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?

37-27 86th Street, #6T [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

10/01/14 11:00am

Agateware Co. Jim Henderson for Wiki. 1

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…)

10/01/14 10:00am


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.

Permits Filed: 27-Story Tower Coming to 27-19 44th Drive, Long Island City [New York YIMBY]
Another Residential Tower Coming for Long Island City [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Image by Bing Maps via New York YIMBY

10/01/14 9:00am


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.

Newest LIC Rental Building 26-14 Jackson Ave. is 50 Percent Leased [Queens Courier]
All 26-14 Jackson Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner]

09/30/14 4:00pm

queens-a-culinary-passport Andrea Lynn’s book “Queens: A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City’s Most Diverse Borough” was just released today — all interested Queens foodies can pick it up on Amazon. The book is a guide to more than 40 borough restaurants and food carts; it also includes chef profiles and favorite recipes. Here’s more from the summary: “Also included are highlights of not-to-be-missed hidden spots, like ethnic grocery stores stocked with Greek essentials, fish markets that boast of visitors like chef Lidia Bastianich, and delis that turn out freshly made mozzarella and sopressata.”

The book details subway directions and offers walking tours of each neighborhood for those who aren’t familiar with certain areas of Queens. The author, who also works as a freelance food writer and recipe developer, lives in Astoria.


The war against the proposed Glendale homeless shelter rages on. Today, the Daily News shares the report that a coalition of civic groups raised more than $25,000 and hired a lawyer to begin a legal battle against the city. The coalition has met every week since August and since then, donations from nearby residents, business owners and civic members “poured in,” according to the News. Opponents believe the former factory is not the appropriate site for a homeless shelter, and they claim the city’s environmental review of the site wasn’t thorough. As for the Department of Homeless Services, they have found themselves pressed to find housing for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers.

The coalition is holding a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss their strategy for taking on the city. It’s at Christ the King High School in Middle Village at 7:30 pm.

Opponents of Glendale Homeless Shelter Plan Raise $25,000 for Legal Battle [Daily News]

Photo by Jeff Stone

09/30/14 2:00pm

elmhurst-restaurant-rowThe restaurants at Elmhurst’s new “Restaurant Row,” a formerly vacant lot next door to the Queens Center Mall, plan to open in October. DNAinfo writes that an Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack are all hiring workers, then the Olive Garden is scheduled to open October 27th and the Longhorn Steakhouse will open October 11th. There’s no set date for Joe’s Crab Shack yet.

The Mattone Group started construction on the new development earlier this year. (Their original plans called for a movie theater here, but it fell through.) The “restaurant row” plans caused controversy with local pols, who believed the developers weren’t upfront about the development to the community. There was also concern about increased traffic in the area.

Eateries in Elmhurst’s New ‘Restaurant Row’ Begin Hiring [DNAinfo]
Restaurant Row Proposal for Vacant Elmhurst Lot Sparks Controversy [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Katie Honan for DNAinfo

09/30/14 1:00pm


The Museum of the Moving Image is showing its bookish side. Next week, the Kaufman Arts District venue will host two events featuring prolific authors. On Sunday, Robert E. Kapsis, a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak before a screening of The Jerk, which stars Steve Martin (above). Kapsis, who has penned books on Alfred Hitchcock and Woody Allen, has just published Conversations with Steve Martin (University Press of Mississippi, 2014), a collection of interviews and profiles that focus on Martin as a writer, comedian, actor, artist, and original thinker. After the film, which is an expanded version of one of Martin’s comedy routines about a nitwit who grows up as “a poor black child” and decides to become white, Kapsis will sign copies of his book.

More information on this event and a discussion with a best-selling feminist author after the jump.


09/30/14 12:30pm


The Spot: Oliver’s Astoria, 37-19 Broadway, Astoria.

The Deal: Over the last year, the site of a former French restaurant on Broadway in Astoria has become the bustling craft beer gastropub. A main focus of Oliver’s Astoria has been making the restaurant a friendly neighborhood location, through its décor, events and provisioning.

On a warm Friday afternoon, the windows and doors are thrown open so the inside restaurant blends into the outdoor café, and plenty of patrons are idling over a late lunch and one of the rotating tap beers.

Oliver’s has a one-and-done keg policy that keeps the selection fresh and new. Although co-founder and general manager Rob Williamson says that it is more work than a typical bar, it’s helpful for bringing in special brewery guests and appealing to beer fans. The next guest brewery will be Dogfish Head on Thursday, October 9th.

“I’ve worked in beer bars forever,” he says. “The spectrum of beer is fantastic. Not all of them are winners but when they hit, they hit.”

To further the local vibe, Williamson says the restaurant works with local businesses to meet the menu needs. They purchase from the butcher and baker on the block.

“It’s always easier to shop in your backyard,” he says.

Oliver’s continues to expand its offerings and events, from Monday night trivia to brunch with $3 cocktails. The brunch menu has recently expanded to weekdays to accommodate Astoria’s large population of restaurant industry employees.

Read about Oliver’s Signature Dish after the jump… (more…)