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Long Island City is LIC – A name guide for future residents

Long Island City gantry

Long Island City gantry Sign

Long Island City (abbreviated LIC) is in the NYC Borough of Queens. On the East River at LIC’s western edge is the famous gantry sign proclaiming LONG ISLAND. Queens and Brooklyn are part of the island called Long Island. Long Island City is not IN Long Island or even ON Long Island. Long Island isn’t even an island.

New York City consists of the 5 Boros of Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, Staten Island, and The Bronx. Each borough or boro (not burrow) is also a New York State county. Logically The Bronx is Bronx county. Queens is Queens County. Manhattan is New York County. Brooklyn is Kings County and Staten Island is Richmond County. All the counties’ various neighborhoods are officially the name of the county, except for Queens which has town names. No one actually knows where these are located, except for Astoria and maybe LIC. (No one calls them towns. They are just “parts” of Queens). The Bronx is always The Bronx, but the city is just Manhattan.


If you have been pronouncing LIC as ”lick” this whole time, you are as bridge and tunnel as anyone outside the city. It’s “El eye Sea”.  Hope that clears everything up.

New “Tech” Mattress Companies disrupting the sleep industry

As movers know it sometimes is impossible to get a mattress (or more likely boxspring) into a small hallway, stairway, or small elevator. And if you want to move “just” a mattress and boxspring you are looking at a 2 or 3 hour minimum with 2 movers. At around a $100 per hour it sometimes still makes sense as the cost of a new mattress is in the thousands. Part of that expense is all the middlemen and the shipping costs. Not how much the mattress store is charging you for shipping. (That cost is built into the cost of the mattress increasing the price. I once had a woman insist I match to the $30 a mattress company charged her when she bought her mattress new. $2000 to ship a mattress across the US during the busy Summer season. She could have shipped more. There was 2500 pound minimum. She could not understand that it actually costs more than $30 to ship a bed.)

Now two tech companies are looking to disrupt the mattress industry. They are getting rid of the middlemen – distributors, salespeople, showrooms, advertising, and by changing the shipping method from freight or local trucking to a small package company such as UPS or FedEx. The US! manufacturers compress the foam memory mattress so they are UPSable and easily purchased online via Amazon.

You will still need a boxspring, platform bed or the floor for support

Tuft & Needle | | 877-842-2586 | Founded 2012 | $350-$750

Casper | | 888 498 0003 | Founded 2014 | $500-$950

Leesa | | 844 335 3372 | Founded ???? | $425-$1070

Tetris turns Thirty

Loading a moving truck is very much like the game of Tetris, Except the pieces are all different and you a re playing in 3D.

Tetris Pieces

Tetris Pieces


Tetris turned 30 in June 2014

Torggler Door – cool futuristic barn door

The video speaks for itself:

and another version:

Various methods on how to thaw / unfreeze a frozen water pipe.

With the recent extreme cold weather in the Northeast, you are probably now past preventing a pipe from freezing and are hopefully looking for a solution to get the water running again rather than a plumber to fix a burst pipe. I too am was in this situation. I have a 6 foot section of shower and tub frozen in a wall. If your pipe has not burst (yet). I combed the interwebs and compiled here various methods you can do to unfreeze / thaw frozen pipes or at least prevent the pipe from bursting. As with any DIY project use common sense especially when working with heaters and heat generating tools.

Open the faucet
I am guessing you found out that the pipe is frozen because the water does not come out of the faucet or does so slowly. Leave the faucet open. If it is dripping slowly, leaving it open may solve the problem. The slowly moving water will not freeze and can eventually move the frozen water. keep a faucet dripping in the future to prevent the pipe from freezing. You can also turn off the water main to the house. And open a faucet lower than the one that is stuck.

Add Heat to the Area
If the pipes run through unconditioned unheated space, add heat. You can so this by:

  • An oil immersion space heater
  • An Infrared heaters will warm an area directly.
  • Opening a door from a heated space and adding a basic fan to blow hot air into the cold space.
  • Use a kerosene heater. Available to rent from Home Improvement stores and tool rental companies.

Add heat directly to the pipe.
If the pipe is in a basement or crawlspace, you can add heat to the space that the pipe is in.

  • Use a hairdryer pointed at the wall where the pipe is.
  • Use a heat gun (Hairdryer on steriods)
  • Propane blowtorch is usually not recommended. You can met the solder at the joins causing a leak or set fire to the surrounding area.
  • cover the pipe with warm wet towels
  • open the termination of the pipe and pour hot water in.

Expose the pipe to warm air.

  • Get access to the pipe. I was able to remove the shower mixing valve cover. This small access solved the problem after 24 hours of a space heater in the bath was unsuccessful. I unscrewed the two screws holding it on. I did not remove completely otherwise the bracket inside would have fallen into the wall.
  • Cut open a section of drywall and add heat. repair drywall is a lot less expensive that repair a broken pipe along with the associated water damage.

Insulate the area.
Of course you may have wished you insulated prior to the problem. As a preventative measure there are foil backed insulation tape and insulation pipe “noodles”. There are also heat cable tape products that you plug in to a standard electrical outlet. Some of these come with automatic thermostat. But what about right now? Is cold air blowing in that  was not issue before. Maybe there is a gap you did not notice, or one opened up. Look for daylight coming in. Feel around for cold air blowing in. I had this problem a 1/8 gap by the garage door. Air was blowing in and that was enough to freeze the hot and cold water supplies as well as the bath sewer drain. replacing with a new 2×4 solded the problem. You could use insulation batts, spay insulation in a can, plywood or 2x4s to seal a hole or gap.

If you do not have the proper tools, try a tool sharing / tool lending library or rent from a Home Improvement stores or tool rental companies. You can even try to buy the tool on craigslsit and then later resell if you no longer have the need. I hope this information is helpful. Let me know in the comments if you have any other solutions or suggestions.

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