A Horrible Day For Long Island City

Amazon has canceled its plans to build HQ2 in Long Island City.

Why?  From the press release: Continue reading

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Huge 48th Avenue Retail Space Comes to Market in LIC

The Zipper Building LIC

Got a few million to spare and already own a home in LIC?  Maybe you should take a shot on a local investment property then.  Several different types of opportunities are currently available on the Modern Spaces website. Most significant is the ground floor retail space in the Zipper Building on 48th Avenue offered as a condominium.  This gut renovation has been a construction site for at least a decade, but is finally looking to be coming to a close, or maybe an opening, after changing hands several times over the years.  The retail portion is  being offered as a condominium with 10,400 square feet on the ground level and an additional 5,000 in the basement, 18′ ceilings and large windows.  It thus has the potential to be the most prominent retail space in Hunters Point. Continue reading

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AMAZON IN LIC: THE OPPOSITION TO THE OPPOSITION COMETH

These are your constituents

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:

While Amazon HQ2 may or may not be a good deal for NYC, there is no question it’s a great deal for LIC.

Now that Amazon has called their bluff, it’s time for the two anti-HQ2 politicians representing Long Island City to stop grandstanding and come to the table with specific asks.  Preferably ones that the neighborhood is rallying for and have so far been fully ignored by Amazon de Cuomo, such as Continue reading

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OK MIKE GIANARIS, YOU OWN IT NOW

The Gutter LIC

BE careful what you wish for” was the advice I doled out back in November upon the initial opposition to HQ2 coming to LIC.  With the appointment this week of our State Senator Mike Gianaris as one of only three voting members of a board – any of whom can veto the Amazon deal – Gianaris now owns whether this deal can be negotiated to his liking, or if Amazon walks.  In doing so I hope that he is taking into consideration all of his constituents and not just pandering to that au courant segment of his political party that seems to be grabbing headlines the past few months.

It’s quite a turn in the spotlight for the Senator, who like most local officials Continue reading

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AMAZON PATS, LIC-CON, PRINCESS PARTICULAR IN LIC

Gantry Beach, just wade on in

NEWS about Amazon dominates the local media this week, but there’s not a lot of meat in the stories.  At least we have the Super Bowl this weekend …oh wait, the Patriots are playing in it – are they not amazonish?

Well then how about some other local things to dwell on? Continue reading

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LONG ISLAND CITY 2019 RESTAURANT ROUND-UP

Going down the ruta and feelin’ bad

Goin’ where the chilly winds don’t blow
Goin’ where the chilly winds don’t blow
Goin’ where those chilly winds don’t blow
I don’t want to be treated this away

IF ever I give consideration to opening a restaurant in LIC/NYC, I need but utter three words to myself and the inspiration will instantly dissipate: Mothership Meat Company.  The lengthy timetable for getting this restaurant open in Dutch Kills is enough to crush any prospect of a decent IRR, not to mention a BBQ-lover’s soul.

Thus, I have decided to list all three returnees from last year in the Coming Soon category as opposed to the “Not-So-Soon” category in the hopes that their dreams, and ours, will be realized.

Despite Amazon’s not-so-imminent arrival and the bounty of retail space being created at the ground level of the many towers going up, there have been surprisingly Continue reading

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QUEENSWEST DOCS TRANSITIONING TO NY PRESBYTERIAN/WEILL SITE

Current home of Weill Cornell in LIC

Dr. Moitri Savard, the founder of QueensWest Health & Wellness Center on 50th Avenue in Hunters Point, will be moving her practice to the new NY Presbyterian/Weill Cornell primary care facility located on the ground floor of the JACX building in Queens Plaza.  In addition, as Medical Director she will oversee the Continue reading

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THE LIC MID-JANUARY NEWS BLUES

Summer breeze, makes me feel fine, blowing through the jasmine in my mind

It must be mid-January, The Knicks are 22.5 games out of first place with half a season to go and we get the Superbowl play-in games this weekend, Continue reading

TRANSMITTER BREWING LEAVING LONG ISLAND CITY FOR NAVY YARD

Beer going, flowers still here

Ship ahoy, Transmitter Brewing is setting sail for the Brooklyn Navy Yard.  Begun in 2014 in a location under the Pulaski Bridge, the successful brewery requires a Continue reading

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