12/18/14 3:00pm


An Astoria development site, at 30-11 12th Street off of 30th Avenue, is on the market for $8,000,000. Epic Commercial Realty has the listing, which is a 17,350-square-foot lot with a three-story vacant brick warehouse. There’s the possibility to build up to 34,700 square feet here, and the area is already zoned for residential use. The parcel also comes with proposed plans to construct a 38-unit development with a parking garage.

The location is just south of all the Astoria Cove/Hallets Point development hubbub, so our guess is that it’ll get snatched up in no time. GMAP

Photo via PropertyShark

12/18/14 1:00pm


The Spanish word “posada” can be translated as “inn” or “lodging” in English. The Spanish-born tradition “Las Posadas is a Christian celebration of the Virgin Mary’s pregnancy that has become very popular in the United States recently. Basically a simulation of the story of Jesus Christ’s nativity, participants parade through public streets like Mary and Joseph allegedly did on Christmas Eve, stopping at various houses to ask for shelter. This Saturday, the Latin American Culture Center of Queens will hold an enactment of Las Posadas with observers strolling through Astoria and making symbolic stops along the way to the ARROW Community Center, where a party will be born.

Details: Las Posadas Celebration, ARROW Community Center, 35-30 35th Street, Astoria, free, for more information, try 718-261-7664 or LACCQ@aol.com.

Photo: Hispanic Culture Online

12/15/14 3:00pm


Just over the past year, value on industrial parcels in Queens has risen a hefty 60 percent, according to The Real Deal. The rapidly growing prices on land in LIC and Astoria (the Durst Organization recently bought the Hallets Point development site for $130,000,000) combined with a shrinking supply of industrial properties have also caused increasing rents on industrial properties around JFK Airport, LIC, Astoria, Maspeth, Flushing and Jamaica. Industrial rents are expected to grow steadily into the next year.

According to TRD, rents for Queens warehouse and distribution properties only rose 1.3 percent — to $13.31 — between the second and third quarters of 2014, and rents increased 6.3 percent on manufacturing properties — to $13.02 — during the same period.

Queens Industrial Property Values Jump 60% — in One Year [TRD]

12/12/14 12:00pm

24-43 33rd Street
Broker: Charles Rutenberg
Price: $1,195,000
Saturday, 11:00 – 1:00 pm

4East Elmhurst
24-22 98th Street
Broker: Breezes Brokerage
Price: $569,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Middle Village
60-36 78th Street
Broker: Coldwell Banker Phillips
Price: $548,000
Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

145-72 159th Street
Broker: Exit Realty First Choice
Price: $359,995
Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30

12/10/14 11:00am

Astoria Park , Triboro and Hellgate Bridge, Wiki 1

Queens has some great parks. For me, a great park has nature in abundance, some fascinating history, and perhaps a special “thing” that makes it a destination, not just any old place to walk and run, or ride your bike, or settle down to read a good book. Of course, to establish a great park you have to work with what you are given by nature and location. So if you are given a fantastic shoreline overlooking the East River, Ward’s Island and Manhattan, and are nestled near two picturesque and historic bridges, one of which spans one of the city’s most dangerous and history-filled waterways, then you have the makings for Astoria Park. (more…)

12/08/14 3:00pm

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Rendered above is the seven-story, 20-unit mixed use building planned for 31-23 Newtown Avenue, right off of 30th Avenue. We Heart Astoria spotted construction going on where a modest, setback house with a commercial storefront once stood. The 13,768-square-foot development will also hold office space on the first floor, retail in the basement, and seven off-street parking spaces. As the sign on the construction fence notes, construction will last through the fall of 2016.

New 7-Story Mixed Use Building Coming to Newtown Avenue [We Heart Astoria] GMAP

12/03/14 4:00pm

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Are you an Astoria resident with some ideas for improving the Val Alst Playground? The playground, located between 29th and 30th avenues off 21st Street, is part of a city initiative to improve under serviced New York City parks. As We Heart Astoria reported, tonight the Department of Transportation would like to hear “neighborhood input and feedback on the kind of park you need and want to see.” The meeting will be held from 6 to 8 pm at P.S. 171, 14-14 29th Avenue. (Enter at the main entrance on 29th Avenue.) You can RSVP to nichole.henderson@parks.nyc.gov or call (718) 520-5913.

Help Improve Van Alst Playground – Your Input is Needed! [We Heart Astoria]
City Announces Improvements for Six Under-Serviced Queens Parks [Q'Stoner]

Photo via NYC Parks

12/02/14 12:00pm


How much would you pay for this garden apartment in Astoria? The one-bedroom unit, at 34-41 29th Street, looks quite nice and comes with private access to the backyard. It’s cozy, with an open kitchen and living room, and a modest bedroom space. What we’re really loving is the actual garden, which comes furnished with an outdoor patio set. The plantings, too, are just gorgeous. But everybody knows outdoor spaces in NYC don’t come cheap. The ask for this pad is $2,050 a month.

34-41 29th Street [Douglas Elliman] GMAP


It’s no big surprise, considering the Astoria Cove developers and the City Council’s Land Use Committee already reached an agreement this month. But yesterday the full City Council voted unanimously to approve the Astoria Cove project. The agreement reached includes 27 percent affordable housing, 20 percent of which will be reserved for low-income households, a unionized workforce, retail and a supermarket, a new school, a renovated local library, upgraded parks, and an upgraded senior center at the NYCHA Astoria Houses. The developers also agreed to build out a ferry dock, although the city has not announced plans for ferry service there. Of the decision, Council Member Costa Constantinides, who pushed for more affordable housing in the development, stated, “For the first time in City history, the developer will be required, by law, to provide permanently affordable housing that is within the reach of Astorians. In one of the largest agreements on affordable housing in city history, a record 27% of the development will be permanently reserved for low- and middle-income households.”

You would guess construction on the 1,723-unit mega development would begin soon, but Crain’s expresses doubts, with a suspicion that Alma may even flip the property. We shall see…

All Astoria Cove coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Facebook

11/21/14 2:00pm

athens-cafe-astoria-closedThe owners of Bareburger, the successful mini-chain that started in Astoria, have special plans in the works for the old Athens Cafe space at 32-07 30th Avenue. Athens Cafe closed earlier this month, with lots of rumors surrounding what would replace it. But this week, We Heart Astoria, Astoria Post and DNAinfo have all shared the exciting news that the Bareburger is planning an “exciting new concept” here. Here’s what they told WAH: “The Athens cafe location has been an iconic part of the Astoria community for years. Bareburger group saw an opportunity to inject some new life and an exciting new concept into a space abound with possibilities.”

There are no specific details yet, as they are very early in the planning process. All we know is that this will be a totally new venture for the Bareburger folks in Astoria. GMAP

Photo by Astoria Post