Why is this Forest Hills home, at 67-60 110 Street, asking $2,500,000? Seriously, we can’t figure it out. It’s a large lot, at 5,000 square feet, but we can’t imagine there’s much development potential since this is a low-density residential area. The lot is entirely paved, so there’s no appeal of a backyard. And the interior, which boasts four bedrooms and three bathrooms, isn’t doing it for us either. Forest Hills readers, any clue of why the asking price is so high? You could buy a Tudor mansion in Forest Hills Gardens for that kind of money. What do you think this house could get?
The history of the Parkway Hospital, now sitting unused in Forest Hills, is getting long and complicated. First, it went to auction in the summer of last year. Then there was word in early 2014 that it might head back to auction because the previous buyer couldn’t pay the full bid. Earlier this summer, there was the seemingly random news that the real estate investment firm Jasper Venture Group planned to convert the hospital into a condo development. News emerged soon after that Jasper owned the mortgage on the building, and had never won the property in an auction.
Got all that? Because today the Times Ledger has news that the hospital went to auction again. Auberge Grand Central Limited Liability Company, in partnership with Jasper Venture Group, officially purchased the property for $1,000,000. According to the Ledger, they “purchased the defunct hospital’s mortgages for $6.5 million in 2012.” There was a brief bidding war, and when it was over a rep for Auberge Grand Central said “he was contractually prevented from discussing plans for the property.” As far as we know the plans for the condo conversion are still on the table, and now the partnership can officially move ahead with development. Looks like we’re going to have to stay tuned for more details…
Almost ready for sales! Edge of the City caught advertising going up for The Aston, the newest condo development to hit Forest Hills. (Weirdly, the building pictured above is not The Aston — it’s a building across the street supposedly owned by the same developer.) There’s also a teaser site advertising one- and two-bedroom luxury residences, although we heard there will also be six three-bedroom units available. The sales gallery is expected to open this summer, with construction wrapping in the fall. No word on pricing yet.
NY1 filed a video profile of Forest Hills Stadium, which underwent renovations to address resident complaints of rowdy crowds. Last summer, the stadium hosted its first concert (Mumford and Sons, pictured above) since the 1980s. The big crowds of the sold-out show caused some concern among nearby residents. “We learned a lot from that show,” general manager Jon McMillan told NY1. Renovations to the stadium included a new stage for performers, new handrails and widened aisles (to make it easier to travel through the space), and finally a new stadium entrance on Burns Street, further away from residential buildings than the main entrance on Tennis Place. Concert organizers are also working closely with the NYPD on crowd control.
Around 14,000 concertgoers attended the Modest Mouse and Brand New concert this Saturday. Residents found improved crowd control, barely noticing that the concert went on. Forest Hills readers, have you noticed a big improvement this season?
Sorry, Yankees fans, but Forest Hills Stadium is New York City’s most storied outdoor arena. Arthur Ashe and Billie Jean King made history there, while the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Diana Ross, Jimi Hendrix, Talking Heads, and local boys Simon & Garfunkel made music there. The horseshoe-shaped stadium, which was built in 1923, fell into disrepair in the 1990s, but now it’s back after a roughly $3,000,000 structural overhaul and it’s been hosting concerts all summer. The revamped fun continues this Saturday, when Modest Mouse and Brand New share the stage. Formed in Washington state in 1993, Modest Mouse is the indie rock paragon with two Grammy nominations and a Billboard number one song, “We Were Dead before the Ship even Sank.” Long Island born Brand New is an alternative/indie rock group whose fourth and most recent album, Daisy, reached number six on Billboard.
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.