Have you heard about the latest big Wall Street expose? It’s an autobiography about a hedge fund trader and his decade of lost weekends, climaxing in a lucid moment of morality. Kind of a 21st century “Bright Lights, Big City/Wall Street” mash-up, with a dash of “American Psycho” -ex the gore, thrown in. My guess is that most of you will skip the book and wait for the movie. In the meantime though, you may want to keep an eye out for the author, who according to The New York Times, is now slumming it in a tiny apartment in Long Island City …probably with a great view of the bright lights and big city, nearby parks for his daughter, and the best bar in the five boroughs, the LIC Bar, in case he has a relapse!
In addition to said bar, there is lots more going on in town this weekend: a Bike Parade, followed by a Used Bike Sale the day after, Yoga on The Pier in Gantry Park, and a 5Pointz Hip Hop Fest!
Plus 5Pointz expansion voted down, G-train closures coming, and a second Food Cellar to open in Court Square. There is so much LIC news you’ll need a 3-day weekend to read it all. So do like Turney did, and blow off work on Monday. Check it out below.
A Trader’s Crash Landing – rehab is for quitters
6th Annual LIC Bike Parade – Saturday June 8th. Or you could do hookers and blow.
LIC Community Bike Sale – Recycle-A-Bicycle, 46-01 5th Street, Sunday June 9, 2013, 2 PM. Or you could blow it on hookers.
Yoga On The Pier – pier/park same thing, Gantry Park. Sunday June 9, 10am. LICtalk Tip: get there a little bit early, it gets crowded on nice days …or you could sleep off the hookers and blow.
5Pointz Hip Hop Fest – Saturday, June 8, 2pm-8pm. Umm, this might be fairly welcoming of your hookers and blow.
Queen’s Graffiti Haven 5Pointz Celebrates Hip-Hop’s 40th Anniversary All Summer Long – as Turney probably knows, the partying continues all summer long, not just one session.
CB2 Votes Against 5Pointz Expansion Plan – looks like they’re trying to squeeze a few more concessions in return for a few more floors
5Pointz Owner To Move Forward With Redevelopment, Despite CB2 Vote – lotsa jawboning, but nothing a few 8-balls and pros can’t smooth over
Mensches Munch In LIC – recap #1 of Taste of LIC. This is how most people “party” these days.(LICtalk Tip: type headline into Google to get around firewalls)
A Taste of Fine LIC Cuisine – recap #2, w/ pics
Flea and Food Is Set to Take Flight in LIC – the WSJ wraps a big LIC story around the opening of the LIC Flea next week: ‘Long Island City “is a teenager with growing pains and a push for quality-of-life experiences for people where they live,” said Sheila Lewandowski, founder of the Chocolate Factory, a performing-arts space, and a member of the local community board. “I think it’s changing. But we’re not there yet.”‘ In the meantime, those that choose can avail themselves of hookers and blow.(see LICtalk tip above)
Summer In LIC – The Daily News’ annual LIC infomercial …22 pages this year, who says print media is dead?
MTA Details Shutdown of R and G Trains – the G train stops in LIC will be affected: “The affected weekends are July 6, July 13, July 20, Aug. 3, Aug. 10, Aug. 17, Aug. 24, Sept. 7, Sept. 28, Oct. 5, Dec. 7 and Dec. 14. There will also be a five-week shutdown in summer 2014, the authority said. A shuttle bus service will run between Brooklyn and Queens”
A Tale of Two Queens Techies – a father and son creating apps right here in LIC
Food Cellar to Open Second LIC Location – yum-yum
Surviving The Rental Crunch: How to Find A Place to Live When Pickings Are Slim – recommends LIC near Queens Plaza as a solution
Perk Packed Rentals and Convenience Bring New Residents to LIC – this is kind of a template story that every press outlet now feels required to publish, today we give you the NY Post’s version. Find attractive couple that’s recently moved to LIC, and wrap a story around them as to how the neighborhood is mushrooming w/ amenity filled towers filled w/ similar people. Anyway, welcome to the ‘hood Patrick and Eve. Don’t forget to read LICtalk every day.