New York YIMBY has been scouring around Flushing and picked up a few photos of new, unveiled developments. First off, there’s 132-15 41st Avenue, pictured left. It’s known as the Shangri-La Tower, and it’s six stories with 23 condo units. There’s also 7,245 square feet to be used as a medical office. The building designer is Architects Studio and as YIMBY points out, the design is indistinguishable from just about everything going up in Williamsburg.
To the right, you’ve got 41-42 College Point Boulevard. It’s also a condo development, with one bedrooms priced in the high $400,000s, and two-bedroom/two-bathroom units priced from the mid-$500,000s to mid-$600,000s. The bottom two floors will house retail and medical office space. As for the facade design, we’ll pass.
Macedonia Plaza, the city-sponsored affordable housing development at 36-08 Union Street in Flushing, will be occupied soon. We hear from a few tipsters that the move-in date is mid to late September. The HPD started accepting applications for the 142 rental units exactly one year ago. Apartments range from studios to three-bedrooms with rents from $500 to $1,196 a month, and the income range was from $19,063 up to $59,820 for a family of six.
This development was part of former Mayor Bloomberg’s New Housing Marketplace Plan, a project created to encourage the development of subsidized housing. It includes 6,287 square feet of retail and 2,767 square feet of community space — no word if those spaces will soon be occupied, too.
The Mets have hosted some unforgettable non-baseball moments in 2014, such as concerts by 50 Cent and Boyz II Men; the Citi Field Sleepover; The Wright Thing; and Dinosaur Education Day. Now as the Flushing team’s season winds down, there’s still some great sports drama to take place at Citi Field, as well as unique promotions and another live concert.
This Saturday, Yen-Hsun Lu (below), Taiwan’s top-ranked professional tennis player, will headline the tenth annual Taiwan Heritage Night by throwing out the first pitch before the Philadelphia Phillies game. Beforehand at Mets Plaza, fans will be able to check out Taiwanese aboriginal dance with Techno San Tai Zi and singing performances. The island near mainland China’s tourism mascot, Oh Bear, will interact with Mr. Met in the stadium and be available for photo opportunities with fans. Plus, the first 750 purchasers through a special online offer will receive a limited edition of Taiwanese cheering sticks.
On September 27th, Austin Mahone will perform after the Houston Astros game. This 18-year-old singer/songwriter is poised for stardom with several hit singles on iTunes, including “What About Love?” which peaked at No. 7, “Say You’re a Friend,” and “Banga! Banga!,” which climbed as high as No. 14.
Oktoberfest will take place on September 26th, when ticket purchasers will get access to a pre-game party in Bullpen Plaza and a limited edition Mets Oktoberfest Beer Glass.
There are also three remaining chances to take advantage of Free Shirt Fridays. Every attendee will get a uniquely designed Mets themed tee shirt at the August 29th game against the Phillies; the September 12th game against the Washington Nationals; and the September 26th game against the Astros.
There are also three remaining chances (August 31st, September 14th, September 28th) to enjoy Family Sundays, when there are family-friendly activities such as kids inflatables, face painters, balloon artists and entertainment at Mets Plaza starting at 11 am. After the final pitch, children can go onto the field and run the bases during the Mr. Met Dash.
Top photo: New York Mets; bottom photo: Yen-Hsun Lu
A piece of the condo-retail project Sky View Parc, located in Flushing, is up for sale. Today the New York Post reports that Muss Development will list the development rights for the unbuilt second phase of the project with Massey Knackal. (Onex Real Estate Partners, who are partnered with Muss, seemed not to know about these plans and were planning to begin construction on Phase Two in November.) According to the Post, “Industry sources speculated it could bring up to $150 million based on the sell-out success of the first three towers mainly to Chinese and Asian-American buyers.”
The project broke ground in 2005 and struggled through the recession. Due to an influx of Chinese buyers after the recession, it became the #1 condo-sale site in New York for 2013. Word is that Onex Real Estate Partners offered to buy out Muss’s Phase Two share, but Muss wanted more money — hence the development rights going to market.
$4,000,000 in improvements are coming for the Queens Botanical Garden, and it couldn’t come any sooner. The Queens Courier reports that the money is going toward a new irrigation system and redone walkways throughout the 39-acre site. The Queens Botanical Garden has not had the walkways repaved in 50 years, and they are cracked and sinking in many areas.
The project will happen in three different phases. The first phase is almost done, and includes the replacement of sidewalks around the water fountain. The second phase covers the repaving of the College Point Boulevard entrance, pictured to the left. And the third phase includes new pathways around the meadow and in the middle of the garden. There will also be a brand new sprinkler system — for now, workers carry hoses across the garden to water the plants. Susan Lacerte, the execute director of the QBC, tells the Courier that if the garden can secure more funding, she’d like to replace the temporary office trailers that are now used as staff office space.
It’s kind of a battle of the bands, but if traffic is light and one group starts late, music lovers can catch them all. On August 16th, three fantastic concerts will take place in Queens. At 2 pm, Gordon Au & The Grand Street Stompers (above) will perform at the Louis Armstrong House Museum as part of the historic site’s Hot Jazz/Cool Garden Summer Concert Series. Though based in New York City, this jazz band revives the New Orleans-style music of the 1920s and onward. At 3 pm, Choban Elektrik will give a free concert at the Ridgewood Branch Library. This electric dance band draws from the folk music of Albania, Macedonia, Greece, Bulgaria, and the Romany people. Beyond singing in various languages and a powerful rhythm sections, attendees can expect traditional line dancing. Then at 6:15 pm, the party continues with The Ebony Hillbillies at the Queens Botanical Garden. New York City’s only African American string band plays all-American jazz, blues, bluegrass, rockabilly, rock and roll and country.
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On Friday, the Department of Buildings issued a Stop Work Order at the Flushing Commons megadevelopment, only a month and a half after the site groundbreaking. The Daily News writes that “a baseball-sized boulder flew across 39th Avenue, shattering the window of a bank and injuring a security guard.” Yikes! Construction workers were breaking down rocks as part of the excavation process. The dislodged rock actually flew over the eight-foot construction wall before hitting the bank. The security guard went to the hospital, but the injuries aren’t life threatening.
The DOB has stated that the Stop Work Order will stay in place until the developers secure the “means and method” for protecting the construction site. This initial phase of construction includes 150,000 square feet of office space, 56,000 square feet of retail, 150,000 square feet of residential condos and a 982 space parking garage. It should be finished in the spring of 2017, while the second phase won’t wrap until the early 2020s.
Work Halted at Major Flushing Development Site After Stone Injures a Worker Nearby [NY Daily News]
All Flushing Commons coverage [Q'Stoner]
Between 164th and 165th Streets across from Flushing Cemetery on 46th Avenue, a clump of green marks a very unusual smaller cemetery. For decades this was a public park with a playground fronted by a concrete sitting area with park benches called Martin’s Field. The area had been a park since 1914, and was named for conservationist Evertt P. Martin in 1931. The playground was built in 1936 under the auspices of the Works Progress Adminstration.