More momentum to transform the abandoned railroad tracks to Rockaway Beach into The QueensWay! DNAinfo reports that the Trust for Public Land selected two designers to study the feasibility of turning the tracks into a Highline-esque public park. The firms, WXY architecture + urban design and dlandstudio were selected on the basis of their environmental background, experience with structural engineering, and their awareness of community engagement in the design. The $400,000 feasibility study will test the quality of the soil, the structural integrity of the railroad tracks, and the cost of construction. This phase will last about nine months. If the project is deemed feasible, then the Friends of The QueensWay will begin fundraising for the park. So far, about $1,000,000 of funding has come in.
This photograph of Kennedy’s Restaurant in Breezy Point appeared on Twitter yesterday with the note, “Looking forward to Kennedy’s opening…it looks so nice…thank you to all who helped!” The historic restaurant, located right on the waterfront with views of Manhattan, opened in 1910 and was originally a casino. (You can read the fascinating history of […]
In 2001, Pawel Althamer built a tree house in the heart of urban Warsaw. That same year, he interrupted a lecture he was giving and led the audience on a walk through the streets of the Polish capital. At the end, he informed that some of the passersby were hired actors who had orchestrated the […]
This Astoria rental apartment comes from a brick townhouse located at 20-53 47th Street, on the eastern edge of the neighborhood. The interior of the two bedroom looks like a nice, very typical rental. It’d be helpful to see some photos of the actual bedrooms, though. The rent of $1,950 a month is sure to […]
Hanging about and walking around Queens with a friend one afternoon last summer, our path carried us up Skillman Avenue and past the gargantuan Sunnyside Yards. Luckily, something I’d been trying to catch, as it happens, began to happen when Amtrak 934 sauntered into view. From Wikipedia: The Pennsylvania Railroad (PRR) completed construction of the yard in […]
A tipster sent us this photo of the aftermath at the Jackson Heights commercial building on 37th Avenue that caught fire this week. The Times Ledger reports that the pharmacy, the immigrant service provider Queens Community House, the LGBT senior center, Plaza College and around 50 small businesses are all closed. Plaza College administrators are […]