This one-bedroom, one-bathroom rental comes from a Jackson Heights home at 32-56 76th Street. Since it is on the top floor, you’ve got plenty of angled ceiling details. Otherwise it looks like a straightforward one bedroom, asking $1,500 a month. The price seems high to us considering it’s a ways away from the main Jackson Heights drag and subway stations. What do you think?
Documentary filmmaker Dan Hendrick is raising funds for his new feature-length film Jamaica Bay Lives!, a documentary highlighting the problems affecting the estuary. He hopes to chronicle the long history of neglect and underinvestment of this wildlife refuge and the recent efforts to transform the bay into a “world class” harbor estuary. He has raised more than $11,000 online and is hosting a fundraiser/house party in Long Island City tomorrow evening with Council Member Jimmy Van Bramer. If you’re interested in attending the party, email JamaicaBayLives@gmail.com for more information.
We are taking off early for the long weekend, and will be back posting regularly on Tuesday. Before we head off, here’s a friendly reminder to like Brownstoner Queens on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. That’s all, enjoy the weekend!
It’s funny how you can walk by things just about every day and not take notice of them.
Case in point are the stubby streets which intersect with Jackson Avenue when turning west out of the so called Queensboro Bridge “Plaza.” There’s Dutch Kills Street, and Purves, and Queens Street (pictured above) which all have their own charms. All terminate at the Sunnyside Yards.
On one particularly sunny day, it was Orchard Street which captured my attention. (more…)
It is said that only a taxi driver truly understands New York City’s more than 6,000 miles of paved roads. For insight into the lives of those who spend their careers on these often crowded thoroughfares, filmmaker Joshua Z Weinstein (no period with middle initial) went to 55 Stan, a dirty, noisy and lovable taxi garage in Long Island City. There, he found a melting pot of characters, everybody from Spider, a cigar-smoking African-American who’s been on the job since 1945, to Eric, a Chinese immigrant father of two who is broke. The result: Drivers Wanted, a documentary which captures the highs and lows of a dangerous, stressful, lonely and very male profession. This Saturday, Weinstein will host a one-time-only, free screening of Drivers Wanted in 55 Stan’s parking lot to celebrate the movie’s forthcoming digital distribution. Presented by Filmwax and the Queens World Film Festival, special guests will include Spider, who is believed to be the city’s oldest cab driver, and other taxi celebrities.
Details: Drivers Wanted, 55 Stan Operating Corporation’s parking lot, 45-16 Vernon Boulevard, LIC, September 7th, 8 pm, free (Rain date: September 8th). (more…)
Borough President Helen Marshall has secured nearly $2.4 million for the renovation of the Noguchi Museum, a project expected to start next year and wrap in 2015 to coincide with the sculpture museum’s 30th anniversary. The Queens Gazette reports that the renovation includes rebuilding the garden wall, a new irrigation system and security lighting in the garden, and improvements to the building to protect it against future storms. As Marshall says, “The Noguchi Museum is a cultural treasure that pays tribute to the life and legacy of an artist whose work continues to have a major impact today. The upcoming renovation will help to preserve this unique setting for future generations.”
When the 2013 U.S. Open tennis tournament begins on August 26th, some of the closest matches, greatest serves and most thrilling triumphs will have already happened. On August 20th, the four-day qualifying tournament will begin with 128 men and 128 women competing for the final 32 entries (16 men and 16 women) in the main draws. This is world-class tennis with up-and-coming stars and other highly talented players who have dedicated their lives to making the final jump to the elite level. It’s also free, and anybody can walk around the campus, watching the matches. Plus, many of the top players who don’t have to qualify will be there, practicing on open courts.
Details: 2013 U.S. Open Tennis Qualifiers, USTA field courts, Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, August 20-23, gates open at 10 am.
An Italian restaurant called Venturo Osteria & Wine Bar opened last weekend at 44-07 on Queens Blvd. in Sunnyside, reported the Sunnyside Post. The 50-seat restaurant emphasizes dishes made with local ingredients. A backyard patio is still under construction and is expected to open in a few weeks.
DNA Info reports that Bareburger, an organic fast-food spot at 71-49 Austin Street, will be expanding to the space next door. “We are always busy,” said the manager. The move will increase the number of seats to 100 and should be complete by October.
CROM Martial Training, which had been shuttered last year by Hurricane Sandy, reopened earlier this month in the Wave building at 88-08 Rockaway Beach Boulevard but is expected to move to a larger space at some point. The husband-and-wife owned business offers a full CrossFit program. The news was reported on the Rockawayist blog.
Remember yesterday’s post in which we marveled at the $900 a foot that was paid for the two-story building at 136-76 39th Avenue in Flushing? We mentioned that a similar price had been paid for the neighboring property at 136-82 39th Avenue two years earlier. (The actual price was $6,350,000 for 7,350 square feet.) Now the buyer is in the midst of maxing out his investment by adding another four floors to the existing two-story structure. According to the DOB permit approved in May 2012, the new building will remain entirely commercial and will top out at 72 feet high. GMAP
Queens resident Michelle Cheikin will have an exhibit of her photographs of the borough in the Flushing Queens Library starting Friday August 9. The exhibit, Queens Surface is, according to the artist, “a montage of forty photographs that capture the subtle details in the quality of light and architectural forms of the Queens of yesterday and today…With her attention to subdued color, vacant spaces, and reflections, Michelle observes the Queens of yesterday, as it disappears in renovation and development.”
Queens Surface will be at the Queens Library, Flushing at 41-17 Main Street from August 9 to 28. There will be opening reception on Saturday, August 10 from 4 PM to 6 PM with a question and answer session at 4:30 PM. Click through to see more of Cheikin’s photos. (more…)