11/18/14 12:00pm


We’re totally smitten with this single-family home in Forest Hills, at 68-45 Groton Street. It’s asking $859,000. And it’s charming inside and out, with a front porch and backyard and beautiful hardwood floors. The biggest catch, as far as we can tell? There are three bedrooms but only one full bathroom. (There’s another half bathroom, as well.) Think this property is worth its asking price?

68-45 Groton Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

11/18/14 9:00am


We knew there was tons of demand at the Forest Hills condo building The Aston, with 1,000 prospective buyers clamoring to see the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments upon the sales launch in October. Now The Marketing Directors have reported that 50 percent of the units have sold after just four weeks.

There are only 97 units in the building, with one bedrooms starting from $455,000, two bedrooms from $790,000 and three bedrooms from $1,400,000. So far the apartments are selling at ask, but the three-bedroom units (there are three of them) haven’t been spoken for yet. Building amenities include a gym, outdoor terrace, parking garage and concierge.

All Aston coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

11/13/14 1:00pm


The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.


11/07/14 12:00pm

1Forest Hills
55 Wendover Road
Broker: Terrace Sotheby’s
Price: $2,100,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

42-67 Murray Street
Broker: Edna Mashaal Realty
Price: $798,888
Sunday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

3Richmond Hill
105-42 133rd Street
Broker: Century 21
Price: $699,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm

4Jackson Heights
34-40 79th Street
Broker: Halstead
Price: $219,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

11/05/14 12:00pm


This three-bedroom, two-and-a-half bathroom co-op at 113-14 72nd Road, in Forest Hills, is asking $609,000. The unit boasts a massive, open living and dining room — seems like tons of potential there. But with the huge living space you’re also getting a small, narrow kitchen that looks like it needs a makeover. The bathrooms, too, could use some TLC. Otherwise it looks like a well-kept, modernized space with a private terrace to boot. The location, right off the park and a few blocks from Austin Street, isn’t bad either.

113-14 72nd Road [Century 21] GMAP

10/22/14 12:00pm


This attached Tudor townhouse at 67-97 Clyde Street, in Forest Hills, is priced at $855,000. It’s a quirky, historic exterior with a nice front garden, and the interior is completely modernized. Recessed lighting, new fixtures, and what looks to be a stone wall in one of the bathrooms. There’s a patio backyard with a one-car garage. Considering this isn’t a large property, it’s a significant ask. What do you think it’ll get?

67-97 Clyde Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

10/22/14 11:00am

Frank Erickson,bookmaking op in 1930s, sfsu.edu 1

We love our mobsters and bad boys in this society. Sure, we may hate their crimes, the murders and the violence, but as over a hundred years of American fascination with mobsters shows; we are fascinated with them. Newspaper stories, pulp magazines, novels, radio shows, began the trend. Then countless movies and television shows, and finally video games all point to the continuing love of the mythology and methodology of organized crime. I’m sure studies have been done to explain this phenomenon. Maybe it’s the entrepreneurial spirit, maybe it was the daring of it all, but more than likely, it had a lot to do with fantasies about taking what you want, doing it with a band of brothers, and having a code of honor, not to mention all those guys with funny nicknames. You couldn’t be a real mobster without a funny nickname. (more…)

10/20/14 2:00pm


Forest Hills, you’re officially on the NYC hipster map! Edge of the City reports that the neighborhood’s got its first indie, organic coffee shop. It’s called Red Pipe Cafe and it’s located at 71-60 Austin Street, the former Stoa Jewelry store. The space is open from 7 am to 10 pm and serves coffee, tea, sandwiches, salads, soups and desserts — everything is organic. There’s a decent amount of seating, and Edge of the City says the baristas make a mean cappuccino. Seems like a no brainer that a spot like this will do well along Austin Street.

Forest Hills Gets an Indie Coffee Shop [Edge of the City] GMAP

Photo via Red Pipe Cafe

10/17/14 12:00pm

1Forest Hills
62 Rockrose Place
Broker: Apre Inc.
Price: $1,950,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 2:30 pm

2East Elmhurst
23-43 95th Street
Broker: Exit Realty Genesis
Price: $545,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

85-18 80th Street
Broker: National Homes Direct
Price: $515,000
Saturday, 11:00 – 3:00 pm

2106 35th Street, #2B
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $339,000
Sunday, 11:00 – 1:00 pm

10/15/14 11:00am

F. Erickson, Pimlico Race Track, 1935, Preakness, kilduffs.com 1

In the spring of 1939, the front pages of the local New York papers were abuzz with news of the coming war in Europe. Hitler was advancing on Poland, the French were readying their own army, knowing they were next, and the British were calling up their airmen to active duty, securing their shoreline, and preparing their military and civil defenses. Here in the United States, President Roosevelt was assuring the American people that we were ready to go to war, but only if we had to. He was seeking some kind of diplomatic solution before another world war broke out.

In the middle of all of this global news, the local headlines were more concerned with another battle; the ongoing war between Mayor LaGuardia and his law enforcement officials and a rich, well-connected and affable bookie named Frank Erickson. His story began in our last Queenswalk. The 1930s had been a tumultuous time here in the city. The Great Depression had devastated society, creating the perfect climate for organized crime to grow and flourish. The newspapers, radio, even the movies, echoed the fear and fascination the populace felt towards the crime lords and their minions who made up The Mob. (more…)