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MUSINGS ON GENTRIFICATION IN LIC AND DEVELOPING WATER’S EDGE

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

So much promise, but needs to be reasonable

 

In the perfect world of The Editor there would be fewer humans taxing the earth’s resources and fewer still straining those of Queens and NYC.  Regrettably someone else from this borough was recently elected monarch so I won’t be able to impose my will until 2020 and thus will be required to accept compromises, just like everyone else.  That will entail watching large swaths of Long Island City towered up to the sky, much of which has already transpired.

Despite my anti-growth leanings, Continue reading

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DOES MATTHEW BARNEY HAVE A TRUMP COUNTDOWN CLOCK IN LIC?

 

What time is it?

What time is it?

It's time to wake up

It’s memorial time

East River mash-up

How’s that for a wall!

Look up from the river, is it a ferry-passenger ticker?  Is it a Powerball Jackpot ad?  At the very northern end of Gantry Park there is a large red digital display.  At first glance, the meaning of the numbers would leave one bewildered.  But with a little sleuthing we were able to solve the mystery.1  Spoiler alert Continue reading

  1. ok, ok, we were able to confirm what a reader tipped us off to []
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MORE BABIES KEEP COMING TO LIC

Drinking in the end of summer

Drinking in the end of summer

UPON returning from summering in Marthucket, I noticed  a heretofore very pregnant woman in my building pushing around a baby carriage.  ‘Oh, yet another one joins the ranks’ I thought to myself at this inane observation.  Yes, more babies keep coming to LIC (what does that even mean?), and on a per-capita basis it probably skews a little higher than citywide and nationwide, but it’s certainly not newsworthy.  Nevertheless, like my fellow journalists in the local news trenches, occasionally I’m forced to conjure something out of nothing to go to print.  Kinda like writing about a survey that finds people in LIC want more restaurants – D’uhh!  Of course they do, but if asked whether Continue reading

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MASSIVE DRUG RAID ON CENTER BLVD IN LONG ISLAND CITY -UPDATE

Various news outlets are reporting that there is a massive drug raid going on this morning at a tower on Center Boulevard.  Federal agents, some wearing hazmat suits, Continue reading

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SUMMER OF HELL BRINGS TEMPORARY NEW FERRY TERMINAL TO LIC

Gilligan, remind me again which side is fore and which is aft?

Gilligan, remind me again which side is fore and which is aft?

Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools

FIFTY years ago we had the ‘Summer of Love.’  I missed it.  Yesterday began the ‘Summer of Hell’ for those suburbanites east and west of Manhattan, and though I once again will not be a participant, as an LIC resident I’ll be a passive bystander in the thick of it all.  That’s because Continue reading

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AND NOW, BACK TO OUR REGULARLY SCHEDULED REALITY IN LIC

New ferries will not be enough

New ferries will not be enough

WHILE the joy of the fireworks and the visions of J.Lo dancing in our heads linger, the underlying stories of the last two weeks focused on the more worrisome topic of Continue reading

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EGGS AND FLEAS AND RENTALS AND FLEES

Bunnies big and small

Bunnies big and small

From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

THE stories of the week are the stories of life.  Yes I am making that profound statement, despite its only having a filigree of connection at best.  Though aren’t egg hunts, food festivals posing as flea markets, and real estate a suitable analogy for the basic necessities of LIC in 2017?

Anyway, for those not leaving town, the LIC Flea begins this Saturday.  You know the deal, what began several years ago as a market of goods, is now predominantly gourmet food stalls and craft beer.  Nothing wrong with that!  Moreover as the beer swilling continues it helps to grease the wheels of an egg hunt of sorts for adults. Capisce?

//I don’t know what’s more highly anticipated, the Annual Trinity Grace Church Queens Easter Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, or the registration for it?  Either way, Continue reading

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NEW BARBER, ELKS DEMOLISHED, TOM CAT BAKERY UPDATE Y MAS

Oh, my husband could use a cut

Oh, my husband could use a cut

One of the good things about living in a multicultural borough, and writing for a backwater little-read publication, is the liberties one can take with language.  Take the headline above, I was one letter over the maximum that Google search allows for a headline and fretting over what to eliminate, when I realized I could change “& More” to “Y Mas” and it would easily be acceptable to the enlightened readers I cultivate.  It’s a fitting tribute and bridge to the embattled workers at Tom Cat Bakery, who are predominantly Hispanic.  Plus I think it allows me to write off my Spring Break trip to Cancun as a continuing education expense in Spanglish.

Anyway, according to The Daily News, the Department of Homeland Security audit at Tom Cat was Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT LIBRARY TO BE NAMED AFTER TRUMP

Long Island City's Taj Mahal

Will Long Island City’s Taj Mahal be an oxymoron?

The nearly completed Hunters Point Library along the waterfront in Long Island City will be re-christened in honor of Queens most famous native son.  The Queens Library has announced that the new building will be given the name ‘Trump Library’ when it is finished later this year, and that barring any unforeseen circumstances the president will be in attendance for the grand opening and naming ceremony in September.

When asked about the honor last night at a press conference, Trump responded that he was very gratified Continue reading

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LICTALK IS FIVE YEARS OLD TODAY

Hallelujah, half a decade later LICtalk is still here!

Hallelujah, five years later LICtalk is still here!

We’ve got five years, stuck on my eyes
We’ve got five years, what a surprise
We’ve got five years, my brain hurts a lot
We’ve got five years, that’s all we’ve got

HALF a decade ago an idea was bandied about by the local intelligentsia: Can small town news be created and conveyed in a manner befitting a great metropolis of millions?  The answer was a resounding no, yet from that grand concept came the detritus that is LICtalk.

Way back in those days condominiums in Long Island City were priced at less than $1,000 a square foot, people moved here because of the significantly discounted rent to Manhattan’s, Court Square was comprised of the Citi building, we only had one park on the waterfront, JetBlue was headquartered in Forest Hills, 5Pointz was a mecca – not dual cookie-cutter towers-in-waiting, we had five Italian restaurants (just like we do now), children were babies, and men shaved more and hugged less. Continue reading

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