AS Summer 2020 winds down, one looks back at the many regularly scheduled events that did not occur this year: Warm-Ups at MoMA PS1; Live At The Gantries, Taste of LIC, Evening Movies At The Oval, etc.[Read more…] about There Was No Summer 2020 In LIC, And Yet
A reader tipped us off that according to the Citizen App another person jumped from the tower 4545 Center Boulevard last night. Around 9pm a passel of police cars zoomed to the site, followed quickly by a large area cordoned off with police tape – though the app mentioned this person landed on the 7th Floor rooftop of the building. If so, this is the second jumper this year in this building, and the fourth known fatal jumper along Center Boulevard this past decade.[Read more…] about Another Apparent Suicide On Center Boulevard in LIC
Long Island City got rocked by Tropical Storm Isaias yesterday, especially near the waterfront, but when all is said and done it’s still rolling. As one long time resident with a battered terrace described it “the wind was even worse than Hurricane Sandy.”1[Read more…] about LIC Rocks But Doesn’t Roll In Tropical Storm
- yet Sandy inflicted much more severe flooding [↩]
Over the last two months various cheerleaders and detractors have stated their cases as to why they are for/against the Waterfront Master Plan. The latter group seems to be spearheaded by Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer on behalf of various groups created during HQ2, aka the Amazon Naysayers. The cheerleaders are a seemingly disparate collection of voices looking to bless the Plan exactly as it is, let’s call them the Amazon Apologists.
Well Amazon isn’t coming to LIC, and neither is its 25,000 jobs. I think most would agree that the Naysayers are fully responsible for that. While that is a terrible shame, more now than ever, it is completely irrelevant in terms of assessing how much and what type of upzoning should be allowed now. It certainly does not mean completely unfettered approval of the full density, developer-friendly amenity package put forth in the initial Plan.[Read more…] about The Apologists Vs. The Naysayers In LIC
Call me Nostradamus. No, no I wouldn’t want the heavy weight of knowing what the future holds, especially these days. How about the second coming of John Paulson? Sadly it would just be a fantasy as my large wager was only in my head. Like the bottom of the Mets batting line-up, two strikes and I may as well be out. Nevertheless my call for a 15% reduction in monthly apartment rents is looking very prescient these days given a recent Crain’s report indicating two months free rent1is becoming more normal in NYC.[Read more…] about Prescient But Not Precocious In LIC
- 14 months for the price of 12 = 15% lower per month (12/14 = .85) [↩]