DAI HACHI COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD IN LIC

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

THE red trim at 46-18 Vernon Boulevard reveals that the new restaurant coming to this corner will be called Dai Hachi. Continue reading

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SUMMER SLUMP IN LIC

Ice & Vice is nice

LIKE clockwork the Mets have reached the cellar of the NL East so summer is officially in full-swing.  Thus summer hours have kicked in here at the newsroom and the interns are doing all the work.  As The Editor, I Continue reading

GLUT, TAXES, AND MASSIVE CONDO TOWER GETS GO AHEAD IN LIC

So peaceful, and yet...

So peaceful, and yet…

There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,
There’s a bright golden haze on the meadow,
The corn is as high as an elephant’s eye,
An’ it looks like its climbin’ clear up to the sky

For the first couple of years of its existence, LICtalk would offer it’s financial predictions on every type of building in Long Island City in an annual post entitled “Real E-State of The Union 20–”  Since the last one in 2015, one could extrapolate the projections and pretty much end up where things are currently.  In light of some recent developments I’m going to cut to the chase and talk about what readers care most about: condos and rentals.  Or maybe it’s condo or rental? Continue reading

JULY 4, WERE YOU THERE?

The circus is in town!

The circus is in town!

Woodstock ’69, were you there?  How about Gantry 2018 for July 4?  If you were you were among the masses as seemingly Continue reading

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CITYLIGHTS TAX SAGA, TWO LESSONS FOR ALL LIC CONDO OWNERS

Meals on Wheels making its daily delivery to Citylights

Meals on Wheels making its daily delivery to Citylights

Just as the tax abatement for the Citylights Building was about to start rolling off, NYC boosted the buildings assessed value by 87%.  For good measure they tacked on another 5% this year.  The near doubling in possible tax payments has the co-op’s residents looking at a 50% increase in already steep monthly maintenance over the next five years, which if implemented on this tower of over 500 units will force out many residents who can no longer afford to live there.

You can read the story below for more details.  Instead I’d prefer to focus on two takeaways that all apartment owners in Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK PHASE II OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TODAY

Here's lookin' at you

Here’s lookin’ at you LIC

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The grassy knoll

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Left by aliens

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They came, they walked, they saw, and then they got beer and ice cream.  Official ceremony be damned, Hunters Point South Park Phase II opened to the public today Continue reading

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10TH ANNUAL PS78Q SPRING FAIR THIS SATURDAY ON CENTER BLVD

The sacred Carnival grounds

The sacred Carnival grounds

RIDES, games, food and entertainment, the tradition continues as the 10th Annual PS78Q Spring Fair comes to Center Boulevard this Saturday from 11am – 3pm.  No need to schlep your 6-year old 100-200 miles to Great Adventure or Hershey Park, all these things are brought to you, plus you get to support a good cause: your kid’s welfare (via the PS78Q PTA).  We’ll throw in the carnies for free. Continue reading

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RIVERVIEW RESTAURANT CLOSES, AMERICAN BRASSERIE WILL OPEN

Soon to be an American Brasserie

Soon to be an American Brasserie

Updated: Confirmed! See interview w/ owners below

WE have heard a rumor that the Riverview Restaurant has closed for good and will be replaced by Continue reading

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BIG HOTEL BY BIG ALICE & KYRIE IRVING CANOODLES

Get a room Kyrie

Get a room Kyrie

A 385-room 15-story hotel has been proposed at a location two blocks east of the Ravenswood Generating Plant, aka Big Continue reading

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MACY’S JULY 4TH FIREWORKS BACK IN LONG ISLAND CITY IN 2018

Place barge here

Place barge here

CONFIRMED!  Also Kelly Clarkson will be there

Those holding the strings have held out long enough, so now Continue reading

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