04/23/14 11:00am

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Back in the 1930s, during the height of the Great Depression, the United States Post Office went on a building spree. The Works Progress Administration, (WPA) that great New Deal agency that put millions of desperate people back to work, sponsored the building. New post office branches went up all across the country, the largest building project for the PO, ever. The architects who were chosen to design these buildings were also from all over the country, and were varied in talents, styles and materials. Some of the post offices were Art Deco in style, while others were designed in many of the other popular styles of the day, most especially the Colonial Revival style, reminiscent of our Federal-era buildings.

Ever since the turn of the 20th century, Americans had been in love with Colonial Revival architecture. It resonated with the national feeling of patriotism, so important during this time of national economic struggle. The architecture was reminiscent of the Founding Fathers, the Revolutionary War, and the gracious life of the Georgian period. Good red brick, white painted wood trim, Palladium windows, Classical Greco-Roman details, what’s not to love? It was quintessential America, and considered eminently suitable for a national service such as the US Post Office. (more…)

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The anticipation was tremendous. Exactly 50 years ago today, the 1964 World’s Fair kicked off with an inauguration featuring a speech by President Lyndon B. Johnson. To commemorate this historic event today, NYC Parks opened the New York State Pavilion for three hours this afternoon. More than 5,000 spectators waited in line to see this remnant and take photos of the interior portion, where the Tent of Tomorrow once stood.

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People started gathering around the NYS Pavilion as soon as the sun came up. The line stretched around the beloved structure.

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By 11 am, patient and excited people were standing on the Grand Central Parkway’s overpass.

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By 11:30 am, the queue went past the Queens Zoo and into its parking lot.

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Those who waited got to see the inside of a structure once hosted Grateful Dead and Rolling Stones concerts.

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Diana Ross and Michael Jackson danced around this mezzanine while filming The Wiz.

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Borough President Melinda Katz wants to restore the NYS Pavilion, even though it would cost an estimated $75 million. What’s your opinion?

04/22/14 9:45am

photo copyright by Travis Dubreuil

There’s lots of demand at the new LIC condo The Millstone, located at 41-18 27th Street off Queens Plaza North. Aptsandlofts.com reports that when the building launched earlier this month, 150 people confirmed appointments for the grand opening and over 300 people came to check it out. The 14-unit building now has six accepted offers.

The one-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex apartments are priced between $480,000 and $799,000. Finishes include double-paned windows, Brazilian teak floors and washer/dryer units.

Condo Listings Are Live at The Millstone in Long Island City [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/21/14 10:00am

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This week, the Parks Department will begin rebuilding the Rockaway boardwalk from Beach 86th to Beach 97th Streets — as everybody knows, Hurricane Sandy badly ripped up the boardwalk back in 2012. And over the summer, Parks hopes to take on another damaged stretch from Beach 97th Street to Beach 106th Street. According to the Daily News, “Crews will fence off the area and start demolishing some of the concrete piles as early as Monday, and the first section could be completed by Memorial Day 2015.” Work begins with pile driving, which will last two months, followed by the placement of the concrete boardwalk. Some concrete will show a wavy pattern; there’s another design with blue stones placed throughout. During construction all access points to the beach will remain open.

The city delayed this $20,000,000 project time and time again. Although the initial hope was to finish the entire reconstruction by 2016, it likely won’t happen until 2017.

Construction of new Rockaway Boardwalk Slated to Start This Week [NY Daily News]
All Rockaway Boardwalk coverage [Q'Stoner]

Rendering by the Parks Department

04/17/14 11:00am

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TF Cornerstone is now leasing its sixth and final building on the Long Island City waterfront, 4610 Center Boulevard. The 26-story glassy tower, designed by the architecture firm Arquitectonica, holds a total of 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The interiors, according to a press release, “feature stainless steel appliances, glossy white cabinets, great custom closets, wood strip floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.” Amenities include a lobby with a WiFi lounge, a private garden, 24-hour concierge, a fitness center and a resident club with a landscaped terrace. As for pricing, studios start at $2,160 a month, one bedrooms at $2,800, two bedrooms at $3,890 and three bedrooms at $5,330. (We heard there’s already a waiting list to move in.)

The leasing effort comes right after TF Cornerstone filled up 4545 Center Boulevard, its largest waterfront tower with 820 rental units.

4610 Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/16/14 9:00am

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No. 3 at Packard Square, a 12-story tower in the Packard Square development area, is now leasing 88 luxury rental units for immediate occupancy. As the name suggests, this is the third development to come after Packard Square and Packard Square North; the fourth building (Packard Square West) is now under construction. No. 3 is located at 41-21 24th Street, just off Queens Plaza North.

Citi Habitats is leasing the units. They’ve priced studio, alcove studio, one and two bedroom apartments at $1,775, $2,125, $2,525 and $3,300 a month, with no fee. Building amenities include a rooftop lounge and deck, a fitness center, 24/7 doorman and concierge, a laundry room, and storage and on-site parking for a fee. Here’s a bit on the interiors, from the brokers:

Residences at No. 3 at Packard Square feature premium finishes and spacious, well-designed floor plans. Dramatic 9’ high ceilings and white oak plank flooring can be found in all units. Kitchens come complete with stainless steel appliances, sleek custom cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops. The homes’ private glass balconies or patios (on first-floor units), make great places to unwind.

Check out photos of the bedroom and kitchen spaces, as well as the resident’s lounge, after the jump. GMAP

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04/15/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Dutch Kills Centraal, 38-40 29th Street, Long Island City.

The Deal: Dutch Kills Centraal is still a relative newcomer to the poorly underserved area north of Queens Plaza, having just opened last year after two years of planning and construction.

The owner, Dominic Stiller, found the space abandoned two blocks from his home and, as a longtime community activist and Queens resident, wanted to create a place for the neighborhood to gather. So began the renovations: He added additional windows, repaired the walls, and installed reclaimed furniture, including a long communal table down the center of the room. Throughout it all, Stiller kept the original flooring and, of course, the bar that originally drew him in.

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The Dish: Dutch Kills Centraal is a bar, and like any quality bar, the star on the menu is the burger. As Ken Holiday, in charge of marketing for the restaurant, says, “Every gastro-pub should have a burger on the menu. Our food is defiantly more upscale than a bar, but we want a place comfortable to everyone.” Centraal sources its meats and produce from local purveyors, and serves the burger on a butter-glazed brioche bun, topped with a homemade siracha sauce.

“To have a familiar item, in a cozy place, in an area called Dutch Kills makes it taste all the better,” says Holiday. “Elevated comfort, charm, a hospitality is what we aim for.”

04/15/14 9:00am

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That’s a wrap for Woodside’s new “affordable luxury” rental development. The Daily News reports that the 66-unit building is full up after six weeks on the market. (The building was half full in early March.) Prices ranged from $1,500 to $2,600 a month for studio to two-bedroom apartments. This is the first new “luxury” development for Woodside, with amenities like a virtual doorman and a landscaped rooftop deck with a barbecue grill.

Crain’s also shares an article on the changing demographic of the neighborhood, stating that as more young people are priced out of Long Island City and Astoria they are looking to Woodside. The neighborhood, rather than having an industrial background like LIC, is known for “well-regarded schools, low crime and a good, affordable housing stock.” As the population grows, new businesses are opening in the area, too: a cafe opened on Roosevelt Avenue and 85 percent of the available commercial space at Woodside Terrace, the new condo at 63-14 Queens Boulevard, is full.

Woodside Luxury Building Full of Tenants in Only 6 Weeks [NY Daily News]
Woodside, Queens, Draws a New Crowd [Crain's]
All Icon 52 coverage [Q'Stoner]

04/14/14 9:00am

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There’s a new rental development in town, at 17-21 Woodbine Street in Ridgewood. The developers, Stuyvesant Group, purchased the six-family building back in May. At the time it was in major disrepair, with significant mildew damage, and the developers completely gutted the interior and built out four three-bedroom units and two four-bedrooms units. All apartments have their own HVAC, hot water, video intercoms, modern kitchens and bathrooms. The ground floor units, which each have private backyard space, are priced at $2,995 a month. Rents for the apartments on the floors above are priced between $2,400 and $2,795. Miron Properties is handling the leasing — check out listings here.

Building amenities include a roof deck, bike storage, separate storage units, a laundry room and a gym in the cellar. The shared hallways are also covered in art done by the local artist Raul Ayala. After the jump, you can see lots of interior photos of the apartments, amenity spaces and the artwork. GMAP

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Given that it’s the 50th and 75th anniversaries of both World’s Fair events in Queens, we’ve been celebrating the World’s Fair quite a bit these days. Let’s continue! An Imgur user posted old slides, taken by their grandparents, from the 1964 World’s Fair. The photographs really are fantastic and you can see all 36 over here. After the jump, we posted a few of our favorites.

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