Thanks to an intervention by family and friends, I am no longer addicted to Pokemon Go, and back at my desk to faithfully report to you. On day two of my sobriety, I am happy to announce that it appears we haven’t missed much news-wise.
Oh wait, it seems there was a coup in Turkey, a horrific attack in Nice, and a new vice president in-waiting. Wow, my former dependency induced a complete blackout of the real world! Anyway, the best we could muster locally is the umpteenth level of the Pepsi sign landmarking.
//Raze Queensbridge? In the ‘Breaking-Out-of-Our-Bubble’ department, last week there was an ‘expose’ done by a local reporter about the horrible living conditions in an apartment in the Queensbridge Houses that was in dire need of repairs. Needless to say, per the photos and video, the apartment is exactly what one envisions when conjuring up any unit in this project. Maybe they all are as dumpy, maybe they aren’t.
Nevertheless I have got to believe they are a far, far cry from the typical apartment in Hunters Point South. It’s time the Mayor starts focusing on the very difficult task of completely overhauling public housing, instead of the simplistic re-allocation of middle class incomes via ‘affordable’ housing. Though it may occur long after his term(s) are done, the painful overhaul might just be the key to seeing both fewer cops and fewer black men being killed. A one-time expose fixes nothing long term.
7 On Your Side Gets NYCHA to Fix Horrible Living Conditions – cute kids, but on your next visit JVB, you may want to leave a pamphlet from Planned Parenthood too
There’s a Pokemon in My Restaurant, and Business is Booming – L’Inizio gets a boost, because pepperoni and pikachu are very addicting
NYC’s Falchi Building is Queens’ Answer to Chelsea Market – not quite, but we’ll take the publicity
Falchi Building Up For Sale – the building that got the LIC commercial market going back in 2012
Sale of Old ‘Bloomingdale’s’ Building on 49th Avenue Finalized – just as Bloomingdale’s signs lease to come (back?) to LIC
Rentals Atop LIC Marriott Start at $2,570 – occupancy for the 132-units begins August 1
Chronically Broken Kids Sprinklers in Gantry Park Shuttered Again for Repairs – worst park project ever