12/15/14 12:00pm


Do you think this Kew Gardens beauty is worth its ask of $1,450,000? The location is 117-02 Park Lane South, right along Forest Park. It’s a beautiful, freestanding brick Colonial. Inside you’ve got hardwood floors galore, a fancy fireplace in the living room, and a large, modernized kitchen. In fact, everything looks spacious: there are four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, a finished basement, backyard and two-car garage. Overall we are huge fans, but are still curious to see if it’ll achieve its high ask. What do you think?

117-02 Park Lane South [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

12/02/14 1:00pm


Do it for exercise, personal records, and a good cause. This Sunday, the second annual Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler will lead participants up and down small hills and past some beautiful fields on the wide, tree-lined road inside Forest Park. Presented by the Queens Tourism Council and Queens Distance Runners, this fun run has a charitable aspect, too, as harriers are asked to bring Christmas toy donations, which the Queens Centers for Progress will collect and distribute to needy children. There’s also a social side, as refreshments and food will be served afterward. And for those with competitive spirits, Ricardo Cuahizo won the men’s division last year in 28:11, while Blanca Lucero finished first among the women with a 34:46 time. They are presumed to defend their titles. Plus, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who had a fine showing last year, is expected to return.

Details: Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler, the course loops twice through the park, starting and finishing at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard, Kew Gardens, December 7th, 9 am (registration at 8:30 am), $25/$30 on race day, and the first 50 registrants will receive Queens Distance Runners t-shirts. Plus, racers are asked to donate toys. Register here.

11/13/14 12:00pm


We are really digging this two bedroom/two bathroom co-op in Kew Gardens, located at 45 Kew Gardens Road. First off, it’s large, with dedicated living and dining rooms, and although the kitchen is narrow it’s long. (On the subject of the kitchen, the renovation looks well done.) The unit also boasts some of those co-op charms we love — wood floors, arched entryways, plentiful windows. The ask is $368,000, with a reasonable monthly maintenance of $999. Like it?

45 Kew Gardens Road [Argo Residential] GMAP

10/30/14 1:00pm


Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.


10/08/14 1:00pm


Would you like to see how the Bowne House Restoration is proceeding? Or how about checking out the Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, which is also known as the Hindu Temple Society of North America or the Bowne Street Temple? What about the TWA Flight Center, Smiling HogsHead Ranch, LIC Community BoathouseLouis Armstrong House Museum, Noguchi, and the newly renovated SculptureCenter?

The 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, and there are 36 listed nook and crannies to explore in Queens (although tours are starting to sell out…so hurry!)


10/07/14 11:00am


I’m a subway fan. Not during those times when I’m in NYC during summer rush hours, when it’s 100 degrees down there and have to wait till several trains pass until I can find one to squeeze onto. I’m far from one of those guys who always have to ride in the first car and look out the front window (though I admit I’ll do that now and then) and I’ve never had the slightest inclination to actually sneak in to the yard, jimmy my way in the cab and actually take one for a spin. But, I’ve been on several of the Transit Museum’s periodic “Nostalgia Tours” where vintage cars from the museum actually take to the subway tracks again.


The Kew Gardens courthouse area employs thousands of people, but for some, it’s the last place you want to be, whether you’re on jury duty or for those accused of a crime.

That’s why, when I was on a two-day jury duty stint at the courthouse near Queens Boro Hall back in May 2007, I was pleasantly surprised to see that an R33 #9075 had been placed here as a Queens Visitors’ Center (and had been there since early 2005).


09/26/14 9:00am

queens-borough-hall-parking-garage-closedThis Wednesday, the Department of Transportation shut down a 600-spot parking garage behind Queens Borough Hall, which serves both Borough Hall and Queens Criminal Court. While the DOT hasn’t answered any specific questions about the fate of the garage, which was shuttered due to safety concerns, there’s word it’ll be demolished and replaced with a 300-spot surface parking lot. (The garage would cost $44 million to repair and only has about 15 years left.) The Daily News called the incident a “parking nightmare,” with the DOT offering no concrete plan to the hundreds of displaced drivers. Borough President Katz told the News, “What we need right now is for the city to give us alternatives where people can park.”

The Times Ledger also followed up on the story, reporting that pols are fighting the sudden closure of the garage. A letter sent to Mayor de Blasio on the matter hasn’t been addressed. As of now, there’s no backup plan for drivers in place, and there’s no timeline for demolition or construction work.

Photo by Andrew Schwartz via the Daily News

park-lane-condominiums-kew-gardensEastern Consolidated just announced the sale of a commercial condo on the ground-floor of the Park Lane Condominiums, located at 116-24 Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens. The 6,584-square-foot, single-tenant unit is currently occupied and net leased to TD Bank — the buyer picked it up as an investment property. The space traded ownership for $10,200,000.

Here’s what Gabriel Saffioti, a Director at Eastern Consolidated, had to say about the sale: “This stable, well-positioned asset with little operational and management requirements achieved a benchmark price. It is ideally situated along Metropolitan Avenue, a highly-trafficked commercial corridor in the affluent Queens neighborhood of Kew Gardens.” Eastern represented both the buyer and the seller in the transaction in a 45-day closing from contract signing.

09/18/14 12:00pm


We quite like the co-ops we find in Kew Gardens — there’s mostly good stock, and units tend to be affordable. This two bedroom, at the Hampton Court building, is no exception. It’s large, at 1,050 square feet, and priced at $269,800. Nothing particularly fancy about this unit, but it has good bones and looks well kept. The complex is also located right along Forest Park. A nice starter apartment, indeed. Like it?

117-01 Park Lane South [Landmarc Group] GMAP

09/15/14 12:00pm


The borough’s only Anglo-Japanese-style home, located at 84-62 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens, has just hit the market. This property has an interesting history, and in more recent years sadly fell into decay. According to this article in Queens Chronicle, “The building was constructed by Joseph Fleischmann, a florist who became a millionaire after developing a flower shop franchise with stores in Chicago and Washington DC, for his daughter to live in.” The exact construction date isn’t known, but it’s believed to be before 1928. The lower half of the home is white stucco; the roof features curves reminiscent of Japanese architecture — just gorgeous. This Forgotten New York article calls the building in its present state a “near ruin,” with hostile handmade “Stay Away” signs on the door. Our guess is that the interior is a mess.

The listing markets this property “as is.” And the asking price is going to raise many eyebrows at $1,387,777. It would be wonderful to see a new owner come and fix this property up, but we unfortunately don’t think it’s going to happen at that price.

84-62 Beverly Road [Realty Depot LLC] GMAP