04/01/15 10:45am

Jamaica HS, Hillside Ave, Peter Greenberg for Wikipedia 1

Harry Potter would have liked this building, it’s almost magical with its whimsical “witch’s hat” dormers. We don’t often think of Queens and amusing buildings in the same thought, but that’s why this is such a great building. If you’ve got to go to school, what child wouldn’t want to attend one with such great details? But how did it come to be?

By the end of the 19th century, Jamaica was one of the largest towns within the independent county of Queens. This was before Queens became a borough in greater New York City, an event that happened in 1898.

Because of its position geographically, and its many convenient forms of public transportation including the Long Island Railroad, Jamaica was developing rapidly. Houses were going up, factories were employing local people, and there were soon a lot of children to educate. (more…)

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On Sunday, April 12th, the Queens Museum is hosting the exhibition You Are Here, which will display the community-led design concepts to improve access and circulation around and within Flushing Meadows Corona Park. As a partnership between the Parks Department, the Queens Museum, and the Design Trust for Public Space, the exhibit reflects four months of community meetings that asked participants to come up with creative opportunities for the park’s future. Design concepts include innovative information kiosks, art installations for park entrances, wayfinding landmarks, sensory play areas for children with special needs and much more.

The events on April 12th includes presentations by community advisors and elected officials, a public feedback session and an opening reception. RSVP and find more details here.

Photo by William Michael Fredericks

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Taiwan’s biggest bubble tea maker has chosen Flushing as an entry point into the Western market. This morning, La Kaffa Group signed a contract with F & T Group to open a flagship store at One Fulton Square, a mixed-used development at the intersection of Roosevelt Avenue and Prince Street that is currently under construction. Specializing in tea, coffee, desserts, and entrees, La Kaffa currently has more than 450 locations with distinct popularity in Asia and the Middle East. Meanwhile, One Fulton Square, which will have a floor area of approximately 330,000 square feet, will include retail space, 22 office units and 43 residential units. A rendition of the planned venue is below.

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Top photo: It’s in Queens; bottom photo: One Fulton Square

03/31/15 2:00pm

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Bierleichen, a new German-style bar slated for 582 Seneca Avenue, looks just about ready to open. The bar posted some nice photos up on its Facebook account and it is looking really good. The owners, who are also behind the Brooklyn bars The Bounty and The Drink, actually hoped to open earlier this year so they’re a little behind schedule. Bierleichen is going to serve German beers, sausages and pretzels in its new space.

Check out two more interior sneak peeks after the jump! GMAP

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03/31/15 1:00pm

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Eggs can be symbols of life, fertility, rebirth, and even the resurrection of Jesus. Rabbits laying these ovoids and hiding them in gardens doesn’t really comply with nature, but the Easter Bunny is believed to come from a legend that German immigrants brought to the United States. Regardless of the facts and origins, Queens is hopping with great, secular Easter activities, which are listed on the jump page along with another image.

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03/31/15 12:00pm

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Check out this very cute one-bedroom rental at 47-37 45th Street, in Woodside. It’s in an older brick apartment building but everything in the apartment got a nice upgrade. We love the wood floors, and all the light from the windows. The monthly rent comes in at $2,500 a month. Thoughts? You can see more photos of the pad after the jump.

47-37 45th Street, #5 [Laffey Fine Homes] GMAP

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03/31/15 11:00am

When most New Yorkers think of Murray Hill, they likely think of the area on the east side of Manhattan, just south of the United Nations between 34th and 42nd Street and east of Madison Avenue…and they well might, since its tree-lined streets harbor beautiful brownstones, high rise buildings and townhouses. It is home to prominent professional, political and social clubs, as well as the recently renovated Morgan Library – a must visit for both NYers and visitors alike.

But this week, we’ll talk about the “other” Murray Hill, a neighborhood in Queens so secret that it toils in the shadow of its bustling, ambitious older brother Flushing. Like its namesake in Manhattan, it too is home to aged, eclectic and unusual architecture…but sadly, unlike Manhattan’s Murray Hill, its uniqueness is vanishing as we watch. It’s in Queens, after all.

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The brick-faced neo-Gothic St. John’s Episcopal Church is one of southern Murray Hill’s relics; a parish has been here since the very beginnings of the enclave in the the 1890s. In 1920, this building on Sanford Avenue and 149th Place replaced an earlier church that had burned down. (more…)

03/31/15 10:00am

Michael Perlman holding Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park, March 2015 version 2

Michael Perlman, Forest Hills native, is the founder of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book, just released this year, tells the story of 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables who have shaped its culture, history and society. We chatted with him about his new book, the state of preservation work in Queens, his favorite “legendary local,” and much more.

Read the full interview after the jump. And if you’d like to purchase the book for yourself, you can do so at Arcadia Publishing or Amazon. (more…)