THE NYS Parks Department has reserved the eastern basketball court on 48th Avenue (by Vernon Boulevard) for ‘Girls Time’ every Wednesday and Friday from 4pm to 5:15pm beginning April 23 through June 25, 2021.[Read more…] about Girls Basketball In Long Island City Spring 2021
My usual Super Bowl routine is a Swanson Salisbury Steak Dinner washed down with a quartet of cosmopolitans. According to the label this meal provides 43% of the saturated fat and 31% of the sodium that my body requires every day and a lesson in chemistry I didn’t pass in high school.
Or I could amble down to John Brown Smokehouse where …Whoa, this place is jam-packed with crazed football fans decked out in red and white, didn’t realize this was the NYC meeting place for Niner fans! Looks like I will be trekking back to my ground floor hovel in an unglamorous stretch of LIC near the Mongolian border to watch the Bay City Niners battle Shakira ‘KC’ Lopez.[Read more…] about Super Bowl LIC-style & R40 Restaurant Opens
The 2nd Annual LIC Hoops Kids Basketball Tournament sponsored by Gantry Plaza State Park will be held on Sunday, June 3 at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue between Vernon Boulevard and Fifth Street. There is no cost to participate and it is open to all kids, that means boys and girls! from 1st grade up to and including age 17, but there is limited availability. [Read more…] about KIDS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT IN HUNTERS POINT: SUNDAY, JUNE 3
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 [Read more…] about THE WEEKEND BEGINS NOW LONG ISLAND CITY
The battle for increased school capacity has been waged by parents for several years now, many of whom won’t be the beneficiaries of the new schools. Though most ultimately were unscathed by the controversy, inasmuch as their child eventually received a seat in PS78, the uncertainty was unsettling, and may have motivated others to move out or not move to LIC in the first place. Also, in the question-mark that is truncation, it was a factor in prompting some recent middle school parents to opt for the new middle school instead of sticking it out at 78.
In viewing the current situation, I can’t help but think that for every action there is at first a delayed response, and then inevitably an overreaction. Since it’s been primarily parents along the waterfront who have been demanding schools now, that is where the schools have been going. Yet any chess player can see that the next big need is closer to Court Square. The powers that be completely screwed up in not insisting a school be placed in the base of 5Pointz. In addition to being extremely well-situated to accommodate children from all parts of LIC, it would have been available in time for the school year beginning in 2018. Instead the community received baubles in return for granting the developers a zoning variance allowing them to build an additional 28 stories.
The words above were written here in LICtalk almost two years ago. They are especially prescient given the specifics surrounding the current battle for seating capacity/location in local elementary schools. [Read more…] about #LICUnited