The 12-story, 100-room hotel at 39-16 College Point Boulevard — we checked it out last week — has a name and a website! It’ll be called the Parc Hotel and it’s expected to open in February of 2014. (You can keep track of the construction progress on the Parc Hotel Facebook page.) A teaser says this about the coming development: “Ultra-modern design and striking features throughout the public space and guest rooms, combined with strong attention to detail and customer service brings a level of affluence to the downtown Flushing area.” The hotel will have floor to ceiling windows, valet parking, complimentary breakfast and a rooftop bar. Check out lots of renderings after the jump…
‘Tis the season to attend concerts… many, many concerts. Various top-notch Queens ensembles are set fill local venues with holiday spirit in the upcoming days. Each gig is unique, and each one offers a slightly different take on Christmas, the new year and winter. On Friday, Grammy-nominated jazz guitarist and composer Amanda Monaco brings her quartet, Formula One, to Flushing Town Hall. The first part of the show will feature original compositions inspired by car racing, while the second half will consist of seasonal favorites. On Sunday, there are three fantastic choices. At 3 pm at LeFrak Concert Hall, the Queens Symphony Orchestra (above) will take the audience on a world tour through music emblematic of various cultural traditions, all bound by the common theme of joy, unity and winter. At 4 pm, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church’s Sacred Music Society will host the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens. At 5 pm at St. Joseph Church, the Astoria Symphony will celebrate with music by two great French masters: the Bach-inspired Oratorio de Noël by Camille Saint-Saëns and Francis Poulenc’s Gloria. Exactly a week later, the Orchestral Arts Ensemble of Queens will do another show with the Oratorio Society of Queens at the Queensborough Performing Arts Center. Expect Handel’s “Messiah,” Christmas carols and Hanukkah favorites.
December 13th details: Carols and Car Races, Flushing Town Hall, 137-35 Northern Boulevard, Flushing, 8 pm, $15.
December 15th details: Holidays Around the World, LeFrak Concert Hall, Kissena Boulevard and Horace Harding Expressway, Flushing, 3 pm, $20/$10 children under 13 and adults over 64;A Christmas Concert, Our Lady Queen of Martyrs Church, 110-06 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, 4 pm, $25/$10 for children 12 and under;Noël!, St. Joseph Church, 43-19 30th Avenue, Astoria, 5 pm, $20/$15 seniors and children.
December 22nd details: Annual Holiday Concert 2013, QPAC, 222-05 56th Avenue, Bayside, 4 pm, $30/$25 seniors and students with ID/$10 children 12 and under.
There was lots of news over the weekend about major clothing retailers looking to settle down in Queens. First, the Wall Street Journal reported that Nordstrom Rack is close to signing a lease at the SkyView Center (pictured) in Flushing. There are no more details on the potential lease, although this would be the first Nordstrom location for Queens. As the Wall Street Journal points out, a Nordstrom Rack would be yet another product of “rising real-estate prices, a surge in development and growing demand for retail space by national chains” in Flushing.
And DNAinfo reports that H&M is eyeing a vacant building at 160-08 Jamaica Avenue, in Jamaica. Jason Laboz of United American Land owns and is renovating the building. He said, “We are talking to a bunch of tenants. I can just say that we built the building for H&M on Fulton Street in downtown Brooklyn. Let’s see what happens here.” The company also purchased two buildings next door with plans to build out 150,000 square feet and five floors of retail space.
In late November, the Landmarks Preservation Commission approved plans to build a visitor center at the historic Bowne House property. The proposal includes a new 1,250-square-foot building, which will hold a gallery, lobby, two restrooms and an office, altered pathways and new fencing. We got our hands on the approved LPC proposal, which includes details on the site plan, the layout of the visitor center, and the materials that will be used. See all the images after the jump…
Technically, it’s when the sun reaches its most southern declination. Effectively, it’s the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours for those living north of the Equator. Artistically, it’s has been the inspiration for dance, literature, mythology, painting, religion and ritual for centuries. Locally, it’s the perfect time to head to the Queens Botanical Garden. On December 8th, the Flushing oasis will celebrate the winter solstice with live music by the acappella group Rough Dozen, botanical craft workshops, a special holiday market, garden tours and a tree lighting that morphs into a seasonal sing-along. There’s also a rumor that Santa Claus will show up.
Details: Winter Solstice Celebration, Queens Botanical Garden, 43-50 Main Street, Flushing, December 8th, 12:30 pm to 5 pm, Free. (QBG admission is free from November 1st through March 31st.)
In October, we caught an $11,250,000 sale along Avery Avenue between College Point Boulevard and 131st Street for four different commercial properties. Turns out Marcus & Millichap was in charge of the sale, and a few more details popped up on Real Estate Weekly yesterday. The 86,560-square-foot property sold at $130 per buildable square foot. The seller actually spent six years working to rezone the block; the site just had its zoning changed to C2-6A with an FAR of 4. According to a Marcus & Millichap broker, “This allows for various commercial and residential uses and increased the potential development size of the lot to 86,560 square feet, doubling the buildable square footage from its previous zoning.” So far, there is no hint on DOB records of what development is to come.
This 12-story, 100-room hotel at 39-16 College Point Boulevard is now showing off its facade. Over the summer, construction was moving along and scaffolding was up. The architect is Michael Kang — interesting design, to say the least. According to this website, the finished product will have commercial space, a ground-floor terrace, and rooftop bars on the second and twelfth floors.
Construction is chugging along at the Flushing mega project One Fulton Square. When the project wraps next year, it’ll include three levels and 330,000 square feet of retail space, a hotel, offices, and 43 residential condominiums. Over the summer, 21 of the condos already sold, thanks to an influx of Chinese buyers to the Flushing area. After the jump, check out more pictures of where the scaffolding’s come down, and see a final rendering.
They will deck the halls! Many, many halls. On December 8th, the Queens Historical Society will host the 26th Annual Holiday Historic House Tour through Flushing and Corona. A trolley will bring participants to seven landmarked sites, which will offer special seasonal programming, a glimpse at life during holidays past and refreshments. Consider the following:
Lewis H. Latimer House Museum (1889) was home of African-American inventor Lewis H. Latimer, who lived there from 1903 until his death in 1928. The son of fugitive slaves, he played a vital role in the development of the telephone and the incandescent light bulb.
Friends Meeting House (1694) is the first house of worship in the village of Flushing and NYC’s oldest structure in continuous use for religious purposes. The venue also has an historic cemetery.
Flushing Town Hall (1862) was the cultural and political focal point of the village of Flushing. The building features a rich history that includes visits by dignitaries such as PT Barnum and Tom Thumb, operas, murder trials and even a jail cell. Frederick Douglass once spoke from the portico.
Bowne House (1661) is known for its connection to the principle of freedom of conscience in the United States. Nine generations of the Bowne family lived in the house (below).
Louis Armstrong House Museum (1910) was purchased by jazz legend Louis Armstrong and his wife, Lucille, in 1943. For the season, the house (above) will feature rare audio clips from Satchmo’s personal recordings.
Details: Holiday Historic House Tour, Organized from Kingsland Homestead, 143-35 37th Avenue, Flushing, December 8th, 1 pm to 5 pm, $10 in advance, $12 at the door, children under 12 are free. (more…)