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Shannon Pot to be bulldozed again

Shannon Pot

Feb. 3, 2016 Staff Report

They just can’t escape Long Island City’s real estate frenzy.

Two years after the Shannon Pot was forced to relocate due to development, plans for an apartment building over its Court Square property were filed with the City.

Construction plans for a seven-story, 20-unit residence at 21-59 44th Drive were filed with the Department of Buildings this week.

According to the documents, retail will occupy the first floor and a community facility will share the second floor with residential units. Floors three through seven will hold residential units.

The Shannon Pot is an Irish bar and grill that moved to this address in January 2014.

It was forced to relocate from its former spot on Jackson Avenue and Davis Street, steps from 5Pointz, before those buildings were demolished to make way for developer Jerry Wolkoff’s new residential towers.

Patrizia Cimino of Stoa Design Studio, which is designing the project, said she was aware of the Shannon Pot. She could not speak to the specifics of what might occupy the new development’s first floor.

“We just know it’s going to be a retail space,” she said, but later added, “I guess [the Shannon Pot] can come back if they want to.”

The Shannon Pot’s owner could not be reached for comment on this story.

Shannon Pot at previous location

Shannon Pot at previous location

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44 Comments

mike

i can afford to live in lic and i do now and have for several years

but im out in 6 weeks and could not be happier

i live in a tower on center blvd whihc is like a glorified hotel

bunch of transient young people and breeders

oh and the euro trash and asian invasion is the final straw

lic always a bridesmaid never a bride

see ya

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Dan

I love the fact that the approved plan is for a 7 story 20 unit residential building. If you know the property footprint they’re working with you know how ridiculous this building is going to be. Another garbage eyesore with 20 shoebox sized units renting for $4000 a month.

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Dan

I love how its a 7 story, 20 unit building being proposed for the site. If you live here and know the footprint they’re talking about you know this is absurd. Who designs these things and more importantly who approves these dumb designs?

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Gina

This city is losing it’s character day after day. We are becoming a sterile mall from the MidWest. The things that make this city great are being stripped away. The city needs a protection for small businesses similar to apartments. So many retail spaces are sitting empty because the landlords got greedy and raised their rent 100% forcing the tenants out. It has happened in Greenpoint. Manhattan Avenue has many empty stores where a Polish candy store was, a neighborhood butcher, a bakery…Depressing.

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Dogmeat

Good riddance to a bad bar. Where there is great mass transit there should very large buildings built. Residential, Retail, Commercial.

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Anon

Except that it’s really all residential. They’re very much behind on commercial and retail will just sit empty. Take a walk through Manhattan and you’ll all of the empty retail. LIC won’t be immune to that.

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King henrik

Retail space and their welcome back. Yeah right, at a 200% rent increase. Hows the guy going to stay in business, he’d have to charge $40 a beer and that would be happy hour

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Mel

There beer isn’t cheap as it is, I mean $7 bucks for a pint of yuegling, yikes! I can get the same beer for $4.

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trebla

Well, the old Murphy’s on Skillman Ave is sitting there waiting to be bought by someone. Maybe, maybe, maybe the owners of Shannon Pot could take over that place – it’s just sitting there.

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DJ Grumpy

Only problem with Murphy’s is that it’s tied up in bankruptcy court / sheriff’s repo — the property probably can’t be sold or re-rented until that’s resolved.

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Gina

Why would you cheer a hard working small business losing their location? People like you are ruining NYC #SAVENC

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Anonymous

“We just know it’s going to be a retail space,” she said, but later added, “I guess [the Shannon Pot] can come back if they want to.”

Fat chance. We know it will be just another sterile business for the gentrifiers. All the charm is being snuffed out of LIC. What a shame.

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Frank

Too bad we can’t snuff out all the whiny little twits complaining about change. Gentrification has objectively improved the neighborhood, as evidenced by the influx of new residents and skyrocketing rent and sale prices. People that nceessingly want to live here. Maybe you really are just a suburbanite at heart who was able to pretend to live in the city in the old Hunters Point.

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Dan

Hopefully they put something great in the retail space like an expensive baby clothes store or a children’s Crossfit gym. (Both of these actually exist in LIC). This place is insane.

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Licfan

I don’t they’re saying the bar was forced to sell or close for lack of support, it’s just a matter of changing times. An old building being replaced by a new one, maybe Shannon can rent the first floor of the new building. I’ve been there a few times and it is a nice place, always a crowd – I think they enjoyed community support and if they return (like Communitea) customers will too.

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MRLIC

The neighborhood was better before Gentrification. Too many stuck up yuppie/hipsters around. Old neighbors were better. LIC has more of a small community feel. Now it feels antiseptic like Manhattan, Too many Luxury buildings being built. Rents too high unless you are rich. LIC sucks is right.

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Anon

Agreed. A majority of the “new money” people in the neighborhood are rude, self-entitled and self-absorbed. They couldn’t care less about community and what it takes to make a great neighborhood. A neighborhood full of luxury apartments and little else, is really just sh*t.

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Queens Resident

Frank, that attitude is exactly why people don’t like you. You are part of the nihilistic snobbery that is the hipster/yuppie culture. One day you’ll find yourself in the same shoes as the displaced, except no one will care.

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Frank

Oh my goodness…Queens Resident has declared that “people” don’t like me. I am so curious what stunning insight was used to come to that conclusion.

The reality, Queens Resident, is that neighborhoods change and, unless you own where you live, you are going to have very little control over said change. To call people priced out the “displaced” is weapons grade BS. They are renters who can’t afford the rent anymore, nothing else. I fully accept the possibility of being priced out of LIC someday and see it as a minor inconvenience at most. It is a place to live, not the land I am bound to like some kind of serf. I guess New York really is a city of villages, as most on these boards act like, well, villagers.

You may feel the need to externalize blame to “hipsters” and “yuppies” (two completely different and opposite groups), but you are just trying to protect your own fragile ego from the fact that you can’t deal with change. You think that the new arrivals to the neighborhood are snobs, but, no, they just have friends elsewhere from work, school, or other neighborhoods and quite possibly precious little in common with you other than (for now) geography. Why should they care about you? You are just the whiny twit in the corner who is complaining about new residents. Yep, you’re exactly the fun kind of person everyone wants to hang out with.

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Eileen

Hey, Anonymous, you apparently haven’t been there. It always has a nice crowd, the food is very good, and the staff is excellent. It is a real shame that a neighborhood ‘local’ is being displaced for what, another nail salon or ramen joint?

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The LIC Penguin

Eileen is 100% correct. Great spot, great staff. As a guy who grew up nearby who tries to exclusively patronize locally-owned businesses, it’s yet another blow to the ‘hood.

Long live McBreen’s!

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Hmmmmm

It’s true. Landlords don’t care about small business and local establishments.

We just lost a totally functional warehouse space to what will become a new restaurant.

The space at 10-39 47th Road

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Nope

I’m one of those Center Blvd. dwellers everyone on this site seems to hate. I have been going to the Shannon Pot on and off for the past two years, but to be honest, every time I’m there I get grilled by the bartender about where I live and then given shit about having too much money. Don’t have that issue at Leahy’s. So maybe it’s not the people who live in the area.

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Not a Fan of Jim

Hey, Jim. I give you a hearty Guiness-laced “PFFFT!” aimed directly in your smug face. Slainte!

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Anonymous visitor

that you counselman Jimmy Van Bramer for all of this building it is a total disgrace —

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Sean

Out with old and delapitaed buildings. It’s called progress you fool. An old industrial neighborhood from another era that no longer houses industry needs to do something. Name a councilman or person in political position that is against tearing down old run down outdated structures and replacing them with new structures revitalizating a run down blighted neighborhood. You must be that idiot Irish Lassy posting anonymously.

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RB

Often I would agree with you, development isn’t inherently evil, especially when neighborhoods need a facelift. However, as a former resident of LIC and seeing all of this first hand saddens me. These places are not being pushed out because they couldn’t pay bills, not because they didn’t have loyal customer bases, not because they failed as a business. There are tons of people who frequent these places but the land is being sold out from under them. It is being done for imaginary people who may or may not ever even live there. The number of housing units going up in that neighborhood is egregious. I was paying over 2k a month and my building sold on a short notice and wasn’t able to find a single 2 bedroom anywhere near that was livable for that much money. The bulk of these buildings are still in the works and empty. Look at the chain theatre, or secret theatre, wonderful cultural additions to a neighborhood with unique character. There has to be some type of compromise between bringing a neighborhood up and destroying everything that made it great. We have to be able to capitalize without the expense of so many.

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Anonymous visitor

Hey there Mr. Sean Smarty Pants I am not that idiot Irish Lassy and by the way Irish Lassy is no idiot — some people like you should watch what you say about other people because it is not nice to call people an “Idiot” — how would you like it if someone called you an “Idiot” you would not like it at all —

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Sean

-anonymous visitor Sorry didn’t mean for you to get your skirt all ruffled. I just assumed you were Irish Lassy, I mean your post was so ridiculous, I didn’t think there could be two people that stupid but you set me straight on that fact. I guess if I was that much of an idiot I would post anonymously too.

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Anonymous visitor

Again with you calling people an idiot — why don’t you just stop with this — you should be reported to the LIC Post with your mouth that is for sure — no class at all — someone should wash your mouth out with brown soap maybe you will change some —

Mac

Anonymous Maybe if you didn’t post such foolishness Sean wouldn’t be forced to point it out and call you these descriptive terms associated with foolishness. Maybe you should be reported..

N'Cheese

Listen to Mac, as he is the resident poster child for foolishness, general accusations of idiocy, and overall classlessness. He must be taking his meds again, however, since he didn’t start frothing about Fox News.

Hmmmmm

See the problem is we need industrial space and warehouses. Much is manufactured and created in our great city. When these buildings are torn down many of these small businesses have no place to go

Rents in other neighborhoods are too high. LIC used to be affordable and house many companies

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Tired of tired if it

Great old bar demolished for progress for a building that hasn’t broken ground yet. Bar owners save old bar and re-install into this glum corner, happens again. Can’t wait to get out of this town.

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Mel

Again really! Why can’t they just leave small businesses alone for F€£ks sake! Enough building! Lic really sucks now more than ever!

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