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AMAZON CHOOSES LONG ISLAND CITY FOR HQ2!!!

Amazon has chosen Long Island City as one of the two locations for its second headquarters according to The New York Times. Crystal City, Virginia on the outskirts of DC will be the other. Each location is expected to add 25,000 workers over the next few years, and be transformed in the process.

What that transformation will look like for LIC and how it will proceed is unknown at this time, but it is believed that the state and Governor made many concessions and offered many incentives to lure the company.

We have been covering the possibility of this happening from the moment the initial bake-off was announced with 40 candidates. Obviously Amazon felt as we do that Long Island City was the primo location for being a part of NYC – the greatest city in the world – they just had to go through the whole process I guess. In addition to all the wonderful attributes of LIC, it also had the logistical advantage of being near Amazon’s biggest customer, my wife.

Amazon Plans to Split HQ2 in Two Locationsinterestingly, when push came to shove they tossed that whole ‘affordability’ criteria right out the window by choosing NYC & DC

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IS THAT NEWS LIC?

Is this news?

Is this news?

Welcome to this month’s version of “Is That News LIC?”

Kanga’s Indoor Playcenter opened its doors in LIC this week, is that news?  If you’re a parent of a child aged 2-6 I would say that it is, or will be once the winter begins and you’re cooped up at home in your converted one-bedroom.

If a fire burns on the industrial portion of Borden Avenue on a Saturday night, is that news?  Maybe, but definitely if you’re a firefighter groupie as the most in-depth stories plus full video are only to be found on websites like Firefighternation and Firehouse.com

The 7-Train will not be running into Manhattan every weekend in October, is that news?  ABSOLUTELY if you live in LIC!

If Gantry Plaza State Park changes it’s dog laws to allow them on the paths only instead of an outright ban, is that news?  Not if the rules in both cases go unenforced.  You show me a summons, I’ll write it up…

If a 100-person start-up based in LIC is acquired by Walmart is that news?  Yes, especially if you’re plus-sized.

If Trader Joe’s announces it is opening on Jackson Avenue in 2019 is that news? Continue reading

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LIC IN 2023

Where will we be in 2023?

Where will we be in 2023?

You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
From the bottom of a long glass tube

If God’s a coming, He oughta make it by then
Maybe He’ll look around Himself and say
Guess it’s time for the judgment day

It’s crystal ball time here at LICtalk, as we take a look at what can be expected here in Long Island City come 2023.

Packed subway cars will be the least of the mass-transit problems our logistics experts anticipate.  More worrisome will be Continue reading

SCHOOL’S UP IN LIC

Mister Softee - the final vestige of summer

Mister Softee – the final vestige of summer

What’s up in LIC? School, Continue reading

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FAIRS, PARTIES, BLOOD DRIVES, AND FREE DRINKS IN LIC

All work and no play...

All work and no play…

THERE’S a party going on and you’re invited! Continue reading

SUMMER SLUMP IN LIC

Ice & Vice is nice

LIKE clockwork the Mets have reached the cellar of the NL East so summer is officially in full-swing.  Thus summer hours have kicked in here at the newsroom and the interns are doing all the work.  As The Editor, I Continue reading

CYCLIST KILLED ON 21ST ST. NEAR MoMA PS1

A cyclist was killed on 21st Street by MoMA PS1 yesterday afternoon when he was struck by a driver opening the door of his parked car according to Politico. Continue reading

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SPRING HAS SPRUNG 2018!

Doesn't look shady to me

Doesn’t look shady to me

THE Mets are in first place – it must be April!  In conjunction with that we’ve trotted out the hackneyed title above, which basically means there’s no local news of import.  Unless of course you’re a foodie Continue reading

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THE OTHER LONG ISLAND CITY

The Lonely Easter Bunny of Gantry Pier

The news cycle is slowing down in Long Island City just in time for the Easter/Passover break.  The only real stories below deal with ‘other’ areas/aspects of the town.  So put aside restaurant openings and school capacity during Holy Week and see how the other Continue reading

SNOW DAY LONG ISLAND CITY

Snowman Pepsi Sign

On Day 2 of the new season, I really really wanted to write an Ode to Spring, with sonnets and poems and crocuses and newborn foals running free in Gantry Park.  Instead we got a SNOW DAY!!!  Sure, I’m now a grown getting paid by the hour word, but when our Mayor waved his magic wand I felt obliged to obey.  So instead of ballads and verse, I offer ye a limerick Continue reading

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