09/18/14 4:00pm


Mark your calendars! Forgotten New York mastermind and Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh is heading to the Mid-Manhattan Library next Tuesday, September 23rd to talk about Queens. He will present an illustrated lecture based on images from his book Forgotten Queens; there will also be copies of the book for sale. The lecture itself is free, and lasts from 6:30 to 8 pm. All the details live here.

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09/18/14 3:00pm

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The sale of a factory at 45-35 11th Street, which spans the full block between 46th Avenue and 45th Road, just hit public records. A Long Island City-based buyer picked up the 12,000-square-foot parcel for $7,000,000. The lot is zoned for both manufacturing and residential use — meaning a residential build is highly likely, given the proximity to the trains, Vernon Boulevard, PS 1, etc. A building about three times larger than the factory on site is allowable through zoning.

There are no Department of Building applications or permits to indicate any change here yet. We’ll keep an eye out; something tells us this is going to be a big development to come… GMAP

09/18/14 2:00pm


Over the weekend, The Brass Owl opened at 36-19 Ditmars Boulevard in Astoria. The boutique is selling shoes, accessories and gifts — as the owner told us, “A hip and eclectic curation of name brands, local NYC designers, and trendy gifts, some of which are not available anywhere in the five boroughs.” (Check out some of the items available at The Brass Owl Facebook page.)

The store owner, Nicole Panettieri, is an Astoria resident who has worked in retail and style for the past 13 years. She plans to keep the space open Tuesday to Thursday 11 am to 8 pm, Friday and Saturday 11 am to 9 pm, and Sunday noon to 6 pm. Nice addition to the nabe.

The Brass Owl Boutique Is Opening in Astoria [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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09/18/14 1:00pm


Just another day at the office! In the above photo, a professional stuntman performs a “high fall” from a scissors lift near Kaufman Astoria Studios. Usually these daredevils do this kind of stuff for a living, but on Sunday, they’ll take risks solely for the public’s enrichment during New York on Location, a celebration of film production in the Big Apple. Presented by the Museum of the Moving Image, Theatrical Teamsters Local 817, and Kaufman Astoria Studios, this family-friendly, outdoor street fair will offer attendees the rare opportunity to explore more than 20 movie trailers and trucks and chat with movie professionals about what they do on set. Some trucks will feature star dressing rooms, while others will contain props, cameras, wardrobes, and special effects. More details and another image on jump page.


09/18/14 12:00pm


We quite like the co-ops we find in Kew Gardens — there’s mostly good stock, and units tend to be affordable. This two bedroom, at the Hampton Court building, is no exception. It’s large, at 1,050 square feet, and priced at $269,800. Nothing particularly fancy about this unit, but it has good bones and looks well kept. The complex is also located right along Forest Park. A nice starter apartment, indeed. Like it?

117-01 Park Lane South [Landmarc Group] GMAP

09/18/14 11:00am


The Doherty monument in First Calvary is one beautiful bit of carving, in my opinion.

Art school faculty, turtlenecked and smoking french cigarettes, would probably describe the thing as “Sophia, goddess of wisdom – in the form of a christian angel, sitting within a Roman structure, crowned by a cross – representing an agglutination of civilized democratic-christian progress advancing since the time of the Greeks and the Roman Republic which ultimately and inevitably (and logically) manifested as The United States. The angel casts her eye skyward, vigilant, with sword in hand. A pacific and expectant expression suggests the nearness of the second coming and resurrection of the dead.”

Such imperious and hyperbolic thinking was very much in vogue in the years between 1900 and the first World War.

More after the jump… (more…)

09/18/14 10:00am


Queens has caught the participatory budgeting bug. DNAinfo reports that the latest district to welcome the community budgeting forum is District 21 under City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras — Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and LeFrak City. This fall, residents of those neighborhoods will get the chance to propose how to spend $1,000,000 within the district. Residents commonly fund school improvements, street safety measures, park renovations and more.

There are three neighborhood assemblies scheduled to kick the process off. The first is happening on September 25th, 6:30 pm at Elmcor, 98-19 Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst. On October 1st, there’s another 6:30 pm meeting at Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 38-05 98th Street in Corona. Finally, a 6:30 pm meeting on October 2nd at Sherwood Village Community Room, 55-25 98th Place, Corona. All of the meetings will have Spanish translators present.

All Participatory Budgeting coverage [Q'Stoner]

09/18/14 9:00am


One of Queens’ weirder construction projects is set to take off soon. Queens Courier writes that the investment firm Racebrook plans to begin construction on “The Ark at JFK,” the world’s first animal terminal, in the next few months. Racebrook calls the Ark “a comprehensive multi-purpose animal handling and air cargo facility at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport… for import and export of horses, pets, birds, exotic/zoo animals and livestock.” According to the Courier, the $48,000,000, 178,000-square-foot space is expected to handle 70,000 domestic and wild animals annually. There will also be veterinary services.

The Ark will occupy the vacant Building 78 at JFK Airport, spanning 14.4 acres. It should wrap construction in early 2016, and is expected to generate $138,000,000 in rent for the Port Authority over the 20-year lease. Check out one more rendering after the jump…

Update: Construction on JFK Animal Handling Center to Begin in Coming Months [Queens Courier]

Renderings via ARK Development, LLC (more…)

09/18/14 8:30am


Renovations Taking a Little Longer for Riders at Two Queens Stations [NY1]
Astoria Cove Developers Pay $43.5 Million for Remaining Land [Queens Courier]
You Can Vote on How to Spend $1 Million in Corona [DNAinfo]
Permits Filed: Long Island City Hotel, 28-27 Thomson Avenue [New York YIMBY]
Permits Filed: Linden & Latimer Place Apartments, Flushing [New York YIMBY]
Stunning Photos Of Humpback Whale Off Rockaway [Gothamist]
Community Board 1 Turned off by Racks’ Proposal for Topless Bar [Astoria Post]
The Indonesian Food Bazaar is Back! [We Heart Astoria]

09/17/14 4:00pm


This Monday, the House of Representatives approved legislation to have the National Park Service study the John Bowne House and Old Quaker Meeting House in Flushing for possible incorporation as National Park Service sites. Representative Grace Meng introduced the bill earlier this year. The Daily News spoke with Meng, who said the sites are important because they are connected to the Flushing Remonstrance, a document signed in 1657 by English citizens declaring the need for religious freedom. “Not only would the two facilities become more well-known, but the sites would stand to receive many more visitors each year,” she told the News. “And more tourism translates into more dollars for the Queens economy.”

The John Bowne House dates back to 1661 and is one of the oldest homes in New York City and State. Considered the best preserved example of Anglo-Dutch vernacular architecture in the country, it became a museum in 1947.

Bill to Put Flushing’s Own Bowne House and Quaker Meeting House into the National Spotlight Takes Another Step in Congress [NY Daily News]
Flushing’s John Bowne House Being Considered as a National Park Site [Q'Stoner]

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