09/16/14 4:00pm


Leading up to this weekend’s Maker Faire, the NYCEDC is sponsoring The Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up in Long Island City. The pop up will feature innovative “Makers” and manufacturers exclusively from Queens, like Mikey Chen, Stickbulb, Susan Taing, Jamie Clawson and more. Reps from the NYCEDC, NYDesigns, Long Island City Partnership and QNSMADE will also be on hand. The goal is for the Queens community to see what successful Makers are creating locally.

The pop up is free and open to the public (and all ages), and there will also be food and drink. It is taking place at the Coalition for Queens HQ in the Falchi Building from 7 to 10 pm this Thursday, September 18th. RSVP for the event here.

09/16/14 3:00pm


A buyer snatched up the sprawling Tudor at 20 Norden Road, in none other that Forest Hills Gardens, for $1,800,000. The home hit the market with an ask of $2,200,000 and lasted six months before an accepted offer. The house totals 3,114 square feet, with six bedrooms, and it’s on a 6,000-square-foot lot. The interior is a little outdated (see some photos after the jump), but it’s still chock full of great details like oak hardwood floors, a stone fireplace, the slate stone patio, fully furnished basement and sun room. There’s also a two-car garage and private driveway. A few years back, this house was also on the rental market for $7,000 a month. GMAP



The SculptureCenter will officially reveal its shiny new expansion on Sunday, October 5th! The addition will include a new entrance lobby with a coatroom, restrooms and seating area, expanded exhibition space, an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries and a 1,500-square-foot enclosed courtyard. Work started up this spring, and the SculptureCenter remained open throughout the construction project.

The Court Square Blog posted awesome photos of the new interior — pictured above is the view from the main entrance. CSB reports that the SculptureCenter will celebrate its expansion with the new exhibit “Puddle, pothole, portal.” And from 12 to 3 pm on October 5th, there will be free activities at the center including art-making, music, food, tours and the official opening ceremony. From 2 to 5 pm, there will be music and drinks in the courtyard.

Check out more interior photos after the jump!

SculptureCenter Puts on Finishing Touches Ahead of Oct. 5 Reopening [Court Square Blog]
All SculptureCenter coverage [Q'Stoner]


09/16/14 1:00pm


Traffic can get soooooo bad on the Grand Central Parkway! Good thing there’s a rural solution this weekend. Motorists who get off on Exit 24 and head southbound on Little Neck Parkway for a few blocks will discover the Queens County Farm Museum and its 32nd annual fair on Saturday and Sunday. This is truly a traditional county fair with blue-ribbon competitions in crafts, livestock, and produce. Other contests will include corn-husking, pie-eating, and pig-racing. Meanwhile, a Bavarian garden will host live music, and attendees won’t have to mosey for a long time to take a hay ride, explore the Amazing Maize Maze, pet some farm animals, or check out an adopt-a-worm booth.


Details: 32nd Annual Queens County Fair, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Parkway, Floral Park, September 20th and September 21st, 11 am to 6 pm, $9/$5 for children under 13.


Photos: Queens County Farm Museum

09/16/14 12:00pm


Here’s a unique townhouse on the market at 67-09 Exeter Street, in Forest Hills. The brick exterior is a little odd looking, with its three large but differently sized windows. Inside, the interior looks like it has good bones but it’s nothing to fawn over. We do like that big window in the living room, as well as the arched doorway and wood floors. There’s a total of three bedrooms and 2,475 square feet, with an ask of $769,000. What do ya think?

67-09 Exeter Street [Exit Kingdom Realty] GMAP

09/16/14 11:00am


Nearly 20 ForgottenFans enjoyed Forgotten New York’s Little Neck-Douglaston tour this past weekend. Unusually for recent tours, this time the weather was threatening, but rain only started falling as the tour was ending. Little Neck and Douglaston are far richer in Colonial history and artifacts than many would immediately expect, and this tour mined that history, shining a light on several hidden artifacts.

Above is shown Zion Church, whose grounds are entered via a lengthy path from Northern Boulevard just east of Douglaston Parkway.


09/16/14 10:00am


Time to catch up on some Jackson Heights co-op news. First off, remember that Hampton Court co-op asking close to $1,000,000? The gorgeous four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex has now been price chopped down to $895,000. A Jackson Heights Life commenter noted that the price is reduced by $54,000, or 5.7 percent. The apartment had only been on the market a month before its ambitious asking price was lowered. Think this new number will bring in offers, or is another price chop in order?


Secondly, Remodelista just featured everyone’s favorite Jackson Heights co-op, the classic seven in The Towers profiled by Kinfolk Magazine earlier this year. There are a few more photos and details of the apartment renovation, which we’ll happily take since we can’t get enough of this place. Check it out here.

This Jackson Heights Co-op Apartment Is Asking Close to $1 Million [Q'Stoner]
Kinfolk Magazine Profiles a Gorgeous Classic Seven in Jackson Heights [Q'Stoner]

09/16/14 9:00am


That’s a wrap for TF Cornerstone on the Long Island City waterfront. Yesterday, the developers reported that their sixth and final building, 4610 Center Boulevard, is 100 percent spoken for. According to the press release, “To date, more than 6,000 people call the TF Cornerstone buildings on the LIC waterfront home, occupying 2,615 rental units and 184 condominiums on Center Boulevard.” 4610 Center Boulevard, at 26 stories, held 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. When the building launched in April, prices ranged from $2,160 to $5,330 a month. The development hit the 50 percent mark in June.

TF Cornerstone purchased its 21-acres of waterfront property along Center Boulevard from PepsiCo in 2003. Says Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice President for TF Cornerstone: “The lease-up of 4610 Center Boulevard is an incredible milestone for both Long Island City and TF Cornerstone. We’ve spent the last 12 years not only building and leasing buildings along the LIC waterfront, but also immersing ourselves in the community and growing to love the neighborhood just as much as our residents do. The lease-up of this building is a true testament to the vibrancy of this area, and we look forward to our next chapter of development in LIC.”

All 4610 Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner]

09/15/14 4:00pm


Hungry? Would you like to enjoy a delicious meal and help others at the same time? Or are you ready to experience a wonderful taste of winter without getting cold? This Thursday, the Snowday food truck (above) will stop outside the Clock Tower at Dutch Kills Green and serve delicious, maple-themed lunches, including maple grilled cheese sandwiches, seasonal salads, beer-batted maple onion rings, and maple apple cupcakes. More information and photos after jump.