Frank’s Pharmacy already reopened in Jackson Heights after a devastating fire caused the longtime business to relocate, but this Saturday will be the grand opening celebration. The Queens Gazette shares that a ceremony will take place from 12:30 pm to 1 pm; it’ll include a ribbon-cutting by owner Frank Buonagurio and speeches from state Senator Jose Peralta and Councilmember Daniel Dromm. (According to the Chronicle, the pols will officially designate October 25th as “Frank’s Pharmacy Day”.)
The whole event will last from noon to 3 pm at the pharmacy’s new location, 77-01 37th Avenue on the corner of 77th Street. There will be refreshments and treats, as well as raffle prizes for both adults and children. Frank has operated the pharmacy for 23 years, and considered retiring after the fire. Instead, he made plans to relocate to this location early this summer.
We really like this two bedroom co-op at 34-43 82nd Street, in Jackson Heights. First of all, it looks huge. There’s both a formal dining room and living room, with a galley kitchen. And it’s just lovely, with wood floors, wide entryways and large windows. The asking price ain’t nothing, at $449,000. What price do you think a unit like this will command?
Hey Jackson Heights, do you have ideas for the future of Diversity Plaza? Well, the Department of Transportation is hosting a visioning session about the public space this weekend. DNAinfo reports that the meeting will be a chance for residents to discuss possible improvements as well as long-term changes. The DOT will also share some of its ideas for improvements, as the organization set aside $2,000,000 for work on the plaza. Council Member Daniel Dromm also allocated $500,000 for better lighting and more seating.
If you’re interested in attending, the meeting is happening this Saturday, October 18th at P.S. 69, 77-02 37th Avenue. It begins at 2 pm.
Late last week, the Department of Transportation and volunteers from New York Cares painted the concrete barriers along the pedestrian walkway at 37th Avenue and 69th Street. You can see the finished product — which stretches 150 feet — pictured above. The design is by the Greek artist Eirini Linardaki; she wanted to depict a game of pick up sticks. As the DOT stated last week in a press release, “The artist aims to have the mural act as an illustration of the game, as a colorful abstraction, and as a New York City grid.”
See a picture of the paint going up after the jump.
A tipster sent along photos of the brand new Frank’s Pharmacy location at 77-01 37th Avenue, on the corner of 77th Street. Frank’s relocated from the Bruson Building on 37th Avenue after a major fire hit in April. Over 50 small businesses located within the building were lost, and Frank contemplated early retirement after the fire gutted his store. (He’s owned the neighborhood pharmacy for 23 years.) Instead, he decided to relocate earlier this summer, taking 2,300 square feet on the ground floor with 2,300 square feet of basement storage space.
Check out interior photos of the new space after the jump.
Tomorrow, the Department of Transportation plans to beautify concrete barriers in Jackson Heights. Twenty volunteers from New York Cares will paint designs created by the Greek artist Eirini Linardaki along the pedestrian walkway at 37th Avenue and 69th Street. They will be out working from 10 am to 3 pm.
The design, which you can see after the jump, will stretch across 150 feet of concrete barriers. It depicts the game of pick-up sticks. According to the DOT, “The artist aims to have the mural act as an illustration of the game, as a colorful abstraction, and as a New York City grid.” Pictured above is an example of the DOT’s past work with barrier beautification.
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.