It’s the New York City marathon for word lovers. Queens Writes Weekend 2014 will facilitate more than 12 literary events at a minimum of six venues throughout the world’s most diverse borough over the last weekend in April. The fun will start on Friday, April 25th, with an open reading at The Astoria Bookshop featuring contributors to the third issue of Newtown Literary, a semi-annual journal. On Saturday and Sunday, the events will differ, but authors of all kinds — young, old, novice, expert — will simply sit down together and write for a few hours. Participants will then share the products of their efforts at an open mic event at Terraza 7 in Elmhurst on Sunday night.
Details: Queens Writes Weekend 2014, begins with Kick-Off Reading at The Astoria Bookshop, 31-29 31st Street, Astoria, April 25th, 7 pm, click here for times and venues on April 26th and April 27th, ends at Wrap-Up Open Mic at Terraza 7, 40-19 Gleane Street, Elmhurst, April 27th, 6 pm, suggested donations at all times to defray the costs of publishing Newtown Literary‘s fourth edition and other good works. So far, events are set for Astoria, Bayside, Corona, Forest Hills, Jackson Heights and Kew Gardens, but more sites are expected to be confirmed before the weekend begins.Schedule and venues will be posted and updated regularly on this page.
We’re impressed with the state of the interior at 119-23 80th Road, a home in Kew Gardens. Many of the historic details are well preserved, including the wood floors, wainscoting and windows. The rest of the house received a pretty thorough renovation with a new roof, kitchen, and bathrooms. And it’s certainly worth mentioning that this pad is huge — eight bedrooms, a detached two-car garage, and a 6,750-square-foot lot. Big house, big price tag: 119-23 80th Road is asking $1,740,000. Think they’ll get close to ask?
How lovely is this Kew Gardens Colonial, at 115 Audley Street? Inside, we like the wood floors, wainscoting, and the fireplace in the living room. The kitchen and bathrooms look like they will need upgrading. The home is asking no small sum of $1,100,000. There was an open house over the weekend — did anyone get to check the place out?
We’re quite fond of this Kew Gardens co-op, at 117-01 Park Lane South in the Hampton Court complex. There are two bedrooms and 1,000 square feet. The arched entryways, crown moldings and hardwood floors are lovely, the kitchen’s small but it looks renovated. You can’t beat the location, right off Forest Park, or the complex, which is known for its courtyard and well-maintained buildings. It’s asking a total of $260,000. Think that sounds about right?
This rental apartment comes from a cute house in Kew Gardens, at 84-40 118th Street. It includes three bedrooms, two bathrooms and use of the front and back yards. We wish there were more photos — what’s provided only shows the bedrooms, which look sizable if not very fancy. It is priced at $2,300 a month. What say you?
A massive portfolio of rental buildings in Kew Gardens is now on the market. Crain’s reports that Hudson Realty Capital packaged up 53 buildings with 1,270 apartments; the properties could bring in as much as $250,000,000. According to Crain’s, this portfolio is one of the largest to hit the market in decades for the neighborhood. Bob Knakal, who will handle sales, says this about investment opportunities in Queens: “This portfolio definitely reflects a growing interest in the boroughs. Interest has picked up significantly in the boroughs over the past year so and that will continue in 2014.”
We like this one-bedroom co-op, which comes from the Hampton Court building in Kew Gardens. At 1,000 square feet it’s large and the space features the original hardwood floors and arched entryways. The kitchen could use some work but it looks like a buyer would have a nice amount of space to work with. The ask? $212,000. How do you think that number will go over?