The recent opening of Nordstrom Rack at the Shops at Skyview Center got quite a bit of attention, but there are a few more openings at the Flushing shopping center that flew under the radar. First off, Justice & Brothers, a national retailer that specializes in tween fashion and accessories, is now open on Level D. And the flagship location of Royal Beauty Spa, a nails and hair salon, just celebrated its grand opening on Level B last week. Grandma’s Dim Sum (pictured), a restaurant focused on Eastern Asian cuisine, is serving peking duck and dim sum on Level B; it joins Little Lamb as a sit-down dining option within the mall. Finally, GNC, the health and nutrition chain, opened on Level B over the summer.
Lovely, lovely, lovely. This home at 32-15 157th Street, right near Bowne Park in Flushing, is on the market for $938,000. The facade looks to be in excellent shape, and the interior has good bones although it may need some work — we bet there are hardwood floors hiding underneath all that carpet. We especially love all the dark wood detailing and the wood burning fireplace, not to mention the sun room and rear garden. With a little work, this house could really be a stunner. What do you make of the ask?
In Queens even the leafy vegetable side dishes are diverse. Get ready to celebrate a time-honored German festival with Asian and Eastern European delicacies this Saturday, when the Voelker Orth Museum hosts Oktoberfest Flushing Style: Kimchi and Sauerkraut. The Flushing historic house honors this traditional fall fiesta – which began as a wedding party for Crown Prince Ludwig of Bavaria in 1810 – with live music by David Block (below), dancing, warm hospitality, and dishes featuring two takes on pickled cabbage: German sauerkraut and Korean kimchi (above).
Today, Selfhelp Community Services celebrated its grand opening of senior housing (dubbed Selfhelp Associates) at 137-39 45th Avenue in Flushing. Queens Courier reports that the center, which can accommodate more than 100 residents, seeks to provide affordable housing for senior citizens. Residents will have access to computers, roll-in showers, video chat-enabled computer work stations, cognitive strengthening units, exercise equipment and health screening kiosks. Next door, the 9,000-square-foot Charles B. Wang Community Health Center is under construction and will be used in conjunction with the Selfhelp development when it opens next year.
Check out an interior image of the building after the jump.
The NYC Parks Department and the Historic House Trust released an RFP for a site-specific art experience at the Lewis Latimer House, in Flushing. Specifically, they are looking to commission a Queens-based artist to create a site-specific installation on the grounds of house — work that will “forge connections between the Latimer family’s African-American heritage and Flushing’s current Asian and Latin American residents.” The official RFP lives here [PDF].
Proposals are being accepted through October 31st, 2014 and artists must be based in or native to Queens. The installation is expected for June of next year. You can read more on the history of the Lewis Latimer House both here and here.
This Monday, the House of Representatives approved legislation to have the National Park Service study the John Bowne House and Old Quaker Meeting House in Flushing for possible incorporation as National Park Service sites. Representative Grace Meng introduced the bill earlier this year. The Daily News spoke with Meng, who said the sites are important because they are connected to the Flushing Remonstrance, a document signed in 1657 by English citizens declaring the need for religious freedom. “Not only would the two facilities become more well-known, but the sites would stand to receive many more visitors each year,” she told the News. “And more tourism translates into more dollars for the Queens economy.”
The John Bowne House dates back to 1661 and is one of the oldest homes in New York City and State. Considered the best preserved example of Anglo-Dutch vernacular architecture in the country, it became a museum in 1947.
On Friday, Queens will demonstrate that it has the cachet to attract three big musical acts on the same night, the top-notch venues to host them, and the appreciative fan base to make it all worthwhile. The hard-working Jason Mraz, who went from the San Diego coffee house circuit to international tours in the world’s biggest stadiums, will perform at the Colden Auditorium at the Kupferberg Center for the Arts. This two-time Grammy winner (and six-time nominee), whose probably best known for “Love Someone,” will jam with the eclectic rock-folk band Raining Jane. Two more concerts and two more photos after jump.
An 18-story, glassy hotel dubbed “Eastern Mirage” is slated for Flushing, at 42-31 Union Street between Franklin and Sanford avenues. New York YIMBY points out the project is “an exceedingly rare instance of a developer asking the city to build less housing and more commercial space than allowed by the zoning code.” The development, which is located in an area rezoned for residential use, will hold 180 hotel rooms, a medical center, and a 300-space public parking garage. The hotel should be an Element by Westin, and the medical space will be called the North Queens Medical Center.
Construction is now underway, with the tower up to its fourth floor. Signage says that it should be ready by the fall of 2015. GMAP