We quite like this unit up for rent inside the Jackson Heights co-op building at 37-27 86th Street. It’s a one bed/one bath with a good amount of space: 690 square feet. And the unit comes with co-op perks like a laundry room and a central courtyard with a turtle pond. One potential downside is that a renter is going to have to get board approval. The rent, at $1,800 a month, isn’t a steal but it’s certainly not outrageous. What do you think?
Yesterday, Council Member Daniel Dromm announced the implementation of the Jackson Heights Slow Zone. Bordered by 34th Avenue, Broadway, Roosevelt Avenue and 87th Street, the area will now have a 20 mph speed limit, 26 new speed bumps and 23 neighborhood slow zone gateways, which are high-visibility blue signs announcing the speed limit. According to the Queens Courier, “The area was selected based on the transportation agency’s evaluation on crash history, traffic fatalities, community support, and the closeness of schools and senior and day care centers.” (There are six schools, two daycare and pre-K centers and a senior center nearby.)
The Community Board approved the Department of Transportation’s slow zone proposal this summer. After the jump, see a picture of Council Member Dromm making the announcement with Queens Borough Commissioner Dalila Hall.
Queens has caught the participatory budgeting bug. DNAinfo reports that the latest district to welcome the community budgeting forum is District 21 under City Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras — Corona, East Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and LeFrak City. This fall, residents of those neighborhoods will get the chance to propose how to spend $1,000,000 within the district. Residents commonly fund school improvements, street safety measures, park renovations and more.
There are three neighborhood assemblies scheduled to kick the process off. The first is happening on September 25th, 6:30 pm at Elmcor, 98-19 Astoria Boulevard in East Elmhurst. On October 1st, there’s another 6:30 pm meeting at Transfiguration of Christ Greek Orthodox Church, 38-05 98th Street in Corona. Finally, a 6:30 pm meeting on October 2nd at Sherwood Village Community Room, 55-25 98th Place, Corona. All of the meetings will have Spanish translators present.
Time to catch up on some Jackson Heights co-op news. First off, remember that Hampton Court co-op asking close to $1,000,000? The gorgeous four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex has now been price chopped down to $895,000. A Jackson Heights Life commenter noted that the price is reduced by $54,000, or 5.7 percent. The apartment had only been on the market a month before its ambitious asking price was lowered. Think this new number will bring in offers, or is another price chop in order?
Secondly, Remodelista just featured everyone’s favorite Jackson Heights co-op, the classic seven in The Towers profiled by Kinfolk Magazine earlier this year. There are a few more photos and details of the apartment renovation, which we’ll happily take since we can’t get enough of this place. Check it out here.
Queens is always teeming with fun, enriching, and inspiring activities, and this weekend is no exception. In fact, this Saturday’s lineup is so diverse and enthralling that it has inspired the Queens Tourism Council to offer prizes. It’s simple, anybody who takes a selfie at the four events described in this post and shares them on the QTC Facebook page receives an It’s In Queens tee-shirt (or another prize if supplies run out).
The first item is a public art project by Roshani Thakore and Fumi Nakamura entitled “Move with Us.” These artists (above) invite Queens immigrant residents to demonstrate physical stances in public spaces for an animated video illustrating collective cultural gestures. The goal is to collect 167 poses to represent 167 cultures, and each participant will receive a custom-designed luggage tag as a memento. Details: 12:30 pm to 3 pm, Queens Library Sunnyside Branch, 43-06 Greenpoint Avenue.
Coming to you from Jackson Heights, it’s a corner one-bedroom apartment at 35-36 76th Street, aka Colonial Court. The space is lovely in the way that many co-ops in the neighborhood are, with wood floors, big arched entryways, built-in cabinets and original moldings. The bedroom also looks extremely large. The one thing we’re not crazy about is the raised dining room area, separated from the living room by a little fence. We do love the black and white tile, though. This one is asking $327,500 with a monthly maintenance of $605.
The Roosevelt, the 31-unit rental located at 40-07 73rd Street off Roosevelt Avenue, is totally spoken for. Brokers from Citi Habitats inform us that the building is 100 percent leased; listings launched in October of 2013. Back then, the convertible two bedrooms started at $2,400 a month, with two bedrooms at $2,400 and three bedrooms at $3,600. All units came with their own outdoor space.
The Roosevelt made headlines when a penthouse unit rented for $4,100 a month, making it the most expensive apartment to ever rent in the neighborhoods of Woodside, Elmhurst or Jackson Heights. Citi Habitats didn’t negotiate on rents, although they offered apartments no fee with another offer for two months free on a 13 month lease. Before its life as a rental development, the Roosevelt was a failed condo project known as the Bravo. Guess rentals were the trick!