Not Bloomberg’s New Landing Strip
For about two years now, there has been an enormous dredging/buttressing project occurring on the southern tip of Roosevelt Island. Commencing so soon after the 2008 financial meltdown and in what is really an impossible to reach, forlorn area(as is much of Roosevelt Island), residents of LIC overlooking the construction may have mistaken it for a 21st century version of a WPA(hint) project, as most of the visible work appeared to be dirt-moving on a massive scale. In the last three months something has actually evinced itself above sea level, but “what” was completely indeterminable as can be seen from the picture above. Our sleuthing has revealed that it is to be a memorial to Franklin Delano Roosevelt. Unfortunately, now that I know what it is, every time I see it I can’t help but worry ‘I wonder if I’m gonna get my social security check when I retire in 30 years?’
Further down in the article we also learn about the new stores coming to Roosevelt Island, which in my mind sums up the difference between us and them: They Get Subway, We Get Corner Bistro! Which leads to the next story about how small shops boost locals nabes, with a nice profile of a small shop on Center Boulevard familiar to many. The segways keep coming with yet another “up and coming” article on LIC in the WSJ, revealing that a new Sweetleaf will be opening up on Center Boulevard. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that Applebee’s “There’s No Place Like The Neighborhood” slogan doesn’t migrate from Times Square. The article also states that LIC rents “are still 30% lower than similar product in Manhattan.” Where did they get that number from? Probably the same place that they got the intel that there’s no place to go in the ‘hood, that’s such 2011 mindspeak. Furthermore there is no “similar product” in Manhattan, unless you count 15 Central Park West, and then you’d be stuck with Sting and Lloyd Blankfein as neighbors. Rounding out the news we have another new development coming to Northern Boulevard, CUNY Law School moving into Citicorp space, ‘Romeo and Juliet’ coming to Jackson Avenue, a heckler incident at Laughing Devil caught on tape, and finally another possible extension of the 7-train.