12/24/14 12:00pm

Q’Stoner readers, we are taking off early today for the holiday. We will publish a daily links roundup and the occasional story next week, and will be back in full force on Friday, January 2nd. Enjoy your holidays and see you in 2015!

11/26/14 1:15pm

Q’Stoner is taking off early for the Thanksgiving holiday and will be back to its regular programming on Monday, December 1st. Sending thanks to all our readers and tipsters. And while we have your attention, don’t forget to follow Brownstoner Queens on Facebook and Twitter, or sign up for our daily newsletter in the left hand corner of the main page.

11/10/14 4:00pm

You may have noticed that on the top-left corner of the Brownstoner Queens homepage, there is a signup for a newsletter. And if you signed up, you may have noticed that a newsletter never came. Well, we are happy to report that we are kicking off our daily newsletter this week, and it’ll showcase the top Brownstoner Queens stories of the day. So keep an eye out in your “Promotions” tab of Gmail for its arrival.

If you’d like move the newsletter from “Promotions” to your main inbox, just left-click the email, hold onto it and drag it from the Promotions tab over to the Primary tab. When you release the mouse to drop the email, Gmail will display a yellow box that asks if you want to make this change permanent. Click “yes” to ensure that all emails from Brownstoner Queens will appear in your Primary tab going forward.

And finally, if you’d like to sign up for a daily email, you can simply do so by adding your email address to the box you see in the left-hand corner of the homepage. Thanks and you’ll be hearing from us soon.

09/08/14 11:00am


Skillman Avenue in Long Island City, between Pearson Place and 49th Avenue is a fairly desolate spot. The Sunnyside Yards “Yard A” dominates the northern side of the street. On the other side of the vast rail road complex is Jackson Avenue and the Court Square Subway station, the Arris Lofts, and the brand new Pearson Court Square building with its roof top windmills.

A block south, you’ll find the sewage choked waters of Newtown Creek’s Dutch Kills tributary, which provided a maritime link to the Degnon Terminal industrial park (which has been discussed in this post). Skillman Avenue forms one of the borders of the Degnon Terminal, and at the corner of Pearson Place and Skillman Avenue – the tracks of the LIRR’s Montauk Cutoff offered locomotive access to the Degnon Terminal railway tracks. This spur is in place to this very day, and there are rails sticking up out of the modern day asphalt which run up elevations to elevated tracks that connected Sunnyside Yard with the LIRR tracks which run along Newtown Creek, through Maspeth and then towards Fresh Pond. If curious about such things – go here.

That’s a short history of the site, and you won’t believe what’s going on here now.

More after the jump… (more…)

09/04/14 12:30pm

Calling all Q’Stoner readers! As we leave the dog days of summer and move into the fall, we’d like to hear from you on what you want to see on Brownstoner Queens in the future. Is there something you’d like more coverage of, or a neighborhood you feel is being ignored? Would you like to see less coverage of anything, or any neighborhood? Is there an interesting project happening near your turf that you’d like more info on? Any and all comments/questions/tips can be directed toward emily@brownstoner.com. And don’t forget to follow Brownstoner Queens on both Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news.

10/21/13 8:45am

We’re excited to announce that Emily Nonko will be taking on the role of editor for Brownstoner Queens. Emily has been our reporter on the Brooklyn site for the past three years, where she has wowed us with her speed and scoops. She has written on design for Dwell and other publications. Emily studied journalism at New York University and began working for Brownstoner as an intern during her senior year.  You can reach her directly at emily@brownstoner.com.