09/18/14 12:00pm


We quite like the co-ops we find in Kew Gardens — there’s mostly good stock, and units tend to be affordable. This two bedroom, at the Hampton Court building, is no exception. It’s large, at 1,050 square feet, and priced at $269,800. Nothing particularly fancy about this unit, but it has good bones and looks well kept. The complex is also located right along Forest Park. A nice starter apartment, indeed. Like it?

117-01 Park Lane South [Landmarc Group] GMAP

09/15/14 12:00pm


The borough’s only Anglo-Japanese-style home, located at 84-62 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens, has just hit the market. This property has an interesting history, and in more recent years sadly fell into decay. According to this article in Queens Chronicle, “The building was constructed by Joseph Fleischmann, a florist who became a millionaire after developing a flower shop franchise with stores in Chicago and Washington DC, for his daughter to live in.” The exact construction date isn’t known, but it’s believed to be before 1928. The lower half of the home is white stucco; the roof features curves reminiscent of Japanese architecture — just gorgeous. This Forgotten New York article calls the building in its present state a “near ruin,” with hostile handmade “Stay Away” signs on the door. Our guess is that the interior is a mess.

The listing markets this property “as is.” And the asking price is going to raise many eyebrows at $1,387,777. It would be wonderful to see a new owner come and fix this property up, but we unfortunately don’t think it’s going to happen at that price.

84-62 Beverly Road [Realty Depot LLC] GMAP

09/02/14 12:00pm


We are madly in love with this Spanish Colonial home at 82-70 Beverly Road, in Kew Gardens. Just look at this thing! The unique facade boasts a tiled roof, oak doors and the original, restored glass windows. The interior is chock full of historic detail, which is remarkably well kept. Newer renovations brought in perks like heated floors, central AC, a home theater and a new kitchen. There’s even a dumbwaiter from the garage up to the kitchen, as well as “nanny quarters.”

The asking price: $2,388,000. If it sells at ask we’d imagine that’s some kind of record for Kew Gardens. Do you think this property is special enough to get the full price?

82-70 Beverly Road [Terrace Sotheby's] GMAP

08/18/14 12:00pm


Here we have a three-bedroom, two-bathroom condo unit at the Kew Gardens complex 83-09 Talbot Street. It’s a grand total of 1,421 square feet. It’s in a prewar building but this unit is pretty much modernized, with plenty of recessed lighting to go around. There’s a large, beautiful kitchen, although the actual bedrooms look cozy — there’s no floor plan to check the sizes. The building also boasts a nice interior courtyard. The asking price is $715,000.

83-09 Talbot Street [Keller Williams] GMAP

08/13/14 11:00am

81-45 Lefferts Blvd, Homestead, composite

Very often we move to cities, towns and neighborhoods that we know nothing about. If we are curious, we often walk around and come up on a building that makes us pause, for one reason or another. It may be sheer beauty or craftsmanship that stops us in our tracks, or the opposite – a building so ugly we can’t believe someone allowed it to be built. But more often than not, we see what is, and wonder who built it, who lived or worked in it, and sometimes we just have to wonder what in the world happened to it. What were they thinking?

Kew Gardens, like many of Queens’ residential enclaves, was the grand idea of a developer. (more…)

07/25/14 12:00pm

1Forest Hills
67-42 Juno Street
Broker: Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty
Price: $879,000
Sunday, 3:30 – 5:30 pm

78-19 89th Avenue
Broker: Century 21
Price: $521,900
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm

82-08 91st Avenue
Broker: Akcess24Homes
Price: $469,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

3Kew Gardens
84-51 Beverly Road
Broker: Better Homes & Gardens
Price: $175,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm

07/18/14 12:00pm

2Kew Gardens
119-23 80th Road
Broker: Terrace Sotheby’s International Realty
Price: $1,599,000
Sunday, 2 – 4 pm

timthumbJackson Heights
34-51 83rd Street
Broker: Century 21
Price: $1,200,000
Saturday, 12 – 5 pm

timthumb-1Kew Gardens Hills
73-51 Park Drive East
Broker: Exit Realty
Price: $889,000
Sunday, 12 – 2:30 pm

120-14 143rd Street
Broker: Island Advantage Realty
Price: $399,000
Saturday, 11 – 2:00 pm

06/26/14 12:00pm

84-16 121st street

Suburban oasis, anyone? This home at 84-16 121st Street, in Kew Gardens, looks better suited for upstate. It’s a beautiful, well-maintained property with great interior detailing like a fireplace and hardwood floors throughout. Here are the numbers, from the listing: “6 Br And 3 Bathrooms, 4 Levels, 2 Car Garage, Private Driveway, Huge Backyard, And An Option Of Using It As A One Or Two Fam Home.” Our only complaint is that the kitchen needs a gut. Other than that — very, very nice. The ask is $899,000.

84-16 121st Street [Better Homes and Gardens] GMAP

06/17/14 12:00pm


This co-op unit at the Windsor Court, in Kew Gardens, is up for rent. It’s a beautiful two-bedroom corner apartment, with wood floors, moldings, archways, and a well-renovated kitchen. It’s just a block from Forest Park, although not particularly close to subway lines. (The Kew Gardens LIRR stop is closer.) It is asking $2,200 a month. Your thoughts?

83-15 116th Street [Lanmarc Group] GMAP

06/16/14 10:00am


Earlier this month, a newly-formed task force announced its initiative to bring the Triumph of Civic Virtue Statue back to Queens from it’s present location in Green-Wood Cemetery. In a press release the group stated that it was working to secure the support of Borough President Melinda Katz. But in this followup article by the Queens Tribune, it doesn’t look like that’s happening:

When asked about the issue and the meeting, a spokesperson for Katz said the Borough President’s position on what to do with the vacant area remains unchanged from what she said earlier this year: she prefers that the site be converted to a plaza that honors women of Queens and outside the City for the work they have done. This was an idea first mentioned by her predecessor, Helen Marshall.

The task force stated that they had no knowledge of Katz’s position regarding the statue prior to their meeting with Katz’s staffers in April of this year, where they got the impression she would consider bringing the statue back. The task force wants the Triumph of Civic Virtue returned to its plaza in front of Borough Hall (pictured above), as well as the surrounding area restored. Since the statue left, the plaza has remained a vacant eyesore. But it seems like Green-Wood Cemetery isn’t willing to give the sculpture up, with the Tribune reporting that the cemetery spent more than $200,000 in the transportation and restoration of the work. (The task force has countered that much of the restoration money came from tax payers dollars.) And as a cemetery spokesperson said, “This magnificent work of art has been meticulously restored and now has a place of honor on our grounds, where it is seen every year by tens of thousands of visitors, including students on school trips, tour groups, art aficionados, nature lovers and others.”

Group Advocating For Civic Virtue Forms [Queens Tribune]
Task Force Announces Initiative to Bring Civic Virtue Statue Back to Queens Boulevard [Q'Stoner]