Glendale is a well-kept small town in western Queens filled with local restaurants and dining options as well as one of New York City’s largest malls (constructed atop a former industrial park) and the vast Forest Park.
Glendale was formerly one of New York City’s most populous German-American bastions, and home to a number of restaurants specializing in German cuisine, such as Gebhardt’s, Durow’s and Von Westernhagen’s. Zum Stammtisch is the lone survivor, although it was the new kid on the block when it was founded in 1972 by Bavarian immigrant John Lehner at 69-46 Myrtle Avenue, just west of Cooper Avenue.
The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.
On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.
That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend. (more…)
Yesterday, I was invited to come along on the Newtown Historical Society’s walking tour of Ridgewood Reservoir, which actually straddles the border of Brooklyn and Queens. Now, I’m sort of known for my explorations of a very different part of this border — Newtown Creek — so this was terra incognita for me.
Having never visited the spot, nor the New York City park, Highland Park, which surrounds it, attending this event was a no brainer. Lots of photos after the jump. (more…)
In Major League Baseball, April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day, honoring the player who broke the barrier against African-American players participating in MLB. His first game with the Brooklyn Dodgers was on April 15, 1947.
In many ways Jackie Robinson was the most compelling player in major league baseball history. He was selected by Brooklyn Dodgers owner Branch Rickey to break the MLB color barrier in 1947 (no African-American had been employed by a major league team since at least 1901, the beginning of the “modern era” of major league ball) after a sterling athletic record at UCLA, where he had lettered in track, football, baseball and basketball. Rickey needed a can’t-miss prospect, as well as a person who would be able to endure the inevitable racial nonsense that would arise in a sport where many players were from the deep South.
Robinson was a five-tool player who hit for average, and power (averaging 16 home runs per year), possessed above average speed, and excellently threw and fielded his position (second base for his early years). Advancing age and diabetes slowed him down in 1956 and 1957; the Dodgers traded him to the Giants, who like the Dodgers were moving to California, but Robinson chose to retire. Jackie Robinson passed away in 1972, shortly after addressing a World Series crowd in Cincinnati. He is interred in Cypress Hills Cemetery, through which passes the parkway later named for him. In 1997 his uniform number, 42, was retired by every major league team, except for players already wearing it; the last one, legendary Yankee reliever Mariano Rivera, retired in 2013.
No borough-wide memorial had been named for him until 1997, when upon the 50th anniversary of his ascension to the Dodgers, New York State designated the entire route of the Interboro Parkway in his name. The above photo shows the Jackie Robinson Parkway at Jamaica Avenue.
Commercial Observer reports that two buyers have picked up 94,000 square feet of land near The Shops at Atlas Park. This follows another, massive $19.5 million sale of the Atlas Terminals Industrial Park to a production company. That property is located just east of the mall, while this property is located to the west.
The recent sale, officially at 79-40 Cooper Avenue, includes eight lots, a 50,000-square-foot industrial building, two attached residential buildings, two parking lots and two acres of vacant land. It belonged to the deli processor Hansel ‘n Gretel Brand, which closed last year. One buyer, Carye & Sons Acquisitions, spent $7 million for most of the property, including four lots, some vacant land and the industrial building. They plan to build out an 80,000-square-foot self-storage and retail building.
The other buyer spent $2.2 million for a parking lot and two residential dwellings. No word on any future plans yet. Both sales brought in a total of $9.18 million. Seems like tons of commercial growth is slated for that area of Glendale! GMAP
On a frigid afternoon last week, I found myself at Machpela Cemetery, visiting the grave of perhaps the greatest celebrity of the early 20th century – Harry Houdini. Houdini was a stage magician, an escape artist, a genius promoter, a star of the stage and screen, claimed to be one of the toughest men alive, and he died on Halloween in 1926.
There’s a tremendous amount of drama that revolves around Houdini’s grave, which the New York Times has reported on in this 2008 piece, and in this 2011 one. There’s little point in repeating the oft told tale, or the conflicts surrounding the upkeep of the monument as I’d just be dancing around other people’s reporting. Instead, I’d ask you to click through to the links above for the whole story (the links will open in new windows), and I’ll be waiting here for you when you’re done.
Details have emerged on the mega sale of the Atlas Terminals Industrial Park, for $19,500,000, by the Brooklyn-based production company Broadway Stages. Queens Courier spoke with a Broadway Stages spokeswoman who stated, “We’re excited to turn the existing warehouses at Atlas Terminals into some TV and film studios and create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses. We look forward to working with local officials as we develop our plans to draw on all of the energy around Atlas Park, bringing new jobs, business growth and economic development to Queens.”
No word on how long construction will take, but Broadway Stages has tons of space to work with — the property is comprised of 500,000 square feet of building space over 11 acres, as well as 21 buildings and multiple parking lots. The site, covering 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Avenue, is located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale.
Broadway Stages, a Brooklyn-based TV production company, just put down $19,500,000 for Atlas Terminals, the industrial park right next to The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. The sold parcel is utterly huge, covering 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Avenue. Queens Courier reports that there is 500,000 square feet of building space over 11 acres, as well as 21 buildings and multiple parking lots. No word on how, exactly, Broadway Stages plans to utilize the space.
ATCO Properties sold the industrial park. The company has been trying to sell the land since 2011 after losing Atlas Terminals in foreclosure. GMAP