And then one day you find, ten years have gone behind
No one told you when to run, you missed the starting gun
A decade passes in the blink of an eye, and yet in looking back ten years everything seems so different from then. And in LIC you only have to go back 2.5 years to map significant changes. We used the LICtalk 5-year anniversary piece as a reference point et plus ca change… Mais non!
By far the biggest story of the year, and decade, in LIC, was Amazon, or lack thereof. Actually that was the story-to-be of the next decade.
Oh yeah, the creation of a whole new skyline in Court Square/Queens Plaza versus a single tower a decade ago, but that is …not really all that surprising/exciting, non? By contrast, I came across an article below that shared some interesting demographic data about the past. Due to zoning changes, from residential to manufacturing, the number of people living in LIC south of the Queensboro Bridge went from 11,235 to 6,921 from 1940 to 1960, and probably ebbed in the low 6,000s by the late 1960’s. From that base it’s anyone’s guess come 2030.
Finally, for the 100th year in a row, the #1 reason to live in LIC is that it’s a quick subway ride home from Times Square after New Years Eve, non?
Long Island City, Without Amazon – thorough history with some close but not fully accurate assessment of what the future may hold
2019 Was An Extremely Dadly Year For Cyclists in NYC, Here Are Their Stories – see the bios on Robert Spencer and Mario Valenzuela, both killed in LIC in 2019
RXR Plans 21-Story Office Tower in LIC – replacing a one-story machine shop just east of Ravel Hotel, plus ca change…
NYC Neighborhoods Before & After: A Decade Of Changes – guess which is first on the list?
After 6 Months of Living In Long Island City, I’ve Morphed Into An Architectural Rendering – archetypal humor of the late teens/early 2020’s, non?