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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 licyouthsports@gmail.com.

//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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VERNON BOULEVARD EYESORE LINGERS

Running the gauntlet

Running the gauntlet

There’s something nothing happening here
What it is ain’t exactly clear

In July of last year, we received an email from a reader named Andy G. complaining about the impeded sidewalk caused by the development of 49-18 Vernon Boulevard, and the lack of progress at the site.  This address is more popularly recognized as the corner lot across from the subway exit/PJ Leahy’s that must be navigated en route to home after work is finished.

A year later not much has changed.  Thus Continue reading

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NEW ICE CREAM SHOP TO OPEN ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Leased!

Leased!

Or is it ‘shoppe?’  Either way, an ice cream themed venue is coming to the space previously occupied by Delta Force Army & Navy according to one of the workers onsite today.  Just this week construction began and the windows were Continue reading

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MACY’S FOURTH OF JULY FIREWORKS RETURNING TO LIC IN 2016!

Yeah that's perfect, leave the barge right there please

Yeah that’s perfect, leave the barge right there please

Fire up the bbq’s, the Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks Extravaganza is returning to Long Island City again this year.  Buried deep in an article in the Times Ledger about the Bernie Sanders rally at Hunters Point Park, was this quote:

“a Macy’s spokesman said “the barges for the show will continue to be set on the waterway in the same exact locations as last year on the East River.” Continue reading

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BERNIE SANDERS IS COMING TO HUNTERS POINT PARK MONDAY

Bernieville

Bernieville

Get out your “Che Guevara” t-shirts, pitchforks, and left handed cigarettes, The Bernie Sanders Show is coming to Hunters Point South Park this Monday, April 18.  In addition to “The Man” himself, TV on the Radio will be providing musical entertainment, and he’ll also be bringing along a few of his good friends including Danny Glover and Fisher Stevens.  Yeah you heard me right, Fisher Stevens, fka Steven Fisher!

Doors open at 5pm, and the fun kicks off at 7.  Unfortunately, Continue reading

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