03/05/15 10:00am


This has been a miserable winter for all of New York, but 7 train riders really can’t catch a break. DNAinfo reports that 7 trains were suspended between Queens and Manhattan this morning due to smoke at the station near Bryant Park. The MTA is advising commuters to take the E, F, N, Q or R trains making nearby station stops.

As Twitter user Alyssa Lott put it, “When it snows the 7 train doesn’t work. Good morning!” Keep up with service updates at the MTA website.

All 7 Train coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Thomas Tobin via Twitter

03/05/15 9:00am


Almost two years after Uncle George’s Greek Tavern closed in Astoria after it was unable to pay its back rent, a new building is rising in its place. Queens Gazette published the above rendering of a mixed-use building with 1,910 square feet of commercial space and five apartments above. (There will be a penthouse unit on the fourth floor.) The architect is Gerald Caliendo. According to Queens Beans demolition at the site started up in late February. Construction should last a year.

Queens Gazette also has big news on the Astoria C-Town at 29-10 Broadway. The grocery store will be closing so the owners can build out a five-story, 60,000-square-foot development with 64 apartments, two ground floor retail spaces and underground parking. Six of the apartment units will include outdoor spaces. According to the Gazette, “Real estate sources said a brand new, expanded C-Town Supermarket would close its doors during construction and will reopen at the site as soon as possible.” There’s no timeline yet on those closure dates.

03/05/15 8:30am


Queens Residents Fuming Over Loss of Parking Near Borough Hall [NY1]
Former Bayside City Councilman Halloran Sentenced to 10 Years in Prison [Times Ledger]
New Developer Buys Former Joe Abbracciamento Site for Nearly $11 Million [DNAinfo]
Is New York City’s Hotel Boom Ruining Everything? [Curbed]
Sunnyside Shines Reviews 2014, Looks Ahead at Annual Meeting [Sunnyside Shines]
Chain Link Fence Installed at Gas Trac at 27-01 Jackson Avenue [Court Square Blog]

03/04/15 4:00pm


This Friday, Michael H. Perlman is holding a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session regarding his newly-published book, “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book chronicles the unique and notable residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park who have shaped the neighborhood’s culture and history.

The event will be held from 7 to 8:15pm at the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin Street. Check out the Facebook event listing here.

03/04/15 3:00pm


The large parcel at 8-25 Astoria Boulevard has sold, according to Queens Courier. The site isn’t in prime Astoria — actually, it’s not far from the Astoria Houses and the Astoria Cove and Hallets Point mega developments. The buyers, who paid $4.8 million, are likely looking at the sale as a very nice investment. Modern Spaces negotiated the sale of the site, representing both the seller and the buyer.

The lot allows for 33,751 buildable square feet and the Courier is reporting that this will be a residential building. (No more clues offered by the Department of Buildings, sadly.) No word on when construction is expected to kick off, either.

Astoria Boulevard Development Site Sold, Will Become New Residential Building [Queens Courier] GMAP

Map via Modern Spaces

03/04/15 2:00pm


Astoria pizza lovers, time to get excited. Popular NYC pizza joint Artichoke Basille is officially opening tomorrow at 22-56 31st Street, between 23rd and Ditmars avenues. We Heart Astoria reported that a soft opening was held yesterday before the big day.

Artichoke, which is known for its humongous, gooey and delicious artichoke slice, will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 2 am.

Astoria Arrivals – Artichoke Basille Opens Today! [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

Photo via Instagram

03/04/15 1:00pm


Though last night’s snow might confuse the issue, it’s time for Queens gardeners to start preparing their summer vegetables. This is the key to earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier crops, stronger soil, easier transplanting, and especially more satisfaction and enjoyment.

This Sunday, Queens Botanical Garden Director of Education Emeritus Fred Gerber will host a workshop dedicated to growing indoor vegetables during the warm weather months. There should be something of interest for everybody from the novice to the experienced gardener with the greenest of thumbs. Details on the jump page.


03/04/15 12:00pm


We love this Sunnyside apartment building at 43-29 41st Street, where this two-bedroom unit is for rent. The apartment itself looks like your typical historic unit, with hardwood floors, some detailing and an eat-in kitchen. We just wish the photos gave a better sense of size — because everything is pictured so closely, it looks like a small apartment. The rent comes in pretty evenly at $1,000 a bedroom, for a total of $2,095 per month. What do you make of this one?

43-29 41st Street [Carollo Real Estate] GMAP

03/04/15 11:00am

Forest Hills PO, Michael Perlman, R-FPC, Greg Godfrey 1

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building all sorts of public works projects as a means of getting the vast number of unemployed people back to work. It was the largest and most ambitious aspect of the New Deal. Over the course of the WPA’s existence, almost every city, town and village in the United States received some kind of public works project, all built by local people. They built schools, parks, bridges, roads and post offices, among other things. Post offices were a very popular project, as almost every community could use a nice new post office.

Here in New York City, dozens of individual post office branches were built over the course of the ‘30s. Many were designed in the Colonial Revival style of architecture; so many that we’ve come to think of the Colonial Revival post office as the norm. But as the decade drew to a close, some of the new post office buildings started to appear in the more modern architectural language of the day; variations on Art Deco and the new International Style.

The office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury was responsible for the designs of the nation’s post offices constructed through the WPA. The architects working for the office produced thousands of post offices, most in the conservative Colonial Revival style, which was the approved style of government buildings throughout the ‘20s and ‘30s. But as the program progressed, an amendment was written to allow the office to hire outside consulting architects for many of these buildings. Architects were unemployed people too, and hiring outside of the agency was part of the WPA’s efforts to employ the nation’s artists and creative professions, who were also struggling to make a living. (more…)