08/25/14 3:00pm


Here’s a look at the 22-22 Jackson Avenue construction site, right next door to the 5Pointz demolition. The foundation is in and it looks like the building will be rising soon. It’s going to be a 10-story, mixed-use building with 182 residential units, bike storage, a library, pool, gym and rooftop space. (You can check out a rendering for the boxy finished product after the jump.) The design is by ODA Architecture and the developer is Jeff Gershon, who purchased the site for $16,500,000. Construction started this spring, no word on how long it’ll last.

All 22-22 Jackson Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP


08/25/14 1:00pm


Catch the sound wave! Two years ago, the inaugural LIC Concert Series consisted of one gig featuring two bands and several dozen attendees. In 2013, four bands performed for a total of roughly 600 fans. This year, the third annual event boasts five weeks of fun with 14 local entertainers who will bring everything from live music to yoga to children’s activities to Long Island City. The kick-off was last week, but the show will go on for the next four consecutive Sundays. See the full lineup after the jump.


08/25/14 10:00am

shuttle-g-train-long-island-city We’ve never heard of commuters preferring temporary shuttle service to the actual subway, but with the G train — it doesn’t surprise us. DNAinfo reports that Long Island City and Greenpoint commuters found the shuttle to be much more reliable than the actual train. The G train has been out of service since July for Sandy-related repairs, and it starts up again Tuesday, September 2nd. The free shuttles run around every two to three minutes on McGuinness Boulevard and every four minutes on Manhattan Avenue in Brooklyn, while they run about every five minutes at night. The train, on the other hand, runs every 8 to 20 minutes, given the time of day. Riders particularly love the shuttle frequency at nighttime, when the G is known to be most unreliable.

It’s too expensive for the MTA to maintain the shuttle service, so in September it’ll be back to G service as normal. And the MTA does not plan on altering (or increasing) the subway schedule once it’s running again.

G Train Shuttle Bus Runs Better Than the Train Did, Riders Say [DNAinfo]
Closing Bell: G Train Shuts Down for Five Weeks Starting Friday [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Serena Dai for DNAinfo

08/25/14 9:00am


26-16 Jackson Avenue, the 80/20 affordable and market-rate rental development built at the former Dykes Lumber site, is ready for residents. Curbed noted that the building started leasing over the weekend. MNS is handling the market rate rentals, which are priced from $1,984 a month for studios, $2,654 a month for one bedrooms, and $3,277 a month for two bedrooms. (The price includes one month free.) The affordable units went up for lottery this spring with prices ranging from $539 to $893 a month with income restrictions between $21,382 and $41,950. Here are some details of the development from the brokers:

All units offer stainless steel appliances, hardwood floors and generous closet space. On-site conveniences include a modern fitness center, virtual doorman and laundry room, but the true highlight is a furnished roof deck with panoramic views of the neighborhood and the Manhattan skyline.

The building will also hold around 5,000 square feet of ground floor commercial space. The 98-unit rental is the work of L+M Development and the architects GF55 Partners.

Even More New Long Island City Rentals Debut This Weekend [Curbed]
All 26-14 Jackson Avenue coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

08/22/14 4:00pm


Rockrose Development’s massive rental tower, the Linc LIC, is now 100 percent spoken for. Rockrose President Justin Elghanayan told The Real Deal that “It’s the first building of this scale to be fully leased in the area.” The development holds 709 units and rises 42 stories tall. Leasing launched a little more than a year ago, and we took a tour of the development last November.

Studios ranged from $2,155 to $2,450, one bedrooms from $2,595 to $3,600, two bedrooms from $3,505 to $4,000 and three bedrooms from $4,755 to $5,500. (A three-bedroom unit even leased for $6,500 a month.) According to TRD, residents paid an average of more than $50 per square foot. As Elghanayan said: “That’s a lot of money.”

Rockrose’s Jumbo Rental Building in Court Square Fully Leased [The Real Deal]
All Linc LIC Coverage [Q'Stoner]

08/22/14 10:40am


We’ve got word that demolition started today at the 5Pointz graffiti warehouse. This would make sense, as demolition was expected to begin any day now. No pictures yet, but we’ll update this post as anything comes in. And if you’re in the area, feel free to send news and photos to emily@brownstoner.com. UPDATE: Here’s a report from Animal New York: “This morning, a backhoe began tearing into the building that has served as a legal playground for aerosol artists for nearly two decades.” UPDATE #2: This is from Twitter: “todays work involves excavator on outer structure #5Pointz + protecting perimeter, according to construction worker.” Here’s a video of the work. And check out more photos after the jump.

All 5Pointz coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Jackie Strawbridge via Twitter for Queens Tribune


08/21/14 11:00am


A century ago, Queens was growing by leaps and bounds and exploding with brand new infrastructure, a spate of investment and building which was spurred on and started by the immense success of the 1909 Queensboro Bridge. The subways began to snake out from the great bridge in the 1920s, and expansions of the system continued right through the Depression era of the 1930s.

The IND Crosstown Line, which they called the GG back then (its was renamed the “G” in 1985), came to LIC’s 21st street/Van Alst, Court Square, and Queens Plaza stations on the 19th of August in 1933. Unfortunately, due to damage inflicted upon the tracks by Hurricane Sandy related flooding, there is no opportunity to visit these stations and tip a glass on their 81st birthday – currently – as MTA employees are working on repairing and upgrading the tracks, switches, signals and God knows what else there is down there. The Shuttle Bus just ain’t the same, I’m afraid, but it is appreciated.

Check out this Wikipedia page on the IND Crosstown, or the truly excellent nycsubway.org for more.


This is the Kosciuszko Bridge, which carries the Brooklyn Queens Expressway over my beloved Newtown Creek, and on Saturday she’ll be 75.


08/20/14 9:00am


We already know that Purves Street is one of the most active blocks of development in the entire city. Here’s more proof: New York YIMBY found Department of Building permits for a 33-story residential tower proposed at 44-26 Purves Street. The parcel is owned by Brause Realty, who picked it up for $17,200,000 at a foreclosure auction last year. They chose the architect FXFowle to design the building, which will have 270 units, commercial space and a total of 207,053 square feet. No word on a construction timeline just yet.

That means a whole lot of construction for a very short block of Long Island City. The SculptureCenter at 44-19 Purves Street (right across the street) is in its final phases of renovation. Court Square Blog recently spotted activity at the now-empty lot 44-18 Purves. Demolition was approved for the warehouse at 44-46 Purves. And 44-35 and 44-51 Purves Street is now under construction, and will eventually be a 22-story, 121-unit residential tower.

Permits Filed: 33-Story Tower Coming to 44-26 Purves Street [New York YIMBY]
Checking in on Purves Street, Possibly the Most Active Block of Development in the City! [Q'Stoner] GMAP

The Secret Theatre, an arts organization in Long Island City, just kicked off a fundraising campaign. The theatre is known for hosting two annual short play festivals, a variety of in-house shows and weekly children’s theater. The organization, however, has run into problems with its building and needs $10,000 to take care of it. Here are more details from the Indiegogo fundraising campaign:

After a tough year when we discovered that the building we were in was not compliant we were hit with Dept of Buildings fines, architect fees and we had to move the Little Theatre to a different location with all the attendant moving and construction costs. Our budgets are tiny and with no real reserve to speak of we are dealing with a cash hole that threatens our existence. The Secret has become a major contributor to the cultural life of Western Queens and LIC and has been responsible for creating a theatre scene in LIC where none previously existed. With your help we can continue to win plaudits from The New York Times [multiple critics pick awards] also many shows and artists have won or been nominated for the New York Innovative Theatre Awards, we can continue to support awesome artists and to push the envelope of what can be achieved in a borough that needs us.

The $10,000 will go toward the theatre closing its funding gap and making crucial building upgrades. There are rewards for donating, like becoming a sponsor of one of the annual festivals. To check out the full campaign, go here.


Earlier today, we wrote about Long Island City’s tiled Passive House getting the star treatment in the New York Times. Probably not very coincidentally, Douglas Elliman just listed the ground floor unit of the building for rent. There are no interior photos, but the listing is loaded with energy-friendly babble. (The building apparently uses 85 percent less energy than a similar rowhouse.) The kitchen has energy saving appliances, the flooring is non toxic and the bedrooms overlook an organic vegetable and flower garden. The New York Times article previously stated that despite the eye-catching exterior, “Inside, Mr. Paino’s new house looks like any other modern townhouse renovation.” We’re still dying for interior photos, though. The asking rent for two bedrooms and two bathrooms comes in at $4,400 a month.

45-12 11th Street, #1 [Douglas Elliman] GMAP