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…)

02/10/15 12:00pm

110-11-QUEENS-BOULEVARD

If you’re in the market for a large, post-war co-op, check out this apartment at 110-11 Queens Boulevard in Forest Hills. This is a two bedroom, two bathroom unit with plenty of space and a private terrace. The building also has a rooftop pool, gym, playground and 24-hour doorman. Only negatives are that the kitchen and bathrooms look outdated and will probably require some upgrades from a buyer. Given the pros and cons, how do you feel about the ask of $565,000?

110-11 Queens Boulevard [Keller Williams] GMAP

02/10/15 10:00am

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Both NY1 and Times Ledger have reported on a brand new neighborhood group for the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens area. The group, called “Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – Our Communities” hopes to bring residents of the three neighborhoods together to promote area events, historic and cultural preservation, and local businesses. The group started its Facebook page on January 24th and 500 people joined after only four days. Now, there are over 1,000 members.

The first official meeting was last week, and the group plans to hold meetings monthly. Facebook posts range from doctor recommendations in the area to upcoming community board events to the group’s memories of the older days of Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.

Photo by Michael Perlman via Facebook

02/06/15 12:00pm

2Forest Hills
72-44 Juno Street
Broker: Terrace Sotheby’s
Price: $1,699,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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1Flushing
34-30 150th Place
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $1,199,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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4Glendale
70-15 68th Street
Broker: Coldwell Banker
Price: $495,000
Saturday, 2:00 – 5:00 pm
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3Cambria Heights
116-18 217th Street
Broker: Century Homes Realty Group
Price: $410,000
Saturday, 1:30 – 3:30 pm
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02/03/15 12:00pm

109-14-ascan-avenue

Here’s a charming one bedroom up for sale at The Sutton, the Forest Hills co-op building at 109-14 Ascan Avenue. The ask: $325,000. The maintenance: $904.20. It’s not huge, with 750 square feet, and there’s no dedicated dining room. (Instead, there’s a space outside the kitchen that will fit a modest table.) What we’re liking is the large archway in the living room, the many windows, and the original oak floors. Overall, the unit looks to be in great shape. There was an open house last weekend, did any readers check it out?

109-14 Ascan Avenue [Halstead] GMAP

01/30/15 12:00pm

1Astoria
24-43 33rd Street
Broker: Charles Rutenberg
Price: $1,169,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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2Jamaica Estates
184-61 Tudor Road
Broker: Exit Realty First Choice
Price: $1,099,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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3Forest Hills
109-14 Ascan Avenue
Broker: Halstead
Price: $325,000
Sunday, 2:30 – 4:30 pm
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4Rego Park
65 -65 Wetherole Street
Broker: Argo Residential
Price: $329,000
Sunday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm
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Check it out: here are the latest house sales around the Forest Hills, Forest Hills Gardens area. We’ve got a freestanding English Tudor, a brick Colonial, and a semi-detached brick townhouse, with sales prices ranging from $820,000 up to $1,800,000. Read on for more details…

36 Rockrose Place: As the listing says, it’s a “unique English Tudor Tapestry Brick Home” in Forest Hills Gardens. It just hit public records for $1,900,000 — we couldn’t find the ask on this one, does anybody know what it was? Here are some more details from the listing: “Amenities include enclosed front porch, hardwood floors, renovated kitchen, custom cabinetry, 2 fireplaces, 2 full and 1/2 baths, finished basement, 2 car garage and private rear garden.” The home is quite beautiful, you can see interior photos here.

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54 Bow Street: This Center Hall Brick Colonial in Forest Hills Gardens, listed by Terrace Sotheby’s, was asking $1,539,000. After five months on the market it sold for $1,475,000. The listing boasts, “Many original details, including oak doors, leaded glass windows and doors.” There’s also a two-car garage, private garden and finished basement.

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67-42 Juno Street: Finally there’s this semi-detached, three-bedroom brick townhouse outside of the Gardens enclave. The home spent four months on the market at an ask of $859,000; it sold for $820,000. The interior has hardwood floors, leaded glass windows, an eat-in kitchen and finished basement.

01/20/15 2:00pm

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Last week, Forest Hills’ Cinemart Cinemas announced it was in danger of closing unless screenings of “American Sniper” brought in bigger crowds. (This was the first time in a decade the five-screen theater screened a film on the day it went into wide release.) After a lot of publicity, the Daily News reports that the cinema attracted huge crowds over the weekend and sold out several showings of “American Sniper” as well as other films. According to the owner, Nicolas Nicolaou, “The response was strong enough to postpone any short-term plans to close the financially struggling movie house.” He also plans to push for more first-run films from Hollywood, and hopes to restore and renovate the historic theater if enough money comes in.

Movie Lovers Flock to the Cinemart This Weekend to Keep the Forest Hills Gem from Shutting its Doors for Good [NY Daily News]
Another Movie Theater — This One in Forest Hills — In Danger of Closing [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Yelp

01/16/15 12:00pm

1Astoria
30-67 47th Street
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $2,700,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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2Jamaica Estates
84-06 Chevy Chase Street
Broker: Exit Alliance Realty
Price: $1,235,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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3Middle Village
62-21 80th Street
Broker: Tscherne Realty
Price: $578,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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4Forest Hills
109-14 Ascan Avenue
Broker: Laffey Fine Homes
Price: $255,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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It looks like another Queens movie theater is in danger of shuttering, right after the closure of Sunnyside Center Cinemas to make way for development. The Rego Forest Preservation Council issued an announcement about Cinemart Cinemas, a five-screen theater at 106-03 Metropolitan Avenue in Forest Hills. Warner Bros. Pictures issued a first-run film, “American Sniper,” to run at the theater, and the hope is that the movie will bring in bigger audiences. From the Preservation Council:

The Cinemart is being tested! If the film does not draw a large enough audience, owner Nicolas Nicolaou may have no choice but to close his 5-screen theater, which dates to 1927, since Hollywood studios will likely issue no other first-run films. However, he is determined to make every effort.

There will be a preview of the film on January 15th, and then the movie will run from January 16th through February with 8 to 9 daily screenings. Weekday matinee tickets, as well as kids and senior tickets, cost $6. General admission for adults costs $9. (There’s also complimentary popcorn and a drink on Wednesdays and Thursdays.) If the ticket sales go well, the owner hopes to restore and renovate the historic theater. GMAP

Photo via Yelp