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.

04/17/14 3:00pm

21-30 44TH DRIVE-sold

A buyer just snatched up the warehouse at 21-30 44th Drive, between 21st Street and 23rd Street in LIC, for $13,700,000. The 17,500-square-foot lot currently holds a one-story, 12,930-square-foot warehouse. It’s zoned for both manufacturing and residential use, with a FAR of 4. (The current building on site is built up to a FAR of .74) But don’t count on a residential build coming — after some online sleuthing it looks like the buyer, Kupoint USA Corporation, is in the business of warehouse storage. GMAP

Photo via PropertyShark

04/17/14 2:00pm


Saigon Cafe is now serving up Vietnamese food at 25-90 41st Street, off 28th Avenue. We Heart Astoria shares the news, saying that there are iPads at the restaurant to surf the web. As for the food, the menu includes sandwiches, soup, pho, meat and rice plates, Vietnamese coffee, bubble tea, and salty plum soda. So far, the Yelp reviews for the food are quite good.

Vietnamese Food Alert! Saigon Cafe Opens in Astoria [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

04/17/14 1:00pm


Everything is going to go downhill next weekend. USA Luge‘s nationwide recruitment tour will make a stop in Bayside’s Crocheron Park on April 26 and April 27. The USA Luge Slider Search seeks to identify, train and qualify young athletes (boys and girls, ages 9-13) for the USA Luge Junior Development Team. Participants will learn the riding and steering basics with national team athletes and coaches before taking rides down a hill under the observation of those coaches. Those who demonstrate potential will receive an invitation to the US Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, where they will compete for a seat on the junior development team.

Details: USA Luge Slider Search, Crocheron Park, vicinity of 214th Place, Cross Island Parkway and 33th Avenue, Bayside, April 26th-April 27th, sessions run from 7:30 am to 6 pm, free and all participants will receive a USA Luge tee-shirt, click here to register or call 1-800-USA-LUGE.


04/17/14 12:30pm


This gated entry point is one of the 37th Avenue portals to the NYC S.E.M./Signals Street Light Yard, a facility which stores and sorts various bits of street furniture and fittings – such as lamp posts, for instance. (Nearby the Home Depot on Northern Boulevard.)

In warmer times, this entire fence line is encased in a thorny vine whose fruit is a foul smelling purple-red berry. The edge of an evidently large facility, it seems seldom travelled by men, but shows all signs of serving as a protected haven for the many cats observed around it. Back in 2011, I was trudging home in a deep snow when something caught my eye.


Something about this object was familiar to me, but its identity eluded. My thoughts keep drifting toward mental catalogs of midtown Manhattan transportation centers for some reason. Grand Central perhaps? Simple observations of the object revealed it to be metallic, and designed to exhibit a cuprous patina. Were it composed of copper or white bronze, as it is designed to appear, this would be a small fortune sitting out in the snow (from a scrap metal point of view). Sculptural ornamentation and overall design suggested “City beautiful” or “Beaux Arts” era design to me, but it is difficult at best to discern such things from an object divorced of its overall and proper setting.