In late November, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to build a visitor center at the historic Bowne House property. The proposal includes a new 1,250-square-foot building, which will hold a gallery, lobby, two restrooms and an office, altered pathways and new fencing. We got our hands on the approved LPC proposal, which includes details on the site plan, the layout of the visitor center, and the materials that will be used. See all the images after the jump…
Technically, it’s when the sun reaches its most southern declination. Effectively, it’s the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours for those living north of the Equator. Artistically, it’s has been the inspiration for dance, literature, mythology, painting, religion and ritual for centuries. Locally, it’s the perfect time to head to the Queens Botanical Garden. On December 8th, the Flushing oasis will celebrate the winter solstice with live music by the acappella group Rough Dozen, botanical craft workshops, a special holiday market, garden tours and a tree lighting that morphs into a seasonal sing-along. There’s also a rumor that Santa Claus will show up.
Details: Winter Solstice Celebration, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, December 8th, 12:30 pm to 5 pm, Free. (QBG admission is free from November 1st through March 31st.)
In October, we caught an $11,250,000 sale along Avery Avenue between College Point Boulevard and 131st Street for four different commercial properties. Turns out Marcus & Millichap was in charge of the sale, and a few more details popped up on Real Estate Weekly yesterday. The 86,560-square-foot property sold at $130 per buildable square foot. The seller actually spent six years working to rezone the block; the site just had its zoning changed to C2-6A with an FAR of 4. According to a Marcus & Millichap broker, “This allows for various commercial and residential uses and increased the potential development size of the lot to 86,560 square feet, doubling the buildable square footage from its previous zoning.” So far, there is no hint on DOB records of what development is to come.
This 12-story, 100-room hotel at 39-16 College Point Boulevard is now showing off its facade. Over the summer, construction was moving along and scaffolding was up. The architect is Michael Kang — interesting design, to say the least. According to this website, the finished product will have commercial space, a ground-floor terrace, and rooftop bars on the second and twelfth floors.
Construction is chugging along at the Flushing mega project One Fulton Square. When the project wraps next year, it’ll include three levels and 330,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel, offices, and 43 residential condominiums. Over the summer, 21 of the condos already sold, thanks to an influx of Chinese buyers to the Flushing area. After the jump, check out more pictures of where the scaffolding’s come down, and see a final rendering.
They will deck the halls! Many, many halls. On December 8th, the Queens Historical Society will host the 26th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour through Flushing and Corona. A trolley will bring participants to seven landmarked sites, which will offer special seasonal programming, a glimpse at life during holidays past and refreshments. Consider the following:
Details: Holiday Historic House Tour, Organized from Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, December 8th, 1 pm to 5 pm, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, children under 12 are free. (more…)
For the past 30 years, Robin Bady (above right) has worked as a storyteller, actress, musician, playwright, director, artistic director, theater company founder and mask-maker. Mixing these past experiences, she’ll host Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah! at Flushing Town Hall this Sunday. With musical accompaniment by alt-rock violinist and ukulele player Deni Bonet (pictured after the jump), Bady will share her favorite stories and songs about miracles, menorahs, dreidels and potato latkes. Known for her madcap, interactive style, Bady draws upon world folklore, fairy tales, oral traditions, ghost stories and literature to turn her performances into celebrations.
Details: Hanukkah Oh Hanukkah!, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, December 1st, 1 pm and 3 pm, $10/$5 for children.
This three-bedroom Tudor home is asking $678,000. It’s located in Flushing, at 29-25 166th Street. The interior isn’t particularly wowing us, although the brick exterior and the front garden are very nice indeed. There was an open house over the weekend, did anybody get to see this home in person?