Friday, December 21, 2007

Water Taxi hibernates for winter

Suspension East River Commuter Service

What will the yuppies in their shiny new Hunters Point condos do?

40 comments:

Anonymous said...

At least you don't even attempt to hide your jealousy of intelligent, educated, hard-working professionals who make great livings doing highly skilled work in the medical, financial, legal and corporate fields.

By the way, I think a few subway lines pass through Long Island City too, but I may be mistaken.

Queens Crapper said...

I harbor no jealously of any human being. Except maybe Santa Claus. No one is loved more in the world.

Anonymous said...

First Fresh Direct and now this.

Phil said...

Aw Mr. Anonymous woke up on the wrong side of the bowl this morning...

Anonymous said...

"intelligent, educated, hard-working professionals who make great livings doing highly skilled work in the medical, financial, legal and corporate fields"

Those people are living in Manhattan. The second stringers are in the condos in LIC.

Anonymous said...

They had this service for a few years in the 1990s and it failed. They brought it back, and it's foundering. Time to sink her for good.

Prissy condo owner said...

A SUBWAY? You want me to take a SUBWAY with the unwashed masses? Bah!

Anonymous said...

"Those people are living in Manhattan. The second stringers are in the condos in LIC."

If you think that $1 million dollar+ apartments and $1,000+ per square foot are second string, I would be curious to see where you live.

Queens Crapper said...

There are many houses throughout Queens on the market for $1 million or more. There are also many professionals living in them. And certain blue collar jobs allow one to earn enough to sink into a higher-end property. However, blue collar folk aren't moving into Hunters Point. Instead, they are leaving.

average joe said...

Hell, this aint be bothering us locals none. We swim cross if we need to even if water there be icy cold. We got blood in our viens and a some a whiskey also, not like girly yuppys who got coffee and cream

and sweet and low!!!
(that stuff kill mice, maybe it do same to yuppys, eh?!!!)

Anonymous said...

They will have to walk from the subway to their Porte Cochere entrance with the doorman guarding the door - after dark. Watch out for the Crips & the bloods lurking in the shadows after being let off by the Rikers Island prison bus............

Anonymous said...

perhaps they'll bring along their pet pomeranians and chihuahuas for protection.

Anonymous said...

Hey bub.....
I live just 2 1/2 blocks from the Broadway LIRR
station on the Port Washington line.
That's way out east of "Queens West"....
in a neighborhood that's listed
on the National Register of Historic Places!

My (cheaper) home
was assessed at about $700,000+
(meaning that its real full market value
is about $900,000).
Not bad for a simple stucco side hall colonial!

There was a beautiful Tudor showplace home
(4 blocks to the west of me)
that went for 1.6 million last year
(formerly owned by an architect....uh....
what you might call a "professional" ).

Another home.....center hall colonial
(1 block east from me) went for 1.2 million.
The guy who bought it owns
a Porsche, a Hummer, and a Jaguar.

The fella south of me.....just 1/2 a block away
has a silver gray Rolls Royce "Corniche"
in his garage!

And guess what....old boy....
in just 23 minutes I'm in Manhattan by rail!

While you have to walk all the way
to the Vernon Jackson station to catch the #7.
That's about a 15 minute walk....I've walked it.

Unless you cab it in ....I beat you.

P.S.
We're also surrounded by
old growth specimen trees and
can plant gardens in our unpolluted soil!

No.... I'm not at all interested
in trading living spaces with you....
you pompous ass!

Next time you're swapping
"my home is better than your's" stories
with your hipster friends....
I suggest you avoid generalizing
or stereotyping!

Anonymous said...

Some people who live in cheap apartments in Middle Village take the ferry to. I work on 1st Avenue, it's fast and convenient.
You guys are a bunch of jealous assholes.

Anonymous said...

I wasn't comparing homes, but since you brought it up:
Port Washington - the ride is more like 35-40 minutes, after waiting who knows how long for your late train. And you are in Penn Station, which means unless you work right there, and most people do not, you have to transfer. I also wonder how high your property taxes are, but I would guess at least $1,000 per month at a minimum. Also, in my opinion, suburban life is boring as well as being less conducive to energy efficiency than urban living. You may like the suburbs, but most young professionals are getting the hell out and moving to the city.
I don't know what 15 minute walk you are taking to the Vernon-Jackson station, but there are many luxury condo buildings going up within 2-3 minutes of there, if not closer. You are at Grand Central in 6 minutes, Bryant Park in 10 or Times Square in 15.

average joe said...

I got me good place too. Not house, but apartment, big one, with many rooms. Wouldnt trade with yuppy either. Thinks hes better than me and have a better life. HAAA! HAAAAA!!!! He come round my place and see if he still thinks so!!!

Anonymous said...

Hey you fool....
I'M THE ONE
WHO TAKES THE TRAIN....NOT YOU.....
and the trip takes exactly 23 minutes
(28 ? with occasional delays. This line runs well.)
from Broadway to Penn Station....
and I work across the street at #5 Penn Plaza.

I hate to bust your bubble but....
my annual real estate taxes are just $2,900!
(You obviously don't know the New York area well
or you'd know the tax rate for my neighborhood)!

I'll bet you probably pay a lot more in taxes
on your "luxury" condo in Queens West...is it?

C'mon.....after all is said and done....
you're a second stringer.....a Manhattan wannabee!

You live in an isolated neighborhood
that's further away in travel time from the big Manhattan Apple (where I go to "play") than me.

Who the hell are you kidding?

Maybe you're really a real estate broker begging
for commissions.....a property pimp....
trying to interest some naive hipster investors
into buying one of those second rate boxes!

I like where I live
(which is in NYC not suburbia)
but when this young urban professional
decides to retire....
I'd take a studio in Manhattan
over a pumped up dump in western Queens
any day.

I'll be able to afford it.....
my investments and house sale and all.

I guess that
you really can't afford Manhattan....can you?

Maybe you need to find a good sugar daddy!
Can you get one off Craig's List?

Anonymous said...

You live in Flushing and you think you can get into Manhattan easier than I can? Keep telling yourself that if it makes you feel better. Oh, and how much is your LIRR ticket going up next year? I'm also sure you are doing great in that job near Penn Station, come up to Rockefeller Center and visit the high-end area sometime. And when you go out after work, be sure to keep your LIRR schedule handy so you don't miss your train and have to wait another 45 minutes to get home.

Anonymous said...

Hey come on fellas no need to knock our newest residents in Queens on the waterfront. They have come to escape the high prices of Manhattan, for the priceless view of the UN and the exotic ambience of the close proximity to the transvestites outside their door step in Gantry State Park, if Queens Plaza doesn't light their fire hot enough after dark.

Anonymous said...

I have never once heard any of my Wall Street colleagues say they are looking to buy a place in Flushing. I think Flushing is a good area with nice houses and community, but it is not as desirable for younger white-collar professionals as areas closer to Manhattan, with easier commutes to Manhattan, and with more urban living amenities. I am not trying to compare one area as better than the other, I was just pointing out that the original poster decided to take a shot at young professionals that decide to live in Long Island City, and that this obviously stemmed from his jealousy.

Anonymous said...

It's midtown workers who find this convenient. Wall Streeters tend to live in Brooklyn Heights.

Mona said...

"At least you don't even attempt to hide your jealousy of intelligent, educated, hard-working professionals who make great livings doing highly skilled work in the medical, financial, legal and corporate fields."

I'm an artist and I hate what these people have done to the neighborhood. It used to have a nice homey feeling and now its a bunch of pretention assholes who drop the names of the condo development they live in as if anyone gives a shit.

Anonymous said...

For a neighborhood that is supposed to be the next hot thing, it sure is boring over there at night.

Anonymous said...

I have never once heard any of my Wall Street colleagues say they are looking to buy a place in Long Island City. I think LIC was a good area with nice houses and community, but it is not anymore. You can be in midtown in 15-20 minutes from Main Street. What the hell is an urban living amenity? I am not trying to compare one area as better than the other, I know Flushing is better. I am just pointing out that the previous poster decided to take a shot at people who don't like what Long Island City has become, and that this obviously stemmed from his jealousy of not being able to afford a more desirable Queens neighborhood.

Anonymous said...

People who live in LIC couldn't afford Manhattan or Forest Hills Gardens.

ken said...

though you'd never guess it when driving down Northern Blvd, the area by the Broadway Station off the Port Washington branch LIRR, where the previous poster says he dwells, is exceptionally nice. Take a trip to the area and see for yourself. You'll be blown away. There's even a park with the pond in the vicinity if I'm not mistaken.

Anonymous said...

I am glad I never sunk my money into a LIC condo. All I hear are negative things about the design and durability of these places. They also have a forced sense of community that doesn't really exist.

Anonymous said...

A million dollars for the view? How about the sides of the building that face the industrial area?

Pat said...

I have money to lead a comfortable lifestyle, a lovely home on a quiet block (with an UNpaved yard and a garden), a wonderful family, a close knit circle of friends and a job I can actually tolerate on Wall Street. I have no need to be jealous of someone who bought an overpriced apartment so they could brag about how much they spent on it. Actually, I pity them. Think of how empty their lives must be.

Anonymous said...

"urban living amenities": Fresh Direct delivers there

ken said...

amenities = Fresh Direct deliveries.

Good one, hee, hee. :)

Cap'n Transit said...

What if the city actually had the will and the power to provide real ferry service from Hunter's Point?

Anonymous said...

My last job, prior to #5 Penn Plaza, was in Rock Ctr.
working for Rock Ctr. Realty Corp. you idiot!
(And don't jerk my chain about any "high end"
part of town that you allegedly work in).

Wait until YOU LOSE your job there some day fella!

Maybe you'll have to move out of Queens West.

What are your mortgage payments there fool?

I'll bet they're more than mine!

Anonymous said...

Broadway Flushing or Queens West.....
which is the better place to live?

In the end....
ya pays ya money and takes ya choice!

My mom once read me an old tale
about the life of a city mouse versus
that of a country mouse.

The city mouse
(or young urban professional mouse)
thought he had a far superior life
which he constantly threw in the face
of his visiting humble country cousin.

But the urban mouse risked
getting his head bitten off each day.....
by some fat Tom cat
who was much larger than this city mouse's delusions of power!

Enjoy your "superior"amenities while you may....
time is fast slipping away.
(Hey dude.....made "your fortune" yet)?

P.S.
The country mouse lived happily ever after.

I don't remember if the urban mouse survived
the competition......let alone .....the big Tom cat!

Ta, ta.

Anonymous said...

I would respond but Queens Crap refuses to post intelligent, sensible rebuttals to your crazy statements.

Dave C said...

Not all customers of the Water Taxi are transplanted Yuppies living in the ivory towers that sprouted in LIC and DUMBO, as most erroneously state. It is apparent that some don't know about the service to properly comment.

I have had mobility issues this year and can not climb the stairs at subway stations. I found the NYWT to be a good alternative - even w/ driving from Flushing to Hunters Point my commute would be less than an hour, compared to the hour & a half w/ Q20/44 to #7 to #2,3 or 4,5 to Wall St.

BTW, how many times have you folks ever spent 10 mins on the #7 just waiting to enter the Main St terminal?? It'll get more frustrating when the condos go up @ the old ConEd facility on College Pt Blvd.! Oh, and ever try to get on the #7 at Hunters Point? Or Queens Plaza? The 7 is packed like sardines as it is. Sure, MTA states the travel time between Times Sq & Main St is only 33 mins... on a good day, w/o the Mets playing, maybe.

The real problem w/ the NYWT is its mismanaged. There have been no advertising, no ads on the radio (I heard a bunch for NY Waterways though). The schedule does not attract nurses or staff at NYU or Bellevue Hospitals. And they allow local construction workers to take up parking in the lot, while regular monthly pass holders get are not guaranteed a spot. They need to see this as a wakeup call & iron out things.

While I will find an alternative, I feel sorry for the deckhands & support staff that will now face layoffs. Sure, no one thinks of those folks & their families. They are the ones that got screwed worse than the customers.

Anonymous said...

Many of these posted arguments
(disguised under various noms de plume)
regarding travel time and featured "amenities".....
sound suspiciously like the type of sales points
used by sales agents or brokers
to convince a would be buyer
to lay down his cash on a second rate
Manhattan type pad ....ha, ha, ha...
located in Queens not far from a power plant.

Once you've bought the BS hype....
along with your Queens West (h-m-m-m...?) condo....
the broker probably spends the commission
he made off of your purchase
buying some expensive antiques for his
REAL LUXURIOUS MANHATTAN
pre-war digs on 5th Ave. or Gramercy Park!

That's the difference between prime player
and a wanna-bee!

Anonymous said...

A lot of Wall Street types
have bought townhouses
in Jersey City's historic district.
(The base price for one seems to start at
about 1.2 million dollars).

A quick zip in on the Path Lines
beats a crappy commute from LIC!

Anonymous said...

LIC - Location, location & location. It's just that what is being built as residential is crap, crap & crap. I pity those who bought there, whom are now holding real estate that is devaluing rapidly. I suspect the current crop of crap coming on-line will be difficult to sell. It could very well be much like Ft. Meyer Fl. shortly - folks stuck with property bought on speculation to flip to others. Empty buildings laying about unfinished due to Developers bankruptcy. Driving by the building opposite the municipal parking off Jackson Ave and Queens Blvd, we noted the gangs of thugs outside the subway entrance - waiting for what? Would you, your wife or children pay up to run this gauntlet each night? To live in a desolate, industrial area rift with adult industries that play out - just outside your door? Just ask the long time hardened residents that are being pushed out, how they coped with living in this area for the last 30 years? I am I against LIC development? NO! I think LIC is an incredibly located and vibrant area that is an authentic old mixed industrial and residential neighborhood that the city development planning was a give-away to the old property titan whom have held the majority of the parcels here to cash in big time. What we have now is systemic trashing by developers putting up the highest buildings without thought or concern of how it fits within the infrastructure, neighboring properties, original residents and businesses. This activity is a text book example of urban planning at it's very worst execution.

Anonymous said...

I have never once heard any of my Wall Street colleagues say they are looking to buy a place in Flushing.

Thank God your Wall Street colleagues are not looking elsewhere in Flushing. We don't need more Mail room Supervisors buying cheap studio's there. We already have Goldman partner chief economist Abbey Cohen in Bayside/Douglaston - she leads a quiet life there. Why upset our quality of life with your colleagues jamming our corner bars asking for blue Margaritas and snacking on Chinese made tacos for supper. Give me a break. It won't take long before your spotted and singled out here.