Showing posts with label HUNTERS POINT SOUTH. Show all posts
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Thursday, August 16, 2018


Frank 'Turtle' Raffaele

A festive evening in Hunters Point South at LIC Landing / Coffeed on the water.

Time Out Magazine had their annual 'Battle Of The Burgers' on our waterfront with some of the best eats in New York City. We ran into our friends "The  Hooters Girls" serving tasty treats to LIC Landing / Coffeed owner Frank 'Turtle' Raffaele as we all enjoyed some wild tunes as we wined and dined with the most stunning view of Manhattan.

Some of the restaurants serving up their feasts were:

5 Napkin Burger


The Baroness

The Dram Shop Bar

Eats on Lex

Fry Guys

GENUINE Roadside

Harlem Shake

Peter McManus Cafe

PJ Clarke's

Strip House

If you were lucky enough to get a ticket you got:

Unlimited burger tastings

Complimentary Budweiser

Side dish station brought to you by Hooters

Dessert treats at the My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream Mochi Bar™

Refreshments from Brooklyn Crafted, Essentia Water and spindrift sparkling water

Spectacular waterfront views of the Manhattan skyline

Music, games and more!

VIP tickets included reserved seating, complimentary wine, and VIP line entry

So next year get your tickets early!


Sunday, July 29, 2018


"Even though my past was hard, I was blessed."
-- ChaRtistic


We recently attended a great performance Of  Chavez Robinson AKA ChaRtistic at the waterfront restaurant LIC Landing By Coffeed. 

Even with thunder storms, rain and lightning, the show went on. The show was fantastic. ChaRtistic sings with his heart and so many people stayed and endured the storms to listen to a great talent. 

Talking with ChaRtistic, he said music is his dream. He talked about being able to pick up any instrument, play a few cords and then he knew how to play it. Amazing talent and a very special person with a very special family. I am very lucky to be able to walk out my front door with stunning views of Manhattan and to be able to see such talent right at my doorstep.


I am Chavez Robinson, I am Autistic, I was un-diagnosed until I was 22 years old. Autism alone is hard enough and is still difficult now. But I also have other differences that add to it, such as ADHD, OCD and now HIV.

 Having these differences made Growing up difficult because people do not understand my differences and did not have much knowledge on it. Therefore, they considered me weird or a freak. I have difficulty expressing myself and understanding feelings and others around me.The only way I could express myself fully was through music.

 When I played the guitar for the first time I can feel the energy from my body was connected to the sound of the guitar. I was able to express exactly how I feel through music. Then when they listen to my songs, they can relate how I feel then understand me, my autism and how even though I’m different I still have the same feelings as everyone else.

 My song “All I do” was me expressing how I truly feel about this person after he kissed me. My other song “My World” was how I felt about someone, when I was with him my world was happy and joyful. Then the new song I recently made “My Amazing Grace” I made when I was at the end of my performance on July 27th. I felt that my amazing grace was all the friends and family I have.

 Even though my past was hard, I was blessed. 

Tuesday, May 15, 2018


Hunters Point East River Route

I am getting many complaints from residents in Hunters Point South that Hornblower Ferry is too packed and leaving them stranded at the docks.

Several residents have come to us, saying that the rush hour Ferries are so packed, they are left standing on the dock and told to wait for the next Ferry. This is making residents late for work and making residents think twice about using the service. The boats arrive packed and just can not take anymore passengers.

It would seem like a smart idea since the Ferries are catching on, that Hornblower adds extra rush hour boats to accommodate all the commuters that want to use the service, just like the MTA does in rush hours. And since it is now summer, extra boats all the time are needed because we now have all these tourists using the service. 

The city keeps yelling that tourism is great for us, but at what cost? Our subways are packed, our Ferries are packed and getting on the bus can be a miracle for New Yorkers. And we wonder why the Staten Island Ferry is still free, mostly tourists ride it, lets charge them and residents with NYC ID ride for free. This can bring in millions a week to buy more Ferries for all our new routes. This idea is such a logical way for our Ferry system to go.

 Are you reading Speaker Corey Johnson?  Your the only one NYC residents can count on, Jimmy Van Bramer does nothing for us here, except to pose for photos!

Monday, May 14, 2018


Smoking Signs In Hunters Point South

It is hard enough to live in a No Smoking Building. But residents on Center Blvd in Hunters Point South are taking their anti-smoking campaign to a whole new level. They are putting up signs everywhere.

Most of the new buildings being built are no smoking. Being a smoker, it is hard. Us smokers are outside in thunder storms, blizzards and zero degree temperatures and the anti-smokers still are not happy.  They are now posting signs for residents who smoke to go across the street. That would be fine, but there is no smoking in Hunters Point South Park, there is no smoking next door as there is a school and you need to be 1000 feet away, there is no smoking just about anywhere.

You know, If all of you want to take away smokers rights, why don't you just ban it and stop taking our almost 11 dollar a pack tax we pay in New York City.  And why we are at it, stop driving your cars, I have to inhale your fumes. Use Mass Transit so I do not have to smell your fumes and dodge your bad driving on the streets of New York City.

When does it stop. Tenants are being wrongfully accused in these buildings of smoking and being taken to court. When you complain about a harassing tenant in any of these buildings, landlord asks for proof. When someone accuses you of smoking in the building, no proof needed, a lawyers letter is sent right away. These landlords seem to think that a porters smell is good enough to drag the tenants into court. It is not! 

First of all, most of these porters smoke themselves and second in a high rise if a tenant at one end of the building opens their windows, any smell weather cooking or perfume or cigarettes will fly down the hall making their accusations not scientific at all. But these landlords are so anti smoking that they are now taking innocent people into court with only a porters smell as evidence. 

For more Information on anit-smoking nuts, visit Citizens Lobbying Against Smoker Harassment (C.L.A.S.H.) . Ex Cop Audrey Silk has tons of information on how to fight the harassment and this is what it is.

Thursday, May 10, 2018



Twitter Blocker Jimmy Van Bramer

It is really sad when a politician puts his own needs against those in the community.

Recently residents started complaining about conditions in the neighborhood to Jimmy Van Bramers Office and at Town Halls. Jimmy Van Bramer made promises and has kept none to the residents here in Hunters Point South.


Hunters Point Residents Homemade Garbage Pails

There are no garbage cans from the City Of New York here on Borden Ave, 50th street and 51st street, 54th street and any of the cross streets. Phone calls to Jimmy Van Bramers only produced promises that his office would get them.

A few months ago I ran into Van Bramer by the Woolworth building at my favorite Irish Restaurant there and I asked him and his staff about the Garbage Pails. They said soon, they were on their way, something his office has been saying for over three years now.

Another resident who was complaining about the conditions with Garbage in the neighborhood, got a e mail from Van Bramers office from the sanitation department. The letter stated that they did a canvas of our streets and came to the conclusion that they were not needed.

Now a good councilman who wants to run for Queens President would have picked up the phone to talk to the Sanitation Commissioner personally and say we needed them and that was that. After all the City Council votes on their budget, any smart Commissioner would comply. But Jimmy was satisfied with the letter and left the residents hanging.

Residents have taken things into their own hands, they are lining the block on 50th street with home made cans, which do not look good and are overflowing with garbage and dog poop. This is not very nice for a community of high rent high rises.

The fact remains that Jimmy Van Bramer does not care. He is elected and re-elected every time and I think it is time he leaves public service. I think we should vote against his run for Queens President unless he comes to terms that Hunters Point South is besieged with visitors from all over who smash bottles everywhere, throw trash everywhere. They destroy our streets and they destroy our park. Trash cans will not take care of the whole problem, but at least it will help with some of the litter. And why shouldn't we have trash cans?  Every neighborhood in NYC has them, why does Hunters Point South have to do without?

But Jimmy Van Bramer does not care, He has them on his street in the rich area of Sunnyside Queens. Van Bramer would never put up with this on his block.

Corner Of Borden And Center (Future Story Coming Soon)


The corner of Borden and Center is where most of the park guests enter the park. There are stop signs there. The problem is no one will stop at all and it is so bad that we really need a red light. We have requested this for a very long time from Van Bramers Office, but he saw fit to have stop signs placed way down the block and did not address our complaints about Borden & Center Blvd as well at 50th street and Center.

Keep in mind, there is no enforcement on these blocks. Even with a cop car sitting there (which is rare) and people fly through the stop sign, there is no enforcement. We have told Van Bramers office as well as the 108th prescient.  Nothing.

This year someone will be killed there. There is drag racing with high end racing cars as well as unlicensed dirt bikes racing up and down late at night. As always, No enforcement at all.

So this will be on Van Bramers head when someone is killed there this year. He was told, He ignored. We are also very happy Van Bramer is safe in his neighborhood of Sunnyside.


All over the neighborhood we have cars parked on the sidewalks. The majority of them all have placards. They say Police Department, Fire Department and the Board Of Education. Even the janitor from Hunters Point Campus has a placard. Not right.

Sidewalks on 50th are blocked with not only these cars with placards but with businesses trucks. It is almost impossible for anyone getting off the subway to get through the block. Van Bramer and the 108th pulled a fake ticket photo op for these cars, but sources told me that this was a setup to appease the residents, no tickets were really given. But that did not stop Van Bramer from posting all over Twitter that he corrected the problem. And all the illegal trucks and cars are still there. Didn't the city announce a crackdown of these placards? Why should the normal citizen have to park legally and everyone else has a placard? Is this fair? Is it fair for the disabled people in this neighborhood to have to walk in the street?

 Would Jimmy Van Bramer want his mother to walk in the street? Would Jimmy Van Bramer his park overrun with drunks and graffiti at all hours day and night? Would Jimmy Van Bramer want garbage all over his streets because his block had no garbage pails?


Since the concession stand is run by a friend and contributor of Van Bramers election campaigns, complaints to Van Bramers office about the garbage and everything else generated by this business have gone un-answered. Phone calls to Van Bramers  office to Matt Wallace went un-answered because the complaints concerned the concession and The Hunters Point Conservancy who also has ignored the problems. Since Van Bramers Office is not only friends with the concession owner, Matt Wallace is also on the conservancy board. So we get no action and no return calls. After all, we are complaining about their friends, a member of their circle.

In all fairness to the Concession owner, I have been working with him for improvements and things are getting better. But this is not my responsibility, it is the responsibility of our elected officials. They are supposed to address these issues. But every day I and other community residents have to address one issue after another while Jimmy Van Bramer runs after one photo op after another. I never saw such a press whore in my life and I have been a member of the NYC Press for 30 years. Only one that beat him was when I photographed Donald Trump, the inventor of fake news. Jimmy seems to be following in his footsteps.

But I take heart of knowing Jimmy Van Bramer lives in Sunnyside and has a private park across the street from his home, that he uses a key to get into. Van Bramer has a clean park, Van Bramer has Garbage Pails and Van Bramer has red lights. We get nothing.


Residents took to TWITTER a few weeks ago to try and get Jimmy Van Bramers attention on his lack of leadership as a councilman . The residents had valid complaints. Van Bramer blocked them. When I complained on Van Bramers page that he has no right to block his constituents, he then blocks me and my almost 44 thousand followers. Didn't the courts just rule that Donald Trump as a public official can not block citizens, but can only put them on ignore? 

I think this is a disgrace that a person we voted for and a person we supported will block residents from speaking their mind. 

So Jimmy Van Bramer, this is the way it will be for now on until you do your job. I will write stories and I will bring TV crews to Hunters Point South and show them every problem until you start to do your job. How dare you block residents on TWITTER and how dare you ignore valid complaints from people that voted for you. Since elections count on a very small number of voters, I am sure the residents I represent can have a huge impact when you run for Queens President. Maybe I will even run against you, my friends have more election money than yours.


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Wednesday, April 11, 2018



WABC NEWS Four suspects were arrested in Queens and Brooklyn overnight Wednesday in what is being described as a major drug bust.

The bust was the result of a long-running investigation that began with two overdose deaths involving fentanyl-laced heroin -- one in Bay Ridge in 2016 and one in Kew Gardens in May of 2017.

The alleged ringleader was identified as 35-year-old Dionne Sharrow (AKA "Slay"), who was arrested at his apartment in a luxury high-rise on 51st Avenue in Long Island City. Among the property seized there was a loaded firearm, approximately $500,000 in cash and a Lamborghini parked in the building's garage.

EDITORS NOTE: We saw the police raid the Powerhouse building. The Lamborghini is the car that raced up and down Center Blvd almost on a daily basis. I always wondered who the thug was driving that car, now I know.


Tuesday, March 20, 2018


The Quiet Before The Storm

Our Neighbor Photographer Rodrigo Salazar, took this great photo of the quiet before the storm in Hunters Point South on the water in New York City. Rodrigo always has the best shot from our neighborhood.

Photo By: Rodrigo Salazar 


Monday, February 26, 2018


Hunters Point South Overlooking Manhattan

Spring is coming as you can see from the photo I took today from our fantastic waterfront overlooking New York City. Hunters Point South is the new hot neighborhood to be living in NYC. Neighbors talk, children play all with stunning views of the United Nations, The Empire State Building and the World Trade Center, just to name a few.

Friday, January 12, 2018


The View Of NYC From Hunters Point South

I thought I would share this photograph I took a few minutes ago outside my building in Hunters Point South. The fog and rain over the east river has New York City almost blacked out. 

Tuesday, May 30, 2017


Captain Ralph Forgione

Living in a new community is hard. Living next to a brand new park is even harder because everyone wants the view of Manhattan. 

This all comes with a price. Vandalism. The park is supposed to close at 10 pm, but the parks department refuses to enforce the rule. Every morning we find graffiti, broken bottles and some times even syringes. There was a rape by the Pepsi sign, someone tried to steal a child from a nanny last summer, which she did not report as she was illegal. A body washed up on the shores last week and for months now cars have been broken into up and down 50th street and 54th street as well as 2nd street. Today is was a horror while I went to walk my dog Stitch on 54th street, 6 cars smashed into.

Vandalized cars 54th street

I met with the Captain of the 108th Ralph Forgione around a month ago on the problems in the park and the problems with the park being allowed to stay open after the closing time. I also met with Luis Diaz from community affairs and they made several promises as to what they were going to do to control the park. To their credit, they have kept their word. There are increased patrols, they are pulling over cars that ignore the traffic laws and last night I saw a foot patrol. I am seeing more and more patrol cars but this does not seem to be the answer. The vandalism continues.

I see no other action but to close the park at 10 pm as the rules state, as much as I hate to see this happen, I know good people love a nice late night walk, but these bad apples are destroying not only the park, but the neighborhood. Litter is everywhere. 

When I first moved in a few years ago, you could eat off the sidewalks. Now garbage everywhere. Broken glass everywhere, you can not even walk you dog safely. People parked in their cars smoking pot, doing drugs and drinking then throwing all their litter anywhere and everywhere. This has to stop.

Smashed Windows

I am calling on the police department and the parks department to enforce the law, park closes at 10 pm. I am calling on the police, both the 108th and the parks department police to enforce every law to make these people not want to come here anymore. As the Captain told me last month, when he was growing up and they hung out in a area, if the cops harassed them they would just go someplace else. 

I believe everyone should enjoy the park, day and night. I do not believe in a park closing ever. Some people just like a late night walk, and no other place has the views like we do in Hunters Point South. But until we get these problems under control, I see no other option. Like the captain said, harass them and they go somewhere else. 

The above photos speak for themselves. It breaks my heart to see our neighborhood under siege. 

Friday, January 06, 2017


Empire State Building From Hunters Point South

The Empire State Building tonight for the red & green w/ a candy cane antenna for one final Christmas celebration! What a view from our park in Hunters Point South.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016


NYU Langone Fire

NEW YORK -- Flames were shooting from the roof of a New York City hospital building that’s under construction.

The Fire Department of New York was at the scene of a construction fire at the NYU Langone Medical Center in Manhattan. There were no  reports of injuries as of now.

Some patients were being moved due to the smoke condition, which could be seen as far away as Hunters Point South in Queens. At one point the East River was engulfed in black smoke.

Friday, September 23, 2016


Coast Guard In Hunters Point South

The Coast Guard in New York City for the General Assembly at the United Nations, parks right outside our building in Hunters Point South. Never a dull moment here living on the water with the best views of Manhattan.

Monday, April 18, 2016




Bernie Sanders On Hunters Point South Waterfront

We really enjoyed the Bernie Sanders Event right outside our High Rise building tonight.

Being that I know most politicians personally, I do not like to endorse on the risk of losing a friend. Over the years I have photographed Hillary Clinton along with Donald Trump so many times, I can not even count. I like Hillary, but I think it's time for a change from the same faces in politics. I have been watching Bernie for a while now, and though I have never met him, he really knows what he is talking about.

Bernie is right on the money. When I grew up, one person in a family worked, they had a home, two cars and could send their kids to college. Now even with two people working, it is almost impossible. Bernie sees this. We are sending people to jail for small amounts of Marijuana, something they have on their record for life, yet Wall Street steals billions, pay a fine and no one goes to jail. Bernie sees this.

It is time we stand up and fight for what we should have. Real freedom and a chance at a better life. Bernie Sanders will fight for the American Dream. I hope my fellow New Yorkers will vote tomorrow and support Bernie Sanders.


Monday, October 12, 2015



Waste In The Sewer & Streets

Staff Dumps Waste Into Waterways

I really get pissed watching lazy people not do their job and destroying nature.

The photos above were snapped on Sat Morning of the staff of Hunter's Point Campus dumping waste down our sewers. They made several trips and the block smelled like a sewer. Whats disgusting about this is our sewers here go directly to the waterways, it is not treated and flows right into the east river.

It is the law that all waste gets picked up by carters for proper disposal.  The Hunter's Point cleaning staff had no right to dump into our waterways. The street was full of slime, a car could have slid and had a accident and the whole block smelled like rotten food. I can only assume this waste came from the kitchen, full of food and oils. 

This is not the first time I have seen the staff act like this. On the Forth Of July the staff saw fit to have a party on the roof with alcohol to watch the fireworks. Does the head of this school know these things? Their roof is right next to my window. On a recent block party their sidewalks were so dirty our staff went over there with our hoses and attempted to clean the sidewalks before the crowds came. When the school janitors saw our staff attempting to attach a hose to their school water supply to clean the sidewalks, the employees of the school stopped them and got their supervisor and the block was not able to be cleaned. The block party was to show the world our great neighborhood and new buildings, not a messy dirty block. 

Every building in this neighborhood cleans their sidewalks every day. They pick up garbage, they pick up cigarette butts and remove the gum stuck everywhere. Then we wash everything down. Hunter's Point Campus staff seems not to want to do any of this, once and a blue moon I see them outside attempting to clean, but they are just putting on a show, they leave so much behind and it is disgusting.

With all the new buildings and with us trying to build a clean and safe neighborhood, it is a shame the staff of Hunter's Point Campus could give a crap. Actually they dumped their crap into our streets!

Tuesday, April 21, 2015


The Future Of New York City Real Estate

Photos By: James Edstrom

Hunters Point South Crossing

Stainless Steal Appliances

John Brand Outside Hunters Point South

We just toured the new Hunters Point South Crossing and Hunters Point South Commons apartments in Long Island City. We must say we are amazed.

Yes, we were one of the lucky ones who got chosen in the lottery out of over 92 thousand applications. But it was just not that easy, I never worked so hard to get a apartment in New York City like I did for this one. It was rough. The paper work involved was massive and they checked everything but my underwear size.

Apartment With Stunning Views

Old Long Island Railroad Transfer Depot
It was well worth it, we are in love with Related Managements view of what the next generation of New York City apartments should be. Hunters Point South is the new model of the future of living in NYC. Most units have washer and dryers, dishwashers and stainless steal appliances. Every room in every apartment has built in heating and air conditioning. Most units have stunning views of NYC and the East River. Ferry service is right on the doorstep and the subway number 7 line is a few blocks away. Restaurants are all over the neighborhood and a supermarket is right next door. Lets not forget to mention that they are adding a 11 thousand square foot Duane Reade right downstairs. Pets are allowed as long as they are not over 37 pounds and they are even adding a pet center. There is also the restaurant that will be high up overlooking Manhattan. Each building has fitness centers, Internet Cafes, lounges with outdoor terrace, bike rooms and so much more.

Hunters Point Commons

Kitchen Looks Out To Living Room

Live in a smoke-free building designed for LEED Silver and Enterprise Green Community certification, complete with an urban rooftop farm and five acres of waterfront park.

Architects: SHoP Architects and Ismael Leyva Architects; Developers: Related, Phipps Houses and Monadnock Construction; Construction: Monadnock Construction; Program: Residential; Location: Long Island City, Queens, NY; Completion: Spring 2015.