Tonight, the ‘Roosevelt Avenue Urbanites’ exhibit will be on display at the Falchi Building in Long Island City. The event takes on the controversial Roosevelt Avenue BID, proposed by the 82nd Street Partnership for a stretch of Jackson Heights and Corona. The Daily News writes that the exhibit includes eight projects envisioning the future of that 20-block stretch by students from Parsons New School for Design and three Italian universities. According to the News, “Projects include an oral history and social map of the area, a look at the potential for small business collaboration that would mimic a BID, and an exploration of the area’s unused open spaces.”

You can check out the ‘Roosevelt Avenue Urbanites’ exhibit tonight from 7 to 10 pm at the Falchi Building, 31-00 47th Avenue.

Urban Design Exhibition Tackles Controversial Queens BID [NY Daily News]

01/28/15 1:00pm


Two writers with intimate knowledge of Queens will participate in separate, upcoming enrichment events at the Greater Astoria Historical Society. On Saturday, Adrienne Onofri, who just published the guidebook Walking Queens, will lead a roundtable discussion on two of the borough’s hottest neighborhoods, Astoria and Long Island City. This licensed NYC tour guide, who also writes about theater for the Broadway World blog, will then sell and sign copies of her new book, which describes 30 routes to discover Queens on foot.

On Monday, Q’Stoner writer Kevin Walsh, a historian who also runs the Forgotten NY blog, will take attendees on an indoor tour of classic New York City storefront signs — with the help of slides. They come in all shapes and sizes and contain words in countless colors and fonts. Plus, some storefront signs have wacky and/or fascinating stories.

Saturday details: Discussion on Hot Neighborhoods and Book Signing, Greater Astoria Historical Society, Quinn Building, 35-20 Broadway, Fourth Floor, Astoria/Long Island City, January 31st, 1 pm, free.

Monday details: Kevin Walsh on Storefronts, GAHS, February 2nd, 7 pm, $5.
Photo: Kevin Walsh
01/28/15 10:00am


Over at 42-12 28th Street, there’s nowhere to go but up — 596 feet up. The Court Square Blog spotted the beginnings of construction at the LIC development site, where a 58-story, 477-unit tower will rise. This will be the tallest residential building for the borough of Queens, coming in just 12 feet shy of the Citigroup Building.

The developer, Heatherwood Communities, plans to wrap on this project June of 2017. When it’s done, the building will include ground-floor retail, storage, bike storage, parking, a pool, gym and roof terraces. Check out an exterior rendering of the tower after the jump.

42-12 28th Street Begins to Rise [CSB]
All 42-12 28th Street coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by the Court Square Blog

01/27/15 1:00pm


Food, more food, and books on food. What’s not to like? The Entrepreneur Space is a kitchen-and-business incubator that has about 175 clients who make everything from Finnish bread to designer marshmallows to catered finger food. On February 3rd, this Long Island City-based venue will celebrate its fourth birthday  with about 30 clients providing samples of their artisan products to attendees. Plus, authors of recent books about the borough — Andrea Lynn of Queens: A Culinary Passport; Adrienne Onofri of Walking Queens: 30 Tours for Discovering the Diverse Communities, Historic Places, and Natural Treasures of New York City’s Largest Borough; and Meg Cotner of the Food Lover’s Guide to Queens will be on hand to sell and sign copies of their tomes. To add to the fun, SquareWine & Spirits will provide alcoholic beverages, while caffeinated drinks will come from Coffeed, a specialty roaster/café less than a block from the E-Space. The event’s lead sponsor, Oscar, will be offering a new kind of health insurance plan before ObamaCare’s open enrollment deadline on February 15th.

Details: Cooks & Books Bash, Entrepreneur Space, 36-46 37th Street, Astoria/Long Island City, February 3rd, 6 pm to 8 pm, free.

Photo: Queens Economic Development Corporation

01/26/15 2:00pm


The landmarked townhouse at 21-14 45th Avenue, once asking $2,550,000, just hit public records for $2,350,000. We featured the property back in August, when there were no photos of the interior. (We’ve scrounged up two, which you can see after the jump.) At the time the listing said to “Bring your architect and vision to create one very special home,” so our guess was that the interior needed serious work. It is also configured into two rental units, so any hopes of a single-family home will take some effort. Still, it’s an impressive sales price for the 3,065-square-foot property.

Did anybody get to check it out in person during the open houses?

Listing of the Day: 21-14 45th Avenue [Q'Stoner] GMAP


01/26/15 9:00am


We know, we know — it’s getting hard to keep track. But there’s another residential tower coming to Long Island City, this one at 42-06 27th Street between Queens Plaza South and 42nd Road. The Real Deal was the first to spot permits for an 18-story, 110-unit development. There will be 8,645 square feet of commercial space and 81,424 square feet of residential space for 90,069 square feet total. The development also includes a 55-space parking garage.

It’ll be developed by NY Lions Group, who purchased the construction sites for $8,000,000. No rendering yet, but the architect on record is Raymond Chan. NY Lions Groups has worked with Chan before, on this under-construction Broadway development dubbed The Baron.

NY Lions Group to Build 110-Unit Resi Building in LIC [TRD]

Map via PropertyShark


Today the Parks Department announced that it is holding its annual Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award in Long Island City’s Court Square Park. The Clare Weiss Award (named after the former Public Art Curator for the Parks Department) is given to an emerging, NYC-based artist with a compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture. That recipient will be granted $10,000 for the costs of fabrication, insurance, maintenance, installation and removal of the artwork, as well as the restoration of the site. The artist will then install their work in Court Square Park sometime in the fall of 2015, and it’ll be on view for one year.

If you’re an artist interested in applying for the award, go here. The deadline for submissions is March 22nd, 2015.

Photo by the NYC Parks Department

01/23/15 12:00pm

7 Beverly Road
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $2,388,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Long Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $1,399,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

3East Elmhurst
30-38 90th Street
Broker: Exit Realty Success
Price: $678,000
Sunday, 11:00 – 2:00 pm

4Rockaway Beach
221 Beach 80th Street
Broker: Century 21
Price: $249,999
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

01/22/15 9:00am


Yesterday the Historic Districts Council announced its annual “Six to Celebrate” list. These are six neighborhoods the HDC believes merit preservation and attention, and they are selected from applications submitted by neighborhood groups around the city. For 2015, HDC selected Long Island City, alongside Crown Heights North, East Harlem, South Street Seaport, Woodlawn Heights, and all the city landmarks under consideration by the LPC. The preservation group +Partners, which has fought to landmark the LIC Clock Tower, submitted the application for Long Island City and will work with HDC throughout the year. The goal, according to HDC, is “to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs and building public awareness.” Here’s more:

A new preservation group based in Long Island City called +Partners has formed to design, preserve, and catalyze the development of environments and places. Their inaugural project is an ongoing campaign to landmark the Long Island City Clock Tower, a beloved neighborhood anchor. They have recently launched a comprehensive survey of the industrial architecture of Long Island City, with plans to create a publicly-accessible internet resource to guide further preservation efforts.

Last year, HDC picked Forest Close as its 2014 “Six to Celebrate” neighborhood in Queens.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

01/21/15 2:00pm


Court Square is simply not a place where townhouses are safe anymore. The Real Deal reports that seven different parcels, all of which hold one- to three-story townhomes, are on the market for a whopping $41,500,000. The parcels in question are located across from the Citi Building, near the intersection of 45th Avenue and 23rd Street. (The actual addresses are 23-10 45th Avenue, 45-03 23rd Street, 45-05 23rd Street, 45-07 23rd Street, 45-09 23rd Street, 23-14 45th Avenue and 23-16 45th Avenue.) In total, the development site offers more than 167,000 buildable square feet.

Both Modern Spaces and the Corcoran Group are marketing the parcels and hope to sell to a single owner. Potential development could include retail, office and residential space.

Court Square Site with 167K Buildable SF Hits Market for $42M [TRD] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps