From the Daily News:
TRENDY HAS a new address, and it's in Long Island City.
In the neighborhood's formerly industrial Hunters Point section, new businesses and eateries are opening, even amid a recession.
Locals said they hope they will spur even more economic growth.
The new restaurants include the highly-anticipated Breadbox Cafe, which opened in a former auto mechanic's shop on 11th St. and 47th Road.
"We had a vision of changing the neighborhood from industrial to residential," said co-owner Tal Shuster, 34. "We believe in the neighborhood."
"We took something that was a dump and we made something that was needed," said another one of Breadbox's three co-owners, Moshe Mizrahi, 47. "For years, people didn't have any place to eat."
Wow, hear that, Manducati's, Jackson Avenue Steakhouse, Waterfront Crabhouse, Water's Edge, Dorian's Cafe and McReilly's? (Oops...scratch McReilly's...) Your neighborhood has arrived because a group of pretentious assholes has opened a restaurant in an old service station (service stations being dumps that serve no useful purpose). And Hunters Point had been erased from the map until a bunch of luxury condos were built there. Living in dreamland must be fascinating!
The picture isn't all rosy, said Brian Adams, chairman of the Hunters Point Merchants Association.
"We've lost a lot of businesses," Adams said.
He blamed the closings on a poor economy, coupled with rising commercial rents. He also said construction on the Borden Ave. Bridge and the No. 7 train on weekends hampers pedestrian traffic.
Hmmm...You'd think the influx of new people who are now stuck in their neighborhood would lead to more foot traffic, not less. Why don't they support their local merchants?
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