Now that the Long Island City waterfront is charging Manhattan prices (albeit not the fancy parts), the Post looks beyond the tony enclave of Hunters Point and focuses on the boom in the landlocked areas?over by Queens Plaza and Court Square. Old Curbed favorites like Arris Lofts, Crescent Club and the terrifying Kimaya Lofts get shout-outs, but the puff piece is a little soft on compliments. In fact, some of them could be described as, dare we say, backhanded? For example: "Apart from the sprouting condos, there's not much these areas have to offer." What, strip clubs don't count as an amenity? But the best is saved for last, when Arris buyer Irma Zandi?chased off the Lower East Side because of its newfound hellishness?describes what drew her to LIC: "I got off the subway, I saw the [Arris Lofts] building, I saw the vast emptiness around it. I don't know, it really spoke to me." Let's just say we don't think Arris will be using "Enjoy our vast emptiness" as a marketing tagline anytime soon.
· Long Shot [NYP]
· Long Island City is Having an Identity Crisis [Curbed]