LeFrak City, the 20-building, 40-acre housing complex in Corona, has seen a lot in its nearly 51 years of existence. The Commercial Observer pens an in-depth piece today about the complex’s origins as a self-sufficient “city” built for middle-class New Yorkers, its struggle through the crack epidemic, and the diversity found there today. The complex has produced stars like NBA players Kenny Anderson and Kenny Smith, Sony Corporation President and Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai, and many musical artists. The Commercial Observer interviews Prodigy, a member of the hip-hop group Mobb Deep, on his time there from 1985 to 1990. As one longtime resident states of LeFrack today, “It’s not the same as it was 50 years ago – the whole climate has changed. But they’re working on it now to improve the quality of the complex.”
In anticipation of the holiday week coming up, enjoy this video by Sunnyside resident George Burles entitiled “Christmas in Sunnyside.” As you can imagine, there’s plenty of neighborhood Christmas cheer to go around. Thanks to Sunnyside Post for bringing it to our attention.
An Astoria parcel with the potential for big development at 30-55 Vernon Boulevard is now on the market, reports Queens Courier. This follows recent news of another Astoria site near the waterfront — albeit much smaller — hitting the market for $8,000,000. This Vernon Boulevard land is going to get much more money than that. […]
The Oratorio Society of Queens — which includes more than 125 chorus members and top-notch string and wind sections – will offer its time-honored, annual holiday concert at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center this Sunday. Founded in 1927, this group is the borough’s oldest nonprofit dedicated to the arts, and this is its signature show. The […]
Flushing 144-04 29th Avenue Broker: Re/Max Price: $959,000 Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMAP Jamaica 196-06 110th Avenue Broker: Winzone Realty Price: $569,000 Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm GMAP East Elmhurst 25-40 98th Street Broker: Exit Kingdom Price: $499,999 Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm GMAP Queens Village 99-35 211th Place Broker: Exit Realty First Choice […]
There’s a little parcel of a neighborhood east of Astoria and north of Jackson Heights, east of the bail bonds offices of Hazen Street, north of the whizzing Grand Central Parkway and west of LaGuardia Airport’s expanse, containing a couple of surprising artifacts. Stop for lunch at the chrome-plated Airline Diner, built in 1952, at […]