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
Andrea Lynn’s book “Queens: A Culinary Passport: Exploring Ethnic Cuisine in New York City’s Most Diverse Borough” was just released today — all interested Queens foodies can pick it up on Amazon. The book is a guide to more than 40 borough restaurants and food carts; it also includes chef profiles and favorite recipes. Here’s […]
The war against the proposed Glendale homeless shelter rages on. Today, the Daily News shares the report that a coalition of civic groups raised more than $25,000 and hired a lawyer to begin a legal battle against the city. The coalition has met every week since August and since then, donations from nearby residents, business […]
The restaurants at Elmhurst’s new “Restaurant Row,” a formerly vacant lot next door to the Queens Center Mall, plan to open in October. DNAinfo writes that an Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and Joe’s Crab Shack are all hiring workers, then the Olive Garden is scheduled to open October 27th and the Longhorn Steakhouse will open […]
The Museum of the Moving Image is showing its bookish side. Next week, the Kaufman Arts District venue will host two events featuring prolific authors. On Sunday, Robert E. Kapsis, a professor of sociology and film studies at Queens College and the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, will speak before a screening […]
The Spot: Oliver’s Astoria, 37-19 Broadway, Astoria. The Deal: Over the last year, the site of a former French restaurant on Broadway in Astoria has become the bustling craft beer gastropub. A main focus of Oliver’s Astoria has been making the restaurant a friendly neighborhood location, through its décor, events and provisioning. On a warm […]