The 600-spot parking garage behind Borough Hall that the Department of Transportation shut down last fall isn’t opening anytime soon. The DOT shuttered the garage, which serves both Borough Hall and Queens Criminal Court, due to safety concerns, and the shutter caused an all-out “parking nightmare.” Unfortunately, Queens Courier reports that its demolition and replacement will last into 2017, with demolition expected for later this year.
Daily commuters to the area aren’t happy with that timeline. The Courier says that “residents and local politicians are pushing the city to make a more immediate move as the months continue to drag on with no relief for commuters in sight.” For the meantime, the DOT suspended alternate side parking to help relieve some of the parking headaches. And on some streets, the agency replaced parallel parking with angled parking.
Both NY1 and Times Ledger have reported on a brand new neighborhood group for the Forest Hills, Rego Park and Kew Gardens area. The group, called “Forest Hills, Rego Park, Kew Gardens – Our Communities” hopes to bring residents of the three neighborhoods together to promote area events, historic and cultural preservation, and local businesses. The group started its Facebook page on January 24th and 500 people joined after only four days. Now, there are over 1,000 members.
The first official meeting was last week, and the group plans to hold meetings monthly. Facebook posts range from doctor recommendations in the area to upcoming community board events to the group’s memories of the older days of Rego Park, Forest Hills and Kew Gardens.
Check out this Kew Gardens beauty at 115-05 84th Avenue. Located right off Forest Park, this is a sprawling, gorgeous home with a front porch to make you drool. The interior, which holds a grand total of seven bedrooms, also has some nice unique details as well as a lovely kitchen renovation. Other perks include a finished basement and a wine cellar. What will it cost for such a nice pad right off the park? The ask is $1,588,000.
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.
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.
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.
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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?
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.
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?
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.