Some are building monuments, others are jotting down notes
Everybody’s in despair, every girl and boy
But when Quinn the Eskimo gets here, everybody’s gonna jump for joy
As the lengthy travails of Josh Bowen and Nick Giovanniello demonstrate, there’s nothing more frustrating than being 99% of the way there but needing final sign-off to open your restaurant in Long Island City. Nothing that is, but trying to open a library in Long Island City. This month we have heard a pair of contrasting anecdotes Continue reading
Every year since 2012 I have marveled at the growth of the LIC Partnership’s Annual Real Estate Breakfast This year was no exception, as the newest location (as of last year), the Ravel Hotel, could barely contain all the attendees, as opposed to being almost full last year. Nevertheless I couldn’t help but analogize the burgeoning interest in Long Island City Real Estate to other buzzy locales. Are we at the Bushwick or Williamsburg phase of development? Or has LIC jumped the shark? Or maybe I’m being too critical, as seven years covering the local beat counts as “experienced” in LIC whereas one would just be finishing up an apprenticeship in Manhattan. Or I’m just jaded.
Anyway, as in the recent past the focus of this year’s breakfast was primarily on office space. Interesting tidbits included Continue reading
There will be a nude sunrise yoga class offered on the northern pier of Gantry Plaza State Park this summer. The class will begin on Thursday, June 13 and occur every Thursday until August 8. The start time for the initial class will be 5:24am and change slightly from week to week based on the sunrise. The instructor is Holly Beartush from the Yoga & Yogurt Studio in Bushwick and it is open to all, no advance registration necessary.
The class was formed Continue reading
Don’t need no release, when a reporter’s on da beat. Last week a reader sent us a pic (above) revealing that construction has finally begun on Parcel C of Hunters Point South. Today we received a press release announcing an official groundbreaking for the site scheduled for next week. Anyway after years in the making what’s a few days/weeks discrepancy? This project was first announced in 2013 when the development was awarded to TF Cornerstone (surprise!), only to be mysteriously delayed until word leaked in mid-2017 that there were logistical problems due to the trains and power lines running below. Several months later a redesign was announced splitting what had heretofore been a concrete and glass monolith along Center Boulevard into two towers of 55 and 44 stories and maybe a Shake Shack in between, all slated to Continue reading
THE Citi Building in Court Square may have lost one big fish with Amazon, but is on the verge of hooking another Continue reading
A sad memorial was held Saturday afternoon on Borden Avenue at the location where 53-year old bicyclist Robert Spencer was killed Thursday morning. According to the Queens Daily Eagle, many of his family members and friends were in attendance, as were a few local pols and bicycle advocates. While the article below hints at some finger-pointing in terms of responsibility, Continue reading