04/17/14 11:00am


TF Cornerstone is now leasing its sixth and final building on the Long Island City waterfront, 4610 Center Boulevard. The 26-story glassy tower, designed by the architecture firm Arquitectonica, holds a total of 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The interiors, according to a press release, “feature stainless steel appliances, glossy white cabinets, great custom closets, wood strip floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.” Amenities include a lobby with a WiFi lounge, a private garden, 24-hour concierge, a fitness center and a resident club with a landscaped terrace. As for pricing, studios start at $2,160 a month, one bedrooms at $2,800, two bedrooms at $3,890 and three bedrooms at $5,330. (We heard there’s already a waiting list to move in.)

The leasing effort comes right after TF Cornerstone filled up 4545 Center Boulevard, its largest waterfront tower with 820 rental units.

4610 Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/17/14 10:00am


Alma Realty filed plans with the city last month for its massive Astoria Cove development, and the actual number of affordable units planned is less than what was promised. The Daily News reports that Alma Realty promised a minimum of 340 units of affordable housing over five buildings at this mega development — in the application, that number is 295. And according to the News, “Housing advocates worry that the reduced number could float under the radar when a city review begins this month to rezone a handful of prime waterfront blocks from industrial to residential.”

The land use lawyer working for Alma Realty argues that development plans were formed under pro-development Mayor Bloomberg, and should not adhere to Mayor de Blasio’s promise to preserve affordable housing. Alma Realty also argues that the new number of affordable units still meets the 20 percent required to receive city incentives. As for the city, an official from the Planning Department tells the News that they will “do their best to ensure that a ‘significant portion’ of the housing in Astoria Cove is set aside as affordable.”

Planners Drop 45 Affordable Units from Astoria Cove Development [NY Daily News]
All Astoria Cove coverage [Q'Stoner]

04/17/14 9:00am


Wowza. The design firm AMLGM designed these “Urban Alloy Towers” to rise above the Woodside Long Island Railroad and 7 train station. (Curbed calls this “the most exciting and completely insane thing ever proposed for Queens.” AMLGM, on the other hand, calls this “symbiotic re-purposing of the air rights above transportation corridors in New York.”) These designs aren’t meant to be actually built, but it sure is fun pretending.

The facade of these tubular towers, which shift from cylindrical to triangular shapes from bottom to top, is made of metal fins with their own specific “solar orientation.” The interior holds luxury, market-rate and SRO apartments, retail, office space, a central atrium and transportation infrastructure. The idea is to bring housing close to transportation hubs, and offer “a wide range of living conditions… within the one development.” You can read all the architectural details over at Design Boom. Meanwhile, we’ll just drool over the renderings — check out more crazy images after the jump.

AMLGM Envisions Urban Alloy Tower Over Transportation Hub in New York [Design Boom] via Curbed


04/17/14 8:30am


Imagining the 1964-65 World’s Fair in Lego [NY Daily News]
Corona Parents Rally for Better School Conditions for their Children [NY1]
Reddit Co-founder Raising Money for Future Queens Techies [Queens Courier]
Astoria Residents Help Cleanup Roadway [Queens Gazette]
Queens Library Sets Up Self-Service Kiosks In Flushing [Queens Gazette]
MTA Awards More Than $625M in East Side Access Project Contracts [DNAinfo]
Construction Underway at 21-41 45th Road, Future Home of Planned Parenthood [Court Square Blog]

04/16/14 4:00pm


It’s almost here. Queens Beer Week begins this Friday, April 19th and lasts for nine days until Sunday, April 27th. The week offers more than 40 awesome beer events at venues and bars around the borough. Check out the full schedule at the website. This Friday, expect brews from Transmitter Brewing at Crescent and Vine in Astoria, as well as whiskey and beer pairings at Alobar. There will also be a “Taste of Queens” kickoff party at Singlecut Beersmiths from 7 to 11 pm. So, can the week be over yet?

04/16/14 3:00pm

38-22 28 STREET-hotel

The Department of Buildings just issued a new building permit for a four-story hotel at 38-22 28th Street, between 38th and 39th avenues. It’ll be a little out of place on the block, which is mostly lined with modest residential homes — although there is a hulking development to be found a few doors down. According to building applications, the 45-foot-tall hotel will hold 51 units. No word on the operator yet. The architect of record, however, will be the ubiquitous Queens architect Michael Kang. GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

04/16/14 2:00pm


The future remains unclear for the Madelaine Chocolate Company, a Rockaways business that sustained $50,000,000 in damage after Hurricane Sandy. The Wall Street Journal reports that the company seeks $10,000,000 in federal Sandy recovery funds from the city to replace and repair machinery. City officials do not think they can grant the full amount, as there’s only about $42,000,000 in federal dollars for the Sandy loan and grant program. As the WSJ says, “The chocolate company has tested the limits of the city’s Sandy recovery programs, which were designed to help much smaller businesses, and its plight has raised hard questions about how New York should distribute the rebuilding dollars.”

Madelaine’s declined emergency fund money from the city — a $25,000 emergency loan, $10,000 grant and an emergency sales-tax deferment — due to a long application process. The business has, however, secured a $12,900,000 low-interest loan from the U.S. Small Business Administration as well as $3,000,000 from a flood insurance settlement. They also applied for a $1,000,000 loan from the city, despite seeking the full $10,000,000. Back in February, Madelaine’s put its 200,000-square-foot factory up for sale. The company is considering relocating outside New York, despite hopes to remain in the Rockaways. Madelaine’s has been in the neighborhood since 1967.

Madelaine Chocolate Co. Seeks Cash to Stay in Rockaways [WSJ]
Madelaine Chocolate Company Factory is up for Sale in the Rockaways [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Facebook

04/16/14 1:00pm

Joseph McElligott

Queens people never get tired of diversity. This Saturday, the New York Irish Center will host A Celebratory Feast of Irish and World Culture, a night that will include everything from poetry to string music to acting by a former boxer. The performers are part of Artists Without Walls, a troupe dedicated to uniting creative types from all genres to inspire each other…and then inspire their audiences. Co-founder Niamh Hyland (below), a singer/songwriter from the Emerald Isle, headlines the show with classical violinist Annette Homann, Nigerian spoken word artist Koro Koroye (above), TV and film actor Jack O’Connell, singer/songwriter Michael Brunnock and champion boxer-turned-actor John Duddy.

Details: Artists Without Walls: A Celebratory Feast of Irish and World Culture, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, April 26th, 7:30 pm, cocktail hour before performances, $22/$11 for seniors, students and the unemployed.


Top photo: Joseph McElligott; bottom photo: Artists Without Walls

04/16/14 12:30pm

Creativity is the theme this week, as the world’s most diverse county hosts scientific experiments and sculpture, kite-making, egg-coloring and Earth Day-related crafts events. The chance to explore the NYS Pavilion, live music and the opening of an exhibit on Nazi, anti-Jewish street signs are also on tap. Here’s the rundown — broken down into arts, music, educational, kids and World’s Fair events.


04/16/14 12:00pm

50-43 39th Pllace-LOTD

This home in Sunnyside, at 50-43 39th Place, is pretty darn cute. It’s a brick two family with five bedrooms, two garages, a yard and a finished basement. The interior is still showing off some nice interior details, and in general looks very well maintained. Our only complaint? That tiny kitchen! But we do love the modest front porch. The asking price comes in at $859,888. What say you?

50-43 39th Place [Coldwell Banker Phillips] GMAP