This week, we got a few tips coming in about the green construction fence appearing on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue. Well, LIC Post answered our questions on the fate of the lot, at 49-18 Vernon Boulevard: it will be a five-story, 15-unit residential building. According to the DOB application, there will be 12,423 square feet of residential space and 4,451 square feet of commercial space, for a total of 16,874 square feet. The DOB has only issued permits for excavation and foundation work, so a new building won’t be rising just yet.
According to LIC Post, the owner of Butcher Gourmet Deli, which is right next door, has a large ownership interest in this development but he didn’t want to elaborate on details.
Leading up to this weekend’s Maker Faire, the NYCEDC is sponsoring The Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up in Long Island City. The pop up will feature innovative “Makers” and manufacturers exclusively from Queens, like Mikey Chen, Stickbulb, Susan Taing, Jamie Clawson and more. Reps from the NYCEDC, NYDesigns, Long Island City Partnership and QNSMADE will also be on hand. The goal is for the Queens community to see what successful Makers are creating locally.
The pop up is free and open to the public (and all ages), and there will also be food and drink. It is taking place at the Coalition for Queens HQ in the Falchi Building from 7 to 10 pm this Thursday, September 18th. RSVP for the event here.
The SculptureCenter will officially reveal its shiny new expansion on Sunday, October 5th! The addition will include a new entrance lobby with a coatroom, restrooms and seating area, expanded exhibition space, an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries and a 1,500-square-foot enclosed courtyard. Work started up this spring, and the SculptureCenter remained open throughout the construction project.
The Court Square Blog posted awesome photos of the new interior — pictured above is the view from the main entrance. CSB reports that the SculptureCenter will celebrate its expansion with the new exhibit “Puddle, pothole, portal.” And from 12 to 3 pm on October 5th, there will be free activities at the center including art-making, music, food, tours and the official opening ceremony. From 2 to 5 pm, there will be music and drinks in the courtyard.
That’s a wrap for TF Cornerstone on the Long Island City waterfront. Yesterday, the developers reported that their sixth and final building, 4610 Center Boulevard, is 100 percent spoken for. According to the press release, “To date, more than 6,000 people call the TF Cornerstone buildings on the LIC waterfront home, occupying 2,615 rental units and 184 condominiums on Center Boulevard.” 4610 Center Boulevard, at 26 stories, held 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. When the building launched in April, prices ranged from $2,160 to $5,330 a month. The development hit the 50 percent mark in June.
TF Cornerstone purchased its 21-acres of waterfront property along Center Boulevard from PepsiCo in 2003. Says Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice President for TF Cornerstone: “The lease-up of 4610 Center Boulevard is an incredible milestone for both Long Island City and TF Cornerstone. We’ve spent the last 12 years not only building and leasing buildings along the LIC waterfront, but also immersing ourselves in the community and growing to love the neighborhood just as much as our residents do. The lease-up of this building is a true testament to the vibrancy of this area, and we look forward to our next chapter of development in LIC.”
Hungry? Would you like to enjoy a delicious meal and help others at the same time? Or are you ready to experience a wonderful taste of winter without getting cold? This Thursday, the Snowday food truck (above) will stop outside the Clock Tower at Dutch Kills Green and serve delicious, maple-themed lunches, including maple grilled cheese sandwiches, seasonal salads, beer-batted maple onion rings, and maple apple cupcakes. More information and photos after jump.
Before the consolidation of the City of Greater New York, the center of the world in Queens was in Hunters Point. This was where the docks were, and where the LIRR ferries discharged passengers coming from Manhattan. These passengers would ostensibly board the east bound trains, but an entire industry of saloons, bars, and hotels had sprung up in the area around the LIRR yard to keep them in the neighborhood. Now… remember that we’re talking about the 1870-1900 period here. Your best point of reference, from a modern point of view, for what such such establishments offered is fictionalized in Cowboy movies and the Boardwalk Empire television series. There was gambling, women, and lots and lots of liquor. This was, in effect, a frontier town – one which was ruled over by a clique of politicians whose antics would have made Boss Tweed blush. Notorious even amongst his fellows, the last Mayor of Long Island City was Patrick Jerome Gleason. He was called Battle Ax Gleason by friend and foe alike.
Gleason was personally responsible for the construction of the exquisite P.S. 1 school house pictured in the next shot, a terra cotta masterpiece which nearly bankrupted LIC – amongst other imbroglios. Dogged by claims and accusations (and at least one conviction) of corruption – Gleason used to sit in a barber chair outside the Miller Hotel – known today as the LIC Crabhouse – and hold court with constituent and passerby alike. This was his favorite spot by all reports, directly across the street from the LIRR train and ferry terminal.
He instructed those he met to avoid addressing him as “Mayor,” instructing them to instead to “Just call me Paddy.”
Long Island City, which existed as an independent municipality that stretched from the East River to Woodside and from Newtown Creek to Bowery Bay for just 28 years, was hardly a candidate for the good government award prior to Gleason. For some reason, he raised the ire of press and political player alike. Remember – this is during the golden age of Tammany Hall over in Manhattan. Bribes and graft were a matter of fact in this era, a part of doing business. Liquor and gambling were commonplace, along with prostitution, and this turpitude raised the ire of do gooders all over the state and nation.
The owners of 40-05 Crescent Street, the warehouse off of 40th Avenue, filed a Department of Buildings application for a brand new residential building. Queens Courier first spotted the DOB paperwork, which divulges that the development will have five stories and hold 32 units. Interestingly, the residential build will also hold manufacturing space — 11,415 square feet of it. (There will be 25,018 total square feet of residential space.) There will also be 48 enclosed parking spaces. No design yet, but the architects are T.F. Cusanelli and Filletti Architects.
In case you hadn’t heard, Open House New York is hitting NYC for another year on October 11th and 12th. To accompany the weekend festivities, OHNY announced its first-ever “Factory Friday” event in partnership with the Pratt Center for Community Development’s Made in NYC Initiative. There will be tours of eight different factories throughout New York, three of which are in Queens. MACHINEMADE, a custom design, manufacturing, and rapid prototyping company, will open its doors in Long Island City. Also in LIC, Organic Food Incubator will show how it does specialty food manufacturing. And finally, Worksman Cycles (pictured), who make industrial tricycles, bicycles, and mobile food vending systems, will show of its factory in Ozone Park. According to OHNY, “Factory Friday will not only provide opportunities for people to experience contemporary urban manufacturing first-hand, it will allow tour participants to hear, straight from the employees and proprietors of participating companies, about why manufacturing is still so important to New York City’s 21st century economy.”
All Factory Friday tours will require advance reservations — reservations go live to the public on ohny.org at 11 am on October 1st.
That was fast! The World-Wide Group topped off construction at QLIC, the 21-story, 421-unit rental building at at 41-42 24th Street. Construction started in January of this year. Pictured above, World-Wide executives celebrate the milestone with an awesome view of Manhattan in the background.
Construction on the tower is expected to wrap in early 2015. Once finished, the building will hold 25,000 square feet of amenities including a rooftop outdoor pool, a fitness center, private garden, indoor parking and bike room.
Oil on Newtown Creek is an old story, but when there are fresh rainbow colors like you see in the shot of Dutch Kills above, there’s nothing historic about it. That’s newly released material, and it’s been a big problem all summer.
First, for those of you unfamiliar with the place, Dutch Kills is Long Island City’s own tributary of Newtown Creek. Its junction with the main body of the Creek is found roughly .8 of a mile from the East River, and it terminates at 47th Avenue – just a block or so away from the Citigroup building on Jackson Avenue at Thomson.
Throughout the summer of 2014, reports of fresh oil sheens have been reported along Newtown Creek. My colleague in the Newtown Creek Alliance, Greenpoint’s Will Elkins, has documented this event, and interacted with NYS Department of Environmental Conservation investigators to determine the point source from which this material is emanating.
Yesterday, the DEC found that point source on Dutch Kills, and probably found the polluter who has been illegally dumping literally thousands of gallons of oil directly into the water all summer.