01/23/15 3:00pm

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The NYC Compost Project is setting up compost sites in both Ridgewood and Kew Gardens, according to DNAinfo. In March, the initiative will bring pop-up sites to both neighborhoods that will accept fruit and vegetable scraps from residents. Locations will pop up once a week for a few hours, and then the compost will go toward local farms and community gardens. NYC Compost is still trying to decide on actual locations for the scrap drop offs — you can help them decide by filling out this survey.

There are plans for future compost sites in Corona and Pomonok, too. Currently, you can drop off scaps at the Jackson Heights and Forest Hills greenmarkets.

Kew Gardens and Ridgewood to Get Composting Sites [DNAinfo]

Photo via the Compost Collective’s Facebook

01/16/15 11:00am

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On Park Lane, at the east end of the vast Forest Park, which includes the neighborhoods of Forest Hills, Kew Gardens, Richmond Hill and Glendale, a lone lamenting figure stands on a rise between the basketball courts and the tony homes spread out before it. His garments are ripped and his eyes look heavenward in a  supplicating manner. Passersby would be puzzled about what this figure symbolizes, were there not a NYC Parks sign positioned perhaps a bit too close to it.

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01/13/15 10:00am

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Forest Hills Gardens better watch out — it’s not the only neighborhood in Queens with mansions that sell for big bucks. The sale of this freestanding, single-family home at 48 Beverly Road in Kew Gardens just hit public records for $1,900,000. We couldn’t find an old listing for the property, which means we have no idea what it looks like inside. (A total bummer, since the exterior is just gorgeous.) We do know, via PropertyShark, that it’s a 4,329-square-foot house on a 7,000-square-foot lot. The previous owners paid $1,265,000 for the property back in 2005, and certainly turned a nice profit.

Have any more details on the house or the sale? Then do hit up the tiplineGMAP

Photo via PropertyShark

12/15/14 12:00pm

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Do you think this Kew Gardens beauty is worth its ask of $1,450,000? The location is 117-02 Park Lane South, right along Forest Park. It’s a beautiful, freestanding brick Colonial. Inside you’ve got hardwood floors galore, a fancy fireplace in the living room, and a large, modernized kitchen. In fact, everything looks spacious: there are four bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms, a finished basement, backyard and two-car garage. Overall we are huge fans, but are still curious to see if it’ll achieve its high ask. What do you think?

117-02 Park Lane South [Douglas Elliman] GMAP

12/02/14 1:00pm

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Do it for exercise, personal records, and a good cause. This Sunday, the second annual Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler will lead participants up and down small hills and past some beautiful fields on the wide, tree-lined road inside Forest Park. Presented by the Queens Tourism Council and Queens Distance Runners, this fun run has a charitable aspect, too, as harriers are asked to bring Christmas toy donations, which the Queens Centers for Progress will collect and distribute to needy children. There’s also a social side, as refreshments and food will be served afterward. And for those with competitive spirits, Ricardo Cuahizo won the men’s division last year in 28:11, while Blanca Lucero finished first among the women with a 34:46 time. They are presumed to defend their titles. Plus, City Council Member Elizabeth Crowley, who had a fine showing last year, is expected to return.

Details: Forest Park Toy Drive 5 Miler, the course loops twice through the park, starting and finishing at Forest Park Drive and Woodhaven Boulevard, Kew Gardens, December 7th, 9 am (registration at 8:30 am), $25/$30 on race day, and the first 50 registrants will receive Queens Distance Runners t-shirts. Plus, racers are asked to donate toys. Register here.

11/13/14 12:00pm

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We are really digging this two bedroom/two bathroom co-op in Kew Gardens, located at 45 Kew Gardens Road. First off, it’s large, with dedicated living and dining rooms, and although the kitchen is narrow it’s long. (On the subject of the kitchen, the renovation looks well done.) The unit also boasts some of those co-op charms we love — wood floors, arched entryways, plentiful windows. The ask is $368,000, with a reasonable monthly maintenance of $999. Like it?

45 Kew Gardens Road [Argo Residential] GMAP

10/30/14 1:00pm

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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.

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10/08/14 1:00pm

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Would you like to see how the Bowne House Restoration is proceeding? Or how about checking out the Sri Maha Vallabha Ganapati Devasthanam, which is also known as the Hindu Temple Society of North America or the Bowne Street Temple? What about the TWA Flight Center, Smiling HogsHead Ranch, LIC Community BoathouseLouis Armstrong House Museum, Noguchi, and the newly renovated SculptureCenter?

The 12th annual Open House New York Weekend will take place this Saturday and Sunday, and there are 36 listed nook and crannies to explore in Queens (although tours are starting to sell out…so hurry!)

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10/07/14 11:00am

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I’m a subway fan. Not during those times when I’m in NYC during summer rush hours, when it’s 100 degrees down there and have to wait till several trains pass until I can find one to squeeze onto. I’m far from one of those guys who always have to ride in the first car and look out the front window (though I admit I’ll do that now and then) and I’ve never had the slightest inclination to actually sneak in to the yard, jimmy my way in the cab and actually take one for a spin. But, I’ve been on several of the Transit Museum’s periodic “Nostalgia Tours” where vintage cars from the museum actually take to the subway tracks again.

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The Kew Gardens courthouse area employs thousands of people, but for some, it’s the last place you want to be, whether you’re on jury duty or for those accused of a crime.

That’s why, when I was on a two-day jury duty stint at the courthouse near Queens Boro Hall back in May 2007, I was pleasantly surprised to see that an R33 #9075 had been placed here as a Queens Visitors’ Center (and had been there since early 2005).

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09/26/14 9:00am

queens-borough-hall-parking-garage-closedThis Wednesday, the Department of Transportation shut down a 600-spot parking garage behind Queens Borough Hall, which serves both Borough Hall and Queens Criminal Court. While the DOT hasn’t answered any specific questions about the fate of the garage, which was shuttered due to safety concerns, there’s word it’ll be demolished and replaced with a 300-spot surface parking lot. (The garage would cost $44 million to repair and only has about 15 years left.) The Daily News called the incident a “parking nightmare,” with the DOT offering no concrete plan to the hundreds of displaced drivers. Borough President Katz told the News, “What we need right now is for the city to give us alternatives where people can park.”

The Times Ledger also followed up on the story, reporting that pols are fighting the sudden closure of the garage. A letter sent to Mayor de Blasio on the matter hasn’t been addressed. As of now, there’s no backup plan for drivers in place, and there’s no timeline for demolition or construction work.

Photo by Andrew Schwartz via the Daily News