02/27/15 2:00pm


The large, detached single family at 25-39 41st Street (between 25th and 28th avenues) just sold for its asking price: $1.7 million. The five-bedroom, three-bathroom home comes on a 6,000-square-foot lot. Although the house looks to be in good shape, we can’t say we’re bowled over by the interior. The listing also promises a “big yard with plenty of parking space: 3 indoor & 4 outdoor.” Man, who needs that many places to park your car?

This Douglas Elliman listing shows the ask at $1.7 million, Streeteasy shows that the property first hit the market roughly four months ago for $1,850,000. The new owner has already put the entire property up for rent — it’s asking $8,500 a month. GMAP

02/27/15 10:00am


This Monday, Queens Community Board 1′s Transportation Committee voted to support safety improvements proposed for two miles of 21st Street between the Queensboro Bridge and Triboro Bridge. But many local pols and Astoria residents don’t think the plan measures up, according to Streetsblog. The current proposal includes LED lights to increase nighttime visibility, 12 painted curb extensions, new, high-visibility zebra markings to existing crosswalks as well as a new stripe along the curbside parking lane that should reduce speeding. There will also be a new traffic signal at 29th Avenue. At 10 intersections, the DOT has already increased the pedestrian countdown clock, giving peds a seven-second head start.

Pols think this makes for a good start, but that the changes aren’t significant enough for this dangerous thoroughfare. Councilmember Constantinides has previously called for Select Bus Service along 21st Street, and others are calling for a more comprehensive road diet. According to Streetsblog, “DOT says it studied a road diet but did not pursue it because of high traffic volumes, including during off-peak hours.”

DOT’s Safety Plan for 21st Street in Astoria Leaves Everyone Wanting More [Streetsblog]

02/26/15 11:00am


Back in 2013, I wrote a Q’Stoner post about Hallets Cove that offered “Two aboriginal realtors named Shawestcont and Erramorhar (as witnessed by their cohorts Warchan and Kethcanaparan) sold much of what we know as Astoria (but which they called Sintsinck) to William Hallett (who was similarly accompanied by a company of witnesses and countrymen) on August 1, 1664.”

The East River frontage — back then it was called the Sound River — which Hallet purchased had a huge waterbody intersecting with the shoreline from upland properties in what we would now call Ravenswood, and it was called Sunswick Creek.

According to the Greater Astoria Historical Society the name of the waterway can be explained as “A drained marsh near the foot of Broadway. Scholars believe it may come from an Indian word ‘Sunkisq’ meaning perhaps ‘Woman Chief’ or ‘Sachem’s Wife.’” For close to 250 years, Sunswick Creek was practically synonymous with this area of Queens, but what happened to it?

More after the jump… (more…)

02/25/15 12:00pm


We featured this three-bedroom townhouse condo, at 30-53 12th Street in Astoria, as an Open House Pick — did any readers get to see it in person? The listing touts the “Brooklyn Brownstone Charm” of the unit, which comes in at 1,346 square feet. It is a nice, modern renovation with a dedicated living room, dining room, and private terrace. And the asking price ain’t low, at $849,000. Thoughts?

30-53 12th Street, #2 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

02/20/15 4:00pm

This week the New York Times gave the Astoria Ditmars area some love in its Block by Block video series. The six minute video touches on the history of the neighborhood (named after John Jacob Astoria in order to attract new residents), its manufacturing history (Steinway), the diverse population (Greek, Hispanic, Bangladeshi and more) and its changing landscape as people move in from Manhattan. The Times speaks with local residents and real estate agents, as well as Council Member Costa Constantinides. Worth a watch!

02/18/15 9:00am

31-53 51st Street-rendering-astoria

Behold the future of the 26,000-square-foot parking lot at 31-57 31st Street, right off Broadway in Astoria. The parcel hit public records last month for $17.35 million and we found plans in the pipeline for a seven-story, 114-unit development spanning 102,060 square feet. Co-developers Treeline, Glenmont Capital Management and B31 Astoria Development LLC just announced plans for the future rental and released the above rendering. Ready for the juicy details?

They will offer a mixture of studio, one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments; some featuring private outdoor space. Amenities include a lounge, gym, courtyard/terrace with barbecue grills and a yoga studio. Additionally, 31-57 31st Street will include 22,925 square feet of retail space and 133 subterranean parking spaces.

MNS will oversee leasing and marketing at the SLCE Architects designed building, which is set to open its doors to renters in Q3 2016.

The Department of Buildings approved a building application this month and already issued permits for foundation work. The site is located right across from the N/Q Broadway subway station. Given Astoria’s popularity and the relative lack of large new developments, we predict success for 31-57 31st Street.

Huge Astoria Parking Lot Sells for Big Bucks, Seven-Story Building Planned [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Rendering by SLCE Architects

02/17/15 3:00pm


What’s happening at The Marx, the seven-story, 33-unit development planned for 34-32 35th Street in Astoria? Unfortunately, not too much. We took a look behind the construction fence recently and found nothing more than excavation work — actual building has yet to begin. (You can see a number of photos of the construction site after the jump.) The Department of Buildings issued a new building permit in September.

This development is located next door to another seven-story building slated for Astoria, at 34-22 35th Street. That one will hold 65 rental units, although construction hasn’t started yet. Both developments are located around the corner from the Museum of the Moving Image.

All Marx coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP


02/12/15 4:00pm


Yesterday students from PS 166 and PS 70, city council majority leader, Jimmy Van Bramer and other local politicians participated in a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Broadway library branch in Astoria. With $740,000 in city funding secured by Van Bramer, the library has renovated its Children’s Learning Center, restoring its reading corner and adding new furniture and shelves. It also has a new “mommy and me” corner and new computers as well as other upgrades.

Van Bramer says that he learned to read in the children’s room at the library. In a release, he said, “It is this very space where I learned to dream and dream big and countless kids do the same here every day.”

Work on the library is continuing with renovations of its lower level and meeting rooms as well as the construction of a new Cyber Center.

Photo: Bill Alatriste

02/12/15 2:00pm

23-08 30 Ave

On Saturday a dog daycare and boarding facility opened in Astoria with plenty of upscale offerings for Fido. NYC Pet Services will offer lucky pooches their own private rooms with beds and even small TV’s for overnight stays according to DNAinfo. It also offers dog-walking services, grooming and daycare for dogs. The business recently moved from its home of three years on 24th Avenue. It’s on the second floor of this six-story building that went up in 2006.

Dogs Can Play, Lounge and Watch TV at New Astoria Pet Hotel [DNAinfo]

Photo: Google Maps

02/12/15 9:00am


The Durst Organization has finally closed on the final parcel needed for the huge Hallets Point development according to The Real Deal.

In September Durst paid over $100,000,000 for a 90 percent stake in the project. This fall the development hit a snag. Durst could not close on the final parcel of land it needed. Lincoln Equities, which spent years acquiring the properties necessary for the mega project, had passed along a contract for sale for one of those properties (1-02 26th Avenue in Astoria) when it sold the 90 percent stake to Durst. But the owner balked at selling. In October it sued Durst and Lincoln, asserting that it had accepted less than fair market value for the property in exchange for equity in the project. With the sale of the development to Durst, the owner would no longer receive any equity. Lincoln planned to buy the lot for $7.5 million. Durst is reported to have just paid $15 million for it.

When completed the seven-acre development will have seven residential buildings with 2,200 units. Twenty percent of the units are designated as affordable. The development will also include a public school, supermarket and waterfront esplanade. With the final roadblock out of the way, construction should begin in October and will last for six years.

Durst Closes on Final Parcel Needed for Hallets Point Mega Project [TRD]
All Hallets Point Coverage [Q'Stoner]

Rendering via STUDIO V Architecture/James Corner Field Operations