01/26/15 4:00pm


Stay safe and warm tonight, Queens! This afternoon, Mayor de Blasio announced that all schools are closed tomorrow, parks close this evening at 6 pm, and alternate side parking is suspended today, Tuesday and Wednesday. Subways will run on a limited schedule after 7 pm and commuter trains stop at 11 pm. Finally, all non-emergency vehicles have been ordered off the streets after 11 pm tonight. Keep up with the most recent blizzard updates through the Twitter accounts of the Mayor’s Office and NotifyNYC. UPDATE: Subways and other mass transit are closing tonight at 11 pm.

And if you’re on the lookout for a snow day adventure, Rockawayist published a great winter guide to the typically summertime destination. And yes, you can still rent a board and a wetsuit at Boarders Surf Shop in the dead of winter.

Photo via Rockawayist

01/26/15 2:00pm


The landmarked townhouse at 21-14 45th Avenue, once asking $2,550,000, just hit public records for $2,350,000. We featured the property back in August, when there were no photos of the interior. (We’ve scrounged up two, which you can see after the jump.) At the time the listing said to “Bring your architect and vision to create one very special home,” so our guess was that the interior needed serious work. It is also configured into two rental units, so any hopes of a single-family home will take some effort. Still, it’s an impressive sales price for the 3,065-square-foot property.

Did anybody get to check it out in person during the open houses?

Listing of the Day: 21-14 45th Avenue [Q'Stoner] GMAP


01/26/15 1:00pm


I was invited to attend the annual Ridgewood Democratic Club brunch over on Putnam Avenue last Saturday. The event raises funds for the upkeep and renovation of the building which has housed the organization since 1917. I was there last year as well, and my colleague Kevin Walsh offered this post describing the building at Q’Stoner back in 2013. The structure holds a collection of political memorabilia – campaign posters and so on – which is unparalleled in my experience. This year’s brunch had food and beverages provided by Congressman Joseph Crowley‘s office, although the Congressman was unable to attend as he was on a trip to India with President Obama.

Having arrived a bit early, as is my habit, I was treated to a short tour of the second floor which is undergoing renovation. Coming back down the grand stairs, a buzzy crowd and the smell of fresh coffee greeted me.

More after the jump… (more…)

01/26/15 12:00pm


This two-bedroom, two-bathroom co-op at The Towers, one of Jackson Heights’ most popular co-op buildings, is on the market asking $519,000. It’s actually a flip — as Jackson Heights Life pointed out, this apartment was a complete and total wreck not so long ago. (See the before pictures here.) Back then it was asking $279,000, and it looks like it sold for $230,000. We think the buyers did an excellent renovation job, given that they were pretty much working from scratch. It still has that nice historic vibe, with restored oak floors and a fireplace. Now the big question remains: how much will it sell for? Our guess is that these flippers will see a decent profit here.

33-16 81st Street [MPC Properties] GMAP

01/26/15 11:00am


The incarceration rate for white men in the United States was 678 inmates per 100,000 residents in 2010, according to the Bureau of Justice Statistics. Meanwhile, the rate for African American males was 4,347 inmates per 100,000 residents. In other words, African American males were roughly six times as likely to be incarcerated as white males that year.

This is the real world, but what about the reel world? What influence do film and television have on the psyche of African American males and the way they are treated by police, the criminal justice system, and society at large? This Sunday, the Museum of the Moving Image will host a panel discussion featuring prominent African American cultural commentators who will look at the history of how African Americans are represented in film and its consequences. The panelists include: Jelani Cobb, author of The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress and director of the Africana Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut; Mia Mask, a film professor at Vassar College and co-editor of Poitier Revisited: Reconsidering a Black Icon in the Obama Age, Black American Cinema Reconsidered, and Divas on Screen: Black Women in American Film; and Greg Tate, a writer, musician, and producer who worked as a staff writer at The Village Voice and authored Flyboy in the Buttermilk: Essays on Contemporary America and Everything but the Burden. Other participants will be announced as they are confirmed. More details after the jump.


01/26/15 10:00am


If you were wondering what that ambitious development planned for the parking lots along Merrick Boulevard near 168th Street and 90th Avenue in Jamaica was going to look like, here you go. DNAinfo pulled up a rendering of the project, which will include 160,000-square-feet of retail space, a 550-space parking garage and affordable housing. (There still are no details on how many apartment units will be built.) According to DNAinfo, the developer — Blumenfeld Development Group with the help of the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation — is courting an anchor retail store and is in talks with Costco, Burlington Coat Factory, Target, BJ’s Wholesale and some different supermarkets.

Because the project is so big, it will be required to go through a ULURP process. Blumfeld doesn’t expect approvals in place until 2016.

Plan for Massive Retail Complex in Jamaica to Include Affordable Housing [DNAinfo]
Massive Retail and Housing Complex Coming to Jamaica Parking Lots [Q'Stoner]

Rendering by George Arzt Communications

01/26/15 9:00am


We know, we know — it’s getting hard to keep track. But there’s another residential tower coming to Long Island City, this one at 42-06 27th Street between Queens Plaza South and 42nd Road. The Real Deal was the first to spot permits for an 18-story, 110-unit development. There will be 8,645 square feet of commercial space and 81,424 square feet of residential space for 90,069 square feet total. The development also includes a 55-space parking garage.

It’ll be developed by NY Lions Group, who purchased the construction sites for $8,000,000. No rendering yet, but the architect on record is Raymond Chan. NY Lions Groups has worked with Chan before, on this under-construction Broadway development dubbed The Baron.

NY Lions Group to Build 110-Unit Resi Building in LIC [TRD]

Map via PropertyShark

01/26/15 8:30am


City Prepares for Possible Record-Setting Snowstorm [NY1]
New York’s New Rentals: Smaller Apartments, More Perks [NY Times]
Organic Avenue is Getting Squeezed in LIC [Crain's]
Time to Check What’s Happening to the Clock Tower in Queens Plaza [PIX 11]
First Look at 13-Story Mixed-Use Development Near Astoria Cove [Queens Courier]
Residents Urge a Revamped Bruson Building [Queens Chronicle]
Here Are the LaGuardia AirTrain Proposals That Never Made It [DNAinfo]
Mysterious ‘No Irish Water Tax’ Graffiti Pops Up on Flushing Building [DNAinfo]
Brick Building on 5th Street to be Rehabbed [LIC Post]
Early Education & Preschool to Open at 42-09 28th Street [Court Square Blog]


Today the Parks Department announced that it is holding its annual Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award in Long Island City’s Court Square Park. The Clare Weiss Award (named after the former Public Art Curator for the Parks Department) is given to an emerging, NYC-based artist with a compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture. That recipient will be granted $10,000 for the costs of fabrication, insurance, maintenance, installation and removal of the artwork, as well as the restoration of the site. The artist will then install their work in Court Square Park sometime in the fall of 2015, and it’ll be on view for one year.

If you’re an artist interested in applying for the award, go here. The deadline for submissions is March 22nd, 2015.

Photo by the NYC Parks Department

01/23/15 3:00pm


The NYC Compost Project is setting up compost sites in both Ridgewood and Kew Gardens, according to DNAinfo. In March, the initiative will bring pop-up sites to both neighborhoods that will accept fruit and vegetable scraps from residents. Locations will pop up once a week for a few hours, and then the compost will go toward local farms and community gardens. NYC Compost is still trying to decide on actual locations for the scrap drop offs — you can help them decide by filling out this survey.

There are plans for future compost sites in Corona and Pomonok, too. Currently, you can drop off scaps at the Jackson Heights and Forest Hills greenmarkets.

Kew Gardens and Ridgewood to Get Composting Sites [DNAinfo]

Photo via the Compost Collective’s Facebook