This upcoming Monday, December 9th, Senator Gianaris, Assemblywoman Simotas, local leaders, parents and students will hold a rally to fight the train noise disturbing PS 85. The school is located along 31st Avenue and the passing N/Q subway line consistently disrupts classes. The rally will ask the MTA and and the Department of Education to address these noise problems. It will be held right outside PS 85, 23-70 31st Street, at 9 am.
The Department of Buildings just issued permits to construct an eight-story building at 41-45 21st Street, between Queens Plaza North and 41st Avenue. According the building applications, it’ll be a storage facility with 162,572 square feet. Information regarding the building owner leads us to believe it’ll be a Storage Deluxe. Those storage sites are known for bright orange, blue and gray facades. GMAP
Fatty’s Cafe, which has lived for ten years on Ditmars and Crescent, is making moves. We Heart Astoria notes that Fatty’s will move to 45-17 28th Avenue, the former Stove restaurant space, while the old Fatty’s Cafe space will become a pharmacy. The new location will have a total of 1,600 square feet as well as a backyard. The Fatty’s crew promises it’ll be “bigger and FATTER than ever!” The old location will close in late December, the 28th Avenue location is slated to debut this January.
He’s the mesmerizing master of the marimba. Makoto Nakura‘s artistry, virtuosity and showmanship enlighten and entertain audiences at the same time. On Saturday, the Japanese percussionist will offer a concert in his adopted hometown, Forest Hills, thanks to Musica Reginae. The program includes Nakura’s own transcriptions of Bach’s Solo Partita in E major and Saint-Saëns’ Introduction and Rondo Capriccioso; the pyrotechnic display of Paganini’s Caprice no. 24 and Stravinsky’s Three Movements from Petrushka, and more recent works by Japanese composers Toshi Ichiyanagi and Toshio Mashima. Plus, he will be accompanied by violinist Jesse Mills and pianist Barbara Podgurski from the Oratorio Society of Queens.
Details: Making Music with the Marimba, The Church-in-the-Gardens, 50 Ascan Avenue, Forest Hills, December 7th, 7:30 pm. $20 adults/$15 seniors/$10 students/free children under 12.
In late November, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to build a visitor center at the historic Bowne House property. The proposal includes a new 1,250-square-foot building, which will hold a gallery, lobby, two restrooms and an office, altered pathways and new fencing. We got our hands on the approved LPC proposal, which includes details on the site plan, the layout of the visitor center, and the materials that will be used. See all the images after the jump…
The New York Times published a nice piece on Rufino Garcia, a delivery truck driver based at the 5Pointz warehouse. Garcia hated graffiti, constantly painting over any that popped up on his truck, until 5Pointz curator Jonathan Cohen (aka Meres One) painted his signature lightbulbs on the truck. Says the Times, “The truck has not been touched since, Mr. Garcia said; graffiti taggers tell him they are kept at bay by the reverence they feel for Meres One.” After the infamous whitewashing, the vehicle is now held up as a 5Pointz remnant — people stop to take pictures and ask to paint the blank roll-down gate in the back of the truck. Garcia took, as the Times states, “the unexpected role of an accidental apostle of the art form he once reviled.”
Crain’s reports big news for the shores of Long Island City: The city tapped TF Cornerstone and the nonprofit Selfhelp Community Services to develop the second phase of Hunter’s Point South. According to the HPD, this is the last and largest development pushed by the outgoing Bloomberg administration. TF Cornerstone will build two towers, 36 and 41 stories, with 1,193 apartments. 400 of them will be market rate, the rest will be affordable for moderate-income families. 100 units will be reserved for low-income seniors. The buildings will feature rooftop gardens, decks, and a children’s playroom. There will be roughly 20,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space with room for a prekindergarten, medical facility, restaurants and a rock climbing gym (doesn’t LIC already have one of those?). The architects of the second phase is the Office for Design and Architecture.
There are already two buildings under construction, with 925 affordable units, for the Hunter’s Point project. The waterfront park and the school are already open. The development spans a total of seven parcels — the second phase will take up three of them — and the de Blasio administration will be in charge of developing what’s left.
UPDATE: Tons of renderings from ODA right after the jump!
The Queens County Market is hosting a pie bake-off this Sunday and donating all the proceeds to Oxfam America, for relief and re-building efforts to Typhoon Haiyan. Tickets cost $12 to sample pies and vote for your favorite. Besides featuring local bakers, the bake-off will have pies from Singlecut Beer, Queens Kickshaw, Edible Queens and the Queens County Market. To register to compete, or to buy a ticket — go here.