04/18/14 12:00pm

forest-hillasForest Hills
108-24 68th Drive
Broker: NY Metro Realty Group
Price: $1,499,000
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

10-holder-placeForest Hills
10 Holder Place, #5G
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $1,175,000
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm

arrisLong Island City
27-28 Thomson Avenue
Broker: Town Residential
Price: $985,000
Sunday, 3:00 pm – 4:30 pm

60-42 69th Lane
Broker: Tscherne Realty
Price: $899,000
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm

04/14/14 12:00pm

53-54 63rd Street-LOTD

Here’s an interesting property for sale in Maspeth, at 53-54 63rd Street right off Mount Zion Cemetery. This Tudor-style two family is currently being used as a one-family home, with a total of four bedrooms and two bathrooms. The interior isn’t particularly wowing us and looks like it’s going to need some upgrading. With a price tag of $659,900 do you think this home makes sense as an investment, especially if you decide to rent out the other half?

53-54 63rd Street [O Kane Realty] GMAP

04/04/14 12:00pm

33-26 158th Street
Broker: East Coast Realtors
Price: $998,800
Sunday, 1 pm – 4 pm

67-18 54th Avenue
Broker: Century 21
Price: $579,000
Sunday, 12 pm – 3 pm

28-43 202nd Street
Broker: Carollo Real Estate
Price: $578,000
Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm

chCambria Heights
115-68 232nd Street
Broker: Laffey Fine Homes
Price: $399,000
Saturday, 1 pm – 3 pm


The Knockdown Center continues its unending stream of problems with the Department of Buildings. Queens Crap caught permits that show the DOB is revoking the Knockdown Center’s application for an interior renovation. The DOB also flat-out rejected a plan to convert the space into a “Place of Assembly.” (The DOB also rejected similar permits late last year.)

The owners of the building have been trying to turn the warehouse into a permanent events venue for up to 5,000 people, much to the chagrin of nearby Maspeth residents. The Knockdown Center already has plans in place for an artist residency and concerts here; it’s unclear how these DOB problems will affect future events.

Knockdown Center’s Permits Being Revoked [Queens Crap]
All Knockdown Center coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Facebook

03/27/14 12:00pm


Here’s a full house rental at 61-03 59th Drive, in Maspeth. There’s nothing too special or striking about the interior. What caught our eye was the price — $2,700 a month — for three bedrooms, two bathrooms, a private driveway, a lovely porch, and a washer/dryer unit in what looks to be the basement. That’s quite a lot of space for not a whole lot of money. Agree?

61-03 59th Drive [Exit Kingdom Realty] GMAP

03/11/14 4:00pm


The Queens Council on the Arts teamed up with the Knockdown Center, the event venue in Maspeth, to offer a new short term residency program that would offer free studio space to working artists. Queens Tribune writes that there is now a six-question survey/application available “to determine how the Center can accommodate local artists and give them space to work on their projects.” The Knockdown Center hopes to offer bigger studio space to artists who don’t have access to it. Once they’ve received enough applications, they’ll select artists they believe to be the best fit for the space. This is a new endeavor for the Knockdown Center, which has faced lots of trouble becoming a legitimate event and performance venue. The DOB denied its application for a permanent place of assembly and the Maspeth community strongly opposes the building receiving a liquor license.

QCA, Knockdown Center Team Up To Find Residency [Queens Tribune]
All Knockdown Center coverage [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Facebook

02/24/14 11:00am


In a prior post, the Grand Street Bridge spanning Newtown Creek between Brooklyn and Queens (some 3.1 miles from the East River) was described in some detail – check it out. As it happens, I chanced across a historic shot of the 1903 swing bridge not too long ago which is not at all dissimilar to a relatively recent shot of mine, so I thought we’d revisit the thing.

The modern shot (above) is captured from the water, as recreating the 1910 era shot below (from the bulkheads of the south eastern or Brooklyn side) would require probable trespass and the attentions of the gendarme. Instead, I was in the company of Captain John Lipscomb from Riverkeeper, who regularly patrols the waterway while collecting water samples for scientific analysis. We were in a rowboat, by the way.

Photo from Engineering magazine, Volume 38, 1910- courtesy Google Books

While it does seem true that the Grand Street Bridge has changed little in the intervening century, the primary difference between then and now is that it doesn’t function as a movable span anymore due to a lack of maritime customers. Imagine, an industrial canal starting at the East River that leads right to the borders of Maspeth, Ridgewood, and Bushwick that has no maritime customers. The stalwart engineers and mechanics of the DOT do open it for maintenance, periodically, and much to the chagrin of many a weekend driver.

Newtown Creek Alliance Historian Mitch Waxman lives in Astoria and blogs at Newtown Pentacle.

02/20/14 12:20pm


Here’s your latest Queens Twitter news: Mayor Bill de Blasio and DOT Commissioner Trottenberg are now filling potholes in Maspeth. It is part of a plan, announced today, that includes “weekly pothole blitzes,” citywide targeted repaving, material enhancements, better roadway maintenance and impact prevention. The DOT hopes to resurface 1,000 lane miles by the summer to prevent more potholes from forming. They’ve already filled a record-breaking 113,131 potholes this year.

Apparently the pothole patrol caused quite a stir earlier today in Queens:
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Photo via Twitter

02/20/14 9:00am


Queens Courier shares some disheartening news about the state of transportation projects in Maspeth, Ridgewood and Middle Village. In short, everything set to be improved is delayed. Here’s a roundup from the Courier:

  • Reconstruction of the Metropolitan Avenue Bridge: This bridge is in danger of collapse, but its reconstruction was delayed back in 2009 and was just delayed again. The city still has to review and redesign the project, which is estimated to cost as much as $25,000,000. According to the Courier, “Developers are now considering building an abutment, eliminating one track under the bridge, to help the building process.”
  • The Grand Street Bridge project: The city plans to replace this 111-year-old bridge (pictured) at a price of $50,000,000. The project was delayed after Hurricane Sandy and is now being redesigned to meet new flood regulations.
  • Wyckoff Avenue Reconstruction Project: This project calls for new sewer lines and water mains on Wyckoff Avenue, a new concrete base on the roadway, new sidewalks and new curbing. It’s estimated to cost $20,000,000. The city planned to start the project in 2010, it’s been delayed until 2026.
  • Middle Village Streetscape Improvements: New sidewalks, sewer lines, water mains, signage and street lights for the area from 73rd Place to 80th Street, between Metropolitan Avenue to Cooper Avenue. The city keeps pushing back the $20,000,000 project to take care of higher priorities. Currently, the ETA is set for 2022.

Stalled Maspeth, Ridgewood, Middle Village Transportation Projects Suffer More Setbacks [Queens Courier]

Photo via NYC.gov

02/11/14 10:30am


Assemblywoman Margaret Markey just met with the NYPD and DOT to discuss new safety measures for Grand Avenue, the main drag running through Maspeth. Markey requested streetscape improvements after a number of accidents along the avenue, including an accident where a careless driver ran into a group of school students on the sidewalk and another accident last month where a woman was killed by an unlicensed driver making an illegal turn while she was crossing Grand Avenue in the crosswalk.

The DOT plans to study possible solutions for a number of dangerous locations along Grand, including Grand Avenue at 69th Street, 53rd Avenue and 65th Place. The DOT should be ready with some ideas in the coming months.

Photo via Google Maps