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HOW CAN THERE BE A HELIPAD WITHOUT A REC CENTER?

Amazon Is Coming to Town

“Cut-off fortresses are no fun for anyone”

THE highlights of this weeks HQ2 news, which continues to dominate the headlines in LIC, contrasts the manner in which another mammoth corporation came to the decision to greatly expand its work force in NYC.  In case you missed it, Google announced they are doubling their jobs here to 14,000 and adding more buildings in the West Village/Chelsea area to do so.  That news led to a lot of ink and jawboning about the lack of subsidies needed for Google to arrive at that decision, and more bashing of the Amazon deal and Bill de Cuomo.

Justified or not, I came to my own revelation this weekend in perusing the names of the 45 members of the Amazon Community Advisory Committee Continue reading

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THE VERNON JACKSON CHOKE POINT

Another choke point coming to Hunters Point in addition to this one

NO one knows Long Island City better than LICtalk.  NO ONE!  Unlike politicians, journalistic interlopers, and other carpet-baggers, we eat, breathe, and actually live on the streets of this town.  Therefore we’ll share a local issue that has heretofore been missed.  While every talking head discusses the worry about overcrowding on the 7-train (legit but obvious), there’s a much smaller yet more immediate bottleneck that will require a solution: access into and out of Continue reading

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BE CAREFUL WHAT YOU WISH FOR

Which side of the Basin?

WHAT if Amazon did an about face and bid adieu to locating HQ2 in Long Island City, stating that the rancor over subsidies, additional demands, and outright opposition to gentrification made it untenable.  How would that make you feel? Continue reading

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CITY HARVEST SITE IN HUNTERS POINT SOLD TO TF CORNERSTONE

Sorry Huck and Tom, no more shenanigans down by the creek

Sorry Huck and Tom, no more shenanigans down by the creek (click on pic for detail on City Harvest at left)

An 8-acre plot of land where City Harvest currently runs its operations has been sold to TF Cornerstone according to the New York Post.  Located at the very southern tip of Long Island City on Newtown Creek, it is adjacent to the “backside” of Hunters Point South Park.

The land is zoned to allow four 400-foot towers which can contain over 2,000 residential units, 1/3 of which must be affordable. Continue reading

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MIGHT AMAZON HQ2 OCCUPY THE PLAXALL SITE?

First let me state that every detail about Amazon’s locating half of their HQ2 in Long Island City is purely conjecture, including the possibility of their actually coming here, which Vegas currently handicaps at 1:4. Thus as much as I want to share more of my opinions on what, for better or worse, will be the most transformational news to effect LIC, I will hold my tongue until any official announcement. Because the devil is in the details.

Nevertheless considering the high probability (1:4 = Yes, not 4:1), I will entertain and analyze a rumor, even if it turns out to be a meaningless exercise – or completely wrong. That rumor is that Amazon will locate their headquarters on the Plaxall/Water’s Edge land – a possibility which has been mentioned in several articles, without any serious validation to my eye.

Anyway, there would be two major positives for Amazon to choose this site, and one major negative, plus a whole bunch of minor +/-’s that I won’t bother fleshing out here. Positive number one is that it will allow the company to build a campus from the ground up, tailored to what they need in terms of amenities and aesthetics for attracting today’s white collar workers. Positive number two is the free advertising given the full visibility of the waterfront by both everyone in Manhattan and all the tourists – whether they be on the ferry, Circle Line, or even viewing on TV. It’s a headquarters and a showcase. The big negative? It’s not really near a subway line. Everyone who works there would have to trudge 7-9 blocks through Hunters Point if they arrive by subway, or add a mini-leg to their commute via shuttle-buses.

Food for thought, and while we’re on that topic, here are some non-Amazon LIC links:

Adda’s Canteen Style DishesThe New Yorker pays homage to our new local Indian restaurant

Bryce Harper Moves Into a Long Island City Apartment Building Where 4 Mets Currently Livewouldn’t it be cruel if he signed w/ the Yankees?

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MADAME JADE BRINGING ASIAN FUSION TO EX CRABHOUSE IN LIC

Madame has arrived

Madame has arrived

A new restaurant called Madame Jade is coming into the former Crabhouse site at 2-03 Borden Avenue in Long Island City.  Or maybe it’s a new theme as Continue reading

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DAI HACHI COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD IN LIC

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

Chinese no, fugu maybe?

THE red trim at 46-18 Vernon Boulevard reveals that the new restaurant coming to this corner will be called Dai Hachi. Continue reading

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CITYLIGHTS TAX SAGA, TWO LESSONS FOR ALL LIC CONDO OWNERS

Meals on Wheels making its daily delivery to Citylights

Meals on Wheels making its daily delivery to Citylights

Just as the tax abatement for the Citylights Building was about to start rolling off, NYC boosted the buildings assessed value by 87%.  For good measure they tacked on another 5% this year.  The near doubling in possible tax payments has the co-op’s residents looking at a 50% increase in already steep monthly maintenance over the next five years, which if implemented on this tower of over 500 units will force out many residents who can no longer afford to live there.

You can read the story below for more details.  Instead I’d prefer to focus on two takeaways that all apartment owners in Continue reading

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HUNTERS POINT SOUTH PARK PHASE II OPENED TO THE PUBLIC TODAY

Here's lookin' at you

Here’s lookin’ at you LIC

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The grassy knoll

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Left by aliens

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They came, they walked, they saw, and then they got beer and ice cream.  Official ceremony be damned, Hunters Point South Park Phase II opened to the public today Continue reading

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THE SANDWICH KING IS COMING TO VERNON BOULEVARD!

Anticipation

The Sandwich King comes to Queens

“Enjoy every sandwich” 1

A whole lotta news happened here while I was guzzling away on the beach during Spring Break. There’s no craft beer where I went, just Bud Light during the day and Fireball at night.  With heavy doses of that combo you don’t even need a motel room.  Would you like to see pictures?  No?  Well then let’s talk sandwiches! Continue reading

  1. in an interview the musician Warren Zevon did on the Late Show with David Letterman following Zevon’s having been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer. Letterman asked Zevon if there was anything he understood now, facing his own mortality, that he didn’t before. Zevon replied, “Just how much you’re supposed to enjoy every sandwich.” []
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