Thanks to Untapped Cities for pointing us in the direction of the Queen Jazz Trail map, made by Ephemera Press and commissioned by the Flushing Town Hall. The map lists the Queens homes of jazz legends, as well as other places of interest for jazz fans. Artists include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Ella Fitzgerald, Dizzy Gillespie, Benny Goodman, Billie Holiday and Scott Joplin. You can take a close look at the map right here. It’s also available for purchase for $14.95.
The Willets Point buyouts are happening, and the sales are starting to hit public records. ACRIS shows that the City of New York purchased a two-parcel commercial site at 126-40 36th Avenue and 126-50 36th Avenue. The price? $2,400,000. The city offered a full year’s rent to relocating tenants until earlier this month, from now until January 31st the city will pay out for six months. So far, around 300 businesses have either shuttered or relocated for the coming megamall development. GMAP
Today at 1pm, the Food Bazaar opened at 42-02 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. (It has been a long time coming!) The grocery store is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The 61,500-square-foot space features an open food court, a fresh fish market, an in-store bakery, and street-level and underground parking. This location was previously home to a Pathmark; Food Bazaar announced it was moving in about one year ago. This is the sixth location for the grocery store chain in Queens. See a few more interior pictures after the jump… the space looks great!
Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford wrote and performed romantic, dramatic Motown hits, such as “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” over a four-decade career. The husband-and-wife team also wrote and produced songs for legends including Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Marvin Gaye. Ashford died in August 2011, and Simpson first took a break to mourn. But she’s back on the music scene, and her voice is as sultry and powerful as ever. This Saturday, she will perform songs she used to sing with her husband at LeFrak Concert Hall.
This rental comes from one of smallest townhouses we have ever seen! The location in question is 33-06 35th Avenue, in Astoria. It’s a three bedroom that’s been thoroughly renovated and doesn’t look too exciting from the inside. The size of the apartment is also unclear — the listing says it only takes up the second floor. $2,900 a month for an apartment in this stubby blue home, what do you think?
Ubiquitous articles of street furniture such as fireboxes and manhole covers endlessly fascinate me. Fire hydrants and mail boxes are so common that most don’t even notice them, whereas I have been known to literally send a congratulatory email to City Planning when a comely new design of street bench appears in Queens.
Something I’ve always been curious about, and I mean since I was a kid, is what might be going on inside those “N.Y.C. Drinking Water Sampling Stations” which you generally don’t notice that are found on certain streets in nearly every neighborhood. The one pictured above is located on 39th street, just south of Skillman Avenue at the border of Sunnyside.
Water for the system is impounded in three upstate reservoir systems which include 19 reservoirs and three controlled lakes with a total storage capacity of approximately 580 billion gallons. The three water collection systems were designed and built with various interconnections to increase flexibility by permitting exchange of water from one to another. This feature mitigates localized droughts and takes advantage of excess water in any of the three watersheds.
The Times reports that it is “very likely” the former Wolff-Alport Chemical Company facility, at 1127-1129 Irving Avenue in Ridgewood, will be added to the Federal Superfund list. Due to high radioactivity readings here, the Environmental Protection Agency officially proposed the site be added to the list yesterday. The agency will make a final decision after 60 days of public comments. The area is home to an auto repair shop, a construction firm, a warehouse and a deli, though investigation would also extend to a public school and day care center two blocks away. The existing businesses on site will only be relocated if necessary. The EPA already spent $2,000,000 in safety precautions for the site, a cost estimate on a full cleanup is not yet known. If the EPA designates it, it’ll be the city’s third Superfund site after Newtown Creek and the Gowanus Canal.
New York YIMBY spots permits by Vornado Development to build a 24-story and 314-unit residential tower above the Rego Park Shopping Mall. Vornado announced plans to build the 290,000-square-foot residential addition to the mall, which it also owns, this summer. As YIMBY says, “The permits are fresh, so work is just about to begin; no completion date has been announced.” The project is expected to cost between $100 and $120 million.
Architecture firm TKA Studio spilled the juicy details, and the above rendering, for the seven-story residence planned for 30-40 21st Street. Architect Tom Kowalski reports that the DOB approved the project and construction will commence soon. Construction will last approximately 14 to 18 months; once it is finished the building will house 70 rental apartments. The architects are in the process of finalizing the exterior, and the rendering above is of the facade along 21st Street. Like the design?