04/08/15 9:30am

Kris Seto

Some enrichment options head outdoors with such events as a carnival, a gardening extravaganza, and a guided walk. But with “April Showers” in mind, the borough also hosts indoor fun, such as comedy, live music, film, theater, photography, and some 3-D magic. Here’s the rundown. (more…)

03/31/15 10:00am

Michael Perlman holding Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park, March 2015 version 2

Michael Perlman, Forest Hills native, is the founder of the Rego-Forest Preservation Council and author of “Legendary Locals of Forest Hills and Rego Park.” The book, just released this year, tells the story of 200 Forest Hills and Rego Park notables who have shaped its culture, history and society. We chatted with him about his new book, the state of preservation work in Queens, his favorite “legendary local,” and much more.

Read the full interview after the jump. And if you’d like to purchase the book for yourself, you can do so at Arcadia Publishing or Amazon. (more…)

03/18/15 2:00pm

parkway-hospital-forest-hills-condos

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

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

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

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

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

03/12/15 12:00pm

69-54-groton-street

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

97-08-72nd-drive-forest-hills

“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

105-07-66th-road

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

michael-perlman-queens

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…)