09/02/14 4:00pm


Edgemere Farm, a community farm in the Rockaways, just wrapped its first summer season. Rockawayist writes that the Thursday night farm dinners, which ran through the summer, have come to a wrap. But the farm will still be open on Saturdays to pick up fresh produce — right now there is a variety of tomatoes, peppers and herbs. You can check it out for yourself at 385 Beach 45th Street, right off Beach Channel Drive. GMAP

Photos via Rockawayist

09/02/14 3:00pm


It looks like Independent Chemical Corp., which has operated on Cooper Avenue in Glendale for the past 50 years, is closing up shop in the neighborhood. The Daily News reports that the owner of the company told state inspectors from the Department of Environmental Conservation during a July checkup that it is “fully committed to moving” by early next year. At the inspection, there were violations that the company president says have already been taken care of.

Local leaders already asked the Department of Environmental Conservation to check out the site after spotting chemical barrels out in the open at the facility. The company makes chemicals used for personal care, health and pharmaceutical products. It’s located right next to the controversial proposed homeless shelter.

Glendale Chemical Facility Next to Proposed Homeless Shelter Could Move Next Year [NY Daily News]

Photo by Kathy Kmonicek

09/02/14 2:00pm


There’s a petition out for Astoria residents and dog owners asking for “an adequate area to allow their dogs to socialize and exercise off-leash.” The neighborhood doesn’t have a proper dog run, and the petition claims that Bugsy’s Dog Run near Astoria Park is beat up and in bad shape, and that the off-leash hours in Astoria Park (pictured) are inconvenient. (As We Heart Astoria points out, “Astoria dog owners would love to see something like the Hunters Point Dog Park, which is pretty sweet.”)

The petition calls on City Council Member Costa Constantinides and the NYC Department of Parks to take action. There are more than 100 signatures recorded so far, with a goal to reach at least 199.

Create a New Astoria Dog Run [Change.org]

Astoria Park dogs by Mitch Waxman

09/02/14 12:00pm


We are madly in love with this Spanish Colonial home at 82-70 Beverly Road, in Kew Gardens. Just look at this thing! The unique facade boasts a tiled roof, oak doors and the original, restored glass windows. The interior is chock full of historic detail, which is remarkably well kept. Newer renovations brought in perks like heated floors, central AC, a home theater and a new kitchen. There’s even a dumbwaiter from the garage up to the kitchen, as well as “nanny quarters.”

The asking price: $2,388,000. If it sells at ask we’d imagine that’s some kind of record for Kew Gardens. Do you think this property is special enough to get the full price?

82-70 Beverly Road [Terrace Sotheby's] GMAP

09/02/14 11:00am


Zion Church, on Northern Boulevard east of Douglaston Parkway, was first completed in 1830 on plans from Trinity Church architect Richard Upjohn. Wynant Van Zandt, one of Douglaston’s first prominent landowners in the early 1800s, is interred in the family vault beneath the cemetery; Van Zandt had held local services in his home before the church was built. Bloodgood Cutter, the famed landowner/poet who Mark Twain called “The Poet Lariat,” is also buried in the churchyard. In the last century, the church has endured two devastating fires, the worse in 1924. The present building is a faithful representation of the original.



09/02/14 10:00am


A few weeks ago, details and a rendering emerged for a 21-unit, market-rate development at 190-11 Hillside Avenue in Jamaica Estates. It is now under construction, which is expected to wrap in six to seven months. DNAinfo spoke with the developer of TCX Development, who said there will be a penthouse unit with two balconies asking around $2,500 a month. One bedrooms will be priced around $1,600 a month.

The developer is also banking on the neighborhood: “We studied this area for a long time. And we really believe that this is the next area of Queens where a lot of development will come soon,” he told DNAinfo. The developer is planning two other builds in the Jamaica Estates area, near the 179th Street subway station. One development will have 20 units, the other 65.

Manhattan-Style Penthouse With 2 Balconies Coming to Jamaica Estates [DNAinfo]
Check out This Market-Rate Rental Development Planned for Jamaica [Q'Stoner]

09/02/14 9:00am


After a five week closure, the G train is now running again in Long Island City and Brooklyn. Subway service resumed this morning at 5 am. The MTA had to close down the line to make Sandy related repairs — three million gallons of salt water flooded the train tunnel during the storm. The MTA also installed permanent lighting in the tunnel and new signals.

While residents off the line weren’t thrilled when it shuttered in July, many actually found the temporary shuttle service preferable to the actual train.

Photo via Bitch Cakes

09/02/14 8:30am

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On Rockaway Reef, Taking Dinner to Go, on the Point of a Spear [NY Times]
Lawrence Cemetery Gets Funding for Repairs [NY1]
Foundation Work Underway for Fresh Meadows 12-Story Hotel [Queens Courier]
Talk Continues on Reviving Rockaway Beach Rail Line [Queens Chronicle]
Werber Pays $32M for Astoria Commercial Building [The Real Deal]
Here’s Where You Need to Shop in Ridgewood [DNAinfo]
‘Bar Rescue’ Realty Show Draws Hundreds to Sunnyside [Sunnyside Post]
Another Hotel is Coming to 11th Street in Dutch Kills [We Heart LIC]
Queensboro Dance Festival Coming to Court Square [Court Square Blog]
Forest Hills Greenmarket Frequent Shopper Program Launches Sept. 7th [Edge of the City]
Subway Mystery: Who Turned The G Train Into The Pee Train? [Gothamist]