10/23/14 11:00am


As mentioned in earlier postings, I spend a lot of time walking back and forth from Astoria to Newtown Creek. Often, given the number and quality of “classic cars” encountered on these ambles, I wonder if all the environmental pollution has somehow ripped open a hole in the space time continuum – a wormhole which allows the automobiles of yesteryear to jump forward for a short tenancy in the tyranny of the now in the same place which they were parked some sixty or seventy years ago. 43rd Street, or Shell Road as it was once known, was the border between Blissville and Berlin. Today it’s part of the so called “West Maspeth” neighborhood, and if my theory is correct – this car might have been parked here in the late 1940s.

Of course, I’m an idiot, but you have to occupy your mind with something while walking around in DUKBO. At 43rd’s intersection with 55th Avenue, that’s where I noticed this very “cool car” – a 1947 Dodge two door sedan, which I believe is a D24.


More after the jump… (more…)

10/23/14 10:00am


Lowery Plaza, a proposed public plaza underneath the 40th Street subway station in Sunnyside, will open up tomorrow. Sunnyside Post spotted workers in the space removing an artist commission previously on display there. Next up is a power washing job, then finally setting up planters, tables and chairs. The Lowery Plaza will look much like Bliss Plaza (pictured above), which opened this summer at 46th Street. The Lowery Plaza was also scheduled to open this summer, but according to Sunnyside Post the DOT had a contract to keep the artist commission up until October.

A ribbon cutting ceremony will take place here tomorrow at 1 pm. Once open, Sunnyside Shines will be in charge of programming and upkeep of the plaza, just like the organization has been doing at Bliss Plaza.

Artwork Under 40th Street Station is Removed — to Make Room for 40th Street/Lowery Plaza [Sunnyside Post]

Photo of Bliss Plaza via Sunnyside Shines Instagram


Getty Petroleum, one of the companies held responsible for polluting the Newtown Creek waterway, agreed yesterday to fork over $16,000,000 for its cleanup. Getty, who filed for bankruptcy in 2011, is one among many who dumped around 30,000,000 gallons of toxic waste in the creek over the years. The EPA declared Newtown Creek a Superfund site in 2010, which, as the New York Daily News says, “compels companies responsible for polluting the site to pay to clean it up.” The $16M sum is the result of an agreement between Getty and the federal government as part of the company’s bankruptcy process.

According to Gothamist, Getty admitted to hazardous dumping way back in 2005. (The problem of illegal dumping in the creek is far from over, and continues to this day.) Here’s a statement on this recent settlement by Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara: “Today’s settlement ensures that Getty takes responsibility for its contribution to that sad legacy, and pays a fair share of clean-up costs at the site. This Office is committed to holding those who contaminate our nation’s lands and waterways accountable for their actions, and bankruptcy is not a free pass for polluters.”

Getty Petroleum Agrees to Pay $16M to Clean Newtown Creek [NY Daily News]
Newtown Creek Gets $16 Million From A Company That Helped Ruin It [Gothamist]
All Newtown Creek coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Mitch Waxman

10/23/14 8:30am


Breezy Point Residents Await Re-Opening of Favorite Restaurant [NY1]
City’s Closure of Flushing Overpass Causes Businesses to Suffer [Queens Courier]
Mayor Grants Ferry Meeting to Rockaway’s Elected [The Wave]
Jackson Heights Subway Platforms ‘Excessively’ Crowded, Advocates Say [DNAinfo]
EAGLE NEST LANE, Flushing [Forgotten New York]
44-80 11th Street is Nearly Topped Out [Court Square Blog]
Frankie’s Pizza Has Closed [We Heart Astoria]

10/22/14 3:00pm


The demolition saga goes on at the former 5Pointz warehouse. The Court Square Blog spotted scaffolding up around the buildings on Jackson Avenue, which means those structures are soon to go. Demolition began in the rear and the middle of the site — work mostly wrapped there earlier this month. It looks like the actual warehouse and the Jackson Avenue buildings will fall next.

Demolition is expected to wrap this month. Then work should promptly start on erecting two 47- and 41-story apartments towers, with a total of 1,000 units.

Scaffolding up on Jackson Avenue Side of Former 5Pointz Building [Court Square Blog]
All 5Pointz coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by the Court Square Blog

10/22/14 2:00pm


Frank’s Pharmacy already reopened in Jackson Heights after a devastating fire caused the longtime business to relocate, but this Saturday will be the grand opening celebration. The Queens Gazette shares that a ceremony will take place from 12:30 pm to 1 pm; it’ll include a ribbon-cutting by owner Frank Buonagurio and speeches from state Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Daniel Dromm. (According to the Chronicle, the pols will officially designate October 25th as “Frank’s Pharmacy Day”.)

The whole event will last from noon to 3 pm at the pharmacy’s new location, 77-01 37th Avenue on the corner of 77th Street. There will be refreshments and treats, as well as raffle prizes for both adults and children. Frank has operated the pharmacy for 23 years, and considered retiring after the fire. Instead, he made plans to relocate to this location early this summer.

Frank’s Pharmacy To Hold Grand Reopening Celebration [Queens Chronicle]
All Frank’s Pharmacy coverage [Q'Stoner]

10/22/14 1:00pm


Take me out to the Fall Fest. Take me out to Paint Nite. Don’t expect peanuts and crackerjack, but Citi Field is ready to rock during two upcoming events. On October 26th, the Mets home stadium’s field level concourse will host four hours of trick-or-treating, photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Met, costume contests, pumpkin-carving, apple-dipping, and a mini Oktoberfest. Plus, the Mets and City Harvest will organize a food drive, and those who donate at least 10 items of nonperishable food will get a voucher for a pair of tickets to a game in April 2015. (Donors get 15 percent discounts on select, on-site merchandise too.)

On November 6th, the Flushing Nine and Metropolitan Hospitality will host the first ever Paint Nite at the ballpark. Each participant will take an art class and paint Citi Field on a 16” x 20” canvas to take home. More information on jump page.


10/22/14 12:30pm

Halloween-inspired fright fests mix with presentations by Johnny Mathis, George Clinton, former NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi, and Bollywood star Nandita Das. There’s also a plethora of live jazz and pumpkins and a premiere celebration of National Chemistry Day. Here’s the rundown, broken down into comedy, education, music arts, outdoor and fall events.


10/22/14 12:00pm


This attached Tudor townhouse at 67-97 Clyde Street, in Forest Hills, is priced at $855,000. It’s a quirky, historic exterior with a nice front garden, and the interior is completely modernized. Recessed lighting, new fixtures, and what looks to be a stone wall in one of the bathrooms. There’s a patio backyard with a one-car garage. Considering this isn’t a large property, it’s a significant ask. What do you think it’ll get?

67-97 Clyde Street [Keller Williams] GMAP