HI SCHOOL? BRIDGE TOLLS? XI’AN FAMOUS FOODS COMING TO LIC!

The Bridge to Nowhere

No toll, but where are we heading?

It’s deja vu all over again when it comes to schools in Hunters Point.  Over half-a-decade ago, which in LIC-years is two generations, LICtalk wrote about similar capacity crises, and then again in 2015 (aka one-generation past).  The calculations back then turned out to be not as drastic, partly because the powers-that-be instituted some fairly obvious solutions – but not before riling up the parent base.  It all (sorta) worked out in the end, and will probably do likewise this time – but not before riling up the next generation of parents.  Nevertheless when the furor dies down, maybe we should take some advice from the latter article and funnel the energy into what’s next and not-too-far-away: high school.  A very wise local mother has wondered why NYC hasn’t expanded capacity of it’s elite-8 (Stuyvesant/Bronx Sci etc.) despite tremendous growth in the student population over the years?  Furthermore, having noticed LIC’s growth and desire-to-be-on-the-cutting-edge, or the cusp of it anyway, she asks might there be a chance to locate one here?  Technion High anyone?

//DON’T be fooled, were congestion pricing to be enacted you very well could pay to cross the Queensboro Bridge were you to use it both there and back no matter which direction you head upon arriving in Manhattan.  That is because Continue reading

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PETITION, LETTER, & NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INCUBATION

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Down by the river

While I wrote recently that I might expound on the rationale for adding a rec center in Hunters Point, I’ve decided I would provide an excerpt that I wrote to Robert Dobruskin, the director in the NYC Planning Dept. who is collecting community comments on the Anable Basin rezoning.  The excerpt is below.  More importantly, if you haven’t already please sign the petition being circulated to bring a community center to Hunters Point.

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//YESTERDAY the little information fairies were asked to distribute a memorandum to their parents announcing a meeting about a new District Elementary School to be incubated in Long Island City in the Continue reading

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A MOVEMENT HAS BEGUN IN HUNTERS POINT

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here.

Thank you Brent, please place Rec Center right here now

A movement has begun for a Rec Center in Hunters Point.  Spearheaded by Brent O’Leary, President of the Hunters Point Civic Association, and Eric Malinowski, a local father of two, the tandem, with backing from several other neighborhood organizations, has created an online petition calling for a recreation center to be included in any large development granted a rezoning or variance (Aka #1 Anable Basin; #2 Water’s Edge).  The petition cites many Continue reading

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SHOW PALACE DENUDED, QUEENSBRIDGE HOUSES VERMINIZED

Ridin' that train...

There’s a train now entering the Hunters Point Avenue station?

Show Palace strip club, located on 21st St. across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge was closed down Friday night by the NYPD in light of prostitution allegations according to The Daily News.  No surprise there, but locals may be disappointed because now they will have to order their beef tenderloin, nachos supreme, and cheesecake from somewhere else this Superbowl.  Nearby, a family living in the Queensbridge Houses Continue reading

KIDS HIP-HOP CLASS(ES) COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

Coming soon to your town

Coming soon to your town

Were you upset that the Jessica Lang Dance Studio never came to fruition in Long Island City?  Well here’s a substitute Continue reading

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GYMNASTICS IS LIFE, IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND BEYOND

Coach Ken on the right, doing what he loves

Coach Ken on the right, doing what he loves

Sometimes I write stories that I know are more derivative of LIC than the usual drivel I scratch out. That’s my prerogative and this is one of those stories.  In researching it I learned a lot more than the original subject matter.

Distance-wise, Long Island City High School is about as far as one can be from the location of the average LICtalk reader and still technically be in Long Island City.  From a socio-economic perspective, that span is equally large.

Nevertheless the actual distance is only 1.8 miles as the crow flies.  Likewise, the dreams of the kids who attend that high school are not too dissimilar from those of our own kids. Continue reading

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THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET OF HUNTERS POINT

Despite the delays and cost overruns at the Hunters Point Library, I personally like it. I know that not everyone in the neighborhood shares my sentiment, some thinking it an overpriced folly and others questioning the need for any new libraries in the 21st century.  But grand projects that may come across as impractical or wasteful at onset, can sometimes transcend their original purpose, as well as transform a neighborhood if the conceptualization of it is on target.  Though we won’t really know for another year about the final outcome, I’m optimistic that the decision to build it will be proven correct.

Yet underlying the creation of the Hunters Point Library, is a dirty little secret: Continue reading

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CRABHOUSE LIC MOLTS & IS NOW ‘THE LOFT’ W/ A LATIN MENU

Sin cangrejo

Sin cangrejo

There’s a new restaurant in Hunters Point that suddenly appeared out of nowhere.  Sort of.  Like many a start-up, the Crabhouse LIC on Borden Avenue has pivoted and is now called The Loft LIC.  The transformation occurred New Years Eve according to an employee who answered the phone today at the restaurant, he also shared that the ownership remains the  same: Skinny of Skinny’s Cantina etc.  For those unfamiliar with the history, the Crabhouse was only revamped and re-opened in July 2016 after closing down in early 2015 after 3+ decades when the original owner passed away.

Though there is no new website, a reader described the cuisine/menu Continue reading

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DesiBowl TO BRING INDIAN-MEXICAN CUISINE TO LONG ISLAND CITY

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

A new restaurant serving Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine expects to open on Vernon Boulevard by the end of January.  Named DesiBowl, it will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Paris Health Cafe next to St. Mary’s Church.  The owner is Sabiha, who is currently a manager at OptimEyes Vision in LIC, and she told us to envision an Indian-style Chipotle, with burritos, tacos, rice bowls, paratha rolls, and Indian sandwiches, whereby the consumer chooses the rice, meat, toppings, etc.  The restaurant will be spice-friendly as well as have a kid-friendly menu.  This will be Sabiha’s first time opening her own restaurant, though her family owns ten pizzerias in the city.

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LARGEST HOTEL IN OUTER BOROUGHS COMING TO COURT SQUARE

Dreaming of pools, saltwater and non, in Long Island City

Dreaming of pools, saltwater or not, in Long Island City

AND so Christmas is over, let’s get down to business.  Which in Long Island City almost inevitably revolves around real estate.  Though this time of year is normally slow on the local news front, we here at LICtalk are extremely adept at finding seemingly innocuous updates, rehashes, or snippets, and performing alchemy.  In other words, making a mountain out of a molehill. Today’s version, comes to us via a new-spin-on-an-old-story in The Real Deal, which is kind of interesting.

Basically they declare that the largest hotel in the outer-boroughs is coming to LIC.  The 50-story Toyoko Inn is slated to have Continue reading

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