APRIL showers bring May flowers. Oh wait, it’s December! Enjoy it while you can. As I stated earlier in the week, this time of the year the news takes a snooze. Yet due to the mild weather construction keeps charging ahead. Buildings quickly add more floors, and ground continues to be broken.
A nice new facade appeared on 5th Street across from Duane Reade. It’s one of the few residential developments in LIC that’s taken aesthetics into account1. Confirming a belief that potential inhabitants are no longer looking at Long Island City as just a less-expensive alternative to Manhattan, and following in the footsteps of Williamsburg, where some great architecture has been erected in the last decade. Hopefully soon, local condo prices will also receive the same premium those in north Brooklyn do.
//SOCCERMANIA – a new soccer apparel store/indoor playing venue opens tomorrow night on the LIC/Astoria border with a grand opening from 7 – 10pm. Called Upper 90 Soccer, they can host birthday parties and corporate events, and will also have youth soccer clinics, tournaments and possibly leagues. For those a little older, there will be viewing parties for major soccer games such as World Cup qualifiers and Champions League matches. Awesome, now I know where to hoist a pint at 7am on Sunday mornings.
Upper 90 Soccer – grand opening tomorrow night at their newest location 34-23 28th Street. Food, drinks, and an awesome event space …and drinks
A Look Inside Future Home of Japanese Eatery ‘Sapps’ on Jackson Avenue – the latest foray from the Shi collective, expects to open in early 2017
Verizon Store to open on Vernon Blvd, to Replace Snob Nail Spa – opens December 10
Roofs Repaired at Queensbridge Houses After 50 Years – that’s good, because one still can’t go out after dark there. Raze Queensbridge!
Live Radio Xmas Show at The Chain Theatre – based on ‘It’s a Wonderful Life, from Dec. 14-18
- and a complete contrast to the cookie cutter building adjacent to it’s northern side [↩]