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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 - the start of a good morning!

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 – the start of a good morning!

Good morning, good morning LIC, I figured today I would break the typical news cycle (print anyway) and publish in the Continue reading

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1ST ANNUAL LIC HOOPS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

The Battle of 48th Avenue!

This Saturday and Sunday from 9am until noon the 1st Annual LIC Hoops Basketball Tournament for kids and adults will take place at the Gantry Plaza State Park courts on 48th Avenue.  The adults bracket on Saturday is completely sold out, but there are slots left for the kids tournament on Sunday.  It is free and open to boys and girls, but parents must pre-register their children and submit signed waivers.

Now, while the odds that your child will ever make it to the NBA Finals are beyond minuscule, there’s a 50/50 chance that Continue reading

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2017 LIVE AT THE GANTRIES & MORE SUMMER EVENTS

Martians landing on the oval? No, it's Pusha T!

Martians landing on the oval? No, it’s Pusha T!

Run, run, run for the roses
Quicker it opens, the sooner it closes
Man, oh, man, oh, friend of mine
All good things in all good time

EVERY June I anxiously await the performer schedule for Live at The Gantries – the Tuesday evening summer concert series at Gantry Plaza State Park.  Will the Rolling Stones, U2, or Beyonce decide to play in my backyard this year? Continue reading

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SUNNY DAYS ARE COMING, AND WITH IT…

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South?  No, just a private event

Phase 2 of Hunters Point South? Nah, just a private event

I got that sunshine in my pocket
Got that good soul in my feet

When it’s 55 degrees in June it’s chilly, when it’s 55 degrees in January it’s balmy, go figure.  Either way it’s expected to warm up and get sunny in the next few days so enjoy these upcoming outdoor activities. Continue reading

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BIG CHANGES COMING ALONG THE WATERFRONT IN 2017

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

Oh, I guess it already has been bisected

By waterfront, we’re talking Manhattan’s, and maybe an equally apropos word is skyline.  Yet three big changes are in motion directly across the river for anyone living on Center Boulevard or visiting Gantry/HPS parks.

First of all, Manhattan will get its mirror image to our parks, with the East Midtown Waterfront Project.  This will be a ribbon-like park that will run from 38th Street to 60th Street.  The southern portion will be on terra firma, some of which will be ceded by the UN, and the northern portion will be perched on existing construction pontoons flanking the east side of the FDR.  It won’t be as wide as our parks and will thus forgo the playing fields etc., but it will contain a walking promenade and biking lanes.  Completion time unknown.

The second change will be a Richard Meier designed residential tower on a Continue reading

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FALL IS IN THE AIR, AND ON THE WATER TOO IN LIC

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

All dressed up for the Lantern Festival?

WARM weather notwithstanding, all signs point to Fall.  The days are shorter, the sun is positioned lower, and come the weekend the weather will get in line.  Of course in addition to the Autumnal Equinox officially telling us it’s so, in LIC there’s another sign: UN Week and all the police boats flashing their blue lights at night on the East River.  Yeah, we’re pretty important people to be receiving all that security.

Though I do wish Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY IS THE NAPA VALLEY OF CRAFT BEER

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts.  Courtesy Nick Knight

The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts. Courtesy Nick Knight

THE words in the headline above were recently uttered (or is it proclaimed?) by a very wise man, transcribed by an illustrious writer, and published in a highly esteemed journal.  Who am I to doubt that it’s not so?

//NOTHING is more boring than a story about something that might happen 2+ years from now, even if it’s highly probable. Continue reading

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48TH AVE BBALL COURTS RE-OPENING W/ BIG CELEBRATION SATURDAY

I got next!

I got next!

The basketball courts on 48th Avenue at Gantry Plaza State Park will be re-opening this Saturday, September 17, with a Grand Celebration.  The NYS Office of Parks, Recreation, and Historical Preservation and the Long Island City Youth Sports League (LICYSL) will be holding youth clinics and games overseen by Coach N, aka Nnamdi Amen, who said about the event:

“Though I love my home at the gymnasium at PS78Q, I’m really excited to finally get a chance to teach and play with the kids of Long Island City on the beautiful new 48th Avenue courts at Gantry Plaza State Park.  I’ve got some new drills and games especially for the occasion.”

LICtalk says: “We love the new fiberglass backboards, it does wonders for my two-handed set shot”

For more information on this event and to join the fun click here, or email [email protected]

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