That was fast! Icon 52, the “affordable luxury” rental development located at Queens Boulevard and 52nd Street, surpassed the 50 percent mark. The building started leasing in late January with a total of 66 studio, one- and two-bedroom apartments. Prices start at $1,500 a month. The Real Deal broke the news with this sound bite from Eric Benaim, of Modern Spaces: “As prices skyrocket and inventory continues to get absorbed in nearby neighborhoods like Long Island City and Astoria, renters are now looking into Woodside which has been rapidly growing and is now a new focus for developers. The Icon52 is definitely setting a new standard for luxury living in the Woodside area and it’s perfect for renters looking to live just minutes away from Manhattan.” Woodside, we’ve got our eye on you…
Here’s a cozy two-story townhouse located at 50-37 61st Street in Woodside. There is a lot of potential here, with a total of 2,100 square feet, wood flooring throughout, a nicely renovated kitchen and a cute backyard to boot. Overall it doesn’t look like much needs renovation or improvement. This home is asking a total of $599,000.
In honor of St. Pat’s for All, the all-inclusive St. Patrick’s procession that runs through Sunnyside and Woodside on March 2nd, the Village Voice put together a fun Irish pub crawl. The crawl follows the parade route, which starts at Skillman Avenue and 47th Street and ends at Woodside Avenue and 58th Street. The trip includes Molly Bloom’s on Queens Boulevard, The Dog and Duck on Skillman Avenue, Donovan’s Pub on Roosevelt Avenue, Cuckoo’s Nest on Woodside Avenue and Saints & Sinners on Roosevelt Avenue. You can check out the full selection of Irish bars right here. As the Voice says, the picks are “ideal for pre-gaming the festivities or exploring this area’s history any day of the year.”
Here’s a cute house at 48-38 63rd Street, in Woodside. The listing offers nada when it comes to information about the property, but we can tell you there are three bedrooms and a 2,000 square foot lot. The interior will need some upgrading but it looks like there are recent renovations in the kitchen. At the end of the day, the house is asking $625,000.
Over the weekend the New York Daily News ran a piece examining the growing desirability of Woodside, Jackson Heights and Elmhurst. The story’s familiar: as housing prices rise just about everywhere, people are getting pushed deeper into Queens, in neighborhoods along the subway line. Rents in Woodside are 25 percent cheaper than in Long Island City, according to the News. And the price of land in Woodside comes in 50 to 60 percent cheaper than land in LIC and Astoria.
Many of the new buildings going up are stocked with amenities, driving prices and demand up. At the Icon 52, the new luxury rental in Woodside, a two bedroom is asking $2,350 a month and a studio’s asking $1,500. According to a recent renter at the Icon 52, “We wanted to be close to the city and I think you get the best value for your money in that area.”
This afternoon, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer, State Senator Michael Gianaris, Assembly member Marge Markey, and representatives from Transportation Alternatives and Make Queens Safer demanded for safety improvements along Northern Boulevard. Just recently a car plowed into and seriously injured five pedestrians at the intersection of 48th Street and Northern Boulevard. Pols and street safety advocates want Mayor de Blasio to incorporate the boulevard into his Vision Zero initiative. In January, the Mayor announced his Vision Zero proposal, an interagency working group to develop a comprehensive roadmap for safer streets by February 15th. Since then Queens pols have worked on a list of locations suffering from traffic fatalities, pedestrian injuries and chronic crashes.
Make Queens Safer outlined the many safety issues with Northern Boulevard. As they say, “To the extent it works at all, the street is optimized for the convenience of drivers, rather than the safety of those who live, work, and shop in the area, or the children who cross it daily to reach schools and playgrounds. Recently, this has taken an unbearable toll in injuries and loss of life.” They call for a comprehensive and complete redesign of the thoroughfare.
Curbed rounded up interior images from Modern Spaces of Icon 52, the new “affordable luxury” rental development at 52-05 Queens Boulevard in Woodside. Since launching last week, there are still only three units officially on the market: a 815-square-foot two bedroom asking $2,350 a month, a 644-square-foot one bedroom priced at $1,750, and a 440-square-foot studio asking $1,500. (Word is that a full leasing launch is coming very soon.) The 66 apartment units feature hardwood floors, kitchens with Caeserstone countertops and stainless steel appliances, and Kohler deep soaking tubs. The building itself has on-site laundry, bicycle storage, and private tenant storage.
Check out more interior shots of the model apartment after the jump…
Modern Spaces started marketing rental units at Icon 52, a shiny new development located at Queens Boulevard and 52nd Street in Woodside. So far, the firm released three different units: a 815-square-foot two bedroom asking $2,350 a month, a 644-square-foot one bedroom priced at $1,750, and a 440-square-foot studio asking $1,500. The building holds a total of 52 66 studio, one and two bedroom apartments. Here’s what Modern Spaces has to say about the building:
The Icon 52 provides affordable luxury in a quiet neighborhood with considerable proximity to the city. Feel good about living in a certified GREEN building with a live-in superintendent and virtual doorman. Common rooftop terrace with relaxation pods and BBQ areas is available to all residents.
The building also has on-site laundry, bicycle storage, and private tenant storage. Units feature hardwood floors, Caesarstone countertops, and Kohler deep soaking tubs. Anybody been inside here yet? GMAP