Tomorrow, the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead will open up for public tours. Dutch settler Abraham Riker built the home in 1665, at 78-03 19th Road in East Elmhurst. The current owners began restoring the property in 1980, and started offering the occasional tour of what is the oldest private residence in the borough. (The title of the oldest home in Queens actually belongs to the Bowne House in Flushing.)
DNAinfo reports that the tour will offer a rare glimpse of the Riker burial ground in the backyard — it houses the remains of 132 family descendants of the property. Guests will also see restorations inside the home and the surrounding gardens. (Check out photos of the property at the official website.) The tour begins at 3 pm, and RSVPs to email@example.com are encouraged. Tickets cost $25 and can be purchased at the door.
The developers GDC Properties are planning a townhouse development at 11-22 45th Road (between 11th and 21st Streets), now an industrial warehouse they just purchased for $37,000,000. Demolition permits are already in place, and Commercial Observer reports that the new development should take 18 months to complete. No details on the design, number of townhouses, or potential prices. We’re actually very curious to see the asking price for a new townhouse in LIC, given that older townhouses can go for more than $1,000,000.
It’s probably the best production house you’ve never heard of…with prices you’ve never seen. The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group has staged large musicals every May and November for the past 35 years with the goal of providing high-quality, low-cost entertainment, especially for children, nursing home residents, and the disabled. For five days this November, these mensches will produce Thoroughly Modern Millie with Music Theatre International, which works directly with composers, lyricists, and writers and grants groups the rights to perform Broadway musicals. Thoroughly Modern tells the story of Millie Dillmount, who moves to NYC from Kansas in 1922 with the singular goal of getting a job as the secretary for a rich man and then marrying him. Of course her plan goes awry, but Millie gets really into the Jazz Age with her flapper attire and bobbed hair. Then she realizes that the owner of dingy hotel where she lives is a white slave trafficker who sells young ladies to Asian lords. Hilarity and tap dancing ensue.
Details: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Free Synagogue of Flushing, enter at 41-60 Kissena Boulevard, Flushing, November 8th and 15th at 8 pm, November 2nd, 9th, and 16th at 3 pm, $18/$15 seniors over 64 and children under 13.
Yes, more drama surrounding the affordable housing at Astoria Cove! Crain’s reports that the Department of Housing Preservation and Development made a map-reading error when calculating the affordable housing requirements at Astoria Cove. Initially, Alma proposed to allocate 20 percent of the units to households making no more than 80 percent of the area median income ($68,700 for a family of four). Many local pols and housing advocates argued those numbers aren’t good enough, and this new revelation by the city will change the requirements somewhat. Outdated maps indicated that Alma Realty was not required to include affordable housing to get a state property tax abatement. But updated maps show that Alma is required to provide 20 percent affordable housing, but it must be no more than 60 percent (down from 80 percent) of the area median income.
The City Council plans to work this into their plan with Alma before the council takes its final vote on the matter in November. According to Crain’s, “The revelation may give the council more ammunition to ask for more affordable units, something it appeared bent on doing after a recent hearing.”
Yesterday the HPD, New York State Homes & Community Renewal and the Bluestone Organization cut the ribbon at new affordable housing development Norman Towers, at 90-14 161st Street in Jamaica. The nine-story, two-building development holds 100 apartments — seven studios, 72 one-bedroom units and 21 two-bedroom units, as well as a two bedroom for the super. There’s also 5,773 square feet of commercial space, 4,063 square feet of retail space and 51 parking spots. (The Bluestone Group is moving their head offices into the building.) Bluestone also designed Norman Towers to be energy efficient, with a cogeneration system that will use a natural gas-fueled engine to generate electricity distributed throughout the building. The excess heat by-product of the electricity generation will be captured and reused to heat the building’s water heaters and boilers. There are also solar panels on the roof of the two buildings, as well as a roof garden that retains water on-site, Energy Star appliances and lighting, low-emission windows, and a fancy, energy efficient climate control system.
According to the HPD, the affordable development took $32,200,000 to build. The Bluestone Group purchased the site back in 2008 from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for $1,600,000.
Check out more pictures of the interior and the energy efficient features after the jump.
Tonight, Council Member Van Bramer is holding his third neighborhood assembly to discuss Participatory Budgeting in the 26th District. The meeting is for all residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside who have ideas on how $1,000,000 of taxpayer money should be spent within the district. Over the next several months, community members are invited to develop ideas, vote and finally decide how to allocate the funds toward capital improvements.
If you’re interested in attending, the meeting is tonight, 7 pm, at the PS/IS 78 Middle School Cafeteria, 46-08 5th Street.
41-25 23rd Street, the dinky three-family property pictured above, just hit public records for $1,875,000. Yes, $1.875M. The reason? For one, it’s located right off of Queens Plaza North and the Queensboro Plaza subway station. And according to PropertyShark, zoning allows for a building five times the current size. The new owners have not filed any permits with the Department of Building yet, but this modest house will probably get torn down in no time. GMAP