Monday evening I took Metro-North up to central Westchester to visit a friend. Despite the fact that I got a seat on a relatively new train and it departed and arrived right on schedule, I couldn’t help but think ‘I would not want to do this [Read more…] about WHY I AM THANKFUL FOR LIVING IN LONG ISLAND CITY
Flash – THERE WILL BE NO 7-TRAIN SERVICE FROM LIC TO MANHATTAN THIS WEEKEND OR NEXT – per tipster & MTA website
We’re going to squeeze the lemon and try to get a post’s worth of LIC information for you during a slow news week where all the local stories were broken or created by the citywide press. Though I promise not to do a wholesale regurgitation of one of those stories, I will start with food. The New York Times gives a big smooch to the Court Square Diner in its Neighborhood Joint column. In summary, it dwells on the camaraderie not the cuisine. Oh wait, The Court Square Blog, one of LIC’s finest publications (there are two in that category), did announce that a Sweetleaf is coming to Tishman Speyer’s massive residential project in Queens Plaza. Oh wait, here’s another local food tidbit as broken by moi, thanks to a tipster: The Howard Stern show had a staff outing at Maiella late last month, and raved about the [Read more…] about FOOD NEWS, REAL ESTATE PORN, & NO 7-TRAIN
So, Cornell Technion opened up this week. While the opening entailed press releases, ribbon-cutting, politicians and media attention, it should come as no surprise as it was completed right on schedule. Of course that fact may actually be the biggest surprise of all!
Amidst the news hoopla, and there was a lot of it from all angles (see links below), was the standard local one as to how this would affect the local community adjacent to the campus: Long Island City. All interviewees laud the potential of the proximity to the new campus, and the hyperbole is justified. Unfortunately what they don’t realize is the huge gulf between “as the crow flies” and reality. While a new ferry is nice, it is far from a game-changer. The fact is that the [Read more…] about CORNELL TECHNION OPENS – HEY DON’T FORGET THE BRIDGE!
Ship of fools on a cruel sea, ship of fools sail away from me.
It was later than I thought when I first believed you,
Now I cannot share your laughter, ship of fools
FIFTY years ago we had the ‘Summer of Love.’ I missed it. Yesterday began the ‘Summer of Hell’ for those suburbanites east and west of Manhattan, and though I once again will not be a participant, as an LIC resident I’ll be a passive bystander in the thick of it all. That’s because [Read more…] about SUMMER OF HELL BRINGS TEMPORARY NEW FERRY TERMINAL TO LIC
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin’ groovy
It won’t be too long before people refer to Manhattan as the “old neighborhood,” and visit it nostalgically like Italians returning to Bensonhurst and Jews (used) to the Lower East Side. ‘Look, that’s where mommy and daddy used to live, and that’s where they used to drink before they knew each other.’ [Read more…] about FOR WHOM THE TOLL TOLLS