We know the Forest Hills Gardens market is hot, but signs of demand are popping up all over the neighborhood of Forest Hills. The single-family home at 71-47 Kessel Street, between 71st and 72nd avenues, hit the market for $1,175,000 and got picked up one week later for $1,235,000. It’s a 2,590-square-foot, three-bedroom home on a 3,330-square-foot lot. The home was built in 1925. Here are some details from the old listing, from Terrace Sotheby’s Realty:
Spacious, light filled open floor plan with large Living Room with gas fireplace and open, high end eat-in Kitchen with top of the line appliances and custom cabinetry. New Powder Room. 2nd Floor: Three picture perfect Bedrooms and a large, beautifully renovated hall Bathroom. 3rd Floor: Two large rooms with heat that can be used for guest rooms or office space.
Here’s another home in the Cord Meyer section of Forest Hills that we’re just not sure is worth its ask. While the property boats a large lot, front and back yard, and a one-car garage, the house will need work. The listing calls this a “handyman special” and there aren’t any interior photos, which is never a good sign. And yet the ask comes in at $1,075,000. C’mon — you can’t list a home for $1M+ without any interior pics!
This Saturday marked the first concert of the season for Forest Hills Stadium. The venue, previously used for the US Open, is now in its second season of music performances. (It sat mostly unused for decades before that.) The Zac Brown Band kicked things off over the weekend, acts like the Replacements, Modest Mouse and Drake are to come later this summer. You can see the lineup at the Forest Hills Stadium website.
DNAinfo profiled the recent renovation of the stadium, which has 1,200 new seats as well as metal benches on the upper levels. There’s a brand new stage for performers, widened aisles, and new handrails. There’s a new stadium entrance on Burns Street, further away from residential buildings than the main entrance on Tennis Place. And while there may be permanent toilets installed in the future, for now concert goers must use Porta-A-Potties. According to one of the event producers, “It’s going to function more like a festival site.”
Here’s a lovely old house in the Cord Meyer section of Forest Hills, at 110-27 71st Avenue. It’s quite large, with six bedrooms, four full bathrooms, and an office setup on the first floor. The home shows promise with some nice interior details, but it looks like it’ll need some significant upgrading. That’s why we’re scratching our head at the asking price of $1,980,000. Really? This is just not a $2M house. Realistically, what do you think a property like this could go for?
Summer is about to be in full swing… and it’s time for youngsters to work on their swings — and jumps, sprints and putts. On July 1st, the City Parks Foundation kicks off its free 2014 Summer Sports Program in 12 green spaces in Queens. CityParks Tennisprovides free tennis lessons to children, ages six to 16, and concludes with tournaments at the Central Park Tennis Center and Flushing Meadows Tennis Center in mid-August. CityParks Golfprovides free lessons and equipment to boys and girls, ages six to 16. CityParks Track & Fieldgives kids, ages five to 16, the chance to learn the basics of the sport, from hurdles and relay races, to long jump, shot put and javelin throw. Participants then have the opportunity to compete in an organized meet at Icahn Stadium on Randall’s Island. The Queens schedule follows.
The Forest Hills Long Island Rail Road station, newly polished and refurbished, looks like no other station in the railroad’s voluminous list of stations, with its distictive Tudor-style ticket offices with shaped glass and unique luminaires. Its position overlooking Burns Street seems perfect to give a speech, and that’s exactly what former President Teddy Roosevelt did here in 1917. The platform overlooks a country-village type setting at the heart of Forest Hills Gardens; one practically expects to see Patrick McGoohan, in his black “Number Six” suit he wore in the classic British 1967 science-fiction show The Prisoner, running away from “The Village’s” robot weather balloons that served as the village’s guardians.
The station’s design goes back to 1911 and, as it was built in tandem with Forest Hills Gardens, it was always meant to be the perfect complement to the neighborhood. It continues to be directly connected to the development via ornamental walkways.
The Forest Hills station’s lighting and signage are marvelously detailed, from the “dashing Dan” on the lamp to the stylized “FH” on the wrought iron signposts.
For rail architecture buffs, the Forest Hills station is a destination in itself. The design is English tudor accented with red brick, red tile windows, casement-style windows and benches and platform lighting unique to the station. Some of these highlights were installed after a late-1990s renovation.
The station is not a major one and many trains deadhead past it. If the LIRR put this much effort into stations like Nostrand Avenue and East New York, well, that’d be a way to run a railroad.
Further down the LIRR, at Lefferts Boulevard between Austin and Grenfell Streets, is the 1909 Kew Gardens station building. The station house is a handsome, venerable ridge-roofed building, but of even greater interest is the span that takes Lefferts over the tracks: it’s lined on both sides with commercial buildings. A complicated engineering solution encompasses three separate bridges on Lefferts: one for the roadway, and two on each side that support the buildings. According to Kew Gardens: Urban Village in the Big City author and PBS-TV host Barry Lewis, the store’s bridges actually run through the buildings’ roofs, with the storefronts hung from the bridges like a curtain on a rod. The engineering principle is similar to that of the circa-1565 Ponte Vecchio (Old Bridge) in Florence, Italy. The Lefferts Blvd. bridge had assumed its present condition by 1930.
It was in the vicinity of the station that the infamous Kitty Genovese murder – in which 38 witnesses by some accounts failed to step in — was committed in 1964.
With about 130,000 residents, Queens is home to more war veterans than any other borough in New York City. This weekend various neighborhoods honor their war heroes with Memorial Day parades, including biggest one in the country (Little Neck/Douglaston).
The Maspeth Memorial Day Parade (Sunday, May 25th, at 1 pm) is always an emotional display of patriotism and gratitude. This year, it honors local veterans and women. Retired Capt. Laura Zimmermann is the speaker, and other honorees are Leo J. Wasil, who flew 35 combat missions as a radio operator, mechanic and gunner in World War II; Anthony Simone, who fought in the treacherous Mung Dung Valley during the Korean War; and Jane Crowley, who joined the United States Marine Corp Women’s Service in 1943. The parade begins at 1 pm at Walter A. Garlinge Memorial Park, 72nd Street and Grand Avenue, and proceeds down Grand to the Frank Kowalinski American Legion Post 4 and Knights of Columbus on 69th Lane, where there’s a memorial service at 2 pm.
Forest Hills, Sunday, May 25th, noon, starts at Ascan and Metropolitan avenues, proceeds to Trotting Course Lane, ending at St. John Cemetery. Grand marshals are Monsignor John McGuirl, pastor of Our Lady of Mercy Church; Community Board 6 Chair Joseph Hennessey; and Mayor’s Office of Veterans’ Affairs Commissioner Terrance Holliday.
College Point, Sunday, May 25th, 2 pm, starts at 28rd Avenue and College Point Boulevard and heads to 5th Avenue and 119th Street. State Senator Tony Avella is the grand marshal. Poppy Queen is Isabella Joan Hollaway.
Howard Beach, Monday, May 26th, 9:30 am, begins with Memorial Day Mass at Our Lady of Grace Church at 101st Street and 159th Avenue. The parade kicks off at 11 am in Coleman Square and takes its time-honored route through Old Howard Beach, visiting the Vietnam War memorial at 99th Street and 157th Avenue, the World War II memorial at Assembly of God Church at 158-31 99th Street and then St. Barnabas Church at 159-19 98 Street.
Laurelton, Monday, May 26th, 9 am, Francis Lewis and Merrick boulevards to the Veterans Memorial Triangle, 225thStreet and North Conduit Avenue.
Little Neck-Douglaston, Monday, May 26th, 2 pm, Northern Boulevard between Jayson Avenue and 245th Street, 2 pm.The closing ceremony is held in the parking lot of Saint Anastasia School, Northern Boulevard and Alameda Avenue, where awards are given, honorees are acknowledged, and refreshments are served. World War II heroes are the grand marshals, including Rocco Moretto and John McHugh Sr., who stormed the beaches of Normandy during D-Day; Thomas Dent; John W. Peterkin; and Lucy Salpeper, who joined the Navy Waves and cared for injured soldiers.
Ridgewood-Glendale, Monday, May 26th, 11 am, starting at the Ridgewood Memorial Triangle at Myrtle and Cypress avenues and ending at the Glendale War Monument at Myrtle and Cooper avenues. Charles Dunn, a member of Glendale’s VFW Sergeant Edward R. Miller Post 7336, is the grand marshal.