07/25/14 11:00am

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I was stalking up 33rd Street in Astoria, on my way from a nutritious Whopper at Burger King to my biweekly penitence at the Greater Astoria Historical Society when I spotted this marvelously bricked building at 28-25. They didn’t settle for the usual Flemish bond here. Probably everything you see here has an architectural term attached to it, but I’ll just say I liked the ached brick over the doorway, the seemingly random bricking at the entrance, and the occasional brick that juts out of the side walls. I’ve been partial to brick facing for some time.

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It’s time to modernize a Queens spot where youngsters play a sport whose history dates back to before the 14th century. The Shannon Gaels Gaelic Athletic Association’s home field, Frank Golden Park in College Point, recently received $580,000 in public funds for an upgrade. The money — an $80,000 allocation from City Council Member Paul Vallone and a $500,000 allocation from Borough President Melinda Katz — will go to resurfacing the playing and scrimmage fields as well as installing an eight-foot fence around the park and a 30-foot retractable fence behind each goal post. With several hundred members who trace their heritage to all 32 counties on the Emerald Isle, the Shannon Gaels fields boys, girls and co-ed teams in various age groups that compete throughout the world. The association, which also organizes competitions involving other Irish sports such as hurling, was founded in 2002 with no home. Members practiced on sections of Forest, Juniper Valley, and Sunnyside Gardens parks until 2009, when they signed a 15-year lease with the NYC Parks Department for rights to seven acres of Golden Park, just south of 14th Avenue.

Information on the sport and more photos on jump page.

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Community opposition rages on in regards to homeless shelters opening around Queens, despite the fact that Queens does not have that many homeless shelters. First off, Queens Courier reports that 200 residents showed up to a public hearing regarding the homeless shelter at the former Westway Motel on Astoria Boulevard. During the two hour meeting, according to the Courier, residents “raised concerns over community safety, overcrowding of schools, increase in property taxes, environmental studies of the area and crime.” They also expressed outrage that the Department of Homeless Services did not inform them about opening the shelter ahead of time. A member of the United Committee Civic Association stated, “It was a deliberate, furtive and covert operation reeking of disrespect of our local elected officials, community leaders and the community at large.” Reps at the DHS countered that they entered crisis mode in June due to a lack of capacity and a growing need for shelter, forcing them to find last-minute housing.

Another homeless shelter proposed for the Rockaways has residents up in arms. The Wave posted on its Facebook account a letter from the DHS outlining a “7-Day Community Notification Protocol for Emergency Shelter Siting.” The letter essentially outlines the plan for moving homeless families into the building. One elected official told The Wave, “This administration is going to do what it wants to do, whenever it wants to do it, and the people be damned.”

07/25/14 8:30am

QUEENS

Sunnyside and Woodside Parents Want a Middle School [NY Daily News]
Jamaica Residents Hope to Get Local Park Spruced Up [NY1]
How You Can Spend a Day in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park [DNAinfo]
Restaurant owners to Hold Meeting to Discuss Recent Burglaries [LIC Post]
Queens Man Has A Can Of Spray Paint & Strong Feelings About Your Parking Job [Gothamist]
Free Kayaking This Weekend at the Long Island City Community Boathouse [LICqueenstv]
Stage Comes In for The Lot LIC Music and Film Series [Court Square Blog]
10-Story Hotel Proposed for Dutch Kills [We Heart LIC]

Photo by Doug Ciarelli

07/24/14 4:00pm

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Q’Stoner writer and Newtown Creek expert Mitch Waxman is leading two walking tours this weekend. The first, hosted by Atlas Obscura, is an exploration of the bridges, tributaries, and forgotten remnants of Newtown Creek. The tour begins at Grand Street and Morgan Avenue in Brooklyn, then it ends at Clinton Diner in Maspeth. This is the diner where scenes from Martin Scorcese’s “Goodfellas” were shot and lunch there will be included with the tour. Tickets for the event, which is this Saturday from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm, cost $30. Buy them here.

Mitch is also leading a tour on Sunday of Queens’ western neighbor, Greenpoint. It’s a two-and-a-half hour, intense trek through the neighborhood that includes industrial history and more Newtown Creek exploration. Tickets cost $25 and you can buy them here.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

07/24/14 3:00pm

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The Department of Buildings just issued demolition permits for 42-38 Crescent Street (pictured) and 24-12 42nd Road, two modest homes on either side of the empty lot at the corner of Crescent and 42nd. A Flushing developer picked up all three parcels for $5,300,000 back in November.

So far, the DOB has not issued any permits for new development here, but we suspect that’ll happen once demolition finishes up. The site totals 6,739 square feet. Each lot boasts a FAR of 5 and is zoned M1-5/R7-3/LIC, meaning a large residential build is possible on this corner.

Three Parcels Near Queens Plaza Purchased for $5.3 Million [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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Tonight from 7 to 10 pm, the Queens Museum is hosting This Ain’t Havana: Paladar in Queens. It’s a food/art/architecture collaboration by the artist Craig Shillitto and the Museum’s Cuban architects-in-residence Yoandy Rizo Fiallo and Osmany García Fuentes. Here’s what to look forward to: attendees will get to try a variety of Caribbean, Central and South American barbecue for free. Here are event details from the website:

Bringing together Queens pit and grill masters from an array of Latin American barbecue traditions, ‘This Ain’t Havana’ uses their small dishes as a symbolic journey throughout the Caribbean, Central and South America. Guests will gather at a ‘migrating’ table that during the course of the installation will be simultaneously added to and deconstructed, its materials being used to fuel the BBQ that is providing the evening’s fare. With food, drink, and fire, this participatory art project has something for everyone.

Sounds like our kind of thing. While the event is free, you must RSVP. You can do that here.

07/24/14 1:00pm

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It is the original world music. Klezmer is a genre of mostly celebratory dance tunes of the Ashkenazi Jews that spread from Eastern Europe to the rest of the planet in the 19th and 20th centuries. Its name comes from the Hebrew words “kli” (tool or utensil) and “zemer” (to make music). Currently, Alicia Svigals (above) is without a doubt the world’s most accomplished klezmer fiddler. In addition to founding and leading the Grammy-winning Klezmatics, she has played with — or composed for — violinist Itzhak Perlman, playwright Eve Ensler of the Vagina Monologues, the late Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsburg, and even Robert Plant and Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin. This Sunday, she brings her talent and some friends (Brian Glassman on bass and Christina Crowder on accordian) to the Queens Botanical Garden, where she will make beautiful music in the Oak Allée alongside the bee, ornamental grass, perennial, rose, and woodland gardens.

More information and two more photos on jump page.

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Excuse us while we swoon over this Victorian at 85-12 110th Street, in Richmond Hill. The facade looks to be in excellent shape, and who wouldn’t want a house with a wraparound front porch? The interior shows promise but it’s going to need upgrading. Details like hardwood floors, moldings, arches and pocket doors are still there. But we’d imagine a buyer will want to renovate the kitchen and bathrooms. This is asking a total of $720,000 — what do ya think?

85-12 110th Street [Mitra Hakimi Realty Group] GMAP

07/24/14 11:00am

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To begin with, the only people who would commonly refer to this enormous example of early 20th century industrial architecture as “Ford” are Kevin Walsh and myself (and possibly Montrose). Modernity knows it simply as “The Center Building” and it’s found at 33-00 Northern Boulevard at the corner of Honeywell Street (Honeywell is actually a truss bridge over the Sunnyside Yard, just like Thomson Avenue, but that’s another story). This was once the Ford Assembly and Service Center of Long Island City, which shipped the “Universal Car” to all parts of the eastern United States and for cross Atlantic trade.

The recent sale of the building in December 2014, for some $84.5 million, was discussed by Q’Stoner back in 2013.

The term Carridor is one that’s entirely of my own invention.

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