Would you want to live in Long Island City for the rest of your life? Is asking a question like this our way of pandering for comments? No silly rabbit, this is actually a sneaky way for us to link back to the companion piece to this story “The Culling of The Herd.” Of course, I have just chosen to stay here in LIC because I don’t want to deal with a potential Amityville Horror thing in the suburbs, but there are many other good reasons to do so. Let’s start with our public schools. They are good now, on the cusp of getting much, much better, and parts of them are about to be moved into two brand new buildings. I cannot attest to what the high school will be like, as it is a complete start-up, but the elementary school is bringing the administration and staff from PS78, so you basically know what you’re getting. Plus, once you’re in, you’re in! That gives mommies and daddies a nine year window not to worry about a thing. Check out the first story I link to from yesterday’s New York Times, about parents moving to NYC school districts just to punch the “admittance” card. Next up: Why are the schools getting better? One look around LIC and it’s obvious the demographic is going to change. Want to see the evolution of this in warp speed? Ok folks, it’s time for another trip on the wayback machine, this time to 1988: PS87 on the UWS had just started making the implementations that would today make it a feeder school for Princeton. Check it out in story #2. Alright, looking into the future, it’s 2025 and you’ve gotten the kids through school, now what? Hmm, you’re living in a location with unprecedented access to all parts of the Manhattan/Brooklyn culture scene. Of course by then all the artists will have to commute in from Farmingdale and Speonk. Also, LIC will have not one but two Peruvian restaurants by the next decade, as the one-man construction team has started up again on the Crossroads Diner at the foot of the Pulaski Bridge. The restaurant will feature ceviche with freshly caught fish from the East River, but until then you can get land-based rotisserie chicken delivered from The Inkan on 23rd Street near Court Square. You will also have great athletic facilities, many in a beautiful setting: Gantry State Park, HPS City Park, Queens West Field, and two new schools with gymnasiums. Plus, I hear Jimmy Van Bramer has secured $75,000 for new shuffleboard courts in Murray Park. Finally, and most importantly: all your friends will be here. So really people, why would you ever want to live anywhere else?
Ok, maybe the shuffle board courts requisition is a little premature, but you can get your chance to suggest it tomorrow night at a fundraiser for Jimmy Van Bramer:
My re-election campaign is going extremely well, and I need your help to make sure that I continue representing the 26th Council District. This coming Tuesday, my friends Gretchen Werwaiss and her father John Werwaiss are hosting a fundraiser for me from 6PM – 8PM at LIC Bar at 46th Avenue and Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City. It would mean a lot to me if you could stop by for a drink and lend your support. Please RSVP to VanBramer2013@gmail.com.
Your Address As Get-Into-School-Card – yeah, there’s no guarantee you will get in; but once you’re child is in, she’s golden
Why They’re Pleading To Get Into P.S. 87 – public school insanity goes back three decades. It should take about three years in LIC, or maybe just one
62-Year Old Woman, Adopted by 85-Year Old Man For His $100-a-month Apartment – right in the heart of Hunters Point on 47th Rd.
Fake Delivery Man Steals High End Cleansing Juices – $150K worth, just try to fence those though!
Un Dimanche Apres-Midi a Long Island City – the French are onto us and are now saying “Au revoir Brooklyn”
What’s The Deal? – SF based company that makes app for hailing cabs on smartphones is expanding their LIC office