St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst has a probably–it is running out of space. And since there’s no reason to think people are going to stop dying, they need to get their hands on more land. One small plot of land that cemetery leaders have targeted is an irregularly-shaped parcel of unloved city park land known as St. Michael’s Park. The 4-acre plot is located at the Northeast corner of the cemetery, up against the BQE just south of Astoria Boulevard. Earlier this week, the blog Queens Crap posted a copy of a bill that would authorize the transfer of the park in return for a similar-sized property elsewhere in the borough. According to a Daily News story yesterday, local politicians support the swap. “I hope we can take a local eyesore, put it to productive use and find replacement land that can be used as a park,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris. “It’s an abandoned (and) overgrown area. People throw their garbage over the fence.” Are you okay with the plan?
Queens Cemetery’s Attempts to Expand on Park Land in Limbo [NY Daily News]
This Friday, Michael H. Perlman is holding a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session regarding his newly-published book, “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book chronicles the unique and notable residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park who have shaped the neighborhood’s culture and history. The event will be held from 7 […]
The large parcel at 8-25 Astoria Boulevard has sold, according to Queens Courier. The site isn’t in prime Astoria — actually, it’s not far from the Astoria Houses and the Astoria Cove and Hallets Point mega developments. The buyers, who paid $4.8 million, are likely looking at the sale as a very nice investment. The […]
Astoria pizza lovers, time to get excited. Popular NYC pizza joint Artichoke Basille is officially opening tomorrow at 22-56 31st Street, between 23rd and Ditmars avenues. We Heart Astoria reported that a soft opening was held yesterday before the big day. Artichoke, which is known for its humongous, gooey and delicious artichoke slice, will be […]
Though last night’s snow might confuse the issue, it’s time for Queens gardeners to start preparing their summer vegetables. This is the key to earlier harvests, greater variety, healthier crops, stronger soil, easier transplanting, and especially more satisfaction and enjoyment. This Sunday, Queens Botanical Garden Director of Education Emeritus Fred Gerber will host a workshop […]
Two upcoming events are clear signs that the weather is about to get better: a St. Patrick’s Day parade and a workshop on vegetable gardening. Other options include a huge NYC trivia competition, a Turkish cooking class, Asian fan dancing, jazz, opera, and film. Here’s the rundown, broken down into education, arts, music and dance […]