07/29/14 12:30pm


The Spot: Murphy’s Lobster Grill, 48-20 Skillman Avenue, Sunnyside.

The Deal: Murphy’s Lobster Grill opened last October, an extension of the owner’s next-door namesake bar. Murphy’s Bar has been a Skillman Avenue staple for the last 10 years.

“When the space next door became available I decided to expand and run a seafood restaurant. There’s none in this part of Queens, and I have experience from my other restaurant in Mineola, Long Island,” says owner Mike Murphy.


07/29/14 12:00pm


This Woodhaven property, at 91-43 80th Street, is pretty special indeed. It’s a sprawling six bedroom, three bathroom Victorian with a drool-worthy wrap around porch. The house itself is 3,035 square feet, and the property is a grand total of 10,000 square feet. There aren’t any interior photos so there’s no commenting on that. What’s unfortunate is that it looks like the realtor is trying to sell this as an investment property — as the listing says, “Opportunity knocks.” The lot is zoned for both commercial and residential use. We’re just hoping it doesn’t sell to be demolished. The asking price: $949,999.

91-43 80th Street [Realtor.com] GMAP

07/29/14 11:00am


The 23rd Street/Ely Avenue station has increased in importance in recent years, as Greenpoint has gotten hotter — Queensicans needing access can change trains to the G line here, when the G vouchsafes to cross under the noxious and noisome Newtown Creek, which it won’t be doing for awhile. Many subway amateurs think this is the place where 23rd Street crosses Ely Avenue. This is a fallacy, as Ely Avenue is actually the former name of 23rd Street. It carried the name until the 1920s, as the then NYC Topographical Bureau decided to put Queens under one numerical street system in 1915, and the streets were numbered gradually from neighborhood to neighborhood, completing the process by 1930.

However, some anachronisms remain on subway station signs. The best-known are along the #7 line, where Rawson, Bliss, and Lowery Streets, as well as Lincoln Avenue, are still on the station signs for 33rd, 40th, 46th and 52nd Streets. Names also persist along the N/Q in Astoria, and the A in Ozone Park and the Rockaway peninsula.



07/29/14 10:00am


After a long fight by LIC residents and local pols, Center Boulevard is finally getting crosswalks. LIC Post reported the news that the Department of Transportation will add crosswalks to 48th and 49th avenues by the end of August. That’s the same location the DOT added stop signs earlier this month.

The DOT stalled on the crosswalks, claiming it’d be hard to paint lines along Center Boulevard because of the granite and cobblestone. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer especially pushed the city agency, stating that drivers treat the thoroughfare like a speedway. He held a rally calling for both stop signs and crosswalks earlier this summer. “I am glad that the DOT has found a way to do it,” he told LIC Post. “People are concerned about the safety of their kids and families and have a right to demand a safer Center Boulevard. There are two parks, two schools and thousands of people who live nearby.”

Pedestrian Crosswalks to be Added to Center Blvd Next Month, Join New Stop Signs [LIC Post]
All Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner]

07/29/14 9:00am


Daniel Karatzas, a broker with Beaudoin Realty Group, just released the second quarter sales numbers for Jackson Heights. He found that the volume of transactions fell in the second quarter, for two reasons. The sales report issued by the city was cut off about 10 days at the end of June, and inventory in the neighborhood remains thin. Therefore, the constrained supply has limited the number of transactions. The numbers also showed that prices in Jackson Heights were generally higher compared to last year. (more…)

07/29/14 8:30am

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Mets will Donate Portion of Friday’s Ticket Sales to Save NY State Pavilion [NY Daily News]
Commuters Work Around G Train Shutdown [NY1]
Bellerose Library to Reopen After $1.66M Renovation [Queens Courier]
FDNY Battles 3-Alarm Fire in Astoria [Times Ledger]
Moser Bulova Park Will Get New Playground Equipment and Spray Showers [DNAinfo]
Mapping Ridgewood’s Nascent Surge in Residential Real Estate [Curbed]
26-14 Jackson Avenue Rental Property Gets Signage [Court Square Blog]

07/28/14 4:00pm


Over the weekend, Grub Street celebrated the harmony between old and new when it comes to eating in Ridgewood. Despite the artist spillover from Bushwick and new hip arrivals like Bunker (Vietnamese) and Houdini’s Kitchen Labratory (wood-fired pizza), the neighborhood also boasts old-time establishments still dishing out excellent food. The food blog compiled a list of both old and new spots — 17 in total — to check out. They include Catania Bakery, where you should try the cannoli cream, the new American restaurant Ltauha, popular bakery/cafe Norma’s, the 90-year-old taproom and banquet hall Gottscheer Hall (pictured), and Rosa’s Pizza & Pasta, known for its Sicilian and Grandma pies.

Exploring the Convergence of New York’s Culinary Past and Present in Ridgewood [Grub Street]

Photo via Gottscheer Hall

07/28/14 3:00pm


Today, a group of Queens pols — Catherine Nolan, Nydia Velazquez, Elizabeth Crowley, Michael Miller, Grace Meng, Antonio Reynoso, Joseph Addabbo and Michael Gianaris — released a letter sent to Governor Cuomo in regards to the upcoming construction at Ridgewood Reservoir. The Parks Department plans to undertake a $6,000,000 project cutting culverts into the reservoir to address the threat of future flooding. Parks is required under state regulations to address the flooding threat by August, or the city could start receiving fines. Still, the plan upsets local residents and park advocates who believe the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and could potentially cause harm to the existing ecosystem.

The letter also raises serious concerns about the construction project. Pols are asking for a waiver to delay construction, so that the area can first receive a wetland designation. (An application to designate the area as a wetland was submitted in 2010, nothing has been done about it.) They also ask the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to consider how the project will harm the existing environment — the work requires building permanent access roads into the habitat, and cutting down at least 470 trees. The pols also believe the price tag of $6,000,000 is too high. As the letter states, “We believe that there are many other areas where the city can spend this money including building more schools, improving our infrastructure, upgrading our transportation system, and many other capital requests that our Community Boards have highlighted.”

All Ridgewood Reservoir coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Wikipedia


The Hansel N’ Gretel manufacturing site, located along Cooper Avenue in Glendale, is now on the market. The deli meat producer, which opened back in 1872, moved to the neighborhood in 1970. The company ceased operations this past June, according to the Courier.

The real estate agency Avison Young will handle the property, which is more than two acres. It’s zoned for industrial use, but the brokerage will advertise it as a “multi-purpose” plot. Hansel N’ Gretel, who didn’t offer a reason for the closure, will begin auctioning off its equipment in September.

Glendale Deli Manufacturer Closes Down After More Than 140 Years in Business [Queens Courier]

Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier


Get ready for some mujeres extraordinarias. Over six upcoming days, the Queens Theatre is going to present the 2014 Latino Culture Festival: Extraordinary Women, Illuminated, 11 diverse acts celebrating Spanish-speaking countries and the female portrayers of their cultures. This means tango, bolero, salsa, and mariachis, but it also means drama, a play reading and a Spanish version of Little Red Riding Hood.

The schedule with descriptions of each show and more photos are on the jump page.