LICTALK IS FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY

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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E&I DELI RE-OPENS WITH A NU LOOK

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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NEW CONDOS STILL SELLING LIKE HOTCAKES IN LIC

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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MASSO RESTAURANT ON VERNON HAS CLOSED & IS FOR SALE

Big changes off Vernon too - look, we have a Technion!

Big changes off Vernon too – look, we have a Technion!

Thank goodness for retail store turnover, otherwise there would be zero local news of significance1.  Anyway, Masso Restaurant which has occupied a prime corner location on Vernon Blvd and 47th Rd. since 2005, seemed to have closed when I passed it recently.

After some considerable sleuthing I discovered that the restaurant is also Continue reading

  1. is a store closing significant?  No, but the promise of what’s coming next is []
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MORE CHANGES COMING TO VERNON BLVD & MORE TACOS

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

After being vacant for six years, a not-so-new tenant comes along

HUNTERS Point Dental will be moving to new and bigger offices at the base of One Vernon Jackson.  This prime new location, on Vernon Boulevard just south of Cafe Henri, has been vacant since the building’s construction in 2010.  Moreover, HP Dental’s previous home three storefronts north of Dorian’s Diner (49-13 Vernon Boulevard), will now be open to a new tenant for the first time in 32 years! Continue reading

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APRES HAYDEN, LE DELUGE?

E & I Deli expansion, not quite ready for prime time

E & I Deli expansion, not quite ready for prime time

ROCKROSE has just launched leasing on the Hayden in Court Square.  Who/what/where is the Hayden?  It’s that just completed 50-story tower abutting dominating Jackson Avenue and 44th Drive1 across the street from the Citi building.

It’s 974 units are comprised of studio, 1-br, and 2-br apartments, which according to Curbed will range in price from Continue reading

  1. technically the address is 43-25 Hunter Street, and even though that is probably where the entrance is, it will still be known for its Jackson Ave presence []
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SNOWDAY, SHIA LABOEUF SHUT DOWN, L’INIZIO TURNED DOWN

Fresh powder yes, but don't eat the yellow snow

Fresh powder yes, but don’t eat the yellow snow

Snowday!  Is over – back to school/work.  ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ at the Museum of Moving Image is shut down due to violence.  L’Inizio Pizzeria on Vernon Boulevard is denied a license for back yard drinking according to the LIC Post.  The first two I don’t have anything to add, the latter is really disappointing.  According to the Post, the license was turned down because the owner, Tom Blaze, is accused by a Continue reading

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SUNNYSIDE YARDS AND FLYING CARS

Let's put another one next to it?

Let’s put another one next to it?

YESTERDAY the ‘official’ study regarding the plan to deck over Sunnyside Yards and build housing on top was released by the city.  Actually, three separate plans were released, each containing a different mix of residential/office/other space that would yield between 14,000 and 24,000 new apartments.

As expected, the study, commissioned by the Mayor, confirmed that the plan is both feasible and at a cost of $16 – $19 billion …uhh reasonable? The release was accompanied by the usual canned ‘huzzah’s such as this one by deputy-mayor Alicia Glen: “Sunnyside Yard represents one of our greatest opportunities to invest in the affordable housing, good jobs, open space and public transit western Queens needs,”

Here at LICtalk we see through such non-sequitur’s and are completely opposed to pursuing the Sunnyside Yards proposal any further.  Given all the non-decked over growth that will occur in Long Island City over the next 5-6 years, which will roughly double the existing housing stock, why is there any hurry to look to the next phase whilst having zero knowledge of how the current excessively-expansionary one will play out?

The obvious answer to this is Continue reading

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LEVANTE ON JACKSON AVE IS GETTING CLOSER AND TOBY’S ARRIVES

Dark Gray Sweater has dibs on that spot for the next decade

Dark gray sweater guy has dibs on that spot @ Toby’s Coffee for the next decade

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Backyard at Levante – envision it come Spring

The pizza oven has been installed, the bar has been constructed, the brick walls fully exposed, and the upper two stories gutted of floors and stripped to the beams to reveal striking 30′ plus ceilings.  Though there’s still a lot of work to be done, Levante at 26-21 Jackson Avenue hopes to open sometime in April.  We met with one of the partners, Tony D’Aiuto, and toured the bustling construction site this morning.

The first thing to note is that despite the prominently displayed pizza oven, Continue reading

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FOR WHOM THE TOLL TOLLS

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

Who needs a bridge when we have all the essentials?

 

Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy 

It won’t be too long before people refer to Manhattan as the “old neighborhood,” and visit it nostalgically like Italians returning to Bensonhurst and Jews (used) to the Lower East Side.  ‘Look, that’s where mommy and daddy used to live, and that’s where they used to drink before they knew each other.’ Continue reading

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