On October 13th, Arcadia Publishing will release “New York State Pavilion,” a book by Flushing native Christian Kellberg that explores the Pavilion’s history through photographs. The book depicts over 200 images of the World’s Fair icon, which has since fallen into serious disrepair. (There are, however, improvements in the works due to a major campaign to restore the structure.) “New York State Pavilion” will be available at area bookstores, independent retailers, online retailers, or online through Arcadia Publishing.
The author is a long-time Pavilion supporter and volunteered with the New York State Pavilion Paint Project. According to the organization People for the Pavilion, he hopes the book “calls more attention to the New York State Pavilion helping to promote and rescue this landmark structure after years of neglect.”
Our love for Open House New York weekend runs deep, and we already gave you a preview of what will be happening in Queens on October 11th and 12th. Today at 11 am, OHNY opened up reservations for specific sites, which tend to fill up fast. (Many other events do not require reservations.) We Heart Astoria compiled an awesome list of all your options in Western Queens — Astoria, LIC and Sunnyside. Events include tours of the Greater Astoria Historical Society, the Welling Court Mural project (partially pictured above), Smiling HogsHead Ranch and the Sunnyside Gardens Historic District. Check out the full list, which includes around 20 sites, here.
You’ve got lots of eating to look forward to this month, with two different restaurant weeks happening in the borough. The first takes place in Sunnyside, from October 20th to the 24th. There are 32 restaurants participating — twice as many as last year — including Venturo, Salt & Fat, Tibetan Dumpling Cafe and Murphy’s Lobster Grill. Check out the full list of participating restaurants at Sunnyside Shines. Each restaurant will serve a three-course dinner menu for $25; other spots will offer a special lunch menu. The arts collaborative No Longer Empty will also bring site-specific art installations to five of the participating restaurants, and three will feature local artists in Sunnyside. The five restaurants participating are Bucharest Restaurant, Los Verdes, PJ Horgan’s, Salt and Fat and Venturo.
Then from October 13th until October 31st, it’s full-on Queens Restaurant Week. More than 100 different restaurants in 30 different neighborhoods will offer special prix fixe meals — most places will set up a three-course dinner for $25 and lunch for $14. Check out the long list of participants at the It’s In Queens! website.
He has presented an annual concert since age 5. He made his orchestral debut and composed his first orchestral work at age 6. His television show debuted when he was age 7. Now, he’s 10 years old, and he’s ready to give a concert in Queens. More info on jump page.
The written word is alive and well in Queens this week with a poetry reading featuring a “Genius Grant” recipient, a presentation by the author of a new book on Steve Martin, the opportunity to recreate a historical figure, and a discussion with a prolific feminist author. The week also sizzles with an art exhibit in the newly renovated SculptureCenter, Jewish theater, a drumming circle, a nighttime maize maze, and even some sheep shearing. Here’s the rundown, broken down into arts, dance, music, outdoors and education events.
We quite like this unit up for rent inside the Jackson Heights co-op building at 37-27 86th Street. It’s a one bed/one bath with a good amount of space: 690 square feet. And the unit comes with co-op perks like a laundry room and a central courtyard with a turtle pond. One potential downside is that a renter is going to have to get board approval. The rent, at $1,800 a month, isn’t a steal but it’s certainly not outrageous. What do you think?
Montrose is on vacation this week, and will return next week with a new report. Please enjoy a past entry, this one about Agateware, a familiar product to campers, country folk, and lovers of old things.
An institution like a church, or a factory, or another kind of industry can be the catalyst for an entire neighborhood’s growth. Sometimes, the neighborhood can die when that catalyst is gone, but sometimes, by the time that happens, the neighborhood is strong and sturdy in its own right, and can survive the loss. So many industries and factories were started by men with vision and good ideas, and then those businesses are one day gone, leaving only the buildings. Down the road, one hundred plus years later, we may only know them as “those old buildings.” Often, it’s “those old buildings that should be torn down so we can build a strip mall.” This is the story of one of those groups of old buildings, and what happened there, and what’s happening with them now. (more…)
Yet another very tall residential tower is coming to LIC, and this one is going to be right next door to the one we wrote about yesterday. New York YIMBY found Department of Building permits for 27-19 44th Drive, a former warehouse site. Developed by Twining Properties, it’ll be 27 stories tall and 124,529 square feet. (Although it will rise one story taller than it’s neighbor at 27-21 44th Drive, they will both come in at 282 feet tall.) This new tower will have 2,124 square feet of commercial space and 165 units total.
It looks like Court Square will soon be a neighborhood dominated by towering residential developments: as YIMBY points out, nearby projects at 43-25 Hunter Street and 43-22 Queens Street will both rise over 50 floors.
Well, that was fast. 26-14 Jackson Avenue hit the rental market in late August, now the 14-story, 98-unit development is half leased. (It’s worth mentioning the building includes 20 affordable rental units, which were occupied through a lottery process.) Upon opening, MNS Real Estate priced the market rate units starting at $1,984 a month for studios, $2,654 a month for one bedrooms, and $3,277 a month for two bedrooms — including one month free. Queens Courier notes that a two bedroom is asking as high as $4,846 a month. Apartment sizes range from 469 to 1,115 square feet.
Building amenities include a fitness center, virtual doorman, laundry room and furnished roof deck. Andrew Barrocas, CEO of MNS, tells the Courier that the quick leasing was due to the development’s proximity to Manhattan off nearby subway lines and cheaper monthly prices in comparison to Brooklyn.