Hey parents, the NYS Parks Department is hosting a new basketball program at the outdoor courts on 48th Avenue this May/June for girls currently in grades 3 – 8. Called ‘Queens Rules’ the basic idea behind this program is to get girls comfortable with going to the outdoor courts and playing pickup basketball, while simultaneously creating a universe of girls comfortable with doing so to help reinforce the impetus to get out there.
A five-acre waterfront plot at 44-02 Vernon Boulevard has chosen a developer in a sign that the long vacant site might be stirring according to the trade magazine Commercial Observer. Occasionally referred to as ‘Lake Vernon’ by locals due to it frequently having water pooled in a pit created by reclamation efforts, abuts the northern border of the DOE Building and Waters Edge Restaurant on 44th Drive. This primo piece of land is currently zoned to allow one million square feet of residential, which by my reckoning is way over 1,000 new units. More significantly, the managing partner Bruce Teitelbaum, had pitched a plan in 2015 that would include a pedestrian bridge to Roosevelt Island in return for allowing even more buildable feet.
This plan was hatched prior to: [Read more…] about ‘Lake Vernon’ Waterfront Plot Restarts Development Process
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A reader has shared the horrible news that a bicyclist was killed in Hunters Point this morning. It apparently occurred around 9am on 2nd Street and Borden Avenue when the rider was hit by a car. Per the photo above it looks like a silver Chrysler sedan remained in the cordoned-off accident site. One witness said [Read more…] about Cyclist Killed Near Center Boulevard in LIC This Morning
New York City is looking at reviving prior development plans for the HQ2 site according to James Padgett the President of the Economic Development Corp (EDC) in [Read more…] about City Looks To Revive Prior Development Plans For HQ2 Site
“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 [Read more…] about HOW CAN THERE BE A HELIPAD WITHOUT A REC CENTER?