Earlier today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced the expansion of a street cleaning initiative which has popped up in a number of Queens neighborhoods. More areas of Long Island City will now be included in the initiative, particularly the neighborhood of Dutch Kills. The city works with The Doe Fund, who helps formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals find jobs, to clean streets. And since taking office, Council Member Van Bramer allocated over $230,000 for this partnership to take on the streets of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.
Earlier this month LIC Post reported that Council Member Van Bramer allocated $34,000 of last year’s budget to hire two workers from the Doe Fund to help clean the streets of LIC. For 2015, he secured another $70,000 to expand the work to Dutch Kills. He promised that crews will pay special attention to 36th Avenue.
The 23rd Street/Ely Avenue station has increased in importance in recent years, as Greenpoint has gotten hotter — Queensicans needing access can change trains to the G line here, when the G vouchsafes to cross under the noxious and noisome Newtown Creek, which it won’t be doing for awhile. Many subway amateurs think this is the place where 23rd Street crosses Ely Avenue. This is a fallacy, as Ely Avenue is actually the former name of 23rd Street. It carried the name until the 1920s, as the then NYC Topographical Bureau decided to put Queens under one numerical street system in 1915, and the streets were numbered gradually from neighborhood to neighborhood, completing the process by 1930.
However, some anachronisms remain on subway station signs. The best-known are along the #7 line, where Rawson, Bliss, and Lowery Streets, as well as Lincoln Avenue, are still on the station signs for 33rd, 40th, 46th and 52nd Streets. Names also persist along the N/Q in Astoria, and the A in Ozone Park and the Rockaway peninsula.
After a long fight by LIC residents and local pols, Center Boulevard is finally getting crosswalks. LIC Post reported the news that the Department of Transportation will add crosswalks to 48th and 49th avenues by the end of August. That’s the same location the DOT added stop signs earlier this month.
The DOT stalled on the crosswalks, claiming it’d be hard to paint lines along Center Boulevard because of the granite and cobblestone. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer especially pushed the city agency, stating that drivers treat the thoroughfare like a speedway. He held a rally calling for both stop signs and crosswalks earlier this summer. “I am glad that the DOT has found a way to do it,” he told LIC Post. “People are concerned about the safety of their kids and families and have a right to demand a safer Center Boulevard. There are two parks, two schools and thousands of people who live nearby.”
This fine condo unit comes to us from the Ten 63 development at 10-63 Jackson Avenue, which is located right off the Pulaski Bridge in LIC. It’s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse unit with 1,847 interior square feet and 593 square feet outside. Big windows, high ceilings and an open kitchen certainly make the space feel airy and spacious. Due to some awesome staging (this is a sponsor unit), the listing makes it tempting enough to move in tomorrow. The asking price is $2,250,000. That number includes a parking spot and storage space, as well as building amenities like a doorman, cold storage, gym, community room and common roof deck.
So far, the DOB has not issued any permits for new development here, but we suspect that’ll happen once demolition finishes up. The site totals 6,739 square feet. Each lot boasts a FAR of 5 and is zoned M1-5/R7-3/LIC, meaning a large residential build is possible on this corner.
To begin with, the only people who would commonly refer to this enormous example of early 20th century industrial architecture as “Ford” are Kevin Walsh and myself (and possibly Montrose). Modernity knows it simply as “The Center Building” and it’s found at 33-00 Northern Boulevard at the corner of Honeywell Street (Honeywell is actually a truss bridge over the Sunnyside Yard, just like Thomson Avenue, but that’s another story). This was once the Ford Assembly and Service Center of Long Island City, which shipped the “Universal Car” to all parts of the eastern United States and for cross Atlantic trade.
The recent sale of the building in December 2014, for some $84.5 million, was discussed by Q’Stoner back in 2013.
Yesterday, the folks behind the restaurant Mundo posted the above photo to their Facebook account. It’s a very promising glimpse of their new space at the Paper Factory Hotel; the popular restaurant is relocating from Astoria. The blog We Heart LIC has tracked the opening with anticipation, and posted this video interview with the owners back in May.
The restaurant should open in the hotel this summer. Here are some details about the food, from the website: “Mundo’s menu highlights the best of earthy Mediterranean and unique global flavors with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors and farms, and homemade dishes.” Mundo is especially known for its Red Sonja, a Turkish dish made from red lentil and bulgur wheat served on lettuce with fresh lemon. Can’t wait!
The Madison condo development, also known as the finger rising from 42-77 Hunter Street, is selling well since its debut in June. Curbed checked in and found that four of the six apartments listed are in contract, with two units left priced at $575,000 and $560,000. The building holds 14 units total, meaning the development is about 30 percent spoken for.
Pricing for the one-bedroom and two-bedroom “penthouse” units started at $500,000. The amenities here include a roof deck, bike storage and regular storage, a common garden and an exercise area.
The construction of two glassy towers to replace the infamous 5Pointz graffiti warehouse is officially in motion. New York YIMBY reported that architect H. Thomas O’Hara filed building permits with the DOB yesterday morning. The filings really show how massive this development will be: 977,086 square feet of residential space and 39,765 square feet of commercial space, making 1,016,851 square feet total. There will also be a 32,099-square-foot plaza and a 262-car public parking garage. The two towers will hold 1,116 units, and roughly 20 percent will be priced affordably.
Demolition of the graffiti warehouse should begin in a few weeks; it’s expected to be gone by October. Site work for the new building should begin in three to five months, and eventually Long Island City will have one more development that looks just like every other new build in New York.
The borough’s official tourism slogan is “It’s in Queens,” but over the summer, it could also be “It’s Outside in Queens,” as countless parks, cultural venues, and boulevards host countless plein air movies, concerts, plays, food festivals, and parades. Among the most popular is Live at the Gantries, a series of free performances in Gantry Plaza State Park featuring a diverse collection of musicians doing everything from Prog Rock to Reggae to Arab sounds with bellydancing. Tonight, Dahka Band, which infuses traditional music from Algeria, Nigeria, and Turkey and sings in Arabic, Berber, Yoruba, and English, will take the stage, which boasts the East River and the Midtown Manhattan skyline as its backdrop.
Information on the remaining performers and a photo of the venue are on the jump page.