10/30/14 4:00pm


Tonight, Council Member Van Bramer is holding his third neighborhood assembly to discuss Participatory Budgeting in the 26th District. The meeting is for all residents of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside who have ideas on how $1,000,000 of taxpayer money should be spent within the district. Over the next several months, community members are invited to develop ideas, vote and finally decide how to allocate the funds toward capital improvements.

If you’re interested in attending, the meeting is tonight, 7 pm, at the PS/IS 78 Middle School Cafeteria, 46-08 5th Street.

10/30/14 3:00pm

41-25 23RD STREET

41-25 23rd Street, the dinky three-family property pictured above, just hit public records for $1,875,000. Yes, $1.875M. The reason? For one, it’s located right off of Queens Plaza North and the Queensboro Plaza subway station. And according to PropertyShark, zoning allows for a building five times the current size. The new owners have not filed any permits with the Department of Building yet, but this modest house will probably get torn down in no time. GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

10/30/14 1:50pm


Sponsored By Long Island City Partnership.

Join LIC Partnership on November 13 for its Annual Business to Business Trade Show and Luncheon at Astoria World Manor.

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On Thursday, November 13, the Long Island City Partnership is hosting its 27th Annual Trade Show and Luncheon. The event, which will highlight the neighborhood’s exceptional economic growth over the past year, as well as its diverse mixed-use business landscape, is bringing over 100 exhibitors and thousands of attendees together. It’s an opportunity to network and celebrate the wide range of Long Island City businesses, which covers everything from construction, catering, commercial banking, leasing to cultural institutions, city and state business assistance, and continuing education. (more…)

10/30/14 1:00pm


Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.


10/30/14 12:00pm


What a beauty in Douglaston! This historic Colonial is actually nestled in the woods, and looks like it belongs somewhere in Massachusetts, not New York City. The interior, which holds four bedrooms and three bathrooms, is very nice, with a renovated kitchen and a sauna in the master bath. There’s also a large deck that looks out onto the backyard, although the listing doesn’t provide a photo. For some New England living in Queens, $999,888.

335 Forest Road [Bryce REA Assoc.] GMAP

10/30/14 11:00am


Two interesting stories concerning Astoria popped up in the news this morning. The first, an article by Queens Courier on the new development at 14-07 Broadway, called The Baron. The developers released the above rendering, designed by Raymond Chan, and the finished product will be a 73,500-square-foot, 77-unit condo development. The one-, two- and three-bedroom units will be sized around 600, 1,000 and 1,550 square feet, and each one will come with a terrace. Amenities include a garden, roof terrace, kid’s play area, gym and bicycle racks. No word on pricing yet, but the building should be ready for occupancy around the spring of 2016.

Next, the New York Times highlighted Ditmars, where a wave of younger residents are moving in to rent and young families (attracted to Public School 122) are looking to buy. Two-family homes in the area now sell for as much as $900,000 to $1,000,000, with rentals averaging at $1,600 to $1,800 a month for a one bedroom, $2,000 to $2,500 for a two bedroom and $3,000 for a three bedroom. As a longtime resident told the Times, “A lot of the young people who don’t want to live in the city and pay high prices are coming in here. It’s like what happened to Williamsburg.”

Glassy 77-Unit Astoria Condominium Revealed, Construction to Begin Next Year [Queens Courier]
In Astoria, Queens, a Youth Movement, With Souvlaki [NY Times]

Rendering via New York Lions Group

10/30/14 10:00am


When you have the sort of interests that I do, a lot of time is spent looking through the little plexiglass windows of construction fences. Back in 2008, when the economy crashed and derailed a lot of the development plans, many of these temporary barriers became somewhat permanent fixtures. That’s no longer the case, obviously, as a surge of new construction is under way all over LIC. Unfortunately, one of the historic buildings we’ve already lost to this process is the former Neptune Meter Company factory building on Jackson Avenue nearby Court Square.

It’s not John Thomson’s Neptune Water meter company that we’ll miss though, instead it’s the street artist hub which was known as 5Pointz.

More after the jump… (more…)

10/30/14 9:00am


In honor of the upcoming New York City Marathon, Streeteasy put together this fun infographic on the fastest- and slowest-selling neighborhoods along the marathon route. Long Island City won, with condo, co-op, townhouse and single-family properties spending a median of 19 days on the market. (That’s it??) The median sales price in LIC is $607,500. The other neighborhoods making up the top five are all in Brooklyn, landing a median of 35 days on the market or less: Boerum Hill, Gowanus, Clinton Hill and Williamsburg. One slow-selling neighborhood in Queens noted by Streeteasy is Hunters Point, where properties spend a median of 75 days on the market.

Here’s a note from Streeteasy regarding the methodology: “StreetEasy tracked median sale prices for properties within two blocks of each side of the New York City Marathon route that were sold in 2014 (through Oct. 21) and median days on market for properties that entered into contract in 2014 (through Oct. 21).” They refer to LIC as the “dark-horse winner.”

10/30/14 8:30am


Roosevelt Avenue BID Gets New Director [NY Daily News]
Some Businesses in Rockaways Still Struggling to Recover Two Years After Sandy [NY1]
Get a Rare Look Inside 350-Year-Old Queens Home and Backyard Cemetery [DNAinfo]
Breezy Point Rebuilds with Little Help From FEMA [Times Ledger]
Runaway Hit Mu Ramen Looks Very Close to Opening Its Permanent Location in LIC [Eater]
Two Years Later, Tracking the Wreckage of Hurricane Sandy [Curbed]
Demolition Continues for Rockrose at Eagle Loft [Court Square Blog]