This East Elmhurst property at 30-20 88th Street is asking $669,000. The English Tudor-style home is charming from the outside, fairly straightforward on the inside. The exposed beams in the living room aren’t really doing it for us. The backyard, however, looks quite nice. Any opinions out there on the asking price?
St. Michael’s Cemetery in East Elmhurst has a probably–it is running out of space. And since there’s no reason to think people are going to stop dying, they need to get their hands on more land. One small plot of land that cemetery leaders have targeted is an irregularly-shaped parcel of unloved city park land known as St. Michael’s Park. The 4-acre plot is located at the Northeast corner of the cemetery, up against the BQE just south of Astoria Boulevard. Earlier this week, the blog Queens Crap posted a copy of a bill that would authorize the transfer of the park in return for a similar-sized property elsewhere in the borough. According to a Daily News story yesterday, local politicians support the swap. “I hope we can take a local eyesore, put it to productive use and find replacement land that can be used as a park,” said state Sen. Michael Gianaris. “It’s an abandoned (and) overgrown area. People throw their garbage over the fence.” Are you okay with the plan? Queens Cemetery’s Attempts to Expand on Park Land in Limbo [NY Daily News]
Designed by William Delano and built in 1939, LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal is one of two passenger terminals remaining from the first generation of USA air travel, dating back to the airport’s first days. (The other belongs to American Airlines.) LGA opened in October 1939 and the Marine Air Terminal was dedicated the following March, serving Pan American’s magnificent Yankee Clipper aircraft, seaplanes known as “flying boats.” Today it serves commuter airlines including the Delta Water Shuttle (a ferry service), air taxis, and a private weather station. (more…)
Queens Community Boards 3 and 4 have voted to support the proposed rezoning of 127 blocks of East Elmhurst and 14 blocks in Corona, the Queens Courier reported. The rezoning, announced by the Department of City Planning earlier this month, seeks to protect the one- and two-family homes in the neighborhood’s residential blocks. It also calls for some commercial development along Roosevelt Avenue and Astoria Boulevard. The Queens borough president will make recommendations on the proposal next, followed by binding votes from City Planning and the City Coucil later this year.
The Department of City Planning announced on Monday the beginning of the public review of a proposed 127-block rezoning of East Elmhurst. The area under consideration is bounded by Grand Central Parkway, 32nd Avenue and a border that intersects with 91st Street. It also includes 14 block fronts along Roosevelt Avenue in Corona. City Planning said the rezoning would protect the one-family and two-family residential homes, while updating commercial zoning and “inhibit commercial encroachment” on residential streets.
“It will allow moderate growth along the area’s main commercial strips, Astoria Boulevard and Roosevelt Avenue,” said City Planning Commissioner Amanda Burden in a statement. The new zoning would allow “moderate-density, mixed-use development” on those avenues.
The rezoning will follow the Uniform Land Use Review Procedure (ULURP), which will take around seven months. It will include recommendations from Queens Community Boards 3 and 4, as well as the borough president’s office, followed by votes from City Planning Commission and the City Council.
The Riker Home in East Elmhurst was once used to house soldiers during the Revolutionary War. “This was my little girl’s storybook dream come true,” says Marion Duckwoirth Smith, the homes owner.
The home, built by Abraham Riker in 1654, is the Lent-Riker-Smith homestead. It has seen only four owners in its incredible 350-year existence, and stands today as piece of history, otherwise unrecognized next to the LaGuardia Airport’s Marine Air Terminal on the south side of the intersection of Hazen Street and 19th Avenue (GMAP) in East Elmhurst.
Here is a roundup of properties we’ve featured on QueensNYC this week – a couple of condos, a co-op, and a house in LIC, Woodside, and East Elmhurst.
5-19 Borden Ave., #2A, Long Island City, NY 11101 (GMAP) - This 2 bed/2 bath condo in the Murano building is priced at $895,000. Some of the sweet aspects of this unit include north and west exposures, a 98 square foot balcony, and this soaking tub in the bathroom. The Murano is also a “green building,” with the use of eco-friendly building materials and energy efficient appliances. The building is convenient to the Vernon-Jackson 7 stop on the subway (one stop from Grand Central), the Hunters Point LIRR, and the East River Ferry. It is also close to the LIE and the Queens Midtown Tunnel.
Image source: WSJ – the LaGuardia Mariott Hotel, where the awards were given
The Queens Gazette reports that last Thursday, January 17, the Queens Chamber of Commerce held their annual Building Awards and Reception at the LaGuardia Mariott Hotel (which we recently told you had been sold for $22 million - GMAP); they’ve been doing this since 1926. The Chamber of Commerce honored property owners, architects, and builders; 100 entries were submitted and out of that 21 winners were chosen. (more…)