ELECTION DAY: THE BIG VOTE IN LIC

Halloween finale

Halloween finale – no work and all play …and lots of candy

So let’s sink another drink
‘Cause it’ll give me time to think
If I had the chance
I’d ask the world to dance
And I’ll be dancing with myself

NOW we shift from the festivity of Halloween to the drama and solemnity of Election Day.  Of course there isn’t really any drama as by and large the relevant races are a foregone conclusion.  Out of the spotlight but of possibly greater consequence is the once-in-every-twenty-years vote over whether to hold a Constitutional Convention in New York State, on which I have no opinion.  Yet if one were to allow their imaginations and machinations to run wild…

Actually there is a vote on an item, or line-item as it were, that will have ahem …dire? consequences for a select segment of the Long Island City population Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN ’17

 

Even Spiderman paints pumpkins on Halloween

Even Superman paints pumpkins on Halloween in LIC

From my laboratory in the castle east
To the master bedroom where the vampires feast
The ghouls all came from their humble abodes
To get a jolt from my electrodes

Don’t let the fabulous October weather play a trick on you, Halloween is upon us.  Yet this year in LIC there will be a little twist for the youngsters and their parents, or maybe more of a mash-up of the monster-kind.  That’s because the Annual LIC Halloween Parade has merged with the PS78Q PTA Fall Festival1 to create a mammoth one-day extravaganza! (1-day, thank goodness!)

It’s this Sunday, October 29 and the fun starts at noon with Continue reading

  1. Morgan Stanley and Allen & Co. represented the Parade while Goldman Sachs and Moelis & Co. advised the PTA []
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DEAD BIRDS AND LIVE JELLYFISH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Towers are not bird-friendly

Towers are not bird-friendly

Just as I was about to wade in...

Just as I was about to wade in…

RECENTLY I was sent a trio of photos of dead birds on the sidewalks near Center Boulevard, one of which is shown above.  The sender was inquiring if I knew of, or why, the sudden surge in dead birds?  While I wasn’t aware of it, I did know where to go: D-Bird.org, a database kept by the NYC Audubon in order to assist them in Project Safe Flight, which helps birds migrate safely through New York City.

After entering the three photos and location information, I followed up with an email and call to Kaitlyn Parkins, a conservation biologist at NYC Audubon.  She told me Continue reading

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SHAKE SHACK COMING TO HUNTERS POINT SOUTH?

Future home of Shake Shack ...oh and 2,000 new residents

Future home of Shake Shack …oh and 2,000 new residents

Well maybe, but that’s not the real story.  Instead, the LIC Post is reporting that a complete redesign of Hunters Point South’s Parcel C was unveiled last night at a Community Board 2 Land Use meeting.  Most significantly, the towers will now rise to 55 and 44 stories from a previous 41 and 35 stories in the original plan shared in 2013.  The other significant design change from that plan, is that the structure will no longer run uninterrupted along Center Boulevard, which effectively made it one mammoth building with two peaks.  Instead it will be broken up with a Center Boulevard (and Oval and Manhattan) facing open area filled with greenery, art installations, and a food pavilion.  It’s in that pavilion that one of the presenters last night threw out the name Shake Shack Continue reading

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PIATTO WOOD FIRE PIZZA TO OPEN OCTOBER 23 IN LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

Wood + Fire + Pizza = Piatto LIC

MAN has been cooking with wood for over a million years.  Beginning next week the people of Long Island City will be able to get pizza cooked on wood for the very first time when Piatto LIC opens on October 23.  That’s right, pizza cooked on wood!  In LIC!!  Alla-buon’ora!  In addition the dinner menu includes items such as charred octopus, fire-roasted prawns, Continue reading

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ALL SOCRATES SCULPTURE PARK, ALL SATURDAY

Live at the Apollo

Live at the Apollo, where magic happens

“True knowledge exists in knowing that you know nothing

Socrates never set foot in his namesake park, but you can!  Walk among the immortals this Saturday, when numerous Continue reading

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MUSINGS ON GENTRIFICATION IN LIC AND DEVELOPING WATER’S EDGE

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

 

In the perfect world of The Editor there would be fewer humans taxing the earth’s resources and fewer still straining those of Queens and NYC.  Regrettably someone else from this borough was recently elected monarch so I won’t be able to impose my will until 2020 and thus will be required to accept compromises, just like everyone else.  That will entail watching large swaths of Long Island City towered up to the sky, much of which has already transpired.

Despite my anti-growth leanings, Continue reading

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THE LEGEND OF PARETTI HALL

So many lives

So many lives

Oh look, they're rolled out the red carpet for you

…and today you can relive them all

Gonna leave this brokedown palace
On my hands and my knees, I will roll, roll, roll

A half block north of the Queensbridge Houses, where Ravenswood abruptly turns into a warehouse and industrial zone, sits Paretti Hall.  As pictured above, it’s appearance is considerably more august than that of it’s neighbors, and it has a history to match.  Who exactly was James J. Paretti and what was his “Association” are lost to the sands of time.  In fact the building’s precise history is not fully verifiable.  So we’ll take some artistic license and piece together the snippets of others to paint a tale of intrigue in what is otherwise a non-descript area.1 Continue reading

  1. albeit one that has the requisite new 10-story hotel going up 100 feet north, but otherwise wilderness …as the hotel patrons will find out []
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MORE OPENINGS ANNOUNCED IN LIC

Nice, but not quite 5Pointz

It’s good to be king and have your own world
It helps to make friends, it’s good to meet girls
A sweet little queen who can’t run away
It’s good to be king, whatever it pays

The Black Star Bakery on 50th Avenue near Center Boulevard has opened, Indie LIC in Court Square Continue reading

VERNON GRILLE TO OPEN OCTOBER 11

A whole lotta kabobing going on this Fall, or is it kebabing?

Astoria comes to LIC!

EPHARISTO, epharisto, epharisto, Vernon Grille in Hunters Point will open on October 11 according to its owner.  A look Continue reading

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