10/31/14 12:00pm

1Maspeth
54-51 65th Place
Broker: Premium Properties
Price: $615,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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2Hollis
109-62 196th Street
Broker: Victory Express Realty Court
Price: $579,000
Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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3Glendale
77-03 62nd Street
Broker: Coldwell Banker Phillips
Price: $459,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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4Jackson Heights
35-06 88th Street
Broker: MPC Properties
Price: $295,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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glendale-homeless-shelter

The war against the proposed Glendale homeless shelter rages on. Today, the Daily News shares the report that a coalition of civic groups raised more than $25,000 and hired a lawyer to begin a legal battle against the city. The coalition has met every week since August and since then, donations from nearby residents, business owners and civic members “poured in,” according to the News. Opponents believe the former factory is not the appropriate site for a homeless shelter, and they claim the city’s environmental review of the site wasn’t thorough. As for the Department of Homeless Services, they have found themselves pressed to find housing for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers.

The coalition is holding a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss their strategy for taking on the city. It’s at Christ the King High School in Middle Village at 7:30 pm.

Opponents of Glendale Homeless Shelter Plan Raise $25,000 for Legal Battle [Daily News]

Photo by Jeff Stone

09/04/14 3:00pm

ridgewood-resevoir

There may be hope for those petitioning against the city’s plans to cut culverts into the Ridgewood Reservoir. Queens Chronicle reports that the Parks Department is applying with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to re-designate the reservoir from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam. A new classification would mean that the culvert construction project Parks is now required to undertake would no longer be necessary. As the Chronicle says: “If the state DEC approves the agency’s reclassification application, the proposed two-year, $6 million culvert creation project mandated by the DEC will be deemed unnecessary and terminated.”

The DEC says that the project is needed to reduce the risk of flooding, while environmentalists claim that it’s close to impossible for enough precipitation to fill the basins to cause flooding. They’ve argued that the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and would cause harm to the existing ecosystem. It’s unknown how likely it is that the DEC will change the classification.

Ridgewood Reservoir to be Reclassified? [Queens Chronicle]
All Ridgewood Reservoir coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Wikipedia

09/02/14 3:00pm

chemical-corp-glendale

It looks like Independent Chemical Corp., which has operated on Cooper Avenue in Glendale for the past 50 years, is closing up shop in the neighborhood. The Daily News reports that the owner of the company told state inspectors from the Department of Environmental Conservation during a July checkup that it is “fully committed to moving” by early next year. At the inspection, there were violations that the company president says have already been taken care of.

Local leaders already asked the Department of Environmental Conservation to check out the site after spotting chemical barrels out in the open at the facility. The company makes chemicals used for personal care, health and pharmaceutical products. It’s located right next to the controversial proposed homeless shelter.

Glendale Chemical Facility Next to Proposed Homeless Shelter Could Move Next Year [NY Daily News]

Photo by Kathy Kmonicek

08/12/14 11:00am

glendale.gradecross3

The quiet neighborhood of Glendale contains a number of anachronisms, including the passage of the Long Island Rail Road Montauk spur from west to east. This sleepy line now carries freight only, but it’s only been a year or two since at least one daily passenger train plied the tracks here. And, until March 1998 Glendale had its very own LIRR station, which in its final years consisted of a bare spot in the weeds alongside the tracks, on the right side in the above photo.

The Montauk spur, which was apparently named because it once served trains bound for Montauk, splits from the main branch in Jamaica west of the large Jamaica station complex and runs west to Long Island City on elevated, at-grade, and open cut portions. It once contained station stops in Richmond Hill, Glendale, Fresh Pond, Haberman (in western Maspeth, named for a local firm), Penny Bridge (named for the span the Kosciuszko Bridge replaced) and LIC. By the mid-1990s, patronage on the line had dropped to less than a dozen daily riders and, since new double-decked cars were being phased in that required high level platforms, the decision was made to close the stations rather than rebuild them. (more…)

08/08/14 2:00pm

ridgewood-resevoir

There is now a petition out speaking against the city’s plans to cut culverts into the Ridgewood Reservoir. The Parks Department is required under state regulations to address the flooding threat of the reservoir by August, or the city could start receiving fines. But local residents, pols and park advocates state that the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and could cause harm to the existing ecosystem. A group of politicians already sent a letter to Governor Cuomo outlining similar concerns as the petition.

The petition calls for the reservoir to be reclassified from a Class “C” or “High Hazard” dam to a Class “D” or “Negligible or No Hazard” dam — then the culvert construction wouldn’t be required. It also gives details on why the reservoir is not a flooding threat. Finally, there is a request to the Parks Department to reconsider the proposal offered by the Highland Park/Ridgewood Reservoir Alliance back in 2008 to turn the area into a nature preserve. The Parks Department previously stated lack of funding to make significant changes to the area.

All Ridgewood Reservoir coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Wikipedia

08/01/14 12:00pm

1Astoria
43-11 20th Road
Broker: Laffey Fine Homes
Price: $950,000
Friday, 5:00 – 7:00 pm
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2Bayside
208-11 36th Avenue
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $950,000
Saturday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
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3Flushing
152-15 33rd Avenue
Broker: Winzone Realty
Price: $769,000
Saturday, 2:00 – 4:00 pm
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4Glendale
72-30 66th Place
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $699,000
Saturday, 12:00 – 3:00 pm
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07/28/14 3:00pm

ridgewood-res

Today, a group of Queens pols — Catherine Nolan, Nydia Velazquez, Elizabeth Crowley, Michael Miller, Grace Meng, Antonio Reynoso, Joseph Addabbo and Michael Gianaris — released a letter sent to Governor Cuomo in regards to the upcoming construction at Ridgewood Reservoir. The Parks Department plans to undertake a $6,000,000 project cutting culverts into the reservoir to address the threat of future flooding. Parks is required under state regulations to address the flooding threat by August, or the city could start receiving fines. Still, the plan upsets local residents and park advocates who believe the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and could potentially cause harm to the existing ecosystem.

The letter also raises serious concerns about the construction project. Pols are asking for a waiver to delay construction, so that the area can first receive a wetland designation. (An application to designate the area as a wetland was submitted in 2010, nothing has been done about it.) They also ask the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation to consider how the project will harm the existing environment — the work requires building permanent access roads into the habitat, and cutting down at least 470 trees. The pols also believe the price tag of $6,000,000 is too high. As the letter states, “We believe that there are many other areas where the city can spend this money including building more schools, improving our infrastructure, upgrading our transportation system, and many other capital requests that our Community Boards have highlighted.”

All Ridgewood Reservoir coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Wikipedia

hansel-n-grettel-closed-glendale

The Hansel N’ Gretel manufacturing site, located along Cooper Avenue in Glendale, is now on the market. The deli meat producer, which opened back in 1872, moved to the neighborhood in 1970. The company ceased operations this past June, according to the Courier.

The real estate agency Avison Young will handle the property, which is more than two acres. It’s zoned for industrial use, but the brokerage will advertise it as a “multi-purpose” plot. Hansel N’ Gretel, who didn’t offer a reason for the closure, will begin auctioning off its equipment in September.

Glendale Deli Manufacturer Closes Down After More Than 140 Years in Business [Queens Courier]

Photo by Eric Jankiewicz via Queens Courier

07/17/14 11:00am

72-30-66th-place

The pictures for this Glendale listing are just terrible, but that doesn’t mean we don’t like it. The 2,200-square-foot brick townhouse, located at 72-30 66th Place, is asking $699,000. From what we can tell, this home boasts lots of great details like fireplaces, wood floors and decorative molding. We have no idea what’s going on with that wood-paneled room, but the patio sure looks nice. Ultimately, we feel tempted enough to check the place out in person. How about you?

72-30 66th Place [Keller Williams] GMAP