Brooklyn has hipsters. Queens has Hip-to-Hip. This theater company, which specializes in family-friendly productions, performs Shakespeare classics for free in various public spaces throughout the borough each summer. This year, Hip-to-Hip will put on the Bard of Avon’sTwo Gentlemen of Verona, an early slapstick comedy about love, friendship, betrayal, forgiveness…and a dog, and Cymbeline, a late romance/fairy tale about a king, his only daughter, an evil stepmother, and a forbidden love. The professional actors will perform in repertory, and 30 minutes before each performance, they will host “Kids & The Classics,” an interactive workshop for children of all ages.
Blvd Construction Management recently filed applications and excavation permits with the Department of Buildings at 98-28 – 98-32 Queens Boulevard, between 65th Road and 66th Avenue in Rego Park. The application is for an eight-story, 68-unit residential building. There’s a proposed 46,769 square feet of residential space, 10,805 square feet of retail space, and 9,108 square feet for a community facility: a grand total of 66,683 square feet. The design is by the architect Gerald J Caliendo.
There’s currently a one-story strip mall at the site, which will have to be demolished before construction starts. The DOB has not issued demolition permits yet. GMAP
Queens’ first drive-through Starbucks is possible for the former strip club site at 92-77 Queens Boulevard. DNAinfo reports that the owners, who picked up the parcel for $40,000,000, are planning for a two-story retail development here. (The strip club, Goldfingers, closed way back in 1999.) Plans for retail are more feasible for the owners than previously stated plans for a 15-story residential development.
The retail space will be a total of 16,000 square feet, with some parking on the ground-level and more in the basement. The Starbucks deal is not yet final, and it’s also possible a Retro Fitness gym will move onto the second floor. There is still 8,000 square feet of space available for rent. The owner hopes to open this new commercial building by June of next year.
The Department of Buildings just issued a new building permit to build up at 64-76 Wetherole Street, between 64th and 65th Roads in Kew Gardens. According to DOB documents, this will be a seven-story building with 14 residential units. There will be 12,444 square feet of residential space, as well as 1,887 square feet set aside for a community facility. (That makes for a 14,331-square-foot building total.) The architect of record is Tan Architect PC, based in Elmhurst. No word whether it’ll be rentals or condos. GMAP
Today Queens transit advocates will present their first traffic safety presentation on Queens Boulevard, well known as the Boulevard of Death. The New York Daily News reports that Community Board Six will hear the safety suggestions, which include widening the center median to make a protected bike lane, as well as changing the timing on lights at crosswalks. Advocates want to particularly focus on safety for the stretch of Queens Boulevard running through Forest Hills and Rego Park. While the Department of Transportation already made some improvements — like adding parking lanes and fences to slow traffic — safety advocates call these measures “band-aid fixes.”
The presentation to CB6 today will be followed by two Vision Zero Workshops hosted by the DOT on May 21st and May 29th. At those meetings the DOT will accept safety suggestions from the public regarding Queens Boulevard, or any other street for that matter.
After an announcement this January that Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant is closing on Woodhaven Boulevard, DNAinfo reports that the final day of service will be this Sunday. The Italian spot, open in the neighborhood for more than six decades, is closing because the owners are retiring. It is possible that owner John Abbracciamento may open a smaller restaurant someday in the future.
Since the closing announcement, the restuarant received an outpouring of support and has served thousands of people. As a diner told DNAinfo: “It will be missed. It was part of this town.”
This one-bedroom condo unit comes from 63-93 Woodhaven Boulevard in Rego Park. There is a decent amount of space at 758 square feet; we especially like the roomy kitchen, although the cabinets could use a bit of a facelift. More or less the apartment looks to be in good shape — especially those wood floors. The ask comes in at $279,000.
This news just in from Project Woodhaven’s Twitter: the restaurant Joe Abbracciamento at 6296 Woodhaven Boulevard will close on March 2nd. The Rego Park restaurant serves Italian food and has mostly good reviews on Yelp. According to Project Woodhaven, Joe Abbracciamento is closing because the owners are retiring. GMAP