Earlier this week the Ridgewood community met with the Department of Transportation about a long-term redesign for the 71st Avenue plaza. DOT had originally installed the triangular plaza, at the the intersection of 71st Avenue at Stephen Street and Myrtle Avenue, on a temporary basis last year. DOT is moving forward to make the plaza permanent — they have collected community feedback on plantings, pedestrian lighting and other design-related matters. According to an agency rep, DOT is now reviewing that feedback and will present an updated plan to the community board next week. The permanent plaza will feature lots of fun stuff the temporary one doesn’t have: stone block seating, expanded planting areas, new concrete, a drinking fountain, two permanent chess tables, bike racks, and a rain garden. You can see DOT’s full proposal here. If the community board gives its blessing to the project, DOT will seek approval from the Public Design Commission and then move forward with construction.
A reader passed along a sweet story of kids transforming a basement laundry room in Jackson Heights. It’s called the Community Art Gallery and it’s located in Hampton Court. Arlene Wipfler and Sarah Muir put out a call to young artists in the coop (which is made up of 11 buildings of 15 apartments each) […]
The city’s Industrial Development Agency voted 12-1 with one abstention to approve $42,600,000 of property-tax abatements and mortgage-recording-tax exemptions for Willets Point, reports Crain’s. The City Council approved development plans this fall; the city’s $1 sale of 23 acres to Queens Development Group became official last month. All these tax breaks, unsurpsingly, sparked controversy given […]
DNAinfo reports that Trade Fair unexpectadly closed up shop at 75-07 37th Avenue, between 75th and 76th Streets in Jackson Heights. We knew that Key Food bought this particular grocery store but it was unclear when the businesses would change over. Employees showed up for work yesterday with no warning that it would be closed, […]
A tree grows in Brooklyn, but Green Space sprouts in Queens. With its ever-changing roster of choreographers and post-performance, wine-and-cheese discussions, the Long Island City dance studio’s periodical Fertile Ground showcases have become prized spots for emerging and established artists. Some of these performers also participate in Take Root, a monthly curated series providing dancers with opportunities […]
’Tis the season to be jolly…and enjoy countless holiday concerts by local orchestras. There are also opportunities to take in art, watch African and classic films, check out experimental dance and laugh for a good cause. After the jump, we break down all your Queens events into dedicated sections for food, arts, music, education, and […]