Category Archives: Booze

WHAT’S WRONG WITH RETAIL IN LONG ISLAND CITY?

Of course then there's...

Of course then there’s…

And if you say to me tomorrow,
Oh what fun it all would be
Then what’s to stop us, pretty baby,
But what is and what should never be

Given all the empty storefronts, anyone walking along Vernon Boulevard might wonder how Long Island City is the fastest growing city in the nation.  Of course excessive retail vacancies abound through many stretches of Manhattan as well, and “retailing” as a concept is under siege nationwide due to Amazon.

One of the problems lies with the entrepreneurs who start these businesses. Continue reading

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CORNER BISTRO 2.0

All this and the Stones in the background

All this and the Stones in the background

“I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.”

Unlike directly across the East River, nothing really newsworthy occurred in Long Island City this week and I was pretty much resigned to publishing a single post with a photo and links to others tepid news.  Then I passed the Corner Bistro, and like Wimpy I couldn’t resist popping my head in for a burger, as it’s always been a magnet for me time immemorial.  Lo and behold what did I find – the classic joint had undergone a renovation.

Furthermore signs announcing “Corner Bistro Reboot” indicated a revamped menu would commence on October 1.  So I spoke with Elizabeth McGrath, daughter of the owners of the original Corner Bistro on West 4th Street, Bill & Lorraine O’Donnell.  She told me that in addition to the traditional and current hamburger-centric offering, the LIC location would Continue reading

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THE SHANNON POT BAR N GRILL MOVING TO 11TH ST.

Future home of The Shannon Pot

Future home of The Shannon Pot

THE Shannon Pot will be relocating once again, this time going into a former coffee shop located on the southwest corner of Continue reading

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CORAZON DE MEXICO IN HUNTERS POINT TO OPEN BY END OF MONTH

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

Late nights at The Mighty Taco have prepared me for el Corazon de Mexico

DO you remember the fajita?  It was an exotic do-it-yourself concoction served at Mexicanish restaurants in the 1990’s.  Back then it was all the rage and when accompanied by a pre-meal margarita or three, its sizzling arrival at the table had the effect of transporting the diner back to Spring Break in Cancun for a night …and the subsequent morning.

Then at the turn of the century, after a decades-long incubation in the Southwestern U.S., the burrito invaded the rest of the lower 48 and nearly wiped the fajita out, vanquishing it to the menus of American fast casual chains.  Finally in the last few years the lowly taco has emerged to take the culinary spotlight in this country, and not just in the Mexican food category.  I’m not talking about the old-fashioned hard-shell Ortega taco, but the soft nixtamalized tortilla’s offered at dining spots and food trucks throughout the five boroughs today.  Coming full circle The New York Times declared Mexico City it’s #1 place to go in 2016 stating “Certainly, there is no more exciting place to eat.”

So it should be no surprise that Hunters Point will add its fifth Mexican establishment when Corazon de Mexico opens at the end of May Continue reading

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VERNON BOULEVARD’S NIGHT SCENE HITS CRITICAL MASS

It's all coming together

It’s all coming together

SATURDAY night I walked down Vernon Boulevard around 9pm and found all of it’s dining and drinking establishments more packed than not – a big change from numerous other strolls I’ve taken along the same path in the past year.  Maybe it Continue reading

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SPRING EVENTS IN LIC TRUMP NEWS

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Here’s my science project teach’

There’s a starman waiting in the sky
He’d like to come and meet us
But he thinks he’d blow our minds

After comprehensively collecting all the data, painstakingly putting it to paper while trying to figure out the complex instructions in order to conform to regulations, and finally staying up late into the night to meet the deadline, the yearly crush is now over! Continue reading

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THE WEEKEND BEGINS NOW LONG ISLAND CITY

Time to crank it up to 11

Time to crank it up to 11

Tomorrow at 12:15pm the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament begins and will basically continue with multiple games throughout the weekend.

Saturday is St. Patrick’s Day.

Those two events happening concurrently Continue reading

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BELLWETHER RESTAURANT COMING TO LONG ISLAND CITY

The LES comes to LIC

The LES comes to LIC

According to a Facebook from Jessica Little McCormick who seems to be the owner, a new restaurant called Bellwether is coming to Long Island City. Jessica mentions that she and her husband have lived in LIC since 2009, have a 1.5 year old daughter and a son in the oven (I had to).  They have teamed up with Continue reading

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EGGS AND FLEAS AND RENTALS AND FLEES

Bunnies big and small

Bunnies big and small

From the day we arrive on the planet
And, blinking, step into the sun
There’s more to see than can ever be seen
More to do than can ever be done
There’s far too much to take in here
More to find than can ever be found
But the sun rolling high
Through the sapphire sky
Keeps great and small on the endless round

THE stories of the week are the stories of life.  Yes I am making that profound statement, despite its only having a filigree of connection at best.  Though aren’t egg hunts, food festivals posing as flea markets, and real estate a suitable analogy for the basic necessities of LIC in 2017?

Anyway, for those not leaving town, the LIC Flea begins this Saturday.  You know the deal, what began several years ago as a market of goods, is now predominantly gourmet food stalls and craft beer.  Nothing wrong with that!  Moreover as the beer swilling continues it helps to grease the wheels of an egg hunt of sorts for adults. Capisce?

//I don’t know what’s more highly anticipated, the Annual Trinity Grace Church Queens Easter Egg Hunt in Gantry Park, or the registration for it?  Either way, Continue reading

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SNOWDAY, SHIA LABOEUF SHUT DOWN, L’INIZIO TURNED DOWN

Fresh powder yes, but don't eat the yellow snow

Fresh powder yes, but don’t eat the yellow snow

Snowday!  Is over – back to school/work.  ‘He Will Not Divide Us’ at the Museum of Moving Image is shut down due to violence.  L’Inizio Pizzeria on Vernon Boulevard is denied a license for back yard drinking according to the LIC Post.  The first two I don’t have anything to add, the latter is really disappointing.  According to the Post, the license was turned down because the owner, Tom Blaze, is accused by a Continue reading

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