Here we are the end of August. It’s still hot, languorous, and quiet in LIC and about a week away from our thoughts turning to Fall and school, aka the future. And yet a select group still in town are struggling and barely keeping their heads above water, despite working long hours primarily in the heat of the sun. I’m talking about the restaurant owners, which by appearances may seem to be doing quite well were one to simply observe the bustling outside activity. But for most owners the outdoor seating is a wash at best, as the capacity is still a fraction of what most restaurants hold. Plus the extreme heat coupled with occasional rain is a financial widowmaker. It pains me to walk by a restaurant on a rainy day knowing that it leads to a flood of cash down the drain with zero recoupment. For more details on the suffering and ramifications I highly recommend you read the letter below written by Long Island City’s Communitea in Eater.
//FOR more on suffering, or maybe stupid in this case, is the story below about the guy (ID’d) smashing windows on the 7-train for …kicks? The suffering will occur if they run out of replacement windows and have to reduce service.
//ABOUT ten days before the city shut down, the Sunnyside Yards Plan was released. Though I wrote about it at the time, I did hold back a financial piece I was putting together because the sense I got was that in completing the plan the city came to realize it was completely unfeasible – and this was before the pandemic led to a mass exodus from NYC. Why a reporter from Bloomberg decided to dredge it up again five months later is beside me. Oh yeah, it’s slow, hot, and eerily quiet…
Restaurants Are Closing, Not Failing, That Makes A Difference – the sad truth about Communitea in LIC is a reality for so many individual restaurant owners in NYC and across the country
7-Train Window Smashing Puts Line At Risk – one spree occurred at Vernon-Jackson station
Amazon Opponents Shift Focus To Sunnyside Yards – let sleeping dogs lie
Jerry Seinfeld: So You Think New York Is ‘Dead’ – It’s not