Tonight, the ‘Roosevelt Avenue Urbanites’ exhibit will be on display at the Falchi Building in Long Island City. The event takes on the controversial Roosevelt Avenue BID, proposed by the 82nd Street Partnership for a stretch of Jackson Heights and Corona. The Daily News writes that the exhibit includes eight projects envisioning the future of that 20-block stretch by students from Parsons New School for Design and three Italian universities. According to the News, “Projects include an oral history and social map of the area, a look at the potential for small business collaboration that would mimic a BID, and an exploration of the area’s unused open spaces.”

You can check out the ‘Roosevelt Avenue Urbanites’ exhibit tonight from 7 to 10 pm at the Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Avenue.

Urban Design Exhibition Tackles Controversial Queens BID [NY Daily News]

01/28/15 3:00pm


Today the paper of record profiled Corona, one of the largest Latin American immigrant communities in the borough, for its “Living In” column. City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras tell the Times that over-development is a challenge in this area, with two-family homes replaced with multifamily developments. Her concern is of less parking, more traffic, and strained community services. But the neighborhood, once heavily Italian American, remains a stronghold for Latin food and culture.

As for real estate, demand for housing here is going up, and so are prices. Two-family homes roughly range from $700,000 to $800,000, with larger condos and co-ops starting in the mid-$300,000s. Buildings with three or more units can range anywhere up to $1,500,000. As for available rentals, prices range from $1,250 for a studio up to $2,395 for a three bedroom in LeFrak City.

Corona, Queens, Affordable, With Latin Flavor [NY Times]

01/28/15 2:00pm


The upscale French-Canadian restaurant inside of MoMA PS1, M. Wells Dinette, may be going casual. The food blog Eater heard a rumor that the menu, which now includes items like tartare, bone marrow, escargot and foie gras, will be redesigned to focus on sandwiches and other affordable bites. Eater thinks this makes a lot of sense, given that Dinette is only open Thursdays through Monday from noon to 6 pm, but they haven’t got confirmation from the M. Wells folks yet. Meanwhile, there’s always the M. Wells Steakhouse to gorge on an elaborate meal by the popular chef Hugue Dufour.

Is M. Wells Dinette Abandoning Haute Quebecoise Food for Sandwiches? [Eater]

Photo via M. Well’s Facebook

01/28/15 1:00pm


Two writers with intimate knowledge of Queens will participate in separate, upcoming enrichment events at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. On Saturday, Adrienne Onofri, who just published the guidebook Walking Queens, will lead a roundtable discussion on two of the borough’s hottest neighborhoods, Astoria and Long Island City. This licensed NYC tour guide, who also writes about theater for the Broadway World blog, will then sell and sign copies of her new book, which describes 30 routes to discover Queens on foot.

On Monday, Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh, a historian who also runs the Forgotten NY blog, will take attendees on an indoor tour of classic New York City storefront signs — with the help of slides. They come in all shapes and sizes and contain words in countless colors and fonts. Plus, some storefront signs have wacky and/or fascinating stories.

Saturday details: Discussion on Hot Neighborhoods and Book Signing, Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Astoria/Long Island City, January 31st, 1 pm, free.

Monday details: Kevin Walsh on Storefronts, GAHS, February 2nd, 7 pm, $5.
Photo: Kevin Walsh
01/28/15 12:30pm

Let’s dance, or better yet, vamos a bailar. The borough hosts upcoming chances to experience or learn tango, salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha. There are also some interesting panel discussions on everything from the history of storefront signs to media depictions of African Americans as well as live music and inspiring art activities. Here’s the rundown, broken down into dance, education, arts and music events.


01/28/15 12:00pm


How much to rent a two bedroom/two bathroom in a new development of Astoria? This one, at 27-18 Hoyt Avenue South (aka Hoyt Plaza), is asking $3,400 a month. The apartment doesn’t look particularly big, with a narrow, open kitchen and living room. There’s only a photo of one of the bedrooms, and the listing also mentions there’s a private terrace (also not pictured). What you’ll get here are shiny new appliances and perks like a dishwasher, on-site laundry room, and building gym. What do you think?

27-18 Hoyt Avenue South, #3A [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

01/28/15 11:00am

Bulova Center, 1

My friend, preservationist Frampton Tolbert, has a new website, called Queens Modern. If you love mid-20th century Queens architecture, you will be a happy camper. You can wander around dozens of mid-century buildings here, finding all kinds of goodies. Frampton is a meticulous researcher, and the site contains building profiles, architect profiles, maps and a searchable database. The buildings that he has chosen were highlighted for mention and praise by the Queens Chamber of Commerce. Between 1948 and 1970, the Queens Chamber of Commerce Building Awards were bestowed on almost 400 buildings of all types throughout the borough. The site will eventually have all of them, and more on file, but is launching with almost 150 entries.

The mission of the site is to highlight and document the wealth of modern architecture that was built in Queens in the post-World War II era. American architecture was influenced by many things during this period, including modern “space age” shapes, building technologies and materials. As time has passed, many of these buildings are in danger of being destroyed or altered. The site seeks to showcase the best of them, and document as much as possible, an era that is now officially considered “old.”

Today, many of the architects, designers and their creations are experiencing a comeback in popularity, especially in furniture and the decorative arts. As I look through the site and in my own research for columns for Brownstoner Queens, I am often quite amazed at how truly modern some of the buildings are, even today. Interestingly, they appear at the furthest end of the time spectrum we are dealing with. Many of these buildings have stood the test of time much better than newer examples. (more…)

01/28/15 10:00am


Over at 42-12 28th Street, there’s nowhere to go but up — 596 feet up. The Court Square Blog spotted the beginnings of construction at the LIC development site, where a 58-story, 477-unit tower will rise. This will be the tallest residential building for the borough of Queens, coming in just 12 feet shy of the Citigroup Building.

The developer, Heatherwood Communities, plans to wrap on this project June of 2017. When it’s done, the building will include ground-floor retail, storage, bike storage, parking, a pool, gym and roof terraces. Check out an exterior rendering of the tower after the jump.

42-12 28th Street Begins to Rise [CSB]
All 42-12 28th Street coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by the Court Square Blog

01/28/15 9:00am


Crain’s released this rendering of the largest residential project now underway in Ridgewood, at 16-14 and 16-26 Madison Street between Myrtle and Wyckoff avenues. The developer Essex Capital purchased the warehouse site last September for $4,700,000 and filed building permits in January. Construction is now underway and should last until the summer of 2016.

The seven-story building will hold 90 units (mostly one and two bedrooms), as well as “a WeWork-style business center” for renters who work from home — as Crain’s points out, this amenity is “largely associated with trendy neighborhoods like Williamsburg.” The developer told Crain’s, “We view Ridgewood as having an separate identity and a separate desirability from whatever places like Bushwick are offering,” but it’s pretty clear this building will try to target younger residents who might otherwise reside in Bushwick.

Work begins on Ridgewood, Queens’ Biggest Project [Crain's]
All 16-14 Madison Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Rendering via Essex Capital