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
THE WEEKEND BEGINS NOW LONG ISLAND CITY
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
GYMNASTICS IS LIFE, IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND BEYOND
Sometimes I write stories that I know are more derivative of LIC than the usual drivel I scratch out. That’s my prerogative and this is one of those stories. In researching it I learned a lot more than the original subject matter.
Distance-wise, Long Island City High School is about as far as one can be from the location of the average LICtalk reader and still technically be in Long Island City. From a socio-economic perspective, that span is equally large.
Nevertheless the actual distance is only 1.8 miles as the crow flies. Likewise, the dreams of the kids who attend that high school are not too dissimilar from those of our own kids. [Read more…] about GYMNASTICS IS LIFE, IN LONG ISLAND CITY AND BEYOND
1ST ANNUAL LIC HOOPS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND
This Saturday and Sunday from 9am until noon the 1st Annual LIC Hoops Basketball Tournament for kids and adults will take place at the Gantry Plaza State Park courts on 48th Avenue. The adults bracket on Saturday is completely sold out, but there are slots left for the kids tournament on Sunday. It is free and open to boys and girls, but parents must pre-register their children and submit signed waivers.
Now, while the odds that your child will ever make it to the NBA Finals are beyond minuscule, there’s a 50/50 chance that [Read more…] about 1ST ANNUAL LIC HOOPS BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT THIS WEEKEND