Local news has taken a backseat worldwide during the pandemic, as the mundanity of everyday life seems trivial.. Being locked down doesn’t help on that front. Restaurant news has been even more scarce: few new restaurants are opening, buildouts have halted, and reviews are basically on lockdown too. So I understand the need for food writers (and sports and travel writers too) to stretch to create content.[Read more…] about LIC Waterfront Food Trucks Get Tasted And Tested
Come on up for the rising
Come on up, lay your hands in mine
Come on up for the rising
Come on up for the rising tonight
Macy’s opened the first segment of their 4th of July 2020 Coronavirus Fireworks Tour in familiar territory along the LIC waterfront tonight. It began around 9:45pm and came in three short explosive bursts each lasting 2-3 minutes. Unveiled to the press around two hours prior, it was a resounding success in terms of garnering just the right amount of viewers onsite to be completely safe and being a very welcomed respite and resumption of normality. Oh, and though short they were also spectacular. The planners get an A+ for tonight’s event.[Read more…] about Yes Long Island City, We Had Macy’s Fireworks Tonight!!!
What’s the big news in LIC this week? Well it’s not politics, despite a primary that basically determines the winners in the general election. Sure there are schisms within the predominant party, the Democrats, but I wouldn’t generalize the results in Queens, or the Bronx or Brooklyn last night, to a national level. NYC had already elected (and then re-elected) a progressive Mayor back in 2013. AOC’s startling win in 2018 came on the heels of ~20% of the country choosing a Socialist for President in 20161. So it should come as no surprise that additional upstart progressives defeated more mainstream, or at least incumbent, candidates in pockets of NYC, especially those more economically disadvantaged. At varying times over recent decades the backlash of extremism has happened on both sides of the aisle – think Newt Gingrich’s Contract with America in 1994 and the Tea Party in 2010.[Read more…] about Politics, Fireworks, And A New Pedestrian Bridge?
- if Dems represent 50% of voters and 40% of these voted for Bernie Sanders in the primary = ~20% [↩]
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there
Back in my early teens I was a fireworks fanatic. Bottle rockets, cherry bombs, bricks of firecrackers, roman candles, etc. gave me great joy. It also made me and my compadres the scourge of the suburban street I grew up on, which was largely inhabited by retirees for some reason – whose fanaticism centered around gardening. So it is with great reluctance, mainly as a result of my unwillingness to concede to adulthood, that I write this post.[Read more…] about Fireworks And Other Disturbances On The LIC Waterfront
Dutch Kills Centraal is permanently closing according to the owners. The restaurant, located on a quiet corner three blocks north of Queens Plaza, originally opened in 2013 when the immediate neighborhood was close to a dead zone, especially come nightfall. In the ensuing years numerous hotels and a few residential towers have sprung up.[Read more…] about Dutch Kills Centraal Restaurant To Permanently Close