Category Archives: News

MONA COAL-ICE ON VERNON BOULEVARD

Mona Coal-Ice is sweet

Mona Coal-Ice is sweet

So what’s with the recently painted gold-lettered “Mona Coal-Ice” on Vernon Boulevard?  Is it an olde-tymey steam-punk themed haberdashery?  Is it a spin-off from the ice cream store next door?  Or maybe we should take it literally and get our ice for parties and coal for umm, you know, like burning?  No. no, thanks to a little sleuthing from my desktop Continue reading

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REC CENTER PETITION OVER 500 SIGNATURES & JIMMY FALLON

Jimmy F saw the greatness,  but not the rec center

Jimmy F saw the greatness, but not the rec center

THE petition to include a community center with a pool in the Plaxall rezoning has surpassed its goal of 500 signatures.  That’s 500+ residents of Hunters Point who now await the final decision by the city like a child waits for Christmas morning.

Nevertheless as mentioned last week, the expense to include this much needed facility for the community is negligible.  Cut 10% of the whopping 300k square feet allocated to light industrial and reclaim 20k sq ft. of now redundant resident-only gym space from the new residential towers, and bingo: a 50k sq ft. rec center with more than enough room for a pool, gym, studios, etc.  Throw in that the build-out on a massive project should be benefiting from tremendous economies of scale, and both the real estate and cash costs are greatly reduced.

In light of this may our elected officials put aside their priorities and consider those of the locals in this not unreasonable request.

//HEY, did you watch the Pepsi halftime show during this year’s SuperBowl?  If so then you couldn’t miss the opening Continue reading

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PETITION, LETTER, & NEW ELEMENTARY SCHOOL INCUBATION

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Down by the river

While I wrote recently that I might expound on the rationale for adding a rec center in Hunters Point, I’ve decided I would provide an excerpt that I wrote to Robert Dobruskin, the director in the NYC Planning Dept. who is collecting community comments on the Anable Basin rezoning.  The excerpt is below.  More importantly, if you haven’t already please sign the petition being circulated to bring a community center to Hunters Point.

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//YESTERDAY the little information fairies were asked to distribute a memorandum to their parents announcing a meeting about a new District Elementary School to be incubated in Long Island City in the Continue reading

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SHOW PALACE DENUDED, QUEENSBRIDGE HOUSES VERMINIZED

Ridin' that train...

There’s a train now entering the Hunters Point Avenue station?

Show Palace strip club, located on 21st St. across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge was closed down Friday night by the NYPD in light of prostitution allegations according to The Daily News.  No surprise there, but locals may be disappointed because now they will have to order their beef tenderloin, nachos supreme, and cheesecake from somewhere else this Superbowl.  Nearby, a family living in the Queensbridge Houses Continue reading

DesiBowl TO BRING INDIAN-MEXICAN CUISINE TO LONG ISLAND CITY

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

It looks like nothing now, but soon a cornucopia of culinary delights

A new restaurant serving Indian-Mexican fusion cuisine expects to open on Vernon Boulevard by the end of January.  Named DesiBowl, it will be located in the space formerly occupied by the Paris Health Cafe next to St. Mary’s Church.  The owner is Sabiha, who is currently a manager at OptimEyes Vision in LIC, and she told us to envision an Indian-style Chipotle, with burritos, tacos, rice bowls, paratha rolls, and Indian sandwiches, whereby the consumer chooses the rice, meat, toppings, etc.  The restaurant will be spice-friendly as well as have a kid-friendly menu.  This will be Sabiha’s first time opening her own restaurant, though her family owns ten pizzerias in the city.

In addition, Continue reading

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LIC JUST SAY NO TO THE COMPANY HOLIDAY PARTY & DO THIS

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

God Bless Ye Merry Gentlemen

Company holiday parties are fraught with danger.  Making a drunken fool of oneself in front of people you see Mon-Fri from 9-5 for the next 365, telling your superior what you really think of her, not to mention the possibility of infidelity, rejection, and in 2017 sexual harassment.  Handicapping the company holiday party as a prospective investment, which in some ways it is, there is no upside, other than free drinks and food, and massive downside.  So as your adviser1, I recommend Continue reading

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CRIME AND REAL ESTATE …IN LONG ISLAND CITY

Reverse gentrification

Reverse gentrification

CRIME and real estate, that’s what we have for you today.  The latter is ubiquitous the former quite rare in Long Island City.  Well the part of LIC that most readers live in.  Nevertheless it’s a reminder during this Holiday season that Continue reading

5 WOMEN BUSTED FOR PROSTITUTION AT SHOW PALACE STRIP CLUB

Time to write up your Xmas list

Time to write up your Xmas list

The Daily News has reported that Show Palace, the controversial all nude strip club on 21st Street across from the exit ramp of the Queensboro Bridge, had five women busted early yesterday morning for prostitution. Continue reading

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GOOD MORNING, GOOD MORNING

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 - the start of a good morning!

Wow a breakfast special for $3.95 – the start of a good morning!

Good morning, good morning LIC, I figured today I would break the typical news cycle (print anyway) and publish in the Continue reading

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DEAD BIRDS AND LIVE JELLYFISH IN LONG ISLAND CITY

 

Towers are not bird-friendly

Towers are not bird-friendly

Just as I was about to wade in...

Just as I was about to wade in…

RECENTLY I was sent a trio of photos of dead birds on the sidewalks near Center Boulevard, one of which is shown above.  The sender was inquiring if I knew of, or why, the sudden surge in dead birds?  While I wasn’t aware of it, I did know where to go: D-Bird.org, a database kept by the NYC Audubon in order to assist them in Project Safe Flight, which helps birds migrate safely through New York City.

After entering the three photos and location information, I followed up with an email and call to Kaitlyn Parkins, a conservation biologist at NYC Audubon.  She told me Continue reading

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