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
Thanks to Untapped Cities for pointing us in the direction of the Queen Jazz Trail map, made by Ephemera Press and commissioned by the Flushing Town Hall. The map lists the Queens homes of jazz legends, as well as other places of interest for jazz fans. Artists include Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, John Coltrane, Ella […]
The Willets Point buyouts are happening, and the sales are starting to hit public records. ACRIS shows that the City of New York purchased a two-parcel commercial site at 126-40 36th Avenue and 126-50 36th Avenue. The price? $2,400,000. The city offered a full year’s rent to relocating tenants until earlier this month, from now […]
Today at 1pm, the Food Bazaar opened at 42-02 Northern Boulevard in Long Island City. (It has been a long time coming!) The grocery store is open seven days a week, 24 hours a day. The 61,500-square-foot space features an open food court, a fresh fish market, an in-store bakery, and street-level and underground parking. […]
Valerie Simpson and Nick Ashford wrote and performed romantic, dramatic Motown hits, such as “I’m Every Woman,” “Ain’t No Mountain High Enough” and “Ain’t Nothing Like The Real Thing,” over a four-decade career. The husband-and-wife team also wrote and produced songs for legends including Diana Ross, Whitney Houston and Marvin Gaye. Ashford died in August […]
This rental comes from one of smallest townhouses we have ever seen! The location in question is 33-06 35th Avenue, in Astoria. It’s a three bedroom that’s been thoroughly renovated and doesn’t look too exciting from the inside. The size of the apartment is also unclear — the listing says it only takes up the […]