This Friday, Michael H. Perlman is holding a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session regarding his newly-published book, “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book chronicles the unique and notable residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park who have shaped the neighborhood’s culture and history.
The event will be held from 7 to 8:15pm at the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin Street. Check out the Facebook event listing here.
In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building all sorts of public works projects as a means of getting the vast number of unemployed people back to work. It was the largest and most ambitious aspect of the New Deal. Over the course of the WPA’s existence, almost every city, town and village in the United States received some kind of public works project, all built by local people. They built schools, parks, bridges, roads and post offices, among other things. Post offices were a very popular project, as almost every community could use a nice new post office.
Here in New York City, dozens of individual post office branches were built over the course of the ‘30s. Many were designed in the Colonial Revival style of architecture; so many that we’ve come to think of the Colonial Revival post office as the norm. But as the decade drew to a close, some of the new post office buildings started to appear in the more modern architectural language of the day; variations on Art Deco and the new International Style.
The office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury was responsible for the designs of the nation’s post offices constructed through the WPA. The architects working for the office produced thousands of post offices, most in the conservative Colonial Revival style, which was the approved style of government buildings throughout the ‘20s and ‘30s. But as the program progressed, an amendment was written to allow the office to hire outside consulting architects for many of these buildings. Architects were unemployed people too, and hiring outside of the agency was part of the WPA’s efforts to employ the nation’s artists and creative professions, who were also struggling to make a living. (more…)
A seven-story, 23-unit residential building is planned for 109-15 72nd Road, between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. New York YIMBY first spotted permits filed by the Philadelphia-based developer Chuan Shu Wang. The apartments will be large, around 1,000 square feet on average. And there will be 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as 12 underground parking spaces. The developer picked up the parcel in December for $5.7 million, a high price that leads YIMBY to believe that the units will go condo.
The site is located in an area of Forest Hills that was rezoned in 2009 to accommodate higher density residential projects. The location is definitely great, right off Austin Street and just a few blocks from the LIRR and the subway.
When this bank was built in 1952, it was seen as cutting edge, modern and quite unique. It’s hard to believe that it is now sixty-three years old. It’s held up well, especially considering that modern architecture, and by “modern” I mean the bold, space age architecture of the 1950s, is now certifiably old enough to be antique. That’s right – this building and the original suburban ranch house have been around long enough to be classified as “old buildings,” eligible for landmarking and other perks that one would think would only be designated for something built during the Art Deco period or before.
Excluding Staten Island, because of its isolation, Queens was the last borough to really be developed, and much of that didn’t happen until the mid-20th century. Consequently, the borough has a rich history of Mid-Century Modern and International Style architectural endeavors. This bank building is one of the best. The Queens Chamber of Commerce thought so too, and in December of 1952, awarded the building with a first prize bronze plaque for “excellence in design and civic value.” (more…)
If you’re in the market for a large, post-war co-op, check out this apartment at 110-11 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. This is a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with plenty of space and a private terrace. The building also has a rooftop pool, gym, playground and 24-hour doorman. Only negatives are that the kitchen and bathrooms look outdated and will probably require some upgrades from a buyer. Given the pros and cons, how do you feel about the ask of $565,000?
Both NY1 and Times Ledger have reported on a brand new neighborhood group for the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens area. The group, called “Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – Our Communities” hopes to bring residents of the three neighborhoods together to promote area events, historic and cultural preservation, and local businesses. The group started its Facebook page on January 24th and 500 people joined after only four days. Now, there are over 1,000 members.
The first official meeting was last week, and the group plans to hold meetings monthly. Facebook posts range from doctor recommendations in the area to upcoming community board events to the group’s memories of the older days of Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
Here’s a charming one bedroom up for sale at The Sutton, the Forest Hills co-op building at 109-14 Ascan Avenue. The ask: $325,000. The maintenance: $904.20. It’s not huge, with 750 square feet, and there’s no dedicated dining room. (Instead, there’s a space outside the kitchen that will fit a modest table.) What we’re liking is the large archway in the living room, the many windows, and the original oak floors. Overall, the unit looks to be in great shape. There was an open house last weekend, did any readers check it out?
Check it out: here are the latest house sales around the Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens area. We’ve got a freestanding English Tudor, a brick Colonial, and a semi-detached brick townhouse, with sales prices ranging from $820,000 up to $1,800,000. Read on for more details…
36 Rockrose Place: As the listing says, it’s a “unique English Tudor Tapestry Brick Home” in Forest Hills Gardens. It just hit public records for $1,900,000 — we couldn’t find the ask on this one, does anybody know what it was? Here are some more details from the listing: “Amenities include enclosed front porch, hardwood floors, renovated kitchen, custom cabinetry, 2 fireplaces, 2 full and 1/2 baths, finished basement, 2 car garage and private rear garden.” The home is quite beautiful, you can see interior photos here.
54 Bow Street: This Center Hall Brick Colonial in Forest Hills Gardens, listed by Terrace Sotheby’s, was asking $1,539,000. After five months on the market it sold for $1,475,000. The listing boasts, “Many original details, including oak doors, leaded glass windows and doors.” There’s also a two-car garage, private garden and finished basement.
67-42 Juno Street: Finally there’s this semi-detached, three-bedroom brick townhouse outside of the Gardens enclave. The home spent four months on the market at an ask of $859,000; it sold for $820,000. The interior has hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, an eat-in kitchen and finished basement.