From the Real Deal:
Price was a major factor for Letia Frandina, who moved to Long Island City from North Carolina two years ago, around the same time that she gave birth to her son.
She chose an apartment on Vernon Boulevard in Long Island City because "it was closer to my husband's job than anywhere we could afford to live in Manhattan," Frandina said. "Even on the Upper West Side the commute would have taken longer."
Frandina, who gave birth to her second baby late last month, noticed that there were many other young families in the area, but few children's clothing stores. Last year, she opened a children's consignment store, Little Closets, at 46-46 Vernon Boulevard. Nearby, daycare Lolly's Learning Center opened around the same time.
When a new, 8,000-square-foot children's playground opened in LIC's Gantry State Park over Memorial Day weekend, "it was mobbed within the first 10 minutes of opening," said Verma, who blogged about the event. "It was filled with soccer moms and nannies."
In fact, there are so many children in Long Island City that they're quickly outgrowing the schools in the area. For the first time this year, "a significant number" of students who applied to attend pre-K at P.S. 78, located in the City Lights building at 48-09 Center Boulevard, didn't get in, Frandina said. TF Cornerstone will soon begin construction on a new 600-seat K-8 public school at Queens West, and a 145,000-square-foot middle/high school is planned for Hunters Point South, but classes there are already expected to top 40 students each, Verma said.
Oh so we are already short on school space even though we have a condo glut but are planning to build more? What magnificent planning!
Crappy predicted this years ago and was laughed at by the brokers in LIC. Listen to Crappy. I'm more accurate than Nostradamus.