03/18/15 2:00pm


We are so ready to put the saga of the Parkway Hospital to rest. The Real Deal is reporting that the former Forest Hills hospital is back on the market with potential to sell in the mid $20 million range. This property has been in and out of auctions since 2013, with news last summer that it officially sold in auction and would be converted into a residential development.

The broker in charge of the property tells TRD that “Current ownership did an excellent job of readying the building for its next chapter, ably navigating foreclosure proceedings to bring it to market. As a result of the property’s location within a desirable residential neighborhood, this building is a prime candidate for conversion to luxury residential, and we expect strong demand from investors.”

The hospital site is over 100,000 square feet, with potential for a developer to build an even larger development.

Queens’ Parkway Hospital Hits the Market [TRD]
All Parkway Hospital coverage [Q'Stoner]

03/13/15 12:00pm

335 Forest Road
Broker: Bryce REA Assoc
Price: $969,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Jamaica Estates
184-25 West Grand Central Parkway
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $899,000
Saturday 3:00 – 5:00 pm

117-03 Rockaway Beach Boulevard
Broker: Fillmore
Price: $695,000
Sunday 3:00 – 4:30 pm

4Forest Hills
67-71 Yellowstone Boulevard
Broker: Century 21
Price: $368,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00 pm

03/12/15 12:00pm


Totally gorgeous. This four bedroom, four bathroom home in Forest Hills has undergone a dreamy modern reno. Pretty much everything in this house is pleasing to the eye — the staircases, the sleek kitchen and bathrooms, the living room, the remaining historic touches. There’s also tons of space, with 2,937 interior square feet. All this, of course, is going to cost you. The ask is $1,989,000, a significant price for a home outside of the Gardens enclave. Do you think the renovation will account for that high selling price?

69-54 Groton Street [Terrace Sotheby's] GMAP

03/10/15 12:00pm


“Cute” is the word we’ll use to describe this single-family home at 97-08 72nd Drive in Forest Hills. Of course, “cute” also translates to “small” — it’s a two bedroom/two bathroom house that’s not boasting loads of space. The interior renovation also looks blander than bland. What the property does have going for it is the yard — it’s located on a 4,300-square-foot corner lot with a big, wrap-around yard and a two-car garage. There’s also a nice porch area. Given that, do you think it’s worth its ask of $738,000?

97-08 72nd Drive [Keller Williams] GMAP

03/05/15 12:00pm


If you’re in the market for a modern co-op, this one-bedroom unit at 105-07 66th Road may grab your interest. It’s modestly sized, at 725 square feet, and is boasting some new and shiny finishes in the kitchen and bathroom. Readers know we are a fan of the historic co-op unit, but we think this is a renovation well done. The only thing left is the asking price, which comes in at $219,000. What do you think of this one?

105-07 66th Road [Prime Realty] GMAP

03/04/15 4:00pm


This Friday, Michael H. Perlman is holding a book signing, presentation, and Q&A session regarding his newly-published book, “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book chronicles the unique and notable residents of Forest Hills and Rego Park who have shaped the neighborhood’s culture and history.

The event will be held from 7 to 8:15pm at the Forest Hills Barnes & Noble, 70-00 Austin Street. Check out the Facebook event listing here.

03/04/15 11:00am

Forest Hills PO, Michael Perlman, R-FPC, Greg Godfrey 1

In the 1930s, during the Great Depression, the government, through the Works Progress Administration (WPA) began building all sorts of public works projects as a means of getting the vast number of unemployed people back to work. It was the largest and most ambitious aspect of the New Deal. Over the course of the WPA’s existence, almost every city, town and village in the United States received some kind of public works project, all built by local people. They built schools, parks, bridges, roads and post offices, among other things. Post offices were a very popular project, as almost every community could use a nice new post office.

Here in New York City, dozens of individual post office branches were built over the course of the ‘30s. Many were designed in the Colonial Revival style of architecture; so many that we’ve come to think of the Colonial Revival post office as the norm. But as the decade drew to a close, some of the new post office buildings started to appear in the more modern architectural language of the day; variations on Art Deco and the new International Style.

The office of the Supervising Architect of the Treasury was responsible for the designs of the nation’s post offices constructed through the WPA. The architects working for the office produced thousands of post offices, most in the conservative Colonial Revival style, which was the approved style of government buildings throughout the ‘20s and ‘30s. But as the program progressed, an amendment was written to allow the office to hire outside consulting architects for many of these buildings. Architects were unemployed people too, and hiring outside of the agency was part of the WPA’s efforts to employ the nation’s artists and creative professions, who were also struggling to make a living. (more…)

03/02/15 10:00am


A seven-story, 23-unit residential building is planned for 109-15 72nd Road, between Austin Street and Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. New York YIMBY first spotted permits filed by the Philadelphia-based developer Chuan Shu Wang. The apartments will be large, around 1,000 square feet on average. And there will be 5,000 square feet of retail space on the ground floor, as well as 12 underground parking spaces. The developer picked up the parcel in December for $5.7 million, a high price that leads YIMBY to believe that the units will go condo.

The site is located in an area of Forest Hills that was rezoned in 2009 to accommodate higher density residential projects. The location is definitely great, right off Austin Street and just a few blocks from the LIRR and the subway.

Permits Filed: 109-15 72nd Road, Forest Hills [New York YIMBY] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

02/25/15 11:00am

Met Industrial Bank, FT, QM 1

When this bank was built in 1952, it was seen as cutting edge, modern and quite unique. It’s hard to believe that it is now sixty-three years old. It’s held up well, especially considering that modern architecture, and by “modern” I mean the bold, space age architecture of the 1950s, is now certifiably old enough to be antique. That’s right – this building and the original suburban ranch house have been around long enough to be classified as “old buildings,” eligible for landmarking and other perks that one would think would only be designated for something built during the Art Deco period or before.

Excluding Staten Island, because of its isolation, Queens was the last borough to really be developed, and much of that didn’t happen until the mid-20th century. Consequently, the borough has a rich history of Mid-Century Modern and International Style architectural endeavors. This bank building is one of the best. The Queens Chamber of Commerce thought so too, and in December of 1952, awarded the building with a first prize bronze plaque for “excellence in design and civic value.” (more…)