It’s a hot, sticky summer and I don’t feel like working. The last few weeks I know I’ve really been phoning it in with cut and paste and snippets. You, loyal reader, are deserving of some original content, a large format type piece, whether it be a local expose such as “Did you hear that Myrtle…” or a harangue about parks, schools, real estate prices, or birth control. But today is not going to be that day, because there’s a lot for you to digest below.
While we’re on the subject of birth control, we received an email from a local resident telling us all about a new Sensory Gym for kids that just opened in LIC. What’s a “sensory gym?” Beats me, but you can check out the description on their website here, and if you tell them you heard about it on LICtalk, you’ll get a 20% discount on summer classes!
Let’s get the bad news out of the way by starting with the local real estate scene and how condo and rent prices keep surging due to displacement from Manhattan, and now Brooklyn. Oh wait, that’s not news, at least not if you’ve been reading LICtalk all year. After that things become lighter, just in time for the weekend. Talking about the weekend, don’t forget that we get FREE BEER this Saturday, PS1’s Warm-Up is also free to LIC residents(not to mention you get to cut the uber-long lines, just like I used to to do at Studio 54), free detox with Yoga on the Gantry Pier Sunday at 10am, and then more culture on Tuesday as Live at The Gantries presents Brasil Live at 7pm, which is also …free, just bring your own cachaca. Finally, this Tuesday also brings the Major League Baseball All-Star Game to Citi Field. This event is anything but free.
Tenants See Living in Queens As An Affordable Alternative to Brooklyn – except in LIC
Housing Markets Spurt in Brooklyn and Queens – there are no more New Yorkers living in Manhattan
Saving A Spot For Pepsi-Cola As A Tower Goes Up – all about our iconic sign
The Paper Factory Hotel To Open in LIC in August – w/ suites at $300 a night, it might be cheaper than renting an apartment!
New Bike Routes On Tap for LIC and Sunnyside – born to be wild
The Second Annual LIC Block Party – Saturday August 3rd, noon-5pm at Sculpture Center
Van Bramer Allocates $3 million to MoMA PS1 – they are buying the property adjacent to them(across the street from the BP station)
Laughing Devil Comedy Club Up For Sale – in the words of Nelson Muntz “Ha ha”
Sprinklers At Two Hunters Point Playground Still Closed – yeah, we know
The Big Cheese – The New Yorker’s spin on the Cheesemonger contest here in LIC last week. LICtalk and The New Yorker, only the best covered this monumental event.
Sue saysJuly 11, 2013 at 5:04 pm
Oh great, your forecast for higher rents is correct and that means I get to pay more for my one bedroom. Is that a good thing?
Mikey from Queens saysJuly 11, 2013 at 10:24 pm
Free Beer, the two sweetest words in the English language!
JV saysJuly 12, 2013 at 7:23 am
For all you earlier doubters out there, per these articles, it looks like TF Cornerstone will be able to fill all their buildings without making any concessions.
anonymous saysJuly 12, 2013 at 11:01 am
Van Bramer secures $3 million bucks so PS1 can buy another building. How about one-tenth of that for Andrews Grove, Gantry sprinklers, basketball courts etc.? Fix what’s broken now at much lower costs, not on headline grabbing vanity projects. There’s like 2 guys working at Andrews Grove(and none at Rainbow), at this rate it’ll be completed just as the leaves are falling off the trees and the weather is getting cooler.
Anonymous saysJuly 12, 2013 at 11:56 am
maybe organize and get involved, well if it’s really important to you, anyways.
A2 saysJuly 12, 2013 at 4:36 pm
Well there already is a strong advocacy group for Shady Park, and there’s a resident working on the basketball courts. As for the sprinklers, I thought I read somewhere that they were supposed to be ready by July 4th?
Ally saysJuly 14, 2013 at 4:08 pm
…not to mention no hammocks in Gantry Park anymore.
JJ saysJuly 13, 2013 at 8:29 am
Who cares about expensive rents. My plan is to work a little less in order to qualify for one of those sweet pads in Hunters Point South!
Yo saysJuly 13, 2013 at 1:29 pm
What an excellent idea, plus you won’t get the steep annual rent increases all your neighbors get. Now that’s capitalism at its best!
@nonymous saysJuly 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm
It’s a reward for mediocrity!
Anonymous saysJuly 15, 2013 at 10:29 am
HPS is a small concession to the peons that service all the rich. Think of it as the servant’s quarters, albeit in the highly flood prone, but nice view area.