04/17/14 11:00am


TF Cornerstone is now leasing its sixth and final building on the Long Island City waterfront, 4610 Center Boulevard. The 26-story glassy tower, designed by the architecture firm Arquitectonica, holds a total of 584 studio, one-, two-, and three-bedroom apartments. The interiors, according to a press release, “feature stainless steel appliances, glossy white cabinets, great custom closets, wood strip floors, and floor-to-ceiling windows with sweeping views of the Manhattan skyline.” Amenities include a lobby with a WiFi lounge, a private garden, 24-hour concierge, a fitness center and a resident club with a landscaped terrace. As for pricing, studios start at $2,160 a month, one bedrooms at $2,800, two bedrooms at $3,890 and three bedrooms at $5,330. (We heard there’s already a waiting list to move in.)

The leasing effort comes right after TF Cornerstone filled up 4545 Center Boulevard, its largest waterfront tower with 820 rental units.

4610 Center Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/16/14 3:00pm

38-22 28 STREET-hotel

The Department of Buildings just issued a new building permit for a four-story hotel at 38-22 28th Street, between 38th and 39th avenues. It’ll be a little out of place on the block, which is mostly lined with modest residential homes — although there is a hulking development to be found a few doors down. According to building applications, the 45-foot-tall hotel will hold 51 units. No word on the operator yet. The architect of record, however, will be the ubiquitous Queens architect Michael Kang. GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

04/16/14 1:00pm

Joseph McElligott

Queens people never get tired of diversity. This Saturday, the New York Irish Center will host A Celebratory Feast of Irish and World Culture, a night that will include everything from poetry to string music to acting by a former boxer. The performers are part of Artists Without Walls, a troupe dedicated to uniting creative types from all genres to inspire each other…and then inspire their audiences. Co-founder Niamh Hyland (below), a singer/songwriter from the Emerald Isle, headlines the show with classical violinist Annette Homann, Nigerian spoken word artist Koro Koroye (above), TV and film actor Jack O’Connell, singer/songwriter Michael Brunnock and champion boxer-turned-actor John Duddy.

Details: Artists Without Walls: A Celebratory Feast of Irish and World Culture, New York Irish Center, 10-40 Jackson Avenue, Long Island City, April 26th, 7:30 pm, cocktail hour before performances, $22/$11 for seniors, students and the unemployed.


Top photo: Joseph McElligott; bottom photo: Artists Without Walls

04/16/14 10:00am


One LIC rental development hits the market (see our article below) while another fills up. Gantry Park Landing, the 199-unit rental located at 50-01 Second Street, is now totally spoken for. The building started leasing back in May; it was 60 percent full by September. Prices for the studios, one-, two- and three-bedrooms ranged from $2,050 to $4,810 a month. And according to a press release, the 13,000 square feet of ground-floor commercial space was leased by a gourmet food store, an urgent medical care facility, and a store selling coffee, teas and wine. You can see our tour of the apartments and amenity spaces right here.

All Gantry Park Landing coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

04/16/14 9:00am

No 3 at Packard Sq Living Room

No. 3 at Packard Square, a 12-story tower in the Packard Square development area, is now leasing 88 luxury rental units for immediate occupancy. As the name suggests, this is the third development to come after Packard Square and Packard Square North; the fourth building (Packard Square West) is now under construction. No. 3 is located at 41-21 24th Street, just off Queens Plaza North.

Citi Habitats is leasing the units. They’ve priced studio, alcove studio, one and two bedroom apartments at $1,775, $2,125, $2,525 and $3,300 a month, with no fee. Building amenities include a rooftop lounge and deck, a fitness center, 24/7 doorman and concierge, a laundry room, and storage and on-site parking for a fee. Here’s a bit on the interiors, from the brokers:

Residences at No. 3 at Packard Square feature premium finishes and spacious, well-designed floor plans. Dramatic 9’ high ceilings and white oak plank flooring can be found in all units. Kitchens come complete with stainless steel appliances, sleek custom cabinetry and Caesarstone countertops. The homes’ private glass balconies or patios (on first-floor units), make great places to unwind.

Check out photos of the bedroom and kitchen spaces, as well as the resident’s lounge, after the jump. GMAP


04/15/14 12:30pm

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Welcome to the Q’Stoner food feature, Signature Dish! Once a week we check in with Queens restaurants and ask the owners about the all-time favorite dishes they serve. If you know of a dish you’d like to see featured here, please email emily@brownstoner.com.

The Spot: Dutch Kills Centraal, 38-40 29th Street, Long Island City.

The Deal: Dutch Kills Centraal is still a relative newcomer to the poorly underserved area north of Queens Plaza, having just opened last year after two years of planning and construction.

The owner, Dominic Stiller, found the space abandoned two blocks from his home and, as a longtime community activist and Queens resident, wanted to create a place for the neighborhood to gather. So began the renovations: He added additional windows, repaired the walls, and installed reclaimed furniture, including a long communal table down the center of the room. Throughout it all, Stiller kept the original flooring and, of course, the bar that originally drew him in.


The Dish: Dutch Kills Centraal is a bar, and like any quality bar, the star on the menu is the burger. As Ken Holiday, in charge of marketing for the restaurant, says, “Every gastro-pub should have a burger on the menu. Our food is defiantly more upscale than a bar, but we want a place comfortable to everyone.” Centraal sources its meats and produce from local purveyors, and serves the burger on a butter-glazed brioche bun, topped with a homemade siracha sauce.

“To have a familiar item, in a cozy place, in an area called Dutch Kills makes it taste all the better,” says Holiday. “Elevated comfort, charm, a hospitality is what we aim for.”

04/14/14 11:00am


After the civil war, Long Island City incorporated and became a haven for heavy industry and mechanized production in the Hunters Point, Dutch Kills, and Ravenswood neighborhoods. Astoria developed along the lines of a bedroom community, with the exception of the Steinway factory on the north side and the band of factories and mills which popped up along Jackson Avenue and the rail tracks.

The huge European populations that poured into New York during the 19th century, who served as labor in the new factories, often arrived in tsunami waves of a single ethnicity – resulting in the classic perception of “the XXX’s are taking over!,” followed by the next generation of the “XXX’s” declaring “the YYY’s are taking over!” Today, everyone goes on about Hipsters.

A teacher of mine, at college, was a genius named Will Eisner – and he did a graphic novel on this phenomena called “Dropsie Avenue” about his old block in the Bronx. Dropsie Avenue is available at Amazon, and other places.

In 1875, Astoria was a German town. Deutche was spoken on the streets, taught in schools, and the population of the area read newspapers shipped in from Vienna and Berlin. They were very much in tune with a radical new political theorem called trade-unionism, which promised to unite the workers of the world against the decaying masters of the middle ages – the aristocracy – and a new menace to the working man which was called the Industrialist. They also believed that mankind could be bettered and brought into communion with God – by exercise, good diet, and education – and abstention from the sins of the industrial world like liquor.

One must comment on what must have been going through the minds of these people — the whole world was at war, the greatest empire ever known was crumbling, and an antichrist (himself a Turner) had crowned himself the emperor of France.


And here the immigrants were, in post civil war New York City, safe as houses. So, these Germans built a Turn Verein in Long Island City, on the corner of Broadway and 14th avenue (44th Street) near Schuetzen Park, to better their community and mankind on the whole through the example of Physical Culture.


04/11/14 12:00pm

lixLong Island City
26-26 Jackson Avenue, PH1001
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $1,795,000
Sunday, 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

50-27 245th Street
Broker: ERA/Top Service Realty
Price: $799,777
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

524 115th Street
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $459,000
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

st-albansSt. Albans
179-11 Anderson Road
Broker: Warren Lewis Sotheby’s
Price: $349,000
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

04/10/14 3:00pm


A few more details on the massive Broadway development site that just sold for $10,225,000: a condo’s coming. Real Estate Weekly reports that the buyers, Axelrod Development Group and Lions Group, “are planning a 76-unit condo in Long Island City.” (The site is right on the border of Astoria.)

Actually, it looks like the new owners have already filed an application with the Department of Buildings to build on the corner lot. This application calls for 76 units over eight stories, with 73,502 square feet of residential space and 14,600 square feet of parking. The DOB disapproved the application in late March. The architect of record is Raymond Chan.

New LIC Condo Planned [REW]
All 14-01 Broadway coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP


Hooray! After a long delay caused by a dispute between the Hunters Point South developers and a window manufacturer, windows are finally being installed at the affordable housing development. Field Condition nabbed photos of construction yesterday, with reports that “the first floor of curtain wall has been installed on the East and North facades of the first tower at Hunters Point South.” The developers expected these windows to arrive back in September, but they didn’t start arriving from Florida until early April. The anticipated competition date of this huge waterfront project is 2015.

Hunters Point South, April 09, 2014 [Field Condition]
All Hunters Point South coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo by Field Condition