THE entertainment has been announced for the Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks celebration and Pitbull will be the headliner. Now as savvy locals know, the entertainment portion doesn’t really take place on July 4, and instead is taped days/weeks prior to the actual event.[Read more…] about Pitbull To Play Oval In LIC On June 16
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THE affordable housing lottery for the latest tower about to open on Center Boulevard is now open. 534 units will be up for grabs for those who get their applications in by the deadline of August 16. Here’s the deal:[Read more…] about Lottery Opens For 534 Affordable Units In New LIC Waterfront Tower
THE hits keep coming this July 4th, as the announced acts for the pre-show will include Coldplay and Reba McEntire. Oh, and also Black Pumas, and OneRepublic. I don’t know either of those latter two bands, but given my genre I could have this all wrong and they could be the headliners and big stars of the day. Black Pumas are advertised as “Wu-Tang Clan meets James Brown,” sounds promising. Oh, and also the performances are usually pre-taped so they won’t actually occur on July 4, but previously have been held on the Oval in Hunters Point South Park and open to the public1. So have that 6-pack and lighter ready to go when the time comes.[Read more…] about Coldplay And Reba McEntire Playing LIC This 4th of July
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WOW, what an end to the
week summer. Two big pieces of news for Long Island City occurred within the last 24 hours, after a six-month local news cycle usurped by city, national and worldwide headlines. First, a young man was shot and killed one block from Center Boulevard in Hunters Point early yesterday evening. While this news is startling and seemingly an abrupt punctuation mark on a crazy summer both near and far, I’m not quickly tempted to extrapolate the nightly shenanigans in the park to it. One look at the picture1 of the young man lying on Borden Avenue being aided by a police officer and knowing now that he’s in his last minutes of his life is much graver than what we’ve been dealing with.2 I still believe the parks will calm down after the summer is over and that this is a one-off incident much like the occasional shootings that intrude on the Upper East Side or Tribeca. I hope.
IN case you haven’t heard on social media, there’s a continued uproar over the late night shenanigans in the waterfront parks. While the fireworks have faded out, loud vehicles and music, vandalism, and large parties have not, and seemingly little has been done by authorities to stop them. In light of this a group of residents took it upon themselves to raise money for private security to patrol the two parks at night, which subsequently lead to a backlash from other citizens about access, accusations, acceptance, etc., leading to elected officials jumping in on both sides.[Read more…] about Parks Dilemma