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
Over the last dozen years of Louis Armstrong’s life, the jazz legend liked to joke that Jack Bradley was his “white son.” The famous composer/singer/trumpeter didn’t have any biological children, and he was black. But he and Bradley, a professional photographer and avid sailor, became extremely close after meeting through a mutual friend in 1959. […]
Today local pols, the Department of Transportation, Sunnyside Shines and Community Board Two cut the ribbon on Sunnyside’s second public plaza to open this year. Lowery Plaza, located at 40th Street and Queens Boulevard under the elevated 7, now features plantings, tables and chairs. In the future, Sunnyside Shines will host neighborhood performances and programming […]
The old Jamaica Savings Bank, at 161-02 Jamaica Avenue, is slated (finally!) for a makeover. Queens Courier reports that United American Land, the owner of the 116-year-old landmark, filed a permit with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to “construct rear and side additions, replace doors, install awnings and infill window openings.” There’s no official word on […]
National Chemistry Week runs from October 19th to October 25th this year, and organizations across the country are promoting this discipline’s finer points. The 2014 theme is The Sweet Side of Chemistry – Candy, and scientists are tasked with explaining how ingredients undergo chemical transformations to become such beloved comestibles as chocolate, taffy, and gum. On October […]
Middle Village 62-04 80th Street Broker: Happy 8 Realty Corp. Price: $699,000 Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm GMAP Jamaica Hills 165-32 Chapin Court Broker: Century 21 Price: $668,000 Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMAP Flushing 150-16 77th Avenue Broker: Keller Williams Price: $619,000 Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMAP East Elmhurst 25-40 98th Street Broker: […]