On a frigid afternoon last week, I found myself at Machpela Cemetery, visiting the grave of perhaps the greatest celebrity of the early 20th century – Harry Houdini. Houdini was a stage magician, an escape artist, a genius promoter, a star of the stage and screen, claimed to be one of the toughest men alive, and he died on Halloween in 1926.
There’s a tremendous amount of drama that revolves around Houdini’s grave, which the New York Times has reported on in this 2008 piece, and in this 2011 one. There’s little point in repeating the oft told tale, or the conflicts surrounding the upkeep of the monument as I’d just be dancing around other people’s reporting. Instead, I’d ask you to click through to the links above for the whole story (the links will open in new windows), and I’ll be waiting here for you when you’re done.
Details have emerged on the mega sale of the Atlas Terminals Industrial Park, for $19,500,000, by the Brooklyn-based production company Broadway Stages. Queens Courier spoke with a Broadway Stages spokeswoman who stated, “We’re excited to turn the existing warehouses at Atlas Terminals into some TV and film studios and create rental space for local mom and pop retail businesses. We look forward to working with local officials as we develop our plans to draw on all of the energy around Atlas Park, bringing new jobs, business growth and economic development to Queens.”
No word on how long construction will take, but Broadway Stages has tons of space to work with — the property is comprised of 500,000 square feet of building space over 11 acres, as well as 21 buildings and multiple parking lots. The site, covering 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Avenue, is located adjacent to The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale.
Broadway Stages, a Brooklyn-based TV production company, just put down $19,500,000 for Atlas Terminals, the industrial park right next to The Shops at Atlas Park in Glendale. The sold parcel is utterly huge, covering 82-10, 82-04 and 81-80 Cooper Avenue. Queens Courier reports that there is 500,000 square feet of building space over 11 acres, as well as 21 buildings and multiple parking lots. No word on how, exactly, Broadway Stages plans to utilize the space.
ATCO Properties sold the industrial park. The company has been trying to sell the land since 2011 after losing Atlas Terminals in foreclosure. GMAP
This semi-detached Tudor home is in Glendale, at 81-19 77th Avenue. The exterior is charming indeed, we are just wishing there were more photos of the interior. From what we can see, the kitchen and bathrooms are renovated and the original woodwork remains. There’s also a garage and (detached?) backyard. (It looks like the yard is separated from the home by a road.) The price is cheaper than what you’ll pay for a Tudor in Forest Hills, at $675,000. Like it?
The war against the proposed Glendale homeless shelter rages on. Today, the Daily News shares the report that a coalition of civic groups raised more than $25,000 and hired a lawyer to begin a legal battle against the city. The coalition has met every week since August and since then, donations from nearby residents, business owners and civic members “poured in,” according to the News. Opponents believe the former factory is not the appropriate site for a homeless shelter, and they claim the city’s environmental review of the site wasn’t thorough. As for the Department of Homeless Services, they have found themselves pressed to find housing for the growing number of homeless New Yorkers.
The coalition is holding a public meeting this Wednesday to discuss their strategy for taking on the city. It’s at Christ the King High School in Middle Village at 7:30 pm.
There may be hope for those petitioning against the city’s plans to cut culverts into the Ridgewood Reservoir. Queens Chronicle reports that the Parks Department is applying with the state Department of Environmental Conservation to re-designate the reservoir from a Class C “high hazard” dam to a Class A “low hazard” dam. A new classification would mean that the culvert construction project Parks is now required to undertake would no longer be necessary. As the Chronicle says: “If the state DEC approves the agency’s reclassification application, the proposed two-year, $6 million culvert creation project mandated by the DEC will be deemed unnecessary and terminated.”
The DEC says that the project is needed to reduce the risk of flooding, while environmentalists claim that it’s close to impossible for enough precipitation to fill the basins to cause flooding. They’ve argued that the project is unnecessary, a waste of money, and would cause harm to the existing ecosystem. It’s unknown how likely it is that the DEC will change the classification.
It looks like Independent Chemical Corp., which has operated on Cooper Avenue in Glendale for the past 50 years, is closing up shop in the neighborhood. The Daily News reports that the owner of the company told state inspectors from the Department of Environmental Conservation during a July checkup that it is “fully committed to moving” by early next year. At the inspection, there were violations that the company president says have already been taken care of.
Local leaders already asked the Department of Environmental Conservation to check out the site after spotting chemical barrels out in the open at the facility. The company makes chemicals used for personal care, health and pharmaceutical products. It’s located right next to the controversial proposed homeless shelter.
The quiet neighborhood of Glendale contains a number of anachronisms, including the passage of the Long Island Rail Road Montauk spur from west to east. This sleepy line now carries freight only, but it’s only been a year or two since at least one daily passenger train plied the tracks here. And, until March 1998 Glendale had its very own LIRR station, which in its final years consisted of a bare spot in the weeds alongside the tracks, on the right side in the above photo.
The Montauk spur, which was apparently named because it once served trains bound for Montauk, splits from the main branch in Jamaica west of the large Jamaica station complex and runs west to Long Island City on elevated, at-grade, and open cut portions. It once contained station stops in Richmond Hill, Glendale, Fresh Pond, Haberman (in western Maspeth, named for a local firm), Penny Bridge (named for the span the Kosciuszko Bridge replaced) and LIC. By the mid-1990s, patronage on the line had dropped to less than a dozen daily riders and, since new double-decked cars were being phased in that required high level platforms, the decision was made to close the stations rather than rebuild them. (more…)