The NYT had an article in yesterday’s Real Estate section talking about the stiff recent rent increases in Manhattan. Nothing really new there, but for informational purposes I have included it. More irksome was the Village Voice’s response to that article which is essentially “if you can’t swing it in Manhattan, you can’t.(period)” Then, to add further insult to injury, the writer lumps in Astoria, Bushwick, and Park Slope with LIC! Sorry if I am missing the transitivity in that argument, the only thing I can surmise is a) the writer lives in Bushwick and b) he obviously had no idea that Danny Tenaglia lived in LIC. Danny Tenaglia!
Spring Has Sprung Pt. 4; Newly Renovated Vernon Jackson Subway Station
That headline should get your attention! Now that we have the education battles covered we can get back to the nitty-gritty every day articles as we strive to give you important information. Well more likely you have an interest in the fact your LIC condo is worth more, as highlighted in the the second story. Finally, Cranky’s Cafe has a new awning and a new spin: French Creole Cuisine, I like the focus. Oh, and when looking(peaking?) at the first article, notice the banner ad for DivorceFast.com, I don’t think it’s coincidental.
There’s a dragon with matches that’s loose on the town
Takes a whole pail of water just to cool him down.
What passes for drama in Hunters Point occurred last Friday when a brush fire broke out near the deck of Gantry State Park. There were no fatalities and absolutely no one was hurt, but in light of the lack of news coverage, was there a cover up? Probably not. Yet if there was, we here at LICtalk would be all over it because we don’t just give you links to others stories, we have a team of reporters and photographers on the front lines ready to deliver timely, hard-hitting news and photos. Ok, maybe not a team, but I do have multiple personalities …and a niece who took a photography class last year. These stories are not just the typical community fare, such as cherubs hunting eggs, but answers to deeper questions like “I wonder what that bright star in the early evening western sky, appearing over Manhattan is?” Well, first of all it is not a star, it’s a planet, Venus to be exact, and appearing right next to it and a little less bright but still quite obvious, has been Saturn. Most importantly, they have both been clearly visible and highly noticeable to the naked eye since the New Year. Why is this most important? Because if you lived in Manhattan you would not be able to see them!!!!!
In LIC related news I am taking a page from Murdoch and leading off with something titillating(Spoiler Alert: The teaser is really just a tease). Actually it’s also probably the strongest article of the five with a very comprehensive review of what has gone on recently and will be coming shortly in LIC. The last story I threw in as a confirmation of your excellent decision to live in Long Island City, brush fires not withstanding. Finally, the next time you’re walking along the boardwalk of Gantry Park and you come along a big black burned out spot, I want you to think of one thing: LICtalk.com!
It’s not just flowers that have sprung up over LIC recently, many new residential projects seem to have blossomed after coming out of my winter hibernation several weeks ago. Pictured here is the new TF Cornerstone project on the north end of Center Boulevard. One building is currently being rented and several people have already moved in, the second one is right behind that, and the third looks due for arrival around New Years Day 2013. In other news we have the good and the bad: the good news is there’s yet another new hotel for your in-laws from Jersey to stay at when visiting you in LIC, the bad news is they won’t ever be able to take the 7 Train directly to do so(or maybe that’s good news too). Plus Court Square station is open and yet another new school is scheduled to open. Finally, if you thought working at Goldman Sachs was your ticket to enormous wealth then you’re still stuck in a 2011 mindset, the answer is in your back yard, one word Ben: “Taxis”
Spring has sprung and with it has brought a tsunami of flowers and news to LIC. Amongst other stories you can learn where to stash your excess Picassos and Rembrandts now that all the walls in your 700′ square foot two-bedroom are covered with your children’s finger-paintings and “murals.” Also, while new trees are certainly a nice contribution to the ‘hood, when it comes to currying my favor I’m more the Open Bar type. In a similar vein, Friends of Gantry Park is looking for 400 Andrew Jackson’s. There’s also a cool profile on an old School LIC pioneer. Finally, as if they really need any more publicity, a link to the new M. Wells joint that’s opening in May.