STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

…or The Gates To Paradise?

There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving

Back in 1973 those words may have rung true regarding inter-boro movements, but in 2012 I think east supplants “west” in terms of migration patterns and true desires in NYC.  As we know, nowhere sits more closely in the cross-sights of this exodus than LIC, as it effectively bisects Manhattan and the proximity and access to it are nonpareil.  Thus I begin this weeks news wrap with a story from the NYT titled “Enter The Contentment Factor” about a young couple searching all over Brooklyn and Queens for a suitable apartment and asking themselves the eternal NYC apartment hunt question:

‘What’s more important, being happy in the apartment or saving money?’ 

Only to come to the conclusion

The answer was obvious. Long Island City it would be, despite rents that were much higher than they had hoped to pay.

Need I say more?  Well if you give me an opening then I shall, where do you think the best public high school in NYC is located?  Well the title is a little disingenuous as it’s actually in Astoria, but by the time they finish all the new buildings in LIC there will probably be a quick shuttle to it and we can repatriate it for our own.  The next story is just what I’m talkin’ about: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and LIC are mentioned as getting the new bike rental kiosks, as if LIC we’re a county of it’s own, how special does that make you feel?  Oh, and they throw in a new bicycle path as icing.  It makes me wonder, it really makes me wonder what other good things could be coming our way, oh look it’s more cops!  To police all those Stop sign runners, bicycle thefts, and massage parlor infractions I’m sure. Next up I decided to include a story about what’s happening in Elmhurst.  I don’t know about you, but since moving to LIC I have taken a very keen interest in the rest of Queens and this article encapsulates well all the new developments going up there, how it obviously differs in many ways from LIC, and some excellent restaurant suggestions.  Four other stories of interest are included which makes a total of ten for this post: we have hit double digits and my head is humming!

Enter The Contentment Factor

The Baccalaureate School for Global Education in Long Island City received the best grade of any school in the city

The Citi Bike program will offer 10,000 bikes  at 600 docking stations in Manhattan, Brooklyn and Long Island City

Pedestrian And Cycle Path Slated For Western Queens Waterfront

Councilman Calls For More Cops in 108th Precinct

New Buildings and Old Restaurants in Elmhurst

47-20 Center Boulevard/TF Cornerstone Union Battle

Extensive Chocolate Factory Review in WSJ

LIC Arts Open(LICAO)

New Empire State Building Lights Coming

4 thoughts on “STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

  1. Ally says:

    So this High School in LIC is better than Stuyvesant and Bronx Science? I’ve never heard of it before, how long has it been in existence? Does anyone have any personal experience, i.e. have a child going there, with this school? Any info or feedback would be much appreciated, thank you.

  2. I don’t have a child there but according to US News it is a little bit better based on their criteria. http://www.usnews.com/education/best-high-schools/new-york

  3. JP says:

    In light of all the positive developments occurring in LIC, how long do you think the discount to Manhattan rents will last?

  4. The Wizard of LIC says:

    It is my belief that with all the new rental buildings being built, the discount to Manhattan will remain stable for the next 24-36 months. What cannot be controlled is the escalation of that Manhattan “Index”, which according to recent news reports such as the link below, continue to hit new highs. This escalation might also mean that lease renewals here in LIC will continue to ratchet higher despite this new supply.

    http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20120508-725556.html

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