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MASSO RESTAURANT ON VERNON HAS CLOSED & IS FOR SALE

Big changes off Vernon too - look, we have a Technion!

Big changes off Vernon too – look, we have a Technion!

Thank goodness for retail store turnover, otherwise there would be zero local news of significance1.  Anyway, Masso Restaurant which has occupied a prime corner location on Vernon Blvd and 47th Rd. since 2005, seemed to have closed when I passed it recently.

After some considerable sleuthing I discovered that the restaurant is also Continue reading

  1. is a store closing significant?  No, but the promise of what’s coming next is []
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VERNON BOULEVARD: THE NEW LOOKS FOR 2017

 

Side-by-side deli's - what's better?

Side-by-side deli’s – what’s better?

San Remo No mo'

San Remo No mo’

8-year itch!

8-year itch!

 

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Roadhouse for the LIC Bar?

Commerce never sleeps, and despite it being the holiday season there is no respite from change along Vernon Boulevard.  Four addresses along the heavily trafficked southern portion have seen new activity during the latter half of December.

First of all, the Butcher Deli installed a new facade, indicating that the Continue reading

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DEAR SANTA VAN BRAMER: JUST ONE REQUEST FOR XMAS

One last chance

One last chance

The subways are a little less packed this week and my head’s a little bit foggier than usual, two signs that Christmas is near.  While there are so many things we’d like to see in the neighborhood, most of them are out of our control and simply a function of capitalism weaving its way.  Furthermore, we’re pretty darn lucky given the bounty that we already do have.

Nevertheless, there is one serious void in Long Island City that makes this neighborhood subpar: 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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LONG ISLAND CITY 2016 – HOW DID WE GET HERE?

Creating the Canyon of Heroes

Creating the Canyon of Heroes

“Since the 1920′s, city planners have dreamed of transforming Long Island City into a major urban center just five minutes by subway from midtown Manhattan on the Queens bank of the East River. In September, the City Planning Commission will vote on proposed zoning changes that would make the dream possible.”

BY “September,” we’re talking 1995, which was when the opening paragraph above was written in an article in The New York Times.  These zoning changes combined with additional ones made to Court Square/Queens Plaza in 2001, were the starting point of the march to what Long Island City is today.

Like many things, it took a little longer to play out, but the end results were also much, much bigger than anticipated.

In Hunters Point, the edict above led to Continue reading

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REVEALING THE NEW FACE OF LONG ISLAND CITY

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A whole new ball game

A whole new ball game

Big changes have come to LIC.  First, the long-vacant red-brick building on 48th Avenue between 5th Street and Vernon Boulevard lost it’s scaffolding and revealed it’s new facade.  In addition to modern windows and a sandblasted exterior, construction has resumed and new floors are being added.  3 1/2 years ago we shared a rumor that this was going to be a hotel with a steakhouse.  One new president later and I’m thinking condos.

Secondly, the two-story industrial building on the northwest corner of Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN IN LONG ISLAND CITY – WHAT’S HOT IN 2016

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

The Wall of Fortune and its spooky colors

“I will show you fear in a handful of dust”

THOUGH it comes on the very last day of the month, as any parent knows, Halloween dominates October.  Equally all-consuming and frequently changing up to the last moment, is the decision as to what a child shall ‘be’ for the holiday.  Fortunately, this year’s hot costume is a classic: Continue reading

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BUTCHER DELI ON VERNON BOULEVARD CLOSES, WHAT’S COMING?

It's better to burn out Than to fade away

It’s better to burn out
Than to fade away

The shabby-looking, gentrification-refuting Butcher Deli on Vernon Boulevard has finally shuttered.  The windows of this perpetually opened establishment are darkened, the awning has been taken off, and there are two 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]

//Beans, Grapes, and Leaves appears to have closed.  This news comes Continue reading

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21 NEW CONDOS GO ON SALE IN HUNTERS POINT

Working OT for the kids ...and for OT

Working OT for the kids …and for OT

The new condo building on 5th Street across from Cannelle Patisserie has just made it’s units available for purchase through Modern Spaces, according to the real estate website Curbed.  Called ‘The Monarch,’ it contains 1-3 bedroom apartments starting at $700,000.  A look at the building’s website indicates a 1,027 square foot 2-br unit for sale at $1.1 million.  From street level, the building appears sort of bland, but it does have three very important attributes: location, location, location.

//The Daily News has uncovered three heretofore unheralded eating establishments on/near Queens Plaza. Continue reading

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