This Friday, Michael H. Perlman is holding a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session regarding his newly-published book, “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book chronicles the unique and notable residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park who have shaped the neighborhood’s culture and history.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:15pm at the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin Street. Check out the Facebook event listing here.
The large parcel at 8-25 Astoria Boulevard has sold, according to Queens Courier. The site isn’t in prime Astoria — actually, it’s not far from the Astoria Houses and the Astoria Cove and Hallets Point mega developments. The buyers, who paid $4.8 million, are likely looking at the sale as a very nice investment.
The lot allows for 33,751 buildable square feet and the Courier is reporting that this will be a residential building. (No more clues offered by the Department of Buildings, sadly.) No word on when construction is expected to kick off, either.
Astoria pizza lovers, time to get excited. Popular NYC pizza joint Artichoke Basille is officially opening tomorrow at 22-56 31st Street, between 23rd and Ditmars avenues. We Heart Astoria reported that a soft opening was held yesterday before the big day.
Artichoke, which is known for its humongous, gooey and delicious artichoke slice, will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 2 am.
Though last night’s snow might confuse the issue, it’s time for Queens gardeners to start preparing their summer vegetables. This is the key to earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier crops, stronger soil, easier transplanting, and especially more satisfaction and enjoyment.
This Sunday, Queens Botanical Garden Director of Education Emeritus Fred Gerber will host a workshop dedicated to growing indoor vegetables during the warm weather months. There should be something of interest for everybody from the novice to the experienced gardener with the greenest of thumbs. Details on the jump page.
Two upcoming events are clear signs that the weather is about to get better: a St. Patrick’s Day parade and a workshop on vegetable gardening. Other options include a huge NYC trivia competition, a Turkish cooking class, Asian fan dancing, jazz, opera, and film. Here’s the rundown, broken down into education, arts, music and dance events.
We love this Sunnyside apartment building at 43-29 41st Street, where this two-bedroom unit is for rent. The apartment itself looks like your typical historic unit, with hardwood floors, some detailing and an eat-in kitchen. We just wish the photos gave a better sense of size — because everything is pictured so closely, it looks like a small apartment. The rent comes in pretty evenly at $1,000 a bedroom, for a total of $2,095 per month. What do you make of this one?
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building all sorts of public works projects as a means of getting the vast number of unemployed people back to work. It was the largest and most ambitious aspect of the New Deal. Over the course of the WPA’s existence, almost every city, town and village in the United States received some kind of public works project, all built by local people. They built schools, parks, bridges, roads and post offices, among other things. Post offices were a very popular project, as almost every community could use a nice new post office.
Here in New York City, dozens of individual post office branches were built over the course of the ‘30s. Many were designed in the Colonial Revival style of architecture; so many that we’ve come to think of the Colonial Revival post office as the norm. But as the decade drew to a close, some of the new post office buildings started to appear in the more modern architectural language of the day; variations on Art Deco and the new International Style.
The office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury was responsible for the designs of the nation’s post offices constructed through the WPA. The architects working for the office produced thousands of post offices, most in the conservative Colonial Revival style, which was the approved style of government buildings throughout the ‘20s and ‘30s. But as the program progressed, an amendment was written to allow the office to hire outside consulting architects for many of these buildings. Architects were unemployed people too, and hiring outside of the agency was part of the WPA’s efforts to employ the nation’s artists and creative professions, who were also struggling to make a living. (more…)
Queens Brewery, which has been brewing beer in the borough for nearly two years, plans to establish its first brick and mortar home in Ridgewood. The brewing company posted the above photo to its Facebook account with the note, “We have a #HOME !!! 1yr 7mo 2wks + 260,160 pints later. #Introducing #QueensBrewery #HalseySt #LTrain #drinklocal #themeltingbarrel.” Queens Brewery joins Bridge and Tunnel Brewery, who signed a lease on a Ridgewood warehouse late last year.
We’ve reached out to the folks at Queens Brewery for more details on their opening and how they plan to build out the warehouse, so stay tuned…
There have been reports of a new developer stepping in at 151-45 6th Road, a massive 13-acre property along the Whitestone waterfront. This site has a rather lengthy history of failed development so far. The land was zoned for manufacturing until the developers Bayrock Group bought the site for $25.75 million in 2005. The company then proceeded to rezone the area for residential use, proposing a multi-million dollar plan for 52 single-family houses (rendered above). Bayrock ran out of money, letting the property descend into foreclosure, and there were concerns of illegal dumping at the construction site. In 2012, Barone Management swooped in and paid $11.3 million to buy up the land, with plans to follow through on the previously-approved plan for single family homes. That never happened. Keeping track?
Now there’s word that this property was recently purchased by a new developer, although nothing has hit public records yet. Department of Building documents don’t offer any clues, either.
Although there are no set development plans in place, Senator Tony Avella has already released a statement regarding inappropriate development on vacant lots in Whitestone. Another property he expressed concern over is a vacant lot on 150th Street near 5th Avenue slated for foreclosure. He said of both, “I have continued to monitor these properties over the years and believe, along with the community, that building single-family homes makes the most sense. Now that both are potentially moving forward with construction, it is imperative that the developers do not stray from doing what is best for the community. Whomever decides to purchase and develop these areas must do so in a way that will not damage the character of the surrounding low-density residential neighborhood.”