Ship ahoy, Transmitter Brewing is setting sail for the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Begun in 2014 in a location under the Pulaski Bridge, the successful brewery requires a [Read more…] about TRANSMITTER BREWING LEAVING LONG ISLAND CITY FOR NAVY YARD
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. [Read more…] about WHAT’S WRONG WITH RETAIL IN LONG ISLAND CITY?
“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 [Read more…] about CORNER BISTRO 2.0
THE Shannon Pot will be relocating once again, this time going into a former coffee shop located on the southwest corner of [Read more…] about THE SHANNON POT BAR N GRILL MOVING TO 11TH ST.
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 [Read more…] about CORAZON DE MEXICO IN HUNTERS POINT TO OPEN BY END OF MONTH