10/22/14 9:00am


The Criterion Group just paid $57,000,000 for the large parcel at 11-12 30th Drive, bordered by Vernon Boulevard, 30th Drive, 31st Avenue and 12th Street. The property, a former plastics factory now occupied by a grocery wholesaler, hit the market in August for $60,000,000. Crain’s reports that “the property can accommodate residential buildings of up to 10 stories, and totaling 460,000 square feet, if a component of affordable housing is included.” The Criterion Group has not announced plans for what it has in store.

The location is directly north of Socrates Sculpture Park and directly south of Hallets Cove, where the Astoria Cove and Hallets Point developments are both in the works.

Wholesale Grocery Site in Astoria Fetches $57M [Crain's]
Astoria Waterfront Parcel Hits the Market for $60 Million [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

10/22/14 8:30am


Pols Want Proposed Bus Rapid Transit Route Extended to Far Rockaways [NY Daily News]
Rockaway Residents Return to Homes for First Time Since Sandy [NY1]
Broadway in Elmhurst Gets Additional Trash Pickups [DNAinfo]
Communitea Is Closing [We Heart LIC]
6-Story Mixed Use Building Proposed for 24th Avenue and 32nd Street [We Heart Astoria]
Scaffolding up on Jackson Avenue Side of Former 5Pointz Building [Court Square Blog]
37th Road Jackson Heights Diversity Plaza Visioning Session [Jeffrey Tastes]

10/21/14 4:00pm


This Saturday, October 25th, the New York Transit Museum is hosting a spooky Halloween ride to Woodlawn Cemetery in subway cars dating back to World War One. (The cars, in particular, are Interborough Rapid Transit (IRT) low voltage cars built between 1916 and 1925.) The ride takes off at 4 pm and will bring visitors to Woodlawn just in time for dinner. Riders are encouraged to pack a dinner to eat at the cemetery, and then there will be an evening walking tour that highlights the unsolved mysteries of some of Woodlawn’s infamous residents. Once the tour concludes, riders will head back on the vintage train; the trip concludes at 10 pm.

The cost of the event is $50 for adults and $25 for children. You can purchase tickets here.

Photo by James Giovan, Courtesy of New York Transit Museum

10/21/14 3:00pm


Developers GDC Properties just snatched up the warehouse at 11-22 45th Road, between 11th and 21st Streets, for the impressive sum of $37,000,000. It’s a one-story, 33,660-square-foot warehouse that is not long for this world. The Real Deal spotted an approved DOB application for demolition here, but so far no hints as to what the factory will be replaced with. According to TRD, there’s as much as 114,000 buildable square feet.

GDC Properties is based in Westchester, but converted this Dumbo factory into a rental a few years back.

Development Site Sells for $37M in Latest Long Island City Deal [TRD] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

10/21/14 1:00pm


Be scared. Be really, really scared. The Museum of the Moving Image doubles down on dismay with See It Big!Horror and the Korean Horror Picture Show on its oversize screens. Six Hollywood classics – The Exorcist; Nosferatu; The Phantom of the Opera; The Bride of Frankenstein; Night of the Living Dead; and Poltergeist – screen in late October.  Meanwhile, the recent resurgence of the Korean horror genre will be on display with Killer Toon, I Saw the DevilLady Vengeance, Epitaph, Sympathy for Mr. Vengeance, and A Tale of Two SistersA full schedule and descriptions of the movies are on the jump page. 


10/21/14 12:00pm


We really like this two bedroom co-op at 34-43 82nd Street, in Jackson Heights. First of all, it looks huge. There’s both a formal dining room and living room, with a galley kitchen. And it’s just lovely, with wood floors, wide entryways and large windows. The asking price ain’t nothing, at $449,000. What price do you think a unit like this will command?

34-43 82nd Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

10/21/14 11:00am


My interest in subway mosaics has been re-fired again, as it is every few years. I have a new admiration for the intricate mosaics that were assembled on station walls and signage in the subways between about 1914 and 1928 (after the initial Beaux Arts terra cotta and mosaics done in original IRT stations from 1904 to 1914.

Station appointments and signage from 1908 to the 1930s were developed by architect/artist Squire J. Vickers, who adjusted his approach over time from the florid Beaux-Arts period through a more mundane period in which subway tiling was more direct and informational, through the even more streamlined Moderne stations built for the Independent Subway from 1932 to 1948.

Two underground stations in western Queens (Vernon-Jackson and Hunter’s Point), belonging to the IRT Flushing Line, have acquired more importance in recent years as the surrounding area becomes more built-up. A third station, Court Square, is the site of a recent major transfer construction as the #7 train was united with the IND G, E and M stations.

Both Vernon-Jackson and Hunter’s Point, however, have remained almost unchanged in aspect since 1916, when the stations opened. Most original mosaic tiling is still in place and most exit/entrances are still open. Both stations can be considered living history.


10/21/14 10:00am


Yesterday, Governor Cuomo and Vice President Joe Biden announced both improvements and an upcoming design competition for JFK and LaGuardia Airports — as you may recall, Biden caught some heat for once referring to LaGuardia as a “third world country.” There don’t seem to be many details of actual improvements in place at either airport, although Cuomo previously proposed that the state fund the $3.6 billion renovation of LaGuardia’s main terminal. (Here’s a potential design for a better LaGuardia by the Global Gateway Alliance.) It’s also unclear what’ll happen to the winning designs selected through the contest.

This design competition is expected to begin in 30 days, according to the Times Ledger. Applications will have 60 days to submit a proposal and the finalists will win $5,000.

Biden, Cuomo Announce Airport Modernization in Queens [Times Ledger]

Photo via Andrew Cuomo’s Twitter

10/21/14 9:00am


The NYC HPD announced that one of the Mitchell-Lama towers in Woodside opened up its waiting list for two- and three-bedroom co-op apartments. The exact address of the housing is not listed, but our guess is that it’s part of the Big Six complex — read more about the successful, desirable housing complex right here. Under Mitchell-Lama, the city regulates prices for moderate- and middle-income apartment units. Prices for two bedrooms at this particular development range from $36,467 to $40,519. Three bedrooms are priced between $48,721 and $52,781. (No, those numbers aren’t typos. Sigh.)

The city will only select 1000 applicants to be entered in the lottery for two-bedroom apartments, and 500 applicants for the three-bedroom apartments. There are income restrictions in place — view the full list of guidelines and details here [PDF]. Applications are due in the mail by October 31st, 2014.

Photo by Mitch Waxman