Here’s a sprawling country home at 240-40 Pine Street in Douglaston. Front porch, large grassy yards, driveway and garage — it’s all there. Our problem is with what waits inside. The interior needs upgrading, and we’d imagine a buyer would want to rid the home of the carpet and dated wallpaper. There also aren’t any photos of the kitchen. All this makes $1,200,000 seem like a very high asking price. What is your take?
The image of the windmill plays a role in the history of New York City. Symbolic of Holland, a windmill appears on the official seal and flag of the City of New York; Dutch settlers in old New York used windmills extensively in industry. Surprisingly few old-fashioned windmills have survived in NYC, but in the Alley Pond Park Environmental Center there’s a reasonable facsimile.
The Alley Pond Park Environmental Center (APEC), entered on Northern Boulevard just east of Cross Island Parkway, features a variety of short and long trails around the 635 acres of creeks, wetlands and kettle ponds of the park. It was founded in 1972 and is a “learning laboratory” with exhibits on the natural habitats and inhabitants of the park, with over 30,000 schoolchildren visiting per year, but its serenity and separation from city clamor attracts thousands of adults as well. (more…)
This Colonial home at 111 Ridge Road in the Douglas Manor neighborhood of Douglaston is beautiful. The renovation is very well done, leaving in some details like wall panels, exposed brick and fireplaces. The lovely renovation and state of the house is reflected in the price of $1,575,000. Think they’ll get it?
Douglaston, the neighborhood known for its gracious suburban homes, just saw an impressive sale. 18 Cherry Street, on the market for $2,600,000, hit public records for $2,300,000. The concise listing says this: “Three Blocks From Lirr. Mint Large 4 Br House. Douglaston’s Largest Property. Beautiful Gardens, Great For Entertaining.” The interior photos reveal exposed wooden ceiling beams, large arched windows and a well-landscaped lawn. Check out a few interior shots after the jump… GMAP (more…)
It’s scary how many Halloween-related festivals will take place in Queens over the next 10 days. On tap are everything from costume contests (for humans and dogs, of course), haunted houses, enchanted walks and Dia de los Muertos celebrations. Here is a list of some of the free or low-cost fun.
Oct. 25, See It Big!, 7 pm, Museum of the Moving Image, 36-01 35th Ave., Astoria. Despite the availability of movies on portable devices and small screens, there is only one way to really see a scary movie: BIG! Enjoy the 1978 Halloween classic starring Jamie Lee Curtis. Free with MMI admission ($6-$12).
Oct. 25, 26 & 27, Halloween Haunted House, 4 pm-7 pm, Queens County Farm Museum, 73-50 Little Neck Pkwy., Floral Park. Hayrides, mulled cider, pumpkins and apples. The haunted house is recommended for children ages 4–12. Adults will find it creepy too! $4 with purchasable items.
Oct. 25 & 26, Haunted Lantern Tour, 6:30-8:30 pm, Fort Totten, 212th Street and Bell Boulevard, Bayside. Urban Park Rangers will lead a nighttime tour of the Civil War-era bastion’s battery. Expect frights mixed in with a history lesson.
Oct. 26, Second Annual Woodside Halloween Pet Parade and Festival, 11 am-2 pm, Windmuller Park, 52nd Avenue and 39th Drive. An afternoon of surprises including a costume contest, training workshops, grooming demos and giveaways. Free.
Oct. 26, Canine Costumes Carnival in the Rockaways, noon-2 pm, Freeway Dog Park/Beach 84, 83-02 Beach Channel Dr., Rockaway. Indulge your desire to dress up your pooch as a caped avenger. This costume contest for canines has carnival games, a photo booth and pet-friendly services. Free.
After the jump, many more Halloween events taking place all over the borough… (more…)
This one-bedroom co-op at 38-30 Douglaston Parkway, in Douglaston, probably isn’t for everyone, but it’s definitely unusual. Nearly every room features an arched ceiling of some sort. There are tons of built-ins and storage nooks, nicely kept wood floors, and a crazy tile mural in the bathroom. It’s asking $295,000. What do you think?
There’s an interesting group of buildings on the east side of Douglaston Parkway just north of Northern Boulevard. While some parts of town are being developed at breakneck speed, especially in the western part of the borough near the East River, things tend to change only tangentially out here in the relative sticks.
This block of mixed businesses and residential apartments, on the second floor, was constructed around 1925-1927, according to surveys. Of special note here is the central classically-styled pediment. This was apparently considered to be a potential shopping mecca in the 1920s. That never quite happened, as the shopping and mall strip developed further east in Little Neck. (more…)
Suburban living in Douglaston! This Colonial home at 240-45 Pine Street is up for rent, asking $4,500 a month. It’s a big, lovely house (fully renovated on the inside) with six bedrooms, three full bathrooms and two half bathrooms. It’s also located on a massive lot with a garage, driveway, the whole nine yards. What do you think of that price?