DOES Spring sprung in LIC if LICtalk has yet to declareth so? Ahh the existential questions of our times, but most say ‘No’ it doesn’t, and many mark their internal body clocks upon the release of the headline. Some even choose to revisit every ‘Sprung’ post, longing for the nostalgia of LIC past. While others, we’ll call them the ‘cynics,’ view this title as an attempt to make news out of nothing.
Anyway, last year at this time we were lamenting the decision of Shi, Cannelle, and even Dunkin’ Donuts to close for the foreseeable future. Now things are getting back to normal, and with that I’ll exercise my freedom of
speech the press.
LICtalk reader Kelly let us know that there’s a new ‘Stop’ sign on the corner of 5th Street and 49th Avenue. While not news of significance itself, she did go on to accurately point out that the city could make a small fortune enforcing Stop sign infractions on Center Boulevard. By my estimate the amount of money collected would be enough to make up for any Covid-related NYC budget shortfalls.
More realistically, there was a public meeting last week to address the unruliness last summer along the waterfront. According to an article in the LIC Post the police are fully aware of their meager presence last year and plan to better staff the parks this year. I’m hopeful. As for the vehicular recklessness on Center Boulevard, the DOT stated many pragmatic reasons why they couldn’t do certain things such as speed bumps and crosswalks, but then failed to come up with things that they could do. I’m less hopeful. Maybe a few lighted ‘Stop’ signs?
On another topic, mayoral candidate Andrew Yang made a P.R. stop along the waterfront to endorse the construction of a pair of 120-story mega towers. No, no he didn’t really, he was here to endorse the building of the recently proposed green energy plant, but I don’t think he realizes (or maybe he doesn’t care) what else comes along with it. Don’t be naive Andrew, it doesn’t get built in isolation and you’re going to look really bad if you have to walk back your endorsement, a la Gianaris/Van Bramer, because you didn’t know what the final deal was going to be. This doesn’t mean The Editor is totally against the project, it just means I need more information before I fall hook, line & sinker. But maybe that’s what distinguishes me from a politician?
//FINALLY, if you do long for the nostalgia of past Springs in LIC, Erdem has returned to his rightful location after many years away.
Yang: Green Energy Plant In LIC Would Create 1,000 Jobs – growth at what price?
Public Hears Plans To Stop Crime And Unruly Behavior Along Waterfront This Year – or just wait til September
Beloved LIC Noodle Shop Mu Ramen Closes Amid Allegations Of Illegal Eviction – and now we know the rest of the story
Nearly 30,000 People Fled Astoria/LIC In 2020 – but 20,900 moved in!