Oompa-Loompa's invade LIC

Oompa-Loompa’s invade LIC

SO, The New York Times released a hatchet job on Mayor de Blasio and his supposed tinkering on behalf of the Water’s Edge restaurant.  While I’m not overly interested in the he said/she said of it all, I did enjoy the follow-up article that delved into greater detail about the restaurant’s history, dating back to 1980. Equally intriguing from a historical culinary standpoint was the link to the NYT restaurant review by Bryan Miller in 1992, which like all the paper’s restaurant reviews back then were categorized under ‘Arts.’

As most readers already know, what does interest me in regards to the Water’s Edge, is the future of it.  Today’s NYT ode to the Water’s Edge reiterates in equally vague terms as I did last month that the “agency [EDC] will soon select the developer.”  Hopefully there will be no meddling from above and the one they select will be based on the objective criteria that best suits Long Island City.

//RESTAURANT news is aplenty, or maybe not as seen in the stories below.  Pulling one nugget, the big office complex being built in Queens Plaza will contain a Food Hall.  Or maybe it’s ‘food pavilion’, but back in the early days of the Water’s Edge I think these were referred to as ‘food courts.’  Of course back then the NYT didn’t have a food section either.

//Isn’t it fitting that the name of the team that won the 1st Annual LIC Hoops 3×3 Tournament was named ‘The Kings of Queens?’  The final game went into overtime and ended on a last second game-winning shot – one for the history books, Congratulations to Vaughan, Dan, Kevin, & Dimitrios, and all those who participated in and attended our own version of the Big Dance.  For those not there and for those who want to revisit it, we share a fantastic photo display by Joianne Bittle below.

The Mayor and The Restaurateur: How de Blasio Sought Help For an Early DonorNYT expose

de Blasio Disputes Claims City Hall Intervened on Behalf of Donorthe other side responds

Water’s Edge, Known for Tugging at Heart Strings, Now at the Heart of a Scandal“opened in 1980, an elegant, spacious outpost on a barge in the East River that became a go-to destination for weddings and other events”

NY Times 1992 Review of Water’s Edgetwo stars, stick w/ the lamb chops and chocolate cake, avoid the duck and pheasant

Eater’s Long Island City Restaurant Updateoh look three new ones, didja know?

In a Sea of New Apartments in LIC, Restaurants Remain in Demandnot sure we needed a survey to uncover this

A Look Inside Sapp’s Restaurantpeekaboo

Revealed: Tishman Speyer’s Dual-Towered Office Development on Queens Plaza Will Have Food Hallfood fight!

1st Annual LIC Hoops 3×3 Tournament Photosby Joiann Bittle

New LIC Ferry Route to Begin Service Aug. 29de Blasio to make announcement from LIC about the Astoria/Roosevelt Isle/HP North Ferry

What Lies Below NYC, and Why It’s Such a Messaka ‘Why Hunters Point South Phase 2 is delayed”

Exhibit at Grand Central Explores 100 Year Impact of 7-Train on Queens“The 7 train helped transform Queens from a largely rural area into a series of booming neighborhoods, with the borough’s population swelling from 284,000 in 1910 to 1,079,000 in 1930 after the line was built”

Jason Jung’s ‘Panic’ to Explore Censorship, Politics, & History at the Secret TheatreAug 10-30

Citigroup to Open Office at Roosevelt Island’s Technion Campusto recruit young engineers, 80 of them?

Lois Weiss: The Balance of NYC Renting Power Has Shifted“developers are conceding more and more to renters in an effort to lease them up”

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