LIC IN 2023

Where will we be in 2023?

Where will we be in 2023?

You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

If God’s a coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
Guess it’s time for the judgment day

It’s crystal ball time here at LICtalk, as we take a look at what can be expected here in Long Island City come 2023.

Packed subway cars will be the least of the mass-transit problems our logistics experts anticipate.  More worrisome will be Continue reading

SCHOOL’S UP IN LIC

Mister Softee - the final vestige of summer

Mister Softee – the final vestige of summer

What’s up in LIC? School, Continue reading

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“KNOCK DOWN THE PROJECTS AND BRING IN THE CRANES”

Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

Walking on the sidewalk, hotter than a match head

But at night it’s a different world
Go out and find a girl
Come-on come-on and dance all night
Despite the heat it’ll be alright

3 1/2 years ago LICtalk proposed razing Queensbridge.  Not because it was a blight on Long Island City – its presence has minimal impact, but instead as a pragmatic solution to the endemic problems of, well …the projects.  It took awhile, but now others are making similar arguments, most notably in Continue reading

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THE SHANNON POT BAR N GRILL MOVING TO 11TH ST.

Future home of The Shannon Pot

Future home of The Shannon Pot

THE Shannon Pot will be relocating once again, this time going into a former coffee shop located on the southwest corner of Continue reading

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SUNNYSIDE YARDS DEVELOPMENT UPDATE

All leased up and no place to go, nice looking building though

All leased up and no place to go, nice looking building though

AN article in The New York Times this week rehashing the proposed development of Sunnyside Yards pulled the editorial staff here out of their late-summer stupor.  I could spill lots of ink rebutting the rationale put forth by the proponents of this pipe dream, but I’m on the beach and the waves are so soothing.  Plus I’ve already done so in the past, so I’ll boil it down to the two main arguments: Continue reading

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ONE NIGHT IN SUSHI DAIZEN

Opening the kimono

Opening the kimono

I don’t see you guys rating
The kind of mate I’m contemplating
I’d let you watch, I would invite you
But the queens we use would not excite you

Almost 2 1/2 years ago a new restaurant landed on Vernon Boulevard with hardly a peep.  In the ensuing period Continue reading

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FAIRS, PARTIES, BLOOD DRIVES, AND FREE DRINKS IN LIC

All work and no play...

All work and no play…

THERE’S a party going on and you’re invited! Continue reading

CONDOS AND LUZZO’S AND SHOOTINGS OH MY

Citi of The Dead

Citi of The Dead

If my words did glow with the gold of sunshine
And my tunes were played on the harp unstrung
Would you hear my voice come through the music
Would you hold it near as it were your own?

It’s August in Long Island City folks and with it comes the type of inconsequential news all other publications covering LIC put out 12 months a year.  But it’s also Continue reading

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MADAME JADE BRINGING ASIAN FUSION TO EX CRABHOUSE IN LIC

Madame has arrived

Madame has arrived

A new restaurant called Madame Jade is coming into the former Crabhouse site at 2-03 Borden Avenue in Long Island City.  Or maybe it’s a new theme as Continue reading

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NEW FOOD HALLS AND LOTS OF COMMERCIAL REAL ESTATE IN LIC

A nice little shack on the water

A nice little shack on the water in LIC

ONE million square feet of office space is up for lease in the Citi Building in Court Square as Citigroup consolidates according to the New York Post.  That’s a lot I think.  In addition, YIMBY revealed that a 24-story spec1 office building containing 400k sq. ft. is coming to Queens Plaza South.  Ahh, 24 stories, that’s a lot easier to comprehend spacially – but I’m glad they also supplied a picture.  As for the Citi building, a million square feet is roughly 2/3 of the tower.  Yeah, a lot.

In order to attract commercial tenant(s), the owner of the Citi building plans on transforming the 5-story retail “atrium” to Continue reading

  1. as in speculative, as in being built on spec that they can fill it, as in they have no tenants currently lined up, as in it’s a total crapshoot, as in it must be getting built using OPM []
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