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.
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 email@example.com. And don’t forget to follow Brownstoner Queens on both Twitter and Facebook to keep up with the latest news.
Q’Stoner readers, we are taking off early for the Labor Day weekend. We’ll be back to our regular scheduled programming on the morning of Tuesday, September 2nd. Enjoy the holiday! And don’t forget to follow Brownstoner Queens on Facebook and Twitter.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, here we are, just a hop, skip and a jump across the Newtown Creek from where Brownstoner started over eight years ago. And it’s about time! As anyone driving down the FDR drive can see, Queens has been undergoing its own development boom in recent years, with a slew of glass towers on the Long Island City waterfront and more to come in the form a major affordable housing complex in Hunters Point South. Meanwhile, the Queens food scene, its panoply of ethnic offerings always a citywide destination, continues to thrive and demand more coverage than it’s getting. As does the borough’s fine arts scene. And then there are the neighborhoods. That’s what’s going to make this the most interesting part of the journey for us. Exploring and reporting on the nooks and crannies of such an incredibly diverse borough. We’ve got a lot to learn, but that’ll be the fun part. Helping us on that journey will be such local writers (and personalities!) as Forgotten NY’s Kevin Walsh and the Newtown Pentacle’s Mitch Waxman. Montrose Morris, who’s been writing about Brooklyn history and architecture for years on Brownstoner, will be doing her thing in Queens too. And the whole ship will be helmed by Roland Li, who’s been covering real estate for the likes of the Wall Street Journal and the New York Observer for the past several years.
So whether you’re new to the borough, just starting to think about living here or a dyed-in-the-wool old-timer, we hope that Brownstoner Queens will have something to offer everyone. And we hope that readers can help us make the site as interesting and informative as possible by sending in tips, photos and suggestions to us at email@example.com. Anytime you see a new storefront getting fixed up or a blue construction fence being installed, we want to know. Just snap a photo on your smartphone and send it in. We’ll do the rest. Thanks for reading!
The Entrepreneur Space is running out of space! On April 11, the LIC-based food-and-business incubator received more than 20 boxes of cookware, silverware, bakeware, cutlery and just about everything else a kitchen could want, thanks to a donation from Princess House, a party-plan, direct-selling company that promotes female entrepreneurship. Located at 36-46 37th St., the E-Space is a 12,500-sq.-ft., NYC Economic Development Corporation-sponsored hub with a fully equipped commercial kitchen, offices and classrooms that entrepreneurs can rent at below-market rates as they build their businesses. Consultant Kathrine Gregory (at right in photo with Princess House President and CEO Connie Tang) noted that this donation — valued at over $12,000 — will be put to extremely good use as the E-Space currently has roughly 170 clients who make everything from gluten-free baked goods to Greek garlic dip to designer marshmallows.