04/23/14 9:00am

41-42 24th Street-RENDERING

The 21-story, 421-unit rental building under construction at 41-42 24th Street now has a name. The developers, the World-Wide Group, dubbed it “QLIC” — a name, according to a press release, “chosen to celebrate the flourishing Long Island City neighborhood.” The developers also selected aptsandlofts.com as the exclusive leasing agent for the studio to three bedroom rentals.

Construction is moving very quickly since it started in January, with seven floors of the building already up. Once finished, it’ll have 5,000 square feet of amenities, like a rooftop outdoor pool, a landscaped deck, a fitness center, private gardens, indoor parking and bike room. The whole shebang should open in early 2015.

All 41-42 24th Street coverage [Q'Stoner]

04/22/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Hibino LIC, 10-70 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City.

The Deal: This year the successful Cobble Hill restaurant Hibino opened its second location in Long Island City. The Japanese restaurant specializes in a rotating menu of daily specials as well as sushi.

After seven years in Brooklyn, Hibano searched for a new location, eventually settling on the 26-seat spot near the Vernon stop on the 7. Because the Queens location is still so new, the liquor license is still in the works, but the owners expect sake to be served by no later than the end of May.

The Dish: With a rotating menu of rotating daily specials, Obanzi, choosing a representative dish at Hibino LIC can be difficult. There is one consistent menu item though: the homemade tofu, served in a custom yogurt jar printed in Japan.

“Our fresh made tofu, served either cold or warm, is a really simple dish that demonstrates the delicate texture and subtle fresh soy flavors of the tofu,” says Hinata, the restaurant’s manager, who has worked at both locations.

This isn’t store-bought tofu — it’s enough to make a believer out of the most enthusiastic carnivore.

04/22/14 9:45am

photo copyright by Travis Dubreuil

There’s lots of demand at the new LIC condo The Millstone, located at 41-18 27th Street off Queens Plaza North. Aptsandlofts.com reports that when the building launched earlier this month, 150 people confirmed appointments for the grand opening and over 300 people came to check it out. The 14-unit building now has six accepted offers.

The one-bedroom and two-bedroom duplex apartments are priced between $480,000 and $799,000. Finishes include double-paned windows, Brazilian teak floors and washer/dryer units.

Condo Listings Are Live at The Millstone in Long Island City [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/21/14 3:00pm

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The Department of Buildings recently issued a new building permit at 41-07 Crescent Street, on the corner of 41st Avenue. That means construction is coming soon to the empty lot, where a nine-story, 50-unit development is to come. It’ll have a total of 32,462 square feet of residential space and 3,556 square feet of commercial space. The architect is Fogarty Finger, also behind the design of LIC development Five 27. Demolition for the two-story building previously here started up in November and wrapped in January. No construction timeline to report just yet.

All 41-07 Crescent Street coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

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Transmitter Brewing is now open on weekends, selling bottles out of 53-02 11th Street in Long Island City. The business hours are from noon to 4pm. The Village Voice ran a profile on the brand new brewery, run by homebrew buddies Anthony Accardi and Rob Kolb. The two are making beer with multiple strains of Brettanomyces, which, according to the Voice, is “the yeast that gives many sour beers, saisons, and other ales their funkiness.” Transmitter plans to begin kegging soon, as well as start up a community-supported beer (CSB) plan. Keep up with the progress on the Transmitter Facebook page.

Transmitter Brewing debuted its beers last Friday in honor of Queens Beer Week (happening now!). They served up four different brews at Crescent and Vine, in Astoria: a Farmhouse Ale, Mahogany Saison, Saison Noir and Belgian Quad.

Photo via Facebook

04/21/14 11:00am

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In its own way, the area surrounding Dutch Kills is actually quite a lovely place – as storied industrial centers which have seen better days go. Dutch Kills is a Queens tributary of that languid cautionary tale known as the Newtown Creek, and has been isolated for several seasons from maritime utility by failing railway bridges and a changing industrial landscape.

I’m down here a lot of course, and have introduced you to the Borden Avenue Bridge and the Dutch Kills Barge Turning Basin in prior posts. Today, it’s the seldom mentioned Hunters Point Avenue Bridge that gets the spotlight.

From nyc.gov:

Hunters Point Avenue is a two-lane local City street in Queens. Hunters Point Avenue is oriented east-west and extends from 21st Street to the Long Island Expressway/Brooklyn Queens Expressway interchange in Queens. The avenue is parallel to and approximately one block south of the Long Island Expressway. The Hunters Point Bridge over Dutch Kills is situated between 27th Street and 30th Street in the Long Island City section of Queens, and is four blocks upstream of the Borden Avenue Bridge. It is a bascule bridge with a span of 21.8m. The general appearance of the bridge has been significantly changed since it was first opened in 1910. The bridge provides a channel with a horizontal clearance of 18.3m and a vertical clearance, in the closed position, of 2.4m at MHW and 4.0m at MLW. The bridge structure carries a two-lane, two-way vehicular roadway with sidewalks on either side. The roadway width is 11.0m, while the sidewalks are 1.8m wide. The width of the approach roadways vary from the width of the bridge roadway. The west approach and east approach roadways are 13.4m and 9.1m, respectively.

The first bridge at this site, a wooden structure, was replaced by an iron bridge in 1874. That bridge was permanently closed in 1907 due to movement of the west abutment, which prevented the draw from closing. It was replaced in 1910 by a double-leaf bascule bridge, designed by the Scherzer Rolling Lift Bridge Company. The bridge was rebuilt in the early 1980′s as a single-leaf bascule, incorporating the foundations of the previous bridge.

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Seldom commented, the Hunters Point Avenue Bridge segments Dutch Kills neatly, and has done so for better than a century now. The marshes and streams which once typified the area, before the advance of railroad and the vast agglutination of industry, are long gone – relegated to subterranean sewers and masonry clad spillways. A century ago – the Hunters Point Avenue Bridge (and its predecessors) allowed egress between the central business district of Long Island City and the rest of western Queens.

Hey, that’s the Degnon Terminal back there, which is found along Thomson Avenue nearby the Sunnyside Yards.

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04/21/14 9:00am

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This past weekend the New York Times published two, yes two! features on Queens. The first, “The King Can No Longer Afford Queens,” is about Queens the brand and the rising prices in the borough. The Times looks at Queens’ transition for being the “image of white, urban American working-class life” — brought on by shows like All in the Family and King of Queens — into a “taller and skinnier and cosmetically rearranged” borough. Units at luxury developments like Five 27 (pictured above) and The View are asking several million bucks, attracting buyers and investors from around the world and affluent suburbs. The first quarter report of 2014 showed dramatically rising sales prices, a chic children’s boutique opened in LIC, etc. As far as Queens trend pieces go, this one feels very simplistic, only concerned with the luxury market in Long Island City. We love Queens because it’s a huge, diverse borough — you sure wouldn’t know it from the article.

Secondly, the Times published “In Queens, Chickens Clash With the Rules,” an article about a family keeping chickens in Forest Hills Gardens. Strict neighborhood regulations ban backyard chickens, with the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation citing the nuisances section of its century-old homeowners’ covenant. The chicken/home owner Sylvia Saye thinks the covenant restrictions are antiquated and plans to keep the coop, telling the Times that there have been no resident complaints about “odor, noise or unsightliness.” Here’s what Mitchell Cohen, president of the Forest Hills Gardens Corporation, had to say: “[The covenant] is what has kept the Forest Hills Gardens the oasis it is today. I’m sorry Mrs. Saye is upset by our letter, but to keep the Forest Hills Gardens the community it is, everyone must look beyond themselves and follow the rules we all agreed to follow.”

The King Can No Longer Afford Queens [NY Times]
In Queens, Chickens Clash With the Rules [NY Times]

04/18/14 4:00pm

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Check out the MTA’s new marketing campaign to promote Long Island City while the 7 train is down on weekends. According to LIC Post, “The MTA is about to put the public service announcements up at every No. 7 train station and on each No. 7 train… It will also be putting the posters up at a number of other stations and on a variety of different train lines.” The posters have not gone up yet but the advertisement is now on the MTA website. The MTA also agreed to keep the 7 train running during the week of May 17th and 18th, due to all these awesome events. The weekend train shutdown will last until July 21st.

MTA Unveils Long Island City Marketing Material [LIC Post]

04/18/14 12:00pm

forest-hillasForest Hills
108-24 68th Drive
Broker: NY Metro Realty Group
Price: $1,499,000
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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10-holder-placeForest Hills
10 Holder Place, #5G
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $1,175,000
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
GMAP

arrisLong Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $985,000
Sunday, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm
GMAP

maspethMaspeth
60-42 69th Lane
Broker: Tscherne Realty
Price: $899,000
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
GMAP

04/17/14 3:00pm

21-30 44TH DRIVE-sold

A buyer just snatched up the warehouse at 21-30 44th Drive, between 21st Street and 23rd Street in LIC, for $13,700,000. The 17,500-square-foot lot currently holds a one-story, 12,930-square-foot warehouse. It’s zoned for both manufacturing and residential use, with a FAR of 4. (The current building on site is built up to a FAR of .74) But don’t count on a residential build coming — after some online sleuthing it looks like the buyer, Kupoint USA Corporation, is in the business of warehouse storage. GMAP

Photo via PropertyShark