Trick or treat? That’s the question being asked about the new Hunters Point Library as the New York Post writes a scathing article about all the problems discovered in the building since its opening a month ago.[Read more…] about Halloween and NYC Marathon This Week In Long Island City
Summer’s End LIC Musings on Chinese Restaurants & Starbucks
Serpentine Shelly, Serpentine!
THERE you are, you and your family have diligently saved and slaved for many years to start your own restaurant instead of working 12/6 in someone else’s. You choose a location based on the apparent need and lack of existing establishments, sign an expensive lease and begin a costly and torturous build-out, only to find halfway through the process that someone else had the exact same idea three blocks away. Whether it’s Hunan or Szechuan, by the time it gets distilled for American tastes it’s practically the same.[Read more…] about Summer’s End LIC Musings on Chinese Restaurants & Starbucks
Yumpling to Open on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
TWO months ago I stepped out of my office in midtown shortly before noon to find a long line snaking along the sidewalk at the head of which was a bright red food truck. I asked the last person in line what’s so exciting about this food truck and the only thing I remember of her response was that it would all be sold out in an hour. I then ditched my salad inkling and became the last person in line. When my turn came I opted for the namesake and ordered the 8-piece regular pan-fried dumplings and took them into Bryant Park. Best meal I ate all month, just wish I’d had a cold one to wash it down with.[Read more…] about Yumpling to Open on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City
More Live Music and More Ice Cream For Long Island City This Summer
Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, London, LA, Long Island City – an incongruous lot to say the least, what do they all have in common? As of today they all have a ‘Four Winters Ice Cream’ location. Paris, Tokyo, Manhattan, and ahem Brooklyn do not. The newest branch opened at 47-38 Vernon Boulevard today and by 5pm had to close for a 30-minute regrouping due to the crowds according to a manager on location.
According to a recent article in Eater Los Angeles:
The company made its name by making custom order ice cream from -196 degree liquid nitrogen, where fresh ingredients are flash frozen into a liquid base. The flavors plans are simple: Four Winters uses the seasons of the year for inspiration.
Now all I need to do is decide between Knafeh and Brown Sugar Speculoos.[Read more…] about More Live Music and More Ice Cream For Long Island City This Summer
‘Lake Vernon’ Waterfront Plot Restarts Development Process
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