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.
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.
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.
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]
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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
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New York Daily News reports that the popular Bonelle Pastry Shop, located at 108-30 Ascan Avenue in Forest Hills, will hopefully be sticking around the neighborhood. In November the landlord asked the owners of the pastry shop, who have been at that location for 20 years, to vacate by the end of the year. But local residents and a nearby Dunkin Donuts rallied to save the business and convince the landlord to reconsider. Amazingly, it seems to have worked — as a community member told the News, “Bonelle is not being evicted and has been given a fair rent increase on their existing lease.” That’s certainly a rare story in New York these days, but we’re glad it happened here.
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Ever since The Aston, Forest Hills’ newest condo development at 108-20 71st Avenue, launched this past fall, demand has been crazy high. The 97-unit development was 50 percent spoken for after four weeks of showings. Now, DNAinfo reports, the development is 60 percent sold. With that, prices have risen significantly on the one-, two- and three-bedroom units.
Upon the sales launch, one bedrooms started from $455,000, two bedrooms from $790,000 and three bedrooms from $1,400,000. (We heard units were all selling at ask.) Now, one bedrooms range from $585,000 to $730,000, two bedrooms from $995,000 to $1,330,000 (with two-bedroom penthouses priced between $1,620,000 and $1,710,00) and finally three bedrooms (of which there are three) starting at $1,420,000. This seems like a game changer for the Forest Hills market, no?
The sales team, which hasn’t even had to advertise the units, told DNAinfo that they expect to sell out by early summer. The development, which includes a gym, outdoor terrace, parking garage and concierge, will be ready for occupancy in February.
2-Bedroom Apartments at Luxury Forest Hills Condo Surge to $1M [DNAinfo]
All Aston coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP
If you’re looking for a large and modern co-op unit in Forest Hills, this is it. The two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartment, located at 65-45 Yellowstone Boulevard, is asking $315,000. There is a combined living and dining room space, and a modest but modernized kitchen. Also, hardwood floors throughout. The monthly fee is fairly reasonable at $910 — what do you think of this one?