LIC for Brooklynites – where to live

We’ve published the third installation of our LIC for Brooklynites series – this time we’re focusing on where to live within LIC – the neighborhoods of Hunters Point, Queens Plaza, Court Square, and Dutch Kills. There’s some interesting stuff in there, and we hope you find it useful when visiting and if you’re even considering LIC as your new home (we think it’s a pretty cool neighborhod). Here are the previous two installations, about where to eat and what to do in LIC.

Now that’s cheap gas (retro)

The Queens County Market folks posted this image to their Facebook page. It’s a scene from LIC in 1989 – crazy cheap gas! Hard to remember when it was that low in price.

Image source: Queens County Market

LIC also has a vegan marshmallow company

Sweet & Sara is a small food business located in the eastern reaches of LIC, that focuses on making vegan sweet treats, especially marshmallows, which are notoriously challenging to make without animal products (gelatin is animal-based). S&S Owner Sara Sohn, who has been a vegan for decades, figured out the magic key to making vegan marshmallows, and busted out with all sorts of tasty things that pretty much anyone can eat. Those peanut butter s’mores look particularly yummeh, too.

Tony Avella will run for Queens Borough President

State Senator Tony Avella (D-Bayside) is running for Queens Borough Prez. The Queens Chronicle says he has a “reputation for red-faced, boisterous confrontations with government officials who draw his ire.” Avella said the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy affected his decision to run. Helen Marshall, the current president, is out next term due to term-limits. Avella believes that the role of the Borough President is to be a messenger for the people of Queens. Read more about it here.

Rock jetties for the Rockaways

A group of community leaders are pressing for 50 rock jetties to be built off the coast of the Rockaway peninsula, in order to protect the area during the next superstorm (and yes, climate scientists expect we’ll have another crazy storm like Sandy sooner than we’d like). The thing is, each jetty costs about a million bucks to build, which is a challenge to the pocketbook. But local leaders believe these jetties are crucial, and then there’s the whole “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” They’ll be rallying this Sunday, 12/2, to convince elected officials to help them out.