Straight through the tunnel into Manhattan …or back. No more excuses for not showing up to work.
Geez, it is not even Halloween and they are already dumping 7 train closures on us. It keeps getting earlier and earlier every year, might it be due to global warming? Nah, probably just aging as these old rails need lots of nursing. For you newcomers, this is an annual event in LIC and has been for a long, long time. It is not just, nor should one ever expect it to be, a one year project or something that actually gets completed. Worse, the trend recently has been for a double dip: a fall season and a winter season. My recommendation is to plan appropriately: Green Bay this weekend, Pittsburgh for the Cowboys next weekend, the Chiefs at …finishing with New Orleans for the Superbowl -> Aspen, South Beach, Gstaad, and a month in St Bart’s for the winter track work, that should do the trick.
11:45 PM Fri to 5 AM Mon
Oct 5-8 • Oct 19-22 • Oct 26-29
Nov 9-12 • Nov 16-19 +additional Steinway Tunnel maintenance work and other work along the line are scheduled to take place between January and March of 2013
New Visions For Queens Waterfronts – how about a heliport? Now that would be an appropriate shuttle!
That’s right residents, if each New York City borough were an independent city, Queens would be America’s fourth largest city, after Los Angeles, Chicago, and Brooklyn! Therefore, in light of the lack of block parties, poetry readings, puppet shows, and orgies occurring in LIC this weekend, as well as the limited news flow, I have decided to expand my horizons to all of Queens, courtesy of wikipedia. Oh sure, you could go to the website directly, but the Queens entry is 29 pages long, and who wants to read that much information on a 2″ x 2″ screen, especially when the weather is so nice? Therefore, I am going to bring you the 21st century soundbite version of the Queens wiki, so you can spend more time on important matters such as cooking shows and farmville. So here we go with the top 5 facts about our borough:
1. Queens is the most ethnically diverse urban area in the world with a population of over 2.2 million, 46% of whom are foreign-born, representing over 100 different nations and speaking over 138 different languages.
2. The racial makeup of the county was 44.08% White, 20.01% African American, 17.56% Asian,, 11.68% from other races, and 6.11% from two or more races. 24.97% of the population were Hispanic of any race.
- Chinese: 173,123; 39.8% of the city’s total Chinese population.
- Indian: 147,525; 64% Asian Indian population.
- Korean: 65,131; 66.4% of the city’s total Korean population.
- Filipino: 41,784; 61.3% of the city’s total Filipino population.
- Bangladeshi: 18,310; 66% of the city’s total Bangladeshi population.
- Pakistani: 10,884; 39.5% of the city’s total Pakistani population
3. The streets of Queens are laid out in a semi-grid system, with a numerical system of street names (similar to Manhattan and the Bronx). Nearly all roadways oriented north-south are “Streets”, while east-west roadways are “Avenues”, beginning with the number 1 in the west for Streets and in the north for Avenues. –does this make sense to anyone? Trust me, this only scratches the surface regarding the Queens layout, we are the poster child for GPS.
4. Queens has 5 U.S. Congressmen, some of whom we share with other boroughs including LIC’s: Astoria and Long Island City are roughly geographically half and demographically a third of the 14th district of Carolyn Maloney, the rest of whose district extends across the east side of Manhattan from the East Village through Carnegie Hill. – hmm, kinda makes us an afterthought
5. Most neighborhoods have no solid boundaries – LIC is the perfect example
That wasn’t so painful was it? Now use this beautiful weekend to explore and find out more about number four.
Comedy Explosion in LIC Attracting Stars – as one would expect in the 4th largest city
Pop Up Library Coming to Gantry Park – the HPS Library will be officially dedicated on Friday, Oct. 5 at 10:30 a.m. By an ordained priest, minister, and rabbi, from their mouths to…
Waterfront Bus Service Expands In LIC Corridor – news doesn’t get more local than this
East River Ferry Service Not Doing Too Well On Weekdays – might the fact that the HPS access point adds 20 minutes to ones commute be a factor?
Another Big Industrial Company Leaves LIC For The Bronx – the first being Fresh Direct, it’s the normal course of action as the city changes
Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial On Roosevelt Island, NYT Architectural Review – more detail about what many of you have been looking at across the water and wondering “huh?”
One last note regarding the school situation – a number of you have reached out asking “What can we do to help?” I am awaiting some confirmation on new information relevant to this and will address your queries next week. Thank you very much for taking the initiative and stay tuned…
Want a taste of the old Long Island City? Check out the place above. Take my word, you will not be running into any of your Goldman co-workers there when you ditch work early on Friday and need something greasy to cure your hangover from a very late Thursday night at Lavo. It is mostly truckdrivers, city workers, and heavy-lifting types from the nearby warehouses eating lunch at 10:30am. In other words, nobody here is on a diet. Just don’t think you are going to stop by and load up for a late night meal on your way back from the Hamptons after a weekend at Ron Perelman’s estate clubbing with his house guest Kanye. Because they are closed by 4pm and all day Sundays.
Today’s LIC news is pretty mundane and makes me miss the ire over that strip club at the bottom of the Queensboro bridge. I am also sorry to say that real estate takes the top slot once again. So you decide: Do I stay here at my desk and read LICtalk whilst pretending to analyze a potential acquisition for an IB client in Tacoma, or stand in line awaiting three scrambled with bacon and cheese?
Looking For A Real Estate Deal? Try Manhattan – like I’ve been telling you, Manhattan now at a deserved discount
Sorry London, New York Should Have Hosted The 2012 Olympics – except if you live in LIC
Queens Subway Lines at and Near Top In Annual NYPIRG Report – gee, does LIC need any more ammo?
Schumer Wants A Nerd Bus To Connect Tech Hubs In Brooklyn and Queens – oh please, what a waste of government(our) money(not to mention newsprint). Doesn’t he know that tekkies can transport themselves???
Tourist Street Maps Coming to LIC and Other Nabes – will it show the way to all our beer gardens?
As Beer Garden Welcomes The Juice-Box Set, Some Barflies Jeer – Oh c’mon, beer gardens are a world apart from standard bars and have always welcomed kids. The whiners are obviously BG rookies!
Recently I penned a note as to why I do not expect rents in Long Island City to soften, despite all the new rental buildings being developed or having just been completed. Today comes the other side of that vise: there are no residential buildings being built with sales in mind, and thus very little inventory to buy if one wanted to get off the rental increase treadmill. Now if I am the developer of that lot above, or say the lot across from the playing field on 5th Street that just broke ground, I would have a very serious discussion with my partners and lenders about maybe switching my original rental intentions over to condos. But hey, I’m no developer, I’m just a poor schlub fantasizing about having more room for my bike.
Lack of availability and three million dollar condos notwithstanding, the bigger real estate story for LIC this week(and possibly this year …or decade) is on the commercial side. I am not talking about the sale of the Citi tower either, that is just meaningless paper shuffling between large institutions despite the large denominations being tossed around, as far as the neighborhood goes. The deal that really might change the face of LIC, both commercially and residentially, is Publicis’ decision to relocate many of its Manhattan based employees to LIC. In my mind, the cachet a big international advertising agency brings to a peripheral commercial area like Long Island City is a watershed moment. Once the first corporation makes the jump, others become more willing, and the perception of the area goes from being manufacturing and warehouse-centric to “happening” and cutting-edge, with the added bonus of a discount for those who act fast. Think of Conde Nast and the impact their last two moves had on the surrounding neighborhoods. But hey, who am I to surmise about the destiny of LIC’s commercial district? I should just be happy we’re getting a beer garden within stumbling distance.
Prices Rise For Smaller LIC Condos As Supply Wanes – get’em while they’re hot!
Queens Most Expensive Condo Hits The Market For $3.25 Million – we told you about this last week, but a natural extension of the story above. Did she really say the economy is recovering? Quick, call Bernanke.
Crescent Club Launches In LIC – shoulda kept’em condos
LIC Citi Tower sells for $500 Million – an LIC icon changes hands
Publicis To Move From Manhattan To LIC in Blockbuster Deal – if the above is an icon, this is a game changer!
New High End Hunters Point Sprinkler Features Lifeguard – and her name is Pamela Anderson! Only the best for LIC …or maybe this is a bit much?
Queens Parks Offer Free Yoga With Sweeping Views – free is free, yoga is yoga, nuff said, now GO!
Wedding Bells Ring For Sunnyside Pol – congrats to Jimmy V from LICtalk
MTA Poised To Restore Some Subway And Bus Services – the changes would include a permanent extension of the G train to Church Avenue
Shapeways Opens Doors To Its NYC 3D Printing Distribution Center – another cutting edge LIC biz we’ve previously cited
Driver injured After Vehicle Smashes Into LIC Condo Building – local news here, get your local news here