September.

When asked about the honor last night at a press conference, Trump responded that he was very gratified Continue reading

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no fighting here

No fighting here

I’ve seen you ’round for a long long time
I remembered you when you drank my wine

I’ve seen you walking down in Chinatown
I called you but you could not look around

The color of your skin don’t matter to me
As long as we can live in harmony

I’d kind of like to be the President
So I can show you how your money’s spent

Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?
Why can’t we be friends?

Have you ever walked by a building in Long Island City and thought “I wonder who owns it?” or “How does it remain ‘as is’ in light of all the changes going on in the neighborhood/city?”  Real estate investing is idiosyncratic.  Unlike a stock or a bond, which can easily be compared, quantified, and traded, every single home, building, and piece of land is unique.  So are the circumstances behind their ownership.

Proof of that comes in a story today about Continue reading



Blood in the water

It all looks so innocent to start

I am the eggman (Ooh)
They are the eggmen (Ooh)
I am the walrus
Goo goo g’ joob

Sex may sell, but there’s nothing more highly anticipated in Long Island City than the annual Easter Egg Hunt.  The local lust for this event is unrivaled, outside of the comprehensive coverage of it by LICtalk.  It’s stories like this that make the $90K in student debt I still retain to get my Masters in Journalism from Northwestern so worth it. Continue reading



The LICYSL completes it's 3rd Annual Basketball Program at PS78Q this Saturday

The LICYSL completes it’s 3rd Annual Basketball Program at PS78Q this Saturday

CONFESSION: I’ve never actually been to a MoMA PS1 Warm Up.  I’ve talked about it a lot, I’ve walked by MoMA PS1 while it’s been going on and noted the crowds, but for one feeble reason or another I have yet to actually enter the premises during showtime.  This year, in order to make up for past absences, I have decided to go whole hog and run the table by attending every session.  Best of all, in celebration of Warm Up’s 20th year, MoMA PS1 is making an offer I, and everyone else, can’t refuse: the “1998 ticket package,” which gets you all ten shows for only $981 – all that’s missing is a discounted beer flight for the season.  Anyway, while the line up has yet to be released, it is interesting to note from the article below, that the series has oodles of curators, as only a museum sponsored music show would.

//PAUL Simon walks into a non-profit art supply depot in Queens Continue reading

  1. actually, it used to be free for all LIC residents, which if it still is, makes this blurb irrelevant []


Where one time we lusted for black concert t-s, now we want grasshopper tacos

Where one time we lusted for black concert t-s, now we want grasshopper tacos

Recently, an old friend who grew up in Queens, shared with me her main recollection of coming to Long Island City back in her youth.  It centered around subway rides to Queens Plaza to shop at a crowded flea market called QP’s Market Place, in order to purchase the 80′s teenage equivalent of Snapchat: black concert t-shirts.

Hmm, I thought, given the retailing magnet that this place was for  someone living all the way on the other side of Queens, and the nostalgia people of a certain era have for physical locations that sold highly discounted and possibly semi-illicit merchandise, maybe the venue deserved a short profile?

Instead, a quick google turned up a historical treasure trove about the site that the market was located on.  And previous chroniclers have already performed extensive spadework and risked limbs for cool photos.  So to entice you to read their fantastic posts on it, I’ll share some interesting tidbits.

First though, to put things in perspective, the area we’re talking about is Continue reading

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Where's the guy with the inside scoop?

Where’s the guy with the inside scoop?

SO, the annual LIC Partnership Real Estate Breakfast took place this morning.  There is not a lot to share.  While it’s still a great event to network at and meet the big local RE players – many of whom were in attendance, the presentation and panel were a little stale.  Now in fairness, I’m not sure there’s much meat left on the bone in terms of the LIC transformation.  At this point we can tangibly see a lot of the growth, and that which is on the drawing boards has already been revealed.  Furthermore, there are few, if any, undiscovered gems, as most landowners are aware of what’s going on, some a little too optimistically.

In light of this, the LICP Breakfast line-up needs some pizzazz.  Might I suggest Continue reading



March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

March Madness: just last week we had spring training in shorts

GET out your sleds kids, the NYC Department of Education (DOE) has declared tomorrow a Snow Day. Yes, Snow Day is capitalized according to Webster’s, as it is both a holiday and a holy day – at least as far as public and parochial schools go.  Best of all, by calling it early, the DOE has given cover to everyone to sleep in and uhh …work from home.  As for myself, it gives me more time to “work” on my brackets and run thru a dress rehearsal for St. Patty’s Day.

//LAST July we did some calculations and made the call that the townhouses being built on the south end of Murray Park we’re going to lead to Continue reading


Hallelujah, half a decade later LICtalk is still here!

Hallelujah, five years later LICtalk is still here!

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
We’ve got five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
We’ve got five years, that’s all we’ve got

HALF a decade ago an idea was bandied about by the local intelligentsia: Can small town news be created and conveyed in a manner befitting a great metropolis of millions?  The answer was a resounding no, yet from that grand concept came the detritus that is LICtalk.

Way back in those days condominiums in Long Island City were priced at less than $1,000 a square foot, people moved here because of the significantly discounted rent to Manhattan’s, Court Square was comprised of the Citi building, we only had one park on the waterfront, JetBlue was headquartered in Forest Hills, 5Pointz was a mecca – not dual cookie-cutter towers-in-waiting, we had five Italian restaurants (just like we do now), children were babies, and men shaved more and hugged less. Continue reading

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The 21st century prototypical bodega

The 21st century prototypical bodega

'Lemme get a chopped cheese and onion rings'

‘Lemme get a chopped cheese, onion rings, and extra ketchup’

EVERY morning I awake at the crack of noon to the worry of whether I will find something truly newsworthy to share with the well read citizens of LIC.  Frequently, like many renowned writers, I am forced to conjure something out of an idea: Melville had his whale, Hemingway a marlin, and Benchley a shark.  For The Editor it is a butterfly.

Because today the news gods are smiling on me, as I am happy to announce that E&I Deli on Vernon Boulevard has cast off its chrysalis and metamorphosed Continue reading

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5Pointz about to cast its 40+ story shadow on Iglesia de Cristo and Murray Park, and the benefits are?

5Pointz about to cast its dual 40+ story shadows on Iglesia de Cristo and Murray Park, and the benefits are?

ACCORDING to an article this weekend in Crain’s, The Harrison, a 27-story/120-unit condominium in Court Square, is 60% sold despite the fact that it won’t be completed until June, and thus doesn’t even have a model apartment to exhibit.  In addition, the article mentions that all 33 condos in The Marx are sold.

The latter building is located on the Astoria/LIC border across the street from the Kaufman Studios.  Heretofore I’d refer to this as a no-man’s land, yet Continue reading

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