05/21/15 1:00pm

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The Woodside zip code – 11377 – lost more native sons during the Vietnam War than any other area in the United States. Many other neighborhood residents made the ultimate sacrifice in defense of their country over the past centuries, and 34 individuals who lived or worked in Woodside died during the Twin Tower terror attacks on September 11, 2001.

On Monday, members of the John V. Daniels VFW Post 2813 will honor veterans by placing a wreath at the flagpole at John Vincent Daniels Square near Roosevelt Avenue and 52nd Street at 11 am. Also, after a 10 am mass, the St. Sebastian War Veterans group will host a parade that kicks off from the St. Sebastian School parking lot at Woodside Avenue and 57th Street.

That’s only part of it. Queens has about 55,000 veteran residents, more than any other borough in New York City. It also hosts the country’s biggest Memorial Day parade (in Little Neck/Douglaston). Here’s a list of local parades scheduled for this weekend. (more…)

79-45-69th-Avenue-middle-village-queens-rental-comp

This quaint two-story building in Middle Village has a three-bedroom apartment for rent. The building was built in 1930, but the apartment is newly painted and has new tiles in the kitchen. There are wood floors throughout, and each room has multiple windows.

The Atlas Park shopping center and the Rego Atlas movie theater are two blocks away. The nearest M train is about a 20 minute walk, but the Q29, Q47, Q54 buses are right down the street. Parking is also available for an additional fee. The rent is $1,950 a month.

79-45 69th Avenue, #2 [Exit Realty by the Park Inc] GMAP

03/03/15 9:00am

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Something curious is going on at 62-76 – 62-88 Woodhaven Boulevard (the former Joe Abbracciamento site), where the Criterion Group kicked out six small businesses to build a seven-story, 120-unit residential development. A sale just hit public records that indicates that the site sold for $10.85 million to “62-98 Realty LLC,” a Flushing-based company. Criterion Group paid $9 million for the block-long site last year and it looks like they’ve gone and flipped it.

Over at the Department of Buildings, Criterion’s application to build the 117-unit building was disapproved. The DOB did approve an application from Criterion for demolition, although the agency did not issue permits yet to actually do it. (The building is still standing, with no permits issued to do any work on it whatsoever.) It’s unclear what kind of development the buyers of the site plan to move forward with.

All Criterion Group coverage [Q'Stoner] GMAP

01/16/15 12:00pm

1Astoria
30-67 47th Street
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $2,700,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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2Jamaica Estates
84-06 Chevy Chase Street
Broker: Exit Alliance Realty
Price: $1,235,000
Sunday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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3Middle Village
62-21 80th Street
Broker: Tscherne Realty
Price: $578,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
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4Forest Hills
109-14 Ascan Avenue
Broker: Laffey Fine Homes
Price: $255,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
GMAP

01/06/15 1:00pm

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It’s time to tree-cycle and e-cycle. To promote eco-friendly practices — and help New Yorkers avoid a new state law imposing $100 fines on residents who leave electronics on the curb for pickup — the Queens Botanical Garden will  host the 12th annual E-Waste Recycling Event on Sunday. Done in partnership with the Lower East Side Ecology Center and sponsored by TekServe, this six-hour event allows participants to drop off unwanted or non-functional computers, printers, cell phones, video games, tablets, and other gadgets in the parking entrance. (Click here for a full list of acceptable items.) Garden employees will make sure that they are disposed of in the proper ecological way. On the same day and in the same spirit, the garden will host arts-and-crafts activities using recycled and repurposed items.

Meanwhile in response to recent holidays, the NYC Parks Department will host MulchFest 2015 all weekend at various spots throughout the five boroughs, including 13 Queens green spaces. Residents can bring trees to these spots to be recycled into mulch that will nourish plantings across the city. In some places, NYC Parks employees will chip the wood and give bags of mulch back to the tree donors. Details for all three events are on the jump page.

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12/12/14 12:00pm

1Astoria
24-43 33rd Street
Broker: Charles Rutenberg
Price: $1,195,000
Saturday, 11:00 – 1:00 pm
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4East Elmhurst
24-22 98th Street
Broker: Breezes Brokerage
Price: $569,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
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2Middle Village
60-36 78th Street
Broker: Coldwell Banker Phillips
Price: $548,000
Saturday, 12:00 – 2:00 pm
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3Jamaica
145-72 159th Street
Broker: Exit Realty First Choice
Price: $359,995
Saturday, 12:00 – 1:30
GMAP

12/05/14 11:00am

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There it sits at Metropolitan Avenue and 69th Street in Middle Village, across the street from All-Faiths Cemetery, a showcase of stone carving with the name Frank T. Lang positioned prominently on the chamfered corner, guarded by prehensile tailed creatures of no known genus or species. Its proximity to the cemetery is no accident, as Lang was a prominent stone carver as well as mausoleum architect in the early 20th century and his work can be found both in All-Faiths and in nearby St. John’s Cemetery.

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10/24/14 12:00pm

2Middle Village
62-04 80th Street
Broker: Happy 8 Realty Corp.
Price: $699,000
Saturday, 1:00 – 4:00 pm
GMAP

1Jamaica Hills
165-32 Chapin Court
Broker: Century 21
Price: $668,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
GMAP

3Flushing
150-16 77th Avenue
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $619,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
GMAP

4East Elmhurst
25-40 98th Street
Broker: Exit Kingdom Realty
Price: $525,000
Sunday, 1:00 – 3:00 pm
GMAP

62-05-78th-street

How cute is this cozy house in Middle Village, at 62-05 78th Street? We love the fence, front yard and back patio. Inside, you’ve only got two bedrooms and two bathrooms, but the house looks like it has great bones and it’s well renovated (especially the modest kitchen/dining area). For this small single-family, do you think an ask of $625,000 is on point?

62-05 78th Street [Donnelly GRPA Ferrucci Venture] GMAP

09/26/14 11:00am

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Though western Queens is well-known for its vast cemeteries, there are also a number of very small ones. A small section of Juniper Valley Park at Juniper Boulevard North and 81st Street in Middle Village is given over to the Pullis Farm Cemetery, once the property of farmer Thomas Pullis, who purchased 32 acres in the area in 1822. Pullis prohibited the sale of the cemetery in his will, and it continues to be marked and protected. A memorial marker has replaced the cemetery’s old tombstones.

Prior to the 1990s, this small patch had descended into obscurity and ruin. Fundraising efforts, led by Ed Shusterich, founder and president of the Pullis Farm Cemetery Historical Landmark and a Middle Village resident, resulted in the construction of a small memorial and a fence surrounding the cemetery plot. Much of Juniper Valley Park was located on what was the Pullis farm: the family cemetery contained five graves with three markers. By the turn of the century the plot was weed-choked and just one broken marker remained.

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Juniper Valley Park itself dates only to the 1940s, when NYC acquired 100-acre Juniper Valley Swamp to settle a $225,000 claim in back taxes against gangster Arnold Rothstein, who, it’s believed, had the Chicago White Sox in his back pocket in 1919 when the Sox threw the World Series against Cincinnati. The old swamp is now one of Queens’ most beautiful parks. (more…)