This one-bedroom condo is up for sale in Forest Hills, in the Wainwright building at 99-34 67th Road. It’s a prewar building, so there are some prewar features in the apartment, but it looks mostly modernized with built-in bookcases and recessed lighting. The best part about this pad is that it’s large for a one bedroom, coming in at 920 square feet. There’s a breakfast alcove off the kitchen as well as dedicated living and dining areas. So what’s the asking price? $419,000.
This week, the Forest Hills/Rego Park Times wondered if the main commercial drag of Forest Hills, Austin Street, was at risk of losing its independently owned boutiques, novelty shops and restaurants. Here’s a rundown of the recent changes on the thoroughfare:
Over the past decade, the retail district has been marked by the closure of many small businesses, including Daniella Boutique, Santa Fe Steakhouse, Stoa Jewelry, Buster Brown Shoes, Homestead Gourmet Shop, and Art World. Pasta Del Giorno at 70-49 Austin Street, which opened in 1989 and offered fine Italian dining, closed in mid-February.
The closed shops made way for large corporations, including banks, chain pharmacies, clothing shops, and cell phone stores, to move in after landlords imposed hefty rent increases upon some longtime tenants.
The Times particularly wonders if the area is starting to look like “medical center row.” There are rumors that a medical business will replace the movie theater at 70-20 Austin Street, and it’s confirmed that an urgent care center will replace the former Second Time Around clothing shop and the new glass building at 71-53 Austin Street will house a ProHealth Urgent Care. It’s worth nothing that there isn’t an Austin Street BID to help incentivize and spur commercial growth in the area. Do you think Austin Street needs a BID? Do you think these changes are anything to worry about at all?
Some cinema inspires without special effects, beautiful people and Hollywood endings. The ReelAbilities NY Disabilities Film Festival, which is presented annually in 15 U.S cities, features award-winning movies about people with disabilities, post-screening discussions and exhibits. On March 7th, ReelAbilities will start a three-day run in Greater New York City. The Central Queens Y will show Stand Clear of the Closing Doors, which tells the story of an autistic Rockaway Beach teen who rides the subway alone; Gabrielle (below), which is about a singer in a group home for developmentally disabled adults and her inseparable boyfriend; and Do You Believe in Love? (above), a Hebrew-language flick about Tova, who is paralyzed by muscular dystrophy, but works finding love matches for people with disabilities. The Forest Hills venue will also display Pearls Project Photography Exhibit through March 11th. Meanwhile over in Astoria, the Museum of the Moving Image will show Gabrielle and Stand Clear of the Closing Doors as well as Cinemability, a documentary on cinema’s effect on the evolving conception of disability; Little World, a Catalan movie about a wheelchair user who travels from Spain to New Zeland; and Run & Jump, which depicts a family’s struggles after the father suffers a stroke.
Details: *New York Disability Film Festival, movies and an exhibit atCentral Queens Y, 67–09 108th Street, Forest Hills, and movies at Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Avenue, Astoria, March 7th through March 9th, times vary, click here for schedule.
*Movies will also show in Brooklyn; Manhattan; Staten Island; the Bronx; Garden City, Great Neck and Huntington, Long Island; and Mamaroneck and Pleasantville, Westchester. Click here for full list of films.
Pasta del Giorno, the Forest Hills Italian joint located at 70-49 Austin Street, shuttered earlier this month. The restaurant’s been on Austin Street for 25 years. Edge of the City notes that “I used to go there in my pre-Tuscan Hills days. But ever since TH opened, that’s pretty much where I go for Italian food.” And although Pasta del Giorno bid farewell, Tuscan Hills plans to soon open a new pizza place at 11060 Queens Boulevard, just a few blocks away from the Forest Hills – 71st Street subway station.
This one-bedroom co-op unit comes from the Forest Hills building 76-35 113th Street. We’re totally smitten — the apartment is large, the kitchen is updated, and everything looks to be in good shape. It’s also just a block away from the park. The ask of $249,000 doesn’t seem off base, either. Do you like this unit as much as we do?
For me, it’s a one-block street near the southern limit of Forest Hills, running between 70th Drive and 71st Avenue just north of Union Turnpike and Forest Park. There’s a nearby stables, or at least there was until recently — I haven’t checked for awhile.
As this 1915 Belcher Hyde atlas plate shows, Walnut Street is part of an old street grid that survived, despite having a newer one (the Forest Hills grid of alphabetized streets named alphabetically from Austin through Wanda — the names survive only through Olcott, with Sybilla lasting as well). The older grid featured a Northern Boulevard, well south and several miles shorter than its northern Queens namesake. As you can see here, it’s a pleasant tree-lined street that’s shaded on both sides.
What sets apart Walnut Street from most other streets in Queens is not that it carries a name… rather, its house numbers are a vestige of the Queens that existed previous to its present street numbering system.
Queens house numbers are immediately recognizable. They carry a hyphen that separates the street number from the house number. Thus, 77-25 105th Avenue (I’m just making this address up) would be between 77th and 78th Street. This system applies for named streets as well; 77-25 Union Turnpike will be between the same two streets.
But Walnut Street breaks the rules, and breaks them in a way that makes it nearly completely nonsensical to people who don’t live in the neighborhood. In Queens, house numbers get higher the further east you go, because the numbers begin at the East River. On Walnut Street, however, the house numbers begin at Number 98 at 71st Avenue, and get bigger as you go west toward 70th Drive…for only half the block. At that point, the normal Queens numbering system takes over, and you have the 70-XX numbering system, in which the numbers decrease as you go west.
But wait… that’s not all! The exact reverse takes place on the north side of Walnut Street, as No. 112 can be found at the western end of the street. The numbers decrease as you go east until you arrive at the middle of the block…where the 70-XX numbers take over and increase until you arrive at 71st Avenue!
What’s going on here?
Here’s my guess: Walnut Street’s older homes probably maintain their older numbering system that was in effect before the new numbering was imposed on Queens in the 1920s. Walnut Street’s newer homes, built after the twenties, carry the ‘new’ numbering system with the hyphens. And Walnut Street is so small, it probably was overlooked.
Welcome to a new Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Spot: Tuscan Hills, 115-20 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills.
The Deal: Forest Hills restaurant Tuscan Hills specializes in not just Italian cuisine but Tuscan cuisine. Throughout the space are small stories about the birth of the restaurant. For example, when the owners took on a renovation here they didn’t know they’d find a beautiful brick wall hidden behind layers of sheetrock. Also look for the horseshoe which has brought the owners good luck.
The Dish: Since opening, the most popular dish on the menu has been the Caciucco alla livornese, a variation on a traditional Tuscan fish stew in a tomato sauce. Where a traditional fish stew is served with a few pieces of bread, at Tuscan Hills the stew is baked under pizza dough. The restaurant features Tuscan red and white wines that pair well with the dish, the Vernaccia di San Gimignano as the white and the light red Rosso di Montalcino.
The Caciucco alla livornese is served on the dinner menu.
This one-bedroom apartment is located right in the middle of Forest Hills, just outside the 71st Avenue subway station. Besides the central location, the unit’s in good shape and spacious to boot. Not much to complain about! The monthly rent comes in at $1,850 a month.
It’s a completely new take on classical music. Through creative programming and a deep commitment to dialogue and audience inclusion, PUBLIQuartet bridges the performer-listener gap while presenting standard and rare classical music, as well as contemporary compositions and improvisations. On Saturday, this string quartet will perform works by Franz Joseph Haydn, the electroacoustic Howie Kenty and violin-heavy composer Jessie Montgomery in Forest Hills, thanks to Musica Reginae Productions. Kenty and Montgomery are expected to attend the concert and stick around for the reception afterward.