Cul-de-sac and center of the universe

Cul-de-sac and center of the universe

Dear Readers,

It’s a good thing I don’t let my poor writing skills get in the way of generating original content.  Simply put, there are periods in the LIC news cycle when things are slow, and this is one of them.  Thus I have decided to expound on a comment I overheard recently, that struck me as spot-on: “Long Island City is like one giant cul-de-sac.”  Logistically we have Newtown Creek to our south, warehouses and train tracks to the east, the Queensboro Bridge on the northern flank, and the river cutting us off from the west.  Furthermore, unlike the suburbs, everyone walks everywhere, and unlike Manhattan, the sidewalks are not very crowded.  Finally, due to the lack of unlimited choices found elsewhere, we all congregate in the same places: Food Cellar, Sweetleaf, playgrounds, and schools.  While some might find the closeness a little too suffocating and provincial, they are mostly misanthropes who would probably say the same thing about paradise.  Oh wait, it’s the same place.

Enjoy the weekend,

The Editor

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  1. Sue says:

    One giant SNOWY cul-de-sac.

  2. Summer N says:

    Hi! Just moved to LIC last month and subscribed to your blog. It’s great! I’m very happy you don’t “let my poor writing skills get in the way of generating original content” – and thanks for alerting me to Sweetleaf, I’ll have to check it out. 🙂

  3. CL says:

    Cul-de-sac, what a perfect description. Particularly for residents of Hunters Point.

  4. local says:

    Love ya Hunters Point!

  5. Ro says:

    Summer N welcome to the hood.

    Great observation on the cul-de-sac comment. I also think this is why our neighborhood is so safe. We don’t get pass-through traffic because there is no where to go past LIC unless you want to take a swim in the East River. Therefore, if you are coming to LIC it is because you know someone in the area or you are coming for a specific purpose, which minimizes the number of people that have no business in our streets.

  6. MIssy says:

    Not to mention a WINDY cul-de-sac. Possibly the only downside to living in LIC. It was miserable on Center Boulevard today.

  7. Big Al says:

    The 7 train is running this weekend!

  8. The Editor says:

    Storm Update:

    11.4 inches fell in Central Park

    7 train will be running this weekend

    Once again it will be very windy today

  9. Patrick says:

    I made that comment the other day when I was giving a tour of LIC to some visiting friends. Wonder if it was I you overheard. To me it is a perfect description of our little niche of NYC.

  10. […] not seen in many other areas of this city, its suburbs, or frankly anywhere in the country.  We’ve called it a giant cul-de-sac, and I’ve heard others refer to it somewhat disparagingly as […]

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