The decade following the 1899 decision to build the Queensboro bridge was filled with real estate speculation in northern Queens. No other group was as aggressive as the Queensboro Corporation which, according to Daniel Karatzas’ book Jackson Heights: A Garden in the City, spent almost $4 million acquiring 250 acres of land in the area. The Corporation went on to build many of the prewar apartment complexes in the area. They also found time to build this neo-Tudor building at the corner of 37th Avenue and 82nd Street (37-02 37th Avenue, to be exact), shown above in a postcard from the time and below in current photos. The building currently has law offices on the upper floors and retail on the ground floor. There is another interesting building with a pitched wooden roof down the street on 37th Avenue between 78th and 79th streets that also has the Queensboro Corporation emblazoned over the door; it’s currently got a Starbucks on the ground floor. There’s a photo of that one at the very bottom of the post.
Vintage postcard from Cardcow.com GMAP
Edgemere Farm, a community farm in the Rockaways, just wrapped its first summer season. Rockawayist writes that the Thursday night farm dinners, which ran through the summer, have come to a wrap. But the farm will still be open on Saturdays to pick up fresh produce — right now there is a variety of tomatoes, […]
It looks like Independent Chemical Corp., which has operated on Cooper Avenue in Glendale for the past 50 years, is closing up shop in the neighborhood. The Daily News reports that the owner of the company told state inspectors from the Department of Environmental Conservation during a July checkup that it is “fully committed to […]
There’s a petition out for Astoria residents and dog owners asking for “an adequate area to allow their dogs to socialize and exercise off-leash.” The neighborhood doesn’t have a proper dog run, and the petition claims that Bugsy’s Dog Run near Astoria Park is beat up and in bad shape, and that the off-leash hours […]
Two local singing groups are looking for some treble, especially with Handel. The Oratorio Society of Queens and the Queens College Choral Society will hold open tryouts this month. More after the jump. Founded in 1927, the Oratorio Society of Queens consists of roughly 120 altos, sopranos, tenors, and bass singers who perform under the artistic direction of Maestro […]
We are madly in love with this Spanish Colonial home at 82-70 Beverly Road, in Kew Gardens. Just look at this thing! The unique facade boasts a tiled roof, oak doors and the original, restored glass windows. The interior is chock full of historic detail, which is remarkably well kept. Newer renovations brought in perks […]