There’s a feeling I get when I look to the west,
And my spirit is crying for leaving
Back in 1973 those words may have rung true regarding inter-boro movements, but in 2012 I think east supplants “west” in terms of migration patterns and true desires in NYC. As we know, nowhere sits more closely in the cross-sights of this exodus than LIC, as it effectively bisects Manhattan and the proximity and access to it are nonpareil. Thus I begin this weeks news wrap with a story from the NYT titled “Enter The Contentment Factor” about a young couple searching all over Brooklyn and Queens for a suitable apartment and asking themselves the eternal NYC apartment hunt question:
‘What’s more important, being happy in the apartment or saving money?’
Only to come to the conclusion
The answer was obvious. Long Island City it would be, despite rents that were much higher than they had hoped to pay.
Need I say more? Well if you give me an opening then I shall, where do you think the best public high school in NYC is located? Well the title is a little disingenuous as it’s actually in Astoria, but by the time they finish all the new buildings in LIC there will probably be a quick shuttle to it and we can repatriate it for our own. The next story is just what I’m talkin’ about: Manhattan, Brooklyn, and LIC are mentioned as getting the new bike rental kiosks, as if LIC we’re a county of it’s own, how special does that make you feel? Oh, and they throw in a new bicycle path as icing. It makes me wonder, it really makes me wonder what other good things could be coming our way, oh look it’s more cops! To police all those Stop sign runners, bicycle thefts, and massage parlor infractions I’m sure. Next up I decided to include a story about what’s happening in Elmhurst. I don’t know about you, but since moving to LIC I have taken a very keen interest in the rest of Queens and this article encapsulates well all the new developments going up there, how it obviously differs in many ways from LIC, and some excellent restaurant suggestions. Four other stories of interest are included which makes a total of ten for this post: we have hit double digits and my head is humming!