The fat lady is clearing her throat. According to the Times Ledger, the demolition of 5Pointz will begin in August per the owner Jerry Wolkoff. He also stated that he expects the two 40+ story rental towers to be completed in 2016. Someday will we gaze upon the towers and think of them as the majestic gateway to Queens as we did with 5Pointz? Highly unlikely, but what can we do?
In a completely unrelated (and overlooked) development, Mu Ramen expects to open their second location in Boston next year. Someday, after they conquer the planet and put a Mu on every corner, may people look back and think of LIC in the way they think of Starbucks and Seattle? Most likely, but no definitive word from the founders on when their first restaurant will open here, though it was slated for this summer.
Planet of the Apes is killing it at the box office this summer. Which is what you would expect from a movie franchise originally filmed in Long Island City1. You did not know this? Then you must be a new reader of this esteemed publication, because we uncovered this story back in the depths of the bitter cold winter. Read all about it here. Someday, when the “Planet” prophesies have come to be realized, will LIC be where the second coming occurs? Yes absolutely, at which point I will finally realize $3,000 a square foot for my small basement studio near the post office.
In the meantime, catch the next LeBron Jordan at the YMCA of LIC’s 3×3 basketball tournament this weekend on the courts by 48th Avenue. If you are the next LeBron, recruit your Pippen and Wade and contact Bill Elkins at the Y to sign-up: firstname.lastname@example.org
5Pointz Demo Set to Begin in the Next Few Weeks – “It’s going to be the coolest building in New York and young people are really going to want to be there,” Wolkoff said
Mu Ramen Expands to Boston – as if one needed any more reasons to attend Harvard
Fledgling Queens Coffee Chain Secures Cheap Chelsea Lease – Coffeed to open on lower Sixth Avenue
LIC and Astoria Grow Up Along Film Industry – Apes baby apes
M. Wells New Outpost on Roof of MoMA PS1 – they can’t let Mu Ramen hog all the local restaurant news
Playing With Reality’s “Look Away, Look Away” at Secret Theater Saturday Night – audience participation time, but I think you need to keep your clothes on, or maybe not
$3 Million Plus 3-Bedroom Goes Up For Sale in Powerhouse – once again it’s listed by LIC’s uber-lux broker Silvette Julian
Rockrose Releases New Rendering for Their 50-Story Residential Tower in Court Square – delivery pushed back until 2017
Permits Issued for New Building Next to The Bindery on 11th Street – 7 stories, 21 units, no word whether rental or condo
NYC: Move Over Manhattan – a nice plug for LIC tourists from a paper in Sydney, Australia. An even nicer plug for the Z Hotel
Paddling Down Newtown Creek – all about an afternoon at the North Brooklyn Boat Club under the Pulaski Bridge
- filmed, or did it actually happen here? [↩]