The Triumph of Civic Virtue statue, previously located in Kew Gardens outside Borough Hall (pictured above), moved to Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn last year, with plans to turn the former statue’s home into a plaza. But, reports the New York Daily News, “Rival plans to renovate the broken fountain base of the Triumph of Civic Virtue into a plaza to commemorate women or turn it into a “planted ruin” have stalled.” Outgoing Queens Borough President Helen Marshall wanted a plaza dedicated to women in the space, and she rejected the city’s offer to plant greenery in the now-empty basin. It’s still unclear what will actually happen to the eyesore.
The statue caused quite a bit of controversy when the city decided to move it from Queens to Brooklyn. Some civic leaders and residents fought to keep the statue here and believed it was wrongly taken by the city. Others found the statue offensive and misogynistic, because it’s perceived as a man crushing two female mythical creatures under his foot.
Yesterday the outgoing Borough President Helen Marshall celebrated the opening of a $23,000,000 event atrium at Borough Hall. The New York Daily News reports that the Forum, as it’s called, is 11,000 square feet and will be used for civic meetings and public events. According to the News, “The three-story space, featuring a large stage with floating canopy, can host 450 people for meetings, concerts and other events. New bathrooms are also in the works.” Construction should totally wrap early next year. Marshall received some flack for these plans over the rising price tag of the project, which started at $17,000,000. And since the city built the Forum over an open courtyard, the removal of cherry blossom trees for construction caused a little controversy.
Regardless, Marshall celebrated the space yesterday, stating, “For decades, public hearings and other public events were held in cramped and unimproved quarters upstairs. Now, for the first time, the people of Queens will have a fitting public space in our county seat of government.”
We are digging this one-bedroom co-op in Kew Gardens, at 123-35 82nd Road. The layout is kind of odd, but it feels open and super spacious. The bedroom also looks large, and the apartment comes with a balcony. Our only complaint? That narrow kitchen. What do you make of the ask of $179,000? The monthly maintenance isn’t listed.
It doesn’t get much fancier than a “three-story gated estate,” which is what this property at 82-45 Beverly Road is. The listing photos are woefully bad, but we do see promise — a nicely renovated kitchen, historic details left in the living room, a sauna and a large backyard and patio. This home has a grand total of 12 bedrooms. And it’s asking a grand total of $3,500,000.
This one-bedroom co-op in Kew Gardens, at 83-84 116th Street, looks like a good starter apartment. Each room is decently sized, with a large bedroom and walk-in closet. We can’t find much to complain about. The asking price? $185,000.
On your marks… Get set… Eat! The tenth annual Queens Restaurant Week 2013 will run from September 30th to October 3rd and October 7th to October 10th with more than 60 eateries participating. A three-course, prix fixe dinner for $28 and lunch for $14 are the general parameters for the promotion, although some establishments will also offer wine or some other items, and many restaurants will continue their specials beyond October 10th. As to be expected in the world’s most diverse county, the cuisine options are boundless. Participating restaurants include Ben’s Best (Kosher, Rego Park), Christos (Astoria, steakhouse with Greek influence), Dazies (Sunnyside, Italian), Haveli (Forest Hills, Indian), Roka (Richmond Hill, Turkish), Tequila Sunrise (Bayside, Mexican) and Uncle Peter’s (Jackson Heights, pan-European).
The neighborhood will never be the same. On the first day of fall, Kew Gardens will be transformed into a total art experience with sidewalk chalk designers, portrait painters, glass makers, jewelers, potters and musicians. A comic book writer/illustrator will discuss his trade, while a master tailor will give lessons on sewing. There will also be Broadway tunes, multicultural demos/exhibits, kiddie workshops and an art show in Kew Gardens Cinemas Park. The chain-linked fence in front of the New Homestead Home for Adults will exhibit intergenerational art created by senior citizens and children. On display will be roughly 100 flags decorated by residents, adults and children with their wishes for the world as per a Tibetan belief that the breeze will blow through the flags and spread the wishes far and wide. The day, which is made possible by a Unity NYC grant to the Kew Gardens Improvement Association and Queens Art Express, will end with poetry, prose and short story excerpts by the REZ Reading Group at Odradek’s Coffee House at 82-60 Austin Street
Details: Kew Gardens Community Arts Day, vicinity of Austin Street, Lefferts Boulevard and Metropolitan Avenue in Kew Gardens, September 22nd, 11 am to 5 pm, free. Rain date: October 6th.