The Queens hills are alive with the sound of music…high quality and diverse music. This weekend there’s something for just about every ear as bands are ready to play jazz, symphony, folk, classical, Irish, and bee bop. There’s even an autism-friendly trombone concert. Details on seven performances are after the jump.
Old Homes Queens first spotted this listing for a sprawling Colonial at 94-03 Park Lane South, right on the edge of Forest Park. The single-family home has four bedrooms and two bathrooms, and it’s on a 2,970-square-foot lot. We see lots of potential inside, including some of the original woodwork, but it will need a little TLC. Seems like a great reno project to us. The asking price is $568,800.
Visitors unfamiliar with southeast Queens will find a sweeping, green oasis in Baisley Pond Park, which sits on an irregular plot between Foch, Sutphin, Rockaway and Baisley Boulevards. The park’s 110 acres offer baseball, softball and cricket fields in its southern extension between Rockaway Boulevard and the Belt Parkway, children’s playgrounds, catch and release fishing in its large peaceful pond, and plenty of benches to laze on. This time of year the fall colors are beginning to blaze and the new promenade at the pond rim, with a dozen carven frogs, looks out over the mirrory pond and its collection of shorebirds.
Yesterday the HPD, New York State Homes & Community Renewal and the Bluestone Organization cut the ribbon at new affordable housing development Norman Towers, at 90-14 161st Street in Jamaica. The nine-story, two-building development holds 100 apartments — seven studios, 72 one-bedroom units and 21 two-bedroom units, as well as a two bedroom for the super. There’s also 5,773 square feet of commercial space, 4,063 square feet of retail space and 51 parking spots. (The Bluestone Group is moving their head offices into the building.) Bluestone also designed Norman Towers to be energy efficient, with a cogeneration system that will use a natural gas-fueled engine to generate electricity distributed throughout the building. The excess heat by-product of the electricity generation will be captured and reused to heat the building’s water heaters and boilers. There are also solar panels on the roof of the two buildings, as well as a roof garden that retains water on-site, Energy Star appliances and lighting, low-emission windows, and a fancy, energy efficient climate control system.
According to the HPD, the affordable development took $32,200,000 to build. The Bluestone Group purchased the site back in 2008 from the Greater Jamaica Development Corporation for $1,600,000.
Check out more pictures of the interior and the energy efficient features after the jump.
All Norman Towers coverage [Q'Stoner]
Photos by Kevin Joseph Laccone (more…)
Sometimes Queens is so diverse it’s scary. Upcoming Halloween events include everything from senior events to youth events; cemetery fun to casino fun; and food-making to mask-making. And let’s not even begin to discuss all the great neighborhoods for trick-or-treating. To aid decision-making, the Queens Tourism Council suggests the following activities because they combine enjoyment with safety, enrichment, and even some sweet treats. They appear on the jump page.
The old Jamaica Savings Bank, at 161-02 Jamaica Avenue, is slated (finally!) for a makeover. Queens Courier reports that United American Land, the owner of the 116-year-old landmark, filed a permit with the Landmarks Preservation Commission to “construct rear and side additions, replace doors, install awnings and infill window openings.” There’s no official word on what’s coming for the building, but a retail tenant is possible. United American Land owns the building next door at 160-08 Jamaica Avenue, where the plan is to build it out for a big-box retailer. The company purchased that structure for $14,000,000 in 2012 and snatched up the bank building for $3,700,000.
The architecture firm Hough and Duell constructed the beautiful Beaux Arts bank and it opened to great fanfare in 1898. The bank moved out in 1964 and the building fell into disrepair. Luckily the city designated it a landmark in 1998, calling it one of the best Beaux-Arts buildings in the entire city. Read about the full history and architectural details here.
Photo by DanTD via Wikipedia
A 90,000-square-foot building and parking garage, situated at 163-05 and 163-25 Archer Avenue in Downtown Jamaica, just sold for a whopping $22,000,000. Queens Courier reports that the former owner, Gertz Plaza, sold the site — which is prime for development — to buyers Jamaica Tower. The new owners have yet to file any building or demolition plans with the DOB, but it looks like this may go residential. The developers can build up to 719,736 square feet here.
A rep from Massey Knakal who handled the sale told the Courier, “It is the largest site to trade since the downturn and will be a catalyst for the Jamaica development market moving forward… We received numerous bids in a short period of time from developers that were priced out of other areas in the city and see tremendous value in the downtown Jamaica market.”
Massive Downtown Jamaica Development Site Sells for $22 Million [Queens Courier]
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