This week the New York Times profiled Forest Hills Stadium in its new incarnation as a concert venue, along with growing complaints from residents who live nearby. The city’s Department of Environmental Protection just issued a violation to the concert producers for the loudness of the Replacements show on Friday. (The finale came in three times higher than the permissible level.) Residents, unsurprisingly, aren’t happy about the noise or overhearing “profane lyrics reverberated on the streets,” which apparently happened during the Drake and Lil Wayne show.
The show managers have spent millions restoring the stadium and managing crowd control — which was said to be working this summer. There were only five concerts scheduled, and they ended by 10 pm. Managers are now considering sound blankets along the arena’s fences. Concert goers, on the other hand, wish the shows were a little louder. Most residents don’t want to kill the concerts; as a resident told the Times: “All we are asking for are reasonable limits.”
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The Aston, Forest Hills’ newest condo development at 108-20 71st Avenue, is in crazy high demand. DNAinfo shares that around 1,000 prospective buyers are waiting to check out the one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments — and the 17-story building only holds 97 units. The building developer said of the demand, “It’s unbelievable, we get about 30 calls a day.” They expect to start arranging viewing appointments when the sales office opens next week.
Three-bedroom units, which were added to the development later to appeal to families, will start at $1,400,000. One-bedroom apartments will start at $455,000, two bedrooms at $790,000. The building will have amenities like a gym, outdoor terrace, parking garage and concierge.
El Coyote, part of a small chain of Mexican restaurants, just celebrated its grand opening in Forest Hills. Edge of the City reports that it replaced Garcia’s, in the upper level of the retail complex at 70-09 Austin Street. This is the second El Coyote outpost for Queens; the first is in Jackson Heights.
Late last year the owners told DNAinfo they planned for a slightly different menu that catered toward locals, alongside favorites like enchiladas and fajitas. (Here’s the menu for the Jackson Heights location.) The spot is open for both lunch and dinner.
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The Department of Transportation is implementing changes at the busy, dangerous intersection of Queens Boulevard and Yellowstone Boulevard, in Forest Hills. Although the community board requested streetscape improvements specifically for Queens Boulevard, drivers aren’t thrilled with the new configuration so far. DNAinfo reports that “residents at a community board meeting complained that one change made last week — a ban on northbound traffic making left turns onto Queens Boulevard from Yellowstone Boulevard — had confused drivers and caused chaos in the area.” The DOT made the change to reduce conflicts with pedestrians and vehicles and “improve intersection operations.” There are new “No Left Turn” signs up to make the changes visible, but local drivers worry that the new measure will push traffic to the side streets, creating a whole new problem. “I think they are just pushing the problem a few blocks away,” one Forest Hills resident told DNAinfo.
The DOT has more streetscape plans in store for Queens and Yellowstone Boulevards, including widened medians, reconstructing a pedestrian safety island and installing parking lane stripes on service roads. The DOT will meet with Community Board Six regarding the proposals next month.
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Here’s a unique townhouse on the market at 67-09 Exeter Street, in Forest Hills. The brick exterior is a little odd looking, with its three large but differently sized windows. Inside, the interior looks like it has good bones but it’s nothing to fawn over. We do like that big window in the living room, as well as the arched doorway and wood floors. There’s a total of three bedrooms and 2,475 square feet, with an ask of $769,000. What do ya think?
This is the second time in recent memory we’ve come across interior fencing at a co-op unit in Queens. Regardless, we quite like this one bedroom at 76-36 113th Street, in Forest Hills. A very spacious and open living and dining room setup, for those who don’t mind a sunken living room. There’s a very small, narrow galley kitchen and a large-looking bedroom. The listing photos also show a beautiful interior garden. It’s asking $269,000.
Participatory Budgeting, the very popular community initiative making its way through Queens, is coming to Rego Park and Forest Hills. Residents get to decide how to spend $1,000,000 in a number of “neighborhood assemblies” this fall, according to DNAinfo. Councilwoman Karen Koslowitz, representing District 29 (Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens and Richmond Hill), is spearheading the project, where residents tend to allocate money on park renovations, community gardens, security cameras, streetscape improvements and the like.
The meeting schedule is as follows: September 8th, 7 pm at American Legion Hall at 105-15 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills; September 17th, 7 pm at Russell Sage JHS 190 (enter in the back of building) at 68-17 Austin Street in Forest Hills; and September 18th, 7 pm at P.S. 175 (enter on 64th Rd) at 64-35 102nd Street in Rego Park. Councilwoman Koslowitz will announce more meetings for October at a later date.
Wow — this co-op unit is really something. It comes from the Gerard Towers, at 70-25 Yellowstone Boulevard in Forest Hills. First off, it’s large: around 1,800 square feet with three bedrooms, two bathrooms and a private terrace. There’s also a lot going on: interesting wallpaper, carpeting, mirrored walls and a bidet in the bathroom. The kitchen, which is partially open, is modernized and huge. The listing says it “must be seen” and we gotta admit — we’d like to see how this all works in person. It’s asking a total of $819,000.