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
Two writers with intimate knowledge of Queens will participate in separate, upcoming enrichment events at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. On Saturday, Adrienne Onofri, who just published the guidebook Walking Queens, will lead a roundtable discussion on two of the borough’s hottest neighborhoods, Astoria and Long Island City. This licensed NYC tour guide, who also […]
Let’s dance, or better yet, vamos a bailar. The borough hosts upcoming chances to experience or learn tango, salsa, merengue, bachata, and cha cha cha. There are also some interesting panel discussions on everything from the history of storefront signs to media depictions of African Americans as well as live music and inspiring art activities. […]
How much to rent a two bedroom/two bathroom in a new development of Astoria? This one, at 27-18 Hoyt Avenue South (aka Hoyt Plaza), is asking $3,400 a month. The apartment doesn’t look particularly big, with a narrow, open kitchen and living room. There’s only a photo of one of the bedrooms, and the listing […]
My friend, preservationist Frampton Tolbert, has a new website, called Queens Modern. If you love mid-20th century Queens architecture, you will be a happy camper. You can wander around dozens of mid-century buildings here, finding all kinds of goodies. Frampton is a meticulous researcher, and the site contains building profiles, architect profiles, maps and a […]
Over at 42-12 28th Street, there’s nowhere to go but up — 596 feet up. The Court Square Blog spotted the beginnings of construction at the LIC development site, where a 58-story, 477-unit tower will rise. This will be the tallest residential building for the borough of Queens, coming in just 12 feet shy of […]