It’s part Cascanueces, part Shchelkunchik, and mostly unique. This Saturday, four local performing arts schools will offer two presentations of a decidedly Queens version of The Nutcracker. Expect some ballet, of course, but be prepared for plenty of salsa, Arabian belly dance, Chinese jazz, hula hoops, and hip hop. The companies – Mestizo Art Center; Cali Salsa; EC Squared Studio; and Uruzua Queens Center of Performing Arts – are all located in the heavy Hispanic neighborhoods of Jackson Heights, Corona, and Elmhurst, so there will be a Latin flair with a mix of solo and group acts.
Details: The Nutcracker (Queens Version), Queens Theatre, 14 United Nations Avenue South, Flushing Meadows Corona Park, December 27th, 4:30 pm and 7 pm, $20 suggested donation.
At the beginning of this month, DNAinfo published a story that the owner of the Bruson Building, of Jackson Heights, planned to fill the commercial space with chain tenants — “Popeyes, McDonald’s, Burger King, something like that,” he had said. In April a five-alarm fire hit the building (pictured above), forcing tenants like Armondo’s Italian Restaurant, Frank’s Pharmacy and Plaza College to relocate. And it seems like residents are not thrilled with the idea of chains replacing them. A Q’Stoner tipster got in touch to say, “It has come to light that the owner of the building would like to put a ‘McDonalds, Burger King or Popeye’s’ in there or ‘something like that.’ Many members of the community are hoping that will not happen. Apparently our councilman, Danny Dromm, has attempted to reach out to them but it hasn’t panned out very well yet… The LAST thing we need on the main street of Jackson Heights, along with all the other mom and pop shops, is a mega chain of greasy food.”
It turns out that Senator Jose Peralta, Congressman Joseph Crowley, Assembly Member Michael
DenDekker and Council Member Daniel Dromm are actually holding a town hall to discuss the future of the Bruson Building. We are told that the building owner has been invited to attend, but there’s no confirmation he will be there. Frank Sobrino, Senator Peralta’s Director of Communications, tells us that “the meeting is meant to provide the community an opportunity to suggest potential new tenants.” A post on Jackson Heights Life says the town hall is scheduled for Thursday, January 22nd at the Jewish Center of Jackson Heights, 37-06 77th Street. It’ll start at 7pm.
This Jackson Heights co-op unit comes from the postwar development The Carlton House at 34-41 85th Street. (It’s unit #5X, which sounds a little intense, no?) The listing claims it is “our most spacious floor plan,” and we’ve gotta admit, the place is large. You’re not going to get any of that pre-war charm but we are sure buyers will be attracted to two bedrooms, a private terrace, and a total of 1,135 square feet. The terrace looks just lovely, and there’s a common garden for the building as well. The ask is $459,000 with monthly fees of $1,181. No board approval required for this one.
Jingle bells, jingle bells, jingle all the way…through Jackson Heights. Instead of Prancer, Vixen, and Comet, a group of warmly dressed carolers will wind through local streets on Saturday night as part of the sixth annual Winter Holiday Sing-A-Long. Participants — representing a wide array of ages, races, and voices — will chant, hum, and croon Christmas tunes and other religious or seasonal favorites in every language that group members know, including American Sign Language, thanks to students and faculty from the Lexington School for the Deaf on 30th Avenue. Sheet music will be provided, and some will bring musical instruments. More details on jump page.
How much do we love the freestanding homes of Jackson Heights? Very, very much. We’re making no exception for this one on the market at 34-32 86th Street, with a very notable asking price of $1,495,000. It’s a five-bedroom single family on a 4,000-square-foot lot. The listing photos of the interior, unfortunately, are totally disappointing — it’s not that the home looks like it’s in bad shape, it’s just that the photos aren’t well staged and there aren’t enough of them. Give us more of those historic details! When a house is asking over a million, there should be a little more effort on the listing. From what you can see, do you think it’ll sell at $1.5M?
Two new residential developments coming for Jackson Heights, and now a hotel! A tipster sent along this DOB application for an 11-story, 50 unit hotel proposed for 37-23 72nd Street, just north of Broadway. The property is currently a two-story structure (just left of the empty lot); the application is for a major addition to the already-existing building. (An 113-foot building is really going to stick out here, huh?) The proposal is for 14,280 square feet of hotel space, with 5,880 square feet designated to a community facility.
The application is still pending and the DOB has yet to issue new building permits yet, so construction won’t begin right away. GMAP
You don’t see a lot of new development around Jackson Heights, so two projects announced in the same week sounds like the pretty big deal. First, there’s 71-17 Roosevelt Avenue (pictured above), located just off Broadway. New York YIMBY spotted a permit application for a 15-story building with 139 apartment units. There will be 95,000 square feet of residential space, 8,400 square feet of ground-floor retail space and 19,000 square feet for medical offices on the second floor. Amenities include three recreation rooms, an outdoor space and parking for 167 cars. Gilman Architects are responsible for the building design.
Then there’s the old White Castle regional office at 34th Avenue and 69th Street. DNAinfo reports that it’ll be demolished and likely replaced by a residential development with ground-floor commercial space. The Woodside-based developer, Nakorn Realty LLC, purchased the property last month for $5,000,000. At the moment, there’s no definite date on demolition or what the coming development will actually be.
The four-bedroom, two-bathroom duplex at Hampton Court that hit the market in August priced for $949,000 is now in contract. At the time, there was a lot of talk about the unit bringing in close to a million bucks. Commenters pointed out that the apartment is a walkup, with a hefty maintenance of $1,600 a month. Then as if on cue, the price dropped to $895,000.
A rep from the brokerage firm in charge of the sale, MPC Properties, LLC, tells us that “At the decreased price of $895,000, the property garnered tremendous activity but due to fiduciary obligations with the seller, I am not at liberty to discuss the price until the process is completed and closed.” Any guesses on the price this entered contract for? We’re guessing it’s still less than this four bedroom in The Towers that sold for $915,000 this fall.