07/29/14 11:00am

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The 23rd Street/Ely Avenue station has increased in importance in recent years, as Greenpoint has gotten hotter — Queensicans needing access can change trains to the G line here, when the G vouchsafes to cross under the noxious and noisome Newtown Creek, which it won’t be doing for awhile. Many subway amateurs think this is the place where 23rd Street crosses Ely Avenue. This is a fallacy, as Ely Avenue is actually the former name of 23rd Street. It carried the name until the 1920s, as the then NYC Topographical Bureau decided to put Queens under one numerical street system in 1915, and the streets were numbered gradually from neighborhood to neighborhood, completing the process by 1930.

However, some anachronisms remain on subway station signs. The best-known are along the #7 line, where Rawson, Bliss, and Lowery Streets, as well as Lincoln Avenue, are still on the station signs for 33rd, 40th, 46th and 52nd Streets. Names also persist along the N/Q in Astoria, and the A in Ozone Park and the Rockaway peninsula.

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07/21/14 1:00pm

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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’s Two 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.

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07/14/14 3:00pm

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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

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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.

Ex-Strip Club Could Become Queens’ First Drive-Thru Starbucks [DNAinfo]
15-Story Build Planned for Former Strip Club Site in Rego Park [Q'Stoner] GMAP

Rendering via Winick Realty Group

06/06/14 12:00pm

1Rego Park
63-44 Ellwell Crescent
Broker: Century 21
Price: $1,199,999
Saturday, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm
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2Jamaica Estates
84-26 Wareham Place
Broker: Keller Williams
Price: $885,000
Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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3Jackson Heights
24-44 83rd Street
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $650,000
Saturday, 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
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4Astoria
30-63 32nd Street
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $649,000
Saturday, 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm
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05/29/14 3:00pm

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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

04/09/14 10:00am

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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.

Group Wants New Safeguards for the Queens Boulevard of Death [NY Daily News]
All Queens Boulevard coverage [Q'Stoner]

03/14/14 12:00pm

rego-park1Rego Park
63-44 Ellwell Crescent
Broker: Century 21
Price: $1,300,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00
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baysideBayside
42-29 204th Street
Broker: Re/Max
Price: $980,000
Sunday 1:00 – 3:00
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fhForest Hills
107-24 71st Road
Broker: Douglas Elliman
Price: $759,000
Saturday 12:30 – 1:30
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briarwoodBriarwood
139-21 85th Drive
Broker: Century 21
Price: $188,000
Saturday 1:00 – 3:00
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02/28/14 2:00pm

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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.”

Patrons Hungry for Last Bite at Restaurant That Served JFK [DNAinfo]
Joe Abbracciamento Restaurant Will Shutter on Woodhaven Boulevard in March [Q'Stoner]

Photo via Project Woodhaven Twitter

02/03/14 12:00pm

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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.

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