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Here’s a three-bathroom, two-bedroom condo on the market at 5-19 Borden Avenue, the Murano building in LIC. It’s an open floor plan with floor-to-ceiling windows offering views of the skyline and Queensboro Bridge. There’s no shortage on space, at 1,558 square feet, although the bedrooms looks a little cozy. (The master bathroom, however, is nice and big.) You’ve also got a modest balcony off the living room at 77 square feet. The asking price is the healthy sum of $1,869,600. Think a unit like this could fetch close to $2M?

5-19 Borden Avenue [CORE] GMAP

09/22/14 11:30am

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By 1915, there approximately 40,000 automotive trucks plying the streets of New York City.

What’s surprising is that 25 percent of them were electric.

This unassuming self storage warehouse in Queens is the last mortal remains of the General Electric Vehicle Company – found at 30-28 Starr Avenue, Long Island City – who were the manufacturers of a substantial number of those electrical trucks.

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09/19/14 9:30am

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The Silvercup West development, a proposed $1 billion expansion of Silvercup Studios just south of the Queensboro Bridge, is back on the table. Queens Courier reports that the developers filed for special permit renewals, since the plan is stalled. Community Board Two’s land use committee will review the application for development; it should move to the full board at the next public meeting on October 2nd. According to the Courier, “The permits are for various design elements in the project, including a proposed 1,400-space parking garage, which was granted three years ago, but has expired since.”

When Silvercup Studios first released the plan eight years ago — the proposal then was a 2,200,000-square-foot complex with eight sound studios, an office tower, residential, cultural and retail space — the community board, borough president and city council all approved. Holdups occurred due to the New York Power Authority generators on the site, which have to be decommissioned and removed. Silvercup has, however, been working to restore the old terra cotta building at 42-10 Vernon Boulevard. The folks at Silvercup do not anticipate this current process to take long since the approvals are in place. If CB2 gives its blessing, then the plans go back to City Planning for review.

Silvercup Studios Seeking Permit Approvals Again for Delayed Expansion [Queens Courier]

Rendering via Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners LLP

09/18/14 3:00pm

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The sale of a factory at 45-35 11th Street, which spans the full block between 46th Avenue and 45th Road, just hit public records. A Long Island City-based buyer picked up the 12,000-square-foot parcel for $7,000,000. The lot is zoned for both manufacturing and residential use — meaning a residential build is highly likely, given the proximity to the trains, Vernon Boulevard, PS 1, etc. A building about three times larger than the factory on site is allowable through zoning.

There are no Department of Building applications or permits to indicate any change here yet. We’ll keep an eye out; something tells us this is going to be a big development to come… GMAP

09/17/14 3:00pm

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This week, we got a few tips coming in about the green construction fence appearing on the corner of Vernon Boulevard and 50th Avenue. Well, LIC Post answered our questions on the fate of the lot, at 49-18 Vernon Boulevard: it will be a five-story, 15-unit residential building. According to the DOB application, there will be 12,423 square feet of residential space and 4,451 square feet of commercial space, for a total of 16,874 square feet. The DOB has only issued permits for excavation and foundation work, so a new building won’t be rising just yet.

According to LIC Post, the owner of Butcher Gourmet Deli, which is right next door, has a large ownership interest in this development but he didn’t want to elaborate on details.

5-Story Building Going up on Vernon Blvd [LIC Post] GMAP

09/16/14 4:00pm

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Leading up to this weekend’s Maker Faire, the NYCEDC is sponsoring The Next Top Makers Queens Pop Up in Long Island City. The pop up will feature innovative “Makers” and manufacturers exclusively from Queens, like Mikey Chen, Stickbulb, Susan Taing, Jamie Clawson and more. Reps from the NYCEDC, NYDesigns, Long Island City Partnership and QNSMADE will also be on hand. The goal is for the Queens community to see what successful Makers are creating locally.

The pop up is free and open to the public (and all ages), and there will also be food and drink. It is taking place at the Coalition for Queens HQ in the Falchi Building from 7 to 10 pm this Thursday, September 18th. RSVP for the event here.

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The SculptureCenter will officially reveal its shiny new expansion on Sunday, October 5th! The addition will include a new entrance lobby with a coatroom, restrooms and seating area, expanded exhibition space, an elevator and stairway to the lower level galleries and a 1,500-square-foot enclosed courtyard. Work started up this spring, and the SculptureCenter remained open throughout the construction project.

The Court Square Blog posted awesome photos of the new interior — pictured above is the view from the main entrance. CSB reports that the SculptureCenter will celebrate its expansion with the new exhibit “Puddle, pothole, portal.” And from 12 to 3 pm on October 5th, there will be free activities at the center including art-making, music, food, tours and the official opening ceremony. From 2 to 5 pm, there will be music and drinks in the courtyard.

Check out more interior photos after the jump!

SculptureCenter Puts on Finishing Touches Ahead of Oct. 5 Reopening [Court Square Blog]
All SculptureCenter coverage [Q'Stoner]

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09/16/14 9:00am

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That’s a wrap for TF Cornerstone on the Long Island City waterfront. Yesterday, the developers reported that their sixth and final building, 4610 Center Boulevard, is 100 percent spoken for. According to the press release, “To date, more than 6,000 people call the TF Cornerstone buildings on the LIC waterfront home, occupying 2,615 rental units and 184 condominiums on Center Boulevard.” 4610 Center Boulevard, at 26 stories, held 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. When the building launched in April, prices ranged from $2,160 to $5,330 a month. The development hit the 50 percent mark in June.

TF Cornerstone purchased its 21-acres of waterfront property along Center Boulevard from PepsiCo in 2003. Says Sofia Estevez, Executive Vice President for TF Cornerstone: “The lease-up of 4610 Center Boulevard is an incredible milestone for both Long Island City and TF Cornerstone. We’ve spent the last 12 years not only building and leasing buildings along the LIC waterfront, but also immersing ourselves in the community and growing to love the neighborhood just as much as our residents do. The lease-up of this building is a true testament to the vibrancy of this area, and we look forward to our next chapter of development in LIC.”

All 4610 Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner]

09/15/14 4:00pm

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Hungry? Would you like to enjoy a delicious meal and help others at the same time? Or are you ready to experience a wonderful taste of winter without getting cold? This Thursday, the Snowday food truck (above) will stop outside the Clock Tower at Dutch Kills Green and serve delicious, maple-themed lunches, including maple grilled cheese sandwiches, seasonal salads, beer-batted maple onion rings, and maple apple cupcakes. More information and photos after jump.

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09/15/14 11:00am

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Before the consolidation of the City of Greater New York, the center of the world in Queens was in Hunters Point. This was where the docks were, and where the LIRR ferries discharged passengers coming from Manhattan. These passengers would ostensibly board the east bound trains, but an entire industry of saloons, bars, and hotels had sprung up in the area around the LIRR yard to keep them in the neighborhood. Now… remember that we’re talking about the 1870-1900 period here. Your best point of reference, from a modern point of view, for what such such establishments offered is fictionalized in Cowboy movies and the Boardwalk Empire television series. There was gambling, women, and lots and lots of liquor. This was, in effect, a frontier town – one which was ruled over by a clique of politicians whose antics would have made Boss Tweed blush. Notorious even amongst his fellows, the last Mayor of Long Island City was Patrick Jerome Gleason. He was called Battle Ax Gleason by friend and foe alike.

Gleason was personally responsible for the construction of the exquisite P.S. 1 school house pictured in the next shot, a terra cotta masterpiece which nearly bankrupted LIC – amongst other imbroglios. Dogged by claims and accusations (and at least one conviction) of corruption – Gleason used to sit in a barber chair outside the Miller Hotel – known today as the LIC Crabhouse – and hold court with constituent and passerby alike. This was his favorite spot by all reports, directly across the street from the LIRR train and ferry terminal.

He instructed those he met to avoid addressing him as “Mayor,” instructing them to instead to “Just call me Paddy.”

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Long Island City, which existed as an independent municipality that stretched from the East River to Woodside and from Newtown Creek to Bowery Bay for just 28 years, was hardly a candidate for the good government award prior to Gleason. For some reason, he raised the ire of press and political player alike. Remember – this is during the golden age of Tammany Hall over in Manhattan. Bribes and graft were a matter of fact in this era, a part of doing business. Liquor and gambling were commonplace, along with prostitution, and this turpitude raised the ire of do gooders all over the state and nation.

Enter the assassin of joy.

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