04/18/14 4:00pm


Check out the MTA’s new marketing campaign to promote Long Island City while the 7 train is down on weekends. According to LIC Post, “The MTA is about to put the public service announcements up at every No. 7 train station and on each No. 7 train… It will also be putting the posters up at a number of other stations and on a variety of different train lines.” The posters have not gone up yet but the advertisement is now on the MTA website. The MTA also agreed to keep the 7 train running during the week of May 17th and 18th, due to all these awesome events. The weekend train shutdown will last until July 21st.

MTA Unveils Long Island City Marketing Material [LIC Post]

04/18/14 3:00pm


Yesterday Mayor de Blasio pledged to overhaul the city’s Hurricane Sandy recovery efforts, announcing a number of reforms to jumpstart the process. You can see the entire PDF report here or read more details from the Mayor’s office here. The reforms include ways to improve the experience of homeowners navigating the pre-construction process, expanding eligibility for acquisition and reimbursement, establishing better coordination among city, state, and federal partners, and working closely with local communities in the rebuilding efforts.

According to the Times, the Mayor hopes that the city will have started construction on 500 new homes and mailed out 500 reimbursement checks for previously performed repairs by the end of the summer. Only 30 residents received their payments so far. As Brad Gair — who worked on rebuilding efforts during Bloomberg’s term — told the Times, “Anything that helps expedite the assistance to the homeowners who are still in need, I think is very positive. The challenge really becomes how you implement and process that.”

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04/18/14 2:00pm

62-96 Woodhaven Blvd

The building at 62-96 Woodhaven Boulevard, the former home of Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant, is coming down — at least partly. Queens Chronicle reports that the developers filed demolition permits for a portion of the existing building to make way for a seven-story, 114-unit apartment building. No one is spilling any details on the coming demolition, and existing shop owners feel frustrated due to the lack of specifics on the future transfer of ownership and potential demo. The owners of A Dog’s Best Friend, located just down from Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant, plan to move the business a few blocks away because of all the uncertainty.

Demolition on the Menu for Abbracciamento’s [Queens Chronicle]
All Joe Abbracciamento coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

04/18/14 1:00pm


Decisions, decisions, decisions and decisions. Or to be more specific: science, kites, film noir and eggs. There are some great options for family fun, entertainment and enrichment in the borough tomorrow, April 19th. It’s probably easiest to list them in bullet form.

  • Doktor Kaboom! This loveable nut performs original interactive “science comedy” for audiences of all ages. Blending the dramatic with the wonders of scientific exploration, the Good Doktor (above) keeps the crowd riveted with interest and rolling with laughter going on a sidesplitting journey of increasingly spectacular (and often successful) experiments designed to involve, excite, educate, and entertain. Back by popular demand, he returns to Queens Theatre (14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park) for 1 pm and 3 pm shows on Saturday$14 per ticket or $100 for a Family Series Flex Pass (10 tickets to use however you want.)
  • Let’s Go Fly a Kite! It’s National Kite Month, and the King Manor Museum (150-03 Jamaica Avenue, Jamaica) is offering a chance to learn about these objects that can be used for scientific discovery, fun or design. Attendees will create, decorate, fly and take home kites. Noon to 3 pm, free.
  • Spring Egg-Stavaganza! Easter weekend at Queens Botanical Garden (43-50 Main Street, Flushing) is known for two things: blooming flora and egg hunts. Due to popular demand, there will be two sessions that will include games, crafts, scavenger hunts and prizes. noon to 1:30 pm and 2 pm to 3:30 pm, $5.
  • The Real Mann! Hollywood legend Anthony Mann was one of the greatest directors of two genres that seem very disparate: film noir, featuring nocturnal and claustrophobic dramas; and the Western, with dramas set against wide-open landscapes. The Museum of the Moving Image (36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria) launches an eight-film retrospective on Mann with two movies on Saturday. T-Men at 4 pm is about treasury agents who go undercover to penetrate a gang of Los Angeles counterfeiters. Raw Deal at 7 pm tells the story of a woman who helps spring her boyfriend from a state prison so they can flee to South America. If these movies inspire, the museum will screen two more —  The Great Flamarion and Border Incident — on Sunday.


04/18/14 12:00pm

forest-hillasForest Hills
108-24 68th Drive
Broker: NY Metro Realty Group
Price: $1,499,000
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

10-holder-placeForest Hills
10 Holder Place, #5G
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $1,175,000
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

arrisLong Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $985,000
Sunday, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

60-42 69th Lane
Broker: Tscherne Realty
Price: $899,000
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

04/18/14 11:00am


Every year, it seems, sees the closing of more of New York’s classic carousels, but Forest Park’s, just off Woodhaven Boulevard south of Myrtle, is still delighting kids big and small as it has since it was moved here from Dracut, Massachusetts, in 1971. This Daniel Muller carousel, built in 1903 and containing 54 wood horses and other animals, is one of just two remaining in the country. It replaced an earlier carousel that burnt down in 1966.


The carousel contains 49 horses, a lion, a tiger, a deer, and two chariots arranged in three concentric circles. The carousel also contains an original carousel band organ. It’s a buck a ride for all ages. Five other New York City parks operate carousels: Prospect Park in Brooklyn, Central Park and Bryant Park in Manhattan, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, and Willowbrook Park in Staten Island.


The carousel has earned a historic sign, one among many in Woodhaven placed by the Woodhaven Cultural and Historical Society.

04/18/14 10:00am


There are seven apartments left at the Roosevelt, the 31-unit rental building that started leasing last October. And the development brokerage, Citi Habitats, is looking to fill those last apartments up: the firm is running a promotion until April 30th where new tenants pay no fee and receive two months free rent on a 14 month lease. Currently, a convertible two bedroom is asking $2,314 per month, four two-bedroom units are priced at $2,443 a month, and two penthouse units are $3,321. Apartments feature floor to ceiling windows, two full bathrooms and private outdoor space. There were also a number of affordable units at this development the city leased out at the beginning of the year.

All 40-07 73rd Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

The Wall Street Journal put up this great video about the New York State Pavilion Paint Project, a volunteer group who started painting the exterior of the historic 1964 World’s Fair structure back in 2009. The group hopes to raise awareness for the building, as well as inspire fundraising efforts. The group is recognized by the city but does not receive money from them. Recent talks of restoring the pavilion grounds, though, estimate costs as high as $72,000,000.

This group, along with the advocacy group People for the Pavilion, made it possible to open the New York State Pavilion to the public for one day. That will happen on Tuesday, April 22nd between 11 am and 2 pm.

Queens Painters Hope to Bring Awareness to World’s Fair Structures [WSJ]
All New York State Pavilion coverage [Q'Stoner]

04/18/14 8:30am

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Astoria’s Ravenswood Houses will get a new $4 Million Lighting System [NY Daily News]
Arverne Library to Reopen Following Sandy Damage [Queens Courier]
CB6 Zeros in on the Boulevard of Death [The Forum]
Woodhaven Residents Rejoice Over City’s Plan to Tear Down Collapsed Building [The Forum]
40th Street Food Vendors Get the Boot [Sunnyside Post]
MTA Unveils Long Island City Marketing Material [LIC Post]
Demolition Complete at Controversial 21-16 44th Drive Site [Court Square Blog]

04/17/14 4:00pm


Next week Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Queens Borough President Melinda Katz, local pols and Department of Transportation officials are hosting a Vision Zero Queens Town Hall. It’ll be a forum for the public to discuss traffic safety in Queens, particularly related to Mayor de Blasio’s Vision Zero street safety initiative. Guests are also invited to share ideas on improving traffic safety and identify problem locations in their neighborhood. The Town Hall meeting will be held Wednesday, April 23rd, from 6 to 8 pm at LaGuardia Community College, 31-10 Thomson Avenue.