Category Archives: Transportation
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The big kick-off at the 48th Ave Basketball Courts. Courtesy Nick Knight
THE words in the headline above were recently uttered (or is it proclaimed?) by a very wise man, transcribed by an illustrious writer, and published in a highly esteemed journal. Who am I to doubt that it’s not so?
//NOTHING is more boring than a story about something that might happen 2+ years from now, even if it’s highly probable. Continue reading
Tagged Blanchard Building, Borden Avenue, lic partnership, LIC Summit, long island city
Admit that the waters around you have grown
A new beer hall is coming to the Blanchard Building on Borden Avenue according to Patrick Sweeney of Related Companies, which is the new owner of the building. This information was buried in an article in yesterday’s New York Times about how the fashion industry has been gobbling up commercial space in LIC to the extent that it very well may become the second coming of the garment center, or actually replace it all-together. We’re happy to mine the crumbs of this esteemed newspaper to wring a great headline- even if unlike the NYT we can’t get a call back from Related. We’re also very happy to have yet another tremendous beer offering coming to LIC.
//I’d also be very happy to be acknowledged by said newspaper as being Continue reading
Good to get away from this for a week
My week-long absence seems to have been a ‘Waiting for Godot’ moment, in that nothing much actually happened. Unless of course one delves into the details of a routine follow-up, whereby it was revealed that the new streetcar proposal may very well Continue reading
The march up Jackson after the 7-train was canceled
Mayor de Blasio has proposed a new streetcar line that will run near the East River and link Brooklyn to Queens. More specifically, it would start in Sunset Park and end in northern Astoria. Tentative plans in Long Island City have it crossing the Pulaski Bridge and running along 11th Street up to the Queensboro Bridge, and then shifting to 21st Street for the rest of the trek north. It is expected to cost $2.5 billion.
Great idea, I love it. It would be a fantastic addition for LIC. Just one thing – about that price tag? Continue reading
Have we hit critical mass?
Back in reality land, the MTA released citywide subway ridership data this week, and it reveals that average weekday ridership at the Vernon/Jackson stop is up 57% between 2007 and 2013. According to The New York World, this occurred during a period that the system’s ridership as a whole grew by 9%. Putting the Vernon/Jackson percentages into numbers, it went from Continue reading
Someone has to pay
A new congestion pricing plan that’s gaining traction calls for an $8 toll both ways for the Queensboro Bridge. If it makes you feel any better Continue reading
Nice and peaceful here, one last look at summer.
As the Vernon/Jackson subway platform gets more crowded with each passing day, the question arises “At what point will it be too much?” Continue reading
UBER’S NYC headquarters on Jackson Ave. Get this guy to chauffeur you to Jora
It’s time to pisco everybody! Jora, the Peruvian Restaurant on 11th Street at the foot of the Pulaski Bridge, has officially opened. They are currently serving dinner every day of the week starting at 5:30pm. But as any self-respecting South American knows, who eats dinner before 9? Thus they will be open until late.
According to the owner, Alejandro Rojas Continue reading
It’s amazing how fast government can work when pushing it’s own initiative, like affordable housing.
It has finally come to this. The need for traffic safety measures has spurred a press event that will be held tomorrow, May 30, at 3pm on Center Boulevard and 48th Avenue. Who will be there? Continue reading
Subways and Streetcars?
Three articles over the last few days, summarize what the LICtalk juggernaut has been saying for the last two years. The first, in The New York Times ((a little name dropping)) talks about the compression in the discount that Queens typically receives in residential real estate pricing. The second, also in The New York Times, acts proactively in pitching a street car along the East River waterfront that runs from Red Hook to Astoria. The third, talks about what current apartment buyers and renters are looking for in LIC. It’s a little weaker than the first two articles, and doesn’t have the same journalistic pedigree, but does contain this nugget, which justifies it’s inclusion: Continue reading