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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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CLOCK TOWER BUILDING DEVELOPMENT SOLD, CONFIRMS TREND

Where are we going?

Where are we going?

GEE it’s December and I just realized that I forgot to compile the annual LICtalk Real E-State of The Union for 2016!  Unfortunately given the publishing schedule, centerfolds and whatnot, it’s too late to produce this voluminous analytical tome which is closely followed by all the local RE honchos.  Plus, who wants to read forecasts of something that’s already occurred?

Nevertheless, there was a transaction reported yesterday, which kind of sums up the trend of our previous E-States from 2014 & 2015. Continue reading

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KIDS BASKETBALL & HOCKEY RIGHT HERE IN HUNTERS POINT THIS WINTER

The next LeBron is incubating here

The next LeBron is incubating here

VERY slowly LIC is adding local services that are standard in more established communities, be they suburban or other parts of NYC (or Queens for that matter).  Today we will share two of them with you. Continue reading

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A MAN, A BAND, AND THE REST IS LIC HISTORY

Patrick Carrajat

Patrick Carrajat – just sitting in

EVER the contrarian, LICtalk has decided to buck the trend and forgo ‘fake’ news this week …for the first time in it’s history, to bring you some original content.

BORN in Ireland and raised on West 125th Street, Patrick Carrajat first made his way to Long Island City in 1970 when he moved one of his elevator businesses here.  Eight years later he would also make it his home, securing a 10-year lease on a 2,000+ square foot loft-like apartment above what is now Laundry City, on 48th Avenue just east of Vernon Blvd.  He used his skills to build it out in a manner that would optimize the main residential goal of every single male heterosexual: Continue reading

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DECEMBER FLOWERS IN LIC

Look what sprouted

Look what sprouted

APRIL showers bring May flowers.  Oh wait, it’s December!  Enjoy it while you can.  As I stated earlier in the week, this time of the year the news takes a snooze.  Yet due to the mild weather construction keeps charging ahead.  Buildings quickly add more floors, and ground continues to be broken.

A nice new facade appeared on 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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THANKSGIVING 2016

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

So much natural beauty to be thankful for

WITH the huge bag of Halloween candy still half full and the Christmas lights on Vernon Boulevard having been up for a week, Thanksgiving’s presence can seem a harried affair.  Especially given the abbreviated work-week and expectations of crowded getaways.

Nevertheless, let us take a moment to remember all we have to be thankful for in Long Island City. Short commutes.  World-class parks.  Two brand-new schools.  A soon-to-be-completed library that’s a masterpiece. Continue reading

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LICTALK IS NOW ON FACEBOOK

The whole world knows it!

The whole world knows it now

Hey readers, there’s a great new website with oodles of juicy personal stuff about everyone on the planet.  I just used up all my vacation days through 2020 to wander through the profiles and stalk every woman who’s ever said ‘Hello’ to me, …and those that didn’t.  Not that I maintained an actual list – hard copy anyway.  In all my perusing, something must have gone awry, a technical violation of some sort, because I’ve been personally banned from the site.

Fortunately there’s a commercial angle to this endeavor, so for $79.99 there is now an LICtalk Facebook page!  That’s right folks, in addition to Continue reading

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SUPER MOON AND STARS AND PLANETS IN LIC

...and at night we get less light

…and at night we get less light

IN addition to all the other great things about living in LIC, include the ability to actually see the stars, planets, and moon.  Unlike Manhattan, there is considerably less ambient light in our immediate vicinity, which allows incandescent bodies in the sky to stand out.

Of course that advantage won’t matter much if you can’t see the sky in the first place.  Fortunately here in LIC the towers are not packed tightly in a grid, which combined with the river on the west side and low-rise zoning in the east, provide unobstructed views for many of those living in towers, as most here do.

Yet even if one doesn’t have a view of the heavens from their apartment, that lack of grid-packing/zoning restrictions combined with Gantry/Hunters Point Parks gives everyone an opportunity to view the night sky just by walking around.

Thanks to the clarity here, several planets are frequently visible to the naked eye.  Most notably Venus periodically shines brightly in the West over Manhattan early in the evening.

Tonight’s celestial entertainment is Continue reading

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