Our Astoria Reno correspondent writes:
It’s been more than a month since my last post, and I assumed by now I would have all sorts of fantastic things to talk about. This did not come to pass.
A book I read before starting this renovation had a chart with the owner’s emotional state in the course of a renovation. During planning, the excitement of first demo, through the revelation of framing, the mood is positive, going up… and later, from sheetrocking onwards, the mood also goes up as the dream comes together.
Between the two is a trough, and the absolute nadir of the process, the lowest and most depressed emotional point, is the installation of the systems: electricity, plumbing, HVAC. The initial excitement is over, the discernible changes are few, and the finished product still seems ages away. That book’s example was based just on the usual time to install these systems, and it was written in some big square Western state where DOB interference is probably at a minimum.
We have been at this low point for over a month now. (more…)
On Friday we reported that the 60-unit rental at 35-15 34th Street had sold for $11,275,000. Today we learn of a similar property nearby that also changed hands last month. The 17-unit rental at 31-24 32nd Street in Astoria sold on May 17 for $3,200,000. At $313 per square foot, this transaction was a little pricier than the 34th Street one, which got done at $260 a foot. GMAP P*Shark
New York’s outdoor public pools open for the 2013 season on June 27. Queens residents have eight options, including Olympic-sized lanes at 19th Street and 23rd Drive in Astoria Park. But one part is off limits: The Olympic diving pool (above, in 1936), which has been long abandoned. Instead, the city is looking to turn the space into a 500-person performance space at the cost of $4 million, according the Daily News. Also, there doesn’t appear to be enough money to build restrooms at the site.
The 60-unit building at 35-15 34th Street in Astoria (close to LIC, we know, but think you gotta call this Astoria) sold for $11,275,000 at the end of last month, according to public records. The four-story prewar property with stores on the ground floor weighs in at 43,200 square feet, putting the sale multiple at $260 per square foot. The seller was G. Polise Realty Corp. and the buyer was the anonymously named 35-15 34th St Realty Corp. GMAP P*Shark
A massive, 49,412-square-foot lot on the corner of Steinway Street and Northern Boulevard just hit the market for $17,000,000 — that’s more than an acre of land up for grabs. It’s comprised of five separate tax lots, from 36-12 to 36-38 Steinway Street and 38-17 to 38-23 Northern Boulevard. The zoning, currently with allowances for a mixed-use building, allows for approximately 117,614 buildable square feet. And, according to the listing, “this is one of the only 100K + square foot development sites available in the LIC/Astoria market.” Think it’s worth $17,000,000? The parcels, some of which have buildings on them, some of which have parking lots, will be delivered without tenants.
36-12 – 36-38 Steinway Street & 38-17 – 38-23 Northern Boulevard [CPEX]
Ramen Okidoki at 34-05 30th Avenue had its grand opening party on Friday, June 7, and is now open for lunch and dinner (until 11 pm on week nights and midnight on weekends).
Hellgate Farms began selling its seasonal produce at the Queens Kickshaw at 40-17 Broadway. The New York City farm will be open Sundays from 9 am to noon through September.
Commenter Kat pointed out that the Wendy’s in Elmhurst where the Eddie Murphy movie Coming to America was filmed closed last month.
Eater updated its Heat Map of the best new restaurants in Queens. Topping the list is the Vietnamese restaurant Bun-Ker at 46-63 Metropolitan in Ridgewood and the Malaysian Mamak House at 35-20 Farrington Street in Flushing.
Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments what opened in your neighborhood!
Photo from the Bunker Vietnamese Facebook Page
It’s New York State Museum Week, and the living is easy, especially in Queens. Starting today through June 16, five local cultural venues will offer discounts and promotional offers to visitors. Mention “Museum Week” and receive a complimentary collectible at the Louis Armstrong House Museum (while supplies last) along with a 10 percent discount in the gift store. Bring a friend for free with two-for-one admission at the Noguchi (above), King Manor and Moving Image museums. At the Queens Botanical Gardens, there will be half-off admission. Meanwhile, the Queens County Farm Museum will offer free tours. Statewide, participants include about 250 venues, stretching from Manhattan’s 5th Avenue, where El Museo del Barrio will have free admission on June 11, to the Hyde Collection in upstate Glens Falls, where visitors will receive a free poster.
SITE NYC, a boutique at 35-11 34th Avenue in Astoria, is moving to a nearby storefront and rebranding as Lockwood Shop, DNAinfo reported. The gift shop will have three times the space at 32-15 33rd Street, above, which used to house a liquor store. Owner Mackenzi Farquer told DNAinfo that she plans to hold workshops, classes and parties in the new location, which will have a basement and backyard. Farquer, who runs the blog We Heart Astoria, also plans to host art exhibits. SITE NYC is closing on July 31, and the new store will open in September. GMAP
Queens, and Astoria in particular, is famed for its restaurant culture.Ethnic fare is what most people speak about, whether Indian in Jackson Heights, or Latino in Roosevelt Corona, or Italian in Maspeth. Usually, when Astoria is mentioned, people immediately think Greek- but the demographics have changed here and you’re more likely to find Croatian, Brazilian, or American Casual Dining these days than anything truly Hellenic.
Comfort food with a gourmet twist, The Queens Kickshaw needs little introduction to gourmands… (more…)