Calling old home lovers! We found this house in Bayside Hills through Old Homes Queens. It’s a single family with three beds and three baths that’s just oozing with potential. The interior’s decked out with lots of gorgeous wood detailing, fireplaces and exposed ceiling beams. But it’s still going to need some work; areas like the kitchen and bedrooms look downright outdated. This could be a real stunner with a little TLC. The asking price comes in at $888,000.
Today’s Listing of the Day hails all the way from Bayside Hills. We’re quite smitten with that unique Tudor facade — how cute! There aren’t many photos of the interior, but we do spot some nice details like hardwood floors and a fireplace. The driveway, garage and front yard lend a nice suburban vibe as well. For 1,600 square feet of living space on a 4,000-square-foot lot? The ask is $899,000, rather high if you ask us.
Oakland Lake, at 46th Avenue and Cloverdale Boulevard, is the largest of a number of small “kettle ponds” left over from the passage of a glacier that stopped its southern progress in the middle of Long Island 15,000 years ago. According to the NYC Parks Department, it was once thought to be fully 600 feet deep, but the lake bottom was found to be just 20 feet in 1969. Similar to what was done with Kissena Lake, Oakland Lake was surrounded with a concrete lining and “citified” in the 1930s. After lean years in which the lake’s condition deteriorated, a revitalization effort was spearheaded by local resident Gertrude Waldeyer, whose Oakland Lake and Ravine Conservation Committee raised $1,000,000 to restore the lake to its natural state. It is now home to catfish, sunfish and carp. Oakland Lake has taken its place, along with other Alley Pond lakes such as Potamogeton Pond, Turtle Pond, Decodon Pond, Lily Pad Pond and Muskrat Pond as small glimpses of real wetland in the big city.
One of the great things about New York City is that somewhere in the five boroughs, you can find just about anything. When it comes to architecture, that is certainly true. It’s really not surprising that there is even a cobblestone house in the city, a vernacular style of construction that usually is found in more remote rural areas. This one is a city landmark, and stands in Bayside, at 35-34 Bell Boulevard. (more…)
Brooklyn has hipsters. Queens has Hip-to-Hip. This theater company, which specializes in family-friendly productions, performs Shakespeare classics for free in various public spaces throughout the borough each summer. This year, Hip-to-Hip will put on the Bard of Avon’sTwo Gentlemen of Verona, an early slapstick comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness…and a dog, and Cymbeline, a late romance/fairy tale about a king, his only daughter, an evil stepmother, and a forbidden love. The professional actors will perform in repertory, and 30 minutes before each performance, they will host “Kids & The Classics,” an interactive workshop for children of all ages.
Build it higher, and they will come. The Bayside Village BID just received $20,000 to explore converting a municipal parking lot on the corner of 41st Avenue and 214th Place into a multilevel parking structure. A feasibility study, supported by city funds obtained by Council Member Paul A. Vallone, will identify issues, estimate expansion costs, examine local financial impact, analyze the supply and demand for spaces, and determine possible mixed-use options. The revamp would ease congestion mostly for Long Island Railroad commuters, Bayside businesses, and Northeast Queens residents. It would be a multi-year undertaking that would include public meetings with civic groups, advocacy groups, and Community Board 11.
“Nestled in the heart of my district, the Bayside Village BID on Bell Boulevard is a vibrant area filled with small businesses that serve my constituents. It is no secret that the popularity of this commercial hub makes parking difficult for those commuting via the Long Island Railroad and customers frequenting stores,” stated Council Member Vallone. “Potentially expanding the municipal parking lot on 41st Avenue could greatly alleviate parking concerns and ensure continued success for the businesses that call Bell Boulevard home. This study is a step in that direction.”
It’s time to hit the pavement. On July 6th, the 2014 Tour de Queens by Jamis will take bicyclists on a fun-filled, family-friendly trek through the borough. An estimated 20 miles, the route will begin in Flushing Meadows Corona Park and take participants through Flushing, East Flushing, Murray Hill, Auburndale, Bayside, Bayside Terrace, Beechurst and Whitestone with a rest stop in Little Bay Park. It’s not a competitive race–riders will pedal en masse at about 10 mph as a rolling parade with an NYPD escort. There are no street closures, but volunteer marshals will block (or “cork”) traffic intersections for safe passage. Details after the jump.
The Lawrence Cemetery is a quiet spot located in a shady corner of 216th Street and 42nd Avenue in Bayside. In fact, the Lawrence family used it as a picnic ground they called “Pine Grove.” But is it haunted? This Saturday, a paranormal investigation group will demonstrate and explain the tools and techniques used to discover paranormal activity and then perform an investigation. The Bayside Historical Society, which is organizing the event, has performed these ghost hunts before and assures that it’s not scary. Plus, the cemetery is a fascinating, landmarked venue where Cornelius Van Wyck Lawrence, who was NYC’s mayor from 1834 to 1837, is buried. It is also the final resting place of Colonel Frederick Newbold Lawrence, a Civil War veteran who went on to be president of the New York Stock Exchange from 1882 to 1883.
Details: Paranormal Investigation of Lawrence Cemetery, Bayside Historical Society, 208 Totten Avenue, Fort Totten, Bayside. Event is by reservation only at (718) 352-1548 and will be rescheduled in the event of rain, June 7th, noon, $10.