10/22/14 3:00pm


The demolition saga goes on at the former 5Pointz warehouse. The Court Square Blog spotted scaffolding up around the buildings on Jackson Avenue, which means those structures are soon to go. Demolition began in the rear and the middle of the site — work mostly wrapped there earlier this month. It looks like the actual warehouse and the Jackson Avenue buildings will fall next.

Demolition is expected to wrap this month. Then work should promptly start on erecting two 47- and 41-story apartments towers, with a total of 1,000 units.

Scaffolding up on Jackson Avenue Side of Former 5Pointz Building [Court Square Blog]
All 5Pointz coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by the Court Square Blog

10/22/14 2:00pm


Frank’s Pharmacy already reopened in Jackson Heights after a devastating fire caused the longtime business to relocate, but this Saturday will be the grand opening celebration. The Queens Gazette shares that a ceremony will take place from 12:30 pm to 1 pm; it’ll include a ribbon-cutting by owner Frank Buonagurio and speeches from state Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Daniel Dromm. (According to the Chronicle, the pols will officially designate October 25th as “Frank’s Pharmacy Day”.)

The whole event will last from noon to 3 pm at the pharmacy’s new location, 77-01 37th Avenue on the corner of 77th Street. There will be refreshments and treats, as well as raffle prizes for both adults and children. Frank has operated the pharmacy for 23 years, and considered retiring after the fire. Instead, he made plans to relocate to this location early this summer.

Frank’s Pharmacy To Hold Grand Reopening Celebration [Queens Chronicle]
All Frank’s Pharmacy coverage [Q'Stoner]

10/22/14 1:00pm


Take me out to the Fall Fest. Take me out to Paint Nite. Don’t expect peanuts and crackerjack, but Citi Field is ready to rock during two upcoming events. On October 26th, the Mets home stadium’s field level concourse will host four hours of trick-or-treating, photo opportunities with Mr. and Mrs. Met, costume contests, pumpkin-carving, apple-dipping, and a mini Oktoberfest. Plus, the Mets and City Harvest will organize a food drive, and those who donate at least 10 items of nonperishable food will get a voucher for a pair of tickets to a game in April 2015. (Donors get 15 percent discounts on select, on-site merchandise too.)

On November 6th, the Flushing Nine and Metropolitan Hospitality will host the first ever Paint Nite at the ballpark. Each participant will take an art class and paint Citi Field on a 16” x 20” canvas to take home. More information on jump page.


10/22/14 12:30pm

Halloween-inspired fright fests mix with presentations by Johnny Mathis, George Clinton, former NYC Comptroller Alan Hevesi, and Bollywood star Nandita Das. There’s also a plethora of live jazz and pumpkins and a premiere celebration of National Chemistry Day. Here’s the rundown, broken down into comedy, education, music arts, outdoor and fall events.


10/22/14 12:00pm


This attached Tudor townhouse at 67-97 Clyde Street, in Forest Hills, is priced at $855,000. It’s a quirky, historic exterior with a nice front garden, and the interior is completely modernized. Recessed lighting, new fixtures, and what looks to be a stone wall in one of the bathrooms. There’s a patio backyard with a one-car garage. Considering this isn’t a large property, it’s a significant ask. What do you think it’ll get?

67-97 Clyde Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

10/22/14 11:00am

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We love our mobsters and bad boys in this society. Sure, we may hate their crimes, the murders and the violence, but as over a hundred years of American fascination with mobsters shows; we are fascinated with them. Newspaper stories, pulp magazines, novels, radio shows, began the trend. Then countless movies and television shows, and finally video games all point to the continuing love of the mythology and methodology of organized crime. I’m sure studies have been done to explain this phenomenon. Maybe it’s the entrepreneurial spirit, maybe it was the daring of it all, but more than likely, it had a lot to do with fantasies about taking what you want, doing it with a band of brothers, and having a code of honor, not to mention all those guys with funny nicknames. You couldn’t be a real mobster without a funny nickname. (more…)

10/22/14 10:00am


Remember when our own Mitch Waxman found a missing piece of the Queensboro Bridge? What followed was a two-and-a-half-year campaign to move the newly-discovered, 6,000 pound lamppost base to Roosevelt Island. It is now on display at the Roosevelt Island Historical Society Kiosk. The Historical Society told the Roosevelt Islander Blog, “A reunion of sorts, the lamp base at one time stood behind the kiosk when it too was stationed at the Manhattan side of the Ed Koch Queensboro Bridge. (The kiosk served as one of five trolley stations commuters entered to board trolleys traveling over the bridge.)”

Here’s more from the Historical Society President Judy Berdy: “On October 14th the finishing touches were placed on the lamp base. The decorative ornamentations have been replaced the the base. The foundation received a coating of stucco. The missing borough plaques will soon be replaced on the four sides (Manhattan, Brooklyn, Bronx and Queens). There will be a formal ceremony celebrating the placement in November. Arnold Apria of Cornerstone Conservation and his crew are very talented and their work is very impressive.” Indeed, it looks greatly improved since it was spotted by Mitch back in 2011 — check out a picture of the installed lamp base after the jump. And stay tuned for coverage of the ceremony happening in November.

Lost Then Found 1909 Queensboro Bridge Lamppost Finds New Permanent Home At The Roosevelt Island Historical Society Visitors Kiosk [Roosevelt Islander]

Photo by Francine Lange (more…)

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]