Will the Food Bazaar ever open at 42-02 Northern Boulevard? We’d really like to know! When the company announced it was moving into the space a year ago, the ETA was early 2013. Then word was that it would open in October. Now the Sunnyside Post reports that it’s opening next week. When the day finally comes, the supermarket will feature an open food court, a fresh fish market, an in-store bakery, and street-level and underground parking. It’s the sixth Food Bazaar for Queens.
Here’s a sweet video taken last night of the Long Island City holiday lighting celebration. LIC Partnership President Liz Lusskin, Jeffrey Goodell of JetBlue, Senator Michael Gianaris, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, Sheila Lewandowski of The Chocolate Factory Theater and children from the LIC community gathered to speak (and sing!). You can now catch the illuminated snowflakes along Vernon Boulevard.
The vacant warehouse at 41-21 28th Street, between 28th and 29th Streets, just sold for the hefty sum of $17,000,000. According to an old listing, the two-story building holds a total of 30,000 square feet. But zoning allows for much more space than currently built — the warehouse is built to a FAR of 1.75, but according to PropertyShark someone could build to a FAR of 8. The lot’s also zoned for both manufacturing and residential use. The buyer is behind “41-21 28th Street Acquisition LLC” with an address based in Manhattan. We’ve reached out to the brokers who listed the property to see what may be in this warehouse’s future… GMAP
Here’s a look inside the construction fence at 44-51 Purves Street, one of many development sites on the short Long Island City block. This site will someday be a 22-story, 121-unit residential tower, according to Department of Building documents. The DOB issued this permit for structural, foundation, excavation and shoring work in late November. This lot is next door to another development site with plans for a 28-story, 158-unit tower. Both parcels sold this summer for $32,200,000.
Thank God it’s First Fridays! The Noguchi Museum offers extended evening hours on the first Friday of every month during the summer — and as a special treat — on December 6th. The event generally features extended hours from 5 pm to 8 pm, pay-what-you-want admission, a guided discussion on art and a cash beer-and-wine bar. This Friday, Noguchi will screen two episodes of the 12-part documentary Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists. These segments focus on Shen Ruijin and Zheng Lianjie, taking the audience through each China-born artist’s working process. A former Camargo Foundation Fellow, Ruijin is known for creating 3D painting-animations featuring images that move a little bit, thus promoting the ancient Chinese belief that change is constant. Lianjie, who lives in Beijing and New York City, came of age during the Cultural Revolution in the 1980s and transformed his work to art installations and performance-based pieces from traditional painting.
Details: Routes: The Spiritual Odyssey of Chinese American Artists, Noguchi Museum, 09-01 33rd Road, Long Island City, December 6th, 5 pm, pay-what-you-wish.
Welcome to a new Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! A few time a month we’ll check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. To kick things off, we spoke with the folks behind the LIC beer bar Woodbine’s.
The spot: Woodbine’s, 47-10 Vernon Boulevard, Long Island City.
The dish: Woodbine’s is a craft beer bar that recently opened on Vernon Boulevard, the heart of the growing Hunter’s Point community. The pub wants to be part of the community by having enough outlets to let people work and stay connected. The bar owners not only want to provide a variety of craft beers but develop exclusive brews with local breweries. Astoria’s Single Cut brewery has debuted a new partner beer, Burke’s Pale Ale, at Woodbine’s and its sister restaurants The Courtyard Ale, The Kent Ale House and Brickyard Gastropub in Queens, Manhattan and Brooklyn respectively.
The Signature Dish at Woodbine’s is the Scotch egg, the perfect complement to the craft beer selection. A Scotch egg is a hard-boiled egg encased in sausage and breadcrumbs and then served sliced on a plate with brown mustard. The $5 snack has quickly become the most popular dish because it is light enough to accompany any drink—beer, wine, cocktail or soda.
The snack menu is available at the bars and booths all day.
It’s not everyday a rental opens up in a landmarked, pre-war townhouse in Long Island City. This two-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex is located at 21-51 45th Avenue, right off the Court Street 7 station. The unit has been pretty thoroughly renovated but it does retain some historic elements like exposed brick and hardwood floors. Overall, a nice find. Do you think the proximity to the subway and the quality of the space accounts for a monthly rent of $2,700?
Their teams have names like Sister Sex Wolf, Butter High, Monster Monster, Perfect Stranglers and Funkle Todd, and they have no idea what they are going to do next. The Queens Secret Improv Club is a curated comedy collective comprised of invited indie squads and auditioned house teams. They aim to please… spontaneously. They also hang out at The Secret Theatre in Long Island City. In fact, they will perform there on November 28th, 29th and 30th, followed by various shows during December. Sometimes they go on for hours. Other times, they invite the audience to join in.
Details: INDIpak Chopra and QSIC at Heart, The Secret Theatre, 44-02 23rd Street, LIC, November 28th, 7 pm and 9:15 pm, $5. Each show is a rotating indie improv showcase that features four teams of new and veteran talent. There will be a mixer between blocks from 8:30 pm to 9:15 pm during which anybody can perform. Click here for other QSIC shows.
The green warehouse at 45-40 Vernon Boulevard just hit public records for $14,696,041.24. The buyer is Simon Development Group, a Manhattan-based firm, and the seller is listed as “Vernon 4540 Realty LLC.” The Real Deal also caught wind of the sale; the seller declined to tell them future plans for this site. In 2011, the building was the base of a lawsuit — a real estate developer promised to develop it, but he instead took money from the 45-40 Vernon owners for personal expenses. According to TRD, the suit was settled a month ago.
Now, about the building itself: PropertyShark says the lot is 33,150 square feet and the building on site comes in at 69,550 square feet. It’s zoned for manufacturing. Department of Buildings documents do not reveal any future plans for the site, but plans filed back in 2010 called for a building conversion for commercial use. The warehouse is a little over-built (it’s at a FAR of 2.1, the maximum allowed FAR is 2) so there’s a decent chance the new buyers will keep the building up.
Meanwhile, “Vernon Tower LLC” snatched up a commercial property with vacant space at 31-48 Vernon Boulevard, also according to public records. PropertyShark says the lot, located across from Socrates Sculpture Park, has a total of 12,000 square feet, a FAR of 4, and a C1-3/R7A zoning. A residential tower, perhaps, in this parcel’s future? You can see a picture of it after the jump. (more…)
Materials for the Arts, a Long Island City-based reuse center that assists nonprofits, schools, and community groups with arts programming, is holding a special fundraiser until December 31st. Until that day, donors Ellen Liman and the Liman Foundation will match every dollar raised up to $25,000. According to the website, the money raised will help support educational and outreach programs for Materials for the Arts. If you are interested in donating, go right here.