This semi-detached, two-family home at 31-23 56th Street is up for sale in Woodside. It’s currently configured as a duplex apartment on the basement and first floor, with a one-bedroom unit on the second floor. There’s also a one-car garage (that looks a little busted up), a private driveway and an extremely deep backyard. The interior is in decent shape, but we’d guess a new owner may look to update or renovate. That backyard also offers potential for expanding the home, or building out a sweet backyard space. The asking price comes in at $685,000.
Community Board Two, which represents Sunnyside, Woodside and Long Island City, is about to lose its longtime chairman. Sunnyside Post is reporting that Joe Conley, who has served as chair on the board for over 25 years, plans to step down. He is expected to announce his departure at the full board meeting tonight. Sunnyside Post notes that “Conley’s departure from the community board will result in the biggest shake up the board has seen in nearly 30 years.” The same leadership has been in place at CB2 for the last decade, and tonight the board will hold an election for chairman, first vice chairman, second vice chairman, secretary and treasurer.
Conley, who has basically served as the face of the community board, is credited for the transformation of Long Island City into a residential hotspot, and also served as chairperson for the Sunnyside-Woodside rezoning. “It will be an interesting transition,” Lisa Deller, head of the land use committee, tells the Post.
This Thursday, November 20th, Woodside on the Move is hosting its third annual “Taste of Woodside.” The event will feature food samples from as many as 20 restaurants hailing from Woodside and Western Queens. Food will include American, Spanish, Turkish, Thai and Mediterranean cuisine; participating restaurants include F. Ottomanelli Burgers, La Adelita Restaurant and Takesushi.
The event lasts from 6 to 9 pm at the St. Sebastian School Auditorium. Tickets cost $25.
You can take the Q39 bus here, but why? There’s a somewhat hidden stretch of Laurel Hill Boulveard, which is entirely overflown by the Brooklyn Queens Expressway, down here. On either side of the street, high masonry walls define the borders of Third and Fourth Calvary Cemeteries. There are sidewalks, however, and this is one of the loneliest spots to walk through that can be found in all of Western Queens.
The street is only ten blocks long, spanning the area between 58th and 48th Streets, and it’s one of those hazy areas where you might be in the neighborhood of Maspeth, or in Woodside, or perhaps Sunnyside. It’s actually and definitively Woodside, by the way, but there really is no one around whom you’d be able to ask. You’d be surrounded by literally millions walking down this street, but they’re all dead.
Today, Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer officially announced the installation of three Neighborhood Slow Zones in Sunnyside south of Queens Boulevard, as well as Sunnyside Gardens and Woodside. (As you can see in the photo above, he was joined by PS 199 elementary school students.) As part of the initiative, the DOT will bring 38 speed bumps and 50 gateways (special signs to indicate where the zone begins) to the neighborhoods, and the speed limit will be reduced to 20 mph.
Community Board Two approved the slow zone proposal in September, after about a year of planning. See maps of the new slow zone areas right after the jump.
The NYC HPD announced that one of the Mitchell-Lama towers in Woodside opened up its waiting list for two- and three-bedroom co-op apartments. The exact address of the housing is not listed, but our guess is that it’s part of the Big Six complex — read more about the successful, desirable housing complex right here. Under Mitchell-Lama, the city regulates prices for moderate- and middle-income apartment units. Prices for two bedrooms at this particular development range from $36,467 to $40,519. Three bedrooms are priced between $48,721 and $52,781. (No, those numbers aren’t typos. Sigh.)
The city will only select 1000 applicants to be entered in the lottery for two-bedroom apartments, and 500 applicants for the three-bedroom apartments. There are income restrictions in place — view the full list of guidelines and details here [PDF]. Applications are due in the mail by October 31st, 2014.
Last month, the Vass Stevens Group closed on the building at 62-02 Roosevelt Avenue, right off 62nd Street, and now plans to redevelop it into a commercial hotspot. There is 12,200 square feet of rentable space, with the potential to build up to 35,000 square feet. The developers dubbed the building “The Hub” — it even has its own website. They hope to lure a retail, office, or hospital tenant and are emphasizing the development’s proximity to the 7 Train and LIRR. Steven Lysohir, representing the new owners, had this to say about the potential on Roosevelt Avenue: “The strong existing residential base, combined with infrastructure surrounding this property, proximity to major markets, and the increasing demand from various demographics results in a recipe for growth… We plan to commence the leasing effort shortly to find the right tenant for the property and trade area. Our group is committed to Woodside and will spend real dollars to upgrade the appearance and size of the asset to further enhance the curb appeal of this commercial strip.”
You can see more renderings exploring the possibilities of the building after the jump. GMAP(more…)
Every once in awhile, an ambitious plan is floated to “deck over” the Sunnyside Yards and develop right over it. Well, it looks like we’ve got another one of those plans — or at least a proposal — on our hands. Queens Courier shares that at a recent board meeting, Community Board 2 approved a motion to ask Borough President Katz for a feasibility study on decking the yards and developing on top of it. While Board Chair Joseph Conley brought the issue up for a vote, there are no specifics whatsoever about the plan — the goal is just to start a dialogue. As Queens Courier puts it, “Conley reasoned that it would be good to explore the ability to use the space, especially for affordable housing, as land prices continue to shoot upward in nearby communities such as Long Island City.”
Some board members didn’t want more housing — which requires more public services and infrastructure — for the area. Others want to explore possibilities of a hospital, affordable housing, school or public space there. Here’s a technical analysis complied by the former Deputy Mayor for Economic Development and Rebuilding Daniel Doctoroff in regards to future development.
The Big Six Towers, Queens Boulevard between 59th and 61st Streets, were developed, like Electchester in Flushing, by a trade union. In 1961 the New York Typographical Union (Local 6) completed the project in 1963 and one-third of its current tenants are active or retired union members. The AFL-CIO invested heavily in the towers in 2008 to help keep its apartments affordable for middle-class families. There are still some retired lithographers and printers among the residents.
While other large residential developments have joined the Big Six Towers on this stretch of Queens Boulevard, the small terra cotta former Childs’ restaurant outlet holds firm on the NW corner of 60th Street. The building hosts a laundromat, bodega, Irish bar and pizza parlor on the ground floor.