Next stop…80 years ago. At five times today and again next Sunday, December 23 and 30, vintage subway cars from 1930s and 1940s will pull into Queens Plaza and Court Sq.-23rd St. in Long Island City and rattle riders of the F and M lines to Manhattan. As QNYC wrote on December 5, part of the fun will be watching unknowing passengers’ faces as they see these relics — some made when Herbert Hoover was president. In addition to the classic doors, lights, seats, straps and poles, the cars will be adorned with advertisements for Rockaways Playland, Crisco and other favorites of the day.
Catch A Vintage Subway
Sundays, December 23 and December 30
Queens Plaza and Court Sq.-23rd St. Stations, Long Island City
10:44 am, 12:14 pm, 1:43 pm, 3:14 pm and 4:44 pm | $2.25 (MetroCard accepted)
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Welcome to the third installment of LIC for Brooklynites. So far we’ve brought you neighborhood recommendations for places to eat - great restaurants and bars serving everything from comfort food, to Vietnamese pho, to classic cocktails; things to do - visit museums, take classes, and even go kayaking for free; and now we’re turning on sights on where to live in this beautiful area.While LIC is a ‘neighborhood,’ it’s actually comprised of a bunch of smaller neighborhoods, including Hunters Point, Queens Plaza, Court Square, and Dutch Kills.
If you’ve gotten on or off the E, M, or R Trains at Queens Plaza, you may have noticed an old, elegant, tan-colored office building topped with a clock-tower situated across from the park, rising above the elevated curve of the N train.
DNAinfo reports on some positive news in the silver lining realm – increased business at Queens Plaza, not to mention this area in LIC was one of the main transit hubs that could get people straight into Manhattan. Dunkin Donuts said they served twice the usual number of customers (so, around 1,600 people). LIC Bicycles also sold a lot of bikes, especially those in the $300-$500 range; rental bikes did well, too. The Queens Rozina Mini Mart also has a lot of customers. (more…)
Last Friday, the NY Times Real Estate section published a nice profile on Long Island City (not unlike our own recent piece on the couple in Long Island City), a part of Queens that used to have a “a raw and rat-infested waterfront” (yes, that’s a pretty nasty visual) and serves as a “satellite” to Manhattan. Now it is home to 30,000 people, many of them living in nice new high rises with plenty amenities (like terraces and private gyms) that are a far cry from the way the neighborhood was 17 years ago.
The development of Gantry State Park (GMAP) is also part of why the neighborhood has bloomed. It’s a seriously awesome park, and if you haven’t been down there lately, now’s the time for a revisit (or an initial visit). (more…)