Tonight, our very own Kevin Walsh (also Forgotten New York author) and the Greater Astoria Historical Society are hosting a book premiere for Forgotten Queens, a chronicling of New York’s largest borough between the years of 1920 and 1950. The book, officially released yesterday, will be for sale at the party. The event is also the Greater Astoria Historical Society’s annual Christmas party. It’ll last from 7pm to 8:30pm this evening, all the details live here. And if you can’t make it tonight, you can still buy the book here.
A construction fence is up at 30-40 21st Street, right on the corner of 30th Road in Astoria. Here is what’s to come: a seven-story, 62-unit build with 42,499 square feet of residential space. The project architect is TKA Studio. The DOB has not yet issued new building permits, only permits to demolish the warehouse previously on site. After the jump, take a peek inside the construction fence — the warehouse is long gone. GMAP(more…)
It’s been a long time coming for the Famous Famiglia inside the Roosevelt Avenue subway station, but the pizza chain finally opened today. DNAinfo reports that the joint celebrated its grand opening at 11am and will donate the day’s profits to Elmhurst Hospital’s “Helping Kids Heal” fund. The MTA selected Famous Famiglia to operate out of this location, which had previously been vacant, way back in 2011. Construction started up in 2012 and the MTA didn’t approve the restaurant’s final designs until this summer. The pizza chain signed a 20-year lease on the space.
New York native Rabbi Marc Schneier (above left) grew up in a Jewish community wary of outsiders. The scion of a distinguished rabbinical dynasty, his passion for Israel made him suspicious of Islam. Imam Shamsi Ali (above right) grew up in a small farming village in Indonesia and attended Muslim schools in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia, where he was taught that Jews intended to destroy Islam and its practitioners. In the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Rabbi Schneier, who founded the Hampton Synagogue, forged an unlikely friendship with Imam Ali, the spiritual leader of the Jamaica Muslim Center, the city’s largest Islamic center. They became close friends, passionate advocates for mutual understanding between their religions and even authors. This Sunday at the Forest Hills Jewish Center, Rabbi Schneier and Imam Ali will discuss their book, Sons of Abraham, and confront their differences, while also looking for the values that unite them. They will talk about the legitimacy of Israel and Palestinian, the idea of the chosen people and the meaning of jihad and shari’a. They don’t always see eye to eye, but when they disagree, they don’t become disagreeable.
This one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental comes from a Jackson Heights home at 32-56 76th Street. Since it is on the top floor, you’ve got plenty of angled ceiling details. Otherwise it looks like a straightforward one bedroom, asking $1,500 a month. The price seems high to us considering it’s a ways away from the main Jackson Heights drag and subway stations. What do you think?
The shot above is quite modern, captured a few days after Hurricane Sandy on November 4th of 2012, which is the reason why there is no traffic visible. It depicts the “Queens Midtown Highway” section of the Long Island Expressway. The highway was opened in 1939, along with the Midtown Tunnel, and it changed Long Island City forever. The point of view is found on Greenpoint Avenue, by the way.
The parcel at 37-21 32nd Street, between 37th and 38th avenues in Astoria, sold to a Queens-based developer for $8,125,000. According to PropertyShark, the lot has a total of 20,500 square feet and frontage on both 33rd and 32nd Streets. It’s zoned M1-2/R6A/LIC so a residential development is definitely possible here. The current warehouse on site is also only built up to a FAR of .88 — the maximum allowed FAR is 3. Not many details on the developer, who picked up the parcel under the name “Shangra-La Astoria Inc.” If you have any clue what’s happening to this site, send details through the tipline… GMAP
There was lots of news over the weekend about major clothing retailers looking to settle down in Queens. First, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nordstrom Rack is close to signing a lease at the SkyView Center (pictured) in Flushing. There are no more details on the potential lease, although this would be the first Nordstrom location for Queens. As the Wall Street Journal points out, a Nordstrom Rack would be yet another product of “rising real-estate prices, a surge in development and growing demand for retail space by national chains” in Flushing.
And DNAinfo reports that H&M is eyeing a vacant building at 160-08 Jamaica Avenue, in Jamaica. Jason Laboz of United American Land owns and is renovating the building. He said, “We are talking to a bunch of tenants. I can just say that we built the building for H&M on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn. Let’s see what happens here.” The company also purchased two buildings next door with plans to build out 150,000 square feet and five floors of retail space.
This upcoming Monday, December 9th, Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas, local leaders, parents and students will hold a rally to fight the train noise disturbing PS 85. The school is located along 31st Avenue and the passing N/Q subway line consistently disrupts classes. The rally will ask the MTA and and the Department of Education to address these noise problems. It will be held right outside PS 85, 23-70 31st Street, at 9 am.