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The New York Transit Museum Gallery Annex at Grand Central Terminal is opening a new exhibit that examines the futuristic visions of transportation at the 1939 and 1964 World’s Fairs. It’s a collection of postcards, photos, video, ephemera and souvenirs that show how transportation was a symbol for the future. The ’39 Fair showcased airplane and railroad displays, as well as a Futurama exhibit showing a model of 1960s America dominated by cars. And the ’64 Fair exhibited the launch of the Ford Mustang and Ford’s Magic Skyway, which took visitors on an automobile ride through the past, present and future of transportation. Even the famous mosaic map at the New York State Pavilion’s Tent of Tomorrow was marked with every Texaco service station.

The free exhibition opens on Saturday, July 26th and runs through November 2nd, 2014. Hours at the gallery annex are Monday through Friday, 8 am to 8pm and Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 6 pm.

Photo courtesy of New York Transit

07/23/14 3:00pm

juniper-valley-park-bocce-ball

This afternoon, Queens Parks Commissioner Dorothy Lewandowski, Borough President Melinda Katz, Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, and members of Queens Community Board 5 celebrated the opening of renovated, expanded bocce courts at Juniper Valley Park. The courts are located on the corner of Juniper Boulevard North and 79th Street, in Middle Village. There are now three courts, one of which was created new as part of the renovation. For the existing courts, the Parks Department repaired and resurfaced to improve play and comfort. They added new shade canopies made from recycled material at the ends of each court. There’s also a new sitting area between the courts, more comfortable benches, new fencing and additional trees and greenery. The renovation was funded with $800,000 allocated by the Borough President and $50,000 allocated by Council Member Crowley.

At the ribbon cutting ceremony, Commissioner Lewandowski accepted a set of bocce balls donated to the court in memory of a bocce player who raised his family near Juniper Valley Park.

Photo via Twitter

mundo-paper-factory-hotel

Yesterday, the folks behind the restaurant Mundo posted the above photo to their Facebook account. It’s a very promising glimpse of their new space at the Paper Factory Hotel; the popular restaurant is relocating from Astoria. The blog We Heart LIC has tracked the opening with anticipation, and posted this video interview with the owners back in May.

The restaurant should open in the hotel this summer. Here are some details about the food, from the website: “Mundo’s menu highlights the best of earthy Mediterranean and unique global flavors with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors and farms, and homemade dishes.” Mundo is especially known for its Red Sonja, a Turkish dish made from red lentil and bulgur wheat served on lettuce with fresh lemon. Can’t wait!

07/23/14 1:00pm

Flix

Kiefer Sutherland, Andre the Giant, Molly Ringwald, and a great white shark are coming to Queens this summer. So are some surfing penguins, college-educated monsters, and an evil hairless Sphinx cat. With support from local businesses and the NYC & Co. Foundation, the Rockaway Civic Association is hosting Beach Flix 2014, a series of free movies screened at different spots along the Rockaway peninsula. The flicks start around dusk, and the venues run from Beach 73rd Street to Beach 126th Street.

A Beach Flix 2014 schedule is on the jump page.

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07/23/14 12:30pm

It must be Classics Week, as Shakespeare, the Beatles, Godzilla, The Wizard of Oz, Fiddler on the Roof, and a multi-day Latin cultural festival come to town. Fun-seekers can also enjoy outdoor movies, concerts and festivals and indoor lectures on such topics as feral cats, the environment, and the Holocaust. Here’s the rundown, broken down into arts, music, outdoors, educational and food events.

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This Forest Hills Gardens home, at 216 Greenway North, has one hell of a property. It’s a grassy, gardened .26 acres, which also includes a separately deeded and buildable adjacent lot. The house itself, which has three bedrooms and 2,814 square feet, is an sprawling English cottage that looks like it’s been altered over the years. The interior’s fully modernized and while it certainly looks nice, we were expecting more grandeur. Seems like none of the historic elements are left. The ask? A whooping $2,885,000.

216 Greenway North [Terrace Sotheby's Realty] GMAP

07/23/14 11:00am

Lewis H. Latimer House, Jim Henderson for Wiki 1

In 1885, Lewis H. Latimer began working for his old company’s rival, Thomas Edison. He first became a member of the engineering department at the company’s Manhattan headquarters at 42 Broad Street. He worked in this capacity until 1890. He was out, front and center in the department, doing what he did best, drawing the devices and electrical systems that would make Edison the leader in electricity. But while he was all about the work, some of the workmen still couldn’t believe they were seeing a black man in his position. For more on this remarkable man’s early life, please see Part One and Part Two of our story.

He had to take the time to prove himself to almost every new workman and new hire in the company. Some just couldn’t believe he could do the work, and didn’t want him near their projects. They couldn’t believe a “colored man” would be in his position, and he had to patiently prove to them that he was an expert in his field. One by one, he won them over by his expertise, and they soon realized that not only was he good, his abilities were far ahead of almost anyone else in the field, period. (more…)

07/23/14 10:00am

madison-long-island-city

The Madison condo development, also known as the finger rising from 42-77 Hunter Street, is selling well since its debut in June. Curbed checked in and found that four of the six apartments listed are in contract, with two units left priced at $575,000 and $560,000. The building holds 14 units total, meaning the development is about 30 percent spoken for.

Pricing for the one-bedroom and two-bedroom “penthouse” units started at $500,000. The amenities here include a roof deck, bike storage and regular storage, a common garden and an exercise area.

Even More Long Island City Condos Debut, Get Snapped Up [Curbed]
All 42-77 Hunter Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

22-44-jackson-avenue-5pointz-permits

The construction of two glassy towers to replace the infamous 5Pointz graffiti warehouse is officially in motion. New York YIMBY reported that architect H. Thomas O’Hara filed building permits with the DOB yesterday morning. The filings really show how massive this development will be: 977,086 square feet of residential space and 39,765 square feet of commercial space, making 1,016,851 square feet total. There will also be a 32,099-square-foot plaza and a 262-car public parking garage. The two towers will hold 1,116 units, and roughly 20 percent will be priced affordably.

Demolition of the graffiti warehouse should begin in a few weeks; it’s expected to be gone by October. Site work for the new building should begin in three to five months, and eventually Long Island City will have one more development that looks just like every other new build in New York.

Permits Filed: 22-44 Jackson Avenue [New York YIMBY]
All 5Pointz coverage [Q'Stoner]

07/23/14 8:30am

wednesday

Clean Crew Will Help Clear Litter in Glendale, Maspeth and Ridgewood [NY Daily News]
Community Calls on City to Clean Up Bellerose Pedestrian Tunnel [NY1]
Only Gas Station in Bay Terrace Set to Close in August [Queens Courier]
More Shops Open at JFK’s Terminal 4 [Times Ledger]
Rockaway Ferry Service Stopping for Good This Fall Despite Activist Efforts [DNAinfo]
Plaza College Opens New Campus in Forest Hills [DNAinfo]
Demolition Begins at 24-12 42nd Road [Court Square Blog]