01/26/15 2:00pm


The landmarked townhouse at 21-14 45th Avenue, once asking $2,550,000, just hit public records for $2,350,000. We featured the property back in August, when there were no photos of the interior. (We’ve scrounged up two, which you can see after the jump.) At the time the listing said to “Bring your architect and vision to create one very special home,” so our guess was that the interior needed serious work. It is also configured into two rental units, so any hopes of a single-family home will take some effort. Still, it’s an impressive sales price for the 3,065-square-foot property.

Did anybody get to check it out in person during the open houses?

Listing of the Day: 21-14 45th Avenue [Q'Stoner] GMAP


01/26/15 9:00am


We know, we know — it’s getting hard to keep track. But there’s another residential tower coming to Long Island City, this one at 42-06 27th Street between Queens Plaza South and 42nd Road. The Real Deal was the first to spot permits for an 18-story, 110-unit development. There will be 8,645 square feet of commercial space and 81,424 square feet of residential space for 90,069 square feet total. The development also includes a 55-space parking garage.

It’ll be developed by NY Lions Group, who purchased the construction sites for $8,000,000. No rendering yet, but the architect on record is Raymond Chan. NY Lions Groups has worked with Chan before, on this under-construction Broadway development dubbed The Baron.

NY Lions Group to Build 110-Unit Resi Building in LIC [TRD]

Map via PropertyShark


Today the Parks Department announced that it is holding its annual Clare Weiss Emerging Artist Award in Long Island City’s Court Square Park. The Clare Weiss Award (named after the former Public Art Curator for the Parks Department) is given to an emerging, NYC-based artist with a compelling proposal for an outdoor sculpture. That recipient will be granted $10,000 for the costs of fabrication, insurance, maintenance, installation and removal of the artwork, as well as the restoration of the site. The artist will then install their work in Court Square Park sometime in the fall of 2015, and it’ll be on view for one year.

If you’re an artist interested in applying for the award, go here. The deadline for submissions is March 22nd, 2015.

Photo by the NYC Parks Department

01/23/15 12:00pm

7 Beverly Road
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $2,388,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

2Long Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $1,399,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 1:30 pm

3East Elmhurst
30-38 90th Street
Broker: Exit Realty Success
Price: $678,000
Sunday, 11:00 – 2:00 pm

4Rockaway Beach
221 Beach 80th Street
Broker: Century 21
Price: $249,999
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm

01/22/15 9:00am


Yesterday the Historic Districts Council announced its annual “Six to Celebrate” list. These are six neighborhoods the HDC believes merit preservation and attention, and they are selected from applications submitted by neighborhood groups around the city. For 2015, HDC selected Long Island City, alongside Crown Heights North, East Harlem, South Street Seaport, Woodlawn Heights, and all the city landmarks under consideration by the LPC. The preservation group +Partners, which has fought to landmark the LIC Clock Tower, submitted the application for Long Island City and will work with HDC throughout the year. The goal, according to HDC, is “to set and reach preservation goals through strategic planning, advocacy, outreach, programs and building public awareness.” Here’s more:

A new preservation group based in Long Island City called +Partners has formed to design, preserve, and catalyze the development of environments and places. Their inaugural project is an ongoing campaign to landmark the Long Island City Clock Tower, a beloved neighborhood anchor. They have recently launched a comprehensive survey of the industrial architecture of Long Island City, with plans to create a publicly-accessible internet resource to guide further preservation efforts.

Last year, HDC picked Forest Close as its 2014 “Six to Celebrate” neighborhood in Queens.

Photo by Mitch Waxman

01/21/15 2:00pm


Court Square is simply not a place where townhouses are safe anymore. The Real Deal reports that seven different parcels, all of which hold one- to three-story townhomes, are on the market for a whopping $41,500,000. The parcels in question are located across from the Citi Building, near the intersection of 45th Avenue and 23rd Street. (The actual addresses are 23-10 45th Avenue, 45-03 23rd Street, 45-05 23rd Street, 45-07 23rd Street, 45-09 23rd Street, 23-14 45th Avenue and 23-16 45th Avenue.) In total, the development site offers more than 167,000 buildable square feet.

Both Modern Spaces and the Corcoran Group are marketing the parcels and hope to sell to a single owner. Potential development could include retail, office and residential space.

Court Square Site with 167K Buildable SF Hits Market for $42M [TRD] GMAP

Photo via Google Maps

01/21/15 11:00am

Vernon Blvd at Jackson Ave, Greater Astoria Historical Society 1

Around eight in the morning, on December 28th, 1892, the workers and residents of Davren’s Flats were getting ready for another day. The buildings, informally named for their owner, John Davren, were a block front row of four story brick storefronts with tenement apartments above. They stood on Jackson Avenue, between what were then 3rd and 4th Streets; today’s 51st and 50th Avenues. There was a post office building on one end of the block, a restaurant and a barbershop in the middle, and a jewelry store on the other end. At eight in the morning, the barbershop, post office and restaurant were already open for business, and serving customers.

Across the street, construction was going on to build a tunnel that would connect Manhattan and Queens by laying tracks for the railroad under the East River. The New York and Long Island Tunnel Company was digging a project that would take years to complete, and involved blasting through miles of tough metamorphic bedrock, in order to get deep enough to go under the river safely.

To do that, the diggers were using dynamite. As explained in the Chapter One of this story, dynamite could be very unstable, especially in the cold. In order to warm it up for safe use, the sandhogs had built a warming box which had proved very successful in using steam heat to slowly warm up the sticks of dynamite to a safe temperature. At six that morning, they had transferred two boxes of dynamite, enough for a couple of days’ work, from their storage facility well off-site.

At 8am, the diggers were ready to work. As they approached the shed, which was near the entrance to the shaft, the world suddenly exploded with the shed. The unstable dynamite had blown sky high, two boxes worth of unstable nitroglycerine, with enough power to shatter the streets of Long Island City, and change the lives of its residents forever. (more…)

01/21/15 9:00am


Leasing must be launching soon at QLIC, the Long Island City rental tower that’s 21 stories tall and holds 421 units. This website has popped up with tons of renderings of the amenities and apartments. There are also floorplans of the studio, one, two and three-bedroom units, although no pricing yet.

The development will boast 28,000 square feet of amenities including, yes, a very nice rooftop pool. There’s also a landscaped courtyard, roof deck, media room, game room with billiards, shuffleboard and foosball tables, fitness center, dog washing station, and a 24-hour concierge.

As for the apartments, finishes will include white oak hardwood floors, walk-in closets for select apartments and an in-unit washer and dryer. Kitchens will have dishwashers, as well as white quartz countertops and a porcelain backsplash, bathrooms will feature porcelain tile and “Italian bath cabinetry.”

After the jump, tons more renderings of the amenity spaces and the apartments…


All QLIC coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP


01/16/15 1:00pm


Modern day Long Island City is a whirlwind of construction, traffic, and well-dressed professionals hurrying to the subway. However, a local art space is about to change the pace. An Aesthetics of Slowness opens this Sunday at Dorsky Gallery. The exhibition features paintings, drawings, photographs, and sculptures that contemplate the uncertainty of physical experiences and perceptions, inviting viewers to look, wait, and look again. Many works are not clearly legible at first glance; they emerge only as the viewer moves from side to side, checking various angles. For example, Ashley Billingsley’s pencil drawing Fire in Woods I-IV, 2013, (above) reflects on anxious villagers awaiting invasion by hostile forces in a scene from Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 film, Seven Samurai. Another exhibitor, Brian Wills, uses thread to destabilize the perception of foreground and background in his portraits.

Details: An Aesthetics of Slowness, Dorsky Gallery, 11-03 45th Avenue, Long Island City, opening reception is January 18th, 2 pm to 5 pm, free, show runs until March 29, www.dorsky.org.

Photo: Dorsky Gallery

01/16/15 9:00am


After a 34-block rezoning of Long Island City in 2001 that has dramatically changed the neighborhood, the city is now considering another significant up-zoning. According to the Wall Street Journal, “City Hall is targeting the Queens neighborhood along the East River and just north of the Long Island Expressway for a possible rezoning that would promote the construction around Queens Plaza of more high-rise apartment buildings, including ones with lower rents.” The Department of City Planning is gearing up to study 100 blocks around Queens Plaza, Court Square, Jackson Avenue and Northern Boulevard. The new zoning would prioritize mixed-income housing, as well as potential growth for arts and tech industries. Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer is concerned about schools, transportation, and affordable housing for artists, while the LIC Partnership wants to ensure more industrial and commercial growth. But right now everything is in its earliest stages, and it’s unclear how long the city’s study will last.

The first rezoning led to 8,000 new units in the neighborhood, 20,000 more under construction, and a 5.9 percent rent increase over the past year. The hope for any new rezoning is that it will strike a better balance between residential and industrial sectors, while creating more affordable units under Mayor de Blasio’s housing initiative.

Setting Sights on More High-Rises in Long Island City [WSJ]

Development map via LIC Partnership