We hadn’t heard much news on The Aston, the luxury condo development under construction in Forest Hills, but yesterday DNAinfo provided an update. The 17-story building, still under construction at 108-11 Queens Boulevard, should be ready for sales in September. Then construction is expected to wrap in October; the developer hopes to start moving people in this year. While the developer originally planned 100 one-bedroom and two-bedroom apartments, ranging from 800 to 1,200 square feet, there will now be three bedrooms available, too. Due to lots of demand from prospective buyers, the 97-unit building will hold around six three-bedroom condos. There’s no word on pricing yet.
The development will also have its own gym and rooftop garden. A CVS pharmacy will open on the ground floor in August.
On one hand, the Catholic Church receives criticism for its handling of the Holocaust. Various priests, nuns and laity were members of the Nazi Party and many historians charge that Pope Pius XII was complicit in Adolf Hitler’s regime. But on the other hand, many Catholics fought the Nazis and helped Jews escape persecution… and many Catholics were persecuted themselves. Millions of Catholic soldiers died fighting the Third Reich, while others were sent to forced labor camps, and countless cathedrals, churches, convents, monasteries, monuments, and schools were destroyed during World War II.
On Monday, Linna McDonald, a retired teacher of religion, language arts and social studies at Maspeth’s St. Stanislaus Kosta School, will present The Catholic Church and the Jews, as part of an ongoing lecture series at the Central Queens Y. McDonald, who currently mentors and trains Brooklyn-Queens Diocese teachers in Holocaust education, will address everything from the Pope Pius controversy to the priests and nuns who risked their lives helping Jews. She will also address the revolution in Catholic teaching since the 1960s and anti-Semitism in today’s church.
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?