Earlier this month Rockrose Development filed a new building application for its major conversion project at the Eagle Electric warehouse. The Court Square Blog spotted the documents, which outline building plans: 54 stories, 783 units, 587,860 square feet of residential space and 34,477 square feet of commercial space. The developers already started demolishing portions of the warehouse, but ultimately plan to maintain 80 percent of the existing structure.
It’s unclear how long construction will actually take. When it’s finally finished, the anticipated pricing for the rental units is $1,800 a month for a studio, $2,600 for a one bedroom and $3,400 for a two bedroom.
This Saturday marks the opening of Socrates Sculpture Park’s new LIC exhibit at 43-29 Crescent Street. The formerly asphalt parking lot, now transformed into a green space, houses a “pool” by the artist Tamara Johnson. Johnson is the second artist to present their work at “The Lot,” as it’s called — a sculpture piece debuted here last summer. Here are details on Backyard Pool from Socrates:
As her title suggests, Johnson’s installation formally resembles small family pools that are ubiquitous in many suburban backyards across the country, and especially in the artist’s hometown of Waco, Texas. By inserting faithful details, from ceramic tiles to a full-sized diving board, into this landscape, Backyard Pool offers a moment of intimacy and serenity to the bustling urbanity of Long Island City.
The opening reception for the art installation will be held from 3 to 5 pm. Then The Lot is free and open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays from 10 am to 6 pm. M. Wells, located right next door, will also use The Lot for a music festival starting in August.
What happens after a 3 am call leaves two NYPD officers questioning an oath they had vowed to keep? What does an ex narc do after finding a notebook with information on huge quantities of stolen heroin? Should a recent Ivy League college graduate’s resume include an impressive past job which would reveal that he’s gay?
The answers to these questions — and many more — will be unveiled during the second annual Chain NYC Film Festival at The Chain Theatre in Long Island City. Set to run from August 4th until August 17th, the extravaganza will screen more than 100 flicks selected from hundreds of submissions from all over the world. Viewers can watch everything from short documentaries to full-length narratives to a web series.
Earlier today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer announced the expansion of a street cleaning initiative which has popped up in a number of Queens neighborhoods. More areas of Long Island City will now be included in the initiative, particularly the neighborhood of Dutch Kills. The city works with The Doe Fund, who helps formerly homeless and incarcerated individuals find jobs, to clean streets. And since taking office, Council Member Van Bramer allocated over $230,000 for this partnership to take on the streets of Astoria, Long Island City, Sunnyside and Woodside.
Earlier this month LIC Post reported that Council Member Van Bramer allocated $34,000 of last year’s budget to hire two workers from the Doe Fund to help clean the streets of LIC. For 2015, he secured another $70,000 to expand the work to Dutch Kills. He promised that crews will pay special attention to 36th Avenue.
The 23rd Street/Ely Avenue station has increased in importance in recent years, as Greenpoint has gotten hotter — Queensicans needing access can change trains to the G line here, when the G vouchsafes to cross under the noxious and noisome Newtown Creek, which it won’t be doing for awhile. Many subway amateurs think this is the place where 23rd Street crosses Ely Avenue. This is a fallacy, as Ely Avenue is actually the former name of 23rd Street. It carried the name until the 1920s, as the then NYC Topographical Bureau decided to put Queens under one numerical street system in 1915, and the streets were numbered gradually from neighborhood to neighborhood, completing the process by 1930.
However, some anachronisms remain on subway station signs. The best-known are along the #7 line, where Rawson, Bliss, and Lowery Streets, as well as Lincoln Avenue, are still on the station signs for 33rd, 40th, 46th and 52nd Streets. Names also persist along the N/Q in Astoria, and the A in Ozone Park and the Rockaway peninsula.
After a long fight by LIC residents and local pols, Center Boulevard is finally getting crosswalks. LIC Post reported the news that the Department of Transportation will add crosswalks to 48th and 49th avenues by the end of August. That’s the same location the DOT added stop signs earlier this month.
The DOT stalled on the crosswalks, claiming it’d be hard to paint lines along Center Boulevard because of the granite and cobblestone. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer especially pushed the city agency, stating that drivers treat the thoroughfare like a speedway. He held a rally calling for both stop signs and crosswalks earlier this summer. “I am glad that the DOT has found a way to do it,” he told LIC Post. “People are concerned about the safety of their kids and families and have a right to demand a safer Center Boulevard. There are two parks, two schools and thousands of people who live nearby.”
This fine condo unit comes to us from the Ten 63 development at 10-63 Jackson Avenue, which is located right off the Pulaski Bridge in LIC. It’s a three-bedroom, three-bathroom penthouse unit with 1,847 interior square feet and 593 square feet outside. Big windows, high ceilings and an open kitchen certainly make the space feel airy and spacious. Due to some awesome staging (this is a sponsor unit), the listing makes it tempting enough to move in tomorrow. The asking price is $2,250,000. That number includes a parking spot and storage space, as well as building amenities like a doorman, cold storage, gym, community room and common roof deck.
So far, the DOB has not issued any permits for new development here, but we suspect that’ll happen once demolition finishes up. The site totals 6,739 square feet. Each lot boasts a FAR of 5 and is zoned M1-5/R7-3/LIC, meaning a large residential build is possible on this corner.
To begin with, the only people who would commonly refer to this enormous example of early 20th century industrial architecture as “Ford” are Kevin Walsh and myself (and possibly Montrose). Modernity knows it simply as “The Center Building” and it’s found at 33-00 Northern Boulevard at the corner of Honeywell Street (Honeywell is actually a truss bridge over the Sunnyside Yard, just like Thomson Avenue, but that’s another story). This was once the Ford Assembly and Service Center of Long Island City, which shipped the “Universal Car” to all parts of the eastern United States and for cross Atlantic trade.
The recent sale of the building in December 2014, for some $84.5 million, was discussed by Q’Stoner back in 2013.
Yesterday, the folks behind the restaurant Mundo posted the above photo to their Facebook account. It’s a very promising glimpse of their new space at the Paper Factory Hotel; the popular restaurant is relocating from Astoria. The blog We Heart LIC has tracked the opening with anticipation, and posted this video interview with the owners back in May.
The restaurant should open in the hotel this summer. Here are some details about the food, from the website: “Mundo’s menu highlights the best of earthy Mediterranean and unique global flavors with a focus on fresh, seasonal ingredients from local vendors and farms, and homemade dishes.” Mundo is especially known for its Red Sonja, a Turkish dish made from red lentil and bulgur wheat served on lettuce with fresh lemon. Can’t wait!