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
Tomorrow, the Lent-Riker-Smith Homestead will open up for public tours. Dutch settler Abraham Riker built the home in 1665, at 78-03 19th Road in East Elmhurst. The current owners began restoring the property in 1980, and started offering the occasional tour of what is the oldest private residence in the borough. (The title of the […]
The developers GDC Properties are planning a townhouse development at 11-22 45th Road (between 11th and 21st Streets), now an industrial warehouse they just purchased for $37,000,000. Demolition permits are already in place, and Commercial Observer reports that the new development should take 18 months to complete. No details on the design, number of townhouses, […]
It’s probably the best production house you’ve never heard of…with prices you’ve never seen. The Free Synagogue of Flushing Community Theatre Group has staged large musicals every May and November for the past 35 years with the goal of providing high-quality, low-cost entertainment, especially for children, nursing home residents, and the disabled. For five days this […]
Maspeth 54-51 65th Place Broker: Premium Properties Price: $615,000 Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMAP Hollis 109-62 196th Street Broker: Victory Express Realty Court Price: $579,000 Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm GMAP Glendale 77-03 62nd Street Broker: Coldwell Banker Phillips Price: $459,000 Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm GMAP Jackson Heights 35-06 88th Street Broker: MPC […]
I am a milestone maven, eagerly seeking out the mile markers placed in the colonial and postcolonial eras along major roads. In early 2013 I found out about the Post Road 12-mile marker embedded in the stone fence at Isham Park, I found the three and five mile markers along Ocean Parkway, and even did a […]