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
DNAinfo reports that Atlas Projects Inc. plans to build a 15-story residential development at the former site of the Goldfingers strip club, 92-77 Queens Boulevard. The club closed down back in 1999 after a number of complaints from residents and local pols. The developers picked up the parcel for $40,000,000. While there are no plans solidified yet, the development will likely be around 105,000 square feet, with about 100 apartments and as much as two stories of retail space. The former strip club building (now vacant) and the nearby car wash will be demolished soon.
This 11th floor condo unit at 62-54 97th Place, in Kew Gardens, is pretty standard. We especially like all the corner windows and the terrace space. This particular condo building includes a doorman, concierge and gym; the unit also comes with an underground parking spot. For two bedrooms and one-and-a-half-bathrooms: $538,000. What say you?
New York YIMBY spots permits by Vornado Development to build a 24-story and 314-unit residential tower above the Rego Park Shopping Mall. Vornado announced plans to build the 290,000-square-foot residential addition to the mall, which it also owns, this summer. As YIMBY says, “The permits are fresh, so work is just about to begin; no completion date has been announced.” The project is expected to cost between $100 and $120 million.
Aptsandlofts.com just listed rentals at Saxon Hall, a 417-unit complex in Rego Park at 62-60 99th Street. The listing says this: “Renovated apartment featuring an open modern layout. New Kitchen and Baths and most apartments come with balconies.” Treetop Development forked over $85,200,000 for the building this summer and planned to invest another $5,000,000 in interior and exterior upgrades. Exterior upgrades include improvements to the facade, electricity, plumbing, roof, elevators, lobby and hallways. Treetop didn’t intend to evict current renters but planned to upgrade apartments as they became vacant. The upgrades, as you can see in the new listings, include stainless steel appliances, Caesarstone counter tops, modern bathrooms, new cabinetry and hardwood flooring. The one- and two-bedroom units available are priced between $1,615 and $2,353 a month. There’s an open house this Saturday from 1 to 2:30 pm. GMAP